Been a while.

So, I am now surviving the radiation treatments. Started that this week. The therapy will go on till after the New Year. Every day, except for Thanksgiving and Christmas and the 1st of January. I am tolerating the treatment well, without any side effect. The only problem is that I have to raise my arm up above my head to the side and hold on to a bar while I am lying on the table/gurney or whatever it is called,  for the twenty minutes to half hour without moving. When you have Rotator Cuff problem of the shoulder joint, it becomes unbearable. I wonder how our young men who were POWs in Vietnam, must have felt when they were caged in dog kennels or made to sit in a chair without moving for hours at a time. So, I don’t have it bad.

Before starting the therapy, I took Saadia and Shelley to New York for a long weekend. Just because! Went to the Met, the Ground Zero Plaza, saw the Rockettes at the Radio City Music Hall, and just goofed around with lots of different ethnic foods. The temperature there, was in the forties and low fifties every day. Came home to snow and ice on Monday night! So cold here!

I had submitted two of my paintings for a juried Art Show here before I left for NYC. While I was there, I got an email from the executive director, that both my paintings were accepted, and would be displayed and critiqued by the judge. (That happened today). It was the first time that I had submitted my work to a juried Art show, and was sure that they would not be accepted. I was truly excited. Made me feel so good. I am going to see if I can post those two paintings here.

This evening, the Art Center had a big to do, and all the artists whose work was accepted, were asked to attend it, while the judge talked about each painting. My whole family was there including my grandson Noah who had just come home from his college for a week of R&R and thanksgiving.

Next week is going to be busy. My cousin will come from Orlando to spend TG with us. For the first time ever, I will not be cooking. The family has put their foot down and said that they will not allow me to be cooking all day etc. So all of us will go to the country club that day and feast on all the different dishes. That’s all for now.

I wish each and every one of you a wonderful thanksgiving holiday. Hope all the people who have lost almost every thing including their relatives in the fires of California, will be welcomed by others who were spared the tragic catastrophe.

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The above painting is titled Drenched.  The one below is titled Bedouins of Saudi Arabia.

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About Zakiah

I write poetry and some fiction, have a book that was published in 2012. . . Stray Thoughts/Winged Words. I have four grandchildren, ages 16 and half to almost 16 months. I love the ocean, and grew up along the Indian Ocean in South India. I am a retired physician. Don't know much else to say. Thanks for reading. That has been my profile for so many years. My daughter Saadia a great poet and story teller, has two sons; the oldest grandson is now 21 years old, doing architectural engineering at Missouri S&T in Rolla MO. His younger brother is almost 16 and taking driving lessons seriously and is in High School. The other two grandsons, children of my son Sayeed, are 9 and 5. I have recently published another book titled Gulistan, A home of Flowers. It has stories and memories of my childhood and of a distant land which I still consider as my HOME., even though I have lived here in the US for more than fifty years. Hope to see you on my blog.
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27 Responses to Been a while.

  1. slmret says:

    I love your positive attitude, Zakiah! I hope that holding onto the bar for 20 minutes a day continues to be the worst part of the radiation 🙂 ! Your “just for fun” trip to NYC sounds wonderful — so much to see there! And Congratulations on the paintings! Are these the two that you submitted? I’m very pleased that you will not have to cook Thanksgiving dinner — that’s a lot of work, and you need to conserve your strength at this point! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving at the country club with all your family there! Much love and hugs!

    • Zakiah says:

      Thank you Janet. Love hearing from you. Yeah I don’t think I can continue to cook like I used to. Get tired easily. I am not sure if it is real or I am faking the tiredness. But dang, the half hour or so of snoozing when I get tired, feels so good!! Have a great TG Janet. It was lovely talking to you.

      • slmret says:

        I’m sure your fatigue is real — your body is still recovering from the surgery while it is being assaulted again by the radiation. Take those naps when you need to — they will help you heal faster! And have a very happy Thanksgiving — I will be with friends here on Thursday, and then drive to Santa Barbara on Friday for a week or so there/

      • Zakiah says:

        Have a lovely thanksgiving Janet, and please be careful and safe as you drive to SB on Friday. Love.

  2. mrswrangler says:

    Glad radiation is going well. Enjoy your paintings. Have a wonderful holiday season

  3. whyzat says:

    Your NY trip sounds like it was a blast!
    You’re so lucky to have so many caring family and friends in your life. I’m sure they make your nasty times a bit easier. I’m cooking for the small number of family we have here. My dad and our niece and her two teens are coming. I’m switching things up by having turkey pot pie instead of a whole bird. We’ll see what they think!

    • Zakiah says:

      Pot pies are a delight. I know they will love it. Having a small group is so comfortable for enjoyment, especially when it is family. Time was, when I would have every resident and intern who didn’t have a family here, for out thanksgiving table. We would seat around twenty people around the table. Gradually the number came down. Now the children want only the family! Have a wonderfully blessed thanksgiving Dian.

  4. jstnotherday says:

    I cried when I read of your whole family being there for your art event. I can’t explain why. I just did. You are so loved and blessed.
    a little bit too, when I read about the rotator cuff and the 20 minutes, and the pow’s. The pain is real. 😥
    So glad to read of your enjoyable trip to New York, and the wonderful news about your paintings when you got home. 😀
    Enjoy the relaxation of a Thanksgiving meal prepared for you to just sit and enjoy. I am sure the fatigue is real.
    Your post has made me feel many things.
    and as always…. I love your paintings. I hope I get to go back to my own painting soon.
    Love and (((hugs))),
    Lynn

    • Zakiah says:

      Your comment touched my heart strings, Lynn. How generous and gracious you are in your thoughts and emotions. Thank you. Very much.
      yes, please resume your painting. I would love to see some of them here on WP.
      Love and hugs,.

  5. So many good things going on with you, SweetZ! 🙂 YAY! 🙂 And your optimistic attitude is wonderful and will aid in your healing and recovery! 🙂
    I’ll keep praying for you as you have treatments. The arm pain must be so awful. 😦 Remember you are never alone…your loving family, your friends, and even us WordPressers are there with you in prayers, in spirit, and in love. 🙂
    I’m so excited about your paintings and the art event! And it is so so SO wonderful that your family could be there with you! Those two paintings are beautiful! And I love the title “Drenched”! Those birds need to get in outa’ the rain! HA! 😀
    Enjoy your family and your Thanksgiving! And enjoy being not-the-cook this year! 😀
    I am having a busy weekend, and I have a very busy Thanksgiving week ahead, but I wanted to check in and see how you are doing.
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! 🙂
    I am thankful for SO much! And I am for YOU! I wrote in a blog recently about the “stars” in my life…the people and things that pierce through the darkness in our lives. You are one of those stars! 🙂
    (((HUGS))) and ❤ 🙂

    • Zakiah says:

      I feel so bad that I have been remiss in reading the various neat posts you and others have been writing. I will get to them. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers always, and I shall try and be more responsive to the various posts that I come across. I have especially missed reading yours. Will catch up on them soon. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

      • Oh, I’m sorry! 😦 I didn’t say that about my post to make you feel bad 😦 about not reading past WP posts. You’ve had a lot on your plate. I only shared it because I want you to know you are valued, valuable, loved, and thought about.. 🙂
        Just do what you need to do to take care of yourself and get well. And enjoy your holiday with your family. 🙂
        (((HUGS)))

  6. Your attitude and your family’s love will get you through. You are so inspiring.
    I’m so sorry about your arm. I will continue to pray.
    I’m glad your family isn’t allowing you to cook. You can rest up, enjoy family and the day.
    Love your paintings.
    As always..I stay busy and so very tired. But..content.

    • Zakiah says:

      Being busy is a gift of God. People who are not busy, get tired, depressed and are annoyed by little things. I am glad you are busy Elizabeth. Thank you for your prayers and sweet words. Love and hugs.

  7. murisopsis says:

    I’m so glad to hear that the treatments are going smoothly! My friend finished her treatments and the only side effect she got was a “sun burn’ which as it healed itched mightily! I love the crows in the rain!!! Is it for sale?? How much??

    • Zakiah says:

      I am told that I may get the sun burn effect. So far I am not having any problem. The radiation oncologist has given me a cream to apply before and after the treatment. I started with the cream even before my trip to NYC as per his recommendation.
      Thanks for the interest in the painting of the crows Val. I have marked it for $150 excluding the shipping charges. It is watercolor on canvas. Do you remember Dan Tharp from Xanga? He has bought several of my paintings, and recently posted them on a wall on his face book page.

  8. Lyne's View says:

    And here we are. Sisters from another time. I am holding you in my heart. Sending healing and an inner calm that allows for what’s next. (pats heart)

  9. It’s good to read this update from you. I’m glad you are surviving the radiation treatments. I pray everything will go well. You did the right thing to go to NYC. Your paintings as always are lovely.

    • Zakiah says:

      Thank you Matt. It was a good trip. Tiring, expensive, but worth it in my opinion. I am tolerating the radiation well. Six more weeks to go. Because of the treatment in the middle of the day, my days are getting so short and I feel like I don’t have time for anything to do after I wake up. 🙂

  10. .I imagine you pain to remain during half a hour raising your arm to hold a bar. As Janet says above you maintain a positive attitude . You are a woman with multiple ressources, Zakiah , and beloved by all the people around you and at first by your family.
    The painting is an art you masterize very well . I have been hit by ” drenched” .The two blackbirds look really soaked .
    I wish you courage , Zakiah , but at first I wish you a happy Thanksgiving with your family
    Love ❤
    Michel

    • Zakiah says:

      The pain is easing up somewhat Michel. Yesterday was a bad day, with moderately severe discomfort. Came home and took two Tylenols and felt better.
      Thank you for the comment about my paintings. I am no where good enough to be considered a good artist…. but I enjoy painting and feel it is very therapeutic for me. Have a blessed holiday season Michel dear friend.

    • Zakiah says:

      Thank you Michel. You are so kind.

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