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Crash and Burn

  • Posted on May 19, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Maybe you haven’t noticed, but I haven’t been on for a while. I haven’t been blogging. It’s been much, much longer since I’ve been on any of my other social media sites. I’ve been like an airplane falling from the sky, dropping projects, tasks, and responsibilities in the hopes of getting airborne again, until, eventually…I just crashed.

Crash and burn. I crashed a few weeks before my graduate courses ended. I was in so much pain I could barely stand it. I was taking a round of OTCs every four hours and taking up to three super-hot baths a day to relieve the pain. The low point, however, was the day I tried to do some reading from my textbook. I was having so much trouble concentrating I had to force myself to finish a single page. When I made it to the end of the page I looked up and realized TWO HOURS had passed. I spent TWO HOURS reading a single page from my textbook.

I called the doctor. Finally, he was convinced. I received a tentative diagnosis of fibromyalgia, a prescription for pain relief specified for the treatment of fibromyalgia, and a referral to a rheumatologist. The medicine helped just enough to allow me to finish my course work on time (barely) and secure my 4.0. Now, with less than a week to go to my rheumatology appointment and no more school work, I’m diverting my new-found ability to concentrate on generating some much-needed income for my family and starting up those things that don’t generate income, but do keep me connected with the world—like this blog.

So, I’m back. I’m not at full-strength, but I am back.