Sunday, September 12, 2010

A Nice Weekend

Saturday morning we made a quick trip to the Farmer's Market to get our favourite bread at Organic Breads and Cereals by Clifford Wolfe. I recommend it! Awesome bread!

We got our 2nd batch of new potatoes at the Living Soil Farms booth. Red ones last time. White ones this time.

We took a quick look at Casa Wines ... just enough to know we want to go back and spend some more time. It's very nice inside and everything looks so interesting. A bonus was seeing Jerome Chomos working, there lending his expertise. We had a nice little chat.

And then I met Carol and Patio for brunch. I hadn't seen Carol for 5 months! Between her very absorbing work and my limited time, it's really cut into our social lives. After Pat maneuvered through crazy traffic to get us across the river and home again, Kevin and I walked down to what was causing all the traffic headaches ... the Broadway street fair. With both Broadway and Victoria inaccessible and access to the Freeway bridge limited, Clarence and the University bridge were traffic nightmares!

Since we were in the neighbourhood, Kevin and I stopped in to see the show suites at the Lux ... the new condo development on 9th and Broadway. VERY nice! I was ready to hurry home and grab my pj's, toothbrush and book! That's all I really need.

I was pretty much cooked after such a busy day. My feet hurt so bad by the time we got back. It was pretty slow going and it makes me wonder how I'll manage the Walk for a Cure on October 3. Hmmm ... I'm hoping that my next visit with my doctor will result in a better pain-relief drug. The Ultram helps a little but not enough. At least I'm hoping for something better still. Every step, especially on the way home, hurt. When I got home, I could hardly keep my eyes open so I went to bed and slept from 5:30 to 8:30 ... got up, watched some tv and made some yoyo's (I have over 450) and then went back to bed. It's good I got lots of sleep because I was starting to panic about only having one more day before Monday. But, with all that sleep, I felt better today than I probably would have otherwise. Poor Kevin, though. Now that he's done with all the lacrosse business, he's got more free time on his hands and he also has a very boring wife. We wanted to go to a movie Friday night but by the time we got on it, they were all starting too late for me. Poor guy.

Erin came over this morning with quiche in hand and watched the football game with us. Wasn't that an awful game?! Since it was hardly worth watching, we had more time for visiting. We had lots of catching up to do.

And now ... time to hit the sack.



  1. We really have to catch up sometime. When is a good time for me to call you? My doctor mentioned putting me on something like the Arimadex next time I go in and I really need to talk to you about that so I can know what I am talking about when I refuse it.

  2. Hi Berny!

    Call me any evening this week that works for you. I expect to be here.

    Don't be TOO afraid of the Arimidex. Just be informed. The AI's (Aromatase Inhibitors) are, reportedly, the most effective of the estrogen blocking drugs. From what I understand, I had an uncommonly bad reaction to it. I read about many others who have had similar reactions (feeling and moving like 100 years old) but most recover from their side effects shortly after going off the drug. My side effects have lingered much longer than is common.

    At least if you know about the possible side effects (I wasn't told about these ones and they weren't listed in the literature from the Cancer Centre or in the documentation that came with the drug either) you can recognize them right away. Because I didn't know about these potential side effects, I didn't make the connection between them and the Arimidex until I'd been on them for 6 weeks and the side effects started, for me, almost immediately.

    If I thought I could tolerate the Arimidex with minor discomfort, I would go back on it. Tamoxifen, while having a good reputation for success, isn't quite as good as the Arimidex (as I understand it) and I find the possible side effects of the Tamoxifen quite unsettling. Those include the elevated chance of contracting uterine cancer. Oh joy!

    Anyway ... like I say ... don't rule out Arimidex immediately. Just be on the watch for the nastier of the possible side effects. Some people don't have any trouble with it at all. Maybe you'll be one of the lucky ones.

    Anyway ... call me. I'd love to talk with you and find out how things have been going for you now that you're done with Herceptin.


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