Well, Its almost the end of Oct and I am still coughing.. Sigh..
I have had some very supportive folks, supportive comments but I have also gotten the “are you still sick?” Wow.. sick again? (uh, no, still sick..) and the boy you are sure sick a lot..
So I figured this post is a good idea to share some things and because I can NOT be the only homesteader that has had a bad health year or reduced health and how do you deal with it!
The first thing to talk about is the “cold/flu” or at least that is what I thought it was until I went to the doctor and its viral and they call it the 100 day cough.. 100 days is VERY long time..
when you have already been sick for three weeks and the doctor looks at you and says another 2 to 6 weeks before you really start to feel better, we can’t really fix it.. your body needs to.. here is what I can give you meds and inhalers.
Now for my hubby that means that he is still coughing five weeks into it and that he is tired but working and dealing..
For me however these is far more going on..
- Body recovering from pregancy
- Body recovering from Losing the wee one
- Body hormones totally out of wack! (first period finally came and then lasted a full two weeks.. which was checked but still brutal and wearing)
- Throw in some low blood pressure (better then high I know)
- Then put the 100 day viral infection on it
If I am well in another month, I will jump for joy.. honestly though, it took months and months to change my hormones and it will take months and months to try and work to bring them back to normal.
Now lets talk about the other thing that is effecting me
- weight gain
Its a factor, I know its a factor.. I had gotten down 3 sizes and I could really see how much it was helping me in so many ways.. I have gain back 2 sizes over the past year, between the back injury and the wee one.. I stopped losing and started gaining.
I feel it big time! and it must be dealt with.. One meal at a time.. one day at a time..
So I have cut out milk and most milk products for the past few weeks as it’s one of the worst food for making mucus. I really miss my milk but it has made a improvement in my cough and the critters loved getting it in different ways while hubby was gone and hubby has a very dry cough and does not seem bothered by the milk..
For about 10 days, I was at the point that what you eat makes a difference on how you feel.. its not until you are truly ill that you are reminded that different foods digest at different rates and some are much easier then others..
I really lowered my meat intake and increased my baked or mashed veggies or soup intake.. Some things just sit better when you are not feeling well..
I am lucky to have a mate that can do the main basic chores when needed but I am the full time farm worker and boy can you tell that I have been on part time for months now..
So many things need work done on them.. and its not hubby that needs to pull more weight, he already is gone for 12 hours total a day for his full time job.. One person can only do so much.
There are no children to help even on small things, no adult children to come home and give a hand and no grandkiddo’s for the same reason.. So often on many many homesteads there are many hands to make things work.. there are visits and helping hands given..
In my case I had called in a few work days and a few work projects from friends and I am grateful to the max that they came, they worked, they helped.. It got done!
However fall is here.. winter prep is here.. so much to do and I am not even truly well enough to be doing part time (I consider part time hours to be 2 to 4 work hours daily or at least a solid 5 days a week)..
I am keeping the house (barely) to and making meals.. the energy I did have went into putting up the food from the gardens, then the energy I had while hubby was gone was put 100 percent into making sure my critters care needs were meet.. Each day I would drag myself out and do feed out, water, haul, and such.. there were days where I could do one pen and then rest, then do sheep hay and then rest.. then do horse hay then rest.. haul the hose and a chair and rest..
I don’t care how sad it looked.. what I care about is that everyone was feed, watered and pens and such kept up.. that is what mattered to me..
Now I need to focus on feeding and moving my body back to health.. I will keep you posted on how it goes.. I am aiming for a general update say every two weeks or once a month..
Anyone ever been told they have low blood pressure, while they are running a few more tests, they believe at this time its pregnancy related and hormone related.. I hope they are right as there were a few more things on that “low blood pressure” list that were a touch more worrying.. any advice anyone would like to share about low blood pressure, I would love to hear it! Send me links, tell me about your own journey.. share this or that? I am all ears?
On with the day.. on with the day!