I know blog posts are more compelling when photos are included, but I can seem to manage that right now. I've been home from rehab for just over a week, and it is good to be home. I had my physical therapy this morning -- a nice woman comes to the house. Working on my ab muscles, which were cut into during my surgery. Tiny little exercises that isolate the muscles and can be done on the bed. Then a walk down the street before it got too hot. I'm still in a state of amazement over all I have been through. I am a survivor for sure!
Last year at this time I was hospitalized for diabetic ketoacidosis. A precarious and life-threatening condition. Came out of that okay. And the year before that, at the end of June I had a small stroke which landed me in the ICU. Holy shitski, I think to myself. Can I just get through next summer with no mishaps? Please?
If there's anything to learn from this, other than appreciate each day because it may be your last, I don't know what it is. I feel like an old lady now that I'm 65 and have come out of this catastrophe. Feeling a bit shaken (not stirred) and looking to find the way forward. I've been watching the Netflix series "How to Change Your Mind," featuring Michael Pollan, on the clinical use of psychedelics to treat depression, anxiety, etc. It's fascinating and I think I would benefit. I did, in fact, take mushrooms, LSD and mescaline when I was a young adult. Not as a drug to get wild with, or in any kind of a party situation. Always as a spiritual practice. With trusted friends. It was quite beneficial to me and I'd like to try it again. Perhaps a reset; a course correction for my senior years.
Meanwhile, as the new strains of Covid are on the rise, I watch as friends and family travel and recreate. Enjoying their lives. I'm keeping to myself, unwilling to take chances. Sure, I'm jealous, but I cannot imagine what Covid might do to me. Wrap me in bubble wrap! I'm fragile like bone china! Someday, the fates willing, I can move about freely again and not concern myself with the invisible enemy.
For now, I watch nature programs on the telly, travel shows and movies. I move about the house doing small bits of laundry, or the dishes, calling friends and loving on my dog. I'm mostly eating frozen meals (the good ones) and ordering out. I'm not up for cooking. I'm going to be talking with a home chef about possibly doing meal prep for me in my own kitchen once a week. I tell her (it's a her) what kinds of foods I'll eat, we come up with a menu, she does the shopping, prep and cooking for the week. This sounds like heaven. I can afford it, and it will keep me on the right track. Stay tuned.
Have a good week, and stay safe!