Life Update: Unwell

Frock Files | Unwell

It never occurred to me until this past couple of weeks that I’ve never been that sick. Oh sure, I’ve had a couple of nasty bouts of the flu and my share of run ins with colds, but never anything that wouldn’t go away with time, sleep, and Nora Ephron movies.

But a couple of weeks ago, I was exhausted as I drove into work and as soon as I sat down at my desk this overwhelming malaise washed over me. I eventually started having flu-like muscle aches and I braced myself for a virus. It never came. Instead, the aches traveled to my joints. And the fatigue. I wake up and feel immediately like going back to sleep.

These symptoms are scary in their nebulousness. I did the exact thing you’re not supposed to do–Googled my symptoms. Everything from chronic fatigue to MS to bacterial meningitis came up. Meanwhile, at 10 days in, I wasn’t feeling any better.

Frock Files | Unwell

Those of you who are connected with me on Instagram know that I went to urgent care last Friday. Let’s just say that it was a disaster. So yesterday, I went to my new GP for the very first time and she decided to run blood tests for a whole host of things (B12 deficiency, D deficiency, thyroid disease…the list goes on). But she also put me on Doxycycline, the antibiotic used to treat Lyme disease, while we await the results. It makes me so, so sick.

Am I too old to say that I want my parents? Whenever I get sick, I wish I could be magically transported straight to my childhood bedroom for a steady stream of my mom’s cooking, freshly picked papaya, creme crackers, guava juice, and parental reassurance. All of this is happening as James’ dad has been in the hospital, so I’m enduring this mostly on my own. Kona, while a good napping partner, hasn’t yet been trained to fetch bowls of soup.

And yet. After my bouts of inward tantrums (“I’m so tired of being tired!”), what lies beneath is this realization that I understand something more deeply. (For being raised in a Buddhist family, I had quite a Christian upbringing, and this quote has always stuck with me:)

strong

This is my mantra as I wait for these test results. This is my will for James’ dad as we try to figure out what’s wrong with him. Strength, it seems, can surface in the unlikeliest of times.

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Image beneath quotation via Stocksy

Weekend Links + Certainty

Cozy Image by Daria Zarwona

It’s aloha Friday, friends – no work ’til Monday! We have just a little over two (chilly) weeks left before we jet out for Thanksgiving and there’s so much to do before then. Two family birthdays to celebrate, lots of holiday posts to shoot, and let’s not forget about Christmas shopping! I love all of this stuff but we’re definitely going to be on the go.

So here’s to creating time this weekend to look up from your to do list and breathe in all the loveliness around you. And while you’re at it, here are five fascinating things for you to ponder:

The entrepreneurial part of me is dying to do this.

Did you know that Bill Gates was this funny? (My favorite part is at 3 minutes 50 seconds.)

In case you can’t get enough Earl Grey sweetness.

Ira Glass has all the right moves.

You don’t need to be certain to fly.

What are you up to this weekend?

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Photo by Daria Zarowna

I Want To Be Seen

Frock Files | "I Want To Be Seen" Quote by Jodie Foster

Jodie Foster is someone I’ve admired all my life.  Reactions to her speech at the Golden Globes were hugely varied, but I think what mattered most was the way she concluded: with the quote above. It resonated with me because I think that she was speaking for so many women in the world today. Who of us would be so brave as to say it this clearly and concisely in front of the world? Much respect and love to all the women who want these very same things.

Reading Rainbow

Almost everyday, I see something online that’s happening in Boston that I really wish I could be there for. Today, it’s that Oprah and Lady Gaga are in Harvard Square to promote the Born This Way Foundation. Of course, it’s going to be a mob but totally worth it. If you’re in Boston, go! Go now!

Anyway, I’ve always been an avid reader so I have great admiration for Oprah and her book club. Let’s face it, whatever your feelings are about Oprah, she’s inspired a whole lotta people to start reading. Reading allows you to travel without leaving your home, to understand people very different from yourself, to discover ideas that can help you become a better person. For me, reading = happiness. Here are the three books that I read in the last year that made me happiest:

And with the hope that they’ll make you want to go out and read these wonderful books, I’m posting my favorite quotes from each:

Food for the Soul: The Essence of Happiness
Dalai Lama
“There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness.”

Funny: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?
Mindy Kaling
“Sometimes you just have to put on lip gloss and pretend to be psyched.”

Getting Real: The Happiness Project
Gretchen Rubin
“Work harder to appreciate your ordinary day.”

Oh, heck, and one from Oprah because, well, she rocks: “The whole point of being alive is to evolve into the complete person you were intended to be.” Be happy!

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