The first lesson introduces three tangles, beginning with Static, a truly easy pattern to learn.
I'm hoping I
stick with the entire book because it would really help me improve my skills quickly and with a better theoretical underpinning. Also, there are an increasing number of tanglers who have made zentangle a daily spiritual practice because it is so calming and orderly. It appears to me that it has my name on it because it requires some kind of action, not simply keeping a still mind, and I believe I would benefit.
Today was a great day. The new medications I was prescribed yesterday are working like miracle drugs with very limited side effects. I can't even begin to measure the difference between yesterdays' doubled-up worst-of-the-worst pain compared to today's comfort. I see so many doctors, I can't help but wish I had received this sort of help a bit earlier. The one thing I learned is that Anger + Pain = A Very Bad Combination. I was truly rude to the doctor yesterday (she was almost an hour late and so many of my appointments with her have been canceled), but the truth is, her thinking and prescribing worked in a way no one else's have. I have a followup telephone appointment with her tomorrow and owe her a massive apology. (sigh, I clearly am an imperfect human being.)
Today was the first day of a new-to-me chemotherapy agent, Gemzar. It's actually been around for a quite a while, but I've never received it. So far so good, but this is just Day One. I was back in the chemotherapy suite where I've lived for almost eleven years now. Demi and Steve were with me. Steve brought the Greek pastries that only he knows how to bake and which are always well received. There were no glitches or surprises and all went well. I'm going to receive Gemzar every 15 days, not a typical schedule, but, because I've had so much chemotherapy it was thought to be a good match for me and will help me avoid the pesky Neupogen injections. In the pre-chemo labs I was noticing that my creatinine has fallen to an all time low (YES!) after all those scary rises during the winter from the allergic response to contrast dye and I'm only the merest tad anemic now so clearly have made substantial progress in recent months. I've never had a blood transfusion and am working hard to avoid needing one. And so far, the working is working.
So, I'm going right into November with a surge of new hope, something I haven't felt for a very long time.