Celebrating my psychic whisperings that my chemo is working, I like to take advantage of the days that my side effects are on the low end of the activity range. When we got up this morning, we knew the weather was inviting us to spend the day outside in the beautiful mid-70-degree sunshine. My mobility is not great, so we choose places that I can get around with my walker-wheelchair. I love being able to walk as much as possible, but I also recognize that my mobility now is scattered between periodic breaks of sitting on my walker-wheelchair. Some places, like the beach, are not conducive to wheels, so we choose carefully.
Today, I picked our outing as we have not been there for a while, and it is a place I can negotiate easily. March Field Air Museum: an aircraft museum featuring static exhibits outside and in and including my favorite aircraft, the SR71 Blackbird, still the only aircraft to achieve speeds over 3.2 Mach and to fly 85,000 high, which the museum moved to the inside of the building almost a year ago. That’s when I realized how long it had been since we visited. With March being in Riverside, closer to the desert and far inland and away from the ocean, it was a dry 90-something degrees this afternoon, but, luckily, with a lovely breeze that felt delightful in the shade.
Spending the afternoon among some stars of the air was a great way to enjoy the outdoors today. I even walked over 2,000 steps, quite an achievement for me. Of course, I still compare my 10 to 20 thousand steps of the past to today but realize after pushing my limits at 2 thousand that I need to quit that. I don’t know why I think I should continue to compare when my basic mobility is between a hobble and a wobble with much determination to avoid looking like I’m a centenarian, who in many cases are often rushing past me.
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