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Holidays and a potentially scary new diagnosis in the DSM-5

Christmas and Hanukah are over but New Year's Eve and day are still to come!  I worked Christmas Eve and Christmas Day but had Christmas Eve and most of the day with my mom and siblings and Christmas night with my dad. I got a present I've been wanting for a while from my brother and sister - a Clarisonic!  I can already feel a difference in my skin, it seems so much cleaner.  I got new black boots, a new sweater, some more skin care things,fleece lined leggings (something I was extra excited about given my lack of body fat this winter) and pajama pants.  I am relieved that Christmas is over, every year it is stressful due to my divorced parents and my work schedule. For NYE, I usually go up to NH with some friends.  I happened to get sick right around Christmas this year so I was hoping I would be well enough to go.  I love sitting by the fire and seeing the snow, and being with such great friends that have supported me through the last few years of bad health.   Somethi

Clothing Sizes

For a long time when I had Cushing's, I was afraid to "go up a size" in anything, instead squeezing into clothes that were probably too small.  I refused to shop at plus size only stores, thinking it meant "giving in" in some way.  I wore stretchy yoga pants and hooded sweatshirts to hide the hump on my back and my bulging belly, but prove that my legs were still normal sized. Towards the end, I found that maternity clothes offered the best fit, and stocked up on jeans and tops that were comfortable to wear AND looked ok.  Sometimes, when shopping in a store instead of online, and was asked about my pregnancy, I lied because it was easier than explaining a brain tumor that cruelly, would take away any natural ability to GET pregnant in the first place. Now, when I shop, I tend to make a big deal out of it in my head.  It's almost an accomplishment, that I lived through Cushing's and now can go back to buying normal sized clothes.  Recently, I was able

Allergic Reaction? Bleeding Disorder?

I had ANOTHER kidney stone on Friday.  It started while I was at work, and I was trying to wait as long as possible to leave, thinking maybe it was just the way I was sitting, so I did a few laps around the department and when things began to get worse, I decided to call my mom and meet her at the ER.  When I got there, they asked about my medical history, which is usually not a great thing to do.  As soon as the nurse heard my list, she brought me right back to a trauma room so they didn't have to wait to get me hooked up to an IV and some pain meds. The nurse was the same one I had when I had my  Last Kidney Stone , it's always nice to see a familiar face when you are in pain!  I got IV antibiotics, pain meds, and went on home. Saturday, I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror and noticed my face looked red and blotchy, I didn't think much of it but when I woke up this morning it was purplish and had filled in the rest of my face.  I went to my PCP and had some blo