I heard back from the doctor. My X-rays were clear, and there are no signs of pneumonia. Sooooo ... I feel like crap because ... because?

I've sent email to the doctor (because it was the front desk who called me and relayed the info), saying that I've been following her instructions for treatment since I saw her on Monday, I'm not seeing a noticeable reduction in my symptoms, and what else should I do? Should I be on a round of antibiotics, just in case?

Bleah. As Minim pointed out to me, it's entirely possible I had a strain of flu that didn't come with congestion, and I'm slooooooowly recovering from it.

Of course, it's also entirely possible that my body just was REALLY unhappy with the level of deadline stress I put it through, on top of stress from holidays and January in general.

Anyway, yay? Not pneumonia?
cupcake_goth: (Leeches)
( Mar. 26th, 2016 03:12 pm)
Let me tell you, I am TERRIBLE at being sick. I know that all I should be doing is reclining on the couch watching movies or reading (especially since things like, oh, sitting up and eating make me feel exhausted), but my traitorous brain is all "ooooooh, go upstairs to the Storage Heap Room o'Doom and get those two garments we realized we could put together to make a great new garment! You're just sitting there on the couch, you should be doing something!"

I am working on ignoring that part of my brain. But I feel fretful and fidgety, which is just a super combo to have with the flu, no really.
cupcake_goth: (Leeches)
( Mar. 25th, 2016 12:47 pm)
Well, I WAS going to go to Norwescon tomorrow, to help Thea with her booth and to see people. But I appear to have come down with the flu that the Stroppy One has had all week.
cupcake_goth: (Leeches)
( Jan. 18th, 2016 12:30 pm)
I'm making bone broth. (AKA stock.)

No, I don't think it will magically cure my various health issues. At this point, I don't think anything will really cure the health issues*, and that what I'm working toward is a (much!) better quality of remission and management. But I've read good things about it, good and reasonable things about it. And as an experiment, it's not the most difficult thing I could do. So. There's a bunch of beef marrow bones simmering away.

*Lyme, Babesia, multi-chemical sensitivity, and a host of things that are pretty much lumped under the "could be fibromialgia" label. Oh, and migraines. Let me tell you, the amount of meds and supplements I take daily is astonishing. And yes, I want a fancy leech jar to hold all the bottles.
cupcake_goth: (Leeches)
( Jan. 12th, 2016 01:47 pm)
Is this a really bad flare-up, or am I getting sick? I suspect it's the latter, as really bad flare-ups don't usually come with alternating bouts of chills and overheating.

cupcake_goth: (cupcake goth)
( Feb. 18th, 2015 10:35 pm)
I have managed to be upright and working TWO days in a row now! Thank G-D my job is work-from-home, but still! I had enough brain to do dayjob stuff!

Yeah, this flu that is going around? HORRIBLE. I am looking forward to a time when my ears don't pop and click every time I swallow or try to breath deeply. I'm also looking forward to not coughing all the damn time, but I've been told by folks who've already been through this that I'll be waiting a while on that.


BATS DAY! Yes, I am going to Bats Day this year! Hotel & flights are booked, whoo! The Stroppy One is not going with me (he's not a huge Disney parks fan), so the StuntHusband is coming along. This will be HILARIOUS.


Sooooo, I may have spent the evening unstitching the lining of a vintage purse to make it easier to sew the skeleton hand onto the front. What? Everyone needs hobbies.
At some point, I need to go through everything in the Handbag of Holding and see what of it I really NEED to carry, with an eye toward being able to pare things down and switch to a smaller (lighter!) handbag. Why yes, I am thinking (far) ahead for the trip to Bats Day.


In other news, I am SO BORED with being sick. I am slowly getting better, but I don't have the attention span or energy to do anything, and it's making me cranky. I am a terrible invalid.


In other other news, CRIMSON PEAK TRAILER, OMG. Don't ask how many times I've watched it, because I lost count. I think I want to live in that movie. So what if the house is haunted by (almost certainly) malevolent ghosts? It's gorgeous! AND OH MY G-D THE CLOTHES. Bring on the resurrection of the gothic romance/occult suspense genres, yessssss.
cupcake_goth: (Leeches)
( Feb. 11th, 2015 10:10 pm)
Went to the doctor yesterday, got nasal spray (ugh), and a prescription for Z-pack.

Work up this morning feeling like all of my muscles and tendons had been tightened by 3 or 4 notches, then over-inflated. Aleve helped, as did going to the spa this evening with [livejournal.com profile] theda, but the pain is coming back. So I'm going to spend the time before bed soaking in a tub full of epsom salts. Maybe with some of [livejournal.com profile] staxxy's black bath salts, and scented with Practical Occultism from BPAL. While reading one of my "new" Avon Satanic Gothic paperbacks, because if I'm going to feel like I should be swilling laudanum, I'm going to take the cliches all the way.
Last week I was down with whatever the current blarg is that makes you feel exhausted, weak, and like your muscles are coated in tar and ground glass. But I got better, and was able to do things this weekend!

Yesterday: a sudden sinus headache, congestion, and itchy eyes.

Today: THERE ARE DEMONS IN MY SINUSES. I willingly spent 30 minutes with an ice pack on my eyes and forehead. There's some congestion, but not a lot. Just OMG LET ME DRILL A HOLE IN MY SKULL pain.

I am starting to suspect I have a sinus infection. Yes, I'm calling the doctor tomorrow.
cupcake_goth: (Leeches)


( Jan. 8th, 2013 11:27 am)
Guess who's staying home sick for the second day in a row? A combination of looming migraine, what feels like a flare-up of the Epstein-Barr, and hellacious PMS means being upright for very long is Not Fun.

The joys of womanhood: it seems that nowadays I either get PMS that leaves me an emotional wreck and sobbing at everything, or that flattens me with cramps, exhaustion, and nausea. Send cupcakes, heating pads, and laudanum.

Yes, the Infamous BlueJay made me a second version of the perfect 1898 riding jacket. I think I need to take it in about half an inch on each side under the curve of my bust, but I'm still waffling about that.

I am at the office, which is a mighty feat considering I've spent the past two days unwell and coughing in a rather awful manner. But there are THINGS TO BE DONE at work, so here I am. However, let me assure you that a new 1898 riding jacket has miraculous curative properties. It really does.
cupcake_goth: (Leeches)
( Oct. 15th, 2012 05:33 pm)
Guess who stayed home sick today?

Guess who emailed a co-worker who lives nearby to ask the favor of them dropping off my work laptop after work, because the chances of me going in tomorrow are low?

(Yes, yes, if I'm feeling this unwell, I should be taking tomorrow as a sick day, too. Ha. Not with our current work deadline AND the fact that I'm out part of next week for Steamcon.)

cupcake_goth: (Leeches)
( Jul. 17th, 2012 02:27 pm)
I lost most of Saturday to some unpleasant side-effects, but managed (through the wonders of medication) to go to a low-key party to see a friend who is visiting from out of town. Sunday I did chores, chores, chores, as I needed to run many loads of laundry. (Why hello, possible allergic reaction to a new laundry detergent, GO AWAY.)

Monday I got up, had breakfast, and was applying my makeup when my body went "Nope! Hey, how about feeling like you're going to throw up! That sounds like the thing to do!" After I managed not to puke, I emailed work to let them I know I was working from home, then went and passed out for a few more hours.

Today? I had plans to go to work, but still feel woozy and not entirely with it. Working from home yet again. I really hope I can make it into the office tomorrow, as I've got a bunch of meetings.

I'm really tired of feeling unwell. Hence a whiny post.
cupcake_goth: (Leeches)


( Feb. 21st, 2012 04:11 pm)
I don't have time to be fighting off a cold. Alas, I don't think my immune system is listening to my willpower. So much for the To Do list I had planned for today. Instead, I am bundled up on the couch and watching Mary Poppins.

Which leads me to ask, how do I forget EVERY TIME how much I loathe Dick Van Dyke in this movie? Especially considering the Stroppy One will rant about his loathing for that actor at the merest mention of the movie? Anyway, Dick Van Dyke's "performance" is the main reason I want to see a remake of the movie. However, Julie Andrews is perfect, and I can't imagine anyone improving her on her performance.


Oh! My copy of Timeless, the last Parasol Protectorate book, arrived yesterday. I finished it last night, and loved it. I'm kind of sad this is the last book of the series, because there are plot developments I would LOVE to see more of.


Ugh. I feel wretched. Send tea and cupcakes.
My doctor's office called with the results of my C4a test. It came back at 4,800. Normal is 2,600. What's really important to know is that my previous numbers were 64 thousand. Hey, I guess I am an over-achiever or something. ::rolls eyes weakly::

C4a is a protein marker that shows immune system activity. The higher the number, the harder your immune system is doing. Or, as the LymeMD blog says:

"C3a and C4a (Labcorp) are products of the complement system, cleaved from C3 and C4. These proteins are mobilized by the immune system as part of its acquired and to a lesser extent innate immune responses. These proteins can attach to unwanted bacteria and target them for destruction. These tests are sensitive indicators of a busy immune system attacking unwanted proteins or germs. These markers can provide a general sense of immune activation in the face of infection or inflammation."

So, getting better. I'm taking so many antibiotics* and vitamin supplements that I'm kind of shocked I don't rattle when I move, but they are having a beneficial effect. I still want laudanum just on general principles, tho'.

*Currently 2 different abx twice a day for three days in a row. I do that for 2 weeks, have a week off, then start back up again. I'm going to be adding a third abx to this collection in the next few weeks. I AM VERY TIRED OF TAKING ANTIBIOTICS. But they're working, so it's worth it.
Yesterday I was knocked flat by ... something. A flare-up of the Lyme and its co-bugs? I don't know. I spent all of yesterday on the couch, shivering under a heavy blanket, feeling woozy, achy, and unable to think.

Today I feel slightly better. I'm not under heavy blankets right now, I'm not as woozy or achy, and I don't feel as fuzzily vacant as I did. Of course, I made my classic mistake of thinking I'M BETTER NOW, did a bunch of stuff, and then went "Oh. Whoops. Flopping on couch now." But I feel like I have enough brain to work on job-hunt emails and the novel, so it's progress of a sort.

I'm not sure what brought on this bout of sickly, because it's not like I've been doing a lot of stuff. But [personal profile] minim_calibre reminded me yesterday that hey, this is a month of really stressful emotions for me, which is probably causing this. Oh, right.

(Speaking of really stressful emotions, the off-and-on snow around here has been making me melancholy, because in the past snow meant a phone call from Mom, telling me to stop summoning the snow demons.)

What I really want right now is a butler, who will bring me tea, tasty gluten-free snacks, and perhaps laudanum. Why don't I have a butler, dammit?
Right before New Year's Eve, I went to my doctor and had something like 5 or 6 tubes of blood drawn for the latest round of testing to see where I'm at with the Lyme, the CFS, the Bartonella, and all the other things I'm fighting with.

According to the email I just received from Dr. Bobbi, my liver enzymes are fine (we have to check 'em because of the ridiculous antibiotics I'm on), my CD57 numbers have gone up from 26 to 39 (tho' the benchmark for no Lyme activity is 125, and normal is 200), and the test for Bartonella came back all clear!

::throws confetti, slumps back on the couch::

We're still waiting on some other tests, and I am still doing 6 weeks of gluten-free diet (1 week down, 5 to go), but I'm slowly getting better. Which is nice to hear.
cupcake_goth: (Leeches)
( Aug. 13th, 2011 04:23 pm)
Y'know how I was complaining yesterday about feeling awful. Today is worse. I feel like I am fighting off the flu combined with a couple weeks of insomnia. Neither of which is true, but that's what it feels like.

I know one of the causes: I've recently added another antibiotic to the medication regime, and that has spiked a herxheimer reaction. So I'm doing what I can to get the toxins out of my system. But understanding what is going on doesn't make it any easier.

I had two different birthday parties to attend today - that's not happening. I'm hoping I'll have enough energy to get some writing done tonight, or embroider more Cranky!Bloomers for next weekend's Mourning Market. But I'm trying to remind myself that I don't HAVE to do those things, and that rest is just as important as Getting Things Done. Let's see if I listen to myself, shall we?
cupcake_goth: (I'll come back to haunt you)


( Aug. 12th, 2011 10:57 am)
(Good lord, I don't have my leech jar icon at DW. Must fix that.)

Hard Lessons I Am Learning About My Health, by Cupcake Goth:

A few days of running around (and, let's be honest, stress, because getting lasers shot into one's eye IS stressful) leaves me very, very wiped out. Add to that a new antibiotic to the handful of meds to deal with the Lyme's Disease, Epstein-Barr virus, and the (stops to think) four other co-infection things? YES, Cupcake, you are going to have days were you don't feel capable of doing anything.

I do not like this. I am learning to be better about taking care of myself, but I don't like it. I'm going to stamp my feet in annoyance, now.
cupcake_goth: (Default)
( Jul. 28th, 2011 03:48 pm)
Since LJ is still trying to decide if it's really alive or not, I should probably get in the habit of posting here a bit more often, shouldn't I?

There's also the Google+ whatsit, but I haven't done ANYTHING with it, other than look at the mounting "So-and-so has added you to their Google+!" messages.

So. The super-secret gothy project that I was in PDX for over the weekend went well. I'm still fighting with the annoying Lyme Disease + what feels like a squillion other health issues. I still get randomly weepy about Mom. Oh, and my dayjob ends ... tomorrow, which means back to job hunting, which I loathe. Yes, I am a bundle of joy today. I devoutly hope that all of you peeps are feeling better than I am right now.

(This will all pass, I know it, and I'll probably be in a better mood, oh, tomorrow. But right now? Not so much. Feh.)

Since tonight is the Stroppy One's game night, I think I will spend it on the couch, watching comfort movies and working on a couple of my craft projects that have been waiting for my free time. Do I have free time right now? Oh goodness, no. But I am by G-d declaring tonight Free Time anyway.


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