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.