Monday, April 11, 2011

#Mamavation Monday - Coping with an illness

Many of you remember that I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis back in October of last year. I had suffered from horrible stomach pains, diarrhea, arthritis in most of my joints, erythema nodosum (a skin condition) and loss of appetite. After a 3 month long round of steroids and other medications I was happily back into remission. But for about the past month or so I have been having signs of another flare up. I have almost dug myself a hole to hide in because I do not want to go through this again. I am working with my doctor to try to come up with the best plan of action for me, which hopefully does not include another round of steroids. I gained 16 lbs the last time I took them. Not fun.

My chance at attending Fitcation is circling the drain. I have not made any flight reservations yet because my doc has not yet cleared me to go. The problem with flying is that with my condition, the change of pressure could cause a bowel perforation (a hole in my intestinal wall) and that is no good. I have checked on bus fare and even driving as a possibility. It is an 18 hour drive and with my frequent trips to the bathroom, I am not so sure how that would work. Plus, I am restricted to light exercise right now, and from what I hear, our workouts at Fitcation are going to be anything but light! If I can't go, I want to make sure the ticket can be used. I am really bummed over this, I have never been out of this region and was looking forward to exploring Austin, TX. But most of all I was looking forward to seeing all of my sistas who have supported me through this sickness, my campaigning, and my reign as a Mamavation Mom!

Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers as I learn how to cope with this illness.

Weight this week:
262.4 (+2.2)

11 comments:

Alice McCaffrey said...

Sorry to hear about the flare-up. Hope your doctor can help you find a workable solution. Keeping you in my prayers.

Steph-Fit Mom in Training said...

Noooooooooooooooooooooooo!! Kim I'm so sorry to hear you're having problems again. Praying hard for you love. Though I was sooooo looking foward to meeting you IRL and giving you a big puffy hearted hug, your health comes first. You will be sorely missed in Tx.

Shelley said...

I'm so sorry to hear you are going through this! My thoughts and prayers continue to go out to you and your family. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help or support you. I'm always here!

BUG HUGS!

Grace Matthews said...

((HUGS)) I am sorry that you are not feeling well. I know that you really want to go to Fitcation, but please put your health first. There will be another one next year. I will keep you in my prayers

MrsFatass said...

Oh, I'm so sorry, girl. I will hold you in my prayers!

Lena said...

Not fun at all! I hope you doc and you can figure this thing out. With you always

Beth M said...

Many thoughts and prayers for you as you work on this with your doctor! Keep watching what you eat and moving. Walking is light exercise, right? A walk does good not only for the body but the mind and soul!

Carrie said...

Oh, my goodness... not good girl!! Think about you and will be praying for you!!

Shanda said...

So sorry. I have been on different migraine preventatives for 12 years now and it doesn't seem fair that meds you need for health can make you gain weight but many of mine have as well. Makes the battle extra hard. Hang in there!

lorrie said...

hugs i hope things get better for you , you deserve the best life has to offer. if you didn't think that charleston was too far away to drive or you could do walking id invite you along on my vacation to join me.

Denise said...

What a blow this must feel like to you:( As someone who has been dealing with chronic illness(es) for WAyyy too long I can understand how frustrating this coming flare up is. Good support is so important in these health battles. You & your family(and Dr.) will be in my prayers.