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Old 10-08-2023, 01:35 PM   #166  
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Carol Sue So glad the pain is less today and 1 Tylenol is working. I hope it will continue to lessen and you will be free of the pain soon. I hope nothing will slow down you having your procedure done.

Could you make your pies ahead of time and freeze them for the family to have? You might not feel like cooking them too soon after you have the procedure done.

I understand you wanting to get the procedure done and over with. I feel that way about my eye surgeries. I hope the oncologist will okay it so I can schedule it within my 21 day infusions. They do one eye on one day and the other one a week later. So I would like to have the 7 days scheduled somewhere in the middle of the 21 days. I also want to check and see how much more it will cost for me to have cataract surgery that takes care of my stigmatism because medicare doesn't cover it but DH wants me to have it if we can. I won't have to wear glasses all the time afterwards. It might not be worth paying more if it is too expensive. I'll have to buy reading glasses to read. Funny thing was when DH eye surgeon told him to go to $Tree and get his reading glasses. They were $1 a pair back then. LOL

I noticed the last few days that my hands and feet are not hurting like they were so I thank God that the tramadol and the alpha lipoic acid are working. I am thankful that I am only having to take 1 tramadol at night when I go to bed. That is helping me to sleep good too because I'm not awake half the night in pain which I think is also helping with healing. The numbness is becoming less noticeable as well. Swelling is also coming down. I've been taking 20 mg Lasix twice a day but would like to back off for a while. This might be the time to take 1 a day since I have an infusion on Thursday.

Nothing special planned for today except watch Cowboys game tonight.

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Trish, how is your eyesight now? Can you tell you have cataracts? DH and his brothers were shocked that their mother had hers removed. She did not drive. Her sister drove, but she got one done but would not go back to have the other one done. Years ago I was told that one was starting in my left eye but never had them checked since. I have neglected everything for so many years because I thought I was going to die. Now they have me convinced that I can live longer so I want to get everything fixed.

I would not freeze pumpkin pies. I only bake them 1 day ahead. They have to be freshly baked to be good. Also,I would not have room in my freezer for them. I bake at least 6, more if other people want them. I use the Libby's Pumpkin Pie recipe with a couple minor adjustments started by my mother. Everybody likes them. Most people buy pies instead of baking their own. Its easy to make them but takes long to bake. One hour total. I bake 2 at a time and maybe I could bake 3 at a time to save time, and DH could help me. I really want to do it. I use aluminum foil pans for the ones I give away but they have to be set into a good metal pie pan to bake because they are heavy. Then they have to stay in the heavy pie pan until they are cooled off. If I give them away in good pie pans I will never see them again. Some of my pie pans are my mother's that she baked in when I was a little girl.

I often wonder if I will feel noticeably better after I have this procedure. Online it says I will no longer have symptoms but the only time I had symptoms was when I could not breathe and went to the hospital. Or maybe I have symptoms but don't realize it.

Trish, I'm so glad your hands and feet feel better. That is a big improvement and important to quality of life.

I don't know how much difference astigmatism makes in your vision but if you can find a way to afford it I would go for it. It could make a really big difference in whatever time you have to live. Its definitely something to think about.

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Carol Sue Sometimes I don't see as well as other times. Light seems to bother me much more than it used to. I notice blurred vision more than ever before.So I guess I really need to have it done. I remember my oldest son telling me that he didn't realize how bad his eyesight was until after he had his cataract surgery. I don't understand much about a stigmatism either. DH says they fix it with a different lens than the one medicare pays for. I need to YouTube it and see how it works.

I hope you have a good day at the casino if y'all go.



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Trish, light bothers my eyes a lot but I don't know if that is because of cataracts or something else. I read about the different treatment for cataracts vs astigmatism. It does cost more but I didn't research it with Medicare. I guess it is not medically necessary. Its just a personal decision. If you really want it you find a way to pay for it but you would be fine without it.

We didn't go to the casino. I said no and he accepted that. Before I had the tooth pulled he said I will need the week to heal and feel better. I can go to Walmart then come back home but the casino is more hours. Plus I just don't want to go so I'm using my pain and congestion as an excuse. He doesn't like when we are out and I start coughing. He says people don't want that around them but I don't want it either. I want to stay home until I'm better. He probably won't want to go to the casino until Wednesday.

My pain is gradually getting less and less. I took 2 Tylenol at bedtime to be sure the pain didn't keep me up. It is way beyond the 8 hours and I still don't feel much pain. Its as if I am aware that something was done but its not necessarily hurting. Just not completely back to normal. I think the Tylenol also helps with the coughing as weird as that might sound. I am still not eating on the right side. My jawbone no longer hurts but the gum is still a little tender and I can still feel the stitches. I think they self dissolve. I am beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Six days after the extraction I'm starting to feel better.

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Carol Sue Thank God the pain from the tooth extraction is finally subsiding. Now comes to just getting used to getting used to the tooth being gone. I'm glad y't all didn't go to the casino and I'm not really sure I would go until the congestion is gone. I wouldn't want to pick up any kind of infection that might keep you from having the procedure.

I ordered a foot messager pad that I can sit in my recliner and use. I read about several of them and this one seems to be the best of them and praying I get a good one. People are having swelling go down and some say the neuropathy pain improve along with a lot of other improvement including circulation. It is less than $40 total so worth trying if it works. DH could even use it for restless leg syndrome. If it helps with the circulation and swelling, it will be worth it as I don't like taking 20 mg of Lasix twice a day. Also I wouldn't have to take the tramadol if it also stops the neuropathy pain.

I've been thinking about the astigmatism cataract surgery. I am not sure I will want to spend the money to have it. I am 80 yrs old. If I was younger like in my 60s, it might be worth it but I probably will do what ever DH wants me to do. He and I will have to discuss it. He wants me to have it. So we will see how it goes.

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Trish, the doctors office just called and they want to move my procedure up to Oct 17. Next Tuesday! We discussed my pain and the congestion. They are having a meeting tonight about me and she will let me know for sure if they are going to move me up. I will have to go for my blood work tomorrow, then it will also depend on the blood work results being ok. So its not 100% yet. Now I don't know if I will sleep tonight.

I understand what you're saying about being 80 years old and paying extra for the cataracts. I feel the same way about some things too. You lived all these years with astigmatism. When you go to heaven your vision will be 20/20.


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Carol Sue They can read your blood tests quickly if need be. I hope things work out so you can get the procedure done so you can enjoy your holidays.

I heard from the oncologist and he says that in order to have cataract surgery I would have to come off my maintenance treatment for 6 weeks before surgery and 6 weeks after. I don't want to stop my treatment until I get the CAT scan that shows I am cancer free. So I will work at saving the money and get my surgery done next year. Of course, I would love to get my cancer free reading this year the I could still have it done this year.

Prayers continue for you and I will be praying for my cancer free announcement to happen soon. Try to relax and I pray you get a good nights rest.

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Trish, I'm sorry you can't get your cataract surgery now but your maintenance treatment is more important. This is something you can look forward to when you are cancer free!.

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Hello friends: I had a nice weekend and all was well. Tea with friends on Saturday am. We also took care of a friend's dog for the day as they were away for a family Thanksgiving dinner. Lots of cleaning, because Sunday DD and her fella came for brunch. They live an hour away, but his mother lives in our town as well, so they were with her the Night before and us for Brunch before heading home. SO that was my holiday feast. Simple, just eggs and bacon, they had toast. I fried some potatoes and onions for them. Also some mashed avocado, as avocado toast in the "in" thing. I had it without toast, LOL. I used a bit of salsa instead of ketchup with my eggs, as ketchup had sugar. I need something with scrambled eggs, if not ketchup though. Monday was cleaning/arranging. We are getting the stationary bike on Wednesday and were making room. It turned into a big thing, and we got rid of lots of stuff. Of course nothing is open on the holiday, so I will be going to the thrift store to donate things later today. After swim fit. I bought a new Fitbit that is waterproof for my fitness regimen.

Carol: I hope you are ok. I am worried the cough means more heart failure, not a cold, but your doc will see to it all. I hope the pain gets better. There is something called a dry socket? from tooth extractions, so I hope that is not the reason it continues to be painful. Please get checked for infection too.

Trish: I am sorry you have to wait on the cataract surgery. Oncology comes first, but you will get to do it in the new year. You have lost so much weight, I am not sure that you will need any sort of diet. I think the best treatment for flab is to do some toning exercises, and you are doing your best to do things as you feel better.

I am still fat fasting. I plan a fast when DH goes away overnight later this week, but will keep up the fat fasting until then.

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Mad, I took antibiotics before and after the extraction finishing up today. Gum is stitched with stitches that self dissolve and I can feel they are still there. So I don't think I have dry socket. The gum hurts just slightly. The bad pain is in my jaw where he injected novacaine. That pain is no longer severe. I'm only taking 1 occasional Tylenol instead of 2, 3 times a day.

If I hadn't had the cold I may think the cough was from HF, but breathing and oxygen are both good. Cough is improving gradually.

What Fitbit it did you get? I think my Sense is waterproof but I never tested it.

Avocado toast is a thing here too but I'm not into avocado.

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Carol Sue Prayers continue for you and your procedure. It is good that your pain is going away. I pray everything goes as smoothly as it can from here on out.

Fatmad I'm glad you were able to have brunch with one of your girls during the Thanksgiving weekend.

I am waiting for DH to get up so I can go in and put on my wig and change into my clothes so we can go to DMV to either get my DL renewed or get an ID card. I'll be glad to get this done either way.

I was disappointed that I couldn't get the cataract surgery done and over with too, because I had settled it in my mind that I was going to bite the bullet and just do it. I re-read the oncologist's email and he said the immuntherapy (not sure I spelled that right) could enterfere with the healing. I think they don't want to make the decision to do it if something went wrong. But he got me when he said I would have to stop maintenance treatment for a total of 12 weeks. Plus DH DM had cataract surgery back when they first started doing them. He did something wrong or something went wrong and she lost her sight. So I would rather wait. I talked to the girl at the eye doctor's office and told her that my oncologist would not okay it, so I would have to wait until next year. I told her I am praying for a cancer free news before then and if that happens I would definitely be calling her back. She said they would be praying for me. I love how God has surrounded me with praying medical people, I feel so blessed.

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Trish, I am praying for you,too and have been from day 1. Prayer works. Today I am happy and confident about my procedure but that's not every day. I still get doubts f t work I thru them. No pain pills at all so far today. Some coughing but it's improving.

We are at the casino. It's empty. No one else in the food court so no exposure to germs. I have a mask with me. I don't know if they really help.

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Carol Sue I appreciate all the prayers. I also have my moments when I have to fight doubt too but that is when I remind myself of God's promises. I know there will be a time when I will go home, but I also believe that I will know when it is time and I will be looking forward to it. I still have peace about it all most of the time. Hope you had a good day at the casino.

The good news today is that I got my DL renewed. I don't have to renew them again for 8 yrs. Then we went to Walmart and I know that don't always have electric riding carts so I told DH I was wondering if I could use a regular shopping cart because I thought it would be similar to using a walker. I told DH I needed to try it some time so I might as well try it today. I ended up walking a good 45 minutes to an hour which I considered to be my exercise for today. By the time we walked out to the car, it took all the energy I could muster up to make it to the car, but I am happy to say I made it. We both were so worn out that we just got McDs burgers and even then we were almost too tired to eat when we got home. I did manage to stay awake most of the evening so I should get a good nights sleep tonight. So over all it was a very good day.

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Hi friends: I am setting up my fitbit luxe. The prime deal days mean the warehouses are well stocked and it was delivered last evening. Very quick delivery, what a difference to just a few years ago. It is waterproof so I can wear it in the pool, as I am doing water walking and aquafit as it's easier on the knee. I am using a light knee brace and that helps too. It's an old one just from the drug store, but enough to make a difference for me.
I did not weigh today. Yesterday I got a bad headache and it would not go away no matter what. After doing many things for it, I finally had to eat some carbs, and instantly better. Back to a very low carb diet today and tomorrow and most of Friday I will do a complete fast while DH is away.

Carol: masks do help, but the N95s are best. Most important is lots of hand washing/sanitizing when out in public. I still wipe the handle on the grocery cart, and use sanitizer when out and about, touching things etc. The other thing the mask, even a regular one does, is that it usually keeps you from touching your face as much, therefore less transfer of germs from hands to mouth and nose. The time I go covid, I had hugged someone who thought she was over her "cold" which turned out to be covid.
Trish, you sound accepting about the wait for cataract surgery. I hope your health continues to improve. It's sounding good.

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Mad, I'm glad you got your Fitbit so quickly. Hope you like it. We have some KN95 masks but the one I had with me was a surgical mask. I didn't wear it. I wasn't close to anyone.

Trish, I'm thrilled that you walked so long in Walmart. I don't know if I agree with you that we will know when its time. I believe we do not know when, so we should always be ready. Just a different of opinion on that. I wonder about my step son's father-in-law, though. He recently gathered his grandchildren together and divided many of his possessions between them. He is in his mid 80s. Does he know? Or did he just feel it was time to start distributing things?

I'm also glad you got your DL renewed. Do you need to test or anything? We can renew ours online. No test. DH had the option to use the same picture as before so he did not have to go in. They mailed the new license. When I renewed I did it online but did not get that option. They sent me a form to take to the center for a new picture and they gave me the license there. I don't know why there is a difference or how they decide.

I woke up at 5 am but fell back to sleep until 10:15. I guess I needed more sleep.

I didn't take any Tylenol yesterday. At bedtime I was talking a lot to DH and my jaw started to hurt a bit, so I took one and slept thru. I guess I just need to shut up! Also, I am coughing very little. I think I will be finished coughing by Tuesday.

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The results of my bloodwork are on my portal. I don't know what they are looking for but I guess if there's a problem I will hear from them.


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