Invisible {Journey to a diagnosis}

I’ve always felt like i was invisible, and i’m not saying that as a bad thing. I enjoy not being the center of attention, i like to blend in. So, I’ve always thought of my invisibility as a super power. And it’s been a great super power, kid’s i went to school with since preschool couldn’t even get my name right in high school, that’s how great my super power was. Until the day my super power felt not so super anymore…

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But to get to that, we have to go back to 7 weeks ago.

I had been completely healthy until one day i just wasn’t. It hit me out of nowhere, my ear was in intense pain. The next day i woke up to a lump behind my ear. The following Monday i went into quick care because the pain was unbearable.

They prescribed me some antibiotics, because they believed an infection was about to start. That week i was still in a crazy amount of pain, the antibiotics were not working, the lump was still there, other symptoms started showing up too. I went back the following week and they didn’t know what to do.

They referred me to an ENT (Ears, Nose, and Throat doctor). I made the appointment, went and saw him, he was of no help. He thought it was a jaw problem.

I made an appointment for a GP (general practitioner). He thought it was Mono so he made me get some blood work done.

I waited and waited to hear back from them, days passed with no word. So i finally called them, apparently they had my phone number wrong. But it turned out the blood test was negative for Mono. And they actually asked me if i wanted to continue with more testing or if i was ok to give up?

This was around week 4-5 of being in pain, i was still in pain, nothing was working. Here’s a list of all the symptoms i was having:

  • lump behind ear
  • ear pain
  • fevers
  • chills
  • chest pain
  • left side pain
  • headaches
  • loss of appetite
  • fatigue

I couldn’t believe they would even ask that, yes i want to continue. I want to know why i’m in so much pain and i want to know how to fix it.

So we continued, they made an appointment for me to get an ultrasound done on my neck.

On a Monday morning i had my ultrasound done. I was told i should hear back sometime Monday afternoon. But nothing. No call back.

Tuesday comes and goes, no call back. So i called them and was told “well it can take up to 48 hours to hear back, so keep waiting.”

Wednesday comes and goes, nothing.

Thursday, my husband was fed up at this point and decided to call them. Yes they had my results, they had had them since Monday. They just forgot to call me. 6 weeks of me being in pain.. 6 weeks of having no idea what is wrong with me… and they just forgot to call me… This is the point where i started to feel like my super power wasn’t so super anymore. It now started to feel more like a curse.

The ultrasound came back not conclusive, so more tests were in order. A CT scan was our next step.

Have you ever had a CT scan done before? I don’t recommend having one done, if you can avoid it. Especially if they are doing it with contrast. They hook you up with an IV, shoot iodine into your blood stream, which immediately makes you feel like you have peed your pants. But for me, it also made me feel dizzy and sick to my stomach. Probably didn’t help that i wasn’t allowed to eat anything for 6 hours before the test. I was on the verge of passing out.

However, the next morning i received a phone call from my doctor. We finally have a diagnosis. It’s my thyroid. More specifically my thyroid is swollen. 7 weeks later, 49 days of being in non-stop pain, 70,560 minutes of not knowing what the future will be like. And i finally have an answer.

Well, a partial answer. They asked me to go back in to get more blood work done and i have an appointment on Monday to see my doctor again to go over everything. But finally after 7 weeks of pain, i am starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

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Anniversary Box *Update*

Hi Guys!

A few weeks ago i shared my idea for an Anniversary Box. Well, since yesterday was our anniversary i thought i would share how the Anniversary Box went.

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Here’s what my husband and I ended up putting in our box:

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We had a lot of fun doing this. Other things we both thought about adding to the box, but didn’t get around to doing, were:

  • Movie tickets
  • Wine
  • Massage oils
  • Cookbook (to try new recipes together)
  • Small decor items for the bedroom

I think this will be a new tradition for us every year, because it was so much fun! If you end up doing an anniversary box of your own, let me know! I’d love to hear about your experience.

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5 Marriage Books

Hi Guys!

I’m back with another Monday Marriage post. Today i’m sharing with you some of my favorite marriage books.

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The 5 Love Languages – With over 11 million copies sold, Gary Chapman must be onto something right? What i love about this book is, it can be applied to every relationship, not just marriages.

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The Love Dare – A 40-day challenge to understand and practice unconditional love.

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For Better or For Kids – Remember that even when you feel worn out, over-extended, and neglected, you promised to be a team. Marriage with kids may not always be what we expected, but it is good. We need to make a vow to love our spouse with kids in the house.

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Love Unending – A 21-day challenge to discover the best way forward is by looking back at the beginning.

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No More Perfect Marriages – No marriage is perfect. But every marriage can get better.

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What’s your favorite marriage book(s)?

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Bikini Body Mommy (Intro/Progress)

Hi Guys!

I’ve decided i’m going to try to post fitness/wellness stuff on Fridays.

I started doing Bikini Body Mommy back in October/November 2017 and had great success with it, however the holidays hit and i stopped doing it.

Now i’m back at it.

So what exactly is Bikini Body Mommy?

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It’s free YouTube workout videos, however she also has a website with more stuff to offer like; meal plans, cookbooks, etc.

I’ve just been using the free YouTube videos. I’m doing challenge 1.0

I’m on day 25 of a 90 day challenge.

What i love about these workouts is that most of them are under 20 minutes. Which makes it so easy to fit into my day. I also love that they don’t require any extra equipment, just some weights.

If you haven’t heard of it before, and are looking for something to do from the comfort of your house i would definitely give Bikini Body Mommy a try. But be prepared to be incredibly sore for the first 2 weeks.

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House/Life Updates

Hi Guys!

It’s been awhile since i’ve updated on how things are going with the new house, animals, etc. So today i thought would be a good day to share all that.

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My parents visited last month and while they were here they built us an amazing chicken coop!

My girls are so spoiled!

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*This photo was taken before the chicken coop got painted red.*

Speaking of the chickens, they are all still doing really well. Hazel, our crooked beak chicken, is struggling to gain weight. However, we think we have found a better way for her to eat and she seems to be doing well.

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A few months ago i shared with you all our new family members, well we have since grown…

Introducing…

Jasmine

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She is about 5/6 months old.

And also introducing…

Charlie

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He is an 8 weeks old black lab.

We have added on grass to the backyard, and we have also fenced part of it in.We have a pool and a trampoline back there. We love living out here in the country.

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That’s all the updates for now, thanks for reading!

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Anniversary Box

Hi Guys!

This month my husband and i will be celebrating 15 years of marriage. So i thought it would be fun to do a marriage post every Monday for the rest of August.

Today i’m going to share with you, this idea that came to me a few years ago, after reading a sexy stocking post from The Dating Divas.

An Anniversary Box.

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Here’s the general idea, you and your spouse fill up the anniversary box with fun stuff for the both of you to enjoy together (movie tickets, lotions, dvd’s, massage oils, etc.) and then on your anniversary you open it up together.

I just used an old Bath & Body Works box i had laying around, but you could really use anything you want.

Since our anniversary is the 21st of August, we would start filling up our anniversary box on August 1st, and by the 21st we should have plenty of goodies inside.

I hope you enjoy this idea, if you try it be sure to let me know!

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