think I'm finally over the chaos wreaked by the food poisoning. It
really aggravated the SOD for a while and I had some significant
pancreatic type pain. Fortunately, the worst of the pain is always
fleeting, something for which I am very grateful, but it is alarming
I also made things worse by eating gluten.
Sometimes wheat hits me extra hard. I suspect ingesting it so soon after
the food poisioning caught my system at an unusually weak moment. So
that made me sick. Instant GI symptoms with a side of asthma. Fun.
usually very good about avoiding wheat, but it sneaks into my food.
Usually it's not a huge issue and I head off as much of the reaction as I
can with Alpha Lipoic Acid, but every once in a while, gluten hits me
like an apocalypse.
Anyway, my system was still in an
uproar the day of a wedding we'd been invited to. If you've read any of
my previous posts, you may recall I'd bought my daughter a fancy dress
for the occasion. This wedding was a highly anticipated family event,
but I was so sick that day, I wasn't sure I would make the reception. I
barely made it home from the ceremony in one piece. My body purged every
calorie I'd ever eaten in the history of food and then I passed out on
the couch, utterly exhausted.
Fortunately, things improved
by evening. I made it to the reception and was even able to eat for the first time that day. From
there, we progressed right into dancing. Can I just say, how awesome it
was to boogie without feeling all the energy drain from my body? Especially after feeling so awful most of the day! I did a
solid hour straight and I wasn't tired. I had all
the energy I needed. As in, there was no deficit. I love it when adrenal
The kiddo looked adorable in her dress and she
boogied down with us like a pro. Several relatives came into town for
the wedding and we just had a really fabulous time. Given how the day
started though, I didn't think it would end so well! I'm glad I pushed through and didn't give up.
Off topic updates...
fabulous. She's just going through an awesome phase right now. I'm so
impressed with her. This kid practices her piano without complaining.
She does her homework of her own free will and is generally a delight.
a whiz at math. The school told me she's ready to start third grade
math. For reading, she's aced all their assessments so they need to
administer more to figure out her reading level.
still deal with some perfectionist melt downs. She did her math homework
perfectly one night and then freaked about it afterwards, clearly
anxious about the new concept. I ended up doing some extra exercises
with her to reassure her that she knew what she was doing. How odd is
that? She's got the math down, but her perfectionist streak doesn't let
her see that. Gotta love perfectionism.
The teacher asked
us to come up with a goal for her learning plan and I drew a blank. I
can't think of anything more I would want her to do. She's doing so
great, I don't want to mess it up with any extraneous expectations. (I wouldn't focus on the perfectionism because that's really a maturity
and life experience issue. And we work on coping techniques all the time already. There's really nothing to add on the P front.)
knows? Every day is different. I'm scrambling, trying to figure out how
I'll make any money this month. Plus, trying to get new work done.
Writing is going so sloooooooooowly. OMG. Come on stories! Why can't you
spill like water?
I was invited to another secret author
group. *eyeroll* At least this one is better than the last one, full of
powerhouse authors (i.e. names you probably know if you read a lot) who
talk a good amount of shop.
The thing that struck me was how many people
I knew in the new group who never thought to reach back and bring me up
with them. These are people who've I helped and materially impacted
their book sales for the better. As in, half their sales strategies are
innovations I came up with.
I don't get it because my first
thought when I get into a group like that is 'who can I include?'
Apparently, I am strange. And also chopped liver.
just my network either. I see the same dynamic in other members of this
group. I've been around long enough that I know some of the buddies and
super friends and reciprocal networks pretty well. It's interesting who
is in the new secret group and who wasn't invited.
like I have said before, there are a lot of narcissists who are authors.
Eh, screw 'em. I can't even say I'm surprised anymore.
working on a new marketing concept and I'm excited because I think I
finally have a list of authors I want to work with who I'm pretty sure
aren't jerks. Crossing fingers it goes well.
I'm categorized as a severe persistent asthmatic* and I have a history of HPA axis suppression due to steroids used to treat the asthma.
Doctors miss the HPA axis suppression every time and actively fight me on it. I've had am cortisols of 1 and 6 and ACTH of less than 5, yet the doctors still can't get on board. The medical myopia and general lack of adrenal knowledge is horrifying.
How did I ever get diagnosed? I took premed classes for 2 years (during a health upswing) and figured it out.
I thought since previous rounds of suppression have been so well documented, I wouldn't have a problem again. I was wrong.
I've been fighting the current round of Secondary Adrenal Insufficiency since March 2010. It has eviscerated my ability to work and to function as a normal human being. Which sucks since I have a toddler who just wants her momma to play with her.
*eh... I bet it'll go back to moderate persistent, once the excitement of last year's hospitalization dies down.
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