I often get to the end of the month or the start of a new month and think what the? Where did that time go?
When I was at work it was the same - days passed fast with the busy work of school and before you could blink sometimes it was the end or start of a new term or new school year.
This month I have only managed to blog a few times -not for want of trying. Each night as I fall asleep I compose a blog post in my head. Radiation is a totally different kettle of fish to chemo. Chemo for me was about survival. Dragging myself up, trying to feel better, stepping through each day.
Radiation is so much easier physically and mentally. But it's constant. Daily. Which you think would not be a big deal. Duck in get changed be there ten minutes get changed again come home. It's such a huge time suck. Throw in a complication or two and my time is not my own. I have just 6 treatments to go and I can't wait for them to be done.
Last week I clocked up 10 different medical appointments and procedures in 4 days. This week I have already had 5 in just Monday and Tuesday. I know where my time is going.
In deliriously exciting news my surgeon declared me infection free yesterday. The swelling is just that - swelling fluid for no apparent reason. Which means no surgery or removal - no waiting 3 months. So while my other side is breaking down and blistered because of radiation the good side is just swollen. But with tapes for support, a couple of different creams and some just to be sure antibiotics I am all good :)
In light of that I thought I would share a post of the month that was and some of the things we are enjoying.
1. The girls and I went off adventuring to a new coffee shop ( new to us ) called Vintage Expresso - LOVED it. We are trying hard to ditch our usual haunts of coffee club and to support the non chain coffee places.
2. Sofia has had a few days of sickness and has not been her usual happy self
3. These two lovelies sent to us by Jo Kneller were an instant hit and have become an integral part of our family. So much so that when I went to buy a no 4 at typo for the four members of our family Tals piped up and said what about our twins? Which then went on to what about the kittens? I bought no 4.
4. Talia hasn't been plagued by Sofias illness but has on a few occasions been sent to her room. If you follow my instagram account you'll know she tries to text her way out. I now know to take her touch of her before she is sent.
5. The girls have been working on a history assignment since before the holidays to apply for them to be accepted into the extension history class. A little over zealous burning of the edges meant a new page had to be reprinted and some fingers had to have bandaids. They were both accepted :-) so proud.
6. On the days Richard has golf we do the girly shopping coffee thing. One weekend this month, the book fest was on so the girls managed to con me into about 30 books for $30. We finished the trip off with crepes and coffee at Harbourside Markets.
7. Last weekend was the school fete. The girls sang in the choir their two numbers they have been working on for eisteddfod this year. They love choir - they have the most amazing teacher so I really can't begrudge the trip down to school at 7.15am on a thursday morning to get them into early rehearsal. Though in winter it's a bit chilly.
1. The year 4 stand at the carnival this year was a lucky dip stall. We made 70 sets of button earrings/brooches/hairclips and then packaged them up all cute.
2. We also made cake pops for the cake stall. We used one of those new cake pop tins that are around in woolies and target at the moment. Super easy which makes me happy as I have my grandfathers 80th coming up soon to make for.
3. The girls have been cooking up a storm making lots of things from scratch and playing with new ingredients. It's really interesting to watch them work.
4. We have made a few batches of tomato sauce for pastas. The only time consuming part is chopping the tomatoes up after the skins are off.
5. Sofia wanted to make her own stash of prizes for the lucky dip stall so she created a set of notebooks.
6. I discovered a love of bikram yoga. I would go everyday if I could. I've also started using a ventolin again rather than wheezing it out. My dr has had me on a series of preventatives but I was still finding it hard so I have gone back to ventolin much to his horror. Who knew breathing could be so easy LOL.
7. I embarked on a 12 week challenge at gym - It's a challenge to say the least but I'm really enjoying it. Part of the program is a series of talks and our latest one was by a very talented peak performance coach for the Titans. I loved his message. We meet outside for the lectures hence why we are all rugged up.
and so ends July.
145 days till christmas...
I know I'm sorry.
All things going well August will be a much more blogging month :) I do try to post at least once a day on facebook.