Saturday, August 09, 2014

Health Update: The news is in – a plan is forming

I heard the news I was waiting for and now I can begin to target a move schedule! Yippee!!! I still have to sit down with my team and look at the calendar and make sure we are all on the same page, but I think it is looking like I’ll be free to leave the Kansas City area in February. The catch is this is a horrible time of year to try to find a low-rent, ground floor or elevator, and hopefully dog friendly apartment. That’s a really tall order even during the best time of the year for the apartment market.

So, we will see where we are at in February. If things are unchanged, then we don’t have to rush. If things start to change quickly again, then the plan is scrapped and we do whatever we have to do. If things seem to continue to change, but at a slow rate, then perhaps some of the wish list for the apartment will have to go to the wayside just to get myself there.

I am a planner. I don’t like having things up in the air. These last few months have been so, so, so stressful!!! Not just for me, but also for my family!

Last night my body literally ached – I think just from finally relaxing a bit and letting some of the tension go. I have a zillion things I need to do, but Finley and I had a little celebration. I got a people treat (been on a diet to lose weight for the lung transplant) and Finley got a special dog treat. We watched movies together until time for bed. It was so nice!

This morning we slept in, and then went for a four-mile walk. I need to clean house and I have a ton of network stuff to do, but it feels so good not to have this panic just under the surface that at any moment I’m going to have to pick up in a rush and move.

I’ve done a lot of packing already and am sort of at the point where I couldn’t pack much more without knowing when the move was going to happen. After all, if I keep working here for several more months, then packing up my office isn’t really helpful just now.

I’m going to miss having a dedicated office. There is no way I can afford a two-bedroom apartment in Arlington. I’ll be lucky if I can find a one-bedroom I can afford with housing help. I’ve loved having a room with a door I could close to separate my work life from my personal life. I’ve loved having a place where I could leave my painting materials etc. set up all the time so I could paint or work on crafts whenever l liked. Work and crafts can look so messy that having them all in one space with a door you can close has been a welcome luxury. It’s a luxury that’s days are numbered! Grin!

Still, I’m feeling so grateful right now that it seems like a small thing. I’m so grateful for recent medical reports that are not worse than those in May. I’m grateful for all the family and friends who have done so much to help me do what I need to do to make this all happen.

So, for now, I’m still in the Kansas City area for a few more months.

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