Yeah, I seem to have fallen off the blogging bandwagon there. After my stepfather’s death and my week in Pittsburgh, I kind of lost steam. I want to get back to focusing on blogging and my weight loss journey. I was blogging every day for a while there, but life has just been crazy the past couple of weeks.
So, health-wise, I seem to be doing OK. I had my annual physical last week after I returned from my sojourn in Pittsburgh. My blood pressure was slightly elevated, (140/85), but I’m sure it has to do with the stress I have been under. My doctor didn’t seem too worried, but she asked me to monitor it on my own. I have and it’s come back down to the normal range, (120s/70s). We are trying to see how I do sans medicine for a while. I am happy to do that since prior to the surgery I was on three meds a day just to keep it down below 225/125. Yeah, I was that sick.
Today I joined my brother and my niece in DC at the Smithsonian museums. She’s 5 and her favorite museums are the Natural History Museum and the American Indian Museum. We took her to the American History Museum. I think that one is a bit above her head at he moment, but she fared better there than she did at the Art Museum. The guards near the Matisse may never be the same again.
She liked the Kermit the Frog at the American History Museum and was completely nonplussed by Dorothy’s ruby slippers. In her defense, she has not seen the Wizard of Oz yet or she may have appreciated them. I thought she might like them anyway since she has her own pair of sparkly ruby-red shoes, but no. She just looked at them and asked if we could go see the bugs now. Oh to be five!
We did take her to see the bugs and she totally fell in love with the bees in the bug room. The Smithsonian has a pretty cool beehive setup. You can watch the bees come into the hive through an entry they have on one of the windows. The bees then make their way over to a hive which they have set up on a fake tree. It’s actually pretty cool My niece kept asking where the queen bee was. I didn’t really know what to say to that.
I know I have talked about our treks into DC to the Smithsonian before, but it was so nice to get my life back to the new normal. I love being able to walk around the city and then wander through museums. I could never do that before the surgery and before my weight loss.
I have noticed something else recently too. I’ve become much more confident on stairs. I no longer have to hold the handrail and go down one at a time. I still do sometimes just to feel more secure, but it’s not always a necessity.
Today for instance, I was walking down the steps outside of one of the museums. I was holding my niece’s hand and she tripped. I was able to stop, keep my balance, and pull her up before she hit the ground. I was not even holding the hand rail. If she was with the “Before Colleen”, she may have tripped down the stairs and hurt herself. But the “After Colleen” had no problem making what could have been a big accident a non-event.