January Developments

I was a little unsure as to how to narrow down my January for this post so I decided I didn’t have to narrow it down at all! Part of this post will be very much health specific, part of it will refer back to my aim of being more productive this year, and part of it will be about mental health.

To start: I had an MRI last week. It was on my hips. My rheumatologist has been stumped and downgraded my lupus diagnosis to a fibromyalgia one but decided that more tests were needed just in case. MRI was on a Tuesday. On the Wednesday, right when the clinic opened for the day, my doctor’s office called me because the MRI results were back and the doctor (now a replacement as my doc is on mat leave) wants to see me in March (months ahead of the originally scheduled July appointment). What does this mean? I don’t know but I’ve decided not to stress because I figure if it was very serious, they would’ve had me come in sooner… so we’ll see. On top of that I have an ultrasound scheduled for tomorrow. In the meantime all I can do is manage my symptoms as I always do! I’m seeing the CBD doctor later today so hopefully we can manage some of my pain with that.

IMG_5316Holiday party fun! Catching up with former colleagues!

Productivity wise, I’ve started volunteering at Kids Help Phone (along with retaining my SickKids volunteering). It is amazing! Incredibly stressful… Monday night was the most stressful 4 hours ever, but at the end I felt great and energized. It really affirmed that I am going into the right field. I can’t wait for my next shift. I’ve also started some personal writing… not sure if it will be a short story or a short film but I’m enjoying squeezing it in when I can. I also went on a date last night so it’s great to make some time to be back on the dating scene!

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Mental health wise, I just want to emphasize how important I think personal therapy is for everyone. I know there are people who are scared or think it will make them seem weak. I promise you that it will do the opposite. I was able to discuss a difficult friendship situation with my therapist and it provided me with insight and tools (which I had, just needed to be guided there) to figure out how to approach the situation. Like in the past, where tools have been mindfulness to manage both stress and chronic pain, therapy can help you find excellent resources, some of them right within you.

IMG_5273Friendships can be complicated, but hockey is not! Go Jets Go!