When It All Went Sideways

Dearest readers, they say the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry. Well…mine went way awry. Like *way* awry. Three months ago, I had no plans to tear a muscle in my left arm (exercising, no less – oh, the irony). No plans to be given a pain medication that screwed my body/system so badly, I learned what the inside of an ambulance looked like and spent the better part of a day in the ER. No plans for it to lead to bloodwork that discovered some not so nice things were going on inside me.

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In hindsight, it’s all been a good thing. I’ve been forced to spend the last few months focusing 100% on working on *me* and I went off the grid to do that. Every time I’d go for bloodwork (I’m convinced the medical community is filled with vampires), I’d get compliments the tattoo on my left arm, which reminded me I had it inked there as a constant reminder. But sometimes, you need to hear it from others in order to hammer it in a few times. And in my thick skull…yeah, so. A team of people (my doctor, a physical therapist and a nutritionist) are helping me get my body on the right track. I have new norms I’m still getting used to, and adjustments I’ve still to make. And I am making them…slowly. Some of that is realizing that while I *can* do it all, that doesn’t mean that I *have* to. My ultimate goal is to get off the medication cocktails I have to take when I wake up and before I go to bed. They are my stepping stone, they will NOT earn a permanent place in my life.

So, dear readers, all I ask of you is that you understand that this long, winding path I’m on is my focus for the time being.

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Week Three of #ListifyLife – Little Things That Make Me Happy

listifylifeFew days later than I normally post for the weekly listify life – but I’ve managed to pull a muscle in my shoulder/upper left arm (and I’m a leftie!) and haven’t been sitting at a computer much when I’m not at work. Doctor has me on pain pills for a week, and if things don’t improve, I’m supposed to go see the physical therapist.

You never really realize just how much you use your dominant arm until you’re on restriction!

Don’t know what #ListifyLife is? See my post last week on it and join in on the fun! http://www.sarabrookes.net/2016/03/15/welcome-to-the-listifylife-spring-challenge/