The forecast today was for thunderstorms so I got up and out fairly early with sweet pea. Now, I am still struggling with feeling down and getting the results of the latest round of tests (a PET scan and a DaT scan didn't help) yesterday didn't help since they still haven't committed to a diagnosis. Now they are thinking probably not a Parkinsonian disease (except can not rule it out) but perhaps a vascular neurodegenerative disease or early onset alzheimer's. In the end IT ALL SUCKS. Needless to say I tossed and turned all night having anxiety dreams, one of which involved sweet pea relieving herself in a card board box. I have no idea what that means.
Anyway, so after a restless night of tossing and turning I dragged myself out for what I told myself was going to be a quick walk with sweet pea. Then sweet pea tugged me in the direction of the dam where I usually like to hike around but this summer the army corps of engineers have taken it over and doing some repair work up there and there are keep out signs all over the place. So instead of exploring up there on the dam we took off over the broken bridge and hiked up our way up the closed off streets to the top of the mountain where there is a state park. We took a very quick spin around the state park because it had started to rain and then we came back down the mountain on a shorter route over an unpaved road. It was a really good hike, sweet pea got to roam leashless, and in the end my phone thinks I walked nearly 5 miles, climbed 18 flights of stairs and took 13,444 steps along the way. I am recognizing the need for some strenuous exercise during this stressful period I am in and can not see the light at the end of tunnel for. I feel so much better now than I did when I shuffled half heartedly out of the house this morning.
It probably doesn't hurt that the skies turned black and it pouring outside. I'm waiting for the good thunder and lightning storms to begin. I am half poised to dash to the porch where I can stay dry and enjoy the show. Now that it is almost 11 AM it would not be so scandalous if I enjoyed the show with a cocktail, right? I wish I had some bloody mary mix. I better put that on my shopping list for tomorrow.