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Getting back to 'Normal'G’day.  It’s 10pm on a Thursday night and I thought I might do a bit of a blog entry.  The image on the left is from the pedometer on my iPod Touch.  It shows the change in my steps, distance and general activity level over the last 6 months. Of particular interest is the ‘Active Time’.  The flat line on the left shows my inactivity and the section on the right shows how this has changed over the last couple months. Taking iron has really improved my ability to get up and do stuff, and on my son’s suggestion I also added B Complex vitamins. That combination seems to have done wonders for me. And of course I can’t discount the fact that now I can drive the car without needing Rod to take me places. All these things have added up into a much more active me. It’s been a long long road.

I saw the Gastro doctor last week. He’s still not happy with my iron levels so I’m to double the amount of iron I’m taking and they’ll test me again in two months. If it’s still low they’ll consider doing an iron transfusion.  (This is like a blood transfusion but just with iron).

So I have a few new routines these days. I’ve been slowly sorting through old clothes, shoes, the linen closet etc and packaging up stuff for the thrift stores (we call them ‘Op Shops’ here).  Once a week I target an area and create about 3 or 4 bags of stuff to ‘recycle’. The next day, I put these in the boot of my car and drop them off at the charity shops and have a good shop as well. Then I stop in and visit my friends Erik & Anne, visit for an hour or so and then back home again. It’s nice. It gets me out of the house, I finally have some ‘new’ clothes, and having coffee with friends is always nice.

Last week I picked up some jeans, a couple tops, a book, photo frame & laptop case. This week I had a ball at a really huge op shop named ‘Savers’ that the nurse at the doctors office told me about. The place is absolutely huge. All clothes are sorted by size, type and colour, there are about 10 changing rooms and 5 checkouts – yes it’s that big.  I only came home with a metal pitcher and some spoons, but not for lack of selection. I actually ran out of time. I’ll be back to that place again, for sure. I also scoped out a furniture op shop that takes in electrical goods in hopes of booking a pick up for an old TV we have. No luck there, but they gave me the number of someone else that will pick it up so that was a score. They had a lot of really nice stuff (which in my case means WOOD furniture) at very reasonable prices. I saw hutches that I’d love to have and if I had a place for one, I’d of bought it then and there. $20 for a lovely wood hutch with shelves, drawers and cabinets? Heck yeah.

I did something else today that I haven’t done in possibly over a year. I went to the local pool and attended aqua aerobics class.  The last time I went, I was using a cane – it’s been that long.  Barb (the instructor) remembered me and gave me a big hug and caught me up on all the news of her mother, whom I enjoyed chatting with before, during and after class until she moved. I’m so pleased to hear her mum is doing well and was stoked to learn that because I kept mentioning / suggesting it, her 80yr old mum is now travelling everywhere these days on the buses. She’d been worried about being housebound if she moved to this place but it had a bus stop out front and I did my best to convince her to at least try to take a bus to the shopping centre to see how it all works. She was outspoken and not afraid to tell me she was afraid because it was something new. I just kept telling her to give it a try.  Heh, so that was months ago (and something I’d forgot all about).  So to hear that she’s now taking the bus everywhere these days and rarely home just tickles me. To be thanked for suggesting it was just a real honour.  Hey an outspoken women actually listened to me and took my advice! 😀

So I’ve had a very busy day and I’m out the next two days as well.  It’s nice to finally have a life again. I’m doing stuff. I’m going places. I’m out of bed. The charts above really show that too.

 

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