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I am now in the 4th week of my leave of absence. At first I thought taking the entire summer off would be way too long. Now it feels like it is going to be way too short!

My body is slow in healing, though it is encouraging there is some positive progress, including my blood sugar levels going from pre-diabetic down to normal. Part of the healing has been thrown off due to our trip to Florida and then immediately going to help my mom pack her house. Though both good things, physically they took a toll and I have been doing a lot of sleeping and resting.

Surprisingly, one of the best things I have found to help me relax is doing jigsaw puzzles. But stress symptoms manifest in the strangest ways. Like even doing this puzzle was a bit stressful after I did it too long because the colors bothered me. I found the high contrast to be agitating after a while and would have to get up and leave. I can only do peaceful, calming, soft-colored puzzles.

So odd.

I am not terribly productive these days. Today’s big accomplishment was reorganizing the music shelf. But in the afternoon I had to go take a nap — after getting 8 hours of sleep!

I am so thankful for a supportive family. Albert especially has encouraged me to take it easy and rest and relax. I’ve been going to bed by midnight every night — record early bedtime for me!

Now it’s time to head to bed…

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