A couple of weeks ago a blogger friend posted pictures of the golden autumn in her city. This last weekend I got some pictures of the golden autumn I see out my window.
Yes, my friends, I have been missing in action for a few weeks but there has been nothing to report. But now there is. I have more dexterity in my fingers and can open a pop top cat good can without resorting to prying it open with a knife. There has also been a small improvement in my chemo induced peripheral neuropathy in my feet and I can wiggle my toes and walk somewhat better. I still can’t feel my toes though. I am still using a cane and by the end of a day I am really tired. Part of the tiredness is the fatigue caused by my radiation therapy. There are also some intestinal “problems” and they have me on a low fiber diet. I call it my white bread diet….white bread, white rice, white pasta, no fruit except bananas and avocados (there has to be something for a diet that tells you to eat avocados), no raw vegetables so no salads, no spices, no nuts…..just bland, bland, bland. I had to totally rethink breakfast because I’m not allowed oats. Ah, well, it sort of works…that and hefty doses of Imodium. I go to radiation every morning, Monday through Friday at 10:am. It takes a total of about 30 minutes….most of that time is spent changing into and out of a hospital gown. The radiation itself is less than 10 minutes. The last treatment will be November 9. Then the doctors will tell me where we go next.
I am being much more positive about my recovery than I was for a while. I was not looking forward to needing a cane in Venice. I’ll have it with me, I always do take it “just in case” my knee acts up. It’s been hard these last few weeks of radiation because I’m having to balance both a cane and an umbrella thanks to typical Seattle rain. I’m not really complaining…it makes the rest of the year really green.
So I’ll just share the rest of my few autumn pictures.
I do wish the camera had captured the way the leaves glittered in the sunshine.
They call these begonias “non stop” for a reason. Even with my benign neglect they have been hanging in a pot on my patio blooming continuously since April.
PS. Diavolo is well and he sends purrs to all of his friends….furry and otherwise.