Wednesday, 8 April 2015

The inevitable health update - Part 1

It has been some time since I last wrote anything here... I have been absent on my blog a lot this year and in fact, I have been neglecting my little hobby waaaay too much lately... But, at the doctor's orders, that is about to change starting right now!

I recently wrote about how my life came to a screeching halt and I realized that I needed a bit of help. Well, after the normal medical poke, prod and repeat, we have come to the root cause of my troubles and have devised a plan that will get my life back on track.

So, what is causing this total system shutdown of mine? As previously mentioned, I have PCOS or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and some of the symptoms include insulin resistance, depression, insomnia, mood swings, headaches, feeling tired all the time, mind fog and other lovely hormonal imbalance issues... Oh fun! :(

But, the big thing to remember and keep repeating to myself is that it is treatable, although not curable, and many women get through this same trouble every day. But that still does not take the sting away from thoughts that I might end up getting diabetes, heart disease and cancer in the near future, I might never have any more children (Not that I was planning any, but I like to keep my options open and could see myself with a little curly haired daughter some day when my son grows out of my arms...) or that I have to limit my diet to things that I despise, and cut out all the things that I love. But perhaps the worst part for me, is having to remember to take the seemingly endless amounts of drugs... Metformin to keep my insulin balanced, Omega 3 supplement to prevent inflammation, Iron supplement for energy, progesterone cream to keep my hormones in check, the list goes on and on!

Right now I am struggling with the change in diet - Dairy free, Gluten free, Soy free, Sugar free, Low GI. I am learning about things like rice milk (I despise the taste of this stuff), 100 ways to cook greens (Umm stir fry and stir fry?), exchanging coffee for tea (NOOO WHYYYY MEEEE??? Oh, thank you, I would LOVE a cup of rooibos tea without milk and with 6 drops of stevia - I am praying that this stuff does not kill me...-  while you have your double cream Lattè!) and eating protein at every meal and snack. Then, of course, eating like a Hobbit is tough for me since I am so forgetful these days that I need to write everything down or lose it two seconds later...

It seems like when those things have all been implemented in my diet, I have been turned into a very forgetful rabbit! So I guess that is where my Sylvanian Families come in...

I spent the past two weeks repairing some of the code on my website that made it display incorrectly on some browsers - I find that burrowing myself into the endless lines of code makes me forget about the urge to nibble. Especially when I have to find the problems that beginner-coder-me created way back when!

Now that is finished, I have to start updating the pages that are already created, but are still stuck in limbo... At least all new pages will be created in the correct format! I write it off as a learning exercise - How NOT to change the layout of your website... O_O Next time, I will start from scratch and go from there!!!

After that, I still have to update the endless list of items that are not even featured on my website yet - yes, I now have a list! Some of their photos have already been taken, but most still need a little editing and watermarking. It is a big job, but it is a very nice feeling once something is actually completed. (Even though I can't see any changes yet, I know they are there!)

Love, hugs & Sylvanians.
Santie - LadyLollipop


  1. I'm so sorry that life has been hard lately :/ It seems like you are on track though, and I'm sure things will become easier as time goes on. Lots of hugs and support from England!

  2. I am sorry about what you have been going through! But I am glad that you are taking care of yourself and on the path to recovery! Good luck darling in your battle back to health!!! Hugs :)

  3. Hang in there Sands! Changing ones life is never easy, we have all tried. Take good care of yourself, because we want you around for a long time :) Hugs from Finland!

  4. Thank you all so much for the words of encouragement! It has been a tough few weeks, but I am finally starting to cope and feeling much better too. The depression has lifted and I am finally able to begin to come to terms with what is happening. It is still not easy, and I don't think that it will ever be, but at least I am on the right path and even when I stumble, I have made the commitment not to stray from this path again! I am very thankful for such dear friends who encourage me at every step of the way. :-)

  5. Wow that sounds tough! I know you will do great though. Sorry i have not been commenting until now...

  6. Aaaaw!!! I hope your new lifestyle agrees with you, and that you discover a very delicious of sugar free, soy free, gluten free, low GI snack. :( Best wishes!!! :D