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3rd week with the Velban, doing ok

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Doing ok with the chemo side effects; the worst is the fatigue, but this Velban is much easier to handle than the CMF. Tuesday was the 3rd Velban and it's one I get every week; it was just the first week that I was on it that it was so rough, but taking the Miralax before my treatment for a couple days after has really been helping.

I have noticed an increase in my acid reflux pain over the last few weeks, which I think may be the cumulative effects of the chemo, which I started in April. I have my 6 month check up with my internist next month; he is the one that deals with my stomach issues, so I will mention it to him. I had severe gastritis the first part of the year caused by the radiation I had on my spine, and because of that I was on a bland diet from January to the middle of May, so maybe the chemo has kept it from healing 100%.

The sciatica pain is about the same; this time of year, the weather is constantly changing, which doesn't help it much, but there's not much I can do about the weather. I still try to get out and walk for at least 10 minutes every day; sitting too much actually makes the pain worse. I've been feeling pretty stiff today and yesterday, so my walks have been short and slow; 18 minutes yesterday, and 15 minutes today. Today I had to wait til late in the day to take my pain pill; I had an appointment at the car dealership for an oil change and maintenance, and I don't take the pain pills if I have to drive because they make me sleepy. I just feel that is the responsible thing to do. I believe that driving under the influence of medication that can make you sleepy is just as dangerous as drinking and driving.

My dad met me out at the dealership and gave me a ride back home after I dropped off the car, then he put up the blinds I bought for the kitchen window the other day. Then after getting the blinds up, the cord to raise and lower them wouldn't work, grrr! We took the blinds out of the window, but left the brackets in the window frame. We took them back to Lowes; I was hoping someone there could just fix them; I didn't want my dad to have to take the hardware back out of the window and start all over with a new set, but it was something that couldn't be fixed. But they let me exchange them for a new set, even though not all the hardware was with the ones I returned. I guess they didn't need that part anyway if the blinds were defective, it's not like they could resell them. Anyway, I was glad I could exchange them without an extra trip, the customer service people were really nice. And when we got back to my house, my dad was able to put them into the brackets from the first set, and I pulled the cord, and voila! They worked!

By that time, it was noon, so I made some coffee for my dad and we had sandwiches. Then it was time to go out and pick up the car. I was so glad to be able to take my pain pill finally! And after an hour when it started to work, that's when I went out for my walk.

I'm very thankful for my dad helping me out so much today, and my new blinds look very nice! And my car is all set for winter now too.
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  • CAPECODDOGFISH
    Shari, this blog really brings home "Be thankful for small favors. I am glad you are tolerating the chemo and hope the acid reflux calms down. So glad your dad is able to help. He sounds like quite a guy. Even if you don't go out much this winter it sounds like you are all set with the car etc. Take care emoticon Bob
    3533 days ago
  • SERENEMOM71
    Shari, you continue to amaze me! I'm on pain pills too for my RA and I do not take them in the morning if I have to drive (which is often) so I am in pain and just grin and bear it! I feel the same way - it is no different than drinking and driving. Good for you!!! Too often people are impaired with medication! or distracted drivers with eating or talking/texting on their cell phones even without the added affect of drugs or alcohol!! as I know too well!

    I'm glad that you have your dear dad to help you and that you got your blinds up and your car done! I'm also happy that you seem to be settling in a routine with your chemo? @ least it seems that way! I continue to pray for you daily, my dear. You are also in my thoughts a lot.
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    3534 days ago
  • DENI_ZEN
    Your dad is a really wonderful man, Shari :)

    I'm glad you're all set, all ready to be as "snug as a bug in a rug" this winter, as my mom used to say. What a considerate person you are, not wanting to drive after you've taken your pain pills. Today I heard of a driver who'd been weaving between lanes before a police officer pulled him over. When he walked toward the driver's side window, he noticed that the driver was munching on a salami and cheese sandwich. On the passenger's seat, there sat some bread, salami, and cheese, and on the floor was a vodka bottle!

    Now, THERE'S a dangerous driver - yikes! - Sandi emoticon
    3534 days ago
  • CARRAND
    You got a lot done today, and it sounds like you got in a walk, too. Good for you!

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    3534 days ago
  • CELLOPLAYER1
    It sounds like you had a busy day. Have a good one tomorrow!
    3534 days ago
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  • ELLFIN3
    I am glad you have your Dad to help you!!! It is good to get these things done! Glad you were able to go for a walk again today! Rest Well!! emoticon
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    3534 days ago
  • OUTDOORGIRL75
    I am so glad that you are doing better on the new stuff. You know that you are on my pray list.

    God Bless
    3534 days ago
  • BKWHITE3
    Glad you were able to get a lot done today.
    3534 days ago
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