Sunday, October 01, 2006

Overdue Update

I was looking over my blog and realised that I haven't updated anything about myself lately.

Adequate to poor. I still have low grade laryngitis which has been going on for almost 2 months. I am calling my doctor to get an ENT specialist referral. Although my ankle has responded really well to the health care regime I started in the summer, I have had some setbacks. I developed compensation pain in my left knee due to the stress I put on it while favouring my right ankle. I have also developed some sort of condition where I get random pain in all different parts of my body. It is at times in my feet, ankles, calves, shoulders, forearms, upper arms, neck and jaw. A few knuckles are swollen and there are some very tender points near joints. I had a preliminary test that showed positive for the marker for rheumatoid arthritis. This was very scary, as my sister has suffered tremendously with the disease for a number of years. There are many diagnosises being bantered around including Fibromyalgia, arthritis and other inflammatory ailments. There is some agreement that it is temporary due to the extensive trauma with the ankle break. Apparently it is common in accidents and other major injuries that your body chemistry changes and sometimes triggers latent ailments. I have an appointment with a rheumatologist on October 18th, so hopefully I'll learn more then.

I love my new job! It is lots of fun. I have to be the total singing dancing clown, so it's like performing for a rapt audience every class. Do I wish my voice was all there? Of course, but I can't really do anything about it, so between that and my dysfunctional body, I am not performing my job to the utmost of my ability, but am doing my very best. I can't wait to get healthy and really kick a** at a job that I love and know that I am good at. My assignment is mostly primary, so I am having tons of fun. Little kids are hilarious and great to watch learn and grow. It's not always roses, as they have little self control and take forever to learn routines, but still love you unconditionally no matter how often you have to talk to them about their behaviour.

I really don't use this blog to openly discuss this topic, but it is part of my update so I am including it sparingly. After what seems like eons of bad dates I have actually had a number of good ones with the same person if you can believe it. Without reading too much into things and keeping my head on straight it's a lot of fun and I'm looking forward to what's next.

Still need to paint! Still need to do the floors! Still need a shelving unit for the bathroom and a hutch for the dinning room. But I am still in love with my condo. I open the door at the end of the day and smile because I know that it's mine. Since I've become more mobile, I've had the opportunity to explore my neighbourhood and love it even more. There's so much to do, and the people watching is great.

I've had to really make some major changes to my life. I am definitely doing too much and need to scale back. So I'm going to cut back on rehearsals and take more time for me. A few days ago I figured out that I don't really know how to relax. I thought it meant going strong until I burnt the candle at both ends down to a puddle of wax and then throwing myself on the couch and flaking in front of the television. Umm, not so much! Also, taking care of my spirit is really beneficial to my healing process. So time to learn to relax. Back to Yoga, more reading, aromatherapy baths, meditiation, I'll try most things as long as they are safe and doable.

All in all a pretty full update. Looking forward to what is going to happen in October!

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