So I really don't like doing lots of "where am I" posts, but due to my long absence this time, I think I owe all of you an explanation.
As longtime readers have noticed, I haven't posted anything since December. Well, at the beginning of January, we had some changes that happened at work that really bummed me out and made me really upset, so that was kind of the beginning of things.
Then as January went on, I noticed that I was starting to feel more and more tired and just feeling generally sick all the time. Went to the doctor, she said everything was fine, but lets run some blood work. Which was followed up with more blood work in February, and then a referral to a specialist in March.
So long story short, I have been diagnosed with Graves' Disease. It's an autoimmune disease where my body makes lots of thyroid hormone because it thinks I have an infection, but since I don't have an infection, the excess thyroid hormone attacks my body instead. Its one of the reasons I have been feeling really tired for the last 6 months or more, since my body spends a lot of my energy attacking itself, and then trying to fight the attack off too.
Emotionally, that was very hard news to hear. There is no cure for Graves' Disease, only ways to treat it, and all 3 options mean I might be on medication for the rest of my life. Which when you're only in your mid 20s, it's hard to imagine being on multiple medications for the rest of your life.
So that was the second thing that shook up my world the past few months (1. change at work, 2. body out of whack). Also, in the end of February, my grandfather died. It was very unexpected, even though he was old, because he wasn't sick or anything. So with my grandfather gone, my grandma is getting a little weird, so my Dad has been up at her place a lot trying to sort out the estate (my grandpa didn't believe in having a will, so it's a bit tangled). So that's thing number three.
And just to make another very long story short, there's been some other traumatic things going on in my family right now that I won't get into. All very stressful, which doesn't help my energy level (especially with the thyroid problem).
Which brings me to the last reason for my absence...
In a few weeks I'm moving from California to Mississippi. Why? The easiest way to answer that question is to say it was an answer to prayer and leave it at that. I have an aunt who lives out there that will help us get back on our feet. But we're leaving our California home of 20+ years, so it involves a LOT of packing, sorting, trashing, cleaning etc. and until Monday, I'm still working full-time during all of this.
So hopefully I will be back sometime in May, when we get out there and I get back on my feet. In the meantime, I wish everyone happy reading, and you can still reach me at my normal email if you want to get in touch for any reason: shadyglade AT mail DOT com