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Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Well, the good news is I don’t have strep... as for the rest... I seem to have a virus that compromises both the GI and upper respiratory systems, and typically lasts about 1 to 2 weeks. It’s viral, so I just have to ride it out. Hopefully by the weekend I’ll be feeling better. In the meantime the doctor suggested a liquid and purée food diet, since my stomach won’t tolerate anything like “real” food. Sigh. It should clear up on its own once its run its course, and then I can work on getting back on track. So, if anyone looked at my trackers right now they would probably be alarmed! I am not looking at calories, just entering information and hoping for the best (there just aren’t that many calories or nutrients in chicken broth or jello) when I can actually eat food again I will try and regain my balance. Today, after a short 10 minute solo walk, I took Cooper out for his first walk, trying to beat the rain. It sprinkled, but it didn’t rain on us that time... no, I took him out again two hours later and just as we were returning to the building I could hear the rain coming, approaching through the trees, so I picked up the dog and hurried inside, but I wasn’t quite fast enough... and we both got wet. I don’t really care... but Cooper is a wussy dog who hates the rain. When we got back to the apartment he burrowed in his blankie and ended up looking like a puppy burrito, as he is wont to do. He pouted. He is spending a good portion of the day with my dad, and Sweet Pea, so I can rest. I can generally manage morning walks, but then I am wiped out all day. I am grumpy and wallowing in self pity a bit... but I think I am going to dig myself out by writing a gratitude list... those tend to refocus my energy to the positive. It is hard to wallow when you are acknowledging all the good things in your life! Even the hard things that eventually lead to good things deserve a grateful heart. Yep, sounds like a good idea... and then I will probably get out my colored pencils and sketchbook and doodle... or try writing something creative. Distraction techniques that usually work when I am unable to get outside and go for a brisk walk. The picture is this mornings Cooper cuddles portrait.
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