It’s raining and I’m not walking and it’s 5:30 am. I haven’t bought the Frogg Toggs yet so I don’t have any rain gear. I guess I’ll get my ass in gear and do that this week as I don’t mind the rain as long as I’m covered up.
It hasn’t been a great week. I had some pain in my side last week and it turned out to be a mild case of diverticulitis. So now I’m stuck on antibiotics which wouldn’t be so bad but there’s 2 and one is one that is NO alcohol(wine for me) as it will give you a violent reaction. So not fun for me as I love my ritual of wine in the evening. Well, maybe change is good.
Then my CBC and CMP came in and they were all fine. Unfortunately, my Kappa light chains went up another 11 points to 55.7 and Lambda went down so that means the ratio went up( not good) to 5. 1. I’m not freaking out but it’s clearly not a good sign. Treatment is out there again the question would when is my doctor going to think it should start. He still seems to think my numbers too low. They are low and I don’t want to start Velcade soon but time is ticking and I don’t want to have fractures or let my numbers get too high. Granted they are still low as when I started treatment before they were over 1000mg/L. I guess it’s just wait and wait some more.
I did do quite a bit of house tidying this morning. I decided I needed to do something or I was going to go stir crazy. So I swished and swiped the bathroom, tidied my office area, mopped the kitchen floor and washed some of the entryway windows. I plan to go out and put on the gas heater and clean the sun porch.
Well, on that depressing note I’ll close.
A nice walk this morning with some cloud cover. Today is supposed to be a bit cooler and with some clouds.
Yesterday, I grilled some chicken on the bbq and made extra for a chicken salad tonight. I had made an Asian salad last night and added crispy tofu and chicken on the side. I think there’s some of that left too.
I started the kitchen zone and will do a bit more after I go to the gym. Tomorrow, I’m not going out at all so I can finish it then.
I did some meal planning for the week and plan to use the IP for a few recipes. We’ll see how I feel using it again. I know I don’t like the beans cooked in the IP for some reason but the crockpot is great for beans. Anyway, we’ll see.
I’m finally back on schedule that this is sheet day and Monday is towel day. When we got back from Sacto, the sheets had been washed and were on the bed so it thru the week off. The following week I did them on Saturday and this week is finally the right day at least on my schedule.
We’ve been talking about getting the small RV this fall to be ready to go. I’m sorta thinking maybe we should sell the tent trailer now as it is summer and probably a better time to sell. I’d be sad to see it go but I know we won’t be out this season at all. And we know we want a toilet and shower. So, I guess the time has come. I’m also thinking of paying for 1/2 the RV and then financing the rest but not sure on that either. I’d like to get $4,000 for the tent trailer but that may be optimistic although they do go for a fair price, even older ones. I’ll check what’s on Facebook Marketplace to compare.
Other than that, a nice simple day enjoying the beauty of life.
It has been a lovely couple of days just doing ‘normal’ stuff around the house and getting back to some daily routines.
I’m back going to the gym and my muscles can feel it. Especially doing weights. I’m also trying to keep my steps or walking over 6,000 a day. My legs can feel that too. But it is necessary.
I’m also back to menu planning and cooking. The other day I did a lovely roast chicken and also a crock pot pulled pork. So leftovers are in the fridge ready to be used.
Thursday I went to Costco and spent a lot but much of it was bulk coffee( 2 2 1/2 lbs bags), toilet paper, paper towels, lots of non-food items.
My big splurge was buying the Dyson animal on sale. I had decided a while back that my old vacuum, a mighty mite, was going to need to be replaced, but what? This vacuum is handheld and cordless and hangs on the wall. That’s a big plus, as our closet is small enough and the vacuum sits on the floor. I’ve used it 3 times and love it. But since I bought it from Costco if in a few months I don’t love it, I will return it.
I’ve been reading a great deal which started down at the Kiwanis house. I’m loving the MCBeaton books and interestingly enough they are not cheap, even on Amazon. The two I found were from the clinics waiting rooms where there are some bookshelves of books for patients. I’ve taken a few and have a nice stack to return. Oh yeah, the Kiwanis house had multiple shelves of paperbacks and I found some good ones there too. I might stop in and bring some there too.
Next week is already filled with doctor appts. Tuesday, my daughter will take B down for his labs and clinic. Wednesday I see my doctor and I didn’t want to have to drive two days in a row.yAll in all, life feels like it’s almost back to ‘normal’:) Probably, that won’t be really true for a long time but at least it is better than B getting transfusions and platelets every few days.
Finally, we are seeing the sunshine. It’s also supposed to be 60 today so hurray, spring is almost here. We walked early to try and figure out daylight savings. So it was still predawn and quite cold but it seemed to be a good time.
Today is B’s last chemo session in this round. Hopefully, it will kick in and his numbers improve. His WBC did go to 1.4 which is the best it has been so good news. We know his brother is a match BUT we don’t know how good a match which is called resolution. The higher that is the better the response. So we should know soon and also after we see Dr. Kiwan I’m sure he will let us know if we are moving forward or do another round of Dacogen. So still unknowns.
My daughter is going to go test drive a Honda Fit also and I will meet here there. The unfortunate news is she gave her notice at the library. She just didn’t want to deal with the negativity any longer. The library director wrote her up for not getting to work even though the freeway was closed. I told her to take it to the union, but she just had it. Thus she wants to get a better mileage car. So we’ll see.
I’m skipping the gym to go with her but I do need to stop at the store for milk and some veggies.
Hopefully, this is a quieter week with appts.
We had a lot of fun at IKEA yesterday and I got just about everything on my list. The best thing I found was this little plant stand for 4.99
I just love it.
dinner is Zoodles and meatballs.
So I finally got in to see a podiatrist. Quite the wait. But he seemed ok, not real personable but ok. Mostly it was stuff I already had read about. But he did say it wasn’t just a stress fracture that the fracture had gone outside the bone slightly so it was slightly more serious and I should keep wearing the shoe for another month. And then come back in a month. So no walking except what I do normally around the house etc.
I’m not sure what I’ll do once it’s healed as I never walked for extended periods and was not a speed walker. I guess I’m thinking every other day to start and then do the recumbent at the gym. I’m not crazy about the recumbent bike but I will add it in. Plus I may do elliptical as well as that would put less strain on the foot.
We’ll see as I still have a month to think about it and plan.
For now, it does seem to be getting better and I am wearing the ‘shoe’ thing.
We’ve had a few great days of weather with temps in the ’80’s. That’s changing over the weekend and we’ll be back up to the mid 90’s.
B is taking a few days off and probably will do a few projects. There’s fencing to be done on one property line and some concrete work too.
I’m going to the thrift store to look for a plant stand for my spider plant that needs to be up on something. I might go to the gym too but haven’t decided yet.
Dinner is tempeh Reubens!
So my total cholesterol can back high at 221. High end is 200. So over but the number they use is the LDL and that number was 118 and the high they wanted was 130 so I should be fine. Plus the ratio was pretty good at 1.51, the high end is 3.0 so overall I’m fine with it all. I didn’t see the glucose fasting test so I was pretty peeved and I’m not doing another fasting test so, either he can use my non-fasting results from my regular labs which were 89. the number that they want is 139 or lower. So that should be fine if they can use that. But I’m not fasting again at least until next year.
Well, today was a gym day and then a bunch of chores.
But I got a nice book from NetGalley so I’m going to go read.
Dinner is ?
I’ve been busy meal planning this morning and working on checking what’s in the freezer and pantry. Since we’re doing the Frugalwoods uber frugal month, I plan on eating out of the pantry and freezer as much as possible. I’d like to set a food budget of $400 for the month. I started a spreadsheet, thanks to my tech-savvy daughter for setting it up), that I’m separating food, cat food, nonfood. So the $400 will be food only. So I still need to decide on how much for the other stuff.
I’m making a shepherd’s pie for dinner and then a veggie ham that B got. We haven’t tried it so, I’ll post how it is.
I’m trying something new and taking a video of each room. So far it is a great tool and I redid a few things in the entry way and it looks better. I think seeing it objectively is a such an amazing tool.
This week is the entry way zone and laundry room. So I’ll work on those two areas. Not a lot to declutter but simpler on the eye by removing a few things and repositioning a few.
This week I have a fasting blood test for insurance and then next week is my regular labs. We’ll see.