Goodish News

I finally had my cardiologist appointment today. It wasn’t horrible. It was through tele-med which was conducted at my local clinic connected to the cardiologist in a town 60 miles away. I was a little peeved because I had to get a fourth EKG for this one appointment, but be it as it may, I got good reports on all of them. They also had an echo cardio machine that worked through Bluetooth that the doctor got to listen too.

With this appointment, the EKGs, and my explanation of the problem – the personal trainer wouldn’t work with me without his approval – I have been cleared to exercises. In fact, he told me to exercise until I am done and exercise more. He did repeat my doctor’s consultation on my diet – to eat low fat, low carb, and low sugar. What does that leave? I know, more plant based foods. I really like plant based cooking, but my husband doesn’t and I like to snack on quick easy to grab foods. But, I will listen to them the best I can. I do still have to have a stress test, but it doesn’t have to be the fancier one for older women. Not saying the I don’t fit the build, but I am glad to just get on the treadmill while hooked up to a bunch of wires. If it comes back okay, I don’t need to see the cardiologist again. If not, we will have a talk and have an angioplasty done. Let’s hope it all works out for the good.

With quarantine (social distancing), I have been sitting on the computer a lot more than normal. I am teaching online now instead of in person. So, I am grading daily for hours on end as well as making sure everything works for my students. We have had a few Zoom meetings, but they would like to just use it for office hours instead. That works for me because the administration thinks we need to have more meetings than we would normally have. I have seen people who I have never seen before.

But, because of working online, I need to be sure to do something physical to help signal the end of the day. I have done a variety of exercises, baked, cooked fancy dinners, and cleaned. So, I am much more intentionally active than normal. Last week, I hiked at the nearest trail. It is one of my favorite and a bit more active than most of the trails that I go to. Last week, though, it was the busiest I have ever seen it. I saw eight cars/trucks/suvs, 2 quads, a motorcycle, and three people besides myself walking. At one point, I saw that a pair of them were playing with a dog; my fear of dogs (completely absurd) drove me to turn around and back track. That turned out to be great. I did more uphill hiking than I would have and walked almost double from what I would have. Later in the week, I hiked at my most frequent hiking spot and only saw three vehicles. I plan to go back there more often. I have increased my stair climbing as well; from 16 times up and down my flight of stairs to 24. My yard is looking great too. I am loving this.

I am enjoying self isolation so much that I ordered my groceries from Walmart to pick up ready to go. This benefited me in two ways: I didn’t have to go into the waiting line to get in the store and get my temp taken, and I didn’t spend as much money as I would normally have. I love it. I am going to do it as much as I can. I am going to check out Thrive too. Pretty soon, I will have anxiety to go anywhere with people. It’s already that way with people on the trail. If there are cars in the parking lot, many times, I will drive on and find some place else to hike.

So in these troubling times, I am finding some good. I hope you are too.