A fresh start
Saturday, July 20, 2019
The 3.5 weeks of waiting to find out if a symptom was a sign of real trouble coincided exactly with the busiest part of the school term - the end of term when I’m making exams, grading them, and deciding students’ grades. I got the good result the day after the last day of teaching. I’m not completely free of work yet, but things are much more relaxed, and I can concentrate more on my fitness.
Yesterday, I was googling bowel health. I think we all know what things are good - pretty much anything that’s healthy. I may have to have a colonoscopy every year - Oh what fun! Working harder on health may not make a huge difference for that, but it can’t be bad generally.
An interesting thing I didn’t know is that the symptom I had can cause low potassium. DH has to have a low potassium dialysis diet - not good for the rest of us - but I should be extra careful not to let my diet be influenced by his and fill up on potassium-rich fruit and vegetables. Many fiber- and nutrient-dense foods are not safe for him. The list is long and unless I eat out, I eat hardly any of them. One example is beans.
Another thing I learnt about polyps is they can make you tired (maybe connected to the above). I have felt extra tired this term and I was wondering if it was age. It made me lose interest in working part-time after retirement. It will be interesting to see what happens to that.
The last three weeks, I more or less lost interest in Sparking too. I walked at an easy pace and often grabbed a taxi. For the first time in weeks today, I walked fast for 45 minutes. The first half hour was tough, but then I got into it.
I’m going to build myself back up, improve my diet, and drink lots of water and see how fit I can get by late September when teaching starts again.