A good day

August 29, 2017 Tuesday

I didn’t sleep as well last night, but it was okay.  I seemed to be dozing a lot during the night where I was sort of awake and sort of asleep.  Maybe I was just dreaming a lot.  I did do a lot of coughing stuff up again in the early morning but it wasn’t as bad as it has been being.  As a matter of fact, I’m noticed that I am going longer periods of time without coughing – that’s wonderful news for me.  Many of the coughs are less ‘juicy’ than they have been being, but many of them are still very juicy.  I think I’m getting well.  People could even hear and understand me all day long though I do still sound like a frog.   It’s still an improvement.  One thing I don’t like is that when I have a ‘juicy’ cough, I have to stand up straight in order to cough the stuff up and clear my throat – that’s a problem when I’m in bed or in my leather chair but I have high hopes that there will be a big improvement in that soon.

I did stop eating the BRAT diet since I’ve discovered that that really, really works and will take you from diarrhea to constipation!!!!!  Now I’ll know the next time my diarrhea starts to get those food items and use them.  I’m not exactly constipated but close enough.  So, today I ate regular food and that’s another good step forward.

We went to the pool again today – I certainly hope it’s not the last pool visit for this year, but if the weather does not cooperate, it may be.  Talk about cold water!!!   BRRR!!!   I couldn’t bring myself to lower myself in the water all the way so I just stood and danced the whole time I was in there – we are all so much more graceful when we are in the water – I don’t know why I don’t join a ballet company with all those graceful moves I made today in the pool.  Oh yeah, it’d have to be an underwater ballet!!  Oh well.

Since I moved for all of those two hours, I got quite tired.  It’s a good thing I have friends and family that call me in the afternoons or I’d sleep the whole afternoon away.  I know I can’t oversleep in the afternoon or I’d not sleep at night, but I’m sure I’ll sleep tonight cause I’m worn out.  If I hadn’t gotten trapped watching the beginning of an hour long HGTV program, I’d have been in bed a half hour ago!!

I didn’t really have any side effects of the chemo today except for getting really tired, but I’m sure the pool had a lot to do with that.  I thought this whole week would be worse than last week, but so far, so good.

I got to wondering something.  If the chemo is supposed to kill all the growing cells, including hair cells, and all my hair did not fall out, does that mean that the chemo did not kill all the growing cells, perhaps including cancer cells????  Guess I’ll ask that Thursday when I do to lab.

I’m kind of looking forward to the rain tomorrow and the following days since it’s been so long since it rained here.  I’d like to see Harvey get away from Texas so they can start that long, hard cleanup process that is going to be so terrible for so many people.

Morning weight – 219  The last couple of days has been a big increase and I don’t know if it is the pizza and coconut cake (I did throw away the last half of that cake!) or it is related to the BRAT foods sort of stopping me up or what??  I expect it will return to normal in the next few days.  Sure hope so anyway.  I have been trying to do some leg exercises and all like I used to.  The sugar in the sprite and the coconut cake are having a definite impact on my arthritic knee – looks like I’d stay away from sugar to avoid that.  I did not have any sugar today.

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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