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legcramps - Thursday Dec 29, 2011

Weight: 167.0

The roads were particularly bad yesterday, so Dad made arrangements for someone else to take him to and from chemo and I get to STAY HOME! Whoop!

Not that I wouldn't be there for him if it was safe to...

My sinuses are still giving me grief, so yesterday after work I picked up a nasal spray "Otrivin Sea Water & Aloe". Saw this brand on a commercial and it sounded like good stuff. I tried it out when I got home and managed to spray the crap all over my kitchen cupboards. I'm not even kidding. I wish I was. How does one manage to miss a nasal passage and instead target the spice cupboard? I do not know.

When I finally managed to hit the right target, I flinched from the pressure of the spray, shot my head back up and it all dripped down my face and into my mouth. Oh, YUCK!

After three tries, I got the stuff where it needed to be. And... the moral of the story... it really does work! Not for very long, but it works. So I brought it to work with me. Hopefully you can't overdose on nasal spray...

Tonight I'm heading to a friend's for dinner and to watch some Ghost Whisperer.

Eats yesterday: mocha, cheese & bacon biscuit, japanese noodles, granola bar, penne pasta with cooked carrots, onions and spinach. Chocolate.

I have to mix iced tea powder into my water in order to drink it, but at least I'm getting some water in. 2 litres yesterday.

Progress as of today: 8 lbs lost so far, only 12 lbs to go!

V on 12/29/2011:
LOL!! Well thanks for the warning and endorsement :) Have fun at your friend's tonight, P.S. Thank you for the beautiful card!

Supercheese on 12/30/2011:
ha yeah I've had nasal spray in my mouth before. Not the best taste hahaha. Have a great day!

legcramps - Wednesday Dec 28, 2011

Weight: 167.0

After Christmas Eve at Grandma's and Christmas Day at Dad's and trying to find a deal on a laptop on Boxing Day, I am officially done with the holidays! Wow!

The best part of my holidays was taking a walk with Dad on Christmas Day. It was beautiful outside, people still had their christmas lights on, we could hear kids playing hockey at the outside rink...

The second best part of my holidays was yesterday. I spent almost the entire day reading a new book and lounging on the couch. Of course, I also kept snacking all day but that's beside the point.

The third best was meeting up with an old friend for lunch on Boxing Day. This friend is actually a sister to the Dreaded X; we try to keep in touch as much as possible. We exchanged gifts and got to catch up a bit on life, which was nice.

Today it's head first back into the grind. Work, then to the city. Tomorrow, Chemo. Friday, work.

If I make it to the weekend, i'll be a super-happy camper. So many days at home! To do nothing but obsess about cleaning, sleep, and straining my already tired eyes by reading! And believe you me, that is about all i'm planning on doing, unless I decide I can stay awake long enough on New Year's Eve to spend it with friends.

Today so far I've had a homemade mocha (way less calories) and a cheese and bacon biscuit from the cafeteria. The plan is japanese noodles for lunch, granola bar and then back to the city and maybe some kind of stew or stir fry. Maybe Christmas leftovers.

Progress as of today: 8 lbs lost so far, only 12 lbs to go!

~WI~ on 12/28/2011:
I thought about you the other day as I devoured 2 books in a row LOL. Good to get lost in a book sometimes! Glad you had a great Christmas with your dad. Have a wonderful week!

Donkey on 12/28/2011:
Sounds like a lovely holiday season for you!

grannyannie on 12/28/2011:
Relaxing with a good book is great! Glad you had a good holiday.

Umpqua on 12/28/2011:
I'm glad you had a nice time over the holidays!

legcramps - Friday Dec 23, 2011

Weight: 167.0

Yay, it's Friday!

I had a really good day yesterday; so did Dad. I left as he was heading over to his step-son's for a Christmas get-together. He was feeling really good, so i'm happy about that. I'll be heading back there on the 25th for Christmas Mass in the morning and a good meal of turkey and cabbage rolls in the afternoon ;) Then, on Monday i'm hoping to find a good sale on a new laptop.

Tonight I need to get some laundry done and just relax. Tomorrow i'm heading to Grandma's for Christmas lunch and gift opening.

I've been watching what i'm eating and i'm feeling pretty good today. Yesterday I had some apple pie for lunch ;) and a bagel on the drive home, then ate a dinner of beef and scrambled eggs. Wierd, but that's about all I have left at home except for canned soup. I think i'll pick up a sandwich at the cafeteria for lunch and have soup for dinner tonight.

The play my step-nephew and niece were in was pretty good, except the school was pretty stuffy because there were so many people there. But it was nice to see my step-brother and some of his family; I felt really good about catching up with them and I think they did too. My step-nephew even high-fived me after the show :)

Happy Holidays to each and every one of you! I hope your Christmas break is filled with lots of laughter and good times!

Progress as of today: 8 lbs lost so far, only 12 lbs to go!

liza36 on 12/23/2011:
Merry Christmas! Enjoy time with your family.

hollybelle on 12/24/2011:
Merry Christmas!

V on 12/25/2011:
Merry Christmas!!

legcramps - Wednesday Dec 21, 2011

Weight: 167.0

Yesterday I got together with friends for supper: ham, potatoes, peas and salad, then spent most of the evening watching episodes of Ghost Whisperer and drinking cappaccinos. My friend's living room chair is quite uncomfortable though, and since i'm reluctant to tell her, today my back is a little sore.

I did a load of laundry yesterday too, right after work. And i'm 75% packed and ready to drive into the city today. Dad phoned yesterday and said that his grandson (my step-nephew) is going to be in a Christmas play tonight, so we're going to check that out. I bet i'll surprise my step-brother by being there; i've really only been in contact with him a handful of times throughout my life. He has eight kids and I don't know any of them. But it's a two-way street! Anyways, the play should be nice.

This afternoon we're having our Christmas Snack Day at the office. We each bring something to snack on, so I brought shaved turkey wraps on whole wheat. Very healthy. I bet no one will beat my Healthiness Meter. I brought a small cup of soup for lunch, and then i'm hoping to use discretion and choose as many healthier options as I can. This may be difficult though because most of the time, ALL of the dishes that are brought have CREAM CHEESE in them. Serious. I used to end up going home with a wicked stomach ache from it all. Not this year. I'll eat my own wraps if it comes to that ;)

Tomorrow i'll be in the city with Dad for his third chemo treatment, then back to work Friday.

This is the start of a busy holiday season! If you are getting together with family or friends, I hope you enjoy your time spent with them and concentrate on how lucky you are to have them in your life. I am lucky to have all of you, friends!


Progress as of today: 8 lbs lost so far, only 12 lbs to go!

V on 12/21/2011:
Amen legcramps!! I do appreciate all my loved ones :) I also have to agree that there are some pretty amazing people here :) Love you

sweetpea1977 on 12/21/2011:
We're lucky to have you too legcramps! xo

Kati on 12/21/2011:
Holiday season's fun because there aren't too many ppl at the sports complex :D They're all home cooking and baking unhealthy stuff, and the gym will get crowded in the first months of the year because they will all swear to lose weight/recover/shape up in 2012... :P then things get back to normal. :)

supercheese on 12/21/2011:
Good choice on the healthy snack. I did not do so well yesterday but todays a new day.... Have a great day!!

Umpqua on 12/21/2011:
Great work bringing a healthy snack to the office and I hope you have a great time with your family and extended family too. And I agree, we're very lucky to have each other around these parts :D Happy holidays!!

liza36 on 12/22/2011:
Your wraps sound delicious, and will probably be a welcome change if there's been tons of sweet stuff around. Enjoy your family, the play, and we are so lucky to have you!

legcramps - Tuesday Dec 20, 2011

Weight: 167.0

Feeling better today. My eye is still red and swollen, so I made sure to call Dad yesterday and let him know just in case I decide not to go up to him this week for his chemo treatment. I don't want me getting him any sicker than he needs to be and if this is caused by a sinus infection I surely don't want him to get it.

In the end, it might be simply a stye. In my eye. Haha.

Yesterday I had a mocha in the morning, some poppyseed roll at lunchtime (I don't even like poppyseed, what was I thinking?), a bean burrito after work, and dinner was a burger and fries. I know.

I did go to the CU Centre to walk. I think I made it close to half an hour, but I wasn't paying attention to that. When my shins started hurting, I stopped. Actually, it was my left calf muscle that started hurting, but I didn't want it to progress to my shins ;)

I keep forgetting to wear my pedometer at work. I probably get very close to 5,000 steps a day, just from being at work and running around all day long trying to please people. Anyways, what i'm saying is... I think I walk enough. I'm not sure why my shins don't hurt when i'm at work (well, sometimes they do) but i'll take it. And count it.

What am I rambling on about? I want to start jogging again. I know i'm not in any shape to do this right now, but I want to work on getting to that point. The Big C is not going to run my life; I still want to concentrate on the things I need to accomplish for myself.

Step One: Drink more water. 3 litres per day. Start today.

Progress as of today: 8 lbs lost so far, only 12 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 12/20/2011:
Good for you for getting the walking in!

legcramps - Monday Dec 19, 2011

Weight: 167.0

I caught myself a cold at work last week, which managed to manifest itself into my right eye so that it's red and swollen and itchy and runny. Love life.

Now i'm coughing and gagging and my nose keeps running no matter what I take. I don't know if i'll go for the massage I have scheduled today; I'd rather not be snotting all over her massage bed. Plus it'll save me $63 and all sorts of embarrassment.

At any rate, the catch-up on sleep I was hoping for over the weekend hasn't exactly helped to clear my head much. It's one thing after another these days and it's getting more and more difficult to keep up with it all. But I gotta laugh about it because what else can you do?

I did manage to spend some time with family on Sunday. We had a big meal for lunch, then just sat around and chatted for a couple of hours before my eyes glazed over and I decided I needed to go home to take more medication.

I'm debating going home sick after lunch. Why be here and make everyone else sick? Why not try to get some more rest and get better before seeing Dad so that I don't get him sick too? Why not do the right thing? Stop feeling guilty about missing work and just worry about your health, man!

Or not.

I brought oatmeal to work with me but i'm not incredibly hungry at the moment. My lunch of chicken, broccoli and rice doesn't even sound appetizing. On the positive side - I'm actually starting to like the Christmas decorations we've put up in the office. I've been a regular Grinch lately, trying to steal Christmas from everyone. That tiny cold heart is finally starting to melt and grow a little ;)

Progress as of today: 8 lbs lost so far, only 12 lbs to go!

liza36 on 12/19/2011:
Definitely reschedule the massage. Once I had a massage while having a runny nose - not a good combo especially when you are face down with your head in that thingy. It was so embarrassing to have my nose drip on the floor! Go home and get some rest. Feel better.

hollybelle on 12/19/2011:
Oh yes, reschedule the massage. I too had one with a cold and it was miserable - defeated the purpose. Plus the therapist doesn't want to catch a cold, either. That reminds me - I need a massage. Take off the rest of the day and sleep - I find I can sometimes ward off a cold when I go home and sleep and take it easy 2-3 days, but it's not always easy to do...hope you feel better soon.

V on 12/19/2011:
I hope you don't have pink eye :( Get some rest my friend!

legcramps - Friday Dec 16, 2011

Weight: 167.0

Another morning of wishing I could just keep on sleeping...

The cable guy came on Wednesday around 5pm so I was able to start out for the city earlier than I expected. Though it was incredibly dark, windy and slippery and the 1.5 hour drive was not fun at all! In fact, I took an advil when I finally reached Dad's because I was so stressed by then.

Up at 6:30am on Thursday to get to the hospital. I remember having oatmeal for breakfast and a bagel for lunch. Chemo treatment went well; the best one so far (being there has only been two up to this point) although the reclining chair he was in was an older style and he almost fell right out of it once when he jerked in his sleep. It was humorous afterwards, but not at the time when I was picturing him landing on his head on the hard concrete floor.

Got him home around 4pm and since he was feeling so good and ready for a nap I decided to get on my way home in the daylight instead of having to stress all over again on the roads at night. Much better. Had a turkey sandwich and some chocolate milk. I bought three more books at the book store in the hospital  so I started reading the first one. Having a book store in a hospital is a great idea, but i'm losing whatever residual change I had at the beginning of my budget week because it's all going towards buying books, books, and more books!

I was in bed early last night, around 10pm so i'm confused why i'm still so tired. However, this weekend is free for me - i'm staying at home unless Dad gets sick or needs something. So I plan to catch up on lost sleep. Oranges, soup and some teriyaki chicken and brown rice are all on the menu for today, even though I really want to go out and spend all my food budget on sushi. I miss sushi.

Progress as of today: 8 lbs lost so far, only 12 lbs to go!

liza36 on 12/16/2011:
Hope you can get some rest this weekend. Have a great day.

Umpqua on 12/16/2011:
Rest up and take care!

V on 12/16/2011:
Maybe there is a way to get your sushi and not blow your foood allowance? Some grocery stores carry take out sushi. I usually go there when the sushi guy is there prepping, I usually get a few freebies while chatting it up with him as well as getting a nice fresh container of goodies for less than 7 bucks! Anyhoo I hope you get some rest, love you

legcramps - Wednesday Dec 14, 2011

Weight: 167.0

Man, it's hard to keep up with everything when you're gone even one day a week. What a routine buster! And we all know how much I love routine.

Oh well.

I've been playing catch-up at work and finally my desk is clear of debris; all I need to worry about now is a Blessing for Christmas happening this morning (I work in a Catholic Hospital), and a Christmas gathering this afternoon. I will have to do some setting up for both, and run home at lunch to pick up some wraps I made for the afternoon.

I also need to hit up the post office to send away a box of gifts for my brother and his family. I'm hoping to get that done at lunchtime. The allowable 30 minute lunch hour is looking pretty skimpy today!

Yesterday after work I had a few errands to run, then I stopped in at Grandma's to say hello. She wanted to talk and talk and talk about Dad. I managed to only tell her what I felt she needed to know (my family is HUGE into gossip; honest. it's like my very own grapevine). When I finally got home, I got a load of laundry into the wash and cleaned up in the kitchen. Instead of packing my bag last night, I read, took a warm bath, and fell into bed. And then an hour later got back out of bed because I couldn't sleep. Ate two cookies. Had something to drink. Read a bit more. Finally I was tired enough for sleep; by then, the whites of my eyes had red lightening bolts crossing in all directions.

I woke up this morning wishing I had another three hours to sleep. Boo.

Ok. Long day today. But I can do it. Work. Blessing. Gathering. Packing. Driving. Oh, and that cable guy, he's coming today too. Oh man. Breathe.

Progress as of today: 8 lbs lost so far, only 12 lbs to go!

Kati on 12/14/2011:
Sleeping is one thing I want all the time nowadays.

liza36 on 12/14/2011:
Yes, breathe, it will all get done. Hope the day is great despite being a long one!

V on 12/14/2011:
Whewwww! I am exhausted just reading this..Wishing for a few more hours of sleep for you tonight :) Take care <3

Maria7 on 12/14/2011:
wow...you did good with only two cookies! :-D

supercheese on 12/15/2011:
I wish I had 3 hours of sleep too :(

legcramps - Monday Dec 12, 2011

Weight: 167.0


I'm back for a few days to get some work done (holy pile up) and get things organized at home to prepare for my next trip to Dad's on Wednesday.

It was an exhausting time away; the full day of cancer treatments, followed by doctor appts, grocery runs; I am pooped and glad to be at work!!! I never thought i'd say that, but i'm glad to be at work getting a break from the big C.

I'm heading to a friend's tonight for a supper get-together, and I need to get some gifts and cards organized to be sent away, then laundry and packing on Tuesday evening and hopefully a visit to family. On Wednesday I have to wait for the Cable Guy to come and pick up my computer modem, then it's off to the city for another round of treatments on Thursday.

My eats were good during the time I was away; lots of smoothies, soups and chicken dishes. Not so good once I got back home yesterday, but i'm back on track today. Unfortunately, with everything that's been going on i've had a hard time getting actual workouts in. I'm still doing lots of walking but am just too exhausted at the end of the day to be motivated to workout. Besides, I need to catch up with friends and family who are here - I miss hanging out with Grandma!

FYI - my home computer is kaput, so the only time i'll be on DDs will be when i'm at work ;) and i'll try to keep current with FB too but it's hard to do that on my cell phone. Bear with me! Maybe after Christmas i'll find a good deal on a computer and be back at it before you can even blink an eye!

Progress as of today: 8 lbs lost so far, only 12 lbs to go!

liza36 on 12/12/2011:
While it must be stressful, it's so nice that you can spend some time with your dad. Good luck with all your assorted other things you're doing.

Umpqua on 12/12/2011:
Thinking of you and don't worry about FB, we know you're going through a difficult time. xoxo

V on 12/12/2011:
Sending LOTs of love, thoughts and prayers your way!! <3 <3 <3

sweetpea1977 on 12/13/2011:
Hugs to you legcramps!

legcramps - Wednesday Dec 07, 2011

Weight: 167.0

I am almost ready to take off after work today to see Dad; I hope to be outta here by 5pm so that I have some daylight left to travel in.

Unfortunately, my computer cannot be fixed for less than $300. I think i'll cancel my internet for now and wait until I have enough money to buy a laptop. I've decided to hang onto it in case I change my mind in the future, but it's definitely not a priority right now. So that means i'll be saving some money by not paying internet fees! Woohoo!

Yesterday eats: coffee, soup, 1/2 cinammon bun, chicken and potato wedges, salad, bean burrito.

Today's plan: coffee, oatmeal, dinner on the road (maybe a bagel and some more coffee). I'm taking all my fruit and yogurt to Dad's since the fruit will probably go bad by the time I get home.

I won't be updating now until Monday since Dad doesn't have a home computer. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Progress as of today: 8 lbs lost so far, only 12 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 12/07/2011:
Have a good weekend and a nice visit with your Dad!

glycrina on 12/07/2011:
I hope you have a wonderful visit with your dad and safe travels.

grannyannie on 12/07/2011:
Have a good visit with your dad. Have a good weekend.

liza36 on 12/07/2011:
Enjoy your visit with your Dad.

sweetpea1977 on 12/07/2011:
Enjoy your time with your Dad!

V on 12/07/2011:
Oh no?? Sorry to hear that your laptop repair cost is EXPENSIVE :( If you hold tight for the after xmas sales, you can find a really good computer on the cheap at Best Buy. Walmart, surely for less than what it would cost to repair...Anyhoo enjoy your Dad time :) Lots of love <3

thinkpositive on 12/08/2011:
Hope you have a good visit with your father. V has a good suggestion.

~WI~ on 12/09/2011:
Have a glorious visit! i dont have inet at home either and i must say i dont miss it often lol

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