Oh boy, Cathy. It's a good thing you didn't drive to Long Island with your hubby. Hope you're feeling better tonight. Sometimes those migraines hang on for a while.
I don't think I posted this, but last week, my noon sensei, who is more open about testing, basically said, in an email, that if the dojo hasn't tested in June, then there won't be testing until the fall. He would know, since he would have been asked to sit on the testing board comprised of black belts and black belt senseis. So, I did go to practice Thursday night, after taking Saturday and Tuesday off. It was pretty rough, and the aftermath was worse, even after a bath and with heavy-duty pain meds in me. I gain about 5-6 pounds the day after every practice, only to lose it over the next few days. It's from the inflammation. I'm used to gaining a pound or two afterward, and recovering quickly (within a day or two, more or less, barring any injuries), but this is way out of line, and the effects are lasting longer. I didn't practice today, and will go to my final practice before Labour Day next Tuesday. I just can't keep up vigorous exercise like martial arts in a hot dojo in the extremely hot, humid weather. The lupus doesn't like it. I feel good, in one way, knowing that I don't have to soldier on, gutting things out, and perhaps backsliding to bedridden again, but I feel gypped, in a way, since we were all primed in our minds for testing, and were practicing that way (focused), not to mention the fact that the last testing was on June 20, 2008 ... over a year until the next testing date.
Anyway, I hope to get more rest and then tackle those things that have been languishing on the backburner, due to the focus on testing. I've got a few weeks before DH is on vacation (he's supposed to take the month of August off, although he's considering starting one month into August, but returning to work after the first week of September).
I'd like to thoroughly clean the house and get my paperwork in order. There is just so much that gets left by the wayside sometimes. It seems just getting a meal on the table and dealing with the kids and other household-type issues takes up a good deal of my "energy time", as opposed to those times when there isn't a chance I could get something done because of the way I'm feeling.
DH wants to do the brickwork in the front of the house (exterior landscaping -- front walk, garden edging, etc) as our summer vacation project. I'm somewhat leery, since I've done it before, so he's expecting me to take the lead. I did it before alright, but I consulted someone in the business, and it was 24 or so years ago. It's also backbreaking work, so I wish we could hire someone to do it, but we can't afford it, or DH doesn't want to budget for that. We'll also be taking a road trip to the Gaspesie in Quebec, lasting for about 8 nights. DH has planned most of the itinerary so that we don't have long driving stretches followed by no down time. In other words, he's planned for a slower pace. I just hope it'll be slow enough for me. I suppose it's got to be better than last year's New England trip where I was on crutches and had to stay in the motel room the whole time we were in Bar Harbor, with DH bringing food to the room.
DH is in Hamilton visiting with his DD and, hopefully, his DS (DS is being difficult at the moment). DH left early this morning and will be home late Sunday night.
I had visions of doing massive cleaning and lots of filing and such, but none of that ended up happening today. I had a leisurely day, and still feel tired.
I did get up to go to DD's place to find out what I'm supposed to do with her 4 cats (one is being cared for while its owners try to sell their home), 1 chinchilla and two fish. Her dog will be staying at our place for those 7-8 days, but I'll be dropping by her place daily to look after the other animals. I managed to get a couple of errands done too, and then talked to a friend from my lupus support group.
Feeling fuzzy-headed tonight, so hope to get to sleep early and sleep in (not likely, but one can always hope).
Have a great weekend all. To those of you who are having a tough time, hang in there. We'll be here when you're ready to post again.
Rick, hope you're healing well. I'm concerned about you.
Edited by: TIGER1957 at: 7/11/2009 (20:12)
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100 pounds lost. 5'4".
WW goal again (04/07/10)
WW goal of 135.0 (19/04/07)
Blue Belt in Tankyushin Aikido (27/03/10)
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| current weight: 136.5