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I seem to have lost a post here... probably only typed it in and forgot to hit the post button! Anyway, I do hope that you are feeling easier now, Karen, and less stressed or bothered by sleeplessness.I overslept on the morning I was due to start the chemo, so had a rush and no chance even for a cup of tea before flying out of the house! My son had been supposed to drive me to the hospital, but I couldn't reach him on the phone at all, and he was three-quarters of an hour late by then. I decided to drive myself there and worry about getting the car home later if unable to drive it myself then. Funny how slowly the rush hour traffic seemed to be travelling... or maybe how fast my ancient old Merc can glide along when it gets the chance? (Did we pass any speed cameras??? [8D] )Whatever, I was in and having the chemo by the time my son arrived at the hospital to look for me. Discovered then that the terror of a grandson had finally woken his father at 9am to tell him his phones had been making an awful racket, so he had switched them off!  Nice one, eh? Yesterday, I didn't feel too clever following the chemo, but much more myself today, so hopeful this will keep up, and I'll not find it too bad. Finding my mouth is a bit sore and I am really thirsty for cool, refreshing drinks... funny how suddenly everyone else around me wants the same ones I like, when normally they go for the horrible, sweet variety I hate! 
Phlebitis is an inflamation, Karen, and in my case of the varicose vein below my right knee. It's caused because the valves in the vein are compromised and don't work properly. By falling asleep in the care wearing those wellies which put pressure on and further constricted the circulation there, with my legs bent as they were, blood became trapped between the vein's valves.Besides antibiotics to help prevent an infection, I have cream to apply and that helps to breakdown any blood clots to prevent thrombosis. I think it's officially termed 'thrombo-phlebitis', when of the nature mine is.At least it's responding to the treatment, but my own fault entirely for bringing it on this last time. I have such a history of it, that I should know better!Glad to hear that you have been able to get out a bit, even though being around the children must bring out many mixed emotions. Physically, I've been quite up and down of late, but still trying to keep busy - just at a steadier pace than normal! I find that jusy being able to take small steps to deal with things that I can manage, a bit at a time, is better for me that feeling daunted or down over the amount of things I can't manage at the moment. At least then a little progress can be seen and that gives me a boost.So far I've managed only three part-car loads of things transferred to the new workshop/storage place, but it's a start. I also seem to have managed to get the back spasms back under control again witout having them escalate into their really bad stage, and when I have to resort to the steroid anti-inflammatories. I'm trying to address my sleep patterns now, so that the hours I sleep are more on a par with the 'normal' world's! I seem to have a lot of early morning (for me) hopsital appointments coming up, and as I often find I don't sleep at all until 5 or 6 am - waking and getting up, and then through rush hour traffic to the hospital for 9am is a nightmare! LolI have my second chemo cycle tomorrow, and was at the clinic yesterday ofor blood tests etc., but at least those all showed that my blood count and immune system has recovered okay from the first cycle three weeks ago. Thankfully, I don't have to be at the hospital until 2pm tomorrow, but will still need to arrive their early, so that I can get a parking space! Think I'll plan to have lunch there, as they do nice meals in the dining room, and very reasonably priced. It will save me needing to cook, and I can always take a book... or fall asleep (as I often do) in the waiting room! The nurses there were cracking jokes yesterday about me having nodded off in just about every area or room they have put me in so far! Lol At least I can laugh, but however true, is it such a bad thing to be relaxed enough about it all to nod off? 
Today, I am definitely having a 'weak and wobbly' day. Immune system likely on the floor, I guess. Started shivering last night and just couldn't stop. Crawled into bed with a heat pad and two dogs, plus extra jumper and two duvets... what a shape to get into, eh? Crawling around from one bit of furniture to the next today.Hard to believe what a difference a few days can make. Think I'll hibernate until the system picks up again! 
Now, a nice pic of Raphael Nadal's muscles just might work wonders, Karen!  I felt sorry for him being beaten by Andrew Murray in the US Open the other day - and that even though I'm part Scot! (Blame it on my hormones, I guess! Lol)Yes, you are right, Karen, I do need extra rest at the moment. Went to bed early last night, then woke up at 5am this morning. A friend came in to lend a hand around 9.30, and left about noon, after which I felt ready again for another nap, and slept most of the afternoon, too. Will be ready for my bed again soon, too.At least this should pass by next week, and as my immune system bebuilds itself again.For now, though, I'll just try and listen to my body and go with the flow.
Hope your headache's now disappeared, Karen?It turned out that I'd managed to inflame a spinal root nerve rather well, and after paying attention to one of the cancer doctors, who was concerned about me taking the aspirins at the same time as the chemo would be affecting my blood! Now the next chemo cycle's had to be delayed a week while I get the spine back under control again!  Ended up having to get my doc to do a house call yesterday, and he's now prescribed Gabapentin to try and damp down the muscle spasms, as I've been feeling as if a horse has booted me in the ribs, and as a result of all the cramping chest spasms!Yesterday I felt as if I'd an alien attempting to chew its way out of my armpit and where the last lot of surgery was! (Try explaining that to a doc and watch the cogs turning and him wondering if he should send for the men in white coats with the straight jacket!  ) I am just glad it was my own doc on duty, as he, at least, knows what I mean!