I used to do a lot of work with public companies (those with stocks listed on an exchange like the New York Stock Exchange). These companies are required to report their operating results to the government and their shareholders on a quarterly basis.
I haven’t issued any stock but I consider the people reading my blog as having a stake (or at least an interest) in what’s going on in my life, so I thought I’d provide a first-quarter update.
There’s good news and there’s bad news. First some of the bad news.
I’ve pretty much failed miserably at my New Year resolutions. Because of shoulder surgery (and not being able to cook with my left hand while my right arm has been in a sling), I’ve been pretty dependent upon my husband to gather food. Therefore my alternate-day fasting has gone by the wayside. I haven’t put ALL the weight back on, but there have been some pounds creeping back. Ditto the resolution to continue walking. Winter weather + bad shoulder = no walking.
The good news is that I went for my follow-up visit with my surgeon today and magic happened. At least it feels like magic. He has taken me out of the sling (unless I feel like I need it) and released me to work my way back to normal life. I can now drive again (starting with short distances) so Uber and I are going to officially break up. I do have home exercises to do to start regaining strength and range of motion. All the X-rays and exams look great. I still have a ways to go, but I am doing well at this point. Which means I should be able to get back on track for my resolutions (right??!!!).
In other good news, last week I had the great pleasure of attending HUConnexion2018 in Philadelphia. Health Union is the organization that hosts rheumatoidarthritis.net as well as a number of other chronic-health related sites (notice I didn’t say “chronic illness”). For the second year, they brought in the people who contribute to their sites for both learning and sharing, and it was an amazing experience. There were almost 100 of us there and I can’t truly explain what it’s like to be in a room of that many people who “get” the challenges you face every day. Plus, they were funny, and witty, and authentic, and determined, and truly inspirational. I was afraid that traveling with a recovering shoulder would make attending difficult, but it was worth all the effort. (And many, many thanks to my #1 travel accessory — my husband who did everything from lug bags to hold my hair dryer for me while I dried my hair one-handed in the morning.)
A bit of sad news. A vibrant, younger cousin lost her short battle with cancer. Basically out of the blue in mid-December they discovered a mass in her brain. She traveled to Houston to the famed M.D. Anderson cancer facility for treatment for a while, but returned home to share her final days with friends and family. I travel to our home state of Kansas this weekend for her funeral. I’ve lost all the older generations of my family but this is the first one who has passed that is younger than me. It’s heartbreaking and unsettling and all the emotions you really don’t want to feel.
In all, I’m glad that the first quarter of the year is behind me. It brought surprises, good and bad, that changed my expectations of how my year would go. I guess life is like that. As the wonderful comedienne, Irma Bombeck used to say, “Life is what happen when you’re making other plans.”
I hope whatever you life holds for you brings you both happiness and fulfillment. Thanks for checking in.