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Woe is me

…I hate to be a downer, but I am feeling sorry for myself. This last 9 months has been really tough, healthwise, and I am really hoping, that kind of like one of my pregnant patients, I am going to emerge after this time, to reclaim something of myself. So I think I mentioned that I was diagnosed with whooping cough – just as my whoops were lessening, I came down with a cold – on the day of 2 Oceans in fact. So just as the one cough started to abate, so the next one began. I am so tired of coughing!

Then about 6/12 ago, before we visited Scotland I was having some dental woes – one root canal and one extraction later, Inwas bruised and battered, but feeling better. So finally, last week Friday I headed to the maxfax surgeon for the start of the implant he was going to site, to allow the crown to be fitted in another 4 months time. He x-rayed the site, was happy, inserted it, (lots of drilling and awful noises!) and off I went. Happy, until yesterday, when I had so much pain, that within 8 hours I had had 3 doses of myprodol, celebrex and I was still in agony. I made it through the afternoon, barely, and then headed off, back to the maxfax guy, who could see no apparent cause for the pain, so it was a case of vasbyting, but not biting! I had a torrid time last night, I was nauseous, I was fainty (hot and cold sweats, blood rushing in my ears), I was sore. and I had taken way too many painkillers!

Somehow I made it through the night, despite having to go and do a caesar at 02hoo. and loaded up on meds again this morning, somehow I have made it to lunchtime feeling ok. I hope that is the worst behind me.

But guys, seriously, I am so tired of being ill – hypertension and all the issues I’ve had there with treatment, whooping cough, colds, dental issues. ENOUGH! I just don’t know how to make myself strong again – I take vitamins, I eat good wholesome food – too much, I acknowledge, I don’t overdo the alcohol, I exercise, but I don’t sleep well, but none of this is different. Can I get a trade-in for this broken body of mine?

Health update

…phew, I have had a rough halfyear health wise. But I hope I am making some forward progression, let’s recap –

  • so in June last year I was diagnosed with hypertension. It was quite severe and I was started on some medication. I felt better and my headaches (which really had been the only clue) improved dramatically. The only thing I did notice is that my running strength declined after starting the meds.
  • Early this year I got hold of a sports medicine physician friend who after running heaps of tests has increased my Vitamin D intake, and suggested a change in my hypertension medication
  • about a month ago I had a stress egg done (at the request of the sports physician), which was normal, but at which point one of local physicians stepped in.
  • before my pertussis diagnosis was confirmed he thought my cough was being exacerbated by the first antihypertensive, so concurred with the decision to change it, but for different reasons.
  • The medicine was changed
  • the cough remianed.
  • pertussis was diagnosed
  • slowly (after almost 2 months) the cough is improving (still have occasional paroxysms)
  • my legs however feel great!
  • now to improve the fitness!

I really hope to now see the back of my health woes. I want to get back to my fit and healthy state of being, where I can run with people, not behind them…

Oh boy

…waking up on a Friday morning with a migraine, on a morning that one has to stay fasted for blood tests; and on a friday that is going to be super hectic is not the best start. But I have had my bloods done, had some drugs and am starting to feel a bit better. Work will be busy, it is a friday after all, and then the weekend awaits. Last night I had a lovely art class, then came home to work on one of dessert elements for Saturday night’s dinner (can you tell, I’ve been watching Masterchef?) I am really getting excited about putting this dinner together! I just am feeling the time pressure, because I have literally had something on every single night this week, and I haven’t really had time to sneak out of the office to look for the little things that will add to the ambience. I see a late night in my immediate future. I can’t wait to share my menu and pictures with you guys, tune in on Monday for the next episode in BirdyChef!



… on my goals.

Now after yesterday’s rather bleak post, I realised I need to short my focus from my own belly button (enough naval gazing, thank you) to my horizon. Because it is gig and wide and I can choose any number of directions. So, let me recap on my goals for now.

  • Workwise I have to focus on my bank balance – as much as I do what I love, I also have to pay the bills, and last year with the deli drama, I lost most of my savings. I want to get back to the place where I had a healthy amount of savings that I felt like I did not need to be overly concerned if disaster struck and I say needed cash in heartbeat. Currently I am not in that position, but this year I will consolidate and work hard to get back there. I am committed to this as a priority.
  • Running – so my goal of being super fit for this adventure on the wild coast is up the creek, but I will enjoy it, and then get some serious training in – on my horizon are the following events – the 2 Oceans half marathon, the Wild Women on the run event and the Cape Town Marathon. I have some goals, but my priority is to enjoy these events. I want to run with a smile and not a grimace!
  • Bodywise – I always joke that my new years resolution in the Year of the Body 73; and every year not much seems to change. About 4 years ago I lost 16kg, I’ve gained about half of that back – I need to get back down again. I have developed a number of chronic health conditions (thanks for those genes, family!) and I know that my weight is not assisting me. ( I will concede my self discipline here is low, but I am getting ready for the changes).
  • Mentally I am tired of being tired; I am over the day to day exhaustions and I will focus on those little things that give me joy. My painting class being my current thing. I am loving the time I spend exploring my creative side… I am also trying hard to limit myself in terms of how many things I commit to – if they do not advance me personally or professionally, I am going to try to say no! (not easy for me, at all!) I also am prioritising family time – my girl is very aware that I am busy and therefore tired when I get home. I know her awesome dad does so much for her, I want to remember good times with me, and not just boring tired mommy. My Charlie also needs my attention – ahem…

So focussing on goals will hopefully allow for some successful planning. Onwards and upwards… (I will report bak here periodically, it may be weekly, maybe monthly. My running log is in my pages, as is my weight loss (ok, I’m a bit shy to update there currently…) follow me there to hold me accountable.


…days, quieter me.

The ‘woe is me’ posts get boring. Thus I have been quieter (I love that word – thus – we definitely don’t use it enough). I am suffering from a cold at the moment; and I am super grumpy about that. This was supposed to be my last high mileage week before my marathon! Argh! Oh well. It is what it is. I guess I must be grateful its just a cold.

My mouth is starting to feel much better. I can’t wait for it to be totally better now!

Thandi has had a bit of a rough ride. She danced in her ballet show last week; it was BUSY! She coped really well until Saturday night – she basically did not sleep the entire night – I’m not sure if it was insomnia, over tiredness or something actually wrong (she said her tooth was sore, but I think she was copying her poor poor mother!). Then after a quiet day recovering (for all of us) on Sunday, she went to school happily; and had no problems, until yesterday, when she had a vomit and Charles had to bring her home. She seemed fine this morning; and went off to school happily. I really don’t know.

We all need this holiday!

So where am I

…in this journey of mine?

Our German friends are leaving on Monday. We were away with them in the Karoo over the weekend, they continued their break and got back yesterday. They’re staying with us, and it is all a little intense right now. I am not looking forward to them leaving.

I need to sort out the visas for our trip – Spanish and UK for me, UK for Charlie and Thandi. Although, if Charlie sorted out his passport then I wouldn’t need to sort that one out.

My dad continues to be miserable. Depressed, sad and lost. I am still out of ideas there.

My running is ok. I am needing to start to increase the mileage; the Loch Ness Marathon is in 11 weeks. I can do this!

My headaches are a bit better. It appears that they have been largely caused by my latest ailment – hypertension. It’s a diagnosis I am extremely pissed off about – I am fit, only slightly overweight, eat well, exercise well and only battle with work stress. Grrr… But I am more than happy to take the treatment, because it has helped my head, and I have seen the ravages of what hypertension in Dawny.



..flooding through me. I had an MRI of my brain and neck today and X-rays – there is no brain tumour, no need for any neck surgery. I cannot tell you how relieved I am. Phew!

Now to find a solution for this flipping annoying headache!