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Struggling with fatigue again

Thursday, September 18, 2014

I am having a rough time with fatigue issues once again. I'm not sure what is causing it this time; I haven't started the new chemo yet (and still haven't heard yet when I will be starting), and I am no longer taking the Afinitor or Aromasin, so it doesn't seem like my blood counts should be the issue. The last time they were checked, my hemoglobin was at 10, still below normal, but it shouldn't be causing my fatigue to the degree where it is now.

I'm thinking maybe it might be a thyroid issue; I am on a med for that, but it's been a long time since my thyroid levels were checked, and maybe my dosage needs to be adjusted. I see my internist on the 29th and I will ask him about that.

In the meantime, I have to find a way to manage it. I've been in the habit of doing all my Spark stuff (my tracking, team visits and reading blogs) in the late afternoon, but that is also when my fatigue is the worst, so starting today, I decided to do as much of that as I can in the mornings instead. I will still do my workouts in the afternoons, but I can come back later to track my fitness minutes, or just enter that info the next day.

I usually try to avoid taking naps, but I think with the level of fatigue I am having right now, it's something to reconsider. I will give it a try, and even if I don't fall asleep, maybe just resting and zoning out for awhile will refresh me enough to get through the rest of the day. Lately, there have been many days where I have fought off the urge to take a nap, and I end up going to bed too early, around 8pm, then I end up waking up around 2 or 3am and not being able to get back to sleep. I feel better the next day if I can hold off my bedtime until 10 or 11pm.

  
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CUPKAKE137 9/18/2014 10:31PM

    I napped a lot during chemo. I could only sleep in 3 hours time frames for a long time and that was all I could do. I am sorry you are feeling fatigued. I know how hard it can be. Hope you get some answers soon. Good luck my dear.

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ICECUB 9/18/2014 9:29PM

    SHERI I AM SO SORRY YOU ARE STRUGGLING WITH THESE ISSUES. I THINK A NAP IS A GOOD IDEA IF ONLY TO REST YOUR EYES. ALSO TALKING TO YOUR INTERNIST IS A GOOD IDEA. KEEPING YOU IN MY PRAYERS.

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BETHGILLIGAN 9/18/2014 8:28PM

    I am so sorry to hear this. I think a nap or rest time would be a very good thing for you to try! Hugs!!

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JUDITH316 9/18/2014 7:43PM

    Dearest Shari, I'm so sorry you are struggling with so much fatigue, my heart goes out to you, I know only too well about fatigue issues, maybe it is a good idea to have your thyroid re-checked, I know for me, when I have extra fatigue it has been one of two things, either thyroid or my potassium levels being low which causes extreme fatigue in my case, when you see your Internist at the end of the month maybe you should get these levels checked. In the meantime, perhaps taking that nap could help you get through the rest of your day. My prayers are with you always! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CELLA_P 9/18/2014 6:44PM

    Fatigue is a terribly depleting symptom, but it sounds like you're doing very well at finding the cause(s) and finding out how they might best be treated. All the best.

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PICKIE98 9/18/2014 5:18PM

    IMHO, I thin a nap will help you until you can discuss things with the doctor on the 29th.. can you even remember when you did not want a nap? I think I was five years old!!

Breaking your tasks up into times that work for your energy level is smart.

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SMILINGEYES2 9/18/2014 4:39PM

    Shari,

My heart goes out to you. How frustrating to feel so tired that you can not accomplish all you hope to do. Glad you will be seeing your doctor to follow up on the thyroid levels. Rest when your body or mind requires. You do not need to feel guilty. Prayers for healing.

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CARRAND 9/18/2014 4:08PM

    A nap sounds like a good thing for you. I hope the doctors can find the cause of your fatigue and fix it.

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RAESUN54 9/18/2014 2:57PM

    Shari, sorry to hear you are fighting with fatigue. I know what it feels like when you nap in the afternoon, then when you go to sleep early you wake up in the middle of the night. I have had that happen to me often.
I do hope the doctors will be able to find out what is causing the fatigue and that you start to feel better soon.
I know you are going through a lot what with having to start chemo soon, etc. My prayers are with you and I think of you often.
Once again, you are an inspiration to me and reading your blogs about your experiences has helped me in dealing with some of the things I have been going through, even if they are not the same problem.
I hope you have a relaxing weekend and not worry about too much and are able to just "zone out". Sometimes that helps just as much as taking the actual nap.

Take care and know you have friends here praying for you and wishing you the best.

Have a good weekend, with best wishes,

Rae

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NPA4LOSS 9/18/2014 1:13PM

    Also your GP causes fatigue You may have an accumulation of all the fatigue causing issues joining together.
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SLIMMERJESSE 9/18/2014 1:05PM

    Fatigue is not fun and is tricky. I can slump in energy level and then have a huge second wind after a short rest. Thyroid is a good thing to check. Glad you are on top of it. Wishing you better days.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 9/18/2014 12:49PM

    Shari, I know your fatigue has to be bad for you to be writing about it. I hope your doctors can do something about it. I'm having a "fatigue day" myself, but I'm sure it is not as overwhelming as what you are dealing with. I keep thinking if I could only eat something that would give me a true energy boost I would feel better. So far, I haven't been able to find any food that would do that! If only.....

Naps are tricky for the reasons you described, but sometimes they are unavoidable. I tend to fall asleep reading my Kindle in the afternoons. If that happens, I just believe my body needed the sleep. If I don't fall asleep while reading, I figure (like you) that the act of lying down and resting is helping my body too. Either way, taking a reading break is a good thing.

Your reading team has really gotten me back to reading more consistently these days. I appreciate what you do for that team.

Hugs,
Kay

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SISTERGOOSE 9/18/2014 12:20PM

    Fatigue is the pits - I am so sorry you are experiencing it again. I think a thyroid check is a great idea - napping sounds good to me too, don't be too hard on yourself and not let yourself rest!

I've been advised to let fatigue "come in and sit down like a visitor, then after awhile kindly ask it to leave". So I tried this - and it keeps barging back in without even knocking first.
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Starting IV chemo again

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

I went to the clinic this morning to get my monthly lab work done, and got the official word that I will have to start IV chemo again, a drug called Halaven. My treatment cycle will be once per week for two weeks in a row, then a week off. I am waiting on a call from the cancer center to find out when I will be starting.

The most common side effects are low blood counts, something I have dealt with regularly on the chemo I had in the past, and the oral treatment that I am no longer on as of now; fatigue and weakness (again, something I've already had experience with.)

Hair loss is another side effect. Right now, that is the hardest one for me to come to terms with. I went through that in 2003 when my cancer was still stage II; it wasn't easy then, but at least I knew I had a set number of treatments and some idea of when it would start growing back. With stage IV breast cancer, there are no set number of treatments; once you are on a chemo drug, you stay on it until it stops working.

The other two most common side effects are nausea and peripheral neuropathy (numbness and tingling in the hands and feet.)

I'll also be getting my chemo at the same cancer center where I have had radiation in the past. Our hospital is phasing out their oncology clinic. I will still have the same doctor, but I won't have the same oncology nurse. I have known her for about 10 years now, and I sure am going to miss her!

The cancer center is in the next county, but just a 15 minute drive on the freeway, at least in good weather. Another reason I will miss our hospital's clinic is that it was about a 5 minute drive from my house, and if I wasn't able to get a ride, I could take the Dial a Ride bus to get there.

My hemoglobin was 10 today, which is still below normal, but "good" for me; last month, before I had the blood transfusion, it was 8.5.

On a different topic, some good news about Timmy. The vet's office called with his thyroid test results, and they are normal. If he is still having the diarrhea, they want me to come in and get some probiotics to sprinkle on his food. He is still having diarrhea, but I think it's from the antibiotics he is on, so I will wait until he's done with the antibiotics and if he is still having problems, then I will get the probiotics for him.

  
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OLDEROWL 9/16/2014 5:40PM

    My wife is a breast cancer survivor, she says she learned to make every minute count for the present and let the future take care of itself. She is always a positive influence to me. Take care of your Timmy and keep up your spirits. From my experience, my wife's faith in God kept her going in spite of the sickness that came with Chemo and radiation etc.
Sorry to hear that there will be no end to your treatment. From your blog I can tell that God will bless you in many other ways as you appear to handle yourself very well.
Keep up your treatment; remember life is precious and every day counts. We all care and pray for you.

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YELLOW09RED 9/13/2014 9:38AM

    I'm so sorry that your oncology nurse is not going to be helping you. 10 years is a long time friend. God bless you.
I'm sorry that you will lose your hair. (Hugs)

Glad to hear Timmy's thyroid test was good.
Hugs for him.
Have a blessed weekend,
Debbie
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IMAVISION 9/11/2014 11:32AM

    I continue to lift prayer asking our Creator God's perfect will for both Timmy & you, Shari.

God bless!

Ima

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HOUSEFAIRY 9/11/2014 6:28AM

    emoticon emoticon You are in my thoughts and prayers. I understand about your hair, but your beauty is everywhere, and your light still shines within, and always will. God bless you.

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JUDITH316 9/11/2014 2:47AM

    Shari, I'm so sorry you are having to start IV chemotherapy again, for sure I will be praying for good results and for God's Strength to flow through you as you go through the next course of treatment... I will pray the side effects are minimal, that you will be kept as comfortable as possible. Sorry you have to change clinics and say good-bye to your present oncology nurse, that can't be easy, I'm so emoticon I am trusting God that He will provide another great Oncology Nurse.

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Sending you BIG emoticon & Heaps of LOVE...

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LARENTA 9/11/2014 1:17AM

    Shari:

I admire you! You are a very strong woman! Reading your blog makes me realize the strength that it takes to go on and keep going forward. Your cancer story hits me home as my mother is a breast cancer survivor. I am praying for you!

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PATRICIA441 9/10/2014 6:21PM

  I read all these comments and what comes loud and clear is how we all admire you, are praying it will go well for you. Shari, you are a much loved friend. Know that many people are praying the IV chemo goes well. I,too, wish I were closer to help you through and take you. Remember always you are so special to me. Love and loving hugs. Pat

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PICKIE98 9/10/2014 4:37PM

    I do not want to say I am sorry for your chemo: No matter what it is that requires treatment, I am glad you are blessed enough to have insurance, and access to whatever it is that you need.

Is it possible to buddy-up with another patient, or once in awhile take a friend or family member or church member with you? Make a morning of it, maybe just sit and read together or she could shop while you are doing the business of getting treatment, then drive for you?

I wish I lived near you, i would find a way to make my schedule help you...

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NPA4LOSS 9/10/2014 3:54PM

    emoticon emoticon for you and Timmy. You are one of the strongest women I know and you have so much to deal with. Enjoy your books and rest time when you need it! Much love!

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ICEDEMETER 9/10/2014 2:58PM

    So glad that there is another option open to you, but sure wish it didn't have the prospect of those side-effects! You've dealt with them all before, though, so are going in to this stronger with that knowledge...

Good news on the Timmy front for sure - it will be a relief to both of you for him to get past the antibiotics and feeling better.

Strong thoughts and gentle hugs...

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MOONGLOWSNANA 9/10/2014 12:00PM

  I am sorry you have to go back on IV chemo, but glad that there is yet another treatment to try. I am letting my hair grow so I can donate. I have about an inch and a half to go. I know you will be able to find something stylish that you like. I hope both you and Timmy continue to improve. There is a lot of support here for you. Keep your chin up!

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OPALMOON 9/10/2014 11:10AM

    Dear Shari,
I am so sorry to hear you have to deal with IV treatment again and all those side effects. It must indeed be difficult to deal with hair loss again, especially not having an end date for the treatment. I very much hope the nausea side effects will me minimal, as well as the peripheral neuropathy, and that you will have effective medication to help with them.
It is a shame that you won't be having the same chemo nurse, and also that your hospital won't be keeping the oncology clinic. I hope someone can be on hand to take you to the cancer centre. If Rhonda is not available, could someone from your church help you out? I wish I could be in a position physically and geographically to help you!
I am glad to hear that Timmy's thyroid is normal, and hope the diarrhea settles once he has finished the antibiotics.
Thinking of you and sending prayers your way.
Big, gentle hugs,
Nattacia

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SMILINGEYES2 9/10/2014 10:12AM

    You are such a strong woman. Hope you have someone to support you during treatments. Thankfully, there are so many styles of wigs now and hats but understand not wanting to go there. Lifting you up in prayer.

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GOANNA2 9/10/2014 8:26AM

    So sorry to hear that you will be having chemo
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 9/10/2014 8:15AM

    Shari, I'm sorry to hear about the change in treatment. The closing of your local infusion center and the prospect of hair loss for a long time are both particularly hard. I agree that when you know the hair loss is temporary, it's a lot easier to deal with. I wish I could do something for you.

Will you need to get Rhonda to drive you to the infusion center? The nurse navigator at our local hospital called me when I first got cancer and asked me if I needed help getting rides to treatment. I wonder if they have a similar service at your new infusion center. I know you are really going to miss your current oncology nurse.

I hope the Havalan works for you. I know they are doing a clinical trial for it for TNBC patients who didn't achieve a pathologic complete response (pCR) with neoadjuvant chemo. I fell into that catagory and could have participated in the trial, but I had my port taken out during surgery and didn't want to have to deal with more chemo and port re-insertion. The people that I have talked to in the clinical trial said the SE's weren't too bad. I hope the same is true for you.

Hugs,
Kay

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ENG_TV 9/10/2014 12:27AM

    I'm so sorry to hear that you will be back in chemo again and will have to deal with the side effects. Hopefully, this one will do the trick! Keeping you in prayer.
Glad that Timmy is doing better.
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CELLA_P 9/9/2014 10:24PM

    Shari, what a positive, proactive, constructive and mature attitude you've got toward having to go back on chemo...not to mention having to lose your old center and nurse. I hope you'll fare well on the Halaven. Your strength and resourcefulness have never failed to inspire me! All the best...

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ANGELBELIEVER 9/9/2014 9:46PM

    Dear Shari, I am sorry you have to go back to the chemo treatment that has those side affects once again. As I've said before, you are quite the trooper and inspiration to us all.

So glad Timmy is getting some better. I agree with you about the antibiotics giving him diarrhea. It happens to us, so why not animals. Max sends his love to Timmy even though he is a "DOG"! Shhhh..Don't tell him. emoticon

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MYTURNNOW2013 9/9/2014 9:12PM

    That is good news about Timmy. I am sorry to hear about the chemo and will continue to keep you in my prayers. emoticon

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ALLENJOSEPH 9/9/2014 8:39PM

    You are such an inspiration to me, Shari. You are someone who truly uses common sense in all that I can see from all you share with us. We all should be able to learn something from you. Thank you for always sharing you journey with us. We are blest!
You are in my prayers always.
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BETHGILLIGAN 9/9/2014 8:26PM

    I am so sorry to hear of this change in treatment for you. It is especially tough that you will have to travel farther to receive treatment. We'll keep our fingers crossed there is no hair loss!!!
So glad Timmy's blood work was good. Hopefully, his diarrhea will end when he ends antibiotics!!
Take care!! Hugs!!

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SISTERGOOSE 9/9/2014 6:45PM

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I understand what it means to be on "continuous" chemo. It is so disappointing when one stops working, and it becomes very difficult sometimes to make yourself go get a treatment that you know will make you sick. I do hope your new treatment shows you immediate progress so that it all feels "worth it" soon. In the meantime, know that I care, and stay strong in your belief - you never know when a new treatment may be a long term solution for you! Hang tough friend!

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ICECUB 9/9/2014 5:55PM

    I am so sorry to hear this news. you are in my prayers. glad Timmys blood work is normal..

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SLIMMERJESSE 9/9/2014 5:44PM

    Sometimes words fail me. Very sorry to hear this news. Big hug.

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RAESUN54 9/9/2014 5:18PM

    You are in my prayers and thoughts. Glad to hear good news about Timmy.

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DAISYBELLEKIA 9/9/2014 5:01PM

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PHOENIX1949 9/9/2014 4:53PM

    Bless you on this difficult journey and thank you for educating others.

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I "reelly" love my new reel mower!

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

UPS delivered my reel mower this morning. It was only partially assembled, which I knew when I ordered it. I just needed to assemble the handle and attach it to the actual mowing part, and the box claimed "no tools required". Sounds like it should be easy, right?

Not so much for me! I ended up calling a friend for help, and God Bless him, he dropped what he was doing and came right over. My first problem was that I had 2 of the 4 pieces of the handle upside down; once that was fixed, it was actually pretty easy to attach it to the mower.

I tried it out, and it was actually easier to push than I was expecting it to be. It's a little noisy, but not nearly as noisy as a gas mower. It will take a bit longer to do the whole yard than it would with a gas mower, but that is because the cutting swath is not as wide. Within 11 minutes, I had almost half of my tiny little yard cut. The only reason I did not finish it today was because I got too hot out in the sun. I will finish the rest tomorrow, and I'll get out there early in the morning before it gets too warm out. I think with my health issues anyway, it might be for the best to split that chore up over a couple of days, at least until I can build my stamina up a bit more.

I'm actually looking forward to getting out there and doing some more mowing!

I snapped a picture of it also after it was put together.

  
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OPALMOON 9/10/2014 11:00AM

    Glad you got your new mower, Shari. It is a wise idea to pace yourself and divide the mowing over a few days. Sorry it's taken me some time to catch up on our blogs, and for the stress you've had with your health issues and Timmy also.
Sending lots of love and big hugs your way, Nattacia

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PICKIE98 9/7/2014 6:58AM

    My Grandma had one too:spent many an afternoon mowing her lawn.. We had acreage,,I would STILL be mowing that with a push mower!! Once you get the momentum going, it is easier. You are wise to pace yourself.. the bonus is, it gives you TWO chances to be out in the sunshine soaking up some Vitamin D!!!

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IMAVISION 9/4/2014 1:51PM

    That is the type of mower that my brothers used to cut our lawns with. My only assigned "keeping up appearances" outdoor chore was the weeding --- it always looked like more fun to push the mower than to do the weeding. emoticon

God bless your friend for being "Johnny-on-the-Spot" with his help. I have a strong feeling that I would be one to get parts upside down, too. emoticon

May I suggest that pushing the mower around twice weekly, instead of once per week, should benefit both in exercise minutes & making the actual chore easier on you?

God bless!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 9/4/2014 8:08AM

    That is perfect for you! I'm so glad you were able to come up with a solution to your lawn care problem in a way that gives you some great exercise too. That's wonderful that it's not to hard to push.

I'm glad you reely like it.
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JUDITH316 9/4/2014 2:20AM

    Seeing your reel mower brings back a whole lot of memories, my grandpa had what he called a push lawn mower, I cut his grass for my Papa for a lot of years, at least until he graduated to a emoticon gas mower, then he cut the grass himself...Hope you enjoy Shari, thanks for sharing the picture... emoticon don't forget to take it slow and don't overdo things, keep up with your water too emoticon

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PIMPINELLAN50 9/3/2014 3:11PM

    I like your new reel mower,my neighbour is using something very similar to cut his grass.Fresh air and added fitness minutes is a bonus!But good that you decided to split the work into 2 sessions. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GOANNA2 9/3/2014 9:11AM

    Ah, yes, looks good. Really glad that is is easy
for you to use. This way you can get some fresh air
and mow your lawn. Perfect. Just don't overdo it.
That was nice of your friend to come over and help.
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MYTURNNOW2013 9/3/2014 1:53AM

    It looks good! This is another form of fitness for you, remember to count those minutes!

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NPA4LOSS 9/2/2014 11:08PM

    I am so glad that you enjoyed your new toy. I remember seeing these so many times in my life. I even remember using on as a child. Take it easy and do what you can when you can. You may find some new sore places tomorrow! emoticon

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ANGELBELIEVER 9/2/2014 9:17PM

    That looks cute. Just be careful in the heat. We have 1/4 acre so we are now at the age where we let someone else do it and we pay him a flat fee each month.

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LOLAINSC 9/2/2014 6:40PM

    Very punny!
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ICECUB 9/2/2014 6:33PM

    YOU HAVE A GOOD FRIEND. THAT WAS VERY CONSIDERATE OF HIM. BECAREFUL DURING THE REAL HOT DAYS. IT IS NOT GOOD TO GET TOO HOT. TODAY WAS 95 HERE. VERY HOT. I THINK NEXT WEEK IS SUPPOSE TO BE COOLER.

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CELLA_P 9/2/2014 6:27PM

    YEAH!! So glad your friend was able to help with the assembly :) I had a feeling everything would turn out well in the end with the mower...and it's cute! You're so wise to pace yourself, too. It was a scorcher of a day here in northern VA all day long, after a very cool summer. Weird, huh? Well, have a very pleasant evening, Shari! emoticon

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RAESUN54 9/2/2014 6:14PM

    It's great you like your new mower and splitting up the chore in half. It will be good exercise once you build up your stamina. emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 9/2/2014 5:47PM

    Oh, how cool! Good for you!

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DAISYBELLEKIA 9/2/2014 4:48PM

    Nice! Splitting the work between different days is a smart move :) I also love the sound these mowers make. It's a summer sound.

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Ending August on a positive note

Sunday, August 31, 2014

I'm ending this month on a positive note, and hoping to start the next month on one also. Despite having issues with extreme fatigue the first part of this month, I only missed 2 days of exercise, and ended August with a total of 814 fitness minutes. I am also right on track with my weight, still maintaining my goal weight.

I even got out for a walk today; I can't go too far or too fast with my hip issues, but the weather was nice this morning, the pollen count wasn't too bad, and I just wanted to get out of the house for a little while. My pedometer battery died, but I took my kitchen timer with me so that I could at least track the time I spent walking, (it counts the time up as well as down). I walked for 23 minutes.

My earache finally cleared up yesterday, and Timmy is doing well too, he's back to acting like himself again, including getting into mischief! (He was up on the kitchen counters yesterday even though he knows he's not suppose to be up there.)

My best friend who takes me shopping every week won't be able to during the month of September. Her mom has some serious health issues, and she and her brother and sister in law share the responsibility of checking in on her daily and taking her out for lunch, shopping, and appointments, but her brother and his wife will be gone on vacation so it will be all on Rhonda to look after her mom. Rhonda has MS, so she has to be careful of her own health too and not overdo it. I will be taking the Dial a Ride bus to the store and back and do my shopping. (We do have taxi service here in town, but it's too expensive; since I use a cane and that qualifies me as "disabled", it only cost me $1 for a bus ride.) I've already stocked up on bulky items that would be too hard to take home on the bus, such as toilet paper and paper towels. I will still have to pare down my weekly list to just the essentials though, I have two oversized reusable shopping bags that I will use, and that is about all I can handle getting on and off the bus with along with my cane too.

Thankfully, I have no appointments this week, so at least I won't have to plan my shopping trip around those. I'm still waiting to hear from my oncologist about whether he is going to change my treatment or not.

Last week, I had some upsetting news when I found out that my friends that take care of my yard work won't be able to do it for me anymore. I understand their reasons, but finding it out when I so stressed out about everything else going on and not feeling good, it hit me kind of hard. I wasn't sure at first what I was going to do, as I can't afford to pay someone to do it for me. It sounds silly and unreasonable of me, but I kind felt like I was "dumped" and I really felt down about it for a few days.

I have a lawn mower, but it needs to be repaired, and even if it was working, with my shoulder problems, I don't have the strength in my arms or shoulders to pull the cord to get it started. I also can't afford to get a new one that starts without a pull cord.

I figured out a solution though; I ordered a reel mower from Amazon, and I paid for it using gift cards I earn through doing Swag Bucks. I found one that had pretty good ratings and was priced at $87; it should be here on Tuesday. I have a very tiny yard, so as long as I don't let the grass get too long, I am pretty sure I can handle it. I can even spread the chore over a couple of days if I need too, and I can count the time spent mowing towards my fitness minutes. There is also no motorized parts so I don't have to worry about being able to get it started, and I also won't have to spend money on gas for it. I'm actually looking forward to getting it so I can try it out.

  
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JUDITH316 9/2/2014 2:26AM

    I'm so happy you and Timmy are feeling better, I had to smile when you shared about Timmy jumping up on the counter, I'm sure even though he wasn't supposed to be up there it made you smile and breathe a sigh of relief knowing he must be feeling strong and well enough to jump that height, he sure was telling his Mommy that he was well and was happy you were too....Thanks for sharing, you are such an inspiration and a blessing to me... Cheering you on for a great September ahead

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PIMPINELLAN50 9/1/2014 6:41PM

    I bet you only minded 'a tiny little bit' that Timmy jumped onto the kitchen counter...As he probably wanted to say:"look mom,i'm feeling good now'!You are an inspiration to me and many others Shari,always finding a solution to the problems that arises.But i still hope that you can find someone in your church to help mow the lawn.Glad that your earache is gone,and hope that you will have a wonderful and positive September! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SHARONSIZE8 9/1/2014 3:03PM

    The way you figure out solutions to your problems with such grace is an inspiration. So glad your month ended on a positive note. I am praying that you have a September that is peaceful and full of joy and many blessings!

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MOONGLOWSNANA 9/1/2014 1:23PM

  So Shari I'm glad that you and Timmy both feel better, and that you are working things out for the month. I hope you hear good things from your oncologist soon and that things gal into place as they should. Have a good first day of September's song as she sings us into autumn. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RAESUN54 9/1/2014 12:43PM

    You are really fantastic. With everything you have been going through you still find the silver lining. I hope all goes well with the oncologist. It is good to hear your cat is feeling better and causing mischief. Sounds like he liked having mommy's attention and still does.
Too bad about your friends not being able to do your yard work. Sounds like you have that under control too.
Here's hope September is a good month for you.
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SNUZSUZ 9/1/2014 8:18AM

    Shari, you really are an inspiration! the way you always find a solution, and do it with grace! I hope you get some help though! Asking at your church sounds like a good idea! I wish you the best! emoticon

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GOANNA2 9/1/2014 8:18AM

    Glad to hear you are ending August in such
a positive way.you are so resourceful and I hope
that the mower works well for you. Just take it
a little at a time and stop when you get tired.
Glad that Timmy is his old self again. Keep well
and keep inspiring us Shari. Hope September
is fabulous for you. We have beautiful spring
weather already. Have a great week.
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IMAVISION 8/31/2014 8:55PM

    I am thankful to hear that Timmy is back to his old self & that the earache you were dealing with is now a thing in the past. Also, am thankful that the good Lord helped your figure out an alternative to getting your lawn cared for & of the benefit to you with your exercise minutes.

May God bless your September in unique & wonderful ways!

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ALLENJOSEPH 8/31/2014 7:26PM

    Shari, you are so inspiring to others. I'm happy to hear that your month of August is ending on a positive note. With all the issues you've been facing, you have handled it well. You truly are a role model to so many of us. You are a very positive person, and you take things in stride.
I'm happy to hear Timmy is doing well and he is PROVING it to you by being a bit mischievous. I'm sure he likes to put a smile on your face. I think maybe this is his way of saying to you, "Mom, I'm feeling just fine, see? emoticon
I'm curious to see what this lawn mower looks like. When I was growing up, I remember mowing the grass with a push mower with a blade that cut the grass, so I'm wondering if this mower you are getting is modeled after that type. I will take a peek.
Thank you for sharing your journey on Spark People. You have no idea how many people's lives you touch. Your common sense and positive attitude is something we all need.
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MYTURNNOW2013 8/31/2014 6:58PM

    All in all sounds like a great ending to the month. Very smart to use your gift cards to get a mower that you can use for years to come!

Also wise to stock up on bigger things to make your grocery shopping by bus a little less tedious.

I am happy to hear Timmy is getting back to his kittenish self. it's amazing how quickly they can bounce back.

I also wanted to thank you for the crochet thread. Ironically I just ordered some more yarn today :D



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CARRAND 8/31/2014 6:44PM

    I had a mower like that for years. As long as your yard doesn't slope too much, you should do just fine.

I love your positive attitude!

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CELLA_P 8/31/2014 6:35PM

    You're one very strong, resourceful, and POSITIVE person, Shari! What a trouper, too... I only wish things could be much easier for you. Your upbeat attitude despite these setbacks is a powerful example for us all...may life grow easier for you by the nanosecond! emoticon

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LIZSPRINGSTEEN 8/31/2014 6:14PM

    Praying for you!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 8/31/2014 5:58PM

    I'm impressed with your resourcefulness in figuring out solutions to the issues you are dealing with. I hope September is a wonderful month for you!
Hugs....

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NPA4LOSS 8/31/2014 4:38PM

    emoticon I hope that the lawn mower works well for you. Hopefully there will be a short growing season left for the grass and someone will volunteer again. Did you check with your church? If you let the pastor or someone know that you need help I bet they will find someone and possibly someone to help take you shopping.
I am so glad that Timmy is feeling so much better.
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ANGELBELIEVER 8/31/2014 4:31PM

    You have had a lot of things to work out in a very short amt. of time. What a trooper you are...Taking a problem and finding the solution. Glad Timmy is better. I know how concerned we get for our fur kids, especially at 14. emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 8/31/2014 4:29PM

    I'm so happy to hear these things. Big hug.

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ICECUB 8/31/2014 4:27PM

    GOOD YOU FOUND A SOLUTION FOR YARD. IT IS EXPENSIVE PAYING SOMEONE TO DO THE WORK. GLAD YOU ARE FEELING BETTER. HIOW NEXT MONTH IS BETTER.

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Timmy's vet appointment

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Timmy had his vet appointment this afternoon. After going over his symptoms again and doing a physical, he drew some blood for lab work. I knew he was going to check his thyroid, because we had discussed that before, but because of his age and other symptoms, he decided to check for a few other things too.

I had about a 20 minute wait for the results of the kidney and liver tests; that is a long wait when you are worried! Timmy was pretty calm while we were waiting. Thankfully, his liver and kidneys tested normal; the vet told me with a cat his age (he's 14) those are the first areas they suspect when there are problems. His white blood count was normal too, but at the very highest end of normal, and in light of the symptoms he has been having, he decided to put him on an antibiotic just to be safe.

The thyroid test will take 5-6 days to get the results, but at least that something that is treatable with medication. Some of his symptoms, especially the weight loss and diarrhea, are those of over active thyroid in cats.

I'm just relieved that at this point, it doesn't appear to be anything serious. I am hoping I will sleep better tonight knowing that he will be ok.

  
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 8/31/2014 8:56AM

    I'm glad Timmy's test results came out so good.
Hugs,
Kay

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PIMPINELLAN50 8/31/2014 3:00AM

    So relieved that Timmy's blood tests turned out ok.And if there is a problem with his thyroid it can be controlled with meds.Sounds like you have a good vet for your kitties.I hope that you will have a good sleep tonight! emoticon

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JUDITH316 8/30/2014 1:49AM

    So happy Timmy is alright, here's hoping all the other tests come back normal, trusting the antibiotics will do their work for Timmy and he feels better soon...Timmy has sure lived a long life, 14 is a great age and praying he will have many more years with you to come... I am praying for a good report and for you to sleep well Shari, God's Blessings as always!

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ANGELBELIEVER 8/29/2014 11:49PM

    I am praying it'll be nothing serious for Timmy. They are family members and they pull on our heart strings, esp. when they don't feel well. Both Timmy abnd you are in my prayers. emoticon

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ALLENJOSEPH 8/29/2014 2:04PM

    I'm so happy to hear you had a good report on Timmy. As you said you will have a little wait for the results of the thyroid test. I'm happy for you that vet had a good report for you.

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IMAVISION 8/29/2014 1:04PM

    This is great news!

I hope that you did, indeed, get a most excellent night of rest.

God bless your Timmy & you!

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LAURIEMN 8/29/2014 11:11AM

    Glad Timmy is well. Hope his antibiotics help!

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PATRICIA-CR 8/29/2014 11:06AM

    Seems like Timmy is doing pretty well. Keep us updated on the thyroid test.

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YELLOW09RED 8/29/2014 9:17AM

    emoticon Give Timmy a hug for me.
I hope you did get a good night of sleep.
Have a nice Labor Day weekend,
Debbie
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JANET552 8/29/2014 8:48AM

    I am glad to hear it isn't serious. I wish you and Timmy many more years together.

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GOANNA2 8/29/2014 8:34AM

    It is good to hear the good news. I hope
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MOMMA_BEAR_69 8/28/2014 11:14PM

    So glad Timmy's test came back so well. Glad the vet is being safe with him.
Prayers, blessings and hugs,
Helen

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CELLA_P 8/28/2014 9:52PM

    It's so good to hear that the news about Timmy's exam seems very encouraging, Shari.

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NPA4LOSS 8/28/2014 9:20PM

    emoticon I am so glad that the tests came out well. It sounds like you have a very good vet.

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UNICORN212 8/28/2014 8:59PM

    It is always worrisome when our furbabies are under the weather! I hope all is fine!


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MYTURNNOW2013 8/28/2014 8:06PM

    My Rascal Too has been on overactive thyroid meds for three years. She will eat the pills hole when buried in a moist pounce treat.

Glad to hear the other tests came back ok.

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SLIMMERJESSE 8/28/2014 5:51PM

    That's wonderful news, Shari. Yes, what a relief. Our furry babies are so important to us.

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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 8/28/2014 5:50PM

    glad nothing seriously wrong with Timmy. Hopefully he will respond to new meds.

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ICECUB 8/28/2014 5:40PM

    so glad there is nothing serious with timmy. I know how much you love him. hope you are feeling better. hope you have many more years together.

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CARRAND 8/28/2014 5:40PM

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I know how important your cats are to you.

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DAISYBELLEKIA 8/28/2014 5:30PM

    I'm so glad to read about Timmy. I'll continue to pray that he gets over whatever this is and has many more happy years with you :)

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