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.