And I jumped in with both feet! I added another day to my work week right before the 4th of July holiday, bringing me back to a full-time schedule just in time for the onset of the summer madness. I’m so happy to be able to say I’m really “back” but the trade-off is that I need a lot more rest than before, in the old days before cancer.
An aside — a few weeks ago I asked Dr. Pearl’s nurse (a rock if ever there was one) my burning question: what is this strange time called, this time after treatment, when life gets to/has to resume, when slow and steady recovery is the goal yet uncertainty seems to keep lurking in the corner? “It’s called remission,” she said. I waited until I got to the car to laugh and cry.
So what do I do each day? Go to work. Work hard, almost as hard as I used to. Come home and climb the stairs (which have been reduced to something more like the Appalachians than Mt. Everest). Eat something. Put my feet up. Watch a little TV, catch up on phone calls, knit if I can concentrate. Read for a few minutes in bed, then turn off the light after the book smacks me in the face because I’ve dozed off. Rinse and repeat! I have no complaints — I’m so pleased that I’m able to do my whole job again, and I’m happy every single day that I can come home bone-tired for some reason other than illness.
Knitting has taken a bit of a back seat, but I am almost finished with the second Hedgerow Mitt, which in this photo is only a few inches along. I would have finished it already, but I noticed that before the hand decreases I got a little carried away, and knit too many rounds. I need to frog back so this mitt will match its mate.
We’ve been lucky with our weather lately, so lucky that until the past few days it’s felt more like April than July. Today has been another gorgeous day, and a good day to be able to stay home, recuperate from the week, and enjoy my pretty flowers (a nice surprise from my boss). By tomorrow morning I’ll feel rested and ready to take on the pile of things on my list!