Is anyone out there?
It has been so very long since I have posted a new blog entry that I barely remember how?!
Ever have those times when life kinda overwhelms you and you just have to slow down, focus only on what is "necessary" and get back to your center?
I have had one of those seasons in my life for quite some time, but am finally feeling ready to add more activity to my life!
In a nutshell, my health issues were just bogging me down day after day, week after week, month after month and FINALLY after many, many tests, office visits, prescriptions and what not, I feel like I know what my "issues" are and am addressing them one by one.
Nothing extreme or tragic, especially compared to so many others who suffer with true disability or injury or illness.
My issues have been mainly hormonal-hormones whacked out and a Vitamin D deficiency.
My adrenal glands have not been working properly either.
Constant migraines, new allergies and food intolerances were driving me batty.
A pain in my right side was ever present and caused bloating and swelling and weight gain.
It kept getting worse every month until finally I had surgery in March to remove my gallbladder.
I had no stones, but a thing called dyskinesthia, that caused the gallbladder to fill with bile, but then not contract properly. The bile would sit in there, swell and cause pain all over my upper right quadrant and back.
I was excited to have an answer and have the surgery.
I thought I would bounce right back in a week, but it has been a month and I am still sore, a bit lethargic and figuring out what I can and cannot eat to regulate myself.
Layered overall of it has been a sense of total discouragement and depression, worrying about keeping up with a fast paced job, being a good Mom to my sons, dealing with big car repair bills and hanging on for dear life to get through each week.
I was pretty much forced to take time to focus on "me".
I postponed making crafts for my space at Debras Cottage, suspended making kits for my website shop, hunkered down and followed docs orders about rest, nutrition, vitamins, meds, exercise etc. I am starting to "turn the corner" as they say, to better health and feeling a wee bit of my creative juices starting to bubble up again.
In my time away, I've done a ton of reading about menopause, digestive health, aging, exercise,hormones, and nutrition.
I've stalked many blogs, read books and magazines, watched videos and TV programs, and feel I know so much more about all of it than ever before.
I have alot of catching up to do around my place, feel everything needs a facelift, and that overwhelms me too, but one thing at a time, one hour at a time!
One thing I know for sure--that old adage about having your health above all else--is sooo true!!
I look back to even 5 years ago when I was effortlessly thin, active, had energy to spare, could eat whatever I wanted.
Sure, I had my migraine headaches, but that was about my only ailment!
How we take these things for granted!
I am thankful to the Lord everyday for giving us these bodies of ours that are truly miracles!
When it all works as it should-how amazing!
I have more to do to return to full health but never again will I take it for granted.
When I wake up feeling good and it lasts all day long-wow-it's awesome!
When I had time to lie around after my surgery, I also did much reflecting and soul searching as one does when glued to the couch watching reality TV on a diet of crackers and 7up.
I came to the conclusion that I'm not living out my dreams or using some of my talents or spending my time as I should.
I made a list of all the stuff I want to do, need to do, must do to enrich my life and the lives of those I love.
I also made a list of what I want to get rid of in my life, what I want to stop doing or being.
Again, overwhelmed myself a bit, but it's good to check things off this massive list one at a time!
So, here I sit in front of ye ol' Mac determined to start over and reconnect!
I hope some of you are still out there and will say hello!
Molly is doing great-cute and spoiled as ever!
I will fill you in on what else has been going on in future posts--please come back!
Have a wonderful weekend and thank you so much for stopping by!