Monday, August 23, 2010
Here I am on my once a week visit to sort of update friends and strangers. Last week wasn't such a hot one for me, and I'm not talking about the weather. I occasionally suffer from vertigo, which comes in different and rare forms almost every time. According to my physician, he's not able to put a finger on the cause but we've ruled out the horrible things it could be. Well, last week it was a visit from the disturbing Mr. V, as I call it. It didn't exactly put me to bed for days on end, but it kept me bothered enough that getting through my PT exercises was difficult and some home activities were a stretch. Thank heavens for drugs -- generic valium in tiny doses does the trick, but it also slows you down a bit so there goes your energy!
I really shouldn't complain in the face of learning that a dear friend has been diagnosed with a very agressive breast cancer and a double mastectomy has been recommended. Another friend is undergoing cancer surgery, but we don't know exactly what the diagnosis is for now. And lastly, dear friends have been struggling with the husband's diagnosis of a malignant brain tumor like the one that took the life of Sen. Edward Kennedy. Our friend is now in the end stages of life. So, you see, a little dose of Mr. V isn't so bad after all. When you put it all into perspective, I shouldn't have whined.
Met with my physical therapist today and all seems on track with the right knee recuperation. It's been a little over 4 weeks since surgery, and on Sunday I walked almost a mile! That's the longest walk I've taken since I injured my left knee in mid-February. I felt so special and happy after that. Of course, I paid the price when morning came today, but that's OK. At least now I know I can do it.
While I'm getting through this recovery period, I'm not focusing so much on weight loss but I am focusing on WHAT I eat, making sure I'm eating reasonable calories, healthy foods, and staying away from the junk. I've had a few days since surgery when junk food was my friend. I think the pain medication had a hand in some slight depression and that was all I needed to reach for those things that I shouldn't have. But I've been on track mostly for the last several days.
I really appreciate the continuing support and encouragement of my SP friends while I'm spending more time away from the computer than near it. Making that change has been most beneficial in my getting other things done and focusing more on my ministry of spreading God's Word to young moms and the children in our church. We're almost ready for Sunday School to start up, and the young moms group begins in about three weeks. I can hardly wait for things to get rolling! I call it my season of joy in motion!