Neighbor nurse Mary has been working with Venita on a pain management schedule for the bone pain. There has been some tweaking; at present the schedule is (a) 2 Ibuprofen and 1 Dilaudid followed (b) 3 hours later by 2 Tylenol and 1 Dilaudid followed (c) 3 hours later by 2 Ibuprofen and 1 Dilaudid, and so forth. Venita ends up in bed alot on this schedule. She will keep this schedule up through tonight, except she will not take Dilaudid if she has to drive within 4 hours.
V has been in bed so much that she is now having trouble being there. The clock seems to take four hours to go from 12:21 am to 12:28 am, all the time V is dozing.
Christine, a professional hairdresser and daughter of a friend, buzzed V's head on Sunday morning. V says her head now always feels wet, like she just got out of the shower.
Venita skipped her physical therapy on Monday because of the pain and pain meds, but plans to go today. We are naming the therapist P. T. Bruiser! Thanks Charlie, V's former husband, for the name.
V got drained 50ccs on Monday (a week's accumulation) so Dr. Boob doesn't want to see her for 2 1/2 weeks (for check-up and maybe saline infusion) unless V experiences continued fluid buildup.
V did get a little gardening in yesterday--planted 2 flats of impatiens. One flat of everbearing strawberries and 2 periennials in this morning. Hopefully the rest of V's nursery buying spree--one flat of impatiens and a broom bush--will go in yet today.
2 months today--no cigarettes. V wants one to "celebrate."
V is delevoping lists of OTC supplies and of soft foods for chemo. The lists are here. She also added a link from the "permanent" list on the right side of the page.