Routine Ruiner

This is going to be short. I’m not sure if I’ve written about this, but I’ve been having stomach and digestive issues since November. Including severe stomach and abdomen pain and not digesting food properly. I’ve switched to a gluten-free diet, which has helped tremendously. The thing is though if I do eat something with gluten whether it’s on purpose because once in a blue moon I lack self-control or if it’s on accident. When that happens I basically have a delayed reaction and then I’ll feel it for two days after the pain starts. Anyway, I recently ate something I shouldn’t have and now I’m having discomfort. This morning I woke up at 5 am and stayed up because I was in pain. So, since I’m not feeling well I really can’t do part of my routine. Basically working out and sitting at the table while I drink my coffee. I’ll have to rest for most of the day, which means I’ll be in bed instead of the living room where I do my work.

I got an endoscopy and it came back that I didn’t have celiac, but it did show that I had food still in my stomach after 16 hours of not eating. Which is not normal. It also came back showing I had inflammation in my stomach and esophagus. The doctor said to eat smaller meals, softer food, and eat more often throughout the day. When I follow that I’m fine, but when I stop that’s when the pain is more likely to occur. Anyway, it’s very irritating, and I just wanted to share what’s happening with my physical health.


Summer Sundays

It is way too hot right now, 93 degrees to be exact, but it has to feel like 105, especially in the apartment. I had a very uncomfortable manic episode yesterday, which is why I didn’t post yesterday. I couldn’t sit still, I couldn’t focus, I couldn’t even write. I can usually write through whatever I’m feeling, but not yesterday.

I got manic because I didn’t sleep on Friday night, which will always trigger a manic episode for me, and that’s not an overstatement. Of course other things will trigger mania for me, but lack of sleep will do it no matter what. The music festival was a lot of fun, but I got so worked up, I couldn’t sleep. Which meant mania the next morning. It didn’t help that I hadn’t picked up my meds the day before, so the abilify, which usually keeps the mania in check, wasn’t in my system. So I took the other medication I’m supposed to take when I feel manic, and it stopped the mania from getting worse, but it left me with an insanely uncomfortable feeling. The type of feeling where, you’re on edge, and nothing can help you come down from it. I find it to be one of the worst feelings. Towards the end of the night I told my boyfriend that, I didn’t want to feel anymore. Which is when he told me I needed to rest, like take away all the visual stimulation, put on a book, close my eyes, and just rest. Which I did, and it kind of helped, well enough to get me through the rest of the night.

This morning was a little better, but it was hot in the living room. When I wake up first, which is pretty much always, I go in the living room to do whatever until he wakes up. The air conditioning is in the bed room though, so all I had were fans. Needless to say, I just snoozed through the morning. Then when he woke up, I came into the bedroom and couldn’t sit still, again. I thought it was going to be a continuation of yesterday, which thankfully it’s not. But that’s the thing, I feel like I’m always living in fear of the next episode, or I’m always waiting for the other shoe to drop. I can never truly relax. When I’m not anxious, I get anxious looking for something to be anxious about. Why can’t I just bask in the moment? Or enjoy, even for a little while, feeling the lightness of my chest or the relaxation of my back. Things I never feel.

I’m a lot calmer in the summer, summer is when I thrive, emotionally anyway. Once school starts, the constant stress begins and I feel like I’m never, not anxious. The fear sets in even more then, I’m going to school, I’m so afraid I won’t do well and I’ll waste the money that was spent that semester. I’m so afraid of an episode, that I trigger an episode. It’s just a vicious cycle. I need to learn how to combat that. On the upside, I was able to work all my hours this week. I didn’t leave early or anything.

I’ve learned that a lot of things have to do with mindset. I’m usually in the opposite mindset of where I should be, because I’m always in a fearful mindset. I’m doing my best to be positive, to know my true feelings, but it’s hard. Especially when I’m not used to really feeling, feelings. Positivity is something that I have to work towards everyday, it’s something that I can’t give up on.