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Thankful Thursday | I can walk!

This week, I am thankful:

that my foot is feeling better

Thanks to the prednisone, my foot is starting to approach its normal size. Yay!!! Prednisone is my new bestie.

Kristen's feet.

Look! My left foot has visible bones again!


I know prednisone makes some people feel terrible, and the long-term effects are not good. But for five days following a yellow jacket encounter, it’s pretty fabulous.

I know not everyone can handle seeing body stuff, so I’m just gonna put links in here to the photos of my feet after the sting, in case you are like me and are interested in this type of thing! 😉 

Here’s what it looked like shortly after the sting.

And here’s what it looked like about 8 hours later.

that my mood is good on prednisone

I know it makes some people feel angry, but if anything, prednisone has ended up making me feel extra cheerful. Whew.

that I was able to go for a walk yesterday

It was the first day my foot felt small enough to fit into a shoe (thank goodness it’s summer and I had gotten by with flip-flops on the very swollen days!)

Kristen's feet in walking shoes.

So, I went for a not-too-challenging walk, mostly on pavement, and my foot was fine.


I had lab last night, so it’s good my foot had shrunk enough for shoes. Wearing flip-flops to lab is frowned upon. 😉 

that my non-walking days were crappy weather anyway

There was rain, lots of humidity, and heat on the days when my foot was too swollen to walk.


So, that made it easier to not mind being a bit couch-bound.

But today we are entering a nice stretch of crisp fall weather and I am SO EXCITED.

Dry, cool fall days are 10/10 for walking, and now my foot is cooperating.

for friends at school

We’re in week three now, and I’m starting to get to know more and more people around me in my nursing class.

There are 140 of us, so I know I’m not going to get to know everyone, but still, I am making a little headway.

for the way that age doesn’t seem to matter much in college

My friend who sits to my right is 19, my friend to my left is 35, and I’m 45. But it doesn’t feel weird at all; we are all just peers, and I like that.

that nursing lectures don’t feel unbearably long

Nursing lectures ARE in fact long…like 2-3 hours each.

But the subject matter is interesting to me, the professors are good at making it interactive, and they also are good about letting us take stretch breaks and bathroom breaks.

So, I usually feel a little surprised at how fast the lectures  go by!

that I got over my fear of speaking up in class long ago

The first time I had an in-person class, in the fall of 2020, I felt a little bit nervous about answering questions and raising my hand. Almost like a stage fright sort of feeling.

But as my classes went on, I got better and better at that.

And now I think nothing of raising my hand in a classroom of 140 students, in a room so big we have to use our mics to speak so everyone can hear us.

I figure that if I am confused about something, probably 30 other people are confused as well, and they might be grateful that someone else is willing to ask the question.

that I still have my cranial nerve cards

In A&P 1, I’d made some flash cards for the cranial nerves and taped them to my bathroom mirror.

After that class, I taped them to my office bulletin board, and so they came with me when I moved here.

notecards about cranial nerves.

And now here in the third week of nursing school, we are supposed to be reviewing cranial nerves! So my original cards and drawings are coming in handy. 🙂

for an emptier schedule day yesterday

I had nothing scheduled all day until evening lab from 5:00-8:30.

Sooo, that meant I could get a little bit caught up on life!

messy kitchen.

My kitchen had gotten a little messy!

I listened to lectures on cranial nerves while I cleaned up my kitchen, started laundry, made some yogurt, and swept my floors.

kitchen counter.

Plus, I did lab homework and also did some reviewing for an upcoming exam (first one is on Tuesday next week!)

Kristens laptop.

Still icing my foot until the swelling is all gone. Icing also helps with the itching! 

What are you thankful for this week? 

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Monday 18th of September 2023

I have had to have prednisone multiple times for bee stings and poison ivy. I never had any mood changes. Glad you sting is healing.

Heather Mar

Sunday 17th of September 2023

This week, I'm thankful: 1)For students like Kristen who ask questions, because you're right, almost surely someone else has the same doubt but is too nervous to raise their hand!

2) For this special blog and community and blog writer who is so real-life that she will post a messy kitchen pic (and many other "normal" life pics that you would almost never see on Insta).

3) For a health practitioner who looks for root causes and is helping me figure some things out.

4) That my husband and I got to go to our first concert since pre-COVID and it was epic. (Love heavy metal, it soothes my soul :)

5) For some weather that hints at FALL! I'm so ready.


Sunday 17th of September 2023

So glad you enjoyed my messy kitchen. lol Seriously, I am!

gina jagim

Saturday 16th of September 2023

Very very impressed you went back to get your nursing degree. I took some programming classes (over 60 years old) at the community college and so much has changed, but I could do it. Sometimes i needed to ask for help (not easy). I wish you the best and I am certain you will be successful.


Saturday 16th of September 2023

Aww, thank you for the encouragement!

Martha O.

Friday 15th of September 2023

I’m so glad your bee sting swelling is going down. Years ago, I was stung on my hand just a few minutes before going into a classroom to take a test. Because of the rapid swelling and itching that set in, I could hardly concentrate. Thankfully I did fine on the exam and by the time I got home, the area was feeling better. Thankfully for you, Kristen, the meds and ice packs have helped you and haven’t kept you from your classes! This week I’m greatly grateful for autumn temps and falling leaves. I’m thankful for the fresh communications between a long- term friend and me. She and I had slacked off a bit but we recently reconnected and it feels like we haven’t missed a beat. I’m thankful for a wonderful evening walk with my husband last night. I’m thankful for a family gathering tomorrow to celebrate our grandson’s first birthday ( a few days early but still…). I’m thankful to be able to dance tonight. We’ve missed a few of our regular sessions lately so tonight is especially appreciated.


Friday 15th of September 2023

Oh, what rotten timing for a sting! There's never a good time, but right before an exam is an especially bad time.


Friday 15th of September 2023

Sharing this in case it helps anyone else. I make a grateful list most days, and it does help me feel better. I e also notices with a bunch of stressors piled on top of one another that I still can have a lot of times during my day that feel stressful and yucky. My coach took me through a process of identifying a yucky 4 hour period at work, and sifting through the memories to see what peaceful, joyful, connected, moments I could find. Not surprisingly, I was able to identify multiple points of connection, sharing, belonging and togetherness, even during a tough 4 hours.

I think I’m only looking for the low hanging fruit in my gratitude practice, and I’m going to try using this each day to wring out more appreciation for the good things in my life.

In that spirit— I’m thankful for 5 of my work mates who are absolutely wonderful to work with. They make the hard days more fun. I’m thankful for the part of my work where I sit with patients and their families and learn what matters to them, share information ( often not good) about their health and plan for the future ( I’m a doctor who works in geriatric medicine). I’m thankful that I remember sometimes to fill my own tank— I was purposeful about exercise, meditation, reading and did a zentangle this week! Im so thankful for my adult children. Our weekly zoom call really lifts me up.


Friday 15th of September 2023

Aww, that is such important work that you are doing. God bless you.

There are a couple of gals in my lab group who really want to be geriatric nurses, and I think that's so awesome that they feel such a strong call to that field.

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