2022 Life Logs, Day 275: Another Day of Rest

2022 Life Logs, Day 275: Another Day of Rest
Date: Sunday, October 2, 2022
Weather: Overcast and Windy; High 59, Low 49 degrees
Location: At Home in the Cottage, Falmouth, MA

It was another day of rest for me. I am feeling fine, but I just don’t have enough energy to do much of anything. In the meantime, life goes on without me. Heather and Sam headed to Lowell very early this morning and by 9 am, Sam’s boat won second place in their first regatta rowing together. Heather sent a photo and Sam looked so very happy. They stayed to cheer on the other boats from the Cape and Island Rowing Association and then they headed south to Mansfield to watch Jonah’s soccer game. Jonah got a ride up with a friend and then came home with Heather and Sam. I did not hear how his game went.

I reached out to Justin and Jo to find out if electric and water have returned after Hurricane Fiona. Jo got back to me letting me that both actually returned mid-week, but literally as she was writing the text to me, the electricity went out again. At least they had a break for a few days. Hopefully, this afternoon’s outage was temporary.

I did manage to make it through the day without a nap and made Tuscan Stew for dinner and did a little house cleaning. My nephew Tommy from North Carolina is on the Cape for a business conference this week and he is hopefully coming for an overnight visit on Wednesday before flying home. It’s a good excuse for getting the cottage in order.

2022 Life Logs, Day 274: Rainy First Day of October

2022 Life Logs, Day 274: Rainy First Day of October
Date: Saturday, October 1, 2022
Weather: Rainy All Day; High 59, Low 54 degrees
Location: At Home in the Cottage, Falmouth, MA

This first day of October was rainy from start to finish, so not much to report today. I felt the same today as yesterday but found myself exhausted by mid-afternoon after doing nothing. So, I put down my book and took a nap. Not sure if my lack of ambition was because I had no energy or just because the weather was so miserable. I am feeling fine tonight, so I will blame it on the weather. Unfortunately, it looks like we have more days of rain to come.

2022 Life Logs, Day 273: Happy Birthday to Heather

2022 Life Logs, Day 273: Happy Birthday to Heather
Date: Friday, September 30, 2022
Weather: Partly Sunny, Getting Cooler; High 63, Low 51 degrees
Location: At Home in the Cottage, Falmouth, MA

This will be short as I really need to get to bed. I did get back to life as usual today and that doesn’t include a nap. Now I am exhausted, but it’s nothing a good night’s sleep won’t fix. Tonight, I went to Heather and Jed’s for Heather’s birthday celebration. We ate out on the deck and I sat a my own little table. I took Shadow with me, and he enjoyed seeing the boys . . . as did I.
Share I am still testing positive, but I continue to feel better every day. Just don’t want to overdo it, so to bed I go.

2022 Life Logs, Day 272: Progress Toward Normal

2022 Life Logs, Day 272: Progress Toward Normal
Date: Thursday, September 29, 2022
Weather: Partly Sunny; High 63, Low 49 degrees
Location: At Home in the Cottage, Falmouth, MA

About 4 pm this afternoon, I suddenly felt a burst of energy. I immediately took off on a walk with Shadow and for the first time in nine days, I didn’t need to turn around and come home. We successfully completed the mile loop in my neighborhood. I think that is progress toward normal, so I’ll take it. Otherwise, I spent my day dealing with more of my sister’s health issues and reading. This bout with Covid has caused me to abandon my rule of no reading during the day. I have read many days away in the past week. Years ago, I read Ken Follet’s Pillars of the Earth and the next two books in the Kingbridge series. Last week when I was desperate for a book to read, I realized that a year or so ago I bought The Evening and the Morning which is billed as a prequel to the earlier trilogy. I am really enjoying it and find it hard to put down.

2022 Life Logs, Day 271: Not ‘Back to Normal Life’ As Hoped

2022 Life Logs, Day 271: Not ‘Back to Normal Life’ As Hoped
Date: Wednesday, September 28, 2022
Weather: Mostly Sunny; High 69, Low 52 degrees
Location: At Home in the Cottage, Falmouth, MA

Last night I declared I was done with Covid and hoping for a ‘back to normal day’ today. That didn’t happen. Even though it is day eight, I still have lingering Covid symptoms. Very slowly the congestion is clearing, but it is the exhaustion that just doesn’t go away. I did try to take Shadow for a walk, but I didn’t get very far before turning around and heading home. But Covid was not the real reason that it was not a normal day.

I started my day by calling the hospital to check on my sister’s condition. I was assured that she was doing fine and would be released today. Then I got a text from my nephew Tommy who was spending his morning in Patsy’s hospital room. He had just gotten word that my niece Jennifer passed during the night. Of course, we were expecting this at some point, but that doesn’t lesson the blow. The rest of the morning was spent on the phone with family trying to decide the best way to tell my sister. Losing a child has got to be the hardest thing a parent can go through. Who was going to tell her? When were we going to tell her? Who was going to spend the night with her? She did come home mid-afternoon and her son-in-law and granddaughter came to her apartment to tell her. She took it stoically and when I talked to her tonight, she sounded good. Her sister-in-law, another Judy, came to spend the night with her. She is well taken care of. I will not fly down to be with her for a few days until I am free of Covid symptoms. I surely don’t want to fly while still congested.

I also spent a good deal of today watching the progress of Ian on the Weather Channel. My friend Jane Wooden stopped by to make a special delivery of printer paper for me (Thank you, Jane!) and we sat in the sunshine and talked about friends and family in Florida. I heard tonight that Mark’s nephew Danny in Naples is fine and his nieces Kristi and Stacey and families in Cape Coral are also safe. They were all in areas that were very hard hit, so I was very worried. When I heard that Ian made landfall at Caya Costa, it brought back so many memories. Caya Costa is a small state park on a barrier island just north of Sanibel and Captiva. It has been described as a wild beach on a remote island. Mark and I borrowed his dad’s little motorboat and spent our honeymoon anchored off Caya Costa . . . a beautiful spot in this world. But evidently a spot hurricanes like. Hurricane Charley in 2004 made landfall in almost the same exact spot.

2022 Life Logs, Day 270: Holding My Own

2022 Life Logs, Day 270: Holding My Own
Date: Tuesday, September 27, 2022
Weather: Mostly Sunny and Windy; High 74, Low 51 degrees
Location: At Home in the Cottage, Falmouth, MA

When I woke up this morning, I could tell that miracle I have been waiting for had not happened yet. I felt pretty much like I did when I went to bed last night. My stomach is still not quite right, I still have some congestion, and I definitely have brain fog, but I knew I felt a tad better because my back was giving me trouble. It probably has all along, but Covid issues overshadowed the back pain. Now it is back. But I didn’t get to think about any of us for long. At 8:35 am, I got a call from an aide at the assisted living facility where my sister resides. She had fallen and hit her head and they were informing me that they had called an ambulance to take her to the emergency room to be checked out. I spent a good deal of the rest of the day dealing with that. The CT scan checked out okay, but they found that she had a UTI and a slower than normal heart rate. They started her on antibiotics for the UTI and are keeping her overnight for observation. Hopefully tomorrow she will be back at home.

Other than talk to nurses and doctors and family members about my sister, I’m not sure what else I got done today. I did take an afternoon nap out in the sunshine and tonight I finished watching The Lord of the Rings trilogy and I took the last of the Paxlovid. So, I am ready to be done with this Covid life! Enough movies and medicine. Tomorrow, I hope to start getting back my normal life.

Tonight, I am thinking of Mark’s family in southern Florida. His sisters and brother that live in the Bonita Springs and Fort Myers traveled to the east coast to ride out the storm in the Ft. Lauderdale area. I watched the Weather Channel tonight but it was so depressing, I just had to turn it off. Ian just seems to get stronger every hour.