Reflections of October

The month of October didn’t turn out as planned. The first two weeks were good and I was on track but then my hip started to give me issues and it was impossible for me to continue with my workouts. I called the hospital and last week I was there for a cortisone shot. I’m still not back to 100% but I’m hoping I can get back to my workouts shortly. I have to confess, I kinda miss them! šŸ™‚

My tasks for October I have now transfered to November instead. They are marked with a * (star). I’ve also added 2 new tasks.

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I might not have succeeded with my tasks, but I’m still counting October as a good month though. I had a meeting with a physical trainer at the Pain Clinic and she gave me a TENS machine I got borrow. It works wonders for the pain in my hands and wrists. When I have it on I don’t feel any pain at all. Before I got the cortisone shot I actually used it if I woke up in the middle of the night and couldn’t go back to sleep due to the pain.

Another good thing is that I finally was able to start with Metoject (Methotrexate as injection. Its a low-dose chemotherapy. I’m getting 0.3ml (or 15mg) per week). Last week I visited the hospital and a nurse showed me how to inject.Ā Yesterday I took my second injection at home. I’ve taken this medicine before but then as pills and suffered from severe nausea. When my rheumatologist suggested to start with it again to see if it would help all the pain I have I said yes on the condition I could get it as injection instead. So far I’ve not had any major side effects. Last week I noticed headache, extra tiredness, loss of appetite and sensitivity to smells for the first 24 hours. So far this week, I’m just noticing headacheĀ and tiredness. I’ve decided to work from home every Wednesday as of now. That will give me time to rest more if needed. What I don’t like about this medication is that it is much easier to get infections. I remember how easily I got sick the last time I was on this medication. I’m getting quite paranoid when sitting in the subway or bus and people around me are coughing and sneezing. So many ignore that they are sick and go to work/school instead of staying at home. I’ve decided to take the flu shot this year, and also my husband have decidedĀ to do it just because I’m on this medication. Actually a co-worker of mine told me yesterday that she will take the flu shot as well as we’re sitting in these same room. She has never done it previously so it’s very sweet of her to decide to do so. I’m grateful that they are trying to protect me from getting sick. I will try to find other methods to make sure I don’t get sick too, maybe I should start with the “gold milk” again!

 

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Reflections of September

Ohh… we’re 9 days into the month of October and I realized I’ve forgotten to post my progress report. šŸ˜¦ Actually I’ve forgotten to post in quite a while, or maybe I should rather say I’ve prioritised other things! šŸ˜‰

I’m happy to report that the tasksĀ I set up for September have all been completed successfully! Go me!! šŸ™‚

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I’m back to work 2 hours a day as of 6 weeks ago and it has been lots of fun to see my co-workers again and also being able to get some kind of normal routine into my life. I’m far from ready to start working more though… some days these 2 hours totally drain me where as other days goes quite smoothly. I’m scheduled to work 2 hours a day throughout the month of October as well and I feel quite relieved that I didn’t need to work hard in convincing my doctor about it. I though that he was going to push me to work 50% but he listened to me and agreed that working 25% is all I can manage right now.

So my days right now consist of 2 hour work, maybe lunch with a one of my co-workers and then I head home. I usually rest a bit in the afternoon before I either workout or do something else productive. I’ve started to read a little bit and it works fine for a while and then the brain fog hits and I have no idea what I’m reading anymore. šŸ˜¦ I’ve come to the realisation though that I do need to practice and try focusing and concentrating on things at least for a little bit each day.

Here are my tasksĀ for October:

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Reflections of August

I’ve now been part of the NFA for 46 days and have made lots of progress in regards to particularly my mindset and nutrition. I have decided myĀ main goals for this journey but decided to make smaller tasks for each month with things I wanted to accomplish. Small steps towards a larger goal!

I’m happy to report that the tasks for August are all completed successfully! I’ve also managed to ignoreĀ eating candy or snacks throughout this month, stayed away from liquid calories (only thing I drink which qualifies into this category is cider and juice and even those are on rare occasions so this one was quite easy for me to accomplish). I’ve reached level 8 (only 70 points fromĀ level 9 actually!) of the NF level. As far as food I’m on level 6 now. Also that one was easy as we’ve eaten Paleoish for quite some time so omitting certain foods (carbs, sweets, pasta, bread) as the levels tell you was not difficult for me. I’ve also completely omitted dairy for the last few weeks as even lactose free products causes issues. I’ve felt much better the last 3 weeks.

I’ve started using Evernote instead of tracking everything in a journalĀ which was my first plan. I figure a digital “bullet journal” will allow me the freedom of editing and updating no matter where I am without having to carry a notebook in my purse all the time. Much more convenient for me!

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And here are the September tasks! I might add some more items during the next few days or week, but this is what the plan looks like right now:

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