I am back from vacation! Good to be back! I drove back from Indiana last week and spent the rest of last week getting organized. A LOT has changed since the beginning of July. Let's begin with the obvious; the spinal cord injury and subsequent surgery to correct, then in August I moved into a new house (the other one finally sold, of course it would sell right after I've had major back surgery and can't pack or move boxes), and about a week ago I received a new job offer, which I accepted and am so grateful for and excited about. So between the packing/unpacking (well, as much as you are able to do yourself when recovering from spinal cord repair), the trip to visit the family in Indiana, and now preparing to start a new job, I have been BIZZZZY. Finally almost all of the boxes are unpacked. And although my new house is 1000 sq feet bigger than the last, I seem to not be able to find room for some of my stuff, which is prompting me to possibly have a garage sale this fall. And my dog hates the new house, HATES it. It's been a rough transition for her. I'll be posting pics of the house shortly and hope to do a vlog to show you what's in my gluten-free, diabetic kitchen. I'm excited to show you!
The week I was in Indiana my blood sugars were horribly high. I'm sure the stress of trying to do too much with too many different people in too short of a period of time had something to do with it. I also suspect I got glutened from a coffee shoppe while there. I was quite sick for a little while after drinking a coffee drink, the celiac disease kind of sick that rears its ugly head when you accidentally ingest gluten. I confirmed ahead of time that the beverage was gluten free, but I think they were wrong.
It was nice to visit with my mom, who was diagnosed with celiac disease just this past January. That saying misery loves company is absolutely true because I loved having someone to go out to eat with who completely understands what it's like and knows all the local gluten-free friendly hot spots in town. It's also nice that I can go to her house and eat anything because I know everything is gluten free. No need to label read! Being home made me uber home sick. I like the slower pace of life back home. I like having the support system. I like the familiarity of things, places, people. It made me realize how lonely I feel sometimes living in a big city, 600 miles away, without my family. I was never alone there, which at times drove me its own kind of nuts, but that's largely because I am not used to being around people all the time. I live a very quiet life in Minneapolis. I'm not a partier, I don't have a large circle of friends (by choice) and I enjoy doing some things alone. But not always. Sometimes I wish I had my sister, nieces, cousins or parents nearby to do things with.
But right now I'm too busy to feel sad. I'm still organizing the house- daily- and am a little worried about my back and whether I am ready to return to work. I have been having pain in the surgical area, not severe or anything, but bothersome and continuous. I have another follow up this week and hope to God they don't find something wrong that would prevent me from going back to work. I NEED to go back to work, people! Ain't no one else going to pay my bills, you hear what I'm saying?? I can just imagine the doctor saying that they won't release me to work until my next 6 wk check up, and I imagine me freaking out right then and there. I don't want to lose this job opportunity to work for a company I've applied to several times!
Hopefully the dog will get out of her depression soon, that my house will magically put everything away, and that my orthopedic surgeon will tell me that everything looks fine on the xray.