It’s been three weeks since I rang the bell! Yeah! I wish I could say that all was hunky dory and I’m doing marvelously well. But I can’t. At least not to the extent that I want to be feeling.
That last few treatments really zapped me of energy. That’s been the most frustrating part of this recovery. I think I’m doing fine and then I try to get up to do something and I don’t last long before I’m huffing and puffing and feeling weak. It’s getting a little better each day, but it’s not moving as quickly as I hoped.
My last post took you to the day after my last treatment, so I thought I would fill you in on a few specifics. The following Saturday after treatment, January 26th, we were finally able to get together with my Mom and my siblings to celebrate my Mom’s 91st birthday. For various reasons, we hadn’t been able to do it earlier in the month. Since I had just completed my last treatment, we also considered it a celebration of that! When I left the Cancer Center the last day, they gave me a bottle of Martinelli’s Sparkling Apple Cider. Since I wanted to celebrate with my kids too…. I went and bought an extra bottle to take with me that night to share with my siblings and Mom. It was a great evening. Since my Mom has a hard time getting out, my sister suggested we order out and eat in the small private dining room at her facility. It was a great idea. We ordered from the Mandarin Restaurant, a local Chinese food place that is very popular. I haven’t had their food for years. It was delicious. The Almond Chicken was my favorite. It was good timing too, since John and I planned on starting a new diet regimen a few days later.
The next day we attended my nephews farewell and hung out with extended family for a bit after at my sister in laws house. Then we came home and had our family time here where we busted open the bottle of Martinelli’s I got from the Cancer center and celebrated again with our kids.
I was starting to feel a little icky on Saturday night and by Sunday was feeling it even more. It took a lot out of me showering and getting ready for church that Sunday morning. It’s a good thing I started early! By Monday, I was really feeling the typical yuck. It lasted for several days. By the following Sunday, February 3rd, I didn’t feel I had the energy to sit through church so we didn’t go.
It’s just been a struggle with the energy thing. I finally started ‘feeling’ better, but the fatigue is still a problem. I’ve been doing a lot of crocheting still. I really do love it. I’ll be dropping more hats off tomorrow at both PCMC and my Cancer Center. Even though I don’t have appointments to get me there…. I’ll be going anyway because a couple of the hats I made are a little Valentine styled, so I thought I better get them there pronto!
Since I’d been crocheting, there was a project or two that I wanted to do that I needed some yarn for. So last Saturday, Feb 9th I had my husband drive me up to JoAnn’s so I could take advantage of a coupon that ended that day. I told him to sit in the car and I would call him if I needed him. I should have called him….. but I didn’t. By the time I spent about 15 minutes deciding on yarn and then having to stand in line for another 5 minutes or so, I thought I was going to pass out before I made it out to the car. It’s a good thing I had a cart to lean on! That should tell you how easily I get fatigued. Just walking through the store, and standing in line was more than my body wanted to do. That’s the kind of thing I’ve been fighting. Though I feel the last few days have been a tiny bit better in that department. My shower this morning wasn’t as tiring as it as the other day….. so I think I’m making progress. We did attend church last Sunday and I even made it through Sunday School by default. LOL Since the meeting is in the chapel, we were still there talking to people asking me how I was doing when the lesson started so we opted to stay. I was glad I did, but I was tired by the end of the lesson and wanted to go home. Hopefully next week I can make it through the full 3 hour block.
I’m hoping my endurance will perk up a LOT…. and quickly! We are headed to St. George next week for two reasons. One…. because I LOVE the Parade of Homes and want to go (big surprise) and Two…. because John has a softball tournament next weekend. I’m so excited to get away and have a little warmer weather than we’ve been having here! I just hope I can handle walking through 28 homes in a few days time! We’ll see. I guess if I have to pick and choose which homes I see like I did last fall for the Salt Lake Parade that’s what I’ll have to do! I’m hoping getting away and getting out of the inversion we’ve been having will make a big difference. Someday we’ll own a home down there and spend a LOT of time there this time of year!!
So that’s where I’m at. Slowly recovering. No new hair growth yet. I suspect that will start soon. Things are good and life is good and I’m just grateful to be here!