How I spent four weeks feeling sorry for myself, and then decided to go to Singapore
When I last left you all, I was sounding pretty pathetic. Can't sleep, can't swim, no fun, blah blah blah. So, I took the advice of my mother, caught a flight back to Edmonton (ok, that was a whole thing including twelve hours/six movies on a flight from China and then sleepwalking through the Vancouver airport; but ok, let's call it "caught a flight"), and spent some time "convalescing". Here's a rundown of what I've been up to, in case you are wondering how a person who previously was working 40-50 hours a week, applying to grad school, doing an online statistics course, and planning a trip around the world spends 4 weeks doing nothing.
- Went to the doctor, and then physiotherapy. It turns out I may or may not have broken a rib (tip: next time you break something, don't wait 2 1/2 weeks to get an X-ray, s!*t starts to heal), but the real trouble was whatever I did to my rotator cuff/shoulder. It's been an extremely humbling experience to succumb to my body and make decisions based on pain level, actual ability, etc. rather than just how lazy I am feeling. You would think a Peds Oncology nurse would have a better understanding of how illness/injury impacts functioning, but there it is. I am counting my blessings daily that the only thing wrong with me is an injury I sustained while sailing on the Whitsunday Islands in Australia, because the fact that I got to go sailing in the Whitsundays greatly outweighs any negative outcomes of the fall.
- Joined the YMCA, as due to above, was not able to do my preferred physical activities (ie. anything that used your arms or core). This turned out to be a good thing, as some days I only left the house to go to the Y. I wish some of my friends didn't have jobs.
- Spent some time visiting with one of the great loves of my life, Aaron Goldsman. Aaron and I grew up together and then lived in Vancouver and went to UBC together, but since he has been pursuing higher education in Toronto and now Atlanta. Due to some unfortunate circumstances, I have ALWAYS been out of town when Aaron visits Edmonton and thus haven't seen him in almost two years (which is weird, since it's not like I travel a lot or anything). When I found out I was going to be in Asia while Aaron was in Edmonton this year, I was once again disheartened. So, when I broke myself and came home and realized I would finally get to see Aaron, I was over the moon excited. So I spent a lot of time catching up with him, and as you can tell from the preceding ode to Aaron, I thoroughly enjoyed that.
- Spent more than enough time at Craft Brewery. They have an awesome rooftop patio on Rice Howard Way, and they make a mean sparkling white sangria. Drinking boozy fruit cocktails in the sun with good friends can cure anything.
- Celebrated the engagement of my brother and sister-to-be Ari and Faren. This was really fun and also has now allowed me to move my annoying sister nagging from "when are you going to get married, I look really good in heels" to "I want to be an aunt by the time I'm 30". They're on cloud nine (about the engagement, not so much about my bugging them. But guys, I'm gonna be an awesome aunt).
- Went to a concert on a streetcar on the top of the High Level Bridge with Lana. That was great, and if any Edmontonians are able to catch a Streetcar Show this summer, I highly suggest it.
- Started packing up my life (and throwing out a bunch of crap from my life that I no longer need) for the "big move" to Philly in mid-August. This has been fun, mainly because I've been able to use the excuse of being injured to avoid the heavy lifting. Thanks, Mom!
- Spent time with my family and friends that I will sadly be leaving in a few short months. That includes the highlight of my week: watching the athletic feats of the men (and women) of the Edmonton Jewish Baseball League. I'll let you use your imagination on that, but I can tell you that sometimes the best part of the game is going for pizza after.
And so there you have it. I've left out the obvious (binge watching season 2 of Orange is the New Black, reading, napping, eating some delicious Edmonton things, and walking to Starbucks), but I think that gives you some idea. I didn't think anything I did was worthy of a blog post, but now that I'm back, it seems rude to have not told you where I've been.
So, why AM I back, you may be thinking to yourselves. Her life isn't interesting when she's in the Northern/Western hemisphere! Well, don't worry, that's about to change! You see, the end of this trip was meant to coincide ("coincidentally", I swear) with a conference in Singapore (the International Symposium for Pediatric Neuro-Oncology), and due to the fortuitous timing, I decided back in March that I was going to sign up for the conference. One of the doctors that I work with, as well as our fantastic Nurse Practitioner, are also attending, so, you know, it was going to be a whole thing. When I decided to come home, I was particularly sad that I would no longer be able to attend the conference, a really great learning/networking experience in a field that I'm about to dive into head first in the fall.
Well, "un"fortunately, I couldn't get a refund on the conference. This lead me to thinking: I've already paid for the conference, I have a flight home from Singapore that I haven't cancelled yet, I have a place to stay during the conference, and oh, look at how many Aeroplan miles I have! Also "un"fortunately, the only ticket I could get on points got me to Singapore on the 25th, so I'd have to spend a few more days in Singapore before the conference. All this combined was much to good to pass up, so here I am, about to embark on the yet another 24 hour travel day (my iPad is loaded with TV this time, don't worry) in order to get some more Asia, some more humidity, some awesome food, and a lot of learning.
If you think I've been bit by the travel bug, you may just be correct.