Six weeks one day passed from my previous surgery, in which I started carrying on an ileostomy bag, so it was time to remove it. It was not a pleasant experience, especially feeling so powerless with the noise it was making, which was directly ruining my social life for that period and I spent more time at home than any other time in my life. But hey, better than the alternative :D
Yesterday at 5:20 in the morning, we checked in at Overlake Hospital and couple of hours later it was gone. I spent the night in the hospital. Although there was some pain, but walking around the floor was one of the best medicines I could take, I walked over 5000 steps before going to bed, thank you gear fit for keeping the track.
Geeee, time flies! I have been so busy since the final (keep fingers crossed) surgery that did not get a chance to finish this and update the blog.
Life is going on, with all its ups and downs and I am grateful to all who have been helping me along this journey. There are a lot of you out there, to all of you a heartfelt “Thank You!”
I have been busy with the cabinetry projects, especially since I have changed my schedule to work over the weekends to make up for the days that I go under chemotherapy (three days every other week) and the first one was so bad that I turned into a couch potato for all three days, but when I got my second cycle last Monday, I did not feel any difference. My energy stayed the same and I did not have to take a minute off.
The walking goes as usual, I am close to 8000 steps when I come back from the gym and usually make another 5000 by the end of the day.
Photography goes well. Last Friday, it was the 10th Worldwide Instameet and Seattle Instagramers (AKA @Igers_Seattle) organized a trip to the 73rd floor of Columbia Tower (The Skyview Observatory,) there came opportunities for a few good shots. https://flic.kr/s/aHsk4oFYKJ
I also finished a built-in project in Capital Hill, the first one that I started after my surgery on August 6th, and although it was all done before the surgery on September 18th, but I did not find two days in a row without appointment or a follow up visit to Overlake Medical Center, so the installation was delayed until last Friday and I wrapped it up over the weekend plus couple of hours on Monday. It turned out pretty good and I added more names to the list of “happy clients” which is growing regardless of my battle with cancer. http://instagram.com/p/t04TG1HjP6/
I have to admit that being busy has been a blessing, I think about my projects, photography and politics much more than I think about cancer itself. Of course, it has slowed me down and I can’t do as much as I love to, but every day, when I open my eyes until my head rests on the pillow, I think about how my family is going to do today, the work load of the day, what should my 365 photo be, will we keep the majority in the Senate, will we take back the State Senate, and only for a few seconds around 5 PM when I have to take my dose of Warfarin (the blood thinner med,) the cancer thoughts may appear.
When I am in the Medical Center, I see how kind the medical staff are, how much they care about patients and I feel guilty for becoming sick because I see many patients are in much more need of care and compassion than me. At those moments, I tell myself to kick this this unwanted guest out as soon as possible, so the team can put their time in curing more people.
And that is exactly what I am doing :-)