To Pittsburgh and back, safe and sound. (My bag made it back only shortly thereafter...)
I had a good weekend. Not as much time to explore as fully as I hoped, but a lot of enjoyable things. Treated myself to a nice dinner Thurs night when I got there, explored a little Friday morning, then conference Fri afternoon and Sat all day. Lots of walking all around. Then another nice dinner Sat night before a nice early morning to get back this morning (4:30 wake up, oh and that's 3:30 our time!)
The conference itself wound up being an interesting mix of topics that applied to me personally and professionally. The focus was palliative & hospice care in cancer patients, so a lot was directly related to what I work with regularly. Then there were the pieces that were about cancer survivorship and how little is known about the long-term and late effects of cancer treatment and how much it impacts the lives of survivors. It gives me a lot to think about, along with reading more about "chemo brain" as a real phenomenon that can profoundly affect chemo patients. I don't have significant impact from it, but I certainly am not as cognitively sharp as I'd like to think I was. So anyway.
It was interesting to travel and contrast it to my getaway to Milwaukee last winter. Being bald really has an impact--strangers just approach you and welcome you in. This trip, there were a few people at the conference that could recognize what my appearance meant (compression sleeve, L arm scar from port, flat chest, short hair) and did approach me, but minimally. Just interesting.
Ben and Olive held down the fort while I was gone and Ben was even in pretty good spirits (but ready for a break)! And Olive is now in the bedtime-without-pacifier routine like a champion. Now to get ready for the un-casting... (Tuesday...) Oh boy.