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Hot flashes making me feel very crabby today

Thursday, October 07, 2010

I would like to say thank you to all who commented on my blog yesterday; it touched me that so many people took it to heart.

I am feeling crabby today from lack of sleep. (Not looking for any advice here, just need to vent). The chemo has been making the hot flashes a lot worse lately, especially at night, and last night was a very bad night. It got down to 32°F, I did not even have my heat turned on, and I was still way too warm most of the night. All night long, I'd throw the covers off because I got too hot, then I'd get chilled again, put the blankets back on over me, then the cycle would start all over again. It's been so long since I've had a night of good, quality sleep. I have been dealing with hot flashes for about 6 years now, varying at times in frequency and intensity. I've tried the black cohash and Remifien too, those remedies didn't work for me at all. I also tried a couple of anti-depressants, but had to stop taking those because of the side effects. Nothing I can do but just put up with them til chemo is all done.

I do feel better though, about the situation concerning the Neulasta injection, (over $4800!) that I had in April that the insurance I had at the time refused to pay. Yesterday I spoke to both the office manager at my oncologist's office, and the billing manager at the hospital, and they are going to work together to get this straightened out for me. Meanwhile, the billing manager at the hospital is taking my account out of collections so I won't continue to receive bills for it while it is being sorted out.

My mom is still dealing with her cellutis infection in her leg. She saw her orthopedic surgeon yesterday. He said she was given the right kind of oral antibiotic, but that her body is not absorbing it fast enough, so he wants her on IV antibiotics. So, for the next 2 weeks, she has to go to the hospital at 7am and 7pm every day to get them. I am hoping that this will take care of the infection once and for all.

We are having some cold nights, but the days have been beautiful, perfect days for walking. I have had a few good days where I have been able to walk up to 30 minutes, my usual, since the hip problem, has been 15-20 minutes at a time. Yesterday was one of my better days, I walked for a half hour. Today though, I could feel the bone pain a bit more from Tuesday's Zometa treatment, so it was just a 22 minute, slow walk today. Doing ok with the shoulder today, though it's too early yet to tell if the cortisone shot is helping.
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  • BKWHITE3
    Glad that your Mom will be getting IV antibiotic's. I have a small fan blowing on me at night for the hot flashes.
    3518 days ago
  • AURWHE
    Shari,
    I went to the hystersisters.com site that I explained to you in my last note to look up the chillow pillow that I was talking about that sometimes helps people with hot flashes at night. If you go to the store section icon you will find a description of the pillow and how to order it in case it is something that you want to try. I hope that you can get some relief from the hot flashes soon so you can sleep more comfortably.
    Rhonda
    3518 days ago
  • AURWHE
    I am glad that your mom is getting antibiotics for her cellulitus. A few years ago I had to have a hysterectomy for early endometrial cancer from having taken Tamoxifen. After the cancer I found a web site called hystersisters.com. with info re: post hysterectomy care and other related issues. I fortunately have never had too much trouble with hot flashes myself, but they do advertise something on there called a chilly pillow that you can use for hot flash relief at night. I will go to the site now and make sure that I still can easily find it. If I can't I will write you another note.

    Good work on the walking. As always you inspire me with your blogs. Thank you for writing such good ones. I am hoping that you get relief of pain from your shoulder soon.
    Rhonda
    3519 days ago
  • 2BHLTHY4LIFE
    The hot flashes are so annoying,I hope this passes,so you can get some rest.I had them really bad nightly,when I was in ICU last January,I had to have a sponge bath and my bed changed from the hot flashes I was having daily.I guess it was from all the heart medicines I had to start taking and my body was not used to that many medicines or pre menopause or both. You take care and hope you get some rest,soon.Hope your mom get's better soon. emoticon Diana emoticon
    3519 days ago
  • LOVES_ANIMALS
    Hi Sweetie,

    I know just what you mean about the hot flashes. I am like a fireplace all night, and a lot during the day as well. I am a HOT MAMMA!!!

    Hugs,

    Sally
    3519 days ago
  • CARRAND
    I hope your Mom is better soon. Cellulitis can be serious, but the IV antibiotics should do the trick.

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    3519 days ago
  • ELLFIN3
    I am sorry to hear about your Mom! Hope the treatment they are trying now will do the trick! I think you should be so proud of yourself about your walking! Do you know how many perfectly healthy people do not walk or get fitness everyday or even now and then! I hope you can rest better to night!!! emoticon !!
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    3519 days ago
  • HOPE2BE
    I too have to put up with hot flashes but not the same reason as you. I too have to constantly put my covers on and off during the night. What a frustrating thing that is. Sorry to hear about your mom. I do hope it clears up soon.
    3519 days ago
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