Thursday, September 20, 2012

Dem Bones

The hip bone's connected to the back bone
The back bone's connected to the neck bone,
The neck bone's connected to the head bone,
Now shake dem skeleton bones!
Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones.....

For some reason, I had this song going around in my head as I waited for the results of my bone density test. 

After chemo this morning, I made my way to Doc Esther to get the results of the bone test and the echo.  Echo is fine enough..... my back is another story. There were a lot of numbers running across the screen, but the bottom line, it is time to look into it deeper but not time for extra meds to offset some of the Arimidex (Anastrozole) effects. 

Osteopenia refers to bone mineral density (BMD) that is lower than normal peak BMD but not low enough to be classified as osteoporosis.

All I can tell you is that I can't stand for more than 5 minutes without excrutiating pain. 

Nope, I haven't mentioned this yet ... you had to listen to just the canzer stuff, why zing you with another issue?

Anyway, MRI w/contrast is scheduled for early tomorrow morning. After work, I picked up the recommended dosage of Calcium 600 mg / Vit D 400 iu / Magnesium 400 iu (Caltrate).  She also wants me to do some strength training. 
If I had the strength, I would be doing it!

A friend of my sister, Jackie, gave me a gift called the pure fitness ball.  She uses it all the time so I'm gonna do it too.  I can't wait to meet her to get all the tips she has learned during her own journey.

(just need to get it blown up)

My friend, Sally, gave me a wonderful gift that I keep at work.  It is THE BEST thing in the world. It's funny to see expressions from people as they get closer to my desk ... a small humming sound that you just can't pinpoint! Besides massage, it heats....

Nurse Rose took care of me today with the Herceptin.  I sat right next to the machine that holds all those wonderful heated blankets.  Plus, I had my blue afghan that Jane made!


I've gained 3 pounds :(  My blood pressure was a little high.  Doc wants me to get a flu shot this year.
Did you know I'm in my 10th month of treatment?


  1. Oh Carol. I read this and then wondered about my own situation with the back pain I have been having. I didn't ever get a proper report from my bone scan other than no cancer so will look in to this. Back pain is the worst and it can affect other areas too, like hips in my case. Here's hoping by getting on to things now you might avoid worsening. How much longer do you have to take Herceptin? I'm on Tamoxifen and only 7 months in with that. The weight gain is a battle for me too. I've started swimming again now I've had my reconstruction and aqua jogging - low impact as I also have a heel spur that makes walking, etc painful. Hang in there. Catherine

  2. Hi Catherine! I hope you do get a proper report so you know what you are dealing with. I'm glad you are swimming and doing the aqua jogging. I'm looking forward to using the fitness ball as there are so many low impact workouts to try. I have bunions that are killers. So far, the last of my Herceptin is in December. Please keep me posted on how you are doing :)

  3. Sis, just wait until you get the fitness ball blown up, ALL the animals are going to be excited. "OMG! Human Mom, you are on the floor with a BIG ball!" :)

  4. Geez Carol, whenever I come back to your blog site it seems like there’s new complications to your treatments/canser. Sorry ‘dem bones aren’t cooperating. At ten months, I would’ve hoped that the worst would be behind you and I guess that it is, but those residual side effects can be problematic as well. You have come such a long, long way and are doing wonderfully. Keep putting up the good fight. ~ JM

    1. Hi Joe! were your ears burning? John & I was just saying we haven't heard from you in awhile .... don't worry about me! I do think the worst part is over and I'm not going to let a little bit of pain get me down for very long.

  5. Hey, let's sit on these together. We'll look like hens on eggs! lol, Katie has the air pump if you can't find yours.

    1. Ha! Been looking - can't find it. Perhaps we can borrow it. (nap time first)


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