Monday at work I was….out of the office (I am sure you get my meaning) as much as I was in. I think most of the 8800 steps on my Fitbit were earned running back and forth to the ladies room. This continued all night to the point that I barely slept. Yesterday morning I sent a text to my Assistant Manager asking her to cover my close as the issue was ongoing. She graciously said yes and I crawled into my recliner and didn’t move unless necessary for the day.
Because of all of the meds I am on I prefer not to treat with medication when possible. With previous damage to my liver (thanks MTX!) I am so afraid to take anything that affects that area. Thankfully I had a box of Twining’s Peppermint Tea K-cups for my Keurig on hand. Peppermint is a great soother for your stomach and it helped a lot. I also keep Gin-Gins on hand all of the time because I just love them but Ginger also helps settle your stomach. So these two became my saviors. I discovered the hard way that caffeine was a huge trigger. I thought I was getting low on the Peppermint tea so I made a cup of green tea (less caffeine than coffee but still has it in it) and added mint from my garden and nearly undid the progress. But, I found another box (YAY) that I had stashed away and in the meantime I switch to water in an infuser filled with fresh mint.
This morning I am feeling human again but I am taking all of those things with me *just in case* eating solid food sets me off again and I am stopping for flowers for my Assistant Manager who covered me yesterday and my Full-time bookseller. They are both so good about covering the store when I am not doing well- be it illness or a flare- and I just want to show them that I appreciate it. It’s a small token but it’s something I can do. It’s a total blessing that I have people at work who are flexible about changing their hours so that I can tend to my “stuff” and not worry about my job. I am also grateful that I have sick time every year and that I have not had to max it out in any year as of yet. I am often told “USE IT! You only get to carry over so much!” but I am always so afraid that the big flare will come and I will need it that I only use it sparingly. I would rather lose the hours that I can’t carry over than need it.
I hope you have a LOVELY Wednesday. Give thanks today for any small thing that you can find- it makes even a rough situation a little better!
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