Thursday, May 19, 2011
Today was a difficult day. Tried a protein smoothie for breakfast for the first time ever, and I guess it didn't agree with me. Just sapped all my energy, wound up falling asleep for a couple of hours.
I was supposed to plan the menu and bulk cooking for this week-end, and do groceries for it, but no way I was able to put all that thinking together in logical order. Slept again in late afternoon, and am off to bed now because I'm again falling asleep on the sofa.
I'm hoping this isn't a sign that I've returned to work too quickly. Even if my breakfast wasn't the best thing for my particular metabolism, it shouldn't have bothered me all day! Call me frustrated and a little nervous...
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Returning to work yesterday after having been away for 1.5 years was glorious! I missed my team and the interaction, the exchange of ideas and the joking and teasing. They're a wonderful bunch of people, and I'm very blessed to have their support and friendship. One of them had even cleaned and dusted everything in my office so I wouldn't have to worry about a mess when I got back (there were people occupying the office on-and-off while I was away). It just felt like returning home, in a way, and made things so much easier.
This morning, we ran some errands, including picking up some things I needed for the office. I'll be going back on Friday (only two days per week for a month), and getting settled in. The rest of today was pretty much lounging around, as I hadn't slept much last night and was exhausted.
The plan for tomorrow is to get on my bike and exercise, and then set up a menu of sorts in preparation for week-end cooking. My DH and son are out of town for a soccer tournament, but my sister is going to come over and help me stock up the freezer.
I hope everyone has had a great first half of the week. Let's finish it off strong Thursday and Friday!
Monday, May 16, 2011
A little of this, a little of that...
Saturday I went to a consignment shop and found a couple of treasures: a vest and pant set for the summer, and a really good raincoat with detachable hood. I've been putting of shopping for a coat because of the energy it would take, but this one is perfect and I didn't even expect to find anything in my browsing. Have I mentioned before how I love consignment and thrift shops? I made up for it by buying some semi-dressy looking shoes for work that I can wear with my toe still bandaged. Cost a fortune, but I try not to regret the cost of good shoes. I have such a high instep, it's difficult to find shoes that support me properly.
Yesterday was my alternate "off" day; I actually had to take a two-hour nap in the afternoon! But we started the day right, with DH and I going out for a healthy breakfast and a skim milk cappucino (for me, he had just coffee). Did the menu and groceries. All that was done by 10:30 a.m., with some cooking done in the afternoon (and DH BBQing some chicken breasts). I feel ready for a nutritious week.
I have a doctor's appointment this afternoon, where he'll tell me what's up with this Vitamin B12 defficiency. I tested at normal levels in February, so this kind of surprised me. Curioser and curioser! But it does explain why I've started having problems with my energy levels again (which I was blaming on last year's chemo/radiation treatments). Just goes to show how easy it is to overlook something, and it's always worth checking things out!
I'm a little nervous anticipating returning to work tomorrow (Tuesday). I've been away for 1.5 years, and so much has changed. It's exciting to think of all the new stuff that's going on and sliding back into working with my team. I work with a great team! I'll be spending part of today getting ready for that: checking the stuff I brought home and deciding what I want to bring back, preparing my snack stash, etc.
For now, I'm going off to my stat bike and I-Pod. Can't do it without the music!
Have a great week everyone!
Saturday, May 14, 2011
I lost my perspective a little bit on Friday. Hearing that Thursdayís walk, which had felt so good and strong, had set back my healing by 3-4 days was disheartening. But I took a deep breath, then another, and found my perspective.
Really, I should have expected problems because the doctor had told me that I shouldnít do any walking. The action of pushing off the toe when you walk is the issue, and thereís no avoiding that when you walk. In the heat of the moment (sunshine, feeling great, fresh air), I forgot that little tiny limitation. Stupid chemo toenail.
But, besides learning that hard lesson Ė and it was very hard to swallow Ė I learned something else.
The biking Iíve been doing on the stationary bike is really, really helping. A lot. I had stamina, my legs didnít hurt during or after my walk, or the next day, despite the fact that I havenít been walking/hiking in literally a few years. Already, Iím so much stronger than I was and it was such a gradual improvement that I didnít even notice.
And that? That is so very encouraging! So Iíll be sitting on my stationary bike, cycling away with my I-Pod while everyone else is out there hiking, thank you very much. And in about a month, Iíll be out there with the rest of you!
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