Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Peonies & Bronchitis.

Two years ago when I started posting on this blog, I never would've imagined that the majority of content would end up being updates about my health, because really, how boring. Haha. But to me, it's always been a journal of sorts - a way to document my life. And currently, my life is mostly focused on trying to feel better. So for now, here are some more updates :

In the post after my surgery, I mentioned how the doctor warned us that removing my endometrial adhesions may not relieve my pain. Well, long story short, she was right about that. It's been a really long few weeks - back to the grind and the pain and even back to the hospital. They ran several tests in the ER : two ultrasounds, an x-ray, and the usual bloodwork and the only thing that came back abnormal were my iron levels. Which is good, in a way, but it leaves us once again asking what the hell is going on. And I'd thought we were done with all our wondering after the surgery! So it's a bit frustrating. The pain last week was worse than it's ever been, but I'm glad to finally be starting to feel more like myself again this week as far as that's concerned, and gradually lessening my intake of those pills that I hate so much.

Yesterday, I finally went back to work (again). It's amazing how much those cute little pre-schoolers can do for a girl's morale. Our class even got a special visit from Toby, who sang his ABC's with us and gave out lots of kisses to the kids. They were thrilled. :) Throughout the day though, I noticed I was having a lot of trouble catching my breath. And taking a deep breath was nearly impossible and pretty painful.

By the evening, I was having enough trouble breathing that we decided to go to urgent care.

As it turns out, I've got bronchitis. After a breathing treatment, I got a shot of steroids, four more prescriptions, and something for the nausea caused by the shot.

Bleh. My dresser is basically a mini pharmacy now and it is kiiiiind of starting to bum me out.
Between the typewriter and the pill bottles you'd think I was 88 years old. Haha

Of course, Bronchitis is not the hardest thing to go through, and I know that I'll feel better soon,
it's just been an incredibly long month.

I'm just really ready to get back to normal and back to my life.
Back to yoga, full days at the pre-school, leaving the house on weekends and sleeping through the night.

The other day a sweet friend came by with the most gorgeous bouquets of peonies, the kindest words, and a recommendation for a naturopathic doctor to consult about my endometriosis pain, so today, I made an appointment.

I'm pretty sure I can't afford naturopathic medicine, (if any of you have done it, seriously how'd you manage?) but I'm running out of steam. I have continued to do everything I'm supposed to, everything I can, and I don't seem to be making progress. Another option couldn't hurt at this point!

I look so forward to a day that will bring total relief but in the meantime,
I'll just keep praying my hardest and holding tightly to the ones who provide the greatest support.

Hope to share something exciting and non-health related with you soon. :)
As always, thanks for your prayers and love.


  1. Kelle, ask your naturopath if she has a sliding scale for costs. A lot of naturopaths will bill based on income. Hope you finally get some answers and relief. Call if you have any questions! Praying for you and thinking about you<3

    1. Thank you so much, Kat! I will definitely ask about the sliding scale and as always I so appreciate you being available for my questions about this stuff. I'm really excited to try it out! Thanks again! You're always in my prayers too, my friend.

  2. Good lord, Kelle! If you wanted attention, you just had to ask! Kidding, of course. ;)

    If you're back to work, the bronchitis must be pretty much gone, right? So that's good news. But if you're still having endo pain, does that mean more adhesions have formed? Or do they think it's something else? Hopefully a naturopath will be able to help with the pain, at the very least.

    Is endo something that flares up and down randomly? That's what Crohn's does, although mine seems to just flare up and stay there. I've been on Prednisone for about three months now, and I'm ready to be done with it. -.-

    I'll keep praying for you. <3

    1. Hahaha, sheesh, what's a girl gotta do to get a little attention around here?!

      The doctor recommended that I not go back to work for a week or so, but I really can't take anymore time off since I've been out for almost an entire month now! So I'm kind of just doing my best, still only working half days, and using the inhaler when I need it. Apparently the bronchitis I have is not contagious? That's what she told me, so I decided to just push through it for now since it's not really a threat to any of the kids or anything. Our school ends next week so it's the final stretch! Don't want to miss a thing!

      Endo definitely flares up and down randomly. Most times it flares up when women are about to start or are having their period but I'm quickly learning that it can happen during times other than that too. I'm so sorry to hear that you've been having a hard time with Crohn's. I think of you often and always pray and hope you're doing well! I can certainly understand wanting to be done with all that! Hang in there and stay strong, dear!

    2. Being able to keep a job is like, the biggest struggle of my life. I'm worried that even after I finish school (I need my Master's to be a librarian), no one will hire me because I'm unreliable. Ah well, hopefully that won't happen!


  3. I am so sorry to hear about your health issues still going strong - what a nightmare! I sincerely hope you start to feel better soon xx

    1. I really appreciate your well-wishes! Thank you so much! <3

  4. Beautiful family pic, Kelle. I'm sorry for your health issues, but I'm glad to see you keep on smiling though. As the cheesemongers (the frenchies) like to say: Courage!

    Steal every bit of happiness from life.

    Take care.

    1. Thank you! The picture was from Easter and has become one of my all time favorites :) Not too shabby for good ol' self timer! Thank you for always having a kind and encouraging word for me, Andres!

  5. That's so awful about the bronchitis! There are so many medicines on your dresser :( I hope you get better asap!