Life in the fast lane

Hey friends. It’s been way too long.

I have been sooo busy with my new job at Athens Banner Herald, that my blogging has unfortunately fallen to the way side.

I love my job, but it takes up a lot of my free time. Nine hours a day plus two hours of commuting — that’s an 11 hour day — plus working Saturdays and going to school on my days off.

Needless to say, my life is pretty crazy.

I wanted to update you all on my latest health issues, though.

Leading a life as hectic as mine is difficult for someone without any ailments — tack on all my autoimmune diseases — and by the end of the day I am lethargic. I battle being sore and exhausted about 90 percent of the time.

I am due for all sorts of blood work too. I have been without insurance since my job change in September, which finally kicked in Dec. 1.

I already have an appointment scheduled with my new Rheumy — who is in Athens. I plan to have everything tested. My ANA levels, RNP, thyroid and now that my hysterectomy is complete — I feel I definitely am overdue for some blood work on my hormone levels.

It’s also about the time for a change in meds.

I have been contemplating going back on my anti-depressants for some time. Although I have been doing well up until this point, the stress of my job, school, parenting — along with my surgery and other ailments — I am definitely battling some depression.

I’m also about 30 lbs heavier since my surgery — which doesn’t help my state of mind. Still struggling to fit back into all my old clothes. That can be depressing on its own, but when you tack on my hectic schedule …

I have learned to not seek approval or worth through my weight, which is a good thing. I do however want to be healthy and feel comfortable in my skin and right now, I just don’t.

Months ago my former Rheumy was planning on taking me off Plaquenil and putting me on something different. I am convinced that Plaquenil is tearing my tummy up. I eat antacids like candy and I still deal with constant pain, swelling in my joints, terrible migraines, thinning hair, difficulty losing weight, lethargy and now — blurry vision at times.

I’m hoping my new doctor will take all of this into consideration and after getting my blood work back, prescribe me something new. (and hopefully NOT steroids).

I will let you all know as soon as I know more. My appointment is scheduled for Dec. 20. I’m about a week out from taking myself off the Plaquenil. My hands (wrists and fingers mostly), elbows and knees are pretty much in constant pain. The only way to describe it is tightness. Like I’ve worked out all day — when I haven’t. Sometimes though, it begins to throb and makes it difficult to accomplish anything.

My hands are so weak, simple things are becoming impossible for me — like pulling the lever on the car seat to lift it or buckling my seat belt with ease. I just feel too young to have to deal with such things, but I’m determined to get the right combo of meds and hopefully get the inflammation under control.

In regards to my emotional state — I have taken a break from counseling since the insurance stopped. I plan to pick that back up soon, too. Maybe after the holidays.

I just turned in my last paper at school about two hours ago and I’m putting some final touches on a blog for my critical writing class. I am so ready for this break it’s not even funny!!! But – before long — it will be back to the grind. I have to take 7 hours next semester and 4 of those are foreign language. It’s all I have left (3 semesters worth).

I have completed my minor (Comp Lit) and my major (Magazines). Now — if I can manage going to class EVERY DAY and get this Italian class under my belt — I will FINALLY graduate!!! Exciting, but daunting to say the least.

If you think about it — say a prayer for me about that!! 😉

I promise I will try to make blogging more of a priority. I am still trying to adjust to working for a daily, but it’s becoming more and more the norm every day!

Until next time friends,

~allie ❤

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About Imkjac

I love my work. I also love the following things: God, my boys, my family, dogs, cats, writing, photography, reading (a bit of a lit geek actually), cooking, being outdoors, hiking, fishing, film, music, Spotify, beards, tattoos, board games, TV (also a TV geek), Netflix, pajamas, antiquing, interior decorating (DIY), blankets, polar bears, art, food. I dislike these things: elevators, heights, unclear water, bridges. Thanks for reading my blog and hoping it brings some comfort and joy to others.
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