Posts Tagged ‘Saturday Market

25
Apr
10

And We’ll Have Fun, Fun, Fun . . .

. . . ’til the chemo is back in full sway-ay.

I had a great birthday – it was very quiet, and we just went up to the local Indian restaurant for dinner, then our neighbors came by for a little while. A lot of people called and sent cards, and I received some beautiful flowers, Brian gave me a lovely heart-shaped puzzle box with a silver heart-shaped pendant inside, and I got a purple beehive wig. It has an awesome rhinestone bling right in the center, too.

My girlfriend Laura, who just got married, is in town – it was the perfect time for her to be here, since this was my week off of chemo, and I felt comparatively good. Mostly just fatigued, although I still have minor versions of most of the other symptoms. We have eaten out several times, and the food was wonderful, even though my taste buds are still a little off. By limiting what we did to an hour or two at a time, I have been able to do several things (with intervening naps of a couple hours each) that will be beyond my stamina this coming week with the return to chemo.

Thursday we picked her up from the airport, made a brief stop by my favorite bead store, Beads at Dusti Creek, then had an early dinner at La Petit Provence next door. Yum! Picked up some pastries for various breakfasts (double yum!!), then went home and crashed early.

Friday, Laura and I had a spa day – we had massages, facials, and pedicures; so relaxing, and we really were ready to melt after all that pampering. Saturday all three of us went to see How to Train Your Dragon. And today, we went to the Saturday Market, where I bought a great hat.

It’s all about choosing the right activities – the spa day and the movie didn’t require lots of physical energy, although the movie did require some mental focus (OK, not like it’s a deep movie, but it was fun, and I did have to be able to keep up with the plot. . .). Saturday Market required more energy, but there are places to sit down and rest, and we didn’t spend much more than an hour, and saw pretty much the whole thing.

It’s also all about fueling the body – we have done a lot of eating. Besides the French bakery, we have also eaten at quite a variety of places. Lunch at the Mad Greek Deli, dinner at Sweet Ambrosia (owned by our friend Mary, who is a fabulous chef!), quiche from Sweet Ambrosia for brunch, dinner at Marrakesh, fair food at the Saturday Market, drinks and fish tacos at Jake’s Famous Crawfish (Laura’s nephew lives in Portland and works there). This evening while I was napping, Brian cooked a delicious steak dinner.

And after dinner, we watched Burn After Reading. None of us knew what to expect (although it is a Coen Brothers film, so we did figure it would be out there), and were pretty blown away. We all agreed that we felt the most empathy for Ted, although we never did figure out what he represented.

Anyway, I’ve been having a lot of fun since Wednesday, in between naps. And now it’s time to go to bed, since to add insult to injury, not only do I have chemo tomorrow, I have to be there before 9:00 a.m. Happy, happy, joy, joy.

12
Jul
09

Long time, no post

About three weeks ago I was talking to one of my friends at work, who said “You know, you *sound* like you feel better.” I realized at that point that I *did* feel better – and had for at least a week or so. I’m working full-time, and actually have energy when I get home to do stuff besides sit and read – and except for a migraine¬† this past Friday, have been feeling pretty darn close to normal.

We had friends visiting for the Fourth of July weekend, and we had fun, although I wasn’t able to do as much as I wanted to. We had the hottest weather of the year so far that weekend, and I don’t do well with heat. I used to live in Livermore, CA, where it would stay in the 90s to low100s for weeks at a time; and I worked outdoors at a dog kennel to boot. Never had a problem with the heat. A few years after I moved to Portland, I started getting sick if I spent much time in heat over about 85 degrees. I get a headache that feels like a migraine, nausea, and lightheadedness. If I don’t get somewhere cool fairly quickly, I actually get worse than nausea, and start vomiting.

Of course, our main plan for the weekend of the fourth involved going to the Waterfront Blues Festival. We got to the festival on the afternoon of the 3rd, and I was only able to stay for a bit longer than an hour. Brian ended up taking me home and driving back down while Matt and Nancy stayed and danced Zydeco. Saturday I didn’t even try going – there was just no way I was going to be able to enjoy it, and we’d bought tickets for one of the Blues Cruises on the Portland Spirit – I just pictured being stuck on the boat, sick, for 2 or 3 hours, and decided that I didn’t want to subject them or myself to that. So I spent the day and evening at home, and tried to get Robin to woofle whenever he heard fireworks – that worked for the first hour or so, and then he spent the rest of the time under my feet.

Sunday was considerably cooler, just mid-80s, so we went down to the Saturday Market and wandered around. After a couple hours of that, it started getting too warm again, so I cruised on up to Powell’s City of Books, where Brian, Matt, and Nancy were going to meet me when they were done at the Market. On my way up, I noticed that my back was starting to hurt – I haven’t had problems with it for quite a while, but I couldn’t come up with anything I’d done specifically to set it off. Once I got to Powell’s, I broke my book-stash-diet – there were several sequels to books I had read that I just *had* to have. Matt and Brian sat in the cafe while Nancy spent her time in the Drama section, and I was in there looking at graphic novels. We all met an hour later to check out, and drove on up to NW 23rd to wander around. We walked on down to Marrakesh, where we enjoyed a delicious dinner, although I learned that my body hasn’t completely recovered, because I was stiff and sore. I’m pretty sure that didn’t help my back any.

This past week, my back has been bothering me, mostly both sides of my lower back. It would stiffen up and be painful after sitting at my desk or in my recliner in the evening, but it seemed to be clearing up slowly. Thursday morning, I got up at 6 a.m. to go pee, and it seemed to be completely fine. When I got up at 8 a.m., my right-side lower back screamed at me, spasming so badly I could hardly walk. As of today, it’s down to about a 3 on the pain scale, from around a 7, and I’m trying to move around a lot, so that I don’t spend too much time sitting in any one position.

In some ways, I’m pleased to have this kind of problem, instead of being inundated with poisons, or recovering from surgery or chemo. It seems pretty normal.




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