Labs in and other stuff.

My CBC was great. All good there except the hemoglobin was still .5 above normal.  He had wanted me to drink 8 glasses of water a day. I did pretty good but not 8 glasses. Maybe got to 5-6 a day plus tea. I guess hemoglobin has to do with the oxygen in your blood. So he thought maybe I wasn’t hydrating enough.  I’m not worried at only .5 over normal. but I’ll see what he says in June.  In other good news, my kappa light chains still normal but it went up 2 points. So from 12.6 to 14.2.  So here’s that trend of going up. I know I’ll come out of the normal range at some point but for now, it’s still in the normal range even with the 2 point increase.  My Lambda went up too from 10.9 to 11.5 so another increase. And the ratio went up to from 1.16 to 1.23 . In myeloma numbers, the ratio is most important so still an increase. These are all in values of mg/L for those that want that .  I can’t say I’m not a bit disappointed because I am just a little but hey this is month 10 going into month 11 of no drugs andI’m still within normal ranges. Oh, the good news too, was no detectable M-protein. So that’s the great news. the light chain tests though are more sensitive to myeloma cell, so the increase does show a trend. But, for now, I will celebrate LIFE!! I feel good well except for the aches and pains of normal stuff.  My one year of stopping Velcade is June 23. June is never a good emotional month for me as I was officially diagnosed on June 15 of 2005. Funny how we remember some things exactly.  Oh well, I’m grateful for modern medicine and my doctor and park and the ducks and the everything. ( That’s supposed to be funny).

It’s been windy here and we haven’t sat out at dinner even though the temperature is nice. The allergies are kicking in when that wind blows. I’m hoping to BBQ tonight if the wind is gone.

Here’s a picture of Hobbles the duck. yesterday we couldn’t find him at the park but he was back today. Whew…IMG_0700he’s called hobbles because about 2 years ago he got injured somehow and was not using his one leg. Now he uses it but just hobbles. He’s our buddy in the morning.

To Fitbit or to not Fitbit, that is the question.

So around a month ago, my fit bit broke. The actual sensor in the back fell out. My fit bit was @ 3 years old. Not sure if this is common, but anyway, I tried to glue it back in and well that didn’t work. So I’ve been debating getting another.  I’ve enjoyed not being tied to the Fitbit plus I walk generally the same amount daily and it doesn’t really motivate me to do more. Sad, I know but it doesn’t. What I do like is it keeps track of all my steps in a day and then I use that as a monthly total. So, right now I’m estimating based on previous months and what I tally in my head @ 100-120miles a month. That doesn’t include the gym treadmill or bike because the Fitbit doesn’t seem to calculate them when I’m on them. So that would add 3-5more miles more every week.

So I’m not sure I want to buy a new one. Although both my husband and daughter have the newer Alta. I like that it’s much thinner than the one I had.  I guess I’ll just keep thinking about it.

Today, I’m off to Trader Joes and then Costco. I wanted to stop too at the Loft near there but generally, after those 2 things, I’m done with the box store shopping. But there’s a pair of pants i want to try on before I buy them, so I just might. I’m trying to upgrade my clothes to a couple of well-made pieces. I don’t even have 33 items of clothing so it’s just trying to get a few things that are classic and better made than Old navy.  So, another I’ll see.  After spending money for food I generally don’t want to go spend more money. I checked the thrift store the other day and found a J Jill swim cover up ( at least I think that’s what it is), so you can find good deals but you do need to check regularly.

Dinner is a question mark, although I’m thinking Costco pizza. Hmmm not sure.

Labs today and other musings

Today is cloudy and it was sprinkling this morning as we walked. At the end of this month, we will only have 2 months left till we hit year 5 of walking every day. I’m thinking going into year 5, I probably won’t be as OC about having to walk as I just need to keep walking.  I need to for a number of reasons. It feels good to get my blood circulating first thing in the morning but more important, I feel like arthritis is starting to impact me. I’m pretty stiff til I get going but even thru out the day I notice I’m stiffer getting up and moving. Not a good thing, and I may go see my PC doctor and ask if that’s what this is.

So today I went and got my blood tests. It’s been 6 weeks, so we’ll see hoe things are.  It’s hard to say in terms of how I feel because I generally feel excellent. My doctor was watching my hematocrit numbers as they were just slightly high. He wanted me to hydrate more but I pointed out that started after I was in cycle 2 of Velcade so???

I had a great introvert day.  I did have to call the insurance as they said I had a balance on my last labs.  But I’ve never had a co-pay on my labs. so 45 minutes later the nice lady did resolve it for me. Other than that it’s just me and the quiet today.  I did my FlyLady zone( the living room) and since there’s not a lot to do there it’s done.

I’m not sure what I’m making for dinner. I have left – over brown rice so maybe that. It’s not exactly what I feel like but then I don’t know what I feel like and that’s always the problem. So I’ll just wing it till it’s closer to dinner time. My daughter doesn’t get home till 7 pm so we’ll see. My husband is in San Diego working so…???

 

Frugal Friday things

I made homemade bread yesterday in the Zojirushi bread maker. I wanted to make half wholewheat and half organic white but thought I didn’t have the WW flour. I found it afterwards in the pantry. Still it came out very yummy.

We took the load and more to Goodwill. Not really frugal except it’s stuff gone and clears space both physically and mentally.

I’m making homemade pizza tonight instead of ordering out which I kinda wanted to do.

Not frugal but the FOL decided to pay for the mistake of $99 for the website I bought but wasnt the right foremat. That was nice of them as I was going to just donate the mistake and not have them pay. But since they have a large donation that was a bequest to the FOL they budgeted $ for the website.  Also, they offered a $ gift to my daughter for actually doing all the website work.  It would have cost them hundreds to have someone else design it so it worked out well.

Not much else going on. Next week I get my bloodwork done and I’m a little anxious about it but overall not too worried about. It’s just once a cancer patient always a cancer patient in your mind.

This will be a no spend weekend since the budget is used up till next payday  😦

 

 

More stuff loaded for Goodwill

We put 2 office chairs in the van and I did a few more magazines. If I can get my daughter to help unload, I’ll do that tomorrow. Goodwill won’t take stuff out of your vehicle. I guess it’s some kinda liability thing.

It’s nice out today although now it’s clouded over. But it’s warmish. I went and got new Invisalign trays and it went quickly since he had an emergency come in.

We’re working on getting some farm gates for our 2 driveways as it seems security is on my mind lately.

I had fun today sewing a linen tote bag.  I’m obsessed with linen fabric and found a good youtube to watch on how to sew a tote.  It came out okay. I need to work on sewing my lines straighter. I used it at the grocery store and it was nice. I bought this fabric for new curtains in the tent trailer so I wanted to try some out.

I’m going to grill some chicken tonight and make a salad.

Rainy again

It’s a rainy Monday. We walked in the park and it was just misting.  Yesterday, there was an Easter service that we walked by. And there were 3 sets of new baby goslings.  Unfortunately today we saw a Canada goose had been gotten by a coyote or mountain lion and feathers were everywhere. And there were only 2 sets of parents.  Canada Geese are extraordinarily fierce with their young so it must have really tried to protect the babies. WE did count the babies and I got to 19 so maybe some of the ones of killed goose went over to the other parents. I hope so.

We had southern fried tofu for Easter dinner. Of course, we don’t celebrate Easter as such, just as a renewal of a new cycle of life. Not based on Jesus. So I made a potato salad and we had some deviled eggs. I didn’t fry the tofu but baked and you’d think the end of the world had come. I guess I’m not doing that again.  It was pretty good just not quite as tasty as when I fry them.

This week is not too busy. I have an Invisalign appt, and that’s it. Plus I’ll go to the Koffee Klatch on Thursday.  I have a good size load of Life magazines to go the Humane Society Thrift store.  There are some great ones from the 40’s going but it’s just the way it needs to be. Plus the van is full of Foodbank boxes so I’ll do that tomorrow on the way to the gym.

Next week are my labs so that’ll be interesting. At some point, my light chains will begin to increase and then who know. For now, I live each day as if it is a gift.  Life is precious, non-essential live it as fully as you can.

 

One thing about minimalism is that as you clear the nonessential, you really begin to experience things differently. DEfinetely clearer and more in touch with what is around you. It’s a process for sure.  I have to say, every time declutter or look at what is it I want around me, I’m surprised at what the answer to that is. I want my house to be clean, clear of stuff and just a simple place to live, cook and be. It’s getting there.

They’ll be a lot of no spend days this week as the budget is used up. We have a DMV to pay and that’s about it. So, freezer meals and pantry plus what I bought at Costco. Lots of salads.

Tonight is pasta night. I’m thinking an alfredo with a big salad.