It’s amazing how sometimes something can happen and it takes some time just to catch up with it.
I got something completely unexpected when I got into work today. I got an email from my doctor that said I have been approved as medically fit by the headquarters.
This means that I am officially allowed to return to full duties, and that I will be posted from the support unit to a ‘real’ position. It means that as far as work is concerned, my cancer journey is officially behind me.
It’s a bit surreal. I have had to read the email a few times today just to remind myself it’s true. It was completely unexpected, but my doctor expedited my file because I am slated to travel overseas for work in October (after the competition) and the easiest way to permit that was to get sign off as soon as possible. I thought they were exploring other options and did not know they had asked for my file to be reviewed ASAP. Usually it takes more than 6 months to get sign-off.
That was the start of a very busy day facilitating media interviews and working on products for my upcoming trip. I will reveal where it is closer to the time and once tickets are bought (no turning back then), but it will be 10 days in a place I have never been–very exciting!
At dance today, we worked on the Viennese Waltz solo, and that started a bit of another surprise. Boss started by asking me to show him what I had choreographed for the very beginning of the solo. He liked my idea, and so it became. We also got the ending together as well. By the end of the lesson, we were able to run through the full routine a couple times and recorded it. I can see I was pretty tired, and some spots that need definite work, but the routine is together! It’s mainly polishing now.
I generally feel better today–whether it was the news that started my day (which I am still processing), or that the solo is now together and doable, or I am a little pumped from having a really productive day at work. It was only the very end of my lesson I felt my legs turn to jelly, but I didn’t feel exhausted afterward. My endurance in general still needs a lot of work to rebuild.
My knees also felt better today. It seems they are happier on the days I work out my legs, and the day after, but start to flare up on the third day. It will be something to discuss with my physiotherapist.
Hard to believe but next week I will start tapering down my workouts to allow my body to recover to be in top form for competing. I always reduce my strength training before a competition and just focus on dance so that my muscles are not fatigued on competing day and I am able to be fresh.
To be honest, part of me still hasn’t quite realized the competition is so close. It’s like I have been working and waiting forever to get to it, and now that it is almost here it doesn’t seem quite real. Part of that though may be everything else that is going on. I am sure that soon enough it will seem too close!