Being a Spoonie, and what’s wrong now?!?

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As many of you know, it’s believed that I have Lupus, though my diagnosis isn’t officially on paper yet. I go to see the doctor that will confirm this in July. This means that I am chronically sick. I am never fully healthy and I don’t ever “get better” which sucks. One of the most common terms tied to chronic illness is being a “Spoonie” this is often for those of us who have a hard time functioning on a daily basis. (Hang with me for those who know me I’m sorry if I mess this up you’ll read why I might be writing funny).

So the idea is that everyone has energy, and normal people have an unlimited amount. Those of us who are sick, are limited. This is measured in “spoons” kind of like teaspoons. Those of us who are sick, when we run out, we’re out. We only get so many a day and each activity uses up some of our spoons. You can read more about it here.

The Spoon Theory written by Christine Miserandino

So recently things took a large turn for me, on the 10th of March I ended up in the ER with some really severe pain. They treated me with steroids and the norm, did blood tests and everything came up the way it normally does. Not normal for a normal person, but semi normal for me. I went home, took the meds, rested, and immediately started to improve. Then it came time to come off the medication and things went to hell in a hand basket.

About a week later I came off the prednisone steroid med, and as soon as that happened I started to swell up, badly, and then my joints and muscles became so stiff that I could hardly function, I called my doctors office who could not fit me in, they told me to go back to the ER. When I returned they immediately gave me more steroids as well as some other medications to fix all the issues. They began to determine that I was in a flare. The next morning I saw my doctor who decided to continue to let me flare on and off until July when I see the rhuematologist. I’m thinking of switching doctors because he believes that treating me is a bad idea, instead he wants to wait until the problems worsen, and then try to fix them.

After all this on the 24th, I had a seizure, the first time I’ve had one where my body twitched. I ended up at the hospital again and they determined it was a simple partial seizure, they gave me ativan along with some other medication including more steroids because I was still swelling, and antibiotics because my bloodstream was showing antibodies as well as my white cell count being high. The next morning I saw a doctor in my doctors office, he is getting me a wheel chair, since I have now lost my ability to walk, the vertigo is too bad on me, at the current moment. He’s sending me to a neurologist to check me out with an EEG as soon as possible.

Since then I have had a petit mal seizure and a grand mal seizure, my very first one of those. I still cannot walk and after the grand mal seizure I was paralyzed for a good 10 minutes. Every seizure has been preceeded by some aura, from me smelling onions, to seeing our cat as shiny, to talking about random ducks and ladies that aren’t there.Everything about this has been scary as hell, but this is where I am today. I will continue to fight. I have no idea what my future brings or how many of you wanted to know any of this, I just felt like letting it out and a facebook post wouldn’t do it. I’ve let some of you who are closest to me know via private message what has been going on, and if you want to know more please feel free to ask me.

For those that are wondering what we think is happening here is your answer. Lupus as some of you may know, attacks the healthy cells and tissues in my body much like your immune system would attack a cold. It seems as though it’s beginning to attack my brain on top of the other organs it’s been attacking. This would explain why i am beginning to have seizures. We don’t really know anything for sure right now and right now I’m just in limbo. I’ve been so groggy

Zane has been amazing, he’s been taking care of everything, the house, bills, cooking, cleaning, Alex. Everything. I could not ask for a better partner in this life, he’s incredibly supportive and even though I know he’s just as scared as me, he’s there, 100%, exhausted, and fighting right by my side.

These boys are my strength. Happy Easter to you all.

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Two as one, and my life continues on.

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My soul sparkles and my heart shines. I am Mrs. Womack forever more. On Valentine’s day 2016 I gave myself completely in vow to my best friend and chose to spend my life with him.

 

Zane and I have had so much fun with each other. That has also been foreshadowed by a large amount of responsibility and difficult times together. We have done a lot to make our life together and our place in this world. We have worked, as a team, to be where we are. Every single day we make sure to show each other in every way we can how much we love each other. Our wedding day was no different, and every single person who was at our wedding was utterly touched by the ceremony and the amount of love we have for each other. Even the pastor who performed the ceremony was moved by the love flowing out of the two of us.

 

Did we make Eve Online video game jokes in our vows? Your damn right. Did we dance poorly with each other after the ceremony even though no one else danced? Absolutely. It was a blast. Everything was beautiful. It was perfect. I walked down the aisle to our song “Bright” by Echosmith. Our nieces and Nephew could not have been cuter. Alexandr and our Nephew made adorable ring bearers, and my brother in law and sister were wonderful. My friend Matthew walked me down the aisle to my waiting future husband who couldn’t have looked more shocked and in love. Then we were married! After our dancing foolishness and some pictures at the park we had dinner at a place called The American Bowman Restaurant. It sits atop an amazing microbrewery called O’Malley’s in Kansas that makes some amazing beer. After some amazing conversation with family and some close friends one of whom, Richelle, I had not seen in far to long and was so happy to get a chance to see even if we didn’t get to chat much given the excitement, we we relieved of parenting duty for a few days for our “honeymoon”.

 

We spent the next few days having fun visiting with Matt and doing things like playing arcade games at Dave and Buster’s, and in general just being big goofs. It was so much fun. Soon I’ll make a post about how I did the budgeting for the wedding. We were able to clock in at a VERY small budget for the wedding How small? Check out my next installment to find out, but I bet you’d be surprised to find it’s well under 1,000 dollars.

 

Moving forward. Life these days is great. Zane is going to be trying out a driving job here in town, this would allow for him to be home at night, and have two days off a week. This is absolutely amazing because a lot has happened in the last few weeks. I found out that I also have Kidney disease on top of everything else (IgA Nephropathy/Berger’s Disease) and our son was just placed as special needs as he’s showing a 25-50% delay and might have sensory processing disorder. Not to mention that I badly wanted him home. I love him so much and having him home only four days out of the month was so tough. He’s so much of my world and I’m such a strong person but he’s such a big part of my life, having him hundreds of miles away….well it sucks. I hate it. So I hope this switch sticks and works out because I want him here. I prefer him here and I have no doubt he’d rather be here too.