A little too personal?

So, this is probably the most personal/in-depth post I have ever written; and good-gosh has it taken a lot of thought and courage to post. But, here we go. Part of my life not many know starts in the next paragraph.

And by no means at all am I looking for attention or pity… That thought is the main reason I don’t publicize any of it. I kind of just wanted to share this to see if it would help me move on with my life and keep trying to live my normal day-to-day life. I’ve made it this far, why not keep going?!

I have been feeling really lousy for 18 months; fatigue, body aches, headaches, flu like symptoms and extremity paralysis. I’m completely exhausted and I have been slacking with my blog (Sorry to the readers…) and even my own well being.

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Felt strong enough to go on a hike and do some bridge yoga – Happy New Year!

I had meniscus surgery in September and I kind of overlooked my personal health for a few weeks. I recovered quickly from the surgery and quickly realized that the fatigue and body aches I was feeling wasn’t from the pain meds, it was just me. So, I went in to get blood tests at my naturopath doctor and they came back with some high blood glucose levels and I was immediately sent to Children’s Hospital Endocrinology in late October.

There, I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes on October 30th. So, for the last several months that has been one of my battles, or the least of my worries as I like to think of it. I’ve dealt with high levels and low levels, and both are equally as scary.

Two weeks went by and the doctors thought I would start feeling better and that insulin would do the trick of making me feel better. Well, they were quite mistaken and I actually started to feel worse. We went back to Children’s to a rheumatology specialist and got more blood tests; everything came back negative. The fatigue had gotten worse, I was beginning to have blurry vision, more paralysis and tingling, bad headaches and complete exhaustion.

What the heck is wrong?!

We went to a neurologist and they had nothing; got a brain MRI, nothing. So, here I am, January 13th, just trying to stay awake. I have been to so many doctors appointments that I start to get frustrated because I have answered the same questions, what seems like, 1000 times.

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River yoga this time!

The latest update is that Lyme Disease is a highly probable reason of why I feel so sick. We have an appointment with a Lyme specialist at the end of January; I am praying for the best – whether that be starting treatments or ruling out Lyme. In the midst of my medical mystery, I am still dealing with T1D, and as of now, there is no cure.

Despite my battle with health complications, I know that life never truly sucks, that I am blessed beyond belief with loving parents, a warm house in the deadly cold Minnesota winters, and an unbelievable opportunity through Livin’ Life Man (livinlifeman.com), to live out a few hardships with a positive attitude – though it gets tricky and dark sometimes. I’m human, I guess that’s what happens.

Sorry that this whole deal was so long, I could give you all 1,000 more words with medical details, but I find that unnecessary. I thought I’d give you guys a little insight on my personal life in the last 8 months! I am doing my best to keep up with yoga, but I haven’t been able to run since August. So I really hope that this is all coming to an end soon so I can get my shoes back on, find some energy and hit the black top.

Let’s all strive to radiate positivity and live a vibrant life.

Key word, strive. Strive is a more positive sounding synonym for the word try. Don’t beat yourself up if you have a bad day and you just want to go home and not talk to anyone. We all get that life isn’t a piece of cake. It’s okay not to be okay. And it’s okay to be the most positive person in the room!

Keep on keepin’ on,
Elise Hendrickson

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Birch and I enjoying some fresh air on New Year’s Day 2016
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3 thoughts on “A little too personal?

  1. I am so sorry to hear about your struggle! I have(had?) Lyme disease. I hope it isn’t but if it is, do what you think is best for yourself. I will say I recently had 4 blood transfusions after a complication during delivery and since then have been symptom free. My blood work is being processed but my doctor believes the transfusions could be the reason my body has started fighting it on its own. Just FYI. Best of luck in your journey. Strength, answers, peace and healing!

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