Friday, March 20, 2015

Self Imposed Bed Rest

It's 10am. and I'm still in bed. Well, technically I got up and got the kiddos off to school, then hopped back in bed. And, truth be told, I don't really like it!

Here's the thing.
I may have mentioned before that in my old age, the dreaded T.O.M. is downright horrendous. I hemorrhage every month to the point that I wonder how I can still be alive after losing so much blood. Every month I become anemic too, as an added bonus.

I've talked to the doc about it and done loads of research, and aside from having a medical procedure (that my insurance won't cover), they all say the same thing. BED REST on the heaviest days.

Ha, that's comical. When does a working mother of 2 active kids get a chance for bed rest? Unfortunately my heaviest days usually fall on the day that I have to be on my feet, or have a million things to do that can't be rescheduled.

Except for today. Today for the first time ever, the heavy day is happening on my day off from work and I have no other plans. So, I'm giving rest a good try.

I had my coffee in bed.
I filled out permission slips for the kids in bed.
I watched some old episodes of Dateline in bed.
I'm now writing a blog post from my bed.

And it's only been 90 minutes.

I know I can't take much more of this. I am not made from the resting type of people. My people find stuff to do even when it seems everything is done. We do not sit idle.

While sitting here I'm thinking about how I could be cleaning out and organizing the hall closet since it's the first day of spring.
I'm also thinking about how I could be prepping dinner, or putting up the rest of the Easter decorations. Cleaning the toilets? Wiping the toothpaste off all the bathroom mirrors? Catching up on laundry. There's always laundry!

Nope, I'm forcing myself to sit here, and getting anxious, all because of this stupid monthly visitor that is trying to kill me. That's my day so far.

Soon I will get up because I haven't even had breakfast, except for a scoop of protein powder in my coffee.
Sitting here with my feet up, while a very nice thought, is just not me.
I tried. I think I'm done.

Have a wonderful, and restful weekend you guys!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Six Things Saturday

Or should we just call it "I can't come up with a full post, so let me share this random crap with you"?

This was supposed to be a "Ten Things Thursday" post, but I got sidetracked. Plus, I only have 6 things, so here ya' go.

1. I never thought in a million years I'd say (or type) these words.
I just made reservations for lunch at the American G1rl place in Chi-town. Yup, gonna' shell out $70 for me and my two angels to have lunch on Mother's day weekend. That's not a special Mom's day brunch price, that's just their regular WAY overpriced every day lunch. Never thought I'd do it.
But, here I am with my 8 and 9 year old kiddos who think their parents are the absolute best for coming up with this idea. Hey, you only live once, right?

2. I skipped the gym all last week. I'm on the injured list. The week before I went all Bad Ass and upped my squat and lunge weights AND went to Pump 3 times instead of 2. By Friday I could hardly walk. My hip is a super jerk and hates me. It's the SI joint (google it), it flares up from time to time and causes all kinds of havoc in my life. Like, making it difficult to walk, sit, stand, bend, sleep. Just those little things that I need to do EVERY day! I am still in pain this week but it's slightly better. I went to the gym but didn't do heavy weights. I also did the elliptical and treadmill at home twice. I've been doing yoga to try to get things back in shape with the hip. I probably should go to the chiro, but I hate his secretary, so I tend to avoid the place.
So for now I'm wearing sneakers every day, and walking around like an old lady. It's attractive.

3. Speaking of the gym...I went back to my early morning spin class yesterday. Can you believe I willingly set my alarm for 5am. and actually got up and left the house? It must be spring. I used to go regularly until the temperatures got to be -20 all the time, and I just couldn't do it.
Who the heck wants to get out of bed when it's cold, dark, and windy? Not me, I can tell you that.
So, now that the temps are steadily on the rise, I'm up and out and exercising super early (before I can talk myself out of it).

4. My 9 year old reformed picky eater has been asking for spinach smoothies in the morning. Yesterday I was out of spinach and she refused to eat the orange/banana/pineapple smoothie that I made. She said it's just not the same without spinach. What!? Have I been transported to some alternate universe? Or has my daughter been taken over by an alien?
Also, she noticed after 2 days of green smoothies, the huge bruise she had on her knee was pretty much gone. I like that she gets the connection between food and health. Teach them well!

5. The no meat for Lent thing is still a big hit in our house. Tonight we had baked cod, roasted asparagus, and a tomato salad. No starch! I could have put bread or pasta on the table but I figured we don't need it and if someone really missed it, they could get up and get it themselves. Nobody said a word. This was my first attempt at asparagus and it was awesome. I have some left over for tomorrows lunch. I've heard from many people that it will make my pee smell weird? That should be exciting.

6. With the warmer temperatures, I was anxious to start going for my awesome neighborhood walks. I decided to head out yesterday afternoon, and take it slow due to the hip issue. On the way out, I was feeling great and not in much pain. On the way back, whole different story! I found myself wishing and hoping that a helicopter would swoop down and take me home to my bed.
Got home and had to ice the hip and take a nap.
I remember my mom always being old in my mind. She had arthritis throughout her body and had lots of aches and pains. I don't want to be that person. I can't take it.
Let's hope for a full recovery.

OK folks, time to get breakfast and get ready for the day.
Have a great weekend!