Not a whole lot to update on except that I started my Dexamethasone steroids last Friday with a few very funny adventures! My Docs are starting me out slow at 20mgs weekly (as we are still consulting about my treatment options), compared to my 40mg 4 days on, 4 day off back in 2010.
Actually I was supposed to have already completed 2 - 3 cycles by now, but all my recent illnesses prevented that. So my first round of Roids was quite the sweet ride! My body revvvved up and I actually felt really good! Surprisingly, very good as a matter of fact!
I took the 5 pills
Ate some breakfast
And waited to freak out!
No freak out! Just revvved up! Felt good to feel good for a change! I've been waning and decreasing in energy lately, feeling rather fatigued often and always sickly in the last several months since Myeloma has resurfaced and dragged me down again.
Jim and I went to lunch and I was actually hungry, but I didn't steroid-order the whole entire menu... just a tame healthy greens salad and spicy edemame. I remember now from before, I liked foods with a bite, while on Dex. We then ran a few errands, came home, did our ranch chores... and I was stilllllllllll fullllllllllllllllllll of ENERGY !!! Whoooo hoooooo, let the roid-rage begin!
By this time, is was dark out, but that didn't stop me from walking laps and laps and laps and laps and laps around the barn. I registered close to 11,000 steps on my pedometer for the day!! Yippeee for feeling good!! Took a Benedryl to send me off to sleep... and prevent me from crazy steroid snacking!!! No "moon-face", roid-belly for me!!!
Woke up feeling a bit dizzy and dehydrated with a slight headache, but overall ok! With how pumped up I was feeling, Jim and I decided to venture out for more errands and drive my sweet Bug!!! Generally I would be hesitant to compete for road space on a Saturday in my "tin can Beetle" with the crazy fast drivers in our area, but Dex gave me clutch-shifting confidence and off we went!
I don't even remember all the errands we ran, but we finished off with a refreshing stop at Jamba Juice and that's when the roid-rage strength fully kicked in!!!
Since my lil ol Bug is a 1974, no remote locks of course... so when I went to unlock my door manually... I totally BROKE THE KEY IN THE LOCK!!! No Joke!!! Broken right in half!!!!
Fortunately I had previously let Jim in first on the passenger side (as he was holder of the Jamba Juices since there aren't "modern" conveniences such as cup holders in ol Beetles!!!), so he was already inside when I shrieked, "OMG!!!! Jim!!!! OMG!!!! I frikn broke the key in the lock!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
Jim thinks I'm teasing, as I've been kinda silly all day, but I managed to pull out the broken pieces and show him the broken evidence!!! He can't believe what he's seeing in my hand!!!
I called our son Scott, and thankfully he was home and was able to find the even older thinner SPARE key right where I thought it was, and he came to rescue us!!! Can you even picture this? Jim's sitting in the Bug sipping his Jamba juice laughing and shaking his head, and I'm sitting on the curb by a planter, thinking OMG, this really can't be happening! I BROKE the ignition key in the door lock!!!! We can't drive!!! We're hostages of an ol relic car I bought on a feverish whim!!! We're stuck in a parking lot!!! What if we were far away??? What is wrong with me, I ponder!!! Getting an antique car and thinking nothing of it... thinking it will be no problem, like driving around "back in the day" won't even be an issue! Hello Julie... aren't you too old for these silly adventures... you've got CANCER and you're embarking on some serious medical treatments and you're driving around in an unpredictable 40 year old VW beetle!!
Jim distracts my thoughts with, "Hey Dear... what's that wildlife that just crawled by you?" Whaaaaat? Where? OMG I look to my left on the curb, and off slithers a giant shinny cockroach!!! I think it had crawled right up and over me!!!! OK, that does it... I'm done with silly adventures... take me home!!!!Scotttttttt, hurry and come get us!!! Ha! from a broken blue bug to a slithering bug!! ahahaa oh boy my life!!!!
It all turned out ok, we made it to the locksmith in time to make additional keys (that I just happened to have with us that I had previously ordered on eBay). I fully began to process the difference between a modern car with all the convenient technological features and a super basic classic OLD car! Seriously... note to self... what was I thinking????
But wait, there's more......... on the way home... the turn signals stopped functioning, the gas gauge stopped working and the G for Generator stayed on!!!! Ok, cute lil baby blue bucket list bug... you're going to the doctor ASAP! And there she sits as I write this days later... she's gettn a mechanical make over!!! And don't come home until you're fully functional ol girl!!!!
Next day, my energy began to wane more, my headache intensified and I began to feel that ol after-roid-rush-downer-yucky feeling... but "cowgirl up" as it was a beautiful day, and we had previously planned a ranch day visit day for our dear family friends and their sweet little girls.
What will they have in store for me?????
Will it be...
Live happy, live well, and make a difference somewhere, somehow, with someone or something as often as you can!