Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Work, Health, and the Holidays

I'm officially on break for a week and it feels awesome! This year, because of my schedule, I've managed to wrangle almost an entire 7 days out of the holiday. I worked yesterday from 8am until 2pm, and won't go back to work until next Monday at 8am. Let me tell you, I so needed this time off, both because I need to work on my thesis and because I need time to just do nothing here and there, and recharge my batteries. This semester is coming to an end, the last day of school is December 7, my classes take their final December 8th at 6:30pm, I have office hours every day during the week of finals and then we're done and Christmas break is here. Just like that! So, there's not a whole lot left to do, but there's a whole lot to do in the little time left... if that makes any sense at all.

For thanksgiving, Matt and I will just be staying home together this year. While we received a lot of lovely invitations, we've decided that this year we're just going to give thanks that we're together.  I'm going to make a ham, scalloped potatoes (from a box, because they're easy and we loooooooovvveee them), green bean casserole, cranberry stuffing, pink salad, and those yummy brown and serve rolls, which I really need to take out of the freezer. It's going to be delicious!! We'll still need a few things, but we'll get them as the week wears on toward the holiday. I think what I love most about it is that we'll have enough food to feed us for days and days. I can make meals out of what's left of the ham, assuming Matt doesn't eat it all. I thought about making a turkey, also, since HEB had a deal where if you bought a ham you got a turkey for free, but I decided against. Matt doesn't like it, we don't need that much food, and I didn't want to go to HEB. Thinking back on it now, I wish I had because we could have had the turkey later, another week, and it would have fed us forever!!

Among the many things we're going to be thankful this year, my health is high on the list. I think I mentioned that I had gone to the doctor and had a lot of lab work done because I have some problems that I need to get worked out. Well, I went to the doctor last week (on Friday) and we went over my labs. Everything came back normal, except my estrogen and progesterone levels, which are both very low. I have lazy ovaries, but otherwise, I'm healthy. All this time, I've been thinking I had PCOS, turns out I don't, which is absolutely awesome! Rather my amenorrhea is a result of those lazy ovaries, and not PCOS. Yay!! My A1C was normal (5.5), as was my thyroid--she said my trouble losing weight had to do with a slow metabolism. Both of the ultrasounds I had to have came back normal, which is awesome and hopefully means I won't have to go through that any time again in the near future.

So, I'm quite happy about that, all in all. She did put me on Sprintec, which is a BC pill, and Fluoxetine for my depression. So, between those two meds hopefully my biggest problems will be solved. Now if only I could drop some of this weight, we'd be all set. I feel like I really dodged a bullet with having such a good A1C and glucose levels. As much junk as I eat, my pancreas should have rebelled years ago. All in all, the fact that it hasn't has inspired me to want to eat a little bit better. Ease up on the carbs, particularly sweet foods, but that won't be/hasn't been easy for me. She told me to do Weight Watchers, which costs about $65 for 3 months. So I think, in January, when I can afford the extra cost, I may sign up for the 3 month period and see what I can do about losing some pounds.

All in all, finding out I'm healthy has been the silver lining to an otherwise miserable year, one I'm glad to see is coming to an end. For now, I'm off to take those rolls out of the freezer, so I hope everyone's having a lovely week and has a nice holiday. Season's blessings to you and yours.