Good days along with the bad
Thursday, July 23, 2015
Because of the damage to my bones and nerves from the cancer and the treatments, I am always in some degree of pain. On a good day, it's mild aches and pains, but yesterday was one of the bad days, especially with my left hip (which is my "bad" one) and leg. Even with my pain pills, it was still a rough day.
I also started feeling nauseous late in the afternoon; not sure what brought it on, but at 4pm I took my nausea med. It makes me sleepy, so I ended up going to bed at 6:30pm. I woke up again at 10pm, feeling a little better, and then stayed up another hour to read. Got up at 7am this morning.
Today has been much better! Having a day like yesterday makes me appreciate days like today, and on the bad days, knowing that I have the possibility of the next day being a good one, helps me get through those.
The nausea is all gone today, so at least I know it wasn't a stomach bug starting. I'm thinking that even though I've been off the Ibrance for over a week now, maybe it hasn't all worked it's way out of my system yet. Pain levels are much improved too.
I took the Dial a Ride bus to do my shopping, taking along my 2 large shopping bags that are made of recycled bottles, they are about 14x16 inches, nice and sturdy. I won them by entering sweepstakes on the Earthbound Organics website a couple of times. Anyway, when I need to take the bus to shop, I only buy what will fit into those 2 bags.
Not many people were using the bus today, and both going to the store and coming home I was the only passenger. On the bus going home, there was a new driver. The driver that was training him very kindly took my bags and carried them onto the bus for me, and carried them off the bus when I got back home, I didn't even have to ask. I guess he could tell I was struggling a bit as they were a little heavy today and I use a cane also. I was only gone from my house an hour and 20 minutes, which is not bad when taking the bus to get to and from the store.
Even though my legs were not hurting much today, they did feel a little shaky when I first got back home. I think that's just part of the toll that this disease has taken on my body, it's wearing out. But I think it's still good for me to walk when I can, as long I still can, as long as I don't overdo it.
I had a call from the cancer center this afternoon. My oncologist wanted to see me sooner than my August 5th appointment, so it was changed to July 30th. He's ok with me stopping the Ibrance, I think he just wants to make sure that I am really ok with it, and I'm sure he's concerned with the low platelet and low white blood counts too. They know my issues with finding transportation, and before they even called me about my changed appointment, the social worker already started working on finding a volunteer to drive me. I thought that was so awesome, especially knowing that I did not have to stress about trying to find a ride before that day. I've said it before, but I have to say again, the staff and volunteers there are AWESOME!
Now I have the next 3 days to just stay home and get things done at my own pace. The next time I have to go out is when I get my CBC checked again on Monday; hoping for those WBCs to be above 1.00.