I’m nervous. I’ve been fighting some strange tummy troubles in the past month and a half. I’ve been in and out of the ER twice, seen my doctor twice, and was referred to 2 specialists. The original plan was to go, in mid November, for a couple of procedures that would “give us the answers”. Yesterday, my specialist called me and they felt it was necessary to get me in for an emergency appointment for both of the procedures. So suddenly, I had to clear my calendar for friday and start the prep needed to do the procedures. (Endoscopy and Colonoscopy… EW)
On one hand, I’m relieved. The idea of getting answers to this month long miserable journey is fantastic! It means that perhaps … relief from these symptoms is just around the corner.
On the other hand…
My doc sat me down in her office. Laid out some of the possibilities they’re leaning towards. They range from mid-level-scary to freak-me-out-scary. Obviously, I’m hoping it’ll be something simple and easy. I’ve been good at squashing the side of me that loves to stick her head in the sand. I’ve been doing everything I’ve been told to do by the doctors. I’m trying so hard to stick with it and not get discouraged or distracted.
What if they do these things tomorrow and still find no answers? What if they find something scary? What if I somehow screw up and they can’t even do the test?
Yesterday was Ben’s birthday. A time of year when I’m a mess anyway. When I got this phone call – it was first with a push to go back to the ER. I cried and begged to not be made to go back there. Not on that day. The last place on the planet I wanted to be yesterday was at a hospital. So instead, they squeezed me in to see my doc. I had the anesthesiologist pre-op appointment. I came home and tried to just stay calm.
Today – things erupted at work. Stress is high. There’s too much work to do, not enough people to do it and not nearly enough time. It’s not ideal. I managed as best as I could. I’m hoping they remain understanding tomorrow when I’m unavailable.
I’m trying to remember that life doesn’t give you more than you can handle. And that the perspective of exactly what we can handle will change. I might not think I can handle it – but in 6 months when I look back, I’ll see how strong I am.
T said that to me yesterday. How strong I am. How I just keep moving and barrel through. It struck me as a bit odd. He sees that as such a feat of accomplishment. I see it as an automatic. What else are you going to do when facing a problem? There’s only one solution – you tackle it. How you tackle it might vary and change, but ultimately – you have to move forward or step back. I suppose you could say I don’t typically enjoy states of limbo. Is that a strange view to have these days? Seems perfectly normal to me, although, to be honest, my normal meter has got to be at least a little bit broken.
Well – I better get off here and go get a few things done. Much love to you. Goodnight Neverland!