It’s Day 172 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and though the last few weeks have been a challenge to weather, I’m still singing in the rain. Regular readers know I’m struggling with health issues and was misdiagnosed with diverticulitis and am now waiting on test results to determine the cause of my stomach pain, etc. Yesterday, I reached my breaking point and let my husband take me to the emergency room. He knew I was in a bad way because I went in pjs, a bathrobe, with my hair a mess, and no makeup! The poor guy probably thought I was dying when he wheeled me into the waiting room where I immediately started projectile vomiting everywhere! Not my best moment, but it got me seen with expediency!
Back in the room, because I’m a “hard stick” with “not much of a selection” as one young juvenile looking male nurse put it it, it took four attempts to get an IV started. Two of those were blow outs. Quite an ordeal but it did allow them to eventually flood my veins with hard core narcotics. These in turn brought on more nausea! After retching and dry heaves, I finally got some relief. Tests were run and thankfully didn’t show anything life threatening. We still don’t know what’s wrong but they sent me on my way with differnt medication and a referral to a specialist. It was everything my hubby could do to hold his tongue! Today, I think he has a little PTSD from seeing me in such bad shape.
As much as I wish I’d gotten some answers, I’m grateful not to have been admitted. With several irons in the fire professionally, like growing my agency and meeting the deadline for my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul, giving up is not an option professionally. And personally, I have to stay on top of ongoing domestic relations challenges with my wasband. Falling further behind isn’t an option there either. Besides, I’d hoped with tons of medicine in me and a good night’s sleep, I’d be able to attend the Rust and Ruffles Expo Traveling Boutique event today with two of my antiquing partners in crime as planned. Unfortunately, though my spirit was willing my flesh was weak. Still, a bit of the day was salvaged when I met one of our trio for dinner. A manager at Fresh Thyme Foods, Terry introduced me to Northstar, a restaurant that has a nice non-GMO (genetically modified hormones) food selection. My recent gut issues has her convinced GMO is not my friend and I tend to agree with her…
As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Coach who supports professional women facing personal challenges to minimize those in order to maximize their beauty and best professional lives, I heeded my own resilience coaching advice today. Life seems to have me caught up in a whirlwind of bad weather, but rather than staying in bed another entire day, I took advantage of the opportunity to receive and give support. Struggling to get dressed, schlepping through the parking lot, shuffling through the restaurant, and slumping down in our booth at Northstar was all worth it. I took care of myself on a personal level by engaging with a friend. And I feel better about tackling my professional priorities next week. I’m still sick, but rather than feeling as if I got drowned today, I’m so glad I got to sing in the rain.
How do you push through your struggles to sing in the rain?
Be savvy & chic,
~Pink Collar Coach