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2nd Blog of the Year

Wednesday, January 08, 2020

Maybe one day I'll get back into some crazy and possibly creative blog titles, but my brain is fried tonight. Since it's been a week since my last blog, I figured it might be time to check in again.

My digestive issues were finally not giving me problems from last Tuesday through this Monday. A whole week! What hope I had! And then yesterday I started feeling a little yucky. It wasn't bad yesterday, but today was enough to make me stop and just breathe several times today. But I think I'm getting a handle on things mentally. Normally what I started to feel today would spiral out of control, probably due to my issues with anxiety. But I've learned some techniques to manage it, hence the stopping and breathing. And praying. There was a lot of praying today. And a few tears.

About the tears. I had been feeling nauseous, and a little like I was going to explode, off and on throughout the day today. But at lunch, I checked my email and there was an email from my church. I had signed up for an event where food would be provided (a sticky situation for anyone with food allergies) and I had indicated on my registration my issues with food. They emailed back to let me know where the food would be coming from and if there was anything in particular they could order that I knew would be safe. Of course, just looking at their menu does not ensure that anything is safe for me to eat. Many restaurants are now cooking with soybean oil, and I'm allergic to soy. The tears started because I'm so frustrated with all the time and energy invested in finding out if a restaurant is a safe place for me to eat. Also, I hate talking on the phone, especially to strangers. So I emailed the restaurant. I'm still waiting to hear back. It's just easier for me to bring my own food, but the person from church who had sent the email said they really wanted to be able to provide the food for me. And I hate to tell someone that their gift really isn't a gift due to circumstances beyond their control.

So in related news, I'm looking for a sparkteam for people specifically with food allergies. I found the one for people with allergies and I've found many related to food, but I haven't found one specifically about food allergies. I want to be able to get support from people who've been where I am now (just learning how to navigate the world with these new restrictions), learn from them, and one day be able to provide support for others who are just finding out they have food allergies. So if anyone can point me in the right direction, that would be great!

On the fitness front, I have been getting my walks and Pilates workouts in this week. I haven't been doing the dance classes because I've been running out of time. I'm hoping to manage my time better soon so I can get back into it. I feel so out of practice that if I had to substitute teach a class right now, I'd be embarrassed.

I hope everyone is having a great week! Go out there and crush your goals!
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  • GARDENCHRIS
    hope you get things figured out and you can move on. It can be very stressful, hang in there
    377 days ago
  • TREKPURRSON
    You'll get there! Be patient with yourself! Maybe you can start your own team at SP for food-allergic sparklers, if none actively exists. I do not have food allergies, but I am allergic to a lot of stuff, and have to restrict what I eat, to avoid gout flareups, so I can relate, in a way. Hang in there! Hugs!
    378 days ago
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