Just a "zebra" trying my best to live life to the fullest with EDS and POTS...and loving the ride.

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Five For Friday 12/7/18

Written by Katie. Posted in Five For Friday

1. Medical Stuff:

  • Dentist appointment. While I am on leave, I will lose so my dental, so I wanted to get in before. No cavities…just need to floss a bit better.
  • 8 miles walked in the neighborhood this week.
  • 34 week OB appointment! Everything checked out well. In the words of my doc, “You get a bronze medal if you make it to 28 weeks, a silver for 32, and a gold for 34. Now, we just twiddle our thumbs and wait.” EEK.
  • Shrink appointment. Needed.

Five For Friday 11/23/18

Written by Katie. Posted in Five For Friday

1. Medical Stuff:

  • I had my 32 week OB check on Tuesday. This appointment was about all of the things we need to think about…and have not yet. Things like having a pediatrician in place. Guess what is on my to do list for this week??? Heartbeat and measurements were good and I only gained 1 pound in a month. Bonus. I begin the baby non-stress tests in a few weeks…
  • I’ve done really well this pregnancy, but I can honestly say in the last week, I have crossed over to the uncomfortable zone. Eye on the prize.
  • Short week. No PT appointments. Walks outside and a sad amount of strengthening. I don’t care how giant you feel, step it up, Katie…; )

Five For Friday 1/5/18

Written by Katie. Posted in Five For Friday

Happy New Year, friends and family!

1. Medical Stuff:

  • Still on my PT hiatus for three more days!
  • I had prolotherapy today! The last time I went was February. This blows my mind because when I first started going in 2011, I had to have treatments every six weeks. That’s some major progress. Today, we did my neck, jaw, thoracic, and SI Joints. Definitely worth the trip to Indiana.
  • Three Days of Home Rehab. Tuesday marked my first workout of 2018 and it wasn’t pretty but I made it. I tried being a “normal” person the last two weeks, by eating my way through Christmas and New Year, not working out, and lazing around with family and friends.  Well, that was dumb. LIKE REALLY DUMB.

    Defective collagen is no joke, and I am not stronger than it. I tried to show it who was boss, but my body showed me who was boss right back. My family kept telling me to wear my neck brace yesterday, and I kept stubbornly refusing while holding my head up with my hand.

    I remember the day I was diagnosed with EDS by my specialist, who also has EDS himself, and he told me that I’ll find out pretty quickly how many days I can go without being active before I feel like my body is coming unglued. For him, it was three days.

    Well, he was right. For me, it is FOUR. After four, I started feeling weaker, and having more symptoms. By last night (14 days later), I was in tears, and was really, REALLY mad at myself.

    Today, I decided that the anger was no longer productive, and I begrudgingly strapped on that neck brace and put in an hour of cardio and strengthening…And guess what? I immediately started functioning better after my workout.

    So once again, my body showed me I am not a “normal” person. I work out to stand up, function, and ultimately live. And the more I work with my body like it’s my best friend, rather than try to show it up, I will be better off. So no, I’m not normal. I’m a defective zebra…But a badass zebra at that.

    2. My brother had an imaginary friend as a kid named Herkey Morocco. Now his best friend is a reality. Ladies and gents, meet Senor Herkey Morocco Dama, my new beautiful nephew. That makes two dog nephews and seven human nieces. I’m a lucky aunt. #adoptdontshop

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3. This week was a lot less about being lazy, and a lot more about being productive. Renewing teacher certs, replacing my car battery, getting back on the treadmill and bike, scheduling appointments, cleaning out my drawers and closet, taking a trip to Goodwill, working in my classroom for four hours…It feels good to have gotten some of those “nagging” jobs done that I have been putting off for a while.
Funny story while Brad was finishing some laundry this week:
Brad: Where does your unicorn onesie go?
Me: In the bin labeled onsies.
Brad: WTF. We have a onesie bin in our basement?!?!
Me: Doesn’t everyone?
Brad was NOT amused. I laughed so hard.
4. We rang in the New Year in Grand Ledge with dear friends. We have been following this same tradition for as long as I have been with Brad. This year was all about Cards Against Humanity and therefore, hilarity. Lots and lots of ridiculousness and hilarity.
5. If you had to choose one word for 2018, what would you choose?
Last year, my word was SHINE. This year, I was between faith and action, but after much reflection, I decided on FAITH for 2018.
I am excited to see what this year brings.

Five For Friday 12/29/17

Written by Katie. Posted in Five For Friday

Christmas Edition!

1. Medical Stuff:

  • I sucked up the working out thing SO bad this week. My body feels it too. Way too many Christmas carbs and not enough Christmas cardio. On my way to the treadmill today. It’s not gonna be pretty. Pray. Just pray…
  • No doctors. No PT. Just eating and lazing my way through Christmas.

Five For Friday 11/24/17

Written by Katie. Posted in Five For Friday

Thanksgiving edition!

Medical Stuff:

  • 1 Day of PT. I wrote about it this week after my session: There are days when it’s hard to move. There are days that are just plain painful, when it’s hard to function, and getting out of bed and then to work is a huge victory. There are days where it takes everything I have to get my joints moving and working. Then, there are days I feel STRONG, like I’m a training athlete again. I’m thankful for my body everyday and what it can do, but on those days when I feel like I can kick butt and take names, I try to make sure I soak up every second and express gratitude. With that said, today I’m giving my 7 cardio miles and my strength training a shout out. It felt good, I feel strong, my sore muscles are a blessing and make me feel ALIVE, and I am going to sleep extra grateful tonight.
  • 1 Day of Home Rehab.
  • Many walks with my sister’s dog, Gru. That counts for something, right?

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