Wednesday. On Sunday I had a decent swim, I did some drills and swam 1 mile without stopping . Felt okay. No record. But was comfortable.
Monday I pulled out the tennis racquets and played. Yep, I actually hit some tennis balls. I went to my friend, mentor and tennis pro Marlie and told her it’s been awhile (long enough that I was no longer a member at the club.) I could look it up in the blog but something tells me June of last year. I had a really good time. It was a little stressful because the ball seemed to come over the net a heck of a lot faster than I had remembered (and that was with Marlie taking it easy on me.) But I was hitting the ball and it was going over. I was having some trouble breathing so we stopped every so often. Marlie dubbed it Galloway tennis, instead of run/walk we did hit/talk. LOL. By the end I did feel my chest congestion breaking up a little. She warned me that it was not unusual to come back onto the court after an absence and hit well. The trick was the next couple of sessions when I will seem to crumble and have to get the groove back — I have to work through that stage. I agreed, I have been there before. I think it’s because when you come back after a long absence the ball seems so huge you have no choice but to focus and watch it. I thought for a moment perhaps the answer was to just play once a year. Just kidding, I hope to get a court on Thursday.
Great relief. Went for my semi-annual check up with my surgeon yesterday. My endo reads my blood tests and adjusts my meds, my surgeon sticks cameras up my nose and down my throat. He also read my ultrasound results to me. I have more nodes identified than the previous study but final impression is normal examination and I don’t need another one for six more months. So that means I don’t have to see anyone for the rest of the summer and I don’t have to have any radiation this summer. This is good.
I figured what better person to be visiting when you have a sore throat that won’t go away than a neck surgeon? I’ll admit after what I felt were less than impressive blood results last month this sore throat that wouldn’t go away was starting to make me nervous. Very nervous. He sprayed the numbing spray in my nose and then has a thin wand with a camera that looks up my nose and down into my throat. “You have an infection. I’ll prescribe a z pack and you’ll be better in a week.” Seriously? That’s it? I was sick in bed for a week and for the second week I’ve had a sore, sore throat and congestion and it just felt like it was getting worse every day. It’s just an infection? I had gone to the walk-in clinic in CT and they tested me for strep and that came back negative, it’s some other kind of infection. So not a cold virus like that nurse said! (NOTE!! CVS drop-in clinic is not substitution for going to the doctor — I could have been prescribed a z pack 2 weeks ago.) The weight of the world lifted from my shoulders. It’s just an infection. Then I showed him the numbers from my blood tests and why I was worried, “bah, statistically inconclusive” he said. “You’ll be fine.” he says. “You mean I’m cured?” I said? He looked at me sideways “You’ll be fine.” Darn, he wouldn’t fall for it. But nonetheless I walked about 2 inches off the ground as I skipped all the way down 10th avenue. It’s just an infection, it’s just an infection. My throat still hurts like the dickens but who cares? It’s just an infection.
I did not go to Tai Chi Tuesday morning because it was raining really hard and I thought not a good idea. I also didn’t run because my chest and throat were hurting and I thought I might give the z-pack a moment to actually work before further stress on it. (Did I mention it’s just an infection?!?!) But I did get on my pilates reformer for a stretch a thon and that was good.
Then yesterday I went to see my new nutritionist. It was very interesting in a weird way. It was more like a therapy session than a nutrition session. I think she knows I know what to eat. I know nutrition. I just need someone to keep me on track and to help me make it easier. Find a way to simplify, simplify, simplify. So we talked about goals and not once did she mention calorie counting or measuring. Instead we talked about slowing down, eating at the table, planning for meals. Then she whipped out a little bag of goodies for me. Apparently every session she is going to give me products to try. I got three things this week. First are sprouted lentils. As opposed to regular dry lentils these take only 5 minutes to cook and I can toss them into everything from salad to pasta. Goal for the week is to try it once. Make half the pack and have it in the fridge.
Next she gave me a couple of snacks. First one was (I say “was” because I ate the whole bag last night) called SeaSnax. It’s basically nori with a little olive oil and salt on it. It is to replace my desire for potato chips as it gives me something with oil and salt and crunch. The entire bag is two servings of 27 calories each. And here’s the weird thing, only 25 mg of salt? How do they do that? Ingredients, Seaweed, olive oil, onion, sea salt. I hate to admit it but it did really seem to satisfy the the desire for something crunch salty. Here’s the product link SeaSnax. Then she gave me a package of Kale Chips with vegan cheese and spices. I’ll review those later as believe it or not the Seasnax did the trick and I didn’t need further treats….
So jury is still out on the nutrition lady but I’m giving her high marks for effort. Ultimately the work rests with you know who…. I have some goals we outlined, 3 week, 2 month and 3 month. Little steps. I don’t see her again for 3 weeks (normally every 2 weeks but she is away for one.)
Final good thing that happened yesterday. I got an email from Escape from Alcatraz. They got my doctor’s note and they are deferring me to next year. BUT, get this, no charge!!! 100% deferral. They said I’m in and I don’t have to pay again and I could keep the email as record. I truly wasn’t expecting that. That’s $400 saved from the toilet. It made me really, really happy!!!
What a great day. I found out I only had an infection AND I got a deferral for Alcatraz.
Life is good. Swim at 11.