So I haven't blogged in a month in a half! And that month and a half has been nuts! Tuesday September 6 I was in orientation for a new RN job and out of the blue felt like I was going to pass out and had just a feeling of over all sickness. Pretty scary. I was hoping if I just tried to man up and make it through the week I would re-cooperate during the weekend and on Monday feel back to being healthy. Boy was I wrong. It has been exactly a month from then and I am still not back to 100%. I have had a ton of Dr appointments, 2 CT Scans, an Ultra Sound, Colonscopy, tons of blood tests and multiple prescription for possible diagnosis. I finally got referred to a EarNose&Throat Specialist and also a Gastroenterologist. It has been a whirlwind!
The ENT found 2 bilateral tumors of some sort on my Parotid Glands but isn't sure exactly what they are so instead of a repeat CT I am having a MRI on this coming Tuesday. I am surprisingly not nervous just ready to get it all figured out.
Today I had my procedure at the Gastroenterologist and he ruled out Colitis, Crohns, IBS, etc. But he did confirm that I did in fact have Gilbert's Syndrome. Not a really big deal. Happy to have that answered. He also seemed to think that the 3 weeks of terrible nausea, loss of appetite, etc was probably due to a terrible virus possibly from something I ate. So needless to say my days of eating raw fish is OVER! I will still eat sushi (because I love it) but may just stick to the boring but delicious California Roll for now haha!
This past month has been an emotional roller coaster. Being so sick and 700 miles from your family and friends is not easy. Brandon has been wonderful and I know it has been hard on him since he has a huge obligation and couldn't be here as much as he wanted to. I have learned a lot about myself and also my relationships this month, got a lot of things put into perspective. Its funny how you grow up and things that used to be important to you just aren't anymore... and you realize that they just aren't worth the effort and not nearly as important as other things in your adult life. This month has been full of prayer and questions more so than usual. Even though I have been sick I have full and total faith in the Ultimate Physician! I know that my life is in his hands and he will never steer me wrong.
In other news. I hadn't been to the gym in like 23 days (I have lost muscle and strength but have also lost weight due to the loss of appetite and nausea for 3 weeks), then I made it for 3 days last week and haven't been back this week with all the procedure prep I had to do and then the procedure. But I plan on getting back into the swing of things tomorrow! I have a great 12 week plan lined up and am so excited to get started on it! It seems very challenging but I am excited to push myself to the next level, I did it before and can do it again. I wanna gain the muscle strength back plus some!!! The 12 weeks will be finished up just in time for the Holidays and for when I will finally be back in OHIO! Which I am counting down for! Cannot wait to spend Christmas with my family!!!!