It was Jan 6, 2010 that I woke up with a killer sore throat. Next came vomiting, fever, swollen glands, and intense fatigue. My blood work came back positive for mononucleosis.
While most of the mono symptoms went away after a month, the debilitating fatigue never left. After a while I developed coping mechanisms and was able to work part-time and do a couple classes.
January 2013 I got the norovirus and I began to regress. I started fainting and found I couldn't stand for long without feeling awful.
In the Summer of 2013 I finally got a diagnosis of POTS and Gastroparesis, which was a huge relief. I was able to finally start a treatment plan since we finally knew why I was sick.
Every January I think back to the previous year, and how I couldn't imagine going through another year of being sick. I figured that in a year I would be much better.
Joni Eareckson Tada, a quadriplegic since 19, is one of my role models.
I can't find where she said this so I apologize for butchering her quote.
She said something along the lines of how she can't imagine going on in this body for the next 20 years. The thought is overwhelming. But she can think about tomorrow and she knows that she can get up tomorrow.
My situation is no where near the same as Joni's, but the principle has still been really helpful. I can't imagine another year of being sick, but I can imagine tomorrow. And tomorrow I'm going to get up and go to Walmart with my sister, which I'm really excited about!
- We got a dog!!! A dream come true.
- I found an amazing cardiologist and got involved in a cardiac rehab program
- I got fish and kept most of them alive for a whole year!
- I've been a healthy body weight and am able to eat much more than I could a year ago
- I lost my ability to drive but started a medication that improved my POTS significantly
- I was able to exercise again! Biking, walking, swimming...
- We got a roommate!
- We did some bunny-sitting
- We got to get away for a weekend at a friend's cabin
- We got to visit family in the USA this Summer
- I got my dermoid cyst removed!
- I started a blog
- I went canoeing, twice!
- My husband, roommate and I had some adventures at Stanley Park and Alouette Lake
- I completed my first RCM Exam (Advanced Rudiments) and got Honours with Distinction!
- I got to spend time with my parents on Bowen Island
- We have the privilege in being involved with a church planet in our city
- I improved in my piano playing
- I successfully grew a patio garden this Summer