Sunday, March 09, 2014
I wish really, they would just leave the time as it is, instead of having to change it twice per year. Besides messing up my sleep schedule, so many things have clocks on them these days that have to be reset. Thankfully, my computer and cell phone do it automatically, but I still have my alarm clock, my thermostat, VCR, and clocks on the stove and microwave that have to be changed manually.
In the scheme of things though, when you look at all the problems in the world, it's no more than a minor inconvenience. To make it easier on myself, knowing I had to be up early to get ready for church this morning, I just went ahead and set all my clocks ahead Friday night. Since it's just me and the kitties living here, I wasn't inconveniencing anyone else by doing so, and I didn't have anywhere I had to be at any certain time. Anyone that knows me well will also tell you that I don't like to leave things til the last minute either, LOL.
I normally get up between 7-7:30am, and yesterday, I got up at what would have been 6:30am for those NOT setting their clocks ahead a day early. Actually had a good day yesterday; I had my laundry done and my workout in before noon.
I was able to get up in time to get ready for church without feeling sleep deprived. It was nice to be back at church, and seeing everyone, after missing several weeks either because of my health issues or the weather.
Another important reminder, if you haven't done so already, is to remember to change your smoke alarm batteries when you are resetting your clocks.
Friday, March 07, 2014
I checked the temp right before I went out for the mail about an hour ago, and it was 44 degrees; the sun is shining too. It's the first day in a very long time that it hasn't felt bitterly cold outside. After I got back with the mail, I decided to fill my bird feeders, which have been sadly neglected.
I got all my of feeders filled, including the new feeder I bought back in January for the thistle seed, to replace the one that had fallen apart. I also put out fresh suet cakes and put out another ear of dry corn for the squirrels. It was a quite a workout walking through the deep snow to get to the feeders, and I felt winded when I got done, but even though some the snow got into the top of my boots and soaked part of my sweatpants, I am glad to have all the feeders full once again. I'm sure my two kitties will be happy too; they are indoor cats, and part of the reason I feed the birds and squirrels is so that they have some "live" entertainment.
Tomorrow it's only supposed to reach 32°F, and we still have some snow in the forecast, but today felt like a little taste of spring. Hopefully, the worst of the bitterly cold days are behind us now.
Sunday, March 02, 2014
I was just thinking about how tired I am of looking outside and seeing all the snow, so to cheer myself up and remind myself spring is coming, I have been looking back through some pictures I've taken over the years. I haven't been able to do any gardening the past few years because of my health issues, so some of these photos are a few years old. I still have a lot of perennials though that still come up each year. I thought I would post this blog today as a reminder that there is "life" under all that snow, things that will soon be green and many other colors.
This is the shady side of my porch.
A closeup of a bleeding heart that comes up each year, one of my favorites.
The next two photos are of my clematis vine that also comes back each year.
Flower bed in the front of my house
The side of my shed
A closeup of some of the lilies and daisies that come back each year
I took this photo of my tulips after a rainstorm; at the time, I had not had my digital camera very long, so I did not know how to take a photo without having the date show up in it.
A butterfly on my butterfly weed, another plant that returns each year
I just thought this moth was really cool; I was lucky to have spotted it when I was out in my yard with my camera.
Friday, February 28, 2014
This month started out kind of rough, a continuation of my pain and fatigue issues from January, but during the last week and a half, I have started feeling a little bit better each day.
I've had a few ups and downs with my weight, but I ended the month within my goal weight range.
I only missed 2 days of exercise, and ended up with a total of 738 fitness minutes this month. I think I am on track to meeting my fitness minutes goal for this year. Last month I had 755 minutes, but there were also 3 more days in that month, so I am happy for my total for this month. My average workout is usually around 25 minutes, but there were 7 times this month when I managed to do 30 minutes or more. I'm still doing the chair workouts, but for most of those, I've been able to do part of them standing.
The activity on my Spark team, A World of Books, slowed down a little bit, but now it seems to be picking up again. I sent out a team newsletter earlier today, and it's one I feel good about. March is National Reading Month, so I am planning on some things to get a little more activity going on the team.
My biggest struggle this month has been more mental than physical; just getting so tired of winter. This one has been much colder and much snowier than any other one I can remember. I am a homebody by nature, but even for me, this winter has felt isolating. It's been hard for me to get out for things other than necessary shopping and medical appointments, not being able to drive. I have friends willing to take me anywhere, but the bitter cold aggravates my pain issues and just makes me feel like staying home and hibernating. I did get out for a lunch with friends a couple of times though.
Even staying home, some days it's hard to find motivation to get up and get moving; on the very coldest days, it's very tempting just to stay in a chair all day with a blanket and heating pad. Most days though, I have been able to push myself to do at least something productive.
Last night was one of our coldest nights that I can remember in years; we got down to -21. Not sure, but that may be a record for us. This latest cold wave is supposed to last until Tuesday, but tomorrow it will be March, so that I hope even though we certainly have a few weeks of winter left, that will be the last of the very bitter cold.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
My first appointment of the day yesterday wasn't until 11:15am, so I had time to get my workout in before getting ready to go. And before I get started on more of my day, some good news; my neck and shoulder felt a lot better last week. I still had some pain, but it wasn't as unbearable as it had been.
My first appointment was with my oncologist, since my neck and shoulder pain got better last week, he's not concerned that it is new bone mets at this time. I asked him about my fatigue, and the fact that it wasn't better even a month after being off the Abraxane, but he said that will take more time to get better, at least another month.
After that, I had my Zometa infusion, and that went pretty quickly. I got done in plenty of time for Rhonda and I to have a leisurely lunch out before my 2:30pm appointment with the pain clinic.
It was a long wait out there yesterday, they were quite behind because one of the procedures took much longer than expected. I sat an hour in the waiting room, and another hour in the exam room before I saw my doctor. Thankfully, I had a book with me. (I never go anywhere I have to wait without a book or my Kindle.)
When my doctor finally did get to me, he took his time talking with me, as always, and it's always something I appreciate. I told him that the injection I had for my hip last time didn't really make any difference in the pain, and of my concerns about falling on the ice around my house when I got home if it numbed up my leg like last time. (If you regularly read my blogs, you might remember I fell inside my house after my leg went out from under me when I got home after my last injections.) He agreed with me, that since the injections for the hip haven't been helping, that the risk of falling on the ice weren't worth the possible benefits of trying another injection there.
We talked more about the neck and right shoulder pain. I told him that at first, the last set of injections helped, but that I had about 3 weeks where the pain returned and made me quite miserable at times, and even my pain pills did not touch the pain. He told me he would repeat the injections again, and if they helped, even for just 2-3 weeks, he would at least know that he was hitting the nerve causing the problem, and it was a nerve, he said, that didn't serve any purpose other than to send pain signals. So, if this series of injections indicate that, when I see him again in April, he will do something called a rhizotomy, which is injecting a hot needle into the nerve to deaden it, and it should relieve the pain for hopefully 3-6 months. I will go into more detail about that procedure in a future blog if I end up having it done.
Anyway, I had to wait a little bit longer, then I was in the procedure room, was given the sedatives as usual and had the injections. I did ok; it sure felt like I was being poked a lot. It hurt a little, but it was not extremely painful. Then after some time in the recovery room, it was time to go home. I got out of there around 6pm. I felt so bad that Rhonda had to wait so long for me, but she said it wasn't my fault.
I forgot to mention, he increased my pain meds to the next dosage size up, so hopefully that will help even more with the hip pain and other areas I have pain. I haven't had a chance to fill the prescription yet, but that's ok, I have plenty of my other pain pills left.
My neck is quite sore today, but that is normal after those injections. The injections themselves cause some temporary inflammation before they start to make me feel better. I think they are already working though, because despite the pain in the neck, my shoulder is not hurting today. I am just taking it easy today, because the less I have to move my neck, the better it feels. I decided not to try a workout today. I will wait til tomorrow and see how it feels before I decide if I will do my workout. I'm doing good with them though, I've only missed 2 workouts so far this month.
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