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Glad January is Over

February 3rd, 2020 at 05:58 am

January was a tough month and I am happy to see the back of it. I still don't have my Embrel shots coming because of the doctor's office dropping the ball, so I've had a lot of pain for the month of Jan. I lost 12 pounds, I had a nasty stomach virus and a nasty sinus infection, not at the same time, went off gluten, and I tried to do an eat from the pantry challenge and mostly succeeded. I did buy a few things, but most of the money I saved went into buying bulk meat for the freezer, $3.49/lb chuck roast and $1.99/lb boneless skinless chicken thighs. Tonight we are getting takeout for the first time in ages.

My mom's surgery is on the fourth and we are hoping they will keep her in the hospital until Friday, but she might be coming home sooner than that. DH is taking some sick leave, but the bulk of taking care of Mom will still fall on me and my son. This should be her last surgery. I did locate my power of attorney, her living will, and the actual will a couple of weeks ago, so I have all the paperwork I need should something go wrong. She also added me to her bank account so I can do that if needed.

I am not looking forward to February either, although I will have some time off on the 12th as DH and I are going out to dinner for my 50th birthday. I really wish I was on my shot. This is just going to be such an overwhelming time for me and to have it be in pain because I don't have my meds is just stressing me out.

We've got our vacation set up for mid-March for our 25th wedding anniversary now and I will likely need it very much after caring for Mom and shuttling her around everywhere. She will be allowed to drive by then so will be able to do for herself again at that point.

I know I just need to take a deep breath and calm down and make sure that whatever I do during this month that I make an effort to do my exercises, try to find time to destress, and continue to eat as healthy as I can. Oh, and get good sleep. Last time my mom had surgery it ended up with me falling off the good eating wagon and I gained back all the weight I had lost. I do not want that to happen again. I worked hard to be here and I want to keep seeing the scale going down. It's going to take a lot of focus. Hopefully I can maintain that.

4 Responses to “Glad January is Over”

  1. latestart Says:

    Sorry for the frustration with the Embrel shot. My DF is having similar issues getting his insulin. The brand he uses is not on the approved list for his new insurance company. He has walked to the form into the office and the girl at the desk knew better and did not give the form to the doctor to complete.

  2. LifeBalance Says:

    Do you notice any difference since going gluten-free?

  3. rob62521 Says:

    I'm sorry about your not getting the Embrel shot. Hopefully that will be taken care of. I know when I'm in pain, I tend to start worrying about everything because I hurt. Nothing like you, I'm sure.

    Good deal on buying the bulk meat so you have it when you want it.

    Hope February is better for you.

  4. Lucky Robin Says:

    Life Balance--Yes. I don't feel bloated all the time or seem to retain as much water. Also, my acne has almost completely cleared up. I am also a lot more clear-headed when I wake up and not feeling the mental fog. It's hard for me to gauge anything else, since I was so sick all month.

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