Friday, January 28, 2011

Checking in.

Can I just say that I am ready for January to be OVER. And for February to be BETTER.

I have been "not myself" this month. First off was the previously mentioned broken toe, then a bout with diverticulitis, which is an infection of the bowel, which required some heavy-duty antibiotics, which made me feel lousy on top of the pain and general lousiness of the infection. And then back pain, which was diagnosed as a problem with my sacroiliac joint, and then more stomach pain, which put me back on antibiotics and then in for a CT scan this week which didn't really help with anything.

I am scheduled for an appointment with a GI doctor in a few weeks, but right now my theory is that it's the antibiotics that are causing this lingering stomach pain. So I am waiting for those to leave my system and then we'll see how the tummy feels. I'm really hoping for an improvement soon.

This has all been very frustrating because I am a naturally anxious person, and being sick and having pain makes me feel even more anxious. Which makes it hard for me to sleep. So throw in a bunch of messed-up sleepless nights and the fact that it's cold and the sun isn't shining and I haven't felt much like doing anything beyond the basics of keeping the household running and my stomach hurts, which makes me feel worried, which makes my stomach hurt even more...urgh. I really, really hate it, and certainly haven't felt like blogging about it. This has been one of my more miserable months of recent memory.

I'm trying right now to get my life back on track, focus on things other than my stomach, eat what I need to be eating, get some fresh air and exercise, and just generally try to work my way out of this web of anxiety and aggravation into a more positive feeling, which will hopefully in turn help my stomach feel better, too.
I don't like to whine on my blog, but this month has been really not fun. Any good thoughts you can spare, I could use them!


Barbara at Oodles and Oodles said...

I hope you feel better, Janelle. Winter is long and hard, and it doesn't help when you aren't feeling your best. Hope you find something nice to do for yourself this weekend.

Cheryl said...

Oh my goodness, sounds rough! I like to think of "tummy troubles" as a diet tool. lol.... Seriously, look at it that way and its not so bad :-P
*big hug*- (while wearing a surgical mask so as not to catch any of your cooties lol)

Anonymous said...

I hope you feel better soon! Spring will be here, and with it, the Happy Sun!
It's okay to whine on your blog - it is your for your personal feelings and thoughts. We are all here to listen, and send you hugs!

Kim said...

You poor thing! As if January isn't rough enough. I hope that you feel better soon.

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LeeAnn said...

I hope you are feeling better at the moment, or at least get an accurate diagnosis. Go get some fresh flowers for your house. It kind of improves the lack of sunshine thing!

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

Oh WONDER you're ready to escape to Lancaster PA! :-)

I hope you're feeling much better. I won't get all preachy (especially since I'm on your blog, lol!) but I agree that eating well (cutting down on processed stuff) and exercise are huge helps. It took me a long while and a bad illness to realize that good foods and moving my butt made my mental state improve leaps and bounds...and my health followed. BIG time.

Hang in there!! Sending happy & healing thoughts your way.

scrapmom4 said...

(((hugs))) I hope you feel much better SOON!

The Empty Envelope said...

*hugs* I hope you are feeling much better soon. I noticed the sun was starting to peek out a tad earlier today, so we are moving forward at least with winter!!

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