Friday, September 24, 2010

First Day of Freedom

Yesterday was my first day of freedom. For the first time in 3 weeks, I was able to drive myself around and go into public places. I was excited! I was eager! And I needed to pick up a few things for the house, so there was an agenda. WOO-HOO! Let's do it!

First, I drove to a home repair store. I intended to pick up several different items, but once inside I was so excited to mingle amongst the shoppers and walk through the aisles that I forgot all about half of the items on my list. Oh well, no big deal.

Next, I traveled to a big box department store across the street. Only needed a couple of things there, but it was nice to casually walk around and check out the different wares.

I forgot, however, that I was not used to walking for an extended period of time. Nor was I accustomed to so much exercise. Very quickly, I discovered how much walking is involved when you go to the big box stores. Not only is it a trek from the parking lot, but you can easily walk a couple of miles from one end of the store to the other. No kidding.

I was wiped out. Before I got back to my car, I felt like I was going to collapse. Going to two stores had exhausted me and I was ready to go back home, take a pain pill, and perhaps even take a nap.

It is nice to be able to travel, but I have to remember to take it easy and not push myself too hard. I want to be in good shape when I go back to work in a couple of weeks.

Today, my plan is to take the remainder of my insulin pump supplies and some leftover bottles of insulin to the woman who educated me on how to use my insulin pump. Her name is Karla and she is an amazing person. There were a few times when I ran short on insulin and stopped by her office to grab a sample bottle, so now it's my turn to give back.

I never thought in my lifetime I would give away bottles of insulin because I don't need them anymore. Part of me wants to take a hammer to them in celebration, but insulin isn't cheap and I know somebody else can use the bottles. I'm also giving them some unopened blood test strips.

Products I will never use again. =)

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