2019-07-05 Living with Cancer Day 852

Today was a BETTER day. The day started long before 9:00 PM the evening before with illegal fireworks that finally ended around 2:00 AM. In between I dozed a few times, before getting some sleep when the fireworks finally ended. Some fireworks were not what we would expect such as shooting stars, they were just noise markers, some as loud as a grenade that was heard miles away.

I got up at 6:50 to start my morning routine with no problem. As to my intense tingle in my left leg from the toe unto past my hip, it was present at a very low level, almost undetectable. BTW, I stop taking Ibuprofen since it is wrong for me to self-diagnose. Dianne reminded me that Ibuprofen is counter to the blood thinners I take. There are other medication that may interfere with. I will report the issue to my doctor and let her figure out what it may be

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2019-06-28 Living with Cancer Day 845

Today was another good day. No change to my new morning ritual. However, some changes to my health-related issues, I needed to take Zofran for my stomach uneasiness and Meclizine for the dizziness and on the positive side, there was no sweating. As to my oxygen, I noticed that I breath-in with small times, but no lack of oxygen-related of short breath. It is listed as a side effect to the new chemo treatment. The shorter intakes only happened when being active when walking or extended activities like fixing something standing up.

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2019-06-15 Living with Cancer Day 833

Today was a bad day, it started with not sleeping during the night and as the morning neared stomach cramps and pains took over. It turned out that all this pain and discomfort came from be constipated for 3 days, a side effect of the medication. I stayed in bed until about 10:30 when I suddenly was able to have that needed bow movement. However, my stomach cramps did not go away and overall I felt crummy so I stayed in bed until noon.

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2019-06-08 Living with Cancer Day 826

Today was another good day! It is also the weekend which for the last five I ended up in the hospital. It seems that using the oxygen when needed is working. I had a very active day without any signs of stomach or dizziness issues. As to my shoulder and hip pains, they stayed at a low level.

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2019-06-06 Living with Cancer Day 824

Today was a good day! It is day two after discharge. There was no need for oxygen being inside. Using the morning walk we used Oxygen which helps to keep the level within the 92-95% range. It was very noticeable to me since my energy level did not drop too much. Activity wise I did a bit more than yesterday, however as the doctors say don’t overdo it, rest for the next few days.

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2019-06-05 Living with Cancer Day 823

Today was a somewhat good day! It was day one after discharge. I had a good night, no need for oxygen. After breakfast, I took some oxygen in preparation for being outside for two doctor appointments. Being beginners, we had to figure out how best to use oxygen machinery. It did not take too much time for us to figure it out. Returning back home there was a need for oxygen for the rest of the day. Overall, resting helped a lot to get some of my energy back.

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2019-06-04 Living with Cancer Day 822

Today was another so-so day! It was discharge day!

Before being discharged I needed another blood transfer. Since my blood has been subject to various chemo related treatments, it contains antibodies that the blood bank needs to be aware of in selecting the blood for me. I received the blood around 4:00 AM and was done at 7:30 AM. Shortly after that another blood draw was taken to ensure the numbers were good to be discharged.

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2019-06-03 Living with Cancer Day 821

Today was a so-so day! On the good news side, being connected all night to the CPAP (Continuous positive airway pressure) machine did not show any problem. However, sleeping with the mask was no fun. The rest of the day was spent to get ready to be discharged. As it turns out, that was wishful thinking, there were things to be arranged, papers to be signed.

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2019-06-01 Living with Cancer Day 819

Today was another good day, a continuation of the last few days after returning home from the hospital. Remember that good is relative here. If I compare the last few days with good days before my radiation treatment, they are miles apart. It will take months before I will have good days as they were then.

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