AN UPDATE, ON HEALTH, ON LIFE…

An update on my health, and an offering of excuse for my long silence... Back in December all of us at GreenLeaf were getting a bit overdone. We were feeling the stress of the holidays, the emotional impacts of the end of the year, and even feeling pressured by our dear GreenLeaf Kitchen. This is a passion project, so if fun isn’t being had, things gotta change.

An update on my health, and an offering of excuse for my long silence… Back in December all of us at GreenLeaf were getting a bit overdone. We were feeling the stress of the holidays, the emotional impacts of the end of the year, and even feeling pressured by our dear GreenLeaf Kitchen. This is a passion project, so if fun isn’t being had, things gotta change.

We all agreed that some downtime would be good. A month away from GreenLeaf turned into the better part of a year. And here’s a bit of why…

In the summer of 2017 I started a new medication. While I fully believe that what I eat (my diete) is responsible for my surprisingly exceptional quality of life, I do take a disease-modifying medication. I take this medication in hopes of preventing or at least postponing the progression of my MS. But this new medication is a doozy. The best I can say is that I don’t tolerate the side effects well. I only have to get this med every six months, which is a plus. But after I get it I get three-plus months of debilitating fatigue, a big minus. But my MRI shows no disease progression, a definite plus.

So back in January, I got my second infusion of this medication. In the first couple of days after I got it, I was thinking that maybe I was doing better this go around. I was wiped out, but the stomach upset and the headaches weren’t as bad. I was optimistic I would be back to my old self soon. But I didn’t bounce back, I got worse. The fatigue was the hardest to deal with, and the slowest to recede. Then there was what I can only describe as growing pains, haven’t gotten those in years. The aforementioned, nearly constant, stomach ache and headache. Acne, which I have now learned is a flare-up of Rosacea, never knew I had that. The stinkiest farts. And the pièce de résistance, major depression.

I’m feeling much better now. I can actually make it through most days without having to take a nap. And I actually feel slightly optimistic about the future again. So while I have decided to, for now, stay the course with this med, I am trying to figure how to keep my life at the fun and fast pace I like, and keep at the delicious food.

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