Friday, I visited with the Survivalist, and I am, as I said elsewhere, much encouraged in the path going forward.
We discussed many things; she listened my concerns in re the side effects of the medication that will be my constant companion for the five, or maybe ten, years. We talked about the fact that Everyone Is Different, that some people have Very Bad Side Effects, some have No Side Effects, and some have small, easily managed side effects. The plan is to pay attention and if anything arises which I find unacceptable, I’m to call, and the medication will be tweaked.
There is a recommended adjustment of diet — not, as it turns out, so very much a departure from the Usual Proceedings, though we eat more meat and less fish than suggested. I’ve made an arrangement with Sun Basket (one of the meal delivery services that offers meals based on the Mediterranean Diet) for every other week, so that we can both get started on the new program, and properly use up the supplies in-house.
Eventually, I will need to lose 7-10 pounds, which has been my life for the last 10 years or so. In theory, the new plant-based diet will help with that.
Also, I need to increase my in-home exercise program, gradually, as the ray-gun wounds heal more fully. This was offered as a suggestion, but was already on my list, going forward, so the doctor and I were in happy agreement.
All that really remains on my plate is to finish healing. I do need to keep reminding myself that healing after multiple strong insults to the physical plant takes time. It’s my tendency to associate feelings of exhaustion and dullness as depression, and at the moment, that may not be true. Resting when I feel tired, instead of Pushing Through, is a newish thing, and I have to resist the feeling that I’m somehow cheating when I do.
Otherwise — Life Goes On. In which event I am extremely lucky. That being so, I believe I will now close this series of essays. I hope that some of the information might have been helpful, and I thank everyone who kept with me during the whole adventure and cheered me on.
You guys are awesome.
Stay safe and stay healthy.