Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Post 18 - Sixteen weeks after treatment

Happy New Year to everyone! Fran and I hope 2010 brings good health and good fortune to all. Christmas week was great fun here in SW Florida – my two daughters, granddaughter, son-in-law, and even a big old chocolate Labrador brought much joy to our home.

All the extra activity of the Holiday Season was a bit tiring for me. Thank goodness for a few well-placed afternoon naps to “re-charge” my batteries. In addition, I’ve been more physically active preparing for our move into a condo complex. Packing, some spackling and painting, and store trips to look at new furnishings also added to the fatigue factor.

Right now my biggest complaint involves balance related issues. I’m really shaky when I walk and not able to safely do many simple things – like climbing a stepladder or even carrying a full cup of coffee. I start another term teaching two Elderhostel courses next week and what with my unsteady gait and difficulty pronouncing certain multi-syllable words, I hope I don’t give the class the impression I’ve been drinking at ten o’clock in the morning. I better explain things right at the beginning. I’m also concerned that my voice won’t hold out through two back-to-back, 2- hour classes.

Finally, I still can’t tell if the stem cell procedure has had any effect – good or bad. It’s been almost four months since my trip to XCell and I guess I had high hopes for some positive sign by now. Maybe the New Year will bring a pleasant surprise. Otherwise, I feel pretty good – which makes it very frustrating when I have the enthusiasm to do something but find I just can’t do it.

Again – Happy 2010 (or 2K10, or twenty ten, or whatever you want to call it). I’ll be back in a couple of weeks.

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