Whoa… I’ve been feeling pretty good this week. Really, it’s been about 90% of what normal feels like, and for that, I am grateful.
I was visiting today with a friend who lives on the other side of the park by my house. I was walking back to my house and I remembered that two weeks ago I tried that same walk between our houses, less than a 5 minute walk for a regular person, and I had to turn back and go home because I just couldn’t walk that far.
And today it feels like that happened years ago.
But I have to be careful when I am feeling good, because it is easy for me to overextend myself.
Still, I spent some time working on the garden and put a couple more bedding plants in because the yard was not very colourful, and I was happy about that.
So, this last week is the 3rd week of the first chemo cycle and I spent the first couple of weeks feeling like garbage wrapped in skin, and now I get a bit of a break.
Of course, in the middle of feeling better, I have also become the professional patient. I ended up going to 3 different medical appointments just today and it was actually supposed to be 4 but some paperwork got lost in the shuffle. And I may just get a faucet head attached to one of my veins for the amount of my blood that they drain out of me. Still, the blood work is good and it keeps everyone aware of what’s going on, so I will suffer through that (with my eyes squeezed shut and my head turned the other way.)
Anyway, I have been feeling better and I have been trying to do some nice stuff for myself because I know next week is going to be a bugger.
I was fortunate enough to get plunked on the back of one friend’s bike on Wednesday and a different friend’s bike on Thursday. That was really, really really great. It has been really hot this week and it felt great to just go cruise around and have the sun shine on me and zoom around.
On one ride we went up the Sea to Sky highway and it was completely magnificent. It was postcard beautiful and the air felt amazing on my skin.
It was really nice to get out of the city, even for a couple of hours.
It was really nice to have that really clean air for a few hours.
It was all really really great.
I will say that it is completely weird and more than a little uncomfortable to have a hot flash while wearing a full face helmet and driving on a windy bit of highway, but ultimately it just adds to the memories.
I was also really happy that Elaine went and had a marathon massage and was all jelly-like when I went to pick her up. That was probably almost as relaxing for me as it was for her.
And now it’s late, and I should be asleep, but I felt like I should write something, and now I have, so it’s off to bed for me, amigos.