Hello friends! It has been a few months since I last provided an update on what has been new in my world and to be honest, not too much. But no news is good news right? But an update is overdue, so here I am!
COVID cases continued to rise throughout the rest of 2020 and just after Christmas, we went into a second lockdown. We are now beginning to emerge from this into a colour coded system where different regions have different restrictions. Being in a more densely populated region, our restrictions will begin more strict and gradually ease off. We are in the heart of winter right now and I am hopeful that in a couple of months, we will all be outside again, doing outdoor gatherings, while the vaccination plan rolls out. My hopes are that we can have family and friends inside again by the fall.
It is wild to think that we are now almost one year since the first lockdown and in a couple of months, our little one will celebrate his second birthday. One year ago, I don’t think I would have predicted what we have experienced over the past year. I am thankful that he is young enough not to remember what is going on in the world and will likely just remember all the fun times he got to spend with his family. His first two birthdays will have been pandemic birthdays. There are times where I feel concerned about his lack of social contact throughout the past year; however, I also feel that it isn’t worth stressing about because it is what it is and many other children his age are in the same boat. Although he has missed out on various activities, he has gained a lot of family time. There is value in security.
I continue to work throughout this pandemic. People require physiotherapy and I am happy we were allowed to remain open. Although it is a higher risk activity vs. staying and working from home, I am ever grateful to be able to socialize face to face with people on a daily basis. Being an extroverted person, it has been key for my own mental health. I am also thankful I have a job during this time where many jobs are being lost.
In terms of my general health, my mammogram and MRI came back clear. Hooray! Scanxiety is a real thing and I am glad to not have to worry about it again for another year. I mentioned last post about my ongoing burping after meals and it has worsened along with food getting stuck/lump in the throat feeling so I have started the chain of events of referred back to my surgeon to discuss potential causes. I am suspect of another stricture forming. I am now almost seven years out from surgery for those who are reading and curious about potential long term effects post total gastrectomy. Lucky number seven?
Although, I have embraced the COVID 19 pandemic diet of baked goods, junk food, and increased alcohol/caffeine consumption my weight has not increased. However, I have learned that there is a HUGE difference to eating a bag of potato chips in the first two days vs. a week later.
I hope everyone is keeping healthy and safe out in your parts of the world.