Bucket List – Items #1-20

So it’s been a little while since I last looked at my bucket list but I’m delighted to say that I am getting closer to accomplishing some of the items on my list. As it last stood, just over a month ago, I had 18 items:

  1. At least once a month, taking appropriate precautions, get out and do something social
  2. To be a bridesmaid
  3. To visit New Zealand
  4. To live on the ocean
  5. To own a Class B motor-home (Roadtrek ideally)
  6. Waist length hair
  7. Day-trip to Frankenmuth & Bronners
  8. Reschedule & enjoy my belated 45th birthday vacation
  9. Acceptance of RADS diagnosis and limitations that places on my life
  10. Despite RADS diagnosis, work on improving the quality of my life and work at getting back to work
  11. year long road trip following 70 degree (21 C) weather throughout the contiguous United States.
  12. Lose steroid wait and return to a healthy weight
  13. Get out walking, locally and a little further afield on walking trails and then snowshoeing as determined by the weather
  14. Visit Harrison Hot Springs in BC
  15. Go indoor skydiving
  16. Attend the Albuquerque International Balloon Festival
  17. Go on a picnic
  18. At least once a day, do something creative

With the help of a fantastic friend and some amazing staff at local facilities I have been able to keep up my plan to do something social once a month. Unfortunately, it takes a great deal of effort, increases my risk of allergen exposure greatly and I pay for it afterwards for several days in recovering from the impact of just being in a space with other people and their scents. However, on balance it’s great to be able to resume somewhat of a normal life for an hour here and there.

So I’m achieving #1. Items 9 and 10 are also moving forwards. The details have yet to be worked out but a plan is being developed that will allow me to return to work, initially just part-time, as of next week though I will be working from home. Unfortunately the minimal social activities that I have undertaken have demonstrated that I can’t manage the impact of scents very well physically and that the allergen/anaphylaxis risk is too high to return to my actual workplace. However, I am delighted that my employer is working with me to accommodate my disabilities.

Losing my steroid weight is a very slow work in progress but with sticking to a regular routine and eating regularly I have turned the corner and started to lose a little of the weight. I start a respiratory rehab program next week, again with a great deal of precautions in place, that should also help me take off the weight.

Unfortunately, the weather has been so changeable and I’ve been so reactive that I haven’t been able to get out and walk yet. But I will! So item 13 is a work in progress.

The last item that I’ve managed to start progressing is item 18. Each and every day I try to make sure that I do something creative, even if it’s as simple as colouring in an adult colouring book.

So what comes next? Looking at my bucket list I still have a lot of items that depend on my regaining my health and reducing my allergies. That’s looking less likely but I’m not giving up hope yet. However, I think that in order to be able to see progress I need to add my next items in categories that I can do from home.

Years ago I used to make a lot of my own clothes and in fact made several formal evening gowns for myself and others. While I can’t see a need for formal wear anytime soon I do still have drawers full of fabric and patterns and think that it’s time that I start dressmaking again. Just because I’m at home most of the time doesn’t mean that I need to spend all my time in leggings and sweatpants! Though to be fair, if I made them for myself it would probably be cheaper and a better fit than buying online. So item #19 is to resume dressmaking.

The last item for now is to work with Kai and Molly on Rally Obedience. I can’t trial in normal obedience because I can’t hear the commands being called out and I’m not fluent enough in ASL to use an interpreter. However, in Rally Obedience there are stations with signs telling you what to do with your dog at each point. Kai’s obedience as a service dog is incredible. However, for more formal obedience he is somewhat unstructured and tends to always position himself to be able to see my face. So I’d like to teach him better positioning with alternate commands simply as a brain exercise for both of us. Molly will join in for some training but given her age, often works best as the distraction for Kai!

I don’t know if we’ll actually compete but it’s actually a possibility as the CARO trial is held outside at the local KOA campground each August so as long as I can control seasonal allergies I may be able to attend and participate in it. If we do compete it will be for fun. Kai’s service dog training will always come first so if he alerts during a trial that will always be the priority, even if we fail the trial. However, with over 40 commands to work on it will help keep both of us active and hopefully, I’ll be able to get out in my garden to practice once the weather improves. If not, my basement will suffice.

So there we have it, 20 items on my new bucket list. As before, the ones in italics are the ones that I’m accomplishing or making progress towards.

  1. At least once a month, taking appropriate precautions, get out and do something social
  2. To be a bridesmaid
  3. To visit New Zealand
  4. To live on the ocean
  5. To own a Class B motor-home (Roadtrek ideally)
  6. Waist length hair
  7. Day-trip to Frankenmuth & Bronners
  8. Reschedule & enjoy my belated 45th birthday vacation
  9. Acceptance of RADS diagnosis and limitations that places on my life
  10. Despite RADS diagnosis, work on improving the quality of my life and work at getting back to work
  11. year long road trip following 70 degree (21 C) weather throughout the contiguous United States.
  12. Lose steroid weight and return to a healthy weight
  13. Get out walking, locally and a little further afield on walking trails and then snowshoeing as determined by the weather
  14. Visit Harrison Hot Springs in BC
  15. Go indoor skydiving
  16. Attend the Albuquerque International Balloon Festival
  17. Go on a picnic
  18. At least once a day, do something creative
  19. Resume dress-making
  20. Train Kai in Rally Obedience

How’s your bucket list coming along?

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