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HEY THERE… IT'S ME KATHY: Things will be looking up soon

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How was your week? Mine was another one of those, ‘why did I get out of bed?’ weeks.

I went to see my oncologist and he said I was doing great and I don't have to see him for another three months. I love good checkups – even my heart was at a good level so I'm good to keep getting my chemo every 21 days, but still not strong enough for the bone filler. Oh well, that will come.

All the spots are burning out and some have gone. I hope they don't come back. My shoulder is still so sore. The radiation worked with the movement but not with the pain. It still feels like I fell down a mountainside and landed on the left hip and shoulder.

I went to the dentist and he pulled out the very back tooth – now I have a hole in my head. And yes, there were needles involved. It was a good thing I didn't look because if I had he wouldn't have needed to give me the needles because I’d have been out cold. The sound of the pliers breaking the tooth up was almost enough to knock me out. I could feel myself getting very hot but I made it through.

Then I slid down in the chair. Can't you just hear the dentist saying to his helper, ‘Where is she going? We’re up here.’ The water squirting on your face is another great feeling. Good thing they were stocked up on the little tubes of toothpaste and floss. I was going to him for almost 30 years and that's only the second tooth he had to extract.

To top the week off I was constipated and it lasted for days. I bought a box of senna tea but it was another brand and it didn't work as well. I even took bowel-moving pills and that still didn't work. I tried jumping up and down and drinking lots of water. Then off you go to bathroom and all you do is strain, and that's the worst thing you can do because next come the hemorrhoids. It starts with the itching then the bleeding and then the pain comes. And what’s next? You guessed it, suppositories. That's another feeling that's not on your wish list. You go around with your stomach rumbling and grumbling and believe me it’s not quiet. Everyone looks at you and knows it's you and you don't want to eat anything. You don't want to put more in until you empty some out. And not just that, I have irritable bowel syndrome.

So the pain goes with it all, you feel like you gained about five pounds. I guess sometimes you can say your full of s***. Ha! It all has to do with how you eat. You need fibre and you also need water to push the fibre through, and greens fill you up. If you eat right you won't have to go through all the agony.

Weight-wise – oops, 148. And I have almost been trying hard to lose. Guess I'll have to try harder.

It's been so cold out in the evenings I don't feel like going out anywhere. Even Elmo runs out and runs right back in.

The tip of the week: Be careful when you put salt down on your driveway to melt the ice – if you have a pet, the salt will burn their paws.

When I feel on the down side my father always tells me, things will be looking up soon. Well I'm still looking up and there is no sign of Voyager 1 dropping in to show me the bright side. Most of the time I feel like I'm on the bad side of the moon.

Have a good week folks… and remember everyone is feeling the downer after Christmas. Watch some funny movies.

 

Kathy Golemiec is undergoing cancer treatments and writes about her experiences each week.

I went to see my oncologist and he said I was doing great and I don't have to see him for another three months. I love good checkups – even my heart was at a good level so I'm good to keep getting my chemo every 21 days, but still not strong enough for the bone filler. Oh well, that will come.

All the spots are burning out and some have gone. I hope they don't come back. My shoulder is still so sore. The radiation worked with the movement but not with the pain. It still feels like I fell down a mountainside and landed on the left hip and shoulder.

I went to the dentist and he pulled out the very back tooth – now I have a hole in my head. And yes, there were needles involved. It was a good thing I didn't look because if I had he wouldn't have needed to give me the needles because I’d have been out cold. The sound of the pliers breaking the tooth up was almost enough to knock me out. I could feel myself getting very hot but I made it through.

Then I slid down in the chair. Can't you just hear the dentist saying to his helper, ‘Where is she going? We’re up here.’ The water squirting on your face is another great feeling. Good thing they were stocked up on the little tubes of toothpaste and floss. I was going to him for almost 30 years and that's only the second tooth he had to extract.

To top the week off I was constipated and it lasted for days. I bought a box of senna tea but it was another brand and it didn't work as well. I even took bowel-moving pills and that still didn't work. I tried jumping up and down and drinking lots of water. Then off you go to bathroom and all you do is strain, and that's the worst thing you can do because next come the hemorrhoids. It starts with the itching then the bleeding and then the pain comes. And what’s next? You guessed it, suppositories. That's another feeling that's not on your wish list. You go around with your stomach rumbling and grumbling and believe me it’s not quiet. Everyone looks at you and knows it's you and you don't want to eat anything. You don't want to put more in until you empty some out. And not just that, I have irritable bowel syndrome.

So the pain goes with it all, you feel like you gained about five pounds. I guess sometimes you can say your full of s***. Ha! It all has to do with how you eat. You need fibre and you also need water to push the fibre through, and greens fill you up. If you eat right you won't have to go through all the agony.

Weight-wise – oops, 148. And I have almost been trying hard to lose. Guess I'll have to try harder.

It's been so cold out in the evenings I don't feel like going out anywhere. Even Elmo runs out and runs right back in.

The tip of the week: Be careful when you put salt down on your driveway to melt the ice – if you have a pet, the salt will burn their paws.

When I feel on the down side my father always tells me, things will be looking up soon. Well I'm still looking up and there is no sign of Voyager 1 dropping in to show me the bright side. Most of the time I feel like I'm on the bad side of the moon.

Have a good week folks… and remember everyone is feeling the downer after Christmas. Watch some funny movies.

 

Kathy Golemiec is undergoing cancer treatments and writes about her experiences each week.

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