Wednesday, May 22, 2013

5 Random Things: Physical Health

I haven't done one of these in a while and considering I have a lot of weird ailments, I thought it might be an interesting topic. :D Here's why I'm a freak!

  • I don't think I'm the only person this has happened to, but as I grew up I out-grew my allergies. Which, thank GOD, because they were so bad when I was a pre-teen that I had to get weekly allergy shots to keep them at bay because if I didn't, I would literally have to stay home due to sheer misery. My head would get so heavy that I couldn't move, UGH. Now I can use over-the-counter stuff to keep my hay fever at bay, and usually Fall and Winter are allergy-free seasons for me. Also, any other allergy sufferers still traumatized by their first allergy test? O.M.G. My mom had to squeeze my hands as pretty much every test spot on my back turned bright red and itchy and I screamed and cried. (She felt TERRIBLE.)
  • I have slipped caps in both of my hips. It wasn't diagnosed until it had gotten pretty bad, so my legs are turned out really weird. You can't tell unless I point it out, but I notice my legs stand weird. My feet are pretty much in permanent ballet position 2. :) They put two pins to stop it, one each, but without fixing the slips, and now the bones have grown OVER the pins so it won't be fixed. So far there aren't major complications other than one leg is a little longer than the other (the worst one), and I haven't been able to ride a bike since I was 12 due to my legs being turned out weird. It is what it is at this point.
  • I am in treatment for PCOS, which also has the "funsies" tie-ins of hypothyroidism and type 2 diabetes. With medicine, I've got my A1C (the diabetes number) just under the lowest "danger" number, but it still needs improvement which I need to improve with diet and exercise. My thyroid is finally getting to the "magic number" which will give me permission to start trying to get pregnant. The next checkup is in July, so one of my focuses now that I have the free time is to get my eating under control and exercise more to help up our chances. 
  • Despite being "morbidly obese" for most of my life (a term I HATE, btw - it sounds like my fat will become sentient and kill people), I actually was a fairly active kid. My bike was my independence and I rode it EVERYWHERE, including daily swim practice when I was 9-11. I also took dance classes when I was little, which I loved and wish I did more of. 
  • I've been on crutches four times in my life, all before I was 18 - two for hip surgeries (The initial pins and then a second surgery to remove a bone spur that developed in hopes it'd give me more flexibility - it didn't), and once for when I tore two ligaments in my right ankle during volleyball practice, literally two days before the first game. SO ANNOYING, and I was in a weird, smelly fiberglass cast. My foot swelled up and looked like Sherman Klump's foot for the first two weeks! The following summer, less than a year later, I re-injured the ankle AGAIN in a game of tag at summer camp, and had to finish the week in crutches, then crutch around for a few more weeks. *sigh* Swear, as a teenager I was a walking calamity. 
Whooo, I'm just a MESS, ain't I? 


  1. Wow, that's a lot! I'll be honest, when I read the earlier posts that alluded to your "ailments" I sort of shrugged it off as "oh, she's a little hypochondriac-ish". I admire your positive attitude; I'm not sure that I'd maintain such a good mental outlook. Good luck in continuing the good eating and exercise - I expect it won't be long before you get the A-OK and start trying for that baby!

    1. Thanks! I appreciate your honesty, and I understand why you'd feel that way - I kept it vague because, well, fertility difficulties and Type 2 diabetes come with a lot of stigma attached. But eff it, it's my blog and it is what it is.

      To be honest, I don't have it that bad. The medicines are working, and I have a lot of love and support from friends and family. Plus it's nothing debilitating! There's minor inconveniences, but for the most part I feel fine. :)



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