Monday, February 1, 2021

The Bad and the Good

 Let's just get the bad stuff out of the way. I've been absent from the Blog World lately because of doctors' appointments and bad news. It started with a podiatrist, who sent me to a rheumatologist to see whether I have Eylers-Danlos Syndrome, a disorder of connective tissue. Well, I do.

I also have Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome and Sjoden's Syndrome. You can look them up if you want. Suffice it to say that the EDS and the POTS make one very tired. No wonder I've been tired for 30 years. And I've had symptoms of POTS since I was 12.

And, if that's not enough, I have a biopsy scheduled for later this month to see if I have Celiac Disease.  I feel like I've been hit by a truck. 

As you can imagine, these new diagnoses are making the retirement decision quite easy. I have to formally announce by Feb. 15 if I'm going to get my retirement benefits. Don't worry! I'm not going to miss this deadline.

On to more cheerful subjects. It's been snowing here!!

I've been able to ski for the last three days in a row -- which is pretty much heaven in my world. The photo is from Saturday's outing to the Arboretum.

And I've been able to ski with friends each day. This is as close as I can get to socializing in person, and it is pretty darn nice.

I have two FOs, which have yet be photographed. I'm getting ready to cast on the Adrift shawl from Laine Magazine and using some stash yarn.


It's a nice easy pattern -- perfect for this time when I have so much to sort out!


15 comments:

  1. I'm so sorry that you are going through all those medical issues. I guess being able to retire is a bit of a bright spot.

    The skiing looks like fun. We had enough snow that someone took snowmobiles up Butler Avenue tonight. LOL

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  2. Wow, you really got hit with a lot to take in. Hopefully there will be a way to get all of these things under control. Retirement is wonderful. I highly recommend it. My RA has been much better since retirement.

    The ski photo looks like a lot of fun. So glad youbwere able to get put and enjoy the friendship and fresh air.

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  3. Oh geeze! I'm so sorry you have all these medical issues with which to deal. I'm glad you are planning to retire - I know your job has been stressful (what an understatement!) and I wonder/hope that eliminating that stress from your life will help ease up some of your health issues. I have not gone out cross country skiing in years. I always enjoyed it. Glad you could get out with friends and have some fun. The yarn for your shawl is gorgeous!

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  4. Goodness! My doctor thinks my recent thrush issue is due to Sjogren's. He also tested me for Celiac's since Daughter has it and it goes hand in hand with other auto immune issues but the results came back negative thank goodness. I couldn't live on her diet which is very sparse. I hate going to the doctors anymore. They always find scary stuff at my age. Now I have blood pressure and cholesterol issues on top of everything else. Ugh. No salt. Vegan diet. Yoga. Meditation. 30 minute exercise videos daily. Ugh. Ugh. Ugh....how's anyone supposed to get any knitting done? Lol...

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  5. My daughter has a connective tissue disorder so I know some of the complications/pain you must have to deal with. Sorry for being hit by a truck-health decline is a tough pill to swallow. I hope you find some answers soon-it helps to know what you are dealing with once the dust settles. Yes, reducing the stress of your remote teaching will be a great decision! I'm glad you got out for some skiing! And yarn is an excellent relaxing therapy equipment! Take care.

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  6. I'm so sorry that you're having to deal with a pile-up of health issues and not-so-pleasant diagnoses. Even though I never like getting diagnoses (and I've had a few unpleasant ones myself), they usually do set me on a path to feeling better -- or at least more settled with some plan for how to manage the underlying conditions. I'm sending all the good juju to you as you work with your health care team to figure things out. XO And . . . I'm also happy to hear you're taking care of yourself by getting outside with your friends -- and taking advantage of your retirement option. Be well!

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  7. I hope you can deal with everything that's coming at you without feeling like you should give up. That would mean no more outings in the snow or knitting, and it seems like you have those things covered really well.

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  8. Focus on the good news, which will make dealing with the bad easier. Less stress will be beneficial in the long run. Sorry that I sound like a fortune cookie.

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  9. OH wow that is a lot to get hit with at one time. I'm sending warm thoughts to you from Oregon--I know you'll get to a better place! YAY RETIREMENT!

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  10. I'm sorry to hear about your health!
    But that's a lovely place to ski. And the yarn for your shawl is definitely a breath of spring!

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  11. That's a bummer getting all those diagnoses at once, but glad you're able to enjoy the good things anyhow. It sounds like your job is pretty stressful, so hopefully retirement will help alleviate that. And best of all you'll have more time to do the things you enjoy like skiing and knitting as well as your beautiful artwork. Sneding hugs!

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  12. lots and lots of prayers are being sent to you! My sister and my dad are celiac disease and if you are that, the diet will do miracles. I hope your other autoimmune diseases can be treated effectively with medication. Boy oh boy are you getting whammied - retirement cannot come soon enough!!

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  13. I am so sorry to hear all that is going on, but I am sure you feel some relief knowing there is a reason that you have been having fatigue and other symptoms. Stay well and stay safe.

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  14. Wow, that is a bundle of news and no mistake. I'm so sorry you have to deal with all these autoimmune things. At least you have some diagnoses, which is better than wondering what the heck is wrong. But it's certainly no fun.

    Many of my family members have Celiac. I don't, but I still had to give up gluten due to sensitivity. (I have some autoimmune issues too, but none as serious as yours.) Even if you don't get diagnosed with Celiac, you may find that going gluten free makes you feel better. Gluten is inflammatory, and you want to avoid inflammation. My husband even ended up going gf - it was affecting his mood and his thinking (he had a brain tumor many years ago and has lots of residual inflammation). Eliminating gluten was really hard for him, but he felt much calmer and more rational once he did. We both really miss our homemade bread, but have found that the alternative (the reaction to gluten) just wasn't worth it for us.

    Best wishes as you navigate these health issues and your approaching retirement! One day, when Covid has retreated, we'll have to meet up. :)

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  15. Oh my. You have a lot on your plate. If nothing else, it is nice to have a diagnosis so you can gather information. I love the yarn combination for your new shawl. Some nice easy knitting will be good company.

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