September 2, 2012

This morning, Kathleen and I went to the Chapel of st. Andrew for the regular 10:30 am service. This included the monthly Healing Service. It was our first service without our former priest-in- charge, Debbie. It was well attended. Kathleen and I hosted the coffee hour after the service. We had a good time.

Then we drove down to Lauderdale-by-the-Sea to the Sea Watch restaurant where we had lunch outside on the upper deck. Great view. The lobster rolls weren’t quite as good as last time, but the key lime pie was!

While I wrote earlier that the muscle and bone pain deemed to be decreasing slowly, I’m not as sure today. Generally, I feel pretty good in the morning when I first get out of bed. The more time I spend on my feet, the worse I feel through the day. The worst of the pain at night is not the dull ache that I have during the day, but the occasional and brief (thankfully) very sharp pains that I feel mostly in my ankles, feet and toes. During the day, I can put up with them but these are what keep me from sleeping. By the time I go to bed, I find that regular acetaminophen does not give me enough pain relief to sleep. The hydrocodone + acetaminophen does work about an hour after I take it. I still use the socks and extra blanket to keep warm. (In case you do not recall, my oncologist Warren and I currently think that this muscle and bone pain is left over from the Zometa that I took monthly for three months. Warren and I agreed that I should discontinue this drug during my last appointment with him since it appears I do not tolerate it well.)

I have my next regular appointment with Warren on Thursday. I intend to question him closely about all this.