Category: Getting Healthy

Short Life Update

Short Life Update

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2023 is turning into the year of Strange Medical Shenanigans

Seriously, it’s been crazy. My back saga has ended, but now I have had a weird itching situation going on for almost a month. I went to the doctor, had some bloodwork, and I have a bunch of markers for allergies that I’ve never had before. I’m still waiting on some results for other tests.

I’ve already decided that if I’m suddenly allergic to cats, I will absolutely be itching for the rest of my cats’ lives. And probably longer, because I will almost certainly never say no to a stray Shane brings home.

I’ve also had a super cool resurgence of my GERD and I was having trouble swallowing. So last week I had an endoscopy and it turns out that my hiatal hernia grew while my esophagus had a narrow bit that they expanded. No overly bad news, though. I’m going to the Gastroenterologist later this month to talk about if I should get surgery to fix the hernia, add more medication to my lineup, or if I should explore food sensitivities.

But honestly, it’s fine. I will cop to crying about the itching once, but overall this year is still going really really well. I’m just looking at it as a year of getting a healthy baseline – I even went to the dentist for the first time in awhile just to get back on the dental health bandwagon. I’ve started improving my diet, stretching, going on walks, and getting my back ready for weightlifting, etc.

Outside of the medical shenanigans, life is wonderful. My relationship is truly thriving, my cats are amazing (as always), we made a reading nook in my office, and my job is going swimmingly. It’s wild how much easier life is to handle when your work isn’t stressing you out to the max.

I’m off to take some Benadryl and bathe in Calamine lotion. Maybe mixed with Oatmeal-based lotion.

-S

I Remain (Semi) Bedridden

I Remain (Semi) Bedridden

I have good days and bad days. Luckily, the good days are overtaking the bad, and my current bad days are what were passing for good days. So I’m healing, at least. I just have to stop doing stupid stuff and re-injuring myself. I sat in my computer chair for an entire work day on Monday and am now on day 2 (it’s currently Wednesday) of working from my bed.

I’ve been going to a chiropractor, and it’s honestly been a lifesaver. I never thought I’d go to a chiropractor, but that first session felt almost like a miracle. My back was instantly so much better, and even though that didn’t last for more than a couple of days, it was amazing to be out of pain for those days. The last session was less helpful, but I still got some relief.

I’ve gotten to spend a ton of time with Shane and the kitty cats, and I’ve been forced to slow life way way down, so I’m making the most of it. The cats take shifts laying on the bed with me when I have to work from there, which is pretty sweet.

Coffee and Crows is still fairly far off my radar because I have approximately 1.8 million things I want to do when I can. I’m hoping for a summertime return, though.

I Hurt My Back…

I Hurt My Back…

My 2023 goals of “get healthy, get moving, get thinking” have been blocked by a string of back problems because apparently my back decided that 36 is the new 95. I can barely walk today, so moving is a fairly difficult goal to reach.

BUT I have gotten my eyes checked and scheduled gastro & dentist appointments. I feel like those appointments are key in figuring out the path to Health. I’ve neglected myself for a couple of years, so I need to make sure everything is in good working order.

Anyway, since I have to write my blog posts on my bed, I haven’t. I’ve pretty much taken Coffee&Crows off of my plate for now. I have nothing to blog about since all I’m doing is watching playthroughs of Prey & the Dead Space remake and reading. Oh, I did watch my first season of American Horror Story – it was the 1984 summer camp one. I really liked the over the top goofy/horror-ish-ness of it all.

I hope your April is going way better than mine.

~S

PS – I’m on Lemon8 so come find me if you’re over there too.

Getting Healthy…For Real This Time

Getting Healthy…For Real This Time

Last weekend, I decided that I really need to get healthy – I’m closer to 40 than 30 and it’s just going to get harder as time goes on. And my being out of shape is becoming increasingly obvious and annoying. Shane is also getting healthy, but I won’t tell his story here – it doesn’t feel right. I will say that we’ve both spent most of our lives trying to reach other goals – academic, career, mental health, etc. – and it now feels like our health goals are finally at the top of the list.

Medically, my family history is full of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and other not great things. Luckily, I haven’t really run into any of these problems, but I can see them in the offing. The last time I had bloodwork done everything was fine, but my insane level of sugar intake is only setting me up for failure on the diabetes front. I’m currently waiting on my latest bloodwork.

I wish I could say I was only doing this for health reasons, but I’ve gained a lot of weight over the years, and I don’t love the way it looks on me. I mean, losing the weight will make me healthier as well, but I really want to comfortably fit in the pants I already own.

So, what’s the plan? I haven’t figured it out completely, but the basics are all the same, aren’t they? Cutting out sugar, less fast food, calorie counting, cardio, weights, cooking at home. It’s so easy to type out and so hard to stick with.

I should post a before picture, but I don’t want to. I’ll take one, just in case I want to post it at the end, but it won’t be seeing the light of day until then, if ever. I’ll probably post pictures and videos on Instagram and Snapchat. I just deleted TikTok because of my complete inability to stop watching after a certain amount of time or I’d post there as well. Anything to keep myself accountable.

The day I started writing this, I got my latest bloodwork results back from my annual checkup. Most of it was fine – as normal – but there were some not normal results regarding kidney function and some other ones that may be due to dehydration. Those didn’t seem to bother the doctor – I say “seem” because the packet of paper I got didn’t have any information on those and I did my own Googling. Okay, Shane did the Googling.

You know what did bother the doctor? My LDL levels. You know, the bad cholesterol one. It’s not insanely high, but high enough for the doctor to say if I don’t get them under control in the next three months, I’ll be going on medication. I’m a huge fan of medication when it’s needed – but if changing my diet a bit and starting to exercise could solve the problem, then I want to try that first. The doctor sent along a sheet of foods – what to choose, what to “go easy” on, and what to avoid – and instructions to “comply with diet and exercise”. No word on how much exercise, but since I do none now, any amount is an improvement.

Well, there it is – the first entry in the Sarah Gets Healthy adventure. It’s going to be a very interesting journey – for me, anyway. Y’all might think it’s incredibly boring. I’m excited to see how everything shakes out.

-S