Saturday, February 7, 2015

" You picked a fine time to leave me, Lucille..." WAIT, THAT IS NOT WHAT I WANTED TO SAY! this is what i want to say: " I'M BAAAAACCCCKKK!!"

during my husband's eight week recovery from his second hip replacement, Christmas at my house 9 days after his surgery, and work, i have come to a startling conclusion: no, i am not the energizer bunny! i have let my blog go, i have not read a book in a while( this almost never happens), i have not been to zumba in a while( this also almost never happens), just to name a few of my favorite things that i have not had the energy or time to do. things are beginning to get back to yet another kind of " new normal", so hopefully i will again be able to do some of the things that i most enjoy .

now, my husband is an excellent patient. i am lucky. he never whines or complains .he has done just what the doctor told him to do- physical therapy, etc, in fact, he has a tendency to do too much. . but the hip surgery this time was a little harder on him. it was his right hip, so he could not drive for a very long time. that meant that i got to do quite a few extra chores. my favorite( can you detect the cynicism here?) was the trip to take our trash off. i thought i could do it, no problem. after all, how  hard could it be? i got the recyclables in their correct bins, and then headed to the main trash bin. i heaved the garbage bag over my shoulder and was aiming for the bin. now, i- like most people- know something about gravity. that trash bag did not go forward as planned, but almost landed me on my rear end! i just had to laugh at myself, along with a couple other people who were there. my subsequent trips to take the trash off went a lot better, i am happy to report.

sometimes i forget that i am living with a chronic illness. yes, i take a thyroid supplement each day and people, and that includes me sometimes, think that the "magic pill "is all that i need. i had no choice but to have that darn thyroid and two of my parathyroids removed. i am grateful to be alive. however, this is a game changer, so to speak. i get " power outages" i like to call them, when i do too much at work/home/ or wherever. i simply can not move sometimes when i get home! also, i have been having trouble with my vision- my eyes (TED?) get blurry and that makes reading a book difficult when i get home. i am not complaining, well, maybe a little bit. but my point is that we, as thyroid cancer patients, need to take extra good care of ourselves. i have been adding an extra hour of sleep  on to my bedtime, and that has helped some. sometimes, though, and i have heard this from other thyroid patients, the sleep that we get is not " good sleep". oh, to sleep like i did when the kids were little! i was so happy to get to bed, i just passed out. an elephant could have held a zumba class in my bedroom and i would not have woken up.

so, please take care of yourself, be gentle, and be patient. say no to extra stuff that you know will push you over the edge of what you can comfortably do. i am hopefully going to be back on my blog on a regular basis. i have a ton of books in my" to read pile" that i will be starting on. my zumba bag is now at least packed and ready to go. and i have a topic for next time's blog. " thyroid cancer is not the good cancer, and i am not going to take it anymore!!" stay tuned......

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