If you follow me on Twitter, you might have seen the ER selfies I posted a week or two ago. If you don't follow me on Twitter, well, I've been in and out of the hospital the past few weeks. The official diagnosis: exacerbation of Crohn's Disease.
The short version of this long story is that a few weeks ago, I started having a sharp stabbing pain in my lower abdomen, just below my ostomy bag. They did a CT scan of the area at the ER and saw what they called a fluid filled sac between the loops of my intestines. They aren't really sure what it is or what caused it, but because my intestine was wrapped around it, they weren't comfortable draining it for fear of damaging my intestines further. They sent me home with pain medicine and an appointment to see a surgeon at the beginning of July.
As with all the setbacks that come my way, I've been trying to take this latest health issue in stride. When you are living with a chronic illness, you are never truly going to get better. Your options are a) give up or b) adapt and keep moving. I choose option b) for always. In the time since my last ER visit, I have been moving forward the best I could.
On the days I have the energy, I go for short, gentle walks to get myself out of the house and soak up some Vitamin D.
On the days when I feel drained, I listen to my body and spend the day nursing a giant mug of tea and watching Netflix. Right now, my life isn't going the way I planned, but it is going forward and that is enough.
Have you ever experienced a major life setback? How did you deal with it?