4 month review

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Hello fellow sparkies,

It's been 4 months since my last blog. Time flies! I have been somewhat regular on Spark. Here's whats happened. I received a reassignment mid-Feb which involved moving 4 hours away, nearer to the border Mexico (Northern Guatemala). I had two weeks to pack up, find a place and move. Hectic to say that least. Not to mention that the day before receiving the notice, I started a cold. Well, there was no time for cuddling. I spent the following month packing, moving, unpacking and getting settled in my new assignment. However, this took a serious toll on my health. My cold turned into acute bronchitis which lasted more than 2 months. It got to the point that I was coughing so hard that I would vomit. I bruised my ribs so badly that 2 months, my ribs are still very sore.

About 2 weeks after starting to feel better from the cold, I caught the Typhoid Fever which left me so weak, I could barely walk for days. During the following two weeks, I suffered two relapses. By this point, I was so physically and emotionally destroyed that I was ready to pack up and move back to Canada. My parents heard my distress and paid for my husband and I to fly to Mexico and spend a week with them at the beach. So 13 hours on 5 buses, 2 taxis, 1 plane later, we were by the Carribean, catching our breath. It was exactly what I needed. I was able to recharge, relax and regain my sanity! It was much overdo!

My mother said that I had lost more weight since the last time I saw her (Nov. 2013). This is encouraging considering that I wasn't able to exercise for three months with all the sickness I was dealing with. I know I have lost a lot of muscle which I'm working on regaining. I've reached my goal weight but I'm thinking of lowering it another 5lbs.

To be honest, I'm not super focused on pounds, more on how I feel. I'm actually more concerned with building up my immune system and taking care of my health. I want to feel healthy again and strong, not shattered and weak. So I'm working on doing exercise every day , even if its just 20 mins of sweating, but something!

Anyways, we're back home now and ready. We've decided to make sure we have 1 day a weak off, for resting, time to spend together. The next couple of weeks will be full of work to make up for our holiday. But starting June 1st, my goal is one day off a week. I'm going to call my sanity day! No more working 7 days a week!

So this is has been my life lately. Very, very busy but learning to find a balance.
Oh, and I hiked another volcano in February. That now makes two!

Here's a pictures from our trip. One is of the sunrise where we stayed.

Have a great weekend everyone!
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    It sounds like you were really run down and sick. I'm glad you could get away for a rest. You definitely need to make your health a priority.
    2626 days ago
  • 68ANNE
    Very hectic time for you. Getting some sickness' especially when you are stressed does take a horrible toll on your body. Glad you did get some vacation time.
    The one day a week off goal is a stroke of brilliance!
    2626 days ago
    Goodness! One day a week is definitely not too much to rest and recharge and spend time with your partner. Take it easy on yourself as you continue to recover and grow stronger. It's good to see you back :)
    2627 days ago
  • SUNSHINE99999
    you deserve a day off for all your efforts on the other days. emoticon
    2627 days ago
    So sorry you had so many health challenges....glad that you are on the mend. Yes, do take that one day a week off. You deserve it. emoticon
    2627 days ago
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