Note: I’ve been struggling with how to word this blog post. I don’t want to come across as seeking charity – because I’m not at all. I also don’t want to diminish other people’s struggles with things they have going on in their lives. Seeing as this is my blog about my health and awareness of my health, I’m going to try and portray it as accurately as possible to how I am feeling towards my personal situation and what I’ve learned from it.
August has been really busy for me – lots of commitments on a very small budget (due to medical bills amongst other things). Nobody enjoys that split second when they realize they have all but $50 to their name, but it’s how you handle it from that moment forward that really counts.
In dealing with my liver issue, it’s been hard to keep busy and keep my mind off of it, which helped contribute to my lack of updates on here. So, our trip to Washington, D.C. two weekends ago was our first real outing in a long while. Speaking of D.C., is the title too punny? Yes? Probably? There’s a reason for it, I promise.
I hope everyone who celebrates Easter had a nice holiday weekend! Admittedly I’m not someone who is very religious, but I love Easter because it reminds me that Spring is on its way. All the pastel colors and bright sunny days get me super excited for comfortable weather and lighter jackets. I just wish that Spring weather could last all year.
It’s been too long! Wow, okay so I feel really bad about taking so long to make this post. There has just been so much going on. Just a week after our trip to Sleepy Hollow, Erik & I hopped on a plane to Orlando, Florida with his family to spend 8 days in Disney World! The trip was planned over the span of about 16 months. This was crucial for me due to my dietary restrictions and other symptoms and side effects of living alongside Hashimoto’s. With that said, this post will outline how I survived 8 days in Disney World with thyroid disease.
If you know me – or have read my blog before – you know I love Autumn. I love the transition of humid, muggy Summer air into cool, crisp, colorful Fall. This time last year, Erik & I had tickets to see my favorite band, Jimmy Eat World, up in Port Chester, New York. After realizing that the concert would be a little far for a same day trip, we decided to stay for the weekend and explore Sleepy Hollow since I had always wanted to visit. We had such a great time taking the tours and learning the history of The Tarrytowns (Sleepy Hollow didn’t really exist when Washington Irving wrote “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” It was actually North Tarrytown up until 1996. It and it’s neighboring village, Tarrytown, were known simply as ‘The Tarrytowns.’) that we knew we had to go back this year.
This post will overlap a bit with my A Week In The Life post from last weekend because my “Week” ended on Saturday and this post is about my adventures from last weekend, which includes that same Saturday. It kind of works out though because I like to tell the story of my weekend through both words and photographs. With last weekend’s post being more of a photo-documentary approach, I didn’t get to put words with the imagery.
I took a different (& new) approach for my blog this week! Since this blog started back in February of this year, I’ve been showing all of you what types of adventures and activities I get up to on the weekends. Lately I’ve been inspired to do more iPhoneography using new techniques and skills that I’ve been studying from some of my greatest inspirations on Instagram and other social media platforms. With that said, I decided to challenge myself by preparing for this weekend’s post by documenting not just my weekend, but an entire week of my everyday life using nothing but my iPhone 6. That means that all the photos in this post were taken and edited (with a free app!) with just my phone.
One of the most inconvenient things about having a compromised immune system (of which there are many) is probably that when you get sick, you really get sick. I’ve spent the last 10 days with strep throat. I had a really busy Labor Day Weekend and when it was time to get up for work on Tuesday morning, my throat was sore and I felt my tonsils swelling up. I’m someone who is very prone to tonsillitis ever since having my spleen removed back in 2006. When I was in college, it seemed like at the end of every semester I was stuck in bed for close to 2 weeks barely able to swallow anything let alone food and water. It’s awful. My doctors are hesitant to remove my tonsils due to the fact that they act as part of your immune system and I’m already missing my spleen, and also because the risk of bleeding through the sutures in post-op as an adult is a lot higher than that of a child. Since I have a blood disorder, it’s not something my doctors take lightly.
This week’s post is probably going to be a little overwhelming. I normally take photos over the weekend and write my new posts early in the week so that they are prepared and ready to go on Saturday mornings. This week was a little different because I went on my annual camping trip to Knoebels with Erik, my Mom, & some of the kids from the local First Aid Squad that my Mom is a member of.