It’s been awhile…What started out as a one week break turned into two and then 4 weeks and then a month went by. There were nights that I said I would blog after the kids went to bed but it never happened. Not because there were other things, but because to be honest I just didn’t have the energy to blog. My blog had to go on the back burner as I am sure most of you can understand that life just got busy… some good stuff and some not so good stuff. So let me break it all down for you the best I can. It seems appropriate that tomorrow marks the monthly Ultimate Coffee Date so grab a cup of coffee or beverage of your choice and let’s catch up.
I was bummed to miss last months date so I’m making it up by sharing all of things that have been going on for the last 6 weeks!
These two have been so good!! In the last 6 weeks B learned how to walk and is now running and Sara learned to ride a bike. HUGE!!!! Spring hasn’t showed up on a consistent basis but when it does we are happy to enjoy every single second.
I was getting outside to run and train for my upcoming half and loving my 5am runs! … that was until I hurt my back last Saturday morning (more on that in the UGLY section…)
My weekends were filled with long runs and it felt great…. that is was until last weekend!
Sara and I also signed up for her schools 5k ALS charity run. She’s been training for the 1 mile race. It will be her 3rd race but the first time she wants to practice her running and train. Gotta love it!
Oh life has been not so kind to me these last 6 weeks but it’s getting better. I found out just before spring break that my school district was going through a massive budget crisis and that all part time employees were on the chopping block. Working part time is such a gift and I am so happy that I have been able to do it since Sara was born but when you work in the school system you are always the first to “go.” For awhile my boss thought that they could get away with reducing me from 70% to 50% but in the end it didn’t happen. It’s been hard, but thankfully I am still working through the end of the year and have some “what’s next” options on the table. The tricky and hard part is finding something that works for my family and for me… it’s HARD to be a working parent and to find the balance of being with your kids. Fingers crossed, I will have this process wrapped up in the next 1-2 weeks!! Time is precious and I certainly don’t want to be missing major events with my kids…. this is “to be continued” part of my story.
And then… remember my hearing loss issue? As it turns out one of my test results got lost and I heard from my doctor at the end of March that I did in fact test positive for Inner Ear Auto Immune Disorder. Of course I went to Dr. Google first to get some knowledge but that just freaked me out. I saw a rheumoltologist a couple of weeks ago and she confirmed that my strep absolutely had something to do with my hearing loss. While I am hearing fine and symptom free right now I have to make sure to really take care of myself and protect my immunity. In the meantime I now have a team of doctors and some plans in the event I lose my hearing again.
And then there was…
THE UGLY (warning gross pics ahead…)
About 2 weeks ago there was on outbreak of Hand Food and Mouth Disease in B’s room at daycare. OMG he had the WORST case ever!!! I was home ALL week with my little man who was beyond miserable!
First of all the name itself is just so gross and really it should be call the ALL OVER BODY disease cause that’s where he had.. ALL OVER his body! Sara had it when she was 2 but she had some a minor case. I spent a week at home with B and did a ton of cleaning and lots and lots of laundry! It doesn’t get much uglier then that!
Thankfully, we are fine with just lots of skin peeling (still grosses me out..) Oh and can you believe that this little man is now 15 months old!!!
They say stress affects the body in so many ways and I am a firm believer of it. As you can see life has been a bit stressful for me since the end of February when I first lost my hearing. Last Saturday morning while I was enjoying some nice moments of silence on my couch at 5:30am (yes I know it’s nuts to be up at 5:30 on a Saturday but that’s just how my body works. Anyways, I turned my head and felt a horrible pain in my back. My body broke out in a cold sweat and I literally had to crawl to the bathroom. By 8am I was on a chiropractors table getting adjusted. I could barely walk or move. I was angry because I was supposed to be out running 11 miles but instead I flat on my back in horrible pain.
The adjustment helped and felt enough relief to walk (very gingerly). I spent the majority of last weekend icing and resting my back. On Monday evening I started with a chiropractor who took x-rays. I went through electrical stimulation on my back and series of other therapies. I learned Tuesday that while I have a pinched nerve which is getting better each day I have signed of arthritis in my neck and have a lower back that is all out of whack. I’ve seen the chiropractor each day for adjustments and am hopeful that I can re-adjust my posture and keep my spine healthy.
Thankfully, I have been able to resume daily activities and have slowly returned to running but I am learning towards not running a 1/2 marathon next Sunday and focusing on the North Shore 1/2 Marathon next month and of course the Chicago Marathon this fall.
This pillow is my new home buddy. Each night I lay on it with the goal to open up the neck and spine. I need to work up to 20 minutes a day. It might look painful but it feels good. I’ve started with 3 minutes
So that’s life… It was the longest blogging break that I have ever taken in over 3 years and I apologize for that but something had to give!
I’m happy to be back but I’m not sure how often I’ll be posting. In the meantime, happy to just catch up with all of you today!!
So tell me since it’s been so long, what’s been going on with you?