A sewing day

October 11, 2017 Wednesday

I was able to go to sleep last night without any NyQuil or any other help.  Then I slept really well and didn’t even wake up once during the night.  Problem is that I didn’t even wake up period until almost noon!!!!!  NOON!!!  That’s amazing.  Hope I can sleep tonight!  I got up and had a nice breakfast and decided to do some sewing.

I seem to have so many projects started that I can’t decide what to work on!!  I need to finish some quilts.  I spread some partially done quilts out and decided to get back to Grandma’s Kitchen.  I have altered the quilt directions so that I am making two of each of the blocks and I’m making all the blocks 12 1/2″ instead of various sizes.  I kind of like the idea of making my quilt different from all the others being made around the country or the world for that matter.  I made these blocks today:

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Sorry they are turned sideways.

I did take a break as it was nearing dark to go finish mowing the back yard but evidently there is a stick stuck on the mower blade and the blade won’t move!!  So I left the mower outside the shed and I’ll call the repairman tomorrow to come get it and fix it up.  It needs servicing anyway.

The only thing I ate today after breakfast was a Tombstone pizza – it was pretty good and not nearly as salty as Pizza Hut pizzas are.  Course, it was not as wonderfully tasty as Pizza Hut pizzas either.  No diarrhea problems yet.

The only other thing I did today was put down a reservation for a cruise on the Baltic Sea for spring of 2019.  Talk about long range planning!!!  Hope it all works out.

I’ll have to get up early tomorrow because I have lab and then I meet with the surgeon for my after-surgery meeting.  I suppose he will examine the surgery sites and perhaps we will discuss radiation and if I need it or not.  Or maybe he will send the info to the radiation oncologist who will contact me later about whether I need it or not.  Then I’ll head on down to Roswell for a few days.  Sure have missed them since I haven’t seen there in almost two weeks!!!  I’ll have to be back sometime Sunday since I have to pack and get ready for the group trip to Destin.  We leave on Monday and I just can’t wait!!!

Morning weight – 222

 

 

A fairly busy day

October 10, 2017 Tuesday

I could not get to sleep last night so after a couple of hours of trying, I got up and took a swig of NyQuil.  I know that’s not really a good thing to do but I needed to get to sleep.  I was coughing some and that was not helping.  After that, I slept very nicely.  I did set an alarm for this morning so I could be sure to be with the quilt lady ladies on time and I got to hit that snooze button several times before I got up.

Then I had a nice breakfast and headed to Ringgold.  Turns out that the people in charge of the building where we meet monthly did not arrive to open the building today so we met in the parking lot.  That meant we couldn’t get out the quilts to admire since we didn’t want to take a chance on getting them dirty.  I really missed admiring quilts.  I got three small ones back and gave her two.  Several of us did stand around and discuss important topics such as cute quilt patterns some of us have found and wedding plans for a farm wedding this weekend for the daughter of one of us, and habits of chickens that several of us own – you know, the things that are just important in real life.  Go look at the quilt patterns of Laura Heines – check out the one entitled “My Kinda Town”.  I really like that one and may have to get it.  I’ll wait a while and see if I can live without it.

Then I left and headed for the courthouse in Dalton to get my tags for next year.  That went well and then I headed to the mall theater to see the Kingsman movie.  The preview looked pretty good but the bad language was just intrusive and the blood squirting scenes were just too graphic so those things took away from the movie.  The cast was really interesting and I enjoyed Tatum Channing, John Strange and Elton John the most.  It was an okay way to spend a couple of hours.

Then I headed home and decided to start putting the binding on the quilts I picked up today.  I got the first step done on all three of them, but I decided to order some black thread for the part where the stitching will show.  That means I won’t be able to work on them for a couple of weeks.  Then I got out a large quilt that I had quilted a couple of months ago and started doing the binding on that one, but I’m not sure the binding I found is really the binding for that quilt, so I’ll look around some more tomorrow and decide what to do about that.  Then I may make some more quilt blocks.

It was beginning to get late in the day and I decided I really should mow my yard – the rain encouraged the grass to pop up all of a sudden.  I finished the front yard but only did about half of the back yard when I could no longer see what I was mowing.  Mowing the back yard will have to be on tomorrow’s list as well.  I love making lists and checking completed items off those lists.

I have been nicer to my innards today by eating less and there is no sign of trouble yet.  Course, it could still happen but hopefully it won’t.  My back is hurting again but that is certainly a nightly event.

Morning weight – 221

Two days, not one updated

Oct. 8, 9 Photos.

I tried to update the blog with these photos but evidently, it didn’t work.

Here is the first memory quilt I made yesterday:

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Here is the cute little tree frog after he jumped from the wall to a stack of books:

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Here is the second memory quilt – the one I made today.

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Two days, not one

Sunday, Oct 8 and Monday, October 9, 2017

I forgot all about writing the blog last night – I didn’t even think about it until someone fussed at me for it!!  Actually, a few people missed it and were concerned about why I didn’t write it.  Sorry about that, I just plain forgot.  I also forgot to take the trashcan out to the street, but I remembered that after I got in bed, so I went and took it out!!

I had a nice day yesterday and even did some sewing.  I sewed about all day long and finished a fairly small quilt.  That was the first time I’ve sewed in several weeks. This quilt is a memory quilt made from a friend’s dad’s shirts.

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You’ve have thought that I’d have been really tired, maybe that’s why I forgot things last night, but I couldn’t go to sleep until after 3:00 am. I just remembered what else happened yesterday – Hurricane Nate went through here.  I really enjoyed the wind and rain all day long, so much that I had opened up the sliding door to the outside so I could hear and see the weather even better.  I kept worrying that either a squirrel or a bird would come into the house through the open door because they were very active in the back yard.  Guess they were enjoying the wet weather also.  Late in the evening, I noticed something out of the corner of my eye on the living room wall.  It was a tree frog!!!!  First thing I did was to take a photo of course and they try to catch it.  It took me several tries and I just couldn’t stand the feeling of the frog on my hands, so I finally caught him in a basket and then put him outside.  That was fun!!  He was cute.  Later I went to take my shower and found another frog in my master bathroom.  I quickly caught him in a box and put him outside.  He was not cute!!  Yuck.  I have not yet found any other critters and I hope I don’t.

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Even though I went to sleep later, I had a horrible night trying to sleep.  I kept being so hot even though the ac was set low and I had a fan on.  It was such a bad night that I was glad to get up fairly early this morning.  That’s a switch!  I had a nice breakfast of eggs and then started another memory quilt for another friend.  I was able to finish this one tonight. It’s a good thing I finished both quilts because I can give them to the quilt lady tomorrow!!

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I have felt quite good all day long today until after dinner with the girls tonight.  After I got home, I had diarrhea.  It was terrible and painful.  I am SO tired of that (and I expect you are tired of reading about it!) but I expect I am going to have to alter my eating patterns – maybe that would help.  Maybe if I only ate a little at a time I may be able to avoid the diarrhea.  It only seems to happen in the evening and lately it’s only happened after I ate out at a restaurant.  If you know what might be causing this, send me an email and let me know!!!!  I have been taking a probiotic each morning.  I wonder if that might be causing the problem – I doubt it but it’s worth thinking about some.

By the way, my hair is really growing.  I have a severe resemblance to a minion – a few hairs on my head.  If the sun is shining behind me, my hairs really show up – looks like a halo!!  Soon, I will be a real cotton-top – all this white hair that’s coming in.  I’ll include a photo when it is a little longer.  I am definitely ready for my eye brows to grow back in – they look pretty strange.

I have been having lots of back pain.  It’s different to the pain I had a few weeks ago but it really hurts when I get tired.  Think I’ll get that checked out in a few weeks.

Morning weight – it’s been hovering about 220-221.

A nice day

October 7, 2017 Saturday

I slept well last night and woke up feeling fine this morning.  Strangely, getting into and out of bed are the only times I feel any pain at all at my surgery sites and that is lessening as time goes on.  Otherwise, I don’t even feel like I’ve had surgery.  I wasn’t expecting too much pain but it’s been even better than I expected.

I had a nice breakfast then went to Kroger since it’s supposed to rain for a few days.  I didn’t get much so I was in and out quite quickly.  Then I came home and I’ve had a really lazy day.  I think tomorrow I will start doing some sewing.  Paula also brought me the latest Agatha Raisin book so I’ll be doing some reading on that too.

I have had lots of chicken and rice today and will have more tomorrow.  I also bought some boneless pork chops so I’ll cook them tomorrow with some black eyed peas!!!  Yum.

I have felt good all day today – no signs of the diarrhea that almost killed me last night!!  Thank goodness.  Sounds like a pretty boring day but boring is often much better than being too exciting, especially if the excitement is caused by negative events.  I’ll be happy with boring.

Morning weight – 222.0

A nice day until . . .

October 6, 2017 Friday

I slept fairly well last night and woke up nicely rested.  I was in no hurry but finally got up and dressed.  I ate a nice breakfast and then called some insurance people – my favorite entertainment!!  hahaha  I do have to pay a copay from several months ago so I arranged that on WF Bill Pay.  My surgeon does not yet have the results from the surgery tests or at least he has not signed off on them so that his PA can access it.  She said she will call me when she has them and she said it will be long before our meeting next Thursday.

Then I got in my truck, took the list I had made and started checking things off.  I won’t bore you with the whole list.  I did get the dent from the shopping cart removed ($100) and I did pay my house insurance and my car insurance ($$$$$).  I did buy new sheets and get them washed and I just finished making up my bed with them.  I’m looking forward to getting into bed.

I met the girls at a small restaurant and we all had a nice meal.  When I got home, I noticed I was quite tired.  And then the diarrhea started.  It was sooooo painful and long lasting but I feel better now that it appears to have ended and I’ve taken two showers to help with the pain.  Now, I’m exhausted.   It reminded me of the good old bad old day of chemo!!!

I don’t have many plans for tomorrow but I am looking forward to getting some rain at some point.  I certainly hope that the hurricane Nate doesn’t do much more damage but we certainly do need some rain – four days of it are supposed to be coming our way!!  I’m sure I’ll be tired of it by the time it ends!!

Morning weight – 221.2 I think.  The batteries in my scales are dying but I think that’s right.  I would expect the weight to be higher tomorrow because of that slice of coconut cake I had at dinner but with the diarrhea, tomorrow’s weight might be less.  Who knows?!?!?!?!?!

 

Out and about

October 5, 2017 Thursday

Last night I took another benedryl to counter the itching and I also found an anti-itch prescription cream so I put that on the worse itchy spots after my shower.  Together, I had almost no itching last night and most of today.  I am sort of itching again this evening, but I’ll use the cream again tonight and hopefully, that’ll be the end of the itch.  I slept late and had a very lazy morning.  I did not have much pain in the surgery sites again unless I do a long stretch for something and I’ve learned not to do those.

I did put on real clothes today for the first time since surgery and it felt pretty good to look normal again.  I did some calling about insurance today and found that my cancer policy company did not receive the bill for the 4th chemo treatment so I went to Office Depot and faxed it to them.  While I was still in my car, a cart came rolling down the hill and right into my front door!  A man tried to stop it but he couldn’t get there fast enough but it was nice of him to try. It didn’t bother the paint but left a dent.  I’m going to see if I can get something done about that tomorrow.

I also went to the oncologist’s office for lab work and my numbers were very good.  All within the normal spectrum!!!  So that was good news.  Things are looking up.

I did call the surgeon’s office to see if they had results from the lymph nodes and tumor margins they sent in from surgery but they didn’t have them.  They lied to me about that last time cause they didn’t want to give me bad news from anyone but the doctor so maybe they are doing that again.  The surgeon was in the operating room all day today but that he will be in the office tomorrow.  Maybe he will call me tomorrow.  Chances are that I will call him if he doesn’t call me.  Proactive is my middle name!!!  Sometimes.

I didn’t go anywhere else today but I felt good that I got out and about again.  I am quite tired this evening and expect all that activity after no activity for a few days has worn me out.  I expect I’ll be feeling better tomorrow.  Hope all that truck door opening and closing today didn’t “pull” anything and make me more sore.  We shall see.

Morning weight – 223.4  My right hand and arm are turning nice colors where they tried three times to stick me for the IV and they are still a little swollen with fluid.  I’m ready for that to go away and I bet it will soon.