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To Start

Before I can write a lot of this post series I need to start with some explaining, I am 40 with 2 boys, a step son, a grandson and granddaughter. About 20 years ago I almost died, it was at the point of my mother doing family pictures. (and that was the only time we had professional photos done, if that says anything) Anyway, I started getting tired, really tired. I was training to become assistant manager at a Cumberland farms at the time, working the night shift, doubles and more than 40 hours. The first time I new something was wrong was on Easter, I finished making a big dinner for my boyfriend and I and when it was done I was so tired and not even hungry. As time went on I lost all weight , 90 pounds at 5’5, I could not sit up on my own, my skin was yellow, I had no appetite, I craved salt all the time, I slept all the time, when I stood or even sat, I felt like I had been doing it for hours and had to lay down. My doctors were running around totally clueless. November came, 6-7 months later, I could not stand, they said I was dying and they didn’t know why. They found my thyroid and thought that was the problem, but it only helped a little bit. My hair had got so thin and stopped growing, my eyes were sunk into my head and I thought, “this is it, I am going to die.” My mothers best friend decided enough, she and my mother put me into the back of the caravan and drove me to Portland. I do not remember much as I slept all the time, But I do remember mom wheeled me into the emergency room in a wheel chair and they hooked me up to tons of machines before even asking my mother my name! I remember they tried to get my blood pressure and could not get it and I kept saying I needed salt. They finally figured out I had ADDISONS  DISEASE. An adrenal insufficiency, my adrenal glands which sit on the kidneys weren’t working. John F Kennedy had it. They pumped 100mg of steroids into my IV and with in 15 minutes I was awake, alert and very confused. I take my steroids everyday and am perfectly fine. I go 24 hours with out and I get very sleepy and with in 48 hours I would be in a coma, and have an emergency needle that I have to take if I am throwing up and go to the hospital. I need an emergency alert bracelet, I have to take meds to help regulate the salt in my kidneys , some for thyroid, some for iron, etc. etc. etc. They said no kids, I said to bad!! My immune system is low, and something else is always going wrong. so, now that’s my main information that may be needed for my next post……


I am a woman of many thoughts and ideas on anything creative or frugal, who loves to take pictures especially of nature and my grandkids all while I fight the good fight of illness both mental and physical. I appreciate friendly criticism and love comments!!! So, don't be shy, talk to me...

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