MarySmith’sPlace ~ Cancer Diary#33 – a bit of a blip

Well, it’s been a couple of weeks since I posted a cancer diary update. I was feeling a lot better thanks to the steroids and the weather was good (bright and sunny, if still cold) so I was able to go out most days for walks.

The walks became longer until I was managing two to three miles on the level and my step count, adding in time working in the garden, was reaching 10,000 a day. I even managed a couple of walks round Doach Woods which is a bit steeper. Yes, I was out of breath on anything steeper than flat but my pulse rate soon dropped down again, I was hardly coughing and really thought the pneumonitis was on its way out.   

On Monday, with Covid-19 restrictions finally beginning to lift a friend came to visit from Glasgow and we had a lovely time walking and talking. On Tuesday, my son and his partner arrived and again we walked and talked and talked and talked. I did feel I was becoming slightly more breathless but dismissed it as I really did talk an awful lot more than usual over the two days. When the DH and I go walking together we don’t talk to each other much – we can do that round the kitchen table.

By Wednesday evening I was feeling pretty flat – my visitors gone and although we hope to meet again soon who knows these days what might happen. There could be another lockdown just around the corner. I’ve been becoming more breathless and coughing more and feeling tired in a way I haven’t for weeks.

The DH thinks it’s probably just a blip after doing a bit too much walking and talking and a couple of days rest will put things right again. Or, it could be my body decided the last weekly drop in my steroid dose was too much? I really don’t want to start taking a higher dose again.

Of course, it’s a Bank Holiday weekend so no specialist nurse or GP to ask. I really have rested today – step count under 2,000! – and I’ll do the same tomorrow and Monday (the weather forecast is pretty rubbish, anyway) and see how things are on Tuesday.

In the meantime I’ll try to keep thinking it is just a “too-much-talking” blip and not start imaging worst case scenarios – is the tumour starting to grow again now the radiation has finished working? This I can’t know until the last week (possibly the last day) of this month and I don’t want to cope with almost a month of scanxiety.

Positive thinking – altogether now: ‘It’s just a blip – don’t talk so much!’

113 thoughts on “MarySmith’sPlace ~ Cancer Diary#33 – a bit of a blip

  1. Iy’s very easy to over-do it when you’ve been ‘let out’. I expect you’ll be fine once rested iup for a bit. Don’t give up – just take it steadier. Tortoise and hare, remember 🙂
    Talking of animals… Roscoe is fine; he got a tick on his nose last weekend which left a very inflamed red spot, but between phoning the vet and the appointment he recovered 🙂 So although he’s a bit self-conscious of his appearance (bald spot on his nose), he sends kisses anyway. ❤

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    • Tortoise and hare – got it 🙂 I’m going to rest up for the remainder of the weekend to see if that helps.
      Oh, poor Roscoe, he’s having to deal with one thing after another just now. I accept Roscoe’s kisses with my eyes closed so I don’t notice his bald spot on his nose. I had a tick on my thigh after after rescuing a sheep which was on its back and couldn’t get up. No good deed goes unpunished but I didn’t have a bald spot.

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    • Thank you, Barb. I have coughed less today as a result of taking it easy so I’m definitely in favour of the justa-blip idea. Let’s see how tomorrow’s taking it easy goes. I did talk to Wee-sis tonight – her daughter has just had her first baby so how could I not? 🙂

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  2. Your body has been through a lot and I expect even a couple days of what you ‘normally’ used to do would still be a challenge. It’s like weight training, you’ve got to work up to it after being more sedentary. 🙂 That’s my theory, at any rate! Wishing for a return to ‘easy’ daily walks. _/\_

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    • Yes, Kim, I think if I did one without the other I might not have dipped back into being more breathless and coughing more. I would never have classed myself as a chatterbox but I’m realising I do talk a lot. Did I always or is it the result of lockdown? I’ll be good for the rest of the Bank Holiday weekend 🙂

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    • Yes, it was great to get together and I don’t regret it for a moment. If it’s just a blip I’ll get over it – if it’s something else then the walking/talking didn’t do it. I’ll rest up for the remained of this holiday weekend.

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    • Me, too, Sadje. It reminds me of when I was living in Karachi and got tuberculosis. We went for a break to Lahore and, of course, spent the time rushing here, there and everywhere trying to see as much as possible and I became so exhausted I could do nothing but sit under a tree in the Shalimar Gardens – and what better place to sit and rest! Hugs back.

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  3. Definitely just a blip, Mary. Sometimes I don’t see (and therefore speak!) to people for weeks on end and then when I do meet up with someone, I also, talk and talk, and have suffer from tiredness and breathlessness until I have got back to my normal ‘on my own’ routine.

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    • I hope so, Kim. From what you say about yourself it sound like it might be so. It was pretty depressing when the breathlessness became worse and the cough came back. Taking it easy for now.

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  4. How lovely to get out and be able to see important people and talk. I think the DH is v. probably right and you just need to rest till the blip passes and then, when you are next out on an adventure, come home to rest before you’ve used up all your energy reserves – I think it’s like having a bank account of energy and if you spend it all and get an overdraft you get into trouble and take a long time to recover – said bossily by someone who was once irritated by that advice (just for chronic fatigue syndrome) but found it v helpful – and someone who can talk the back leg off anyone’s donkey especially when they haven’t been seen for a long time.
    I hope it’s just a blip.
    Love and cuddles,
    Juliet XXX

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    • That’s quite a good analogy, Juliet. I’ve definitely got an overdraft at the moment so I’ll pay it back as soon as I can! I really am taking it easy this weekend (helps that the weather isn’t great) and hope I’ll be in credit again next week. I might get out to see you soon 🙂 xx

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  5. Really pleased you got out and met up with family and friends. I’m in awe of the amount of walking you do! Hope you feel better after taking the Bank Holiday weekend to rest, and then the blip will be out of the way. Take care.

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    • It was lovely to meet friends and hug my son and I have no regrets – just have to learn to take things a bit more slowly. Fingers crossed the blip will blip off soon.

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  6. I’m going with ‘too much at once’. Too much talking and walking after a long time not doing that much of either. The weather is supposed to be awful tomorrow, so just have a day inside, and pamper yourself!
    Best wishes, Pete. x

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  7. More talking, walking, and having guests causes stress even when you love having them and you’re healthy, at our age – change in routine, renewed activity. The heron is beautiful. Be the heron! Thinking positive thoughts for you, because it’s hard to always think them yourself xx

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    • Glad you like the heron. He does look very serene. I think you’re right about the walking and talking and having guests causing stress so I’m having a quiet, stress-free weekend to see if it helps. Thanks for the positive thoughts – appreciated xx

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  8. Ah, the price we pay for catching up with family and friends! I’m sure, just like the rest of us, it’s a shock to the system to return to socialising. Rest and plenty of fluids. The weather will change again soon and it’ll be time to enjoy more long walks. Have a lovely, restful weekend Mary.

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    • Thanks for your comment, Eloise. Socialising is exhausting in a way it wasn’t before! And a bit scary. I’m not seeing anyone this weekend and am not talking much so here’s hoping the cough goes away again.

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  9. Goodness, you amaze and terrify me, nuff said. Really glad you had an opportunity for cuddles and chat, but please, please keep slow relaxed mode in place for as long as poss. ‘It’s just a blip” but perhaps more type than walk and talk might give ur body the rest it needs during this phase. xxx Lovely pics as usual.

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    • It was lovely to see my son and have a hug. I will take it easy over this holiday weekend and hope things improve. It’s so annoying when I was feeling so well for days and had energy. Ah, well I’ll learn to pace myself. Glad you like the pics. xx

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  10. Definitely a blip – you did too much – your time with your friend and with your son were so worth doing too much for though.
    I’m sure a restful few days reading intersting books will bring back your strength and you will be ringing me up to arrange that walk we talked about!

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    • Oh, definitely worth doing too much for, Sue 🙂 I’ve been very good since yesterday – taking things easy, not talking so much. By the time the bluebells are blooming I should be ready for our walk.

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  11. Mary you’ve done exceptionally well with the steps and the walking, and all the talking. Hopefully that’s what the blip is all about. Sending out positive vibes xxxxx

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    • I don’t feel I’ve done very well, Janette. Well, up until a few days ago I was really pleased with my progress – then it seemed to go backwards. Thanks for the positive vibes. xx

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  12. It sounds as if you had plenty of fun, and that is great news. Your body has had quite a fight going, and it sounds as if you’ve done much more than you had been used to recently, so I think taking it easy for a few days is right. It is not an all-or-nothing process. It is usually something progressive, and some days are bound to be better than others. Time and rest are great healers. You’re right that everything seems to happen on weekends, but it’s almost over now, so you can always check tomorrow if you feel things aren’t going as they should. ♥♥♥

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    • I think I have to agree, Olga, I’ve been doing too much. I should have taken some time out last weekend before my visitors arrived instead of pushing myself to do longer walks. I’m learning. I’m also learning that there will be good and not so good days.
      Tomorrow is a Bank Holiday here so GP practices are still closed. I’m hoping by Tuesday I’ll be coughing less again. xx

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  13. Mary, you overdid it! Too much walking and too much talking and not enough resting and respecting your body. I don’t mean to sound like a scolding mother, but you probably re-aggravated your pneumonitis. Please, please, don’t overdo the exercising while you’re trying to recover. Just thinking about all that walking makes my arthritic joints hurt more! All that visiting? Fatiguing.

    Take care of yourself, promise? And thanks for sharing those lovely photos, as always.

    Hugs,
    Mama Linda

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    • Yes, Mama Linda, I think you are right about overdoing it – but I did feel so much better! I’m going good and it rained all day today so there was no way I was going out. I’ll be good 🙂 Glad you liked the photos. Sorry about your arthritic joints – that’s no fun. Hugs.

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  14. I can understand how you overdid it. The chance to get out and about with friends is so wonderful. Likewise I have been catching up with friends this bank holiday weekend too. Take a good rest Mary, pamper yourself as much as you can. Sending love and hugs. X

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  15. Mary, I hope you’re feeling much better and that the blip is over after some enforced rest. You are not one to take things easy if you don’t have to, are you?! 😀 Your positive spirit and love of nature and the outdoors is fantastic and I hope you can enjoy your long walks soon again as well as meeting people. Yeah! I bet there were tears in that most precious of hugs with your son … you more than deserve to break the rules slightly. Take extra special care of yourself, hugs xx ❤️

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    • I was so happy to be able to go for walks again, Annika, but perhaps I should not have increased the distance walked quite so much or so soon! I’ll learn 🙂 The hugs were wonderful. Hugs to you x

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    • Thanks, Joy. It was wonderful to see my son after however many months. I think because I felt so much stronger and better I overdid the walking (and talking while walking) – have been taking things easy for the last few days. I like that “don’t mess with Mr In Between” 🙂 Hugs back.

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  16. Just done my usual read and browse through the comments Mary.. I hope that you are feeling a little better and the other issue is that you might also have a touch of hayfever. You may not have experienced it before but your treatment and steroids, including a reduction in them could have made you more sensitive this year. Everyone has told you to rest and take things easy and tough though that might be for a go-getter like you…you need to pace yourself… Anyway wonderful that you got to see your son and importantly give him a much needed hug. Sending love from Ireland…♥

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  18. Thank you for the very positive news, Mary! I am so happy about your great progress. Honestly, these 2000 steps have been an illusion to me, till now. I will take you as a role model, and a motivation guide, for walking around 20 kilometers every two or three days. 🙂 Keep on enjoying the nature, and stay well! All the best, Michael

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    • Lovely to hear from you, Michael. I’ve greatly reduced my step count over the last few days and am hardly doing 2,000. However, I’m determined to try to do a bit more again as I am putting on more weight again. It’s a vicious circle – don’t walk, gain weight; walk, lose weight, get breathless and cough; rest, gain weight. The weather has been awful but when it improves I will be able to enjoy nature again 🙂

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  19. Not a health expert here, but concentrating on your mental health will often help the physical part. Of course, there is no substitute for being with friends.

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    • That’s true, Pete. It’s a bit of a vicious circle, though – staying in and resting means no chance to enjoy nature and fresh air which are so important to mental health. I’m feeling that it’s time to get back outside even if I reduce my walking. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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  20. I think you’ve pointed out all the likely issues, Mary! – walking, talking and a reduced steroid dose on a system that’s still very fragile. You’ve had a great (if exerting) time and now you need to be good to both mind and body by relaxing and focusing on the positive. Negative thinking achieves nothing and is usually unwarranted and therefore a waste of time. As for losing weight, that can wait, too. x

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    • I really have been very good for the last few days. In fact, I feel very lazy. The sun is shining today so I will get into the garden, which will make me feel a more positive – even if I don’t do any actual work. I like you advice about the weight loss. I’m hoping once I’m off the steroids it will be easier to address the weight issue. All the best. x

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