Hi Everyone! Thanks for the birthday wishes, Shann. Starting right after my last birthday, this year I've been sicker than I ever have been for that long of a period, I think, and I just keep getting less functional. So it's been hard in a lot of ways. In the past no matter how sick I was I still had my writing (except for short periods during a bad flare and during my busiest college years). But this year the fatigue and brain fog have been bad enough I've hardly been able to write anything all year. Losing that has been the hardest thing emotionally for me. I've been slightly better the last month and a half and have been able to add a small amount of editing back in (it takes less creative energy) and haven't lost hope that consistent writing will be possible again at some point.
So my relationship with Andy has been even more of a blessing than it would have been. I guess God always knows the right timing for things. It was nice to have one thing going right and going well this year, and awesome to have his support. Since he has similar health issues, he's able to give true understanding and empathy.
I had a great birthday today. I hung out with Andy this afternoon, looking at my FaceBook birthday messages and then playing a game. we had a yummy chicken and asparagus dinner and gluten-free double-chocolate brownies. (I didn't get my wish because it took me three tries to blow out one of the candles even though it wasn't a trick candle!)
Then after dinner Andy told me my sister wanted to hang out with us on video chat to tell me happy birthday. So I got online to find a whole ton of my friends there! It was a great surprise and they pulled it off great. Only nine people can fit on Google+, so not everyone could come, but most of my closest friends were able to make it for at least a few minutes, even my friend who just moved to the Philippines.
You probably remember me talking about that week she moved being extra-hard because my friend Jess had just died. Then another best friend went out of town for two weeks and didn't have much cell phone or email connections. So three of my best friends were gone. (So glad I could still text Shann a lot!) But today both of those two were at the online party, and Jess' husband sent me a nice birthday note talking about what Jess used to say about birthdays and such. So I sort of had contact with all three of them. It was special. And everyone got to see Andy and I together and meet him a little.
My fever is spiking higher than it has in quite a while after all that, but I don't feel as horrible as I usually do when it's high, and it was worth it.
Becky, I remember hearing about that bridge accident, maybe. There was one in upper Washington where a truck ran into the supports of a bridge and the whole thing fell in.
It was a miracle no one was hurt. But that was the only bridge to one area, so for a while there were people stuck away from or at home.
Has your anxiety gotten better as you've been care-taking for your grandpa? How is that going? Is the headache medicine helping any?
Barb and Jay, awesome to see you both back! I've miss you.
Shann, I love that you found a sparrow card. Thanks! You've been an awesome support to me. Glad you're out of the hospital now and I'll be praying for you as your daughter is leaving. I'm bummed we were both too sick to meet up, but we'll make it happen again sometime.
Chrissy and Pup, are either of you feeling better? Pup, I can identify with not being able to use one arm. Andy and I went kayaking one day and the next day I felt like I needed a sling because if I moved my left arm much I would about scream. Arnica gel helped.