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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.
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    Enjoy your summer break! Hope you get lots of ME time.

    182 days ago
    I can hear the surge of optimism in your voice, no kidding . . .It's tough the stress and waiting coincided with your busiest time (the only thing I did NOT much like about teaching, other than the politics of the institution, was the marking!) But now you can focus a bit more on your own optimal nutrition -- so often we women eat what our husbands prefer or need -- and on your own optimal exercise!!

    You'll know when you are feeling better what you want to do about full or part time retirement!!
    183 days ago
    Glad you've got pieces of the puzzle put back together and now can concentrate on your own health. HUGS and good luck to you.
    183 days ago
    I am glad your health scare turned out with good news. Hopefully you will get your energy back. emoticon
    183 days ago
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    So glad that you have renewed your interest in living your healthiest life! You now have extra time to invest in YOU...go for it! emoticon
    183 days ago
    I love this! You sound so energized. I'm glad to hear you're ready to concentrate on making a project of your own good health. So glad the news from your doc was so positive.

    enjoy those walks.
    183 days ago
    I hope you can get your mojo back soon.
    183 days ago
    Margaret its not surprising you lost interest if you were feeling sluggish AND worried half to death're back now and it's good to see you more upbeat.

    keep well my friend emoticon
    183 days ago
    Hydration is my challenge as well.
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    184 days ago
    Glad you have found some energy motivators. And that it comes at a time when you can really get back into it.
    184 days ago
    Glad you're back at it and are Sparking once more. My father taught middle and high school students and it was stressful even though he enjoyed the challenge of it. I'm hoping you'll be feeling much better when the new term starts up. Let this time be just for you - you're the priority and your health is number one on the list. Keep on Sparking, friend! emoticon
    184 days ago
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