2020-02-18 Living with Cancer Day 1077

2020-02-18 Living with Cancer Day 1077

Summary
The day started off with a high level of shoulder pain, however, after adjusting the Dilaudid schedule it started to become acceptable. It also did not help to fight my dizziness and therefore to play it safe I stayed home for the day.

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2020-02-17 Living with Cancer Day 1076

2020-02-17 Living with Cancer Day 1076

General – 06:55:04 PST, 45°F Clear, Antioch, CA
Before I start with today’s report let me start explaining the new subdivisions I will using fo reach day’s report. Over the last few days, I was trying to figure out how to be more consistent with my reporting on what tased place during the day.

After numerous attempts to find a suggestion using google search, I finally came across one suggestion that almost fitted my needs, dividing the day into 4 sections:

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2020-02-05 Living with Cancer Day 1064

2020-02-05 Living with Cancer Day 1064

Summary
Today was a bad day. My pain levels were high after getting up, especially my lower back went to level 8, resting got it back 1, as to my shoulder pain level went from 3 to a 5. This went all day long that way. I did not get much done, thanks to my chemo brain, many tasks needed to repeated a few times.

Tweet to Steve – 06:14:03 PST, 34°F Clear, Antioch, CA
This was twitter to Steve, in addition to my regular weather data.

Weather for (KCAANTIO65) — via WunderStation by Weather Underground.

View this Personal Weather Station:

If you don’t see the picture, click on the this LINK.

This Morning – 08:00:12 PST, 37°F Clear, Antioch, CA
Nothing special for the first part of the morning, sending weather data to Steven, get up around 8:00, downstairs at 8:45 to have breakfast and take my medication by 9:00.

Waking up the pain level was 1 for my back and a 3 for my shoulder. After getting up the shoulder pain for my lower back rose quickly to level 8, my shoulder at a level 5. Resting brings the levels back to 1 and 3.

Before going upstairs I started an online chat with AT&T to resolve my login issue, it took over an hour, completing the chat being downstairs after my breakfast.

Checking with Dean, we went to the AT&T store in Walnut Creek to check out the new iPhones, but they did not have any since the day before they were robbed. We left and since we were on the other side of Mount Diablo, we drove through the area to find a good location. However, we did not, the location we visited should have been perfect, except man-made hills or fences behind the homes blocked most of the good view.

As an alternative, I took some pictures in Dean’s garden taken picture of his Lemon Tree. Afterward, I went home as it was lunchtime.

Lunch and More – 11:55:17 PST, 54°F Clear, Antioch, CA
I got home just in time for Lunch. I warmed up yesterday’s leftover, Dianne’s Mother recipe for the Cheese Macaroni Casserole with some tea biscuits, it still tasted good after the second warmup.

My lower back pain had reached its highest level, requiring me to rest immediately. For most of the early afternoon, I got nothing done, I was not able to concentrate on anything, falling behind with my tasks.

I had to update my calendar with new entries 3 times before I got it right, the same was true for some address book changes.

I also started to get ready for my visit to KTVU tomorrow morning.

Around 4:00 I finally got my mind back on track, just in time for working on my blog entry.

Dinner and more – 17:07:15 PST, 59°F Clear, Antioch, CA
For dinner I had a half Tuna Sandwich, it was very good.

Not much more to write, after dinner, I continued working on today’s posting watching TV in the background. After posting it I rested watching TV until it is time to retire.

2020-02-04 Living with Cancer Day 1063

2020-02-04 Living with Cancer Day 1063

Summary
Today was not a bad day. My pain levels were high after getting up, the medication lowered it a bit to a level that was acceptable for most of the day. However, at the end of the day, the right shoulder pain picked at a level 8. I hope it stays that way until 9:00 when I can take another Break Down medication.

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2020-02-03 Living with Cancer Day 1062

2020-02-03 Living with Cancer Day 1062

Summary
Overall today was a more painful day. Also, I did fall asleep more often. I am told that this is a side effect of the Dilaudid. I have a choice, sleep or stay awake with pain.

Early Morning – 06:44:34 PST, 36°F Clear, Antioch, CA
My mornings are all the same, I wake up around 7:00 and are downstairs latest by 8:30. Today was that way almost that way, I woke up at 6:45 and downstairs at 8:00. I was a bit earlier since I had to be ready for pickup by Dianne at 9:00 for my 9:15 appointment.

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2020-02-02 Living with Cancer Day 1061

2020-02-02 Living with Cancer Day 1061

Summary
Today was overall not a good day. It started off with some real bad pain, which reduced itself, but not enough to at least calling it a so-so pain day. I tried walking around to loosen the muscles, but that did the opposite, it causes more pain in my back. Hopefully, I will have a good sleep to recover from some of that pain.

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2020-02-01 Living with Cancer Day 1060

2020-02-01 Living with Cancer Day 1060

Summary
The day started off very well, not much pain in my lower back. However, as the day progressed the shoulder pain started to surface. It did not help being confined to sitting because of talking to the AT&T support team. In addition to the pain levels increased as the day went along, the falling asleep became an issue as well.

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2020-01-31 Living with Cancer Day 1059

2020-01-31 Living with Cancer Day 1059

Summary
Today was interesting from my health perspective. Overall my pain level was what I would call stable at a slightly higher level. However, trying to stay awake was not easy and, in the end, I just fell asleep going to bed very early.

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2020-01-29 Living with Cancer Day 1057

2020-01-29 Living with Cancer Day 1057

Summary
Today was a busy but good day. My pain levels were low after getting up but increased during the activities in preparation for our trip to UCSF. The levels got a bit lower during the drive, but increased during the appointment time and have stayed at a higher level for the rest of the day.

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2020-01-27 Living with Cancer Day 1055

2020-01-27 Living with Cancer Day 1055

Waking Up – 07:21:21 PST, 45°F Possible Drizzle, Antioch, CA
I got up early since I have a Blood Draw appointment at 8:30 followed by my 9:00 Chemo Tech. The later is because I am starting a new treatment, which is “Pill” based and called ‘Venclexta’. The plan is to start the treatment today, assuming no objection from the doctors.

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