What’s Life Got to do With it?

Okay, so things seem a little better since my last post. Maybe it is better just by writing it down. I have been frustrated. And anybody that has lived with my mom, and that narrows down the population to about 5 of us kids, they would completely understand why I am frustrated and how I got this way. But today is better than yesterday and yesterday was better than the day before. So maybe it was just a bad week. We just hadn’t had one of those in awhile. I will blame the pandemic.

I try not to dwell on the pandemic. The news does such a good job on that, that I don’t feel that I need to. But obviously it is taking a toll. I was sick in April. I was never officially diagnosed. I wasn’t in the “at-risk” category so I could not get a test. They didn’t have enough at the time. I was too sick to get out anyway, but not sick enough to go to the hospital, thank goodness. So I am not part of the statistics but had all of the symptoms. I was sick for 5 weeks. My one lasting effect: I had headaches and it seems to have made the ringing in my ears (tinnitus) much, much, much worse. Before I could distract myself enough to ignore the noise but now I cannot and it affects my hearing. It seems I will need to get hearing aids as a result. I will see a specialist but could not get in until the end of September.

I was supposed to go on a tour of England and Scotland this past April but it got cancelled, obviously. I rescheduled for the end of September. It just got cancelled again. So I have rescheduled for the end of March, 2021. Plus, I changed airlines. Before they had me going on Delta, from Austin to Detroit and then Detroit to London. So I asked them to look into British Airways as they fly out of the Austin airport to London with nonstop flights now. They did and came back with flights that were only about $50 price increase. I took it. I would much rather do that than be running like a mad woman through the Detroit airport trying to make a crazy connection through customs. I am not a world traveler by any means and would have been a crazed person by the time I would have been seated on the airplane. This is much better. Hopefully by next March I will be able to go.

My body is getting to the point where my traveling days are limited. I want to go to England. So I hope this tour doesn’t get cancelled again. I was going to Italy in November but I cancelled that and it seems if I hadn’t, it would have been anyway. I would love to see Italy eventually. I may be happy after that with international traveling. I would have been to France, England, Scotland and Italy. That may do it. I could just stick to the US and more closer trips. There are a lot of places that I haven’t seen here.

Just one day at a time meanwhile. I am taking free courses on Coursera online. I signed up for two continuing education classes with the Austin Community College in the fall, both online. I just want to stay busy now that I am no longer working part-time. I can’t go to the gym, but am walking 5 mornings per week now. I have 10 pounds I need to lose since my left hip replacement in January. And I am reading books from the top 100 books of all time (the Great American Read from PBS.) That has been fun. I haven’t written as much so I need to get back at that. I have missed my writing group.

I am taking my mom to the dentist this morning. I guess it could be worse…it could be me in the patient’s chair…

I am trying to stay more optimistic!!


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