As predicted at the end of my last post, I did not post at all last month because it was busy. Here is how my month went… First up was the wedding weekend. On a Friday, we traveled from Illinois up to Iowa to attend a wedding on Saturday. We thought my body would behave…… Continue reading September 2016: Weddings and -ologists Galore!
I just got home from my appointment, which went well. It was a long day; we left at noon and got home at eight-thirty. I am not thinking about what a long day it was. What I am thinking about is my husband, Jake. I am feeling very appreciative to him for driving me to…… Continue reading In Sickness and in Health – When Sickness Comes First
Like many POTS patients, I have low blood volume, and must consume large amounts of fluid in order to increase it. In order to “hold on” to all the fluid I drink, I must also consume large amounts of sodium. Nurses tend to do a double take of my chart when they see a few…… Continue reading Why Sports Drinks Aren’t My Drink Of Choice For Sodium Loading
I have spent most of my absence from blogging managing my medical issues, and taking panoramas of waiting and exam rooms.
It took me a week to realize the blame for the recent exasperation of autoimmune symptoms (fever, sore throat, tender lymph nodes, fatigue) belongs on my autoimmune disease deciding to flare up. Ohh! That is why none of my usual tricks have been working. I had begun wondering if I had angered some sort of especially vengeful…… Continue reading Staying Motivated While Chronically Ill
I’ve been very excited for us to have our Emma (5) for the week. I knew I wouldn’t be able to do much, especially with how I felt today and having a big day planned Sunday. She always gets the same Jackie as far as verbal interactions go. However, days where I can do anything…… Continue reading When I Say Yes, But My Body Says NO: Parenting and Chronic Illness
In another post I’m writing (hope to post today), I intended to go on a slight tangent and say a few words explaining what a low FODMAPs diet is. It turned into a giant tangent and enough text to be its own post, so here it is. I have a lot to say about a…… Continue reading My Experience with a Low FODMAPs Diet