Compulsive hoarding is a mental disorder that is just beginning to be understood. As a hoarder, I have acquired things over the years with a specific purpose in mind at the time of the acquisition, used some of those items for their intended purposes, forgotten the goal for different objects, but now that I find that they have outlived their purpose in my life I am struggling to rid myself of those same things.

You can read the start of my journey here.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

The Mind is Willing, But The Body Done Gave Out.

To say I was frustrated would be an understatement. I am desperately wanting to get back into the groove of dehoarding and getting things out the door, but my body does not seem to approve this message. 

The pain medicine is attempting to kick in, but it's not really trying that hard yet. So far, it's just making me sleepy. When it gets like this, it's uncomfortable for me to sit, lie down, or to stand. The pain in my hips and lower back makes it nearly impossible to concentrate, yet the pain medicine makes concentrating just as difficult. If I'm lucky, I have about an hour a day    where I'm able to function almost normally, if I have to take prescription pain meds. OTC stuff doesn't even touch it.

Needless to say, I'm struggling to keep up with the day to day of housecleaning, laundry and meals. We won't even mention the taxes that need to be done or the other important paperwork that screams at me each time I walk by pretending I don't hear it.

Stupid antibiotic. If it weren't for the fact that it is one of only a couple I can take, I'd never take it again. Don't get me wrong. It does a great job of eradicating the infection, but it comes at such a high cost. Hopefully, I won't need antibiotics again now that my tonsils are no longer there and the infection is gone.


Friday, March 8, 2013

Got Milk? I Wish!

You know what they say...."When God closes a door, He opens a window."? Let me just say that God is amazing!

The 3 weeks since Hubster was laid off have been...well...good. 

Hubster applied for a job the Monday after he was laid off and got the job. It was quite the pay cut compared to what he was making before, since he has to start over from scratch, but we'll manage. We're just very thankful that he already has a job and that he's working for someone who values him and his work ethic. In fact, the new boss has been trying to get him to come to work for him for years, so it's a really good fit.

It's also a lot less stressful a work environment than what he's been dealing with for the last 13 years. As a result, it's the least stressed I've seen my husband in years. The result of him being less stressed out translates into the girls being less stressed, and an extension of that is that I'm less stressed, too. It's as though a huge boulder has been lifted from our shoulders.

There's been other stressful stuff happening around the homestead that I can't talk about on my blog. It doesn't involve anything with any of us, but it has affected our lives. Thankfully, it's mostly resolved. Only time will tell how it ends in the long run, but we're hopeful that justice will be served.

I had to start on a second antibiotic for the strep, since the first one didn't take care of it like it should have. I am finally starting to regain my health, but I really wish I hadn't had to take this other antibiotic. It makes me hurt from head to toe. I found out that dairy can apparently exacerbate the reaction. This must be a new warning. I'd never seen it before this prescription, and in fact, I have always taken it with a full glass of milk. :::insert eye roll here:::

Needless to say, I've stayed completely away from dairy. It's helped a lot. My arms haven't ached from my elbows to my fingertips this time, and my ankles have kept me up at night. However, this time my hips have really bothered me. And I've really, really, really missed milk. And cheese. And the occasional cup of ice cream. 

I'm going to stay off dairy for a bit longer just to make sure the antibiotic has time to pass through my system a bit more before starting it up again. I don't want the hurt locker to become my home. 

So that's about it for an update. I'm hoping to get back into some sort of schedule of blogging, dehoarding, walking more regularly soon. I've been totally thrown off track with all that's been going on, but it's a process, and I will get there. 

I'm off to bed to dream of the Land of Milk and Cheese. 

Have a glass for me!