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Thoughts and reflections

Today’s Independent Medical Exam: What I Wish I Could Have Said

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Ooh boy, how long until self control goes out of style? Today I had my independent medical exam.  So I’m on disability through social security, but what I am currently trying to get approved for is the ability to access my retirement fund now because I have essentially retired due to disability.  So this is the money that I paid in during my time in law enforcement.  It’s really not much because I only had […]

The Guilt of Being too Sick to Say Yes

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Look, my family and friends are usually really, REALLY understanding about when I’m too sick to go or do something.  Carter is 8 and he is usually really dang understanding too, well as understanding as an 8 year old can be. Yesterday was rough. Tom had to sleep after work the night before so I had planned a fun morning/afternoon with Carter and one of his friends. First, we met for lunch at a yummy […]

Total Eclipse of Pain- Does the Eclipse Effect Health?

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Unless you live under a rock, I’m sure you knew that today was the total solar eclipse (or for us the 92% eclipse).  This made plenty of people completely lose their minds.  Some people drove hundreds of miles and paid thousands of dollars for a spot to sit and watch the 5 minute eclipse in the path of totality.  Some people paid insane amounts of money for eclipse glasses. A few notes about this: Every […]

The Day Wheat Bran Betrayed Me

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We have a deal.  Wheat Bran is supposed to be the one thing that I don’t throw up.  Now it’s the one thing that I usually don’t throw up, because it broke the pact.  Two days ago I woke up in excruciating pain.  I don’t like to discuss pain and talk about it a whole lot because I feel like everyone has pain in different ways and talking about it sometimes leads to the comparison […]

Fight or Flight or Faint

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Fight or flight is a function of the autonomic nervous system.  My autonomic nervous system is confused and faulty.  A few days ago I was outside working to clean the garage with Tom and Carter.  I did a few trips on the stairs taking things to the basement.  I came back out to the garage and rested a bit before moving over to the deck to move the chairs.  I picked up one and got […]

The Little Moments All Add Up

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Ah, today.  Let me walk you through my day and show how all of these seemingly tiny moments can add up to cause a problem. First up.  I had a doctor’s appointment at 2:30.  One of those ‘your appointment is at 2:30, but be here at 2:15 to check in because most people are late even though you have never been late’ kind of appointments. I showed up at 2:11.  My official appointment time was […]

Two-A-Day of Doctor’s Appointments & 8 Little Magic Words

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A couple days ago I had two appointments.  Not my favorite, but at least I only had to get all ready and leave the house once. First up, falcon doctor (also known as nutraceutical and genetic doctor).  Sad news, he is currently falcon-less.  I asked where Mr. Fritz was and he said, “He’s gone.  He took off for the ladies.  Bros before hoes man.  He totally broke bro-code.”  That’s a direct quote, obviously.  He makes me […]

I’m Doing a Thing- Slowly

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A valuable lesson I’ve learned since this whole POTS diagnosis and life change is this: to see growth, we must look at a larger section of time.  Everything is trickier and harder and takes longer.  Even the POTS specialist I saw said I could gradually add minutes onto my recumbent biking over years.  He said the word ‘years’.  That should have struck me at the time as just how slow any change happens with my […]

A Visit From the Priority Fairy

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What’s that, you ask?  A Priority Fairy is someone I just made up, but I am pretty sure it could be real.  Do you ever have a moment when something just immediately strikes you and you make a huge realization, or things are just put into perspective clearly? The Priority Fairy recently struck in my house.  Allow me to share. One thing that has remained the same since before my diagnosis is our bedtime routine.  […]

American Housewife Wisdom & a Mini-Coma

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I’ve been quiet again.  I know.  Life has been feeling crazy.  I’ll try to catch you all up in this here handy dandy little blog post.  It might not even be little.  I won’t make any promises. I was relaxing this week and watching American Housewife.  It’s a newer show with Katy Mixon; you might remember her as the sister from Mike & Molly.  She’s hilarious.  In this show she frequently ‘talks in her head’ […]