Hi, guys! Sorry I haven’t posted much lately. Thought I’d stop by and just sorta explain myself to any of my regular readers (bless you guys!) I haven’t been feeling really well lately. What started as just really bad allergies (super-reactive skin, eyes so dry and itchy I couldn’t wear my contacts, and mild asthmatic episodes) blossomed into hives and swollen ankles, foot pain, and using my inhaler multiple times a day. I was already taking everything under the sun to control the allergy symptoms- multiple OTC antihistamines, eye drops, NSAIDs . I finally went to the ER, mostly out of concern that maybe there was a vascular component (I had my reasons.) They checked my blood and did a chest x-ray, gave me a lot of steroids, a breathing treatment, and a RX antihistamine, and sent me on my way. That week, I had an unrelated doctor appointment, and my blood pressure was high. Like, really high. 170/120. It had been high at the ER too, but I don’t know what exactly, just that it set their monitor off. *blush*. Some of it may have had to do with the meds I was on. Apparently, several of them have the side effects of elevated BP, including steroids. But the situation still needed to be addressed. I went to my family doc at the end of the week about the breathing issues, (which was the only one of the symptoms I had in the ER that still lingered,) and my BP was bad again, so bad ,my doctor made me take a pill in the office and lay down for a bit. She put me on three new meds, two for BP and one for what she termed RAD (Reactive Airway Disease) (1, 2.) Saturday was rough. I felt crappy. I chalked it up to getting used to the blood pressure meds. I also had what I think is acid reflux, and I am wondering which of my meds is the likely culprit. Sunday, my headache and general shittiness was feeling better but my throat felt like I had swallowed a handful of razor blades…around a lump in my throat. Anyway, I have a call into the doctor to see which med needs adjusting to eliminate the acid reflux, and I no longer have that headachy, drag-ass feeling I had on Saturday. I feel better knowing my BP is getting under control. My birthday is this weekend, and I’m only turning 34…so why am I such a hot mess? All this “sick” and “gross” is interrupting my campaign to be the best (healthiest) me I can be, as I don’t feel much like exercising and am sort of afraid to let my BP go too high until it’s more controlled. I’ve been a bit emotional due to stress and feeling so bad, but I hate how whiny I sound when I talk about all of this…like one of those weird, middle-aged women you sometimes come across in a Walmart or someplace, who, apropos of nothing, regales you with all of their many health issues, all because you had the bad luck to look in their direction or offer a friendly greeting while you both stood in line for your prescriptions. But… But. I keep looking forward. I will get this situation under control. I will feel better, and I will get into the best shape of my life. All this summer! But for now, I will give myself a little break.