Hello friends! It has been a while since I wrote a proper blog post. Life has just been CRAZY!!
Let’s start back in October with a lighthearted topic, my hair. You probably saw when I changed my hair color to pink for my birthday in August. Since then, the color faded out, and I was left with unicorn hair and then pretty much all the color fell out. My hair has never held color very well, but I needed a change. Back to my stylist who gave me some gorgeous fall color. It has faded a bit already, but still a pretty color and I am ok with that!
A few belated birthday gifts arrived, new fun shoes, and my gorgeous t-shirt quilt that my sister and I started this summer. Most of the shirts are from 2014 when I challenged myself to 33 races in a year in honor of turning 33. It has been fun looking over all the shirts and reminiscing about the different races, as well as the good, bad and ugly stories about each run. My sister also made me a set of beautiful chair cushion covers! They go perfect in our house!
In the middle of these fun things, I have also been facing some health and personal challenges. I have mentioned before that I was having some concerns with my heart that started last spring and issues with my knee since the end of June. I saw my Dr again in August and then had a follow up in September. I was still having the same concerns so she sent me to a cardiologist and an orthopedic. The orthopedic did some tests and x-rays (to rule out tumors due to my history) but didn’t find anything significant. He sent me for a MRI, but my lovely insurance decided to deny the MRI until I do more physical therapy. I had been doing at home PT, but that didn’t count towards anything. Both my ortho and PT think the knee issue it is meniscus related, but we won’t know for sure until I can get approved for a MRI! And they wanted to charge me an arm and a leg for PT, so I had to go as a self-pay patient to not have to take out a bank loan!!
When I saw the cardiologist, I got another EKG, which didn’t show anything. My flare ups are always in the evening, so I wasn’t surprised by this. He ordered a heart echo test as well as a halter monitor. My echo was kind of neat since I was actually able to see my heart beating on the screen. The halter situation was a but frustrating. I have allergies to adhesives so they gave me hypoallergenic adhesives to stick on the sensors. Well, I have gotten even more sensitive and I broke out in welts within the first few hours. I had to wear the halter for 24 hours and my skin was a mess at the end of that time. Even a few days later I still have irritated skin!
In the middle of all these dr appts and therapies, I flew up to Chicago for a bittersweet weekend. It was very sweet to see some wonderful friends, visit my old stomping grounds, see the school I used to teach at, attend my old church and have some yummy Chicago food.
The bitter part was saying goodbye to a wonderful lady who was like a second mom to me since I was 6. I am so thankful she is no longer in pain, but she is so very missed.
Losing her along with my gram earlier this year seemed to compound the levels of grief I have been feeling and dealing with. I took some time away from the blog and social media and focused on taking care of myself. I have been doing my best to stay positive in the light of all that has been going on, but there have been days where it has been plain hard. I am SO thankful for the wonderful friends and family in my life who have been so supportive and encouraging and allowing me to just be.
Over this past week for Thanksgiving, it was wonderful to bake and spend time with the kids. My heart needed some rest time away from the normal routine. Good baking and some good reading has been good for my soul!
Well, that is a wrap for what has been going on the past 2 months or so. Life never seems to really slow down, but I am doing what I can to be present and positive in the midst of it all. I am getting some results on my heart tomorrow, so stay tuned for an update!
May you be filled with joy and wellness!