Monday, December 16, 2013
After having pretty much a "do nothing" day on Saturday, I felt better yesterday. I did not make it to church, was just not up to facing the cold and snow in the morning. The rest of the day was better though. Wanted to clarify something also; I think some that commented on my blog thought the party at church was Saturday, but it was actually Friday night.
Anyway, yesterday, (Sunday) I did get my laundry done, along with some other little chores that I usually do on Saturdays that did not get done because of the way I was feeling. I even got my chair workout in yesterday! I was very tired again last night though; I was trying to watch a TV show that started at 10pm and could barely keep my eyes open. I know that is a sign my hemoglobin is getting lower than it should be again. I will find out tomorrow (Tuesday) when I have my lab work done before chemo. If it's below a certain level, they will order a blood transfusion.
Today, (Monday) I am still fighting fatigue, but still feeling better than I did last week. I got my gifts wrapped today, and that is a big relief to have that done. I know after chemo I won't feel like doing much for 2-3 days after that, and it will be easier for me to relax and rest knowing that I don't have to worry about that. The only thing left to do is to make some candy, which I will do on Saturday. We are having our family Christmas on the 23rd.
I got another chair workout in this afternoon, but tomorrow, and probably Wednesday too, will be a day off from that.
After chemo tomorrow, (Tuesday) I will get my hair cut; nothing different, I just need the cut that I got this summer trimmed up so that it looks nice, then I will do my grocery shopping. The best time for me to do it is right after chemo; I will have a few hours before the side effects really hit me, and I will be able to stay home Wednesday through Saturday to recover.
Saturday, December 14, 2013
I made it to the Christmas party at church last night. I rode with my mom, and my sister went too. There were about 24 people all together. The potluck dinner was nice; there was also roast beef. There was just the right balance of side dishes and desserts. I made an Oreo cake; not a health food, I know, but I love to bake but I don't get a chance too very often, as I usually only do so when I can share it with others. That way, I can be satisfied with one serving and not have a whole cake left in my house to tempt me to overindulge. I did pretty well with the food. I ate light during the day at home, but not so light that I was starving myself. I put sensible sized portions on my plate for the meal, and for dessert, I had a small piece of my cake, plus a very small, piece (about two bites worth) of an apple crisp dessert.
There was a short skit performed by 4 of the ladies, then we had the gift exchange. That was a lot of fun. The lady that ended up with the gift I brought was really happy with it, and that made me feel good. I ended up with this Santa decoration; not something I would have chosen for myself, but still very cute. I'm not up to decorating this year, but next year, I can use it in my kitchen.
Each guest also brought a new toy; some more than one toy, to donate to the local domestic violence shelter. We ended up with quite a pile of gifts on that table. This year, there was also a mini "kitchen shower"; everyone was asked to bring a new towel or dishcloth to replace the ones in the church kitchen that were getting worn out.
I got home around 9:30pm; I am glad I went to the party, but also glad to get home. It was cold in the fellowship room where we had the party, even though I wore a sweater, and so cold outside when we left. It took me a long time to warm up after I got home. I got into my pjs and got into bed with my heating pad and my two kitties joined me. I was tired, but too wound up to go to sleep for awhile. I looked through some magazines I got in the mail earlier in the day and read some of my book.
Saturdays are usually when I do my laundry, and get a few things done around the house at the same time. But today I didn't do much of anything at all, not even a workout. I slept well last night, but just tired today. The last time I had chemo, my hemoglobin was in the 9's again, which is enough that I really feel it. It's hard to describe, but being tired from the anemia is "different" kind of tired, it feels different than being tired after a night of not enough sleep, or tiredness that comes from actually doing something. I tried to work up the motivation to get a short workout in, and to get started on the laundry, but by 3pm, I decided just to accept that nothing was going to get done today, and promised myself that I would do it tomorrow.
I felt in better spirits after I let myself "off the hook" for the things I should have gotten done today. I have a feeling that tomorrow will be a better day, and that the laundry will get done too!
Thursday, December 12, 2013
I had my monthly oncologist appointment Tuesday; nothing new to report there, it was pretty much routine. I also had my Zometa infusion and chemo. It was so cold in the room I was in, as it usually is. I was given a heated blanket but it did not stay warm for long. I'm seriously considering bringing my heating pad next week.
My Rhonda, my BFF, usually takes me for groceries after chemo, and this week in addition, I had to go to Walmart for a few things to finish up my Christmas shopping. I'm usually ok shopping after my chemo; it takes a few hours before the side effects start hitting me, but we did not do our shopping that day because we were getting some wet heavy snow and the roads were getting bad. We decided to go the next day instead.
I didn't feel very good when I got up yesterday morning, not sick really, just tired and very low on energy. I told myself I would be ok once I got out though, as is usually the case, but it turned out to be a long day. We went to Walmart first, and I got what I needed. Then after pushing the cart out to Rhonda's car, I noticed my cane was gone. I knew then what I had done; when I first went in the store, I dropped my cane into a cart and started to push it, but the wheels weren't turning right, so I grabbed another cart, but forgot to get my cane out of the other cart. Thankfully, an honest person turned it in and I able to get it from the service desk. I can't believe I did something so stupid though! I'm was relieved to have my cane back though; I think I would have been in tears otherwise. Not because of possibly having to get a new one, just out of frustration being tired and not feeling good.
Next stop was Meijer for a few groceries. Thankfully, I did not have to get very much there this week.
It was almost 5pm when I got home, and I was tired and my legs were really hurting, especially my bad hip and the knee on that side. And yes, I know I really should be using those electric carts in the store, but it's frustrating to try to get through the stores on those when they are busy; I can actually get done faster pushing a regular cart.
I knew from past experience that it was a bad idea to try to shop in 2 big stores in one day, especially the day after chemo, and since I also had the Zometa on Tuesday, I was also dealing with bone pain in my legs from that. The chemo itself also causes joint pain for a few days. The cold weather did not help either; when I left my house around 1:30pm, the temp was 13°F with a wind chill around 4°F. I did make sure I was bundled up though; I wore my warmest coat, boots, hat and gloves.
I didn't have the "sicky-ness" Tuesday night that I normally do after chemo; thought I got out of it "easy" this time, but those side effects hit me last night instead. I was sitting in bed last night, watching TV, and along with the side effects, my hip and knee pain were making me very miserable. I felt so bad that I just had to cry for a little while. The pain and other side effects finally started easing up around 10:30pm, and I went to sleep around 11:45pm.
One positive that came out of my day yesterday; my Christmas shopping is all done, except for 2 gift cards which I will order online. Next week, I only have to shop for groceries.
I was still pretty sore and achy this morning, and feeling worn out, so I have been mostly staying off my feet today. Feeling a bit better this afternoon though. After missing my workout for 2 days, I did it today. I was ok doing that, since it was a chair workout.
I think that by using today as a "rest day", I will have enough energy to attend the ladies Christmas party and gift exchange at church tomorrow night, and get the dessert I am bringing made in the morning.
Monday, December 09, 2013
As I wrote about in recent blog, I had to cut back on my workouts during the weeks I have chemo. I last had chemo two weeks ago, and I missed my workout Tuesday and Wednesday of that week. I had last week off though, and after I did my workout on Thanksgiving Day, I decided to try to make it a 12 day streak.
Right now, I am limited to chair workouts. The hardest part right now is not actually doing my exercises, but finding the motivation to get started. Once I get going a few minutes into a workout I do ok. I am happy to say, I made my goal of working out for 12 days in a row, a minimum of 20 minutes each day; but most days, I averaged around 24 minutes. I was tempted to take a couple of days off during that time, but I reminded myself of the goal I set and pushed on through.
Tomorrow I have chemo again, so I will not a workout in tomorrow; and the way I've been feeling lately the day after my treatment, probably not Wednesday either.
I also had to share this picture I took of Timmy today. The hat was a freebie I got from Maker's Mark; it's suppose to go on whiskey bottle, to decorate it if it you are giving it as a gift, but since I don't drink, and no one on my gift list drinks, I decided it was just the right size for a kitty hat, LOL!
I put it on Timmy this morning and had just enough time to snap the picture before he shook it off.
Friday, December 06, 2013
Except for having to deal with some sinus headaches the first part of the week, this has been a pretty good week off from chemo. My headaches were triggered by the weather; it was changing a lot between Sunday and Wednesday. The headache I had Tuesday turned into a migraine by bedtime, and Wednesday night was the first night since Sunday that I did not go to bed with a headache.
Monday was my monthly lunch out with my former coworkers. Just a few us of this time. Of those that were absent, one was home recovering from surgery, and 2 had appointments at that time. I'm not sure where everyone else was. It was just a few days after Thanksgiving, so maybe they ate too much that day and the idea of a meal out didn't sound so appealing that day. I had an enjoyable time anyway. I admit it was one of those days where it was hard for me get going, a day I was almost wishing I could stay home, but I ended up being glad that I got out.
Tuesday is normally my chemo day, with grocery shopping after. My best friend Rhonda takes me shopping, since I am not able to drive right now. Even on my weeks off, she still usually takes me on Tuesday, but this week we put it off for another day since the weather was nasty; we had dense fog, snow, rain, and a mix of rain and snow that day. I was so thankful to be able to stay home!
I've been doing my chair workouts every day since Thanksgiving Day, averaging 20-25 minutes each. My goal is to keep that streak going until Monday. I have an early appointment Tuesday with my oncologist, and chemo, so I know I won't get my workout in that day.
I've been working on my Christmas cards and they are almost all done except for a few I want to include letters in, for those family members I don't see very often and don't use the internet. Most of my shopping is done; I did most of it online this year. I have a few odds and ends to pick up yet which I will get at Walmart next week. I don't have a lot of people to buy for, and that makes it easier.
Today has mostly been a "rest" day for me; not because of the fatigue this time, but my hip is really hurting today, probably from being on my feet too long yesterday.
I got my groceries yesterday, at Meijer as usual. (For those not family with Mejier, it's mainly known for groceries, but also carries general merchandise like Walmart or Target). I wasn't planning on clothes shopping while I was in there, but I saw a sweater on sale that caught my eye. I don't really NEED a new outfit for church on Christmas Eve, but for some reason this year, I wanted one, even though I didn't feel like actually going out and shopping for it. I had been shopping online for an outfit, but not finding anything. Anyway, the sweater caught my eye; and on a nearby clearance rack, I found a skirt to go with it. I took a chance and bought it without trying it one, figuring it would easy enough to return it since I would be in there again next week anyway. I was lucky and when I tried it on after I was home, it fit! It made me very happy to find that outfit, especially when I've been experiencing some "holiday blues" lately.
I took some pictures of it yesterday:
This is a close up of the beading:
I don't know how well it will show up in the photo, but the black on the bottom of the skirt is lace.
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