Tuesday, February 22, 2011

What to do on a snowy, miserable day

Actually usually like snow... well at least I use to.  Don't get me wrong I love the first snow fall, and snow flurries on Christmas.  But this winter in Minnesota has made me become anti-snow.  Partly because every time it snows, my muscles hurt like none other.  Plus, an additional sting is that my youngest niece turned 2 and had her party this weekend in Atlanta.  My mom just HAD to call and say that it was 70' and they were grilling outside.  A move down south is looking more yummy by the minute.  No more shovels please! :)

So... while I sat miserably drinking a cup of coffee, looking out the window at the 17+ in. that fell, my psycho, but ADORABLE kitty wanted attention.  No, there is nothing under the blanket, but notice how he picks it up with his teeth like a dog???

Feeling BLUE

So, Chris and I have lived in our wonderful house a little over 2 years, but haven't done too much to it to make it our own.  So that was our 2011 new year's resolution.  We had put much of our focus on the 1st floor and the least amount of focus on our bedroom.  We decided to pick up our paint brushes and paint our bathroom a fun blue color.  We LOVE Martha Stewart paint and we had some left over from Chris painting his study on the first floor... It totally transformed our bathroom.  I also found brown paisley curtains on clearance at Target.  Two panels are in our bedroom but the third panel I used iron on hem to make a short curtain.  We never open the blinds, so i wasn't too worried about the backing.  I think it turned out nice???  Thoughts???

Now... my next project is to paint the upstairs guest bathroom... the color is still TBD.

It was fun for Chris and I to do a project together.  We had a lot of fun talking.  He loves and is REALLY good at painting, while I actually love to tape.  We made a great team! :)

Friday, February 18, 2011

One BIG Question Mark

So, since its really cold here in Minnesota and going outside makes me feel worse, I have had a lot of time to be stuck in the four walls, also known has my house. Its become somewhat depressing. I try to do little things to cheer myself up, but with the cold weather, comes the achy muscles and its hard to do TOO much. Which leads me to this post. I've had a lot of time to think. Think about the big question mark known as my life. Which has lead to me thinking about what life was like before I got sick...

I think back to over three years ago. I was working as a catering manager for a hotel... I absolutely LOVED the people I worked with. I loved parts of my job and didn't like some. It was my first job, that I started two weeks after graduating college. I learned I loved social catering, manly I loved working with weddings. I'd always thought/dreamed of being a wedding planner, but didn't know if once I got into it I wouldn't like it. I was actually wanting to do MORE with the weddings. I had a fun office, where the majority of people I really enjoyed seeing every day.

I was planning my wedding to Chris, and thinking of the future. We were looking into buying a house and making plans. I'm a big planner. We had our plan figured out... kids, work goals, etc. All of plans have been completely thrown out the door. Our future is one big question mark. So a planner has become a "I need to just seize the moment." I went from living with 60 girls in college (i.e. sorority), to living by myself but working everyday with females, to hanging with a cat the majority of the day... ALL DAY. It amazes me how different my life has become... how sedentary.

Its hard to think about what life will be like in a year or two. Technically right now, I am normal per my blood levels. Why do I not feel normal? Why do I still feel so unhealthy and sick?  I know I'm milestones compared to last year or even the year before that, but my blood levels weren't even close to normal. The big question mark I keep thinking is... is this going to get any better, or is this how I'm going to feel the rest of my life??? A lot of people have asked what I do all day and what my "normal" feeling is. So, I thought I might as well lay it out.

How I feel every day? Well, I wake up, after needing at least 12 hours of sleep. I usually have a hard time walking, as my muscles are super stiff and painful. The first thing I do is take pain medicine. I then bundle up, as usually its cold and my fingers/toes start to turn blue from the raynauds. I then go eat a bowl of cheerios and yogurt for breakfast/lunch as by the time I get up its usually around noon. I tend to watch tv for 2 hours or so as it takes that long for my muscles to start relaxing, stretching. Depending on the day I might have some coughing fits, or upset stomachs from all of the medicine I take. I usually then try to get at least something done, whether that's one load of laundry or the dishes. Something little everyday at least helps keep our house away from total mayhem. Then I usually curl up, if its sunny, in our front guest bedroom with Hannity and read a book. This is my view... not too bad. I'm lucky my kitty acts as my own personal heating pad.
Some days I'm more energetic than others, a lot of it depends on the cold. I try to work on craft projects and I do talk to my mom at least once a day. I spread out my phone conversations with friends, so I talk to a friend at least once of week, it usually brings a smile to my face. Although I will admit a friend on the phone, doesn't substitute having a friend near by. But, I get by.

24/7 it hurts to walk, hurts to move my hands, feels like my throat is closing and it burns to breathe. I know technically the numbers say I'm better, but when I first got sick I thought better would be back to my normal, hyper self. Now, I'm realizing, better is not having a temperature and able to walk decent.

I'm not trying to throw a pity party. Its something I'm actually coming to terms with. But so many people have said to me lately, well now you're healthy. I don't think the word healthy will be able to describe me ever again. Am I better than I was a year ago? You betcha. But I still live in that bubble, the bubble that I know at any moment I could get really sick, or my medicine could wear off. The littlest cold can put me down for the count for a week or more.  I won't even go into the more depressing scenarios.

I know the quote tell God your plans and make him laugh, or something like that. But, what if you feel like you have no plans, no direction??? Its something I've been pondering.  I think its frustrating as well, as I don't really have anyone in my life going through the same thing.  Chris gets it, but thats because he's right along there with me.  Hopefully the warm, Spring weather will bring some resolutions to my thoughts.
On a lighter note, Chris and I were able to enjoy a Valentine's dinner on Saturday and then Chris had to study Monday night, so I just cooked a home cooked meal. Here are my two valentines :) Yes, my kitty did try to get into the envelope, and yes I realize it is the little things in life that make me get by.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011


Had a little bit of a scare today.  I'll start from the beginning.  Monday night I went to bed with some tightness in my chest.  I woke up Tuesday thinking I might of slept weird or strained something.  The heaviness on my chest continued all through the night and I woke up with morning with it actually feeling a little worse.  I started coughing a lot and new I need to call the pulmonologist.  It might be nothing, but in my head I kept thinking this doesn't feel right.

After talking to the nurse, she told me to get my butt to the ER.  So I called Chris, and luckily he has the most amazing boss and he came and got me.  We were only in the ER for 2 hours, but they did a chest x-ray, gave me an IV, EKG, and etc.   Turns out I have pneumonia.  Not good with someone in my condition. 

So, now I'm on REST and suppose to drink LOTS of fluids.  They put me on an antibiotic with strict instructions, that if I get a fever, I need to high tail it to the ER.  I have to follow up with my lung doctor on Tuesday.  So my whole NO DOCTOR APPT. for the month of February... failed miserable and its only the 2nd. 

So... trying to hanging in there but SUPER uncomfortable right now.  Hope the antibiotic works its wonders ASAP!

The joys of having a frail immune system :(  Luckily for me Chris is taking AMAZING care of me and with encouragement from my Mom, is in the blizzard, also known as Iowa.  I'm hanging in there.  But just to make sure, I think I shall watch a Harry Potter movie just to lift my spirits! I'll keep ya'll updated!

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