As I wrote earlier, it’s been something of a lock down here with COVID, but with everyone in the clear now and it being the last day mom is staying, it was decided (by me) that an outing was in order.
Just me and mom madcap in an adventure around the roads of East Norriton and Plymouth Meeting — not quite exactly a suburban Philadelphia Thelma and Louise, but we managed a trip to the pharmacy, Starbucks, Lowe’s, the bank, and grocery store. First, I have never been more grateful for drive thru services. Second, and this is for my dad — we made a perfect “loop” around to hit all the marks in the most efficient of ways.
That aside, it was my first trip out since getting home from surgery. It was nice being out in the sunshine and seeing fellow humans. It was nice to a point. I would say it was about mid-way through my trip to Lowe’s and standing on the concrete floor waiting for service, that my back reminded me who was the real boss. Fortunately, someone showed up at that point and I was able to buy the garbage disposal and install services intended. It took mom almost as long to get a gallon of paint for the studio stairwell — so we again made efficient use of time.
The car ride and the concrete floors of Lowe’s and the grocery store were tough. I admit, I had to down some Tylenol when I got home and take a nap — but that I didn’t need anything stronger right away was a huge win in my book. As for going out again soon, I think I’d like a pass for a few more days. It’s good to know I can do it, but having some additional time to build up the resilience is also a factor.
So, maybe I’ll get a start on those books tomorrow and see how that goes. I have my first follow up with the doctor, and get to talk about my return to work plan… which I hope is sooner than later. I definitely feel up for some work again soon. Not rushing it, but also recognizing it will do me some good to feel back to some sense of a routine.
Until later… no song of the day from me, but tell me yours.