Pain clinic appointment and informational meeting with hospice

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

I very tired as I write this, so my apologies ahead of time for any grammar mistakes or if I leave a word out here and there.

This morning, Penny came over and started on some housecleaning for me. While she was doing that, another friend took me to my appointment at the pain clinic, where I saw the PA I usually see.

I addition to the usual things we always discuss, I told him about the painful cramps I've been having lately in my legs late at night and/or early in the morning (not just ordinary "charlie horses" either, sometimes the cramping goes up the back of my thighs.) I'll be getting my potassium checked, but in the meantime, he gave a prescription for Tizadine, a muscle relaxer, to take at bedtime to help with that.

At 2pm, Penny and I had an appointment with Hospice of Michigan. It was Penny's idea, and I had given her my permission to go ahead and set up an appointment, and for at least the first visit, I knew I would feel more comfortable not going alone. Anyway, I'm not starting hospice yet, hopefully not in the near future either, but this was an informational only meeting. It was very helpful to learn how the process works, what my options are, and the financial aspects such as the insurance coverage as well.

I then had an appointment at the bank at 3pm, to discuss what I wanted to do with CD I've had for years that was maturing this month. We had time to kill yet between the meetings (we actually got to Hospice a little early so that meeting was started earlier) so we decided to stop at our favorite frozen yogurt place, the Arctic Penguin. As usual, we both ate too much again!

She brought me back home after my appointment at the bank. She still has some more cleaning to finish and a closet to sort out for me, but she said she'll finish it tomorrow; she thought I was looking pretty worn out and thought it would be better if I was able to rest in peace and quiet the rest of the day.

I'll be getting more lab work again on Thursday, not just a CBC but the "big blood work" I need once per month for my oncologist.
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  • JANET552
    What a busy day! I hope the new medication helps the leg cramps. Penny is such a good friend!
    1824 days ago
    Thank you for taking the time to write a blog after such a long day. It was perfectly written as far as I can tell.....exhausted or not, you write wonderfully.

    Wow! What a long day, but a very productive one.

    Sending you my love....

    1824 days ago
    HI Shari,
    What a full day you had. I am sorry you are having trouble with leg cramps and praying that the new medication helps. How wonderful of Penny to help you around the house and accompany you to the hospice information meeting. Glad you had a bit of 'lightness' in your day having your frozen yoghurt. I hope you've managed to recuperate a bit since and feel more rested. All the best for the blood tests on Thursday.
    Love, blessings, hugs and prayers,

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    1825 days ago
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    They give me Tizadine for my Fibro and it has been a blessing but it now looks like it may be the reason for my shortness of breath due to my vocal cords but that in itself is a rare condition.
    You are so blessed with Penny and I hope you let her know how much we all love her for being there for you. emoticon
    1825 days ago
    It is always good to have information in advance in order to make informed choices. Take care of yourself
    1825 days ago
  • no profile photo CD14908548
    Hi Shari,

    Frozen Yogurt, yummy! emoticon

    My cleaning lady came yesterday too. She always leaves the house so nice looking. She moved the entertainment center yesterday. My niece just likes to crawl under there and play with the wires. Now she can't!

    You are often in my prayers. emoticon

    1825 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    You really did get a lot done in one day girl! Your frozen yogurt trip was well-deserved.

    Praying for good results on your bloodwork.
    1825 days ago
    What a busy day! Glad Penny was there for you and you enjoyed your treats at the Arctic Penguin. Hope you were able to rest when you got home. Prayers that the new medicine works for you.
    Hope you can enjoy the rest of the week with rest and quiet.
    Prayers, blessings, love and hugs,

    1825 days ago
    Sounds like y'all got a lot accomplished!
    I've got to finish the project which I've had all summer to complete: organizing spare bedroom, it's envisioned as an exercise room/home office for me.
    Somehow w/all the drama I've run out of steam emoticon
    1825 days ago
  • FLRED12
    You really had a tiring day. Penny sounds like a real blessing! I hope the new prescription helps with the cramps. emoticon
    1826 days ago
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  • GABY1948
    So sorry for this exhausting day and was VERY glad you clarified that you are not starting hospice now.

    Try to rest and I do pray the new medicine helps!
    1826 days ago
    Hi Shari.
    Sounds like a very exhausting day for you. I am grateful that Penny is there with you so she can help you. She sure sounds like an angel. Glad your informational appt. with Hospice went well, and that Penny was able to be with you. I pray you won't need their services for a very long time as long as you are comfortable. emoticon to my emoticon
    1826 days ago
    You had a very full day! I pray that the medication works for your leg pain. Get some rest and may God bless you!

    1826 days ago
    Sounds like you had a busy day.

    1826 days ago
    Sorry you're so tired, Shari. Low B12 and anemia can also cause leg cramps.. Hopefully they can figure this out with your blood work. I hope the Tizadine works for you.

    You're wise to look into hospice before it's a rush. This way you can find all the answers out slowly, so it's not too overwhelming if and when the time comes.

    Huge hugs,

    1826 days ago
    This Penny sounds like a perfect friend. I'm not sure I know the relationship of Penny to you, but Bless Her! Frozen yogurt is always fun and who cares if you ate too much!!!!! It's good for the psyche.....:) Keep hanging in there nice lady. A lot of us are in your corner.
    1826 days ago
    Sounds like an exhausting day. I'm glad 'angel' Penny was with you for the Hospice appointment. Shari, I am sure you did not eat too much frozen yogurt. Don't deny yourself the things that bring some joy.
    Hugs & Prayers
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    1826 days ago
    I think pain clinics prescribe the Tiazdine to every patient now.Hope it helps
    with your legs and to be able to sleep.Hugs,blessings and prayers! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1826 days ago
    Sometimes I just don't know what to say as my heart is heavy as I read this blog. You know you have a special place in my prayers. Big hug, Shari.
    1826 days ago
    Sounds like you had a very busy day.Penny is a beautiful l and thoughtful friend indeed!
    I hope that the Tizadine will help for the leg cramps so that you can sleep.I am volunteering at a Hospice.. and all the staff are so wonderful and compassionate,especially the nurses.
    Glad that you enjoyed the Frozen Yogurt emoticon
    Have a relaxing evening and a restful sleep. emoticon emoticon
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    1826 days ago
    emoticon emoticon Penny is a blessing. I'm glad you and she went for your frozen yogurt. Yum!
    Hugs for your leg pain. I hope the medicine helps you.
    God bless you,
    1826 days ago
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