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Trying hard to take the long view

Monday, January 14, 2013

I seem to be having problems with my meds again - at least, I'm falling asleep everywhere on a moment's notice. I haven't fallen asleep at work yet, but I am sleeping on the way to and on the way home (no, I don't drive!). I see my oncologist at the end of the month and will be discussing it with him. The other thing is that I seem to be reacting to my other new meds, and getting itchy everywhere. Ugh. Baking soda baths it is for me for the next couple of days!

Aside from that, though, I have to say that I'm feeling quite serene with some major decisions I've taken lately. DH and I decided to postpone any travel plans to when I have more energy. We had hoped to take a 25-day trip in celebration of our 25th wedding anniversary. It's a waste though to spend a lot of money on a major trip when I know I won't be able to do the things we love to do (hiking, canoeing, basically being active and out there!) It was a tough decision to make because it's what has been keeping me going in some ways. But now, it just means more time to plan, and perhaps a trip to Europe (which we wouldn't have done in February as it's too cold).

Also, sarting in February I'll be working four days a week instead of five. Sure, it cuts into my salary and benefits, but I just don't have the stamina to do a full five days. I think I haven't been able to do five days in a row since before summer. This will give me a chance to catch up on my energy, and then once I have to catch up on the rest of my life!

I continue to work out with my trainer; in fact, I just got back from the gym. She has this great way of managing my various issues, and finds ways to help me work through them rather than sit everything out. I am truly blessed that they assigned her to my case. I can do more now than I ever thought I could.

So that's it, just a few notes about where I'm at right now. Happy Sparking everyone!
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JUSTYNA7 1/15/2013 4:59PM

    I'm very proud of you. I know that you are pushing pushing pushing. I know you WANT to do more and this body is your limiting factor. All about the balancing act. Hopefully it IS the meds and it can be figured out. I have taken my darling blue haired daughter and I off sulfates as apparently they can cause itchiness and grumpy feelings. For me I'm hoping it will improve my skin... so scaly and dry and I know it is not the pool. Wouldn't it be nice to just have a scanner that could ID exactly what the problem is instead of this experimenting? I do miss coffee. I do have hopes of reaching the "next level" this week.... although I know that what I plan and what God plans are sometimes out of synch (an understatement). I feel like I am doing MY part and if nothing else I can feel like I am pushing that boundary of what I am able to do a little wider. All my daughters, DH and I went to a meet up for life drawing. It was awesome! It is every Saturday so I hope to go some more. I already see improvements in my own drawing after just going twice. Practice practice practice! Harp lessons today were very good despite my worries that I had not improved. I forget sometimes that the teacher is there to help me improve. She worked on slowing me down and on specific technique and we agreed to have me work 2 weeks on it before the next lesson. I'm actually excited to have more time as I feel like this will really improve my overall playing! Hugs to DH and BIG BIG hugs to you. emoticon

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KASEYCOFF 1/15/2013 4:10AM

    You are doing well, both with the planning and with pacing yourself.

I also like your idea of postponing the trip / celebration until you feel more up to doing the things you enjoy. And if you DO get over here to Europe - you'll make a stop in England, yes? Like - in Manchester?
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KELPIE57 1/15/2013 3:10AM

    Sounds as if you are taking the best decisions for you, and should you come to Europe, let me know

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