Look in the Mirror #HAWMC

Posted by Connie on Thursday, April 12th, 2012 at 5:54 pm and is filed under Chronic Illness, Healthy or Not.
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Prompt: Stream of Consciousness Day. Start with the sentence “This morning I looked in the mirror…” just write, don’t stop, don’t edit. Post!

This morning I looked in the mirror and saw a tired face, with messy hair and too pale skin. It was the hangover appearance of the day before, which was spent in bed with a fever and stomach ache. The fear was clearly in my eyes as I was scheduled for tests to determine if I had Hydronephrosis of my right kidney again and a UTI.

When it feels like things are going well, something happens to create chaos – a new symptom, a repeat of an old one. No more kidney stones! Not another stent! Soon I realize that there are other doctors I was supposed to see and haven’t even made appointments, tests that need to be done, B12 shots that were missed. It begins to feel overwhelming.

I catch myself before it gets worse. Look into that mirror and give myself a pep talk. I feel better than I did yesterday. The doctor is taking quick action so if it’s an infection, I’m already on an antibiotic. As soon as I get home, it’s time to make appointments. My support system is in full swing. Now get your butt into gear and go for those tests! Put a smile on your face and you’ll feel better.

And I do. And another day will bring along these same issues. Some days will be worse than others, some much better. But, I’ll always “do”.

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