A perfect fall day
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
I had to fast after 9pm last night for my blood work today, so that meant plain water instead of flavored water. I haven't been able to drink my water plain since April, because of the chemo. Somehow, the chemo made plain water taste metallic. So I was surprised this morning when I drank my water plain, it tasted normal again! I don't know if it's the fact that the new chemo I am on doesn't have that effect, or if it was the month break I had from the chemo in August, but it's nice to drink my water plain again. I still like the flavored water, but having to drink it drink it that way all the time for so many months I was getting tired of it. Hopefully, the water will continue to taste good to me plain.
My appointment was at 9am, but it was almost 9:30 by the time I had my blood drawn, then I could finally eat the banana I brought with me. I needed a urine test for my internist also, but my nurse put a note on my lab sheet that I would be back for that after the chemo, so after my chemo was done, I walked the hospital which was just a few feet away and went to the lab for the urine test.
I mentioned my acid reflux pain to my nurse too; and she suggested taking my Prilosec twice per day instead of once per day, and then if it's not better when I see my internist on the 14th, then he will know he probably has to change my meds. My pain is slightly better today, but it's because I have been eating bland foods and not much food at one time; instead of regular size meals, I just have to eat a few "mini meals" throughout the day. And because of the fasting, I could not take my Prilosec this morning, but I will take my evening dose of it soon. Right now I am drinking some watered down iced tea with my Miralax dose in it.
It's a beautiful fall day here, sunny and in the 60's, my idea of a perfect autumn day. I got out for a 24 minute walk. Not hurting bad from it, but it still frustrates me that even though it is helping the sciatica pain, once I hit the 20 minute mark my leg starts to feel a little weak. According to my pedometer, I walked 1.1 miles today; I wish I could do that at a faster pace, but walking faster seems to make my leg feel weaker faster, so I think I'm better off for now going for time instead of speed.
I miss using my 1 and 2 pounds weights; haven't used those for a couple of weeks now because of the shoulder pain, but I am hoping that if I can get a cortisone injection in it next week, it will stop hurting and I can get back to doing my strength training again. And pretty much any abdominal exercises, like crunches, I can't do right now either because of the acid reflux. I hope I don't sound like I am complaining, I am just sharing my reasons for not doing those things right now. I have had to stop both of those things before, and once the problems were taken care of, I was able to get back to doing them, so I know that one day, I will be putting those dumb bells and my stability ball to use again, and trying those crunches. I am thankful that I can do the walking, even if it's not as far or as fast as I would like to be doing. I'll never reach the big goals though if I don't keep plugging away at the small ones, so that is what I am doing.