I did a check-in right before the holidays and I think it is time for another one.
Migraines are still in check. They come and go, and I take my meds when they show up. The weather and sun are two of my biggest triggers. I also have issues with noise and stress as triggers.
RA is no fun and I rate it 0/10. I struggled with a previously unknown sulfur medication based allergy for a couple of weeks, along with a stomach bug. I was miserable and ended up in the ER.
I have a great rheumatologist and if you aren’t that lucky, search until you find one. If you are in the Louisville, KY area, let me know. I’ll give you her info. Same for my neurologist. Bonus: he is adorable. Unfortunately, he is married with kids.
If you want to read more about my RA journey, you can read RA and Me Part 2
All joking aside, I guess I’m doing okay. I’m trying to do what I can on the good days and resting on the bad ones. Listening to my body is tough sometimes but it’s important that I do so.
As of the date of this post, I am 2 years, 5 months and 5 days sober. That’s a lot of work, tears, and yoga.
It continues to be a daily struggle not to drink. I don’t think about it every day- I am well beyond that point. There are days, however, that one drink would make everything better. Or so I think.
Stress is a trigger.
Anxiety is a trigger.
Depression is an even bigger trigger.
If all three show up, it takes everything I have to not drink. I read. I color. I listen to music. I watch a funny movie. I talk to someone.
Whatever it takes.
Most Sundays, I go to a Yoga 12 Step for Recovery class. I found it on Facebook a few months ago and loved it. Sometimes I talk, sometimes I don’t.
If you’re in recovery, I highly recommend it.
For the most part, I’m okay.
Anxiety remains a daily part of my life. I’ve learned to control it, deep breaths and slowing down are my main coping skills.
Depression creeps in when I don’t expect it, and it keeps me up at night. It’s not my friend at all, I shut it down when it gets to be too much. I may get quiet but that is me working through my thoughts.
Summer vacation is coming for me! The kids have three days of school -then they can sleep in, play video games, and have lots of adventures.
I’m looking forward to this. We had a lot of fun last summer and want to repeat this. I’ll be working on the blog, a book, reading and listening to podcasts.
This is my mid-year check-in. It’s nice to reflect and see where I’m going next.
Where are you with your year? What do you want to do with the next six months?