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The ongoing return to work
Two more 4-day weeks at work have gone quite well - this is the Tue+Thu afternoons off model.  I have got quite a lot done, some of it urgent and important, without getting especially stressed.  I'm not as fast or as good as I'm "used" to being [as in, pre-cancer], but I'm being good enough, I think.   I have another two 4-day weeks booked, next week with Friday off, and the following week with Monday off.  This will let me find out which pattern is easier. 

I expect I will book another run of 4-day weeks after that though.  I'm still spending large chunks of my weekend days in bed, and rather more of my weekday evenings falling asleep early or sleepily hitting refresh on things without getting either OU study or Duolingo done, or even much reading.  I am really fed up of slow-motion OU essay crises, but I'm in the middle of another one, basically because I was too tired to study for too much of the last fortnight month.  Also, I use the app Regularly to track various self-care and housework tasks (which all need doing at some point - we're not talking make-work here) and I'm in the red on an awful lot there. 

So I'm regarding that as great honking warning signs that I'm running too close to my limits.  I plan to keep on doing 4-day weeks until I get my study hours back where they should be, and my Regularly dashboard back to mostly yellow and green.  I have enough leave left, together with things already booked, to do this until September, so I may as well take advantage.

Physical fitness
I had my second session of beginner's T'ai Chi today, and I'm really enjoying it.  It feels very gentle but focused; I've learned I can do it in a comfortable tunic and leggings, which is what I wear a lot of the time at the moment, and it's gentle enough I don't need to change.

I'm managing the cycling to work via nursery, and walking home via school okay at the moment.  I still get out of breath but no longer as boiling hot; I think I'm gradually getting faster, and it's becoming more routine.  On Monday I cycled to the hospital and back from work for an appointment, and on Wednesday from nursery to Hills Road and back on top of everything else, and wasn't completely flattened as a result.  Even so, like work, I think I'm doing enough right now, and shouldn't look to add anything else until study/Regularly tasks are under control.

Monday's test was a bone marrow sample.  It was moderately painful and I needed longer to recover before I felt able to go back to work than I would have predicted.  On the good side, they told me they got a good sample without apparently having to work too hard for it, unlike certain of the previous samples I've had taken.  I see the consultant on 10th May (it got moved back, I think because my test was later than originally planned) and as far as I know I won't hear anything before then.  All the external evidence is reassuring though.

... and this has taken me long enough to write and I need to do another chapter of study before I fall asleep.

Date: 2016-04-22 21:17 (UTC)
davidgillon: A pair of crutches, hanging from coat hooks, reflected in a mirror (Default)
From: [personal profile] davidgillon
So I'm regarding that as great honking warning signs that I'm running too close to my limits.

Sounds like the sensible analysis to me.

Fingers crossed for the bone marrow results!

Date: 2016-04-22 23:56 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] emperor
I hope the bone marrow is full of good news! *hug*

Date: 2016-04-23 08:28 (UTC)
From: [personal profile] ewt
Thank you for the mention of Regularly: it looks like a very useful app for me. I use Remember the Milk for organising many tasks but it is less good with the recurrent ones, allowing me to postpone indefinitely. I think using Regularly for self-care and household tasks, and RtM to organise my working life, might solve this problem; and if I can look at Regularly and get an at-a-glance feel for whether I am keeping up with self care stuff then that may well prove useful too.

I do hope the bone marrow results are good.

Date: 2016-04-23 09:06 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] yvi
Great to hear you things are continuing reasonably well, and so good that you can keep that schedule for longer. And I think going to work after the bone marrow sample thing at all is a huge accomplishment!

Date: 2016-04-24 03:39 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] silveradept
Slow going sounds healthy to us. Appendages crossed for a healthy marrow result.

Date: 2016-04-24 08:12 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kore
I used to do tai chi! I found it super relaxing as well as grounding. I am glad you're doing it and it sounds like you are steadily improving.

BONE MARROW SAMPLE TESTS UGH. //crosses fingers and toes //crosses cats' toes

Date: 2016-04-24 00:13 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] irishkate.livejournal.com
Hugs - hope the build up to working fuller time works out and take it slow and easy. (including study in work time)

You sound generally fitter and healthier than me...


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