Giving Thanks to the Lord for Good Test Results and Looking Forward to Getting Back to Life and Reality

Giving Thanks to the Lord for Good Test Results and Looking Forward to Getting Back to Life and Reality

Day 180 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project was one spent having procedures to determine why I’ve been so sick for the past month and giving thanks to the Lord for good test results! Now I’m looking forward to getting back to life and reality. And while the doctor’s orders were that today be a lazy day, I wanted to take a moment to thank all of you who have read about my medical challenges/Ds and reached out with well wishes and prayers. You readers are part of my resilience strategy and the blog has helped me bounce back. Both have played a role in me getting better because I didn’t want to renege on my promise to post daily (I did miss a few…). Nor did I want to lose those of you who have been kind enough to stick with me while I’ve been sick, even if you were sick of hearing about it!

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Shabby Chic inspired Thanksgiving decor from TJMaxx – last season.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Cygnet, I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired! So while I’m thankful for today’s test results and hopeful the rest of them will come back good, I’m ready for a new day. I’m not 100%, but I’m laying claim to the verse in a song I used to teach in Kids Club:

And now let the sick say I am healed

Because of what the Lord has done for us!

That being the case, tomorrow, I plan to get back to life and back to reality. Completing revisions for my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul in order for it to be released in January, focusing on my business, including rescheduling and scheduling coaching sessions, returning to Zumba and starting to teach (yes!), and planning for my next workshops are only a few of the things while I was down. Excited as I am about all that, being able to get out and about to post pictures to accompany what content I hope you love is what motivates me. That and glorifying  the Lord to whom I owe, and give, so much thanks.

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Give Thanks to the Lord pumpkins flank front porch stairs.                                                         Not only are they pretty and welcoming, they remind others to have grateful hearts.

What situation have you come through, medical, personal, professional or otherwise, for which you are thankful? How can you be savvy & chic on purpose about expressing that thanks?

 

Savvy & Chic Smart Food Choices – Panera’s New Ancient Grain, Arugula & Chicken Salad Review

Savvy & Chic Smart Food Choices – Panera’s New Ancient Grain, Arugula & Chicken Salad Review

It’s Day 177 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and seeing as I spent Day 176 in the ER again, today I had to make some savvy & chic food choices. As many of you know, I’ve been going through it with my health for going on a month now. After several misdiagnoses, I was in such excruciating abdominal pain Tuesday night and Wednesday morning that my labor contractions paled in comparison. I’ve never cried during childbirth but this pain had me bawling like a baby! After receiving morphine and undergoing more tests, I have a few more answers about what’s going on with me, but am in for more early next week. Hopefully I’ll receive a conclusive diagnosis and treatment plan so I can get back to living my life. In the meantime, though I tend to eat a balanced diet – equal parts healthy and junk – I’m trying to be smarter about my food choices to avoid more pain.

After I got home from the hospital yesterday afternoon, I slept until 8pm, hence no blog post last night. I was only up a few hours, then thanks to the right medications, got the best night’s sleep I’ve had in ages. Today, I dosed on and off while watching HGTV. This evening, after having a good catch up phone chat with my friend Kibby (I haven’t done our Saturday Zumba in a month!), I felt energized enough to actually shower (yay!) and to run some errands. While out picking up a new novel to tide me over until I’m back to full functioning, I decided I’d treat myself to dinner since I haven’t had real food in days.

As I pulled out of Barnes and Noble and saw the neon sign for Red Robin, I heard a burger calling my name. I seldom eat them but sometimes feel as if my body is craving a little red meat. Tuckered out from being out and about, I pulled around the lot to the non-existent drive thru. Shucks! Foiled again! So I pulled back out and turned right into the drive thru Panera where I made a smarter selection: the new Ancient Grain, Arugula & Chicken Salad. The grains, which include barely, quinoa, faro, and freekah, provided the fiber my body needs and they are supposed to make you feel fuller longer. The salad delivered on that as I could only eat half. And boy did it hit the spot! All the pleasure. None of the guilt or pain from a burger. I guess it was actually the grains the were calling my name!

Woman Choosing Between Salad and Burger

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Chick who needs to be more intentional about what I put into my body, I’m thankful that my illness is a wake up call to take better care of myself. Because I do eat a lot of fruits and veggies and exercise several times a week, I felt like eating sweets (mostly Gummy Bears, a weakness since childhood when I attended a German bilingual school), was justified. A month of being out of commission has reminded me that I need to apply my holistic coaching approach to myself. All that to say, I hope I can blog about my journey toward holistic health and have some accountability with you. Diet is a new D (challenge)! Who knows, maybe you’ll join me as I try to make more savvy & chic smart food choices.

If you want to be more savvy & chic about your food choices, I’d love to hear from you. We can be holistically healthy together!

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

Wait! What? I Don’t Have Diverticulitis?! – How a Misdiagnosis Made A Mess & How to Advocate for Your Medical Health

Wait! What? I Don’t Have Diverticulitis?! – How a Misdiagnosis Made A Mess & How to Advocate for Your Medical Health

It’s Day 169 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and I’ve missed five consecutive days of blogging, which is only one way being misdiagnosed with diverticulitis has made a mess. Hopefully my experience will help you to advocate for your medical health. Last Tuesday, my family doctor squeezed me in for a sick appointment. Following a quick conversation about my symptoms and an examination she made the diagnosis, prescribed two antibiotics and instructed that I was to call if I didn’t improve by Thursday so I could be sent for a CAT scan. When I didn’t and followed her directive, I was told she was on vacation and got referred to the ER. Reluctant to go there, instead I finished the meds, expecting to improve. After a week I was worse. I called back and advocated for myself by insisting on the CT scan. It’s a painful process! Upon hearing the results, my response sounded like my teenage daughter: Wait! What? I don’t have diverticulitis?!

Suprised beautiful African American Woman

That’s the good news. I don’t have to add this as another D after all! The bad news is they still don’t know what I have. Rather than return to my primary care physician or go the ER route, I went to Urgent Care. At the conclusion of a thorough exam, the doc requested tests and I’m now waiting on those results. The difference is, thankfully, I’m waiting more comfortably. With some new medications, I’m experiencing the first break from pain, etc. I’ve had in weeks! How I wish I’d gone there first! Being down with what I thought was diverticulitis has caused me to miss a really important meeting, to miss two solid weeks of Zumba and to postpone my own class kicking off, to not get any work done on my debut novel’s deadline, and to have to reschedule an interior coaching session that my client and I had been looking forward to. The misdiagnosis has caused such a mess!

Here are some of the questions I would ask if I had a sick appointment do-over.

Savvy & Chic Sick Visit Questions

  1. How is this condition diagnosed other than hearing my symptoms and examining me? Is the diagnosis conclusive?
  2. What tests are used to diagnose conclusively?
  3. Am I contagious and for how long?
  4. What is the purpose of the prescribed medications?
  5. What medications can be prescribed in addition to antibiotics for pain management?
  6. What side effects should I expect from the medications?
  7. What are next steps if medications aren’t effective?
  8. What is the recommended diet for this diagnosis? What dietary restrictions?
  9. What information can you provide on this diagnosis?
  10. If you are unavailable, to whom can I direct concerns or questions?

I hope these questions help and don’t feel patronizing. I knew to ask them, but in my distressed state didn’t. Boy, did I pay the price for my oversight! I did remember to ask for a doctor’s note for documentation since I had to miss that meeting…I believe this is best practice, even if you don’t feel you need it.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Chick who believes everything I experience is meant to coach, encourage or inspire other women facing Pink Collar Challenges, I’m sharing all of this as a reminder that we need to advocate for our own health care and for that of those for whom we are caregivers. When we do so, we can potentially avoid a misdiagnosis mess!

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

 

Adding a Diverticulitis Diagnosis to the Ds

Adding a Diverticulitis Diagnosis to the Ds

It’s Day 162 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and I’m adding a diverticulitis diagnosis to my Ds. Some of you regular readers know I haven’t been feeling well for a few weeks. Yesterday and last night were so bad I finally broke down and went to the doctor today. Many of you also know that the Ds refers to the various barriers we Pink Collar women face like diagnosis, depression, dysfunctional relationships, discrimination, divorce, death, etc., etc. So when my doctor examined me and diagnosed me with diverticulitis, or infection in the intestines that can develop  as we near our fifties, I laughed to myself and thought, Another D!

As much as I didn’t like this diagnosis, I’m relieved that it’s something that’s easily treated with antibiotics. While I waited on the two she prescribed, I grabbed a green tea chai latte. Apparently, I looked a little green too because the barista handed me my cup with the below message scribbled on it. The soothing tea and the smiley face with no nose made my day…Some of you may  be thinking, why is she sharing all of this? TMI! Well, as much as I want to encourage women, I also want to be transparent enough that women who are dealing with diagnosis and other Ds know you are not alone.

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As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Chick who has so many things going on, it’s frustrating to have yet another D cause me to miss things like an important meeting today, Zumba yesterday and today when I’m supposed to be preparing to teach my first full class at the Y this weekend, and working on revisions to meet my debut novel book deadline. Still, I’m thankful that I’ve learned to listen to my body and take a break when I need it, even when it means letting some other things go undone for a while. I’m also thankful for my Pink Collar Savvy & Chic barista who took a moment to wish me well. And I’m especially thankful for my Pink Collar Savvy & Chic doctor who made time in her busy schedule for a sick visit to diagnose me. Even though it added another D to the list!

How about you? Are you dealing with any diagnoses that have you down? Yet another D? If so, listen to your body and practice good self care. I pray you encounter small acts of kindness that heal your body and spirit.

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach