Friday, a little bit after I posted my blog for the day, my husband got a phone call about his colonoscopy results. The polyp they removed was pre-cancerous, but advanced. The doctor seemed as shocked as we were and Rob now has to get a colonoscopy again in one year’s time. I am happy he had an early screening due to some gastro issues. I, too, have my second colonoscopy next year (due to having several pre-cancerous polyps) but I had three years between them.
Despite the news, we tried to make the most of the weekend: Roger had ABA Saturday morning, followed by a play date at friend’s house, and a sitter so we could have a date night. Sunday, we had breakfast out, followed by Six Flags. We were all exhausted after that! However, Roger got in my bed around midnight and I could not sleep after that. I think we both woke up for the day around 4 and got out of bed at 5.
My job flexibility enabled me to get 3 hours of work complete before my 8:50 doctor’s appointment. I had a blood test today to see my genetic probability of cancer (specifically colon due to family history) and breast cancer (because that is automatically checked). I go back on December 12th for my results. Even with the lack of sleep, my day has been pretty good so far with a lot of work done and Roger’s OT and play date looming ahead of me. I am sure I will be ready for bed come 6:30!
Update on the remainder of my week:
Wednesday I had an appointment with a new therapist. I was told to arrive 15 minutes early to fill out paperwork. I arrived early and no one was there until about 10 minutes after my appointment time. That was a huge turn off. Second turn-off was the décor. Way too much cutesy/ranch type of décor with an overload of essential oils. My third issue was her disagreeing with my internist about ending hormones at the five year mark. And the final issue was that my appointment ended at 45 minutes (and that included the time they were late and the paperwork was filled out), so in actuality my session was 20-25 minutes and cost my co-pay of $40. I did make a second appointment for November, but am not sure if she is the right fit. Maybe I should try a second go. I’m sure I will obsessively think that through. That same day I made a flu shot appointment for Roger. That was traumatic. We got the numbing patch and he still cried and screamed when the shot was administered.
Yesterday I took my husband to his endoscopy/colonoscopy procedure. One polyp was found and will be biopsied. They took other cultures to make sure nothing else is going on in there. He was very nervous but the general anesthesia seemed to have no affect on him after he woke up. For me, I am usually tired and I nap and then I’m up all night. He was up the remainder of the day and went to Roger’s hip hop class with me.
The beginning of the week I made a doctor’s appointment for my remaining cough and my stuffed right ear/popping ear. Today was my appointment and I was correct: I have an ear infection now. It is always something! Another round of antibiotics and, hopefully, all will be clear.
Fall weather has finally hit the DFW area. After yesterday’s high of 95, today has a high of 71. Unfortunately, this weather will not last long as Friday and Saturday soars back up to 91! Appreciating the dropped temperature, we will be voyaging to the Pumpkin Patch after this morning’s camp.
Of course, it wouldn’t be our normal schedule if only a leisurely trip to the pumpkin patch was the only thing on the agenda. After that, we have my follow-up doctor’s appointment, Roger’s swimming lesson, and dinner at my parent’s.
On an exciting note, this weather made me crave Matzo Ball soup and search for the best in DFW. I happened upon Cindi’s New York Deli. There are several locations, one only about 30 minutes away. I am so eager for some soup and latkes!
I absolutely love Mondays and will always try to choose not to make any Monday appointments. I get back into my groove on Mondays. I get back into the swing of work, get back to my days alone, get back to my food and exercise regime. Mondays are great for me.
Last week ended with me completely worn out from my first week back at work. I hope this week I am not so wiped by the time the weekend comes. I was an absolute nightmare to be around yesterday morning! Depression, anxiety and stress were the key words. Today, I am a cheery lady. Hmm, maybe we should not discount that bipolar diagnosis!
Yesterday was my first day back at work. It was an 8 hour day. I took hourly breaks to walk and move my arms. During my lunch break, I did my 10 minute headspace meditation program and rested in bed an additional 10 minutes or so. After school, Roger had homework and then Occupational Therapy. After OT, we had our normal Chick-fil-A dinner and play date with his friend at our house. It was a long day, especially since part of my workload occurred between the 7 to 9 o’clock hours. I was very sore by the time I went to bed and woke up pretty sore too.
Today, I, again, took breaks and had my meditation/rest time during lunch. This afternoon will be pretty packed with Roger having a trial singing lesson at School of Rock, followed by his swimming lesson, followed by dinner at my parents house, followed by spelling homework, followed by showers/bed. I’m exhausted thinking about it! However, the routine and new 5 minutes-per-hour (in the morning) exercise schedule has put me in a better mood than I have been.
I am hoping my health, wellness, and recovery will flourish.
Today I am very hopeful.
Yesterday morning I had a lumbar epidural. I had a choice between local or general anesthesia. I chose general anesthesia and am glad I did. The back doctor had wanted a caudal epidural but I had extra bony growth, so the needle could not go the whole way in. They had to do a higher injection. The downside is that while I was under I coughed/sneezed the entire time. I came out of anesthesia with a bad sore throat, almost no voice, and a raw nose. Thankfully, they said I kept apologizing, so at least I was nice while under! However, I had Rob make me an appointment at our internist to see if I had more than just bad allergies. Today was my appointment and I have ANOTHER sinus infection.
My second appointment of the day was my follow-up with my orthopedic surgeon re: my ulnar nerve surgery. I am doing very well and she released me back to work on Monday. I told her how my other fingers are going numb and she fit me for a carpal tunnel splint. However, she thinks the problem is stemming from my cervical issue. I guess time will tell. I have another follow-up in 3.5 weeks.
I would be in a better mood if I got more than 2 hours 19 minutes sleep last night. The antibiotic shot must be somewhat working because my headache has subsided. Here’s hoping I am more myself before I head back to the workforce Monday!
Today I woke up feeling down, just an overall feeling of sadness. I looked around the messy living room and felt unease. I really wanted to clean it all up but was lacking the energy. Also, I had plans for coffee with some friends. I reluctantly went to coffee, for when I am down I am not feeling social. It was a nice hour but I still felt down and tired when I left (despite the additional 16 ounces of coffee).
I keep wondering why I feel so down and today’s Headspace meditation had me realize one factor. Today, it was focusing on if you are feeling pain and I realized my intention through the meditation and during this sick leave was to recover and rejuvenate. I am still in pain through my arms, my entire back, and now my feet. With virtually weeks of rest, my body has not rejuvenated itself. It has actually worsened in some areas. I was hoping when I was to return to work I would feel better than when I had my last working day.