Taking Care of Your Health

When Isabelle was born, I struggled with finding the time to go to the bathroom without her screaming her lungs off. Thankfully, we’ve come along way from there.

I’ve always been “broke” or sick for most of my life. Injuries from sports. Bad coughs from asthma. But this past year, I’ve had 2 fevers, rare for me thankfully, and one too many colds. Isabelle has had a cold for the past 2 weeks. Despite trying everything from vitamins to tumeric in smoothies, I caught the dang thing.

It has┬átaken me a YEAR to start reprioritizing my health and wellbeing. I had some major joint issues after Isabelle was born. I was in so much pain I could barely walk, move my hands, and sometimes I couldn’t even pick her up. I went to physical therapy and pushed off working out. My knees had been so swollen I nicknamed them “elephant knees”.

My physical therapist suggested I see a rheumatologist this past fall to see if that was maybe causing my joint issues. I never had thought of that, but it was worth a shot. I was desperate to be able to function normally.

I finally had the blood work done in January and got a surprising letter on Isabelle’s birthday that my ana titer was high and that I need to go to the rheumatologists to get further testing done for a connective tissue disorder…whoa.

That news made me nervous and anxious. But I remind myself that I feel good, and to take it one step at a time. In the meantime, I’ve started doing barre at home to get some fitness back into my daily routine. I also have started limiting my gluten intake after doing whole30 in January, only to have my knees “blow up” again when I went on a gluten binge.

When you’re a Mom, you may be guilty of never putting yourself first. But sometimes you need to push yourself to do even just a few small things a day to take care of your health: some crunches, a healthy salad, calling your doctor for a check up. We can’t take care of our families or have fun with them if we don’t take care of ourselves first.

So on this sick day, I’m going to rest while my husband has a snow day, follow up with rheumatology to get my testing scheduled, and drink lots of tea to get rid of this nasty bug I have.

Take a few minutes to take care of your health today. You need it. You deserve it.

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