First of all, I want to apologize. Its taken longer than I thought to get back on track. So, this post is a bit lengthy but I think you deserve a major catch-up from about a month ago to today.
As you know, a month ago, I got back from Jacksonville, FL surprised my family at my brothers wedding and got horribly sick. It has been awful! It’s a horrible bug that I wouldn’t wish it on anyone. After three weeks of suffering, I decided to be responsible and go to the doctor to make sure it wasn’t anything serious. As you know from this post it was only post-viral. So, for about 10 days I have suffered through OTC nasal decongestant and my Neti-Pot (although, I really do love my Neti-Pot and I consistently disinfect it!).
Well, a few days ago it finally turned green. Why am I excited about green snot? You can only really be excited about green snot for only one reason – antibiotics. Now, honestly, I hate antibiotics. They do weird things to my internal system and I’m already allergic to two different kinds of antibiotics. Oh yes, allergic to two!! That’s how often I have taken antibiotics over the course of my life (thanks Remicade!!!), but in the last year, after becoming allergic to my second antibiotic, Mr. P convinced me that it was time to try natural remedies first and resort to antibiotics as an absolute last resort. I mean, what happens if 10 years from now I step on a dirty nail and need an antibiotics for it – I’m quickly running out of types of antibiotics I could take that would prevent a serious infection. So why would I treat a sinus infection just as seriously without trying other options first? Exactly my point. However, given the circumstances of being ill for 4 weeks, now going on 5, and the promise to Dr. Rheumy at my last infusion, it was time to take the antibiotic. However, the cough is still annoying and I’m hoping it goes away soon.
Other than being sick, I have been coping with a job loss and the significant impact it has had on my little family. It isn’t the drastic reduction in pay that worried us (although that hasn’t helped, for sure!), its the fact that in order to maintain my good health (well, besides this nasty bug!) I must continue onwards with COBRA. This is not only drastically expensive, but I have to maintain it thanks to my arthritis. Its a fact of my life and the choices I’ve made. Its definitely a motivating factor to get off my butt and start applying for jobs because in essence, I have too. Arthritis is definitely a blessing in disguise because it drives me to have the life I want too – including a career where I can add value and give it everything I’ve got, but also personally because it allows me to do other things I want to do in life – like walk, drive, dance, and volunteer. My arthritis fuels me to do more, give more, and be more because I don’t know when I wont be able to.
So, how’s the job search going? Well, I’m sitting on my cousins couch in BOSTON!! I was offered a contract job for 45 business days with the utmost potential of becoming permanent. I applied over two weeks ago and had a phone interview. A few days later they asked if I could come in ASAP to take advantage of an employee who just put in her two week notice. After careful and significant consideration, Mr. P and I decided this was an opportunity too good to pass up; even if it means moving from Denver to Boston.
However, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Boston and Denver are definitely different cities in their own rights. Let’s just start with the weather for instance – Denver is a very dry climate and Boston is not. We will see how my arthritis copes with a new city, new environment, new people, new stress levels and no Mr. P.
Yup, that’s right. He’s back in Denver holding down the fort with the 6 furry babies. It was hard to say good-bye to my furry friends; especially my cats since we’ve been together for 10 years. It was EXTEREMLY hard to say good-bye to my husband. All of the thoughts, emotions, and memories of our long distance relationship when we were dating flooded back into my memory like a massive hurricane. We did the long distance relationship thing before and I really didn’t think we would have to do it again. But God knows best. If we could do it in 2004 through 2007 with the Atlantic Ocean between us, no FaceTime, Skype was sketchy at best, and seven time zones apart, I KNOW we can do this. I’m hopeful that this long distance relationship is less scary than the original one.
So, why did we decide to do a long distance relationship again? Because of the fantastic opportunity that has been bestowed upon me. I am really looking forward to working with this fantastic new company with new job responsibilities and meeting new people. But, more importantly, the opportunity it could give my little family. Don’t worry though, I am not alone in Boston because my cousin lives in Boston which has provided me the opportunity to rent out a room from him and his housemates for the first 30 days. If I like Boston, I’ll find a more permanent place to stay.
For now, I’m taking it once step at a time with what God is handing me without getting my hopes up. With 2012, I planned my little heart out. I had lists galore of things I wanted to accomplish, where I wanted to go, and what I wanted to do.Umm, remember 27 before 2013 list??!! Um, ya. Anyway, I’m not disregarding the fact that 2012 was a fantastic year, but I’ve decided to take a different approach with 2013. For the new year, the theme is “rolling with the punches”. I can’t stress myself over the unknown because, well, its unknown. Its silly to plan months out in advance at the moment. I am taking 2013 day-by-day and soaking it all in for everything its worth. Every experience, every moment, every breath, and every adventure. My Daddy always says “Let’s go have an adventure!” and that’s what I’m doing.
I am doing that with God on my shoulder, the wind in my sails, the support from my parents, the unconditional love from my husband, and the courage to show the world what I’ve got. This is my adventure and I will consume it in every possible way!! I just look forward to sharing it with you. Thank you again for your support during one of my more emotional times in my life. It means a lot to me!