Life lately – July 2020 – checking in

Thursday, July 30, 2020 Permalink

I would like to say I decided it’s time to do a check-in post to keep everyone up-to-date with what’s happening in my life, but in reality I’m procrastinating about other stuff and realise it’s a while since I’ve posted anything. And… when in doubt – do a ‘life lately’ post.

Study

I am studying. And weirdly I’m enjoying it. I’m not sure I’ll do very well as everyone seems very smart and knows lots of literary stuff but I’m gobsmacked I’m approaching my desk with enthusiasm each day.

life lately

My first assignment was due this week and I submitted it on time, though I’m rather nervous about it.

Exercise

I had to miss this week’s classes as I was away (more on that shortly) but I’ve diligently been to the two exercise classes I committed to for three entire weeks. It’s my intention to keep going and hopefully build on that.

Health

I’m actually writing this from Brisbane (our State’s capital) where I’ve been for some treatment for my dodgy heart. It’s no big deal but it’s supposedly been ‘restarted’ and is back to normal. I’ll get it checked in a week or so and probably need to monitor it in some way but I’m really really hoping I’m nowhere near as tired as I’ve been for a looooong time; and that I’m not as breathless when doing virtually nothing.

For those not on Twitter, one of the risks of the treatment I had this week was a stroke. So on waking from my general anaesthetic I filmed myself doing a cognitive test! Ignore the post-hospital theatre chic!

Reading and reviewing

As my study ramps up I’m wondering again how much time I want to devote to reviewing. For reasons unknown I can’t let it go though I continue to moan about the many hours involved in each review.

And that’s life lately for me. Anything exciting at your end to report?

22 Comments
  • Jennifer Jones
    July 30, 2020

    I hope you’re recovery is going well Deb. Sounds like you’re doing well with study and exercise. Take care

    • Debbish
      July 30, 2020

      Thanks Jennifer. I’m very surprised how much I’m enjoying study. I HATED it when I was younger. I was in my mid-late 20s when I did my MBA and I hated it then as well. Perhaps it’s more ‘what’ I’m studying now that’s of interest.

  • Natalie
    July 30, 2020

    Deb, Glad to hear you’re enjoying your study and have taken care of your heart to get it back to normal. Good for you to stick with your exercise classes. I find at the beginning, the hard part is to form the habit. Once the good habit is set, exercising feels natural. I hear you about reading and reviewing. Writing up reviews is work for sure. Have a nice weekend! #lovin’lifelinky

    • Debbish
      July 30, 2020

      Ah yes, I felt like I was getting into a bit of a routine with my exercise classes before I went away this week and I feel comfortable there now so should be able to settle back in next week. I will then need to up the ante!

  • Min Write of the Middle
    July 30, 2020

    Oh you made me laugh with your Trump cognitive test. All good! I hope that the reset has done the trick and your heart behaves itself and you have some energy return. xo

    • Debbish
      July 30, 2020

      Thanks Min. The cardiologist said I should feel different straight away but I’ve not really done much yet. I probably am less breathless (for no reason) so fingers crossed!

  • Jo
    July 30, 2020

    I’m super glad that you’re studying – I’ve said it before, this course is made for you. Not so happy to read about the treatment, but hoping that the restart gets you back to where you need to be. x

    • Debbish
      July 30, 2020

      Sadly I’ve discovered that Masters of Arts isn’t a course supported via Austudy so I’ll probably need to stick to part-time study and job hunt unless I can think of an ingenious way of supporting myself!

  • Denyse
    July 30, 2020

    Nothing like getting your phone back in your hand post op! I didn’t have the luxury this time round but following one of my cataract surgeries I took sooooo many selfies and have no memory of doing so. Glad you are done with the heart thing & hope it helps your health now. Book reviews…up to you of course, but everything has a season.
    Take care and enjoy your home coming.
    Denyse x

    • Debbish
      July 30, 2020

      The nurse from theatre told me I ‘talked a lot’ as they put me under. I didn’t think much of it until I saw the cardiologist the next day and he said they couldn’t shut me up. They had to keep giving me more anaesthetic cos I kept talking though I wasn’t making much sense!!!

  • Vanessa
    July 30, 2020

    I have to giggle when turn it off and back on again seeps into our body parts too 😉 Hope it stays working well and you’re out of the woods for side effects from it.

  • Lydia C. Lee
    July 30, 2020

    Glad it all went well and I thought the Trump test was going to be when they asked you who the President of the US was and you went on a rant…Ha!

    • Debbish
      July 30, 2020

      No, my brother, SIL and I had been joking about his interview in which he repeated detail of the difficult cognitive test he’d taken – to be asked 20mins after what the same words were…. I wasn’t too worried about the risk of stroke but repeated it to myself as they took me back to my room!

  • Lydia C. Lee
    July 30, 2020

    As for the reviews, why not take your foot off the pedal and just do the ones you really love? Less time, more enjoyment for you. And then when less busy, you can go back to normal?

    • Debbish
      July 30, 2020

      Good idea Lydia. I’ve started by trying to make them shorter!

  • leannelc
    July 30, 2020

    Hi Deb – it sounds like you’re getting yourself back on track physically and mentally – which then flows over to emotionally. Glad the study is turning out to be an enjoyable challenge and that the heart stuff has gone well for you too.
    #MLSTL

    • Debbish
      July 31, 2020

      Thanks Leanne. More tests in a week or so but it bodes well so far!!

  • Debbie
    July 30, 2020

    This was great to read Deb! Good on you for making progress and for passing the cognitive test with flying colours 🙂 #mlstl

    • Debbish
      July 31, 2020

      Ha yes, I didn’t want to have to explain to the staff what I was doing so had to quickly pull my phone out and record it in brief moments between coming out of the ICU area and them settling me back into my room. (I wasn’t sure the staff had seen all of the memes about the cognitive tests – the musical versions in particular – so didn’t know if they’d get the joke!)

  • endardoo
    July 31, 2020

    Hope you are recovering well, Deborah #MLSTL

    • Debbish
      July 31, 2020

      I am, and am back at my own place now so that’s even better!

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