I had a hard time falling asleep last night. Maybe my afternoon naps are to blame? I was up until after 4:00 a.m. and then, when I did fall asleep, I dreamt that I was in an accident on the freeway! I was not ready to wake up when the alarm went off at 7:00 a.m., so I stayed in bed for another half hour and sort of dozed on and off. Still, I was up and dressed and ready to leave by 8:15 a.m. Traffic was fairly light since it was Friday; the traffic reporters call it "Friday light", a result of some people having Fridays off from work. In addition, it was also a holiday for some, being the start of Passover. I was at the clinic shortly after 9:00 a.m. and called in by 9:15 a.m. (my scheduled appointment time).
I met with the nurse practitioner today and we discussed my insomnia. She said it is a side effect of the chemo as well as the steroids. Also, I am no longer as tired as I used to be, since I don't have to go to the office, am not experiencing the extreme fatigue from the first part of chemo, can take afternoon naps, etc. Her suggestion was I do more physical activity to tire me out. So, longer walks, I guess.
The chemo session went well. It was quite uneventful. As usual, I read my prayer book and knitted while I was hooked up to the IV. I was done a little after 12:30 p.m. and was home by 1:30 p.m. No problems and no side effects, so far.
One of my cousins called in the afternoon to see how the chemo session went and her mother called me later in the evening. They are planning to visit me tomorrow night and aunt wants me to make her some egg salad sandwiches after she found out that I had an egg salad sandwich for my lunch, today; apparently she loves egg salad sandwiches!
My gardener friend came to do the garden today. We decided to redo a portion of the front parkway, with paving stones and aloe plants that he will bring from his own garden. Then, I got him to transplant a few plants, uproot a couple of unwanted volunteer tree seedlings that were growing from seeds dropped from my back neighbor's trees, and plant the packet of tomato seeds that I found included in a magazine I had received. He asked me if I needed anything in terms of groceries. At first, I said I was fine, but then, asked for bagels. So, this evening, he brought me a package of bagels, cream cheese, and a mango!
For dinner, tonight, I had some of the leftover chicken and veggie saute and a bagel with cream cheese.
Daughter and I were able to video chat, today. She had to switch to her iPad, as her laptop was giving trouble. There seems to be something wrong with her laptop as it says the microphone doesn't connect. She tried to connect her headphones, instead, and that didn't work, either. Her laptop is fairly new, so, we'll have it checked when she comes home, next.
- A safe drive to the clinic (unlike my dream of an accident!)
- Listening to a music CD during the drive.
- Being at the mid point in the second phase of chemo!
- Being able to video chat with daughter.
- Gardener friend bringing me bagels and cream cheese.
Wonder if I'll be able to sleep tonight? It is past 1:20 a.m. now, and I am not tired or sleepy!
How was your Friday? What have you planned for the weekend?