Saturday 31 October 2015

Round 4 Day 9 & 10

Yesterday was busy but fun. First I met up with my rowing buddies after they'd finished their morning row and had a coffee with them at the club rooms. It's always lovely to catch up with them, wish I was rowing with them too though!

Then I went to the Sustainable Living Festival. Lots of interesting things to see, it turns out I've pretty much already signed up to most of it! In the spirit of sustainability I brought a bag but less sustainably I picked up lots and lots of brochures and leaflets to go through.

Then a look round Salamanca market - always fun. Had a late lunch from Pacha Mama Mexican - I had a vegan bowl - delicious as always.

Its almost impossible to go faster than a shuffle at the market, but it turns out shuffle is my top speed at the moment anyway!

Then I met some friends at Jack Green for some drinks - in my case - sparkling water with no ice (and no straw!). There's actually no need for me to totally avoid alcohol, but I just don't want it at the moment. I had a great time catching up anyway :)

Later we went out to a Day of the Dead thing on top of Melville street car park - it was awesome! I really enjoyed the live music, but the whole thing was really good. I'd definitely go again.

Today I went horse riding at 5 Mile Beach. The weather was really warm. Its a really beautiful place. The tide was high so we stuck to the tracks, which also provided some shade.

Funnily enough, I feel pretty tired this afternoon! Just enjoying a quiet night in now.

Friday 30 October 2015

Round 4 Day 8

Feeling almost normal today. Its been pretty successful.

I went to the gym to do my supervised exercises, designed to help people undergoing chemo (or whatever stage they are at in cancer treatment).

Did really well - most noticeably I turned up on time and completed all my exercises within the 30mins allowed.

Managed a quick catch up with a couple of the guys at work - I miss them! Even a snatched 5 min chat is really nice.

Mum and I had a lovely lunch at Mures in town. The sun was shining at its just lovely sitting out there watching the world go by.

Its surreal too though. I was only there because I'm too sick to work. I had a couple of 'I really can't believe this is happening' today.

I really can't believe it. But you just have to go, 'well, it is, so there'. And carry on.

I did my washing (well, mum got it off the line for me, but I did the rest myself). Its raining now so really good to get it in and put away!

Going out tonight - Farewell drinks for a colleague, dinner at mums, and movie at a friends - so many things! It'll be fun, hopefully not too tiring!

Thursday 29 October 2015

Round 4 Day 7

Today I went to a 'Creative Expression Workshop' for people who have been affected by cancer. I tried to have no expectations, but somehow I found myself surprised at how it went, so I guess I must have had some expectations after all.

I enjoyed it though, its a course that runs for a number of weeks so I intend to keep going.

It started with something a little like a meditation, which then involved into a series of movements, stretches and steps - it must have looked ridiculous if anyone could see us all, but it felt really good. I've been so sedentary for the last week it was lovely to gently move and stretch.

The idea of that exercise was to clear your mind and then allow thoughts to come. It kind of worked.

Then we all grabbed our chosen mediums and got to work on our postcards. From there it was bit like being back at primary school. I was doing the same kind of drawings then as now, there was no pencil sharpener, and I was the last to finish.

It turned into a nice sunny day too. Later I took the compost out - its always a strong sign of recovery when I start doing little chores around the house. While I was out in the garden I picked a few flowers to add to the vase in the kitchen.

I think I'd like to challenge myself to go in the garden and pick a flower every day.

My 'Creative Expression'

Wednesday 28 October 2015

Round 4 Day 6

Today the fatigue had cleared a little more. I still slept a lot. When I'm doing nothing I feel pretty much fine, which inspires me to try and do something. And it's too hard.

Its been a lovely sunny day so Dave and I popped to the botanical gardens in the afternoon. Its really nice to be out in one of our favourite places on such a lovely day, but going out when I'm this kind of highlights that I'm not quite up to scratch. I move very slowly - old people and tiny children wiz past me, and we spent most of the time sitting on a bench.

That comes with its own treats though - just watching the world go by. I really enjoyed just watching the hoverflies skimming the daisies in the lawn.

The chemo brain is subsiding - I did a number of Sudoku's today without messing up my winning streak. And I was able to read articles online - and I've read lots today.

My appetite has been good today, and when it is I try to make the most of it so I don't loose weight by stuffing my face.

Later Dave and I are going to watch That Sugar Film.