Just back from our six day exploration of northern New Mexico, it was time for another follow up appointment with my surgeon. You may recall, that at my last visit she responded to my complaints about fatigue and weakness with a reminder that I was “not 18 anymore”. So for this meeting I donned the t-shirt below:
She laughed and was very pleased with my shirt, she even wanted to get one for her husband, an orthopedic surgeon. But she was even more pleased with the improvement in my recovery from surgery and gave me the OK to hit the gym and spa next week. I am gaining strength every day and got quite a workout walking on our trip.
Despite the surprise snow in Taos, our vacation was most excellent. I can see why so many artists locate in the Santa Fe and Taos area; the color of the sky, the clouds and the vistas are breathtaking. However the highlight of our trip was our visit with Lonny and Judy Sisson at their home in Albuquerque. Lonny is one of America’s great artists. Although we have been acquainted only a few months, they graciously invited us to visit when they learned of our trip to New Mexico. Lonny is a man of great passion, focus and genius. His advice on painting is to “keep painting with enthusiasm and the daring to fail.” Words that not only apply to art, but life itself.
Vacation aside, I continued with my task of reaching my “fighting weight” as chemo treatment approaches. Thanks to all the cookies, cake and brownies from our friends along with my high protein, high carb diet, my goal is in sight. I have gained 19 pounds since surgery!