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The Last Shift

The Last Shift

If you’ve been following my blog since before October 2016 or so, you might remember that I attempted to return to work on October 24th, six weeks after my brain surgery. You may also remember that it was a complete disaster and I have been unable to work since. But since that was a one-off failure, I don’t count that day as my last day of work. The day that gets that designation in my book is June 10th. That’s…

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A Good Thing

A Good Thing

That place still traumatizes me. Wait, back up. I should start at the beginning. Yesterday it was finally time for my 7-month MRI following my brain tumor removal last September (and my 7th lifetime MRI at that!) My mom came down a few days ago to spend some time with me while my husband was out of town, and to drive me to my appointments. I was already stressed out about the day because of the timing. My MRI was…

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Nocturnal Musings #19: The Things You Learn

Nocturnal Musings #19: The Things You Learn

I’m awake since I feel a bit sick right now. Nausea has become a fairly common occurrence during my days now, likely from all the salt tablets I’m ingesting…and all the food I’m not ingesting. I really don’t care, either. So, it’s been a bit since I really updated at all because I’ve been reblogging my endometriosis-related posts this month to spread awareness. But what else have I been up to?

Whoa, I’m…Radioactive

Whoa, I’m…Radioactive

Indeed, I am currently radioactive. Here’s proof: This would have been hilarious had I had my jury duty at the federal courthouse this January instead of last January. Really, officer, I can explain… So the obvious question is, why am I radioactive? Well, as stated in the pictures above, I had medical testing done this morning to help tease out my dysautonomia diagnosis, and it involved radioactive stuff.

Top Posts of 2016: Endo and Tumors and Aneurysms, oh my!

Top Posts of 2016: Endo and Tumors and Aneurysms, oh my!

As the year is (finally!) drawing to a close, I decided to go back and look at some of my old posts to see how life has changed in the past six months since I started this blog. My goal was, and still is, to raise awareness about certain chronic health issues that affect me, including endometriosis, adenomyosis, infertility, depression, self harm, social anxiety, celiac disease, pituitary tumor, and I guess that pesky little aneurysm. Here are my top ten…

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Always a Zebra…

Always a Zebra…

Note: This post spans a period of two days, covering my entire hospital stay. Ouchie McOucherson. That’s about how I feel right now. Because surgery hurts, no matter whether it’s “just” a laparoscopy or not! But luckily I have this -> to help me. Yay for Dilaudid PCAs!

The Gold Standard

The Gold Standard

I sat on the toilet in our hotel room, slumped over with my chest on my thighs, desperately wishing it would end so I could get some sleep. Alas, no sleep would come until I was rendered unconscious in the OR by the mechanisms of modern medicine several hours later. The clock was slowly counting down the remaining hours until my excision surgery. Confused? Be sure to catch up first with You Have What In Your Where? and Know Your…

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Know Your Enemy

Know Your Enemy

Where does anyone in the 21st century turn to for information? The Internet, of course. Which takes us back to where we left off at the end of my last post. Hopeless, in more pain every day than anyone should have to endure, and looking for support from people who could relate to what I was going through. And hopefully, other women who had gone through a special type of surgery called excision.

You Have What In Your Where?

You Have What In Your Where?

I don’t know when or how I first developed endometriosis. No one really knows, as most women fight through years of misdiagnosis after misdiagnosis before finally, after ten years or so, landing on the correct diagnosis. Theories abound regarding how this disease arises, from an outdated theory by a guy named Sampson to more recent and scientifically based theories involving stem cells and other genetic factors. For a complete, authoritative review on endometriosis, I have found this article from the Center for…

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