Wednesday, August 10, 2016

New Lease on Life

Following my recent big AHA, I've begun doing things for and taking care of myself in new-to-me ways.  Simple things that are no-brainers for other women, but things that I wasn't brought up to believe were meant for me.  Like getting pedicures and having my toenails painted turquoise, for one.

Yesterday I bought a Samsung Galaxy S2 tablet at Costco, and I'm already in love with it.  Took me long enough to get an android device.

Especially since my sleep habits have changed so radically in the last six months, and I'm very often awake for hours in the middle of the night, my new toy already made itself useful last night.

The sleep problems came with the sinus problem that I'm still dealing with.  The antibiotics I took a few weeks ago did nothing, except put me on probiotics for the month to ward off potential bad juju to my system from the antibiotics.  I went back to the doctor and requested a referral to an ear/nose/throat specialist (the ENT in Humboldt County), but first she wanted me to have a CT scan of my sinuses.  So I had that last Friday.  Now I can't get in to see my doctor again until next Tuesday and then it could be a month to six weeks after that before I get to see the ENT.

The last time I saw the doc, she gave me a script for Flonase.  I HATE taking pharmaceuticals, but I thought I'd be a good sport and try it.  The first spritz in my nostrils made my congestion worse than it was, and the second spritz early the next morning gave me the shakes, an anxiety attack that lasted most of the day, and a bad headache.  I threw that shit out.  That was two weeks ago.  The last few days I've been having minor anxiety attacks and am now using Bach's Rescue Remedy and some homeopathic pellets several times a day to deal with that.  Plus I'm living on Sudafed twice a day, but at least that helps some with the congestion which comes and goes.  Ooh boy.  I'm weary.

My head hasn't been much into my white and brown stitched piece, which I'm calling Winter Woods, although I did quilt just a little bit of it late last week.  Hoping to get back to it soon.

Meanwhile, I keep trying to get myself back to some other time in the recent past, when things didn't seem to be so marginally out of control as they seem to be these days.  But I'm afraid that ain't happening...because life doesn't move in that direction.  So onward I go.

Hope you're having a great week.  Blessings.  


Unknown said...

Hope you feel better soon, Connie!
Sending a hug!

Yes, onward we all go
Nice toes!

Jan said...

Love the turquoise toenails! Pedicures are great--I could never do all that they do to get my toes in shape.

Sorry for the chaos. You know I'm "with you, with you". xxxj

Gerrie said...

I am an expert on dealing with sinus problems. Are you doing saline rinses? That is the only thing that keeps me off antibiotics. I also use a CPAP when I sleep with a humidifier which is helping. Here is what I use with distilled water:

So happy for your AHA and taking good care of yourself. You are worth it!! XXOO

Charlton Stitcher said...

Those toenails are great. May they carry you forward through your current troubles.

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

That nail polish is pretty!

I do hope you will soon be well.

Love, hugs & prayers ~ FlowerLady

Judy Sall Fiber Art said...

I second Gerrie... the saline rinses regularly were what helped me so much back in '08, and that was the last time I had a sinus infection. I also spritz once a day or more with saline spray to moisten my nasal passages.
Good on you re: the pedicure! I have never had my nails (hands or feet) done but am in total favor of doing things to treat ourselves. I have a great gal who keeps my hair cut... a little costly, but well worth it in my book. Hope you feel much better soon so you can get back to enjoying life!

Marybeth said...

Follow Judy's advice. The saline spray keeps the infection away for me and it is not as disgusting as the saline rinse - but that works wonders also. Ayr is a brand name but they have store name ones also.

I have 3 projects to work on for an exchange and I will be putting those wonderful scraps I got from you to good use. There is a deadline and I must start you will be on my shoulder while I am having fun with fabric!!!

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

Good, great, bad, awful, painful and moving forward...tough week and I hope some of this drops away such as the difficult sinuses.
I was in my late 50's for my first pedicure. This is such a beautiful color that one can't help but feel like smiling...blessings to finish the week!

Living to work - working to live said...

Neat toes. I cannot help with the sinus problem other than offer sympathy.

For insomnia I can suggest radio on your new gadget. Radio 4 or Radio4x on catch up. It's brilliant. I've also been known to sit at the sewing machine at 2 in the morning!

Keep smiling.

jenclair said...

Hope you are feeling better by now! I bet looking at those toes gives a little sense of well-being. Pampering oneself can be a good thing. :)

john said...

I feel like I am right with you when you are telling about your life. It is like telling a friend the latest update. Love that about you. Feel better. :-)