What can I say, healthwise a routine has settled, my pain level levels are staying in for most of the day at level three for the shoulder and two for the lower back. The exceptions are level four for the shoulder and level thre for the lower back after my morning walk and at the end of my photo taking after lunch.
Like yesterday, I woke up with my shoulder blade pain at a level 3 and lower back a level 1. During the day, when active, the shoulder pain increased up to a level 4 and the lower back pain increased up to level 2. The main reason for the lower levels during the day was because I spend most of the time sitting. Upon resting for awhile, the lower back pain even dropped to a level 0, for a short period of time.
2020-02-19 Living with Cancer Day 1078
Today was a busy and good day. Pain-wise the increase in the breakthrough pain killer lowered the overall pain levels and therefore help with some tasks and activities. Also the lack of dizziness today was great. As to moving forward with the treatment, I will change to an IV based one, but not until my WBC and Platelet numbers meet the need for the requirement. Hopefully, this will be very soon.
2020-02-18 Living with Cancer Day 1077
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.
2020-02-11 Living with Cancer Day 1070
Today was not a bad day, pain levels were god for most of the day, and that falling asleep was kept to a minimum which allowed me to do yesterday’s report as well. However, I did hope to get another article on my backlog, which issue with concentration did not help me to do so.
2020-02-10 Living with Cancer Day 1069
Today was a so-so day, pain levels good in the morning, increased a bit in the afternoon. The second so was about falling asleep a lot in the afternoon, not able to complete or start planned activities.
2020-02-03 Living with Cancer Day 1062
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.
2020-01-30 Living with Cancer Day 1058
Healthwise, this being the 4th day of the new treatment, the main side effect is dozing off and dizziness. As to the pain locations and levels, no change from the days before. I can walk with the cane for about 5 to 10 minutes depending on the activity. If I move around too much my lower backstops me from doing more. For now, I can live with it, hoping I can make the adjustment that will help in the elimination or at least reducing the side effects.
Last Night – January 22, at 20:05:40 PST, 48°F Clear, Antioch, CA
After submitting yesterday’s blog entry, I had an accident, which did not get recorded as it was too late and the type of accident did not help to make an adjustment to the blog entry.
After getting ready to go to bed, I started to walk up the stairs to our bedroom, after about three steps I remembered that I forgot something and turned around to go back down. As I walk down I miscounted the step I was on, thinking I was down three I actually was on two, causing me to fall down onto my side.
Date: 2020 January 04, at 07:05:46 PST
Weather: 45°F Mist and Fog
Location: 4410 Deermeadow Way, Antioch, CA, United States
07:05:46 PST – Breakfast in Bed
Dianne surprised me again by bringing breakfast up to bed for both of us. We chatted a bit about yesterday’s visit to UCSF. Before getting up we watched some prerecorded TV shows.
After getting dressed I spent time in my office cleaning things up, which took some time since I did not want to overdo it.