Hi there! First, I want to apologize for being away for so long. I had to take a break from blogging because when I first started this blog I meant for it to always be a fun, uplifting little blog that gave a look behind the scenes of the sometimes crazy bath and body product creative process. I was in a dark place though and knew that anything I wrote would reflect that, and I didn’t want to spread that. So I just slipped away for a while.
Things got really bad for a few months. As in, I even considered committing suicide when all of the medical stuff got overwhelming and some personal emotions caused it all to topple over. Thankfully I was cognizant enough to call my mom and when I said I needed her she was here within minutes and I took some clonazepam to help tame the emotional side. Between a mother’s love and hugs, and a great sedative, I was able to get through the night and we made some plans for dealing with everything.
I was able to track down my former psychiatrist at her new business and was able to get an appointment really quickly. Within the first few minutes she saw that my medical team had really let me down and took over until I could find some new doctors. It turns out that I had been diagnosed with hypothyroidism over a year ago and not a single doctor had treated it or even notified me of it. I actually found it by reviewing my records so that I could provide her with any records that might help her. She was shocked that no one had treated the condition and immediately prescribed something to help, and it turns out that my Fibro had supposedly gotten so debilitating because I actually had a whole other condition attacking my body! Basically hypothyroidism means that the thyroid isn’t working right, so it’s not handling the metabolism, hormones, etc., correctly. Untreated I was gaining weight even when I was unable to eat and was unable to function, since I had no nourishment and my body was in such turmoil.
Unfortunately I found a great doctor to add to my team, but he was unable to treat me due to bureaucratic red tape, but confirmed all of my conditions including the IBSD and Hypothyroidism on top of my Fibro, CFS, GERD, and a few others, which is ironic because officially no doctor had told me they diagnosed the IBSD or Hypothyroidism. Thankfully he sent his recommendation to remain on my pain management system to the upcoming new PCP (primary care) and sent these confirmed diagnoses to them. So when I went to the new PCP she agreed to prescribe my pain medications, which I was having trouble with my regular medical team refilling and was about to land into the hospital in withdrawals, and that took a huge fear and weight off of my shoulders. She added a few other medications and agreed with the psychiatrist’s course of treatment. In a month we will run labs to see how my levels are now doing and will even see about finally getting a referral to an ENT. I’m actually in a good place with my medical treatment and am doing much better. Since the thyroid has started to be treated I have actually had energy to do some restorative yoga and household chores that I haven’t gotten done in years! I had forgotten what it felt like to have energy. It’s so easy for people to take that for granted, but I’m able to recognize the blessing. Instead of having one or two good days a month I now have about a week of bad days with the rest of the month being good days! I still have a lot of problems eating and sleeping, and at times I get wildly hyper. *laugh* Thankfully I have also had time to come up with some great business ideas that I’m excited about and will actually have the energy to make some of the ideas!
First off, I can’t wait to make chocolate scented brain soaps with strawberry jam drizzled “blood” for the gore and TWD fans, and think they’ll make fun stocking stuffers come Christmas. I also bought some luster glitters that I can’t wait to try in some soaps and go in the opposite direction to delicate, pretty soaps. I got a Maple Bacon FO that I am so excited to make in so many molds, including the brains. *grin* Don’t you think that brains would smell enticing to zombies? So why not make some that smell awesome to us too? Mawahahaha.
Anyway, I just wanted to get back into the swing of blogging and wanted to beg your pardon for being away for so long. By the way, I got an amazing pressure cooker while I was away, too, and since I’ve often posted recipes I considered including my favorite pressure cooker recipes. If any of you are interested in my posting some of these specialty recipes, please comment so that I know there’s some interest. In the meantime, I hope you have a wonderful day and look forward to sharing some new product info soon!