I haven’t posted in my diary for a while. Things have been going forward quietly and healthfully!
As I only work three days per week, I am finding it a bit tricky to get ongoing work. I am a bit hesitant to move up to four days a week just yet as I fear I will get over tired and burn out. I have reminded myself that I am still in a recovery year and need to take work gently; health is the most important thing. However, the practical side of this is not that easy. There seems to be lots of work out there but a lot of part time work pays less and people wanting full time employees usually really want a full time staff member. I have had lots of meetings with potential employers so I am sure something will pan out. It does leave me a bit unsure as to which direction to take but I am okay for now.
Overall, my health is quite good at the moment.
Two weeks ago, I had a small procedure – D and C and exploratory concerning the post-menopausal bleed (aka period) I had, six years after finishing my periods (from chemo). I am very fortunate to have a great specialist and in this case, medical insurance to have the nearly $12,000 surgery in early May. I feel pretty good and just have had a hot water bottle on my tummy and a bit of rest. I am not allowed to exercise for the next month though which feels weird.
I have been encouraged to lose more weight to improve my health and blood sugar levels. I had some good advice from a specialist about my mostly vegetarian diet. He said that I was not having enough protein and recommended 1-2 eggs in the morning, fish 2 x per week, 2 green kiwifruit each day, a carrot and 2 x apples each day, 80% or higher chocolate and a few other things including an hour a day of exercise on a cross trainer. I have been following this and lost another 2kg. I am really happy with my progress and look forward to getting fit again once I’m exercising once more.
Things to look forward to
I feel that my life has been a bit dry with work, rest and now wintery days. But I have gone house sitting, stopped renovation, and am finding that I have a bit more time for reflection, social life and thinking about holidays. I have met some new people of late and am really enjoying my weekends.
What is working for me
- Acupuncture weekly with Todd Stewart
- Getting my surgical procedure over and done with
- Eating really well – lots of protein and vegetables
- Losing weight and buying new smaller clothes
- Having interesting and social work but not too much of it
- Looking at future work projects
- Lots of rest still when I’m not busy at work