Monthly Archives: February 2014

In The Middle of Difficulty Lies Opportunity

Einstein said that, a really long time ago.  I never really gave it much thought until today.

Today, I was presented with a fantastic opportunity and I decided to seize on it.

The opportunity involves a birthday gift to myself.  Last year’s gift was pretty big, and I had been thinking about what I could give myself that was better than the gift I bought myself last year, because my sleeve is the gift that keeps on giving.  And that’s no joke.

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Dogpaddling In The Deep End

is how I feel as of late.

There is simply so much going on in my life both at work and at home, and I’m trying to juggle both of those worlds while trying to keep myself afloat and it’s hard.

I got a call from my PCP’s office today.  She wants to discuss my recent bloodwork with me.  Why do I get the feeling that my liver enzymes were high again?  I mean, that’s the reason I had to go back to have the test redone in the first place.

This means I will have to go in for an ultrasound on my gallbladder to make sure there aren’t any stones.  She said she’d be obligated to send me for one.

SHIT.

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Post-Op Week 31 Progress Report: The Week Life Happened

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This was the Week Life Happened.

This was the week my father found out his wife’s cancer was more widespread than originally thought.  Tomorrow they find out if it is treatable.

This was the week I had to learn to balance my priority of getting healthy with the temporarily more important priority of taking care of my Dad and being there for him.

This was the week I coped with the stress by not eating it.

I think I did a good job.

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7 Months Post-Op, By The Numbers

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Today marks 7 months post-op.

In that time, I’ve gone down 6 shirt sizes.

Next month, I’ll be participating in my first 5K race.

During 2014, I’m planning on participating in at least 4 such races.

I used to take 3 different medications each day to manage different health conditions.

I have gotten rid of 2 comorbidities (type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure).

And I am 1 thankful and grateful girl.

Spent.

is how I feel this week.

I have felt exhausted and numb every day this week.  Every day, I just sort of went through the motions of the day and didn’t feel present each day.

I hate feeling like that.

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Stressful Week

This week has been one of the biggest tests of my young life so far.  Both my mother in law and my father’s wife have been hospitalized this week.

Needless to say, stress levels around here have been through the roof.  It has been tough to get any thoughts together to write anything substantive because I’m operating in survival mode this week.

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The Best Laid Plans

Tonight was supposed to be gym night.

Then your Dad texts you and tells you that A, his wife (not your mom) is in the hospital and that it doesn’t look good.

The trip to the gym becomes so much less significant.  You shift into crisis mode.

Thankfully, for me, crisis mode is where I operate like a smoove mofo.

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Post-Op Week 30 Progress Report

Today’s progress report is going to be a quick one since I’m currently buried in work from both school and the Texas Education Agency (TEA).

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This week finally saw the scale move in the downward direction for the first time in about 3 weeks.  I can’t even tell y’all how exciting it was to see the scale dip down this morning when I stepped on it.  I didn’t care how much it went down so long as it was down.

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