Happy 4th of July, and welcome to my Weekend Coffee Share! It has been so hot here in Northeast Florida. Grab your favorite beverage; I’ve got the AC on high!
This week has been relaxing, yet challenging. I started off with a physical therapy appointment, then had a relaxing coffee get together with a writer friend at my house. The physical therapy IS, at times, challenging. More on that later. The coffee was mostly relaxing; we talk about where we are in our current works in progress and what our plans may be. I talk a lot about my shoulder because it has slowed down my writing and my time at the computer. We talked about our loved ones: her grandson and my son. We can talk for hours! I rarely do stuff like this anymore. Don’t worry, we were at a good social distance in my house, and I played some good jazz in the background. 🙂
I am making progress with the shoulder. With the guidance of my physical therapist, I am now able to place my hand on my hip. He encouraged me to move my right hand and arm behind my back, something which I have not done in a very long time and would not have on my own. To think, I used to be able, just 3 or 4 years ago, to reach both hands behind my back in the prayer hands position. Not any more. But I’m gradually working through the pain. I often come back from physical therapy ready for a nap. That is okay! My hard work is paying off! I will get my mobility and capabilities back. I have goals: axe throwing for one. I may or may not be kidding. We shall see! I also plan to be able to do more upper body yoga moves, without having to modify so much. I do have an appt. with an orthopedic surgeon on 7/21. My hope is that I don’t need surgery that badly. I will be working hard on my mobility until then!
Of course, COVID-19 gives me a little anxiety and on days it really bugs me, I feel so obsessive-compulsive. It’s not every day, though. I do still get hot flashes at times, and one day, that led me to take my temperature five times until it finally appeared to be lower. What is going on with me? There were no other symptoms. What doesn’t help, is that our governor is bound and determined that kids will physically be in school to start the year in August. At my least check, we had 166,000 COVID cases in Florida. My city and county evidently had a big rise in cases yesterday. I wish I could go to the beach this weekend, but I probably won’t. I do plan to go Georgia with my boyfriend and see his dad. I plan to be careful and not catch COVID. I don’t think it is prudent or careful to have all these kids in school. Yet, the district has spent money on plastic dividers. I guess they’re not even considering us being online for a while. WHATEVER! I’ll get through it. My friend suggested wearing scrubs, which wash easily, instead of our good clothes. That may be a plan.
I hope all is well with you all. We can survive this. We can even thrive in our own ways. Though I am not writing as much, I am journaling daily to help myself mentally not just deal with, but overcome the pain. I bought sidewalk chalk and drew little pictures outside my front door. I plan to do more of this, as well as making a miniature living room out of playdough. 🙂
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Have a great week, and a happy, safe Independence Day! I feel us gradually moving closer to “Justice for all.” May the tides keep turning that way, and may we hold true to our promises as a nation.