Flummoxed! But I am back!!

I have been simultaneously longing to write again and dreading getting started. I was on such a roll with my blog and my life in general, when a series of events merged to make the perfect storm. Over the past two months, my health, along with my quality of life, dropped to a depth  I never thought I’d see again.

A little over a year ago, I FINALLY accepted my diagnosis of Adult Add and began taking meds and learning about an illness I felt completely removed from. It was liberating, embarrassing, and confusing, all at the same time. Within a month, however, everything started changing. Finally, after so many years of dealing with other “imaginary illnesses” I could think clearly enough to take measures towards improving my health. and my life. I started loving myself more and judging myself less. It has been a little surreal, being part of and also just watching the metamorphosis that was taking place in my brain.

With my new found clarity, I started setting goals and making plans. I had an out of town wedding in 10 months and I wanted to look and feel good for it. I started planning in my head. The first step, and it was a hard one, was giving up gluten. That deserves a post all it’s own, but suffice it to say, that too was life altering. I lost 10% of my weight and began to physically feel so much better; better than I had felt in years. A remarkable ” side effect” of my new meds was that they sidelined the unrelenting Chronic Fatigue that had waxed and waned across my life like a storm for the past two decade.s.

Next I went to a psychiatrist specializing in ADHD. She looked at the constellation of illnesses I had struggled with throughout my life and said these magical words; “This is a fairly typical scenario – I believe you have one or more MHTFR gene mutations. Your physical symptoms are causing your psychological ones.” For anyone who has suffered with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (no longer called by such a trivializing name), and/ or Fibromyalgia, – hearing those words was like the sky opened and an angels choir began to sing.

Now it’s 2 months away from the wedding. Dealing with the MTHFR, just learning about and weeding through all my genetic information, would be a lengthy process, but I felt more hopeful than ever that I would regain a less tenuous footing on my health. Things were finally shifting!. And then it happened. I accidentally ingested gluten at a house warming party. I, to this day, have no idea how this happened because I was so careful, but that is when the backslide began, in spite of all my efforts to counteract it. One month passed and I still felt “off.” .

To make a long story short, I made it to the wedding, felt OK and looked pretty good, if I do say so myself:) The next day however, true to form, I woke up with a sore throat and felt like hell. I knew this was not good. I do not get a cold – I get 4 weeks of asthmatic bronchitis. But not this time! This time it was pneumonia. The wedding was in early November, and as preparations were being made for New Years Eve,  I thought it was just about gone. It is close to the end of January – and I can not believe how far I felt so fast. I had to put the blog on the back burner, which broke me heart because it was off to a fabulous start. Weak and worn out, with an immune system that seems to be on vacation, tending to my health has had to be my number one priority.

I started this post when it was still 2015.and have not had the energy or mental fortitude to finish it. I just want to let my followers know, I have not given up – I have lots to say and share. I am coming back!! This is an important journey for me, and I intend to stick with it! I am still struggling, so please be patient – but when I can, you can believe I’ll be right here writing. Stay tuned!

 

How 2 Do Something Great that Feels Great Too! – RESCUE

My best friend has been rescuing dogs since we were in our twenties.  As one of the most influential people in my life, I could devote a whole post to the awesomeness that is Lisa. She taught me things that I never gave a second thought about and led by example; animal cruelty in the cosmetic industry, the importance of being charitable as well as protecting our planet. These ideals have been part of who she is since she was a young girl in the 80’s. People seem to care about important things less and less. Too busy pointing their phones at themselves, they want the latest designer dog, or a cute puppy. Why rescue a mangy mutt when all it takes is cash to buy the dog of your dreams? Continue reading “How 2 Do Something Great that Feels Great Too! – RESCUE”

How 2 start a 31 day challenge on the 4th day!

Well I have to catch up on four posts already! So I asked myself, how 2 start a challenge when already days behind? With an incredible quote, picture, or song. This is true wth many things. Think outside the box to find your solution when faced with time constraints, or searching for ideas. I made sure to pick a wide enough topic that would afford me many choices. That’s another great problem solving tip when it comes to writing, or picking a topic for a class project.

SO, I used google to find a quote – I looked on Pinterest so it’s actually a quote/image. Now the challenge I face is how to insert it into this post! Not as easy as I thought it would be! Let’s hope it worked! (It didn’t so I have to try again).

Well, I found another quote and uploaded it as the featured image at the top of this post. My other quote was too small to upload in that manner – so here it is – and it fits reallly well for my topic:) “Running away from any problem only increases the distance from the solution. The easiest way to escape the problem is to solve it.”

31 DAY WRITING CHALLENGE – HOW 2 … random solutions to challenges I’ve encountered.

I have recently discovered this incredible 31 day writing challenge that I am really thrilled to be participating in. As an ADDer, challenges can really get my creative juices flowing. A deadline can really motivate me and snap me out of inertia, so even though I am a last minute addition I accept the challenge.  I have selected the topic,  “31 days of How To… ” My posts will be random and eclectic, and probably, totally unrelated. Let’s see how this all turns out! I am very excited to join all the other bloggers who are taking part in this, and am grateful to The Nest for coming up with this wonderful, thought provoking idea!!!

You can take a look here at all the great bloggers participating and see all the different subject matter. 31 Days

I will add my posts here and link to them as I write them. –

  1. How 2 Start a 31 Day Challenge on the 4th Day
  2. How 2 Use Meditaition for Sleep
  3. How 2 Get the Most Out of Internet Purchases
  4. How 2 Detach with Love
  5. How 2 Wreck a Romance
  6. How 2 Get Along with the Opposite Sex
  7. How 2 Get Healthier, Made Simple
  8. How 2 Keep a New Car Clean
  9. How 2 Jump Start a Diet
  10. How 2 Lose Anything
  11. How  2 Do Something Great That Feels Great Too!!
  12. How 2 Set Yourself up for Failure
  13. How 2 Make Peace with your Invisible Diseases
  14. How 2 Write More
  15. How 2 Make a Blogger Smile
  16. How 2 Use Social Media for Enrichment
  17. How 2 Invest with $250 to Start
  18. How 2 Find Joy
  19. How 2 Beauty Hacks for an Upcoming Event
  20. How 2 NOT Be Late (the curse of ADHD)