So, it’s been more than a year since I last updated, back when I said I was quitting blogging.
Yes, laugh it up, because quitting just isn’t an option for any of us poor schmucks, huh?
So, so much has happened and while I can’t remember it all, I’ll just leave you with the major highlights.
I’ll probably make a separate post regarding this, but I’ll give you a tl;dr here. Basically I had been bleeding every single day for like six years. I hadn’t been to ever see an obgyn (shocking, I know) and due to never being able to afford good healthcare, I had just let it slide for such a long time until a job came along where I could afford it. I briefly mentioned in a previous post back in September 2017 that I found a doctor I could trust and that led to finding an obgyn I could trust. So, to keep it on the short end, it was tentatively diagnosed that I have PCOS, had a newborn head size cyst on my left fallopian tube and options were run through to address it. Went with a uterine ablation, cyst and fallopian tube were removed, the right tube was cut and tied and that was that. Took several months to bounce back from it and a couple of job changes since. Surgery was August 1st, 2018.
2. I had to file for Disability!
Shortly after the surgery, probably around November, I had a plethora of other health issues arise. I’ve always had a fast heart rate since I was a kid that had never been addressed. And sometime in the fall of 2012, I began experiencing really bad vertigo. Put it off, like I always do, until the heart rate got to be too much and the vertigo escalated into fainting and… tl;dr, I was diagnosed with Supraventricular Tachycardia with Premature Ventricular Contractions and Meniere’s Disease! The symptoms from both have been so bad I’ve been unable to work since November of 2018. Filed for Disability, was denied twice, went with a lawyer to help me out and won’t see a judge for a deliberation for another 22 months or so.
3. Our Min Pin had to be laid to rest.
I’m… still really cut up over this. Redd was my first dog. It was my idea to rescue him from a bad situation back in the summer of 2008 and while he gradually became hubby’s dog, he’s always been my baby. This little shit was so unique and it took us a long time to get him from being scared of his shadow to being the funny little asshole that just completely stole our hearts. By the time he was deteriorating to a point where it was noticeable, because he was a super stoic little guy, there was nothing we could do. Every bone from the base of his skull to the tip of his little stub tail had fused together and there was nothing we could do to make him comfortable. His pain was exceeding his medications and surgery was out of the question. He was already around 15 years old and while he still looked young… He was just in so much pain and we had to do the right thing… It still… really hurts. It just happened so quickly. We laid him to rest in March 2019.
4. We moved! We really, really moved!
There’s a post down the line where I talked about how we might move in with hubby’s dad, but there were lots of deciding factors. It took about 11 months, but we finally made the move from the big city to Corn Field Country, Indiana! The previous owners sold to a farmer who had already been renting land from them, who in turn let his dad continue living in the trailer on the 60 some odd acre property. With me not being able to work, we put in a ton of work to clear the trailer out, redo the flooring in what is now our bedroom and away we went. We moved in the second week of May 2019. Lots of plans to make this place awesome as the landlord doesn’t mind what changes we make!
5. We adopted a new doggo!
Third week of May, I convinced hubby to let me get a new dog because I couldn’t handle how empty the house was without Redd. So we went to one of the downtown shelters in Cincinnati, I took one look at this goofy girl and made her mine! We had to think of a name on the fly for her at the shelter so they could update her microchip information and hubby named her Rosie (homage to AC/DC’s song Whole Lotta Rosie). We’re pretty sure she’s Jack Russel and Foxhound. I wanna get one of those DNA test kits to be sure though. Maybe around Christmas time! She had just turned 3 years old when we rescued her, had just finished weaning puppies and had been seized from someone’s home by the local police department. She’s smart but also really dumb. She’s the perfect doggo. She even has a half, stumpy tail…
6. I tried to get a job, failed, but got a kitten outta the deal!
It failed spectacularly. My flare-ups were calm for the most part and living on one income had been very hard. Hubby has been the… most amazing rock and support through all of this, but I couldn’t let him do it alone anymore. The job I went with, however, wouldn’t allow any kind of part time, and guess what… flare-ups every day the first week of training. I had to leave… but not before adopting a seriously cute kitten from another girl in the training class! Lil guy, black all over except for having white armpits and a big splotch of white on his belly. I named him Shade. Shade and Rosie absolutely love each other. It’s disgustingly adorable. They cuddle, they play, they groom each other, they sleep together. Totally adorable, lol.
7. I got another job!
So you know how I said I was absolutely done with hospitality after this happened? Wrong! It’s what I know and I know hotels are big on schedule flexibility. So, I got a job working for another Hilton brand hotel, strictly only three days a week, as a night auditor again on third shift. It’s what I know and I’m honestly so happy there. They know my limitations and have been super considerate and accepting. Even though I’m basically a huge liability with my medical issues and potential fainting and falling… they’ve hired me anyway and warmly welcomed me to the team. I’m super happy to be there and to be getting a paycheck again to help with bills.
8. I’ve started a business!
I’ve always been crafty and have always had an eye for creating new things out of other items, especially broken jewelry and costume jewelry. I make things like teeny tiny dreamcatchers from bangle bracelets, other jewelry items, vintage and antique items, curiosity boxes with found items in them, crystals and other crafts. I’m still in the process of setting up an online storefront which you can find here called Lacuna Curios. I also have a Facebook page and Instagram for them! I accept custom requests, and will be working on the storefront to get items up and ready for sale. Until then, the items currently for sale on FB and Insta can be paid for via secure apps like PayPal, Venmo and Cash App.
So there we have it… the biggest highlights I could think of. I’ll probably expand on a couple of them in separate blog posts, but for now… I’m beat. It’s been emotionally draining typing this all up for my first blog post back in action… But here I am, and here I’ll stay. Have you missed me?