I have to give my ENT credit. He said I would be seeing a marked improvement by this weekend, and he was absolutely right.
None too soon, because we were expecting house guests, and I wanted to enjoy the visit.
First, I do have to have to thank Mr PugRunner. He really took the reins on preparing the house. I was able to help with cleaning a little, but he did the bulk (completely unprompted), as well as took care of picking up groceries and things we might need. He even planned some activities for the next few days. I am so very grateful and appreciative of how well he handled my recovery and managed everything so beautifully. I’m very lucky.
I pushed it hard this weekend, but it was worth it. I took naps when I could, and did my best best to stay hydrated, so I could keep up.
On Friday night, our area put on their big fireworks display. This was my first trip out in about a week. Which is painfully obvious from my sallow complexion. But hey! i was upright! And smiling!
As usual, the show was gorgeous. It was so nice to relax in a camp chair and relax.
On Saturday morning, the boys went to the pool, while I went to a nearby nail salon with my sister-in-law and nieces. She generously treated us to manicures and pedicures and I got my eyebrows done (they were in such desperate need it was embarrassing). I NEVER take the time to get pampered, especially not since I started running, and it was such a nice escape. I planned to just get a pedi, since I manage to destroy my nails approximately 12 seconds after polishing them, but they convinced me that the gel will last, and I love the way it looks (no pictures; I just went with a neutral light pink). I also got a very stern lecture about the condition of my feet from the technician. I almost couldn’t hear her over the joy of the hot stone massage.
Afterwards, we headed to a local BBQ joint for lunch (I was able to eat some really tender pulled pork and macaroni and cheese), and then we went to see Despicable Me 2. I was probably more excited than the kids. The movie was absolutely fantastic, although I was sad that I couldn’t have any popcorn (movie popcorn is probably my favorite splurge food).
By the time we got home, I was absolutely exhausted and went almost straight to bed. The best news is that I didn’t need to to medicate through the whole night, which means i got some real sleep, instead of just in intervals.
My last effort was on Sunday morning. We were up and out early to walk around historic downtown. Our wanderings took us to the slip where El Galeón is docked.
El Galeón is a 170′ wooden replica of a 16th century Spanish galleon, similar to the one in which Ponce de Leon may have traveled when he landed in the New World. It’s absolutely stunning and I am hoping that we will have a chance to go on board and explore at a later date.
All in all, I managed a couple of miles walking, which is a huge improvement. And it was definitely great to stretch my legs.
Eating is better. It takes me ages to get anything down, and chewing is absolutely exhausting, but I’m getting there. There are still things that are hard (especially things that are chewy or crunchy) to manage, but I’m getting by.
And I’m just counting down to when I can start running again! Next Sunday it is! I’m a little scared because it’s just so hot and I’m going to be so slow and behind from where I left off, but I’m also so excited to get back out there and build back up!
Hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend!
What was the most fun thing you did over the past few days?