I was actually hungry and able to eat today. I will be having my second dose of my double chemotherapy medication on thursday. I was told that just when I felt good the “double whammy” would come next. That’s all goo though as I am so grateful to feel more “normal” today. I decided to tell my daughter we should get some dinner out and take a ride. So, that is exactly what we did tonight. In fact, I felt so good we swam first and then watched Michael Phelps get his 19th metal and then we went out to eat. We ate at a local pizza restaurant which was fun and I was craving their specialty salad and wrapped pizza dogs. I was able to eat and so far no nausea. So exciting for a change.
I even spent the day by myself and managed well. I kept the house closed until this evening so it would not be so hot. Watching all the swimming events with the Olympics is so thrilling to me. It has encouraged me to get up and moving. Speaking of moving, I am going to have a physical therapist next week to help me with my arthritis.
I am very optimistic with my cancer. My daughter told me the doctor she works for told her that many times my type of cancer is quick to respond to chemotherapy. “I plan on getting rid of my cancer…I am going to get rid of my cancer, I am going to get rid of my cancer”.
My daughter got my turmeric today. I realized I had spelled it incorrectly-sorry about that. It really helps with inflammation. Remember to get the one that is 95% potency. My headache also left today and that was a great relief. I still take iron everyday and am supposed to start extra shots to boost my iron levels this week. I know I will have more energy if I can get my hemoglobin in the normal range. If you feel weak, short of breath,fatigued and are pale, these are signs of anemia.
I got a lovely bouquet of yellow and white lilies, some smaller looking lilies that are orange, baby’s breath with green filler from a young lady who is like a daughter to me…just beautiful and uplifting!
On that note, Have a Blessed Day and enjoy all life can offer,
I finally had a craving to eat Chinese food tonight. I was so very hot all day that I barely ate. Tonight though I had a veggie egg roll, rice, chowmein and sweet and sour chicken and some veggies. I ate a full serving which was unusual. Seems like getting blood has helped. I had a nurse visit and my vital signs were good today. My blood pressure was up in the hospital and it was better today.
I got in our dough boy pool for a bit and that helped to cool me off. It is still 100 degrees in my house at 10pm at night. It is just not comfortable and it makes me feel weak. Going to get a cold compress and rest. I am still enjoying the Olympics.
It’s amazing how much anemia and chemotherapy can make you so weak. I thought I would have more energy than I did today after getting blood, but still weak. I did get in the pool this evening though. I slept most of the day. My daughter has made me eat, even though I have not been very hungry. I had toast this morning as I was a bit nauseated. I had chicken noodle soup this afternoon. Finally at dinner I ate spinach, a few bites of meat and a few bites of mashed potato. I also had a half of quesedilla with mango salsa and avacodo. I had a pudding for dessert. I have been drinking my Odwalla supergreen drink and carrot juice and a lot of water. Still feeling dehydrated from the lasix.
My day was not very exciting. I watched the Olympics again. I am keeping myself positive and “I am going to get rid of my cancer, I am going to get rid of my cancer, I am going to get rid of my cancer”.
I have rested most of the day today as I have been worn out since my hospital stay. I have had so many bowel movements today, I can’t believe it. It is better than being constipated. I just want my blood levels to improve and get more energy and get rid of my cancer. “I am going to get rid of my cancer, I am going to get rid of my cancer, I am going to get rid of my cancer”.
I was able to eat well today and did not drink as much super green that I usually do, but I have been drinking a lot of water. I also had Lasix yesterday after each pint of blood and I think that might be why I am still worn out.
I have been watching the Olympics today. They are amazing to watch. It must be an event of a lifetime to watch them in person.
I am keeping it short tonight. My best to everyone.
What a couple of days! I went for my chemotherapy appointment on Thursday which was supposed to be 2 hours long. Well, it was an ordeal. My pain was better, but I was very weak and pale. As I expected, my blood work crashed and my hemoglobin, hematocrit, red blood cell and white blood cells and more dropped to dangerous levels. After meeting with the nurse practitioner and the doctors review, I was told I would have to go to the hospital for blood and rest. I still had my chemotherapy, but also needed other intravenous medications and shots to be able to take it. I now have to take a shot every two weeks to help me produce red blood cells called Aransep. They are also going to give me other IV’s next week to help me absorb iron. I have been asking for blood and found out I had to wait until my Hemoglobin dropped to 8.5 to have medicare pay for it. That was quite a wait as I felt like I was about to drop dead from exhaustion. I finally got my chemotherapy and then was sent to the hospital. That day I got my blood typed and cross matched and got the blood yesterday. I had 2 pints and which took until late last night. I finally got home after 9 PM. It was just exhausting.
I had been constipated from all the vicodin and after the blood started having bowel movements. It seems that the blood helped in many ways. I hope that my body will now start to build red blood cells and iron. I felt a bit better after the blood.
Yesterday I was completely wiped out from pain. I could not get it under control and my daughter and I were really worried. I am a bit better, but still having pain. I have had to take so much vicodin that now I am constipated and bloated. I have chemotherapy tomorrow as long as all my blood work is good. I may need a special shot for iron tomorrow if I am still low and anemic. I am so weak that I expect I will need it. I have been taking slow release ferrous sulfate (slow release iron) but my oncologist is concerned that I am not absorbing iron in my body. That may be why I just can’t get any energy.
My daughter had most of the day off, but since she missed a couple of hours yesterday, she still had to take today as a day off and still go in and make up for yesterday. That was frustrating as she has to drive 45 minutes each way. She tried to get me to go swimming, but I got outside and just could not get the strength to swim, so I just got wet with the hose since it was so hot.
I did not have much of an appetite either. My daughter made me artichoke a boiled potato and chicken, but I could barely eat. I did finally have a small piece of homemade apple pie that she made. My food choices are off, but they want me to eat. My daughter did get me to eat a milkshake with protein and vitamins. I also drank my Odwalla super green and carrot juice. I have been drinking water all day too.
“I will get better, I will get better, I will get better”. I have to.
Hi this is Gia‘s daughter with a quick note. Mom had a rough night last night followed by a terrible day of pain. I stayed home until the Nurse could come to check on her. I am going to take the rest of the week off as she needs to have someone with her all the time this week as she is having severe pain. The doctor has her taking Vicodin. He said that there may be a lot of pain in the first three chemotherapy cycles and it has hit. It is so hard to see her in pain. I wish I did not have to go to work, but I have to work some to at least pay our mortgage. I sure wish she could feel better. I will do Mom’s chant…”Mom will feel better and her cancer will be healed, Mom will feel better and her cancer will be healed, Mom will feel better and her cancer will be healed.”
Mom needs me so wish us well and take care,