Hi ladies! I missed you all. DH and I and MIL had a great time in Japan. I made it through without any problems. No lymphedema from flying or the hot bath. That (the hot bath) was very nice. It was at a Japanese Inn on a hilltop overlooking the sea. The baths were outside facing the sea. When I went, it was just MIL and I, so I didn't feel self conscious about my road map of a body. LOL Yes, you go in naked. It was very liberating to stand there, butt naked, looking out at the sea and not caring if anyone saw me or not. (I know they couldn't) It's a very hot, salt water. Some of them are actual mineral springs, but not this one. I managed the whole time with no pain pills. The left breast is still tender, with ocassional shooting pains, but other than that, good. The spot that was a little infected is much better, too. DH had a great time. He was looking forward to putting that gimpy foot in the hot bath. He said it felt like all the tension and pain just drained away. He really needed that.
DH's cousin took us around to some places we hadn't been before. One was a very old town, like you see in old Japanese samurai movies. You can just imagine the sword fights in the streets. The amazing thing is people still live and conduct business in these old buildings.
We ate and ate and ate. Now it's time to get back on track. I feel like a pig! LOL I had a blast shopping at the 100 Yen store. It's equilvalent to the 99 cent stores here, but the items are much better. I bought more for myself than I bought gifts for friends. I could have gone crazy, if I lived there.
The strange thing I noticed about this trip is that I felt comfortable there. I've been there many times and always felt on edge - on my best behavior. This time it was like visiting a relative here. They speak some English, but mostly everything was Japanese and it was OK. Also, a Japanese lady on a train started talking to me. Now that has never happened before. Lately I've noticed that people smile at me or say HI more than before. I just wonder if I have a different aura about me or something. It's all because of BC. Things that used to make me feel scared don't bother me anymore. Has anyone else had this happen to them? Just curious.
Well, that's enough rambling. It's great to be home. DH did the laundry - 3 loads! Isn't he sweet?
L & H,