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Saturday, February 20, 2016

It's been a long, long, long 6 months.

It started August 4th with appendicitis... perforated appendicitis. Then I didn't respond to the antibiotics and the infection spread. There were tow actual medical emergencies where if left untreated, would have become fatal conditions within hours.

Long story short - lots of hospital stays (by the third time, the nurses and I were buddies), LOTS of antibiotics, two surgeries and months at home recovering. I finally got to go back to work on January 11th. Yay!

So, because I was home-bound, in pain and on lots meds, I started to get a bit depressed and fell into my old habits of self medicating with food.

Between the ice cream and frozen appetizer sections at Target, and all of the bloating from the meds and lack of movement, I gained back up past my previous highest and logged a brand new highest weight. And it scared me. A lot.

Really, the whole experience has changed my perspective though. It really cemented in the idea that life is short and you just never know what is going to happen or when it is going to end. It has filled me with a resolve to pursue my goals in a way that I have never had before.

So I've been here quietly since January and am down 20 pounds from that all time high. I have returned to regular exercise for the first time since I was diagnosed with Lupus over 2 years ago. I have started using the right supplements to help support my immune system and body in general (I am off all autoimmune drugs for now - at least until all of the remaining infection from the appendicitis is gone)

Best of all, I am feeling pretty good.

So I'll be around. I may be a bit quiet since I am busy chasing my goals, but I'm here. I'll post a blog or two when there's something to tell, but really, I'm just happy to be here.

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    .No matter how you feel get up and get dressed and move no matter how slow you go you are out doing the person doing nothing.. Lets remember there will be bumps in the road along the way we need to stay positive believe you can do it Rose Nevet
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    1601 days ago
    good to hear you're on the mend.

    Nothing like a close encounter with death to remind you that there's still a lot of living for you to do.

    Wise one, to take it a step at a time.
    1620 days ago
    Thanks everyone. I appreciate the support!!

    1631 days ago
    wow great job on getting the 20 lbs off! You did need that time to recover, your body went through a lot with those emergencies. Taking it slow and easing back into it is the best thing to do!
    1631 days ago
    I'm glad to see you back and hear that you're doing better after all that! That kind of thing is always rough all around. Meds do make you bloat quite a bit, unfortunately. I experienced that myself recently.
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    1633 days ago
    20 lbs is great! Welcome back. :) Glad to hear you're giving kettlebells a shot. :)
    1634 days ago
    I was diagnosed with SLE Lupus in 2003. I stopped taking plaquenil years ago. I just have a few flares a year, joint pain and exhaustion. Other than that, I am very lucky so far with a mild case of this disease.
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