Well it has been a fun past week but also a challenging one. For the past 9 nights I have been waking up with pain. The pain has usually been generally in my abdomen but the past 3 nights have all been low back or the lower left part in my abdomen. The pain is anywhere between a 4-8 on the pain scale. Because of all the pain, I’m not sleeping too well. I am usually up taking several pain pills in the middle of the night and then trying to sleep around all the Christmas activities. During the days I have had pain too, just not as bad. So each day I have been taking between 4-6 pain pills. I was supposed to have chemo on Monday, but I canceled it. I was concerned that chemo on top of the pain I was already having was going to make things worse. I reviewed everything with my Dr. on Monday afternoon. The doc said I made the right call by canceling or delaying the chemo another week. The doc was unsure on what could be causing the pain. We both know that the continual fluid build up is not helping. I had another 10 lbs. drained out of me today . It is tough to keep track of what my weight is due to all the extra liquid not leaving my body, but my guess is about 150 lbs. My appetite is good, but gets suppressed by the pain and the pain meds. My doc just said to keep taking more and more pain pills-basically he said that I can’t overdose on them. So truth be told I am writing this to you under the blanket of 4 pain pills.
So since I have had the physical change(lots of pain). I have had to re-consider my full time employment at Pictura. If I could get the pain under control, that would be a different thing. Right now taking pain pills in the middle of the night and then throughout the day makes things a little dangerous to be commuting. Also, it all adds up to me being tired all the time. I will meet with my boss next week to get it figured out.
So other than those to big changes, we have been enjoying the holiday season. I have never received so many Christmas cards in my entire life. I heard that Aunt Carmen was behind that. Thanks to her idea, I found out that my Great Uncle Jean Baty lives just two miles away. I went and visited him on Monday afternoon, it was great. Tuesday Mom and Rick and Aunt Kristine and Uncle Harold drove down to have lunch with me. Today I rested a bit before going to the hospital. Tomorrow my sister comes back to town to visit again. Last weekend we some how made it to both of Karen’s families extended Christmas parties too. Lots of visiting in a short amount of time-but it has all been good.
God’s Blessing to all of you! Time to attempt some sleep.