A nice lazy day

August 4, 2017 Friday

I found out that yesterday was National Watermelon Day just before bedtime last night and I knew that I just HAD to celebrate such an awesome national holiday, so I ate lots of watermelon just before I went to bed.  Probably not my brightest idea ever!!!  I slept really well last night and every one of those five or six times I woke up and dashed to the bathroom, I was able to go right back to sleep!!  It really was a nice night of sleep even with all the bathroom trips.

I woke up rested and got up kind of late, about 9:00 or so.  I was in no rush to do anything, so that was a nice feeling.  After a nice breakfast, I started calling the oncologist’s insurance lady and after leaving only one message for her, she called me back.  Lucky.  She said the papers were faxed yesterday afternoon.  Okay!!!  So I called my lump sum cancer insurance company to see if they had them.  They must have been busy but after only being on hold for about 15 minutes, I got to a lady who checked and Lo! and Behold!, the papers were there.  She said they would be examined and a decision would be made next week and that I should call again next Friday if I had not heard from them before that.  Okay!!!  I thanked her and then thought about what she had said.  It was almost exactly the same thing they told me last week, except that I should call back on Tuesday!!!!!  So I did other things, piddling around the house.  I’ve just not felt particularly motivated to do much of anything, not even much sewing.

A couple of hours after my last phone call with the insurance company, I got a phone call from their head lady whose name I had seen on letters from them but never been allowed to speak to before.  She told me that the lump sum check would be mailed by them on Monday by certified mail.  She also told me that they are canceling my policy since I have received the total amount of the policy and they won’t pay me any more in the future.  So that’s about $50+ a month that I will no longer be paying.  It’s good news all around.  I knew that I had been working toward this goal for several weeks, but I just about had heart palpatations upon hearing the news.  I was stunned.  I’m still stunned.  I suppose that if I have to have cancer, at least some good has come out of it.  This payment will help my financial situation quite a bit.  That is a big relief.  I think I’ve said this before, but if you don’t have a cancer policy, I highly recommend getting at least one. I still have another cancer policy that pays me based on the bills I submit to them about the services I am receiving.

After I calmed down from all of that and planned how I will use the money, I still didn’t feel up to doing much of anything.  I did do a little exercising in the kitchen – leg swings and knee bends and such, but that’s all.  I went out to dinner with some friends, yes I do that fairly often and I always really enjoy it and tonight was no exception.  After dinner, I did some more of the almost nothing I did all day long.  I’m tired but not exhausted like I have been some days.  Tomorrow I will go back to visit in Roswell for a couple of days!!  Yay!!!

My tongue was a little tender today, but not nearly as bad as yesterday and I didn’t even need to use the magic mouthwash today.  I’ve had a little diarrhea but not much.  I’m feeling just fine.  Again, it makes me wonder if the chemo is really doing anything inside my body since I am not feeling terrible!!!  The literature says there is no correlation between how you feel and how the chemo is working, but I still stay a little concerned about that.

Morning weight – 213.2  My weight is neither going up much nor going down much, but that’s okay with me.

Author: melaniesjourneythroughcancer

I am a retired teacher who was recently diagnosed with triple negative ductal breast cancer. I decided to write this blog to record the actions and emotions that occur as I make this journey through the cancer experience.

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