Barely out of the woods

So, a friend noticed I haven’t been posting much.  I felt a good bit better in early to mid-January, so I was enjoying not thinking about POTS… then I felt worse and didn’t feel up to thinking about posting!  Deep thoughts may come again one of these days, but in the meantime, here’s a post I drafted a while ago.

In case you haven’t heard, the flu is making its rounds.

A friend’s husband had the flu not too long ago and she told me, “He took a shower, and afterwards he was very dizzy and completely worn out.”  She also said, “I tried talking to him a little, and he could hardly respond, then just completely zoned out.”  Then, she mentioned, “A couple days later, he felt a little better, but after he carried a basket of laundry up the stairs, he said his heart was racing like crazy!”

I was surprised by how familiar all of that sounded to how I can often feel with POTS & NCS.  It was kind of a wake up call to me that sometimes I need to cut myself a little slack… there IS something not quite right with my body, and I don’t always need to try to live (or expect myself to live) like I’m well.

Then again, I want to push myself and try to do a little more than I think I can.  Ahhh… is life all about learning balance?!?!

I’d expressed a couple months ago to my doctor that I wanted to do more with my family, get more involved at church and the kids’ school, think about a little work here and there, etc.  She looked at me, shocked, and said, “You’re barely out of the woods!”  It was good for me to hear someone telling me to continue to take things slowly and not rush into a life of activity, seeing as when I feel a tiny bit better, my mind wildly starts to think of all the things I’d like to do.

I’m back to not feeling so hot, so I am going to cozy up on the couch with a good book… or maybe a rerun of “Chopped” (I love streaming Food Network’s free full episodes online!)… and dairy-free, sugar-free, taste-free (oops, didn’t mean to say that!) hot cocoa.

What’s your favorite winter-time drink?

For all you blizzard-dwellers:  We DID vacation in the Hamptons once... but it was in February.  Here are the boys 7 years ago this month!
For all you blizzard-dwellers: We lived the snowy lifestyle for 8 years (4 in the Midwest, 4 in New England), and we DID get to vacation in the Hamptons once… but it was in February. Here are the boys 7 years ago this month living it up on a snow-free but very cold beach in the Hamptons!



One thought on “Barely out of the woods”

  1. Love the throw-back pic of your snow babies!!! 🙂 I keep meaning to call you, Kristi, but then we keep having more and more snow delays and cancellations! Will definitely call for your big day this weekend!!!! 🙂 So sorry to hear that you’ve taken a down-turn again. Will pray for wisdom and patience — and for the balance of GRATITUDE when you ARE feeling surprisingly better without the accompanying feeling of needing to get a lot done! 🙂 May God grant you daily grace to measure out exactly what you can handle for that day alone!

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