My first week back to work after 2 weeks of pneumonia - is behind me. It was rough, I won't lie, and I am also glad to be getting back to a normal routine. The first 3 days of the week weren't horrible - at least not as much as I was expecting. With my boss away on business it made for a ease-back-into-work situation that was much welcomed.
But he was back on Thursday and yesterday - he was fully back in the saddle. It was the roughest day by far and I left work early for a doctor's appointment! It was non-stop for the 7 straight hours I worked and every minute was packed with work, demands, meetings, etc... I was very glad to be leaving early.
My doc appointment was for a final check-out after pneumonia. To ensure the lungs really are clear and that I have the right plan in place to deal with the allergy season that is now in full-swing.
I am happy to say that I am well past any infection. My lungs sounded clear, my blood pressure is back to normal (from an illness-related high of 172/90...), my pulse has settled down and most of the symptoms are behind me. I am still easily-fatigued and my doctor indicated that it is a sign of how sick I really was. She indicated that she hasn't seen me this sick in many many years.
15 of them to be precise. It's been that long since I've been that out-of-it for a non-surgery reason. I'm hoping it will be longer than 15 years before it ever happens again.
I am blessed with an amazing doctor and because I was her last patient yesterday, we were able to really talk about my allergy situation. This year is predicted to be one of the worst in a decade and I am seriously behind in respiratory health. So we have a new plan to deal with the ever-increasing pollen counts - increasing the strength some existing meds and adding a couple into the mix for the next 6-8 weeks. We hope it will keep things well-maintained so I don't get any further behind that I already am. Time will tell.
It is a quiet morning. The Oracle is off to his weekly shooting league - which he hasn't been able to get to in about 6 weeks. He left this morning with a spring in his step that I haven't seen in quite some time. I actually think he may have been skipping by the time he got to the Jeep to drive off. He has worked so hard the past few weeks taking care of me, worrying about me - I am so glad he took off this morning to do something for himself.
I too shall be indulging in a little personal pampering today. In about 2 hours I will be soaking my aching feet in a warm, scented bath - preparing to have a spa-level pedicure. I've been looking forward to this all week. A side-trip to Starbucks to procure treats for myself and the dear friend who will be attending to my every need and I anticipate a fully-relaxing 90 minutes of soaking, pampering and girl-talk.
It is a quiet piano-music kind of morning. The birds have been singing like mad; the kitchen is cleaned up finally, the laundry is humming away and I'm thoroughly enjoying a cup of salted caramel hot chocolate. Have I ever mentioned how much I love my Keurig?
The rest of the weekend shall be - quiet and restful. Church this evening of course and possibly dinner out at a recently discovered gem of a cafe a few towns over. Dog Lane Cafe is primarily a college hangout, given that it's across the street from UCONN. And yet the times we've been there we've seen just as many non-college patrons as well. The menu is diverse, each dish is prepared to order, the coffee is freshly roasted and ground on-site and their desserts come from the always-wonderful Cheesecake Factory. It's a funky place with fish tanks, sofas, club chairs and an enthusiastic staff.
Or we may just order pizza after church and just come home.
Tomorrow is supposed to be a beautiful day with temps in the low 70s and the thought came to me this morning - we may go to the beach. Our beloved Misquamicut Beach has been fully restored after the ravages of Hurricane Sandy and tomorrow may be the perfect opportunity to take a leisurely drive and check her out. Pack a couple of chairs, blanket and some fresh-made Tabooleh & crackers - and spend some time healing with the feel of the sand beneath my feet and the constancy of the surf sounds.
I can feel my blood pressure dropping and my pulse settling down even more just thinking about it. Hopefully we can make it happen...