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January 21, 2013

Change-Ahead
Nothing like spending most of a week stuck in bed and feeling like crap to focus on… other things. And as 2013 is still young, it’s also a good time to think about change and goals for the year to come. My main goal, of course, is to stay cancer-free, though there’s little or (I think) nothing I can do about that. Next PET scan will be in March. Will she get another 6-month reprieve? Stay tuned folks.

In other news, I may have to move! Not because I want to but because I don’t think I can afford to stay where I am. When I first took this place with Peter two years ago the understanding was that he’d be paying half the rent and bills, but unfortunately this isn’t happening. And no, I’m not going to try sharing with a total stranger (been there, too old for that now) so finding a smaller place I can afford on my own might be necessary. It would mean “downsizing” considerably, getting rid of furniture and probably my books – at least two rooms full of “stuff” – but at this point I’m ready to do whatever I have to. My food tours are really taking off but, you know, I don’t want to work my butt off and then still end up going into debt just so Peter can have a roof over his head. And the truth is that I don’t use the upstairs room or terrace much, since I spend most of the day working in the “livingroom office”. Anyhow, I’m just getting myself psyched up for this in case I have to move. There will be no rash decisions. So again, stay tuned.

On the bright side, I discovered this morning that I lost 2.5 kilos this past week! Which more than takes care of the “Christmas excess”, and kinda inspires me to keep on with the light eating thing. I’m still not quite ready to get back to the gym but, considering I lost this weight while mostly being curled up in the foetal position, I’m beginning to think there’s something to the theory that exercise, while good for maintaining general health and fitness, really isn’t such a big factor when it comes to weight loss.

So it looks like another day mostly at home, although it’s very blue and shiny out there and I’d love to get out. But I now have The Cough (which apparently happens around Day 6) and my chest feels like a fat dwarf – or Loki – is sitting on it. And without warning I start hacking away, which I do my best to stop, and have been pleased to discover that by careful breathing I’m actually able to stop it a lot of the time. But sometimes not and it feels like I’m going to turn myself inside out. A friend told me he coughed so bad during the Coughing Stage that he pulled a muscle in his armpit! Anyhow, I have two meetings tomorrow morning and am giving a friend a blog class in the evening, so I reckon another day at home is prudent.

What’s new with you guys? Have you got any plans happening?

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  1. January 21, 2013 3:01 pm

    Not to discourage you, but when I loose weight when I’m ill, it’s mostly liquids and I gain them back within days… So staying feverish seems to be the best option ;-)

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    • January 21, 2013 3:06 pm

      I’m not discouraged. I know those 2.5 kilos are HISTORY. Just making adjustments to last week’s “diet” to make it more user friendly. I have no intention of going back to eating “normally” for now. I saw what worked and so now just have to incorporate that into a more active life. Looks doable to me. Also, I was drinking at least 3 litres of water a day, and tea on top of that, and I know I didn’t sweat all that away.

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  2. January 21, 2013 5:12 pm

    So glad that you are on the mend, my friend! I hope the coughing stage goes easy on you. (I had my own coughing issues recently, likely triggered by my dairy sensitivity, and pulled something in my ribcage in one of my coughing fits. It felt like I was getting punched in the ribs every time I sneezed for about a week afterwards. No fun! I have a slew of things that I’ve learned that have helped me control the coughing, though, so let me know if you’d like me to share.)

    I hope things turn around for Peter’s income. Moving is always so much work! But I agree that it is good to be realistic. Wishing you both luck!

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    • January 21, 2013 6:08 pm

      Sure, you can send your cough-control secrets with me – thanks! I find it’s worse at night, but a coughing jag can really just come out of nowhere.

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      • January 21, 2013 11:51 pm

        I’m a big fan of guaifenesin (sold OTC in the States as Mucinex). It reduces the “stickiness” of mucus and so whatever IS in your lungs comes flying out that much more easily (I’ve had a few awkward moments in the gym when a deep squat made me projectile-cough, with no option of covering my mouth, but better out than in).

        Loki and Luna just think you have hairballs!!!

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  3. January 22, 2013 6:17 pm

    God! The idea of moving EVER again (which I know I will have to but I think this in every home I am in, no matter how horrible) is just too much. At least I got rid of a lot of my mother’s and my crap that was just never used or looked at and worth nothing (don’t worry… I make sure of that) so moving would be less of a trial than the last few.

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