Saturday, June 26, 2010

Taking it easy

Since I last wrote, I've been busy working, visiting Mum and Dad in Sydney, billeting four people for four nights for VFJ conference! This year,we had a couple from Sydney and a mother and son from Tathra.

Two weeks ago, Mum was admitted to hospital with chest pains. She had to stay in two separate hospitals for two days each. This was to have an angiogram to check her heart. The results showed that there was nothing wrong with her heart or arteries. She was told that she had a heart of a 20 year old! She had a very heavy cold, which may have complicated the symptoms. It also made it very unpleasant for her in hospital. It is not known what caused the three hours of pain she endured. I stayed in Sydney during the week after Paul and Deirdre had managed things over the long weekend. Dad and I visited her in hospital and then brought her home to recover from the angiogram. It was great news for everyone,that Mum's heart is healthy!

I am glad that the school term has finished and I can now have three weeks completely off. I was filling in on year 5 for the past week. I am finding, these days, that I need to take time out to rest and recover. Can't quite do all I could do a year ago.

Rick has three more working days left on his contract. We are planning to drive to Victoria in July. We have several friends to visit. For part of this time, we are going to stay at a retreat property, especially and generously made available for those who have been dealing with breast cancer. There are some very kind and thoughtful people in the world!

Also, this week we have seen the appointment of the first female prime minister in Australia! Quite an amazing week in politics.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Nice that it's Friday

Nothing much of interest to report this week. I have taught a couple of half days ( darting here and there to fill-in) and a more pleasant full day, on the one class, today.
Also this week, I found out what fatigue really feels like. I am so thankful that I am not working full time and was able to have some days at home to rest. I had to miss a night meeting! If you know me well enough, you'll realise how tired I must have been feeling!
Now, at the end of the week, I am feeling OK. It's a funny journey I am on! Not really sure what each week will bring, health-wise.
I am looking forward to spending a relaxed long weekend at home. Maybe we'll even fit in a visit to a tourist attraction and pretend we are overseas again!
We also have thousands of leaves ( front and back) that need raking and lots of jobs to catch up with around the house... but we won't work too hard!
It was minus 3 overnight... and more of those chilly nights to come. Hopefully the days will be bright and sunny.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Winter has arrived

The frosts are beginning! We've also had sunny days, so far, in June!
Over the last week or so, we've had some much needed rainfall. Great for the countryside, but not so much fun for me, when I was teaching kids inside all day! Last week I did a bit much, with teaching on four of the days and being at two important night meetings. This week I am feeling much better. I have taught both Monday and Tuesday and have today at home. Nice to have a day off.
I had a flu shot yesterday, but I forgot that I should have injections in my left arm only to reduce the risk of lymphodoema! Whoops! I had it in my right arm. Hope it's going to be OK!
This afternoon I have a specialist's appointment. It's my second check-up with the breast surgeon since my operation seven months ago. Another one to tick off.