White count, at last check, was high at 15, a sign that I was fighting infection. (Normal is 3.8-9.2). This week it was 8.8.
Red and platelets had been lower than usual, but on Wednesday they were OK. Hematocrit was 32.1 (normal is 34.8-43.6), and platelets were 75 (normal is 155-410).
I'll take it. Turns out the disturbance was caused by a virus. I don't have to go back until March.
On Thursday evening I took a yoga class with Erin at her Ahimsa Yoga Center in South Hadley. In addition to being a good teacher who explains everything clearly, she has also become my friend and knows where I'm coming from. So I feel very comfortable going in there. I still don't have my strength and balance back; Erin said the only way is to practice.
I'm probably getting something from it, but it's hard to tell, because during some of the poses my mantra is "get me out of here, get me out of here."
Today Donna and I shared an hour-long lesson with our coach George, who I haven't seen in a while. It was nice to see him. I haven't been on a court with Donna for ages, either. She has some powerful strokes.
The hitting felt great; I didn't miss very many. George said my shots and endurance were looking good, and, same as Erin, he said I just need to practice and strengthen. He said that when his father was in bed after an illness, he pushed a broomstick up and down over this head. OK... Well I have a bunch of light weights and a workout plan for using them. I just need to use them more regularly.
Both Donna and Joe reminded me where I was this time last year. I was in the hospital and just about to take a turn for the worse. Dr. Alyea gathered my family one night (Joe says is was Feb. 22) and told them I might not make it through the night. Donna and another friend from tennis, Deb, had come to visit and were asked to leave the room. Donna remembers her fear when she saw how sick I was.
Today my concerns were: follow-through, hit under the ball, keep your eye on the ball, knock the ball off the cone, hit high when doing friendly volleys. Then, take the dog for a walk before it got way too dark, and then, take Joe and Katie out for dinner, something I haven't done in a long time.
Now I think I'll go lie down.