May 17 2010
The auction ended and was a great success! With the generous matched donation offer we received, the auction raised over 4000$ in medical bill help for us, which is awesome and quite appreciated! Everyone seemed to enjoy both all the lovely items and services offered for the auction as well as watching the bidding as it happened, so we will keep this in mind in case any other fundraising needs arise in the future. I do like the fundraisers where people get things in return for their generosity…
I’m a bit behind on the self-imposed writing schedule but nothing I don’t think I can’t catch up on if I choose to. Last week had several large energy interruptions due to doctor’s appointments and other things that seriously disrupted my writing schedule. Since I’m still getting my work legs under me again post-surgery and my available energy changes daily and weekly, there will inevitably be a few bumps in the path so I’m trying to remain patient with myself as I figure it all out.
And on the recovery front, two major pieces of progress: I can now drive myself again under many circumstances (during the functional part of the day at least, the beginning and ending of a day is still usually much more impaired in movement and function), and Nathan and I went dancing Friday night as part of my physical rehab (because when we can, we try to make ouchy limit-pushing activities also fun!) with surprisingly pleasant results. We haven’t been dancing since, oh, summer of last year? and I haven’t driven since November 2009, so those are definitely large chunks of progress toward feeling like a functional human again. Feeling-wise, things are still all over the place; some pain, some emotional flux, lots of fatigue. In other words, still healing at or above the “normal” rate, so no worries. Doctor info progresses slower than we’d like but this week should see larger chunks of new information when we talk to the oncologist again on Thursday.
Had a fabulous brainstorming session for my novel-in-progress on Saturday, I have such lovely and smart friends! Thanks to everyone who showed up. And I sent out two more short stories last night to various markets, so hopefully one of these days I’ll get another hit instead of the many very near misses I’ve been collecting.
Now, back to work! I’ll try to blog more later, but in the meantime everyone take care of your health! Ladies, when was the last time you gave yourself a breast exam? Don’t end up like me with a Texas-sized tumor, fondle yourself early and often for best detection!