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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Head above water but just barely

I'll keep this very brief. Thanks to everyone who took the time to comment on my last post. Here's a quick update.

1) I contacted the MS society about counseling and they emailed me back and it sounds like they can help get me started.
2) I emailed my general doctor about my symptoms and asked a) about medication and b) about if I should make an appointment
3) I talked to my husband about all my anxieties and I realize that I am not alone in this.

I am taking Friday off to relax, teach some yoga, maybe go to the doctor and to find a counselor. I am trying to live in the moment. I have made it to work for two days already and now I just have to try to hang on for two more.

I am less angry and depressed but I am having regular anxiety attacks that are manifesting physically so that sucks. My other physical symptoms go in and out. Sometimes I feel ok and other times I feel very nauseated and dizzy. I let my doctor know so we'll see what he says. If my presence on the blogosphere is sparse for a few, know that I'll be around whenever I can.



Jen said...

Good for you for taking off and taking care of yourself. Hang in there, Nadja. It'll be okay.


Denver Refashionista said...

Thanks Jen. I keep telling myself that it will work out but it's a struggle. I have been feeling nausea off and on for days and I've puked twice so going to work has been freakin' awesome.

Serina said...

Glad to hear that you are getting some things in the works to help. If there is anything certain, it is that things will always be changing, so living in the moment is sometimes the only way to stay grounded, that and just remembering the old cliche that "This too shall pass"

Heather said...

I am new to reading blogs and am working on getting my own started (when time permits). I have really enjoyed reading your blog. I read someones comment the other day to you and they said that the MS Society offers 4 free counseling sessions with a therapist. How did you go about doing that? There are no support groups in my area and I think I would benefit from some therapy.

Denver Refashionista said...

Heather, good to hear from you. I just went to the NMSS website and then searched for a location in my zip code. Then I emailed them. They said they do have services so I hope to take advantage soon. I hope you have some luck on this front.

Diane J Standiford said...

There ya go girl. Ya know, this puking...not an MS symptom I've heard much. You mentioned anxiety attacks---certainly talk therapy and diet/sleep changes might help. We are all rooting for you.

Lanette said...


Glad you are getting the help you need. I also struggle with Anxiety and Physical Symptoms of it, there are some great meds out there for it. And you doing Yoga already will be a big help. I had the anxiety start before I was diagnosed with MS and I really feel it is a main symptom of it for some people. Glad you are addressing it.

I wish you the best, take a few days and relax and maybe don't think about your MS or Anxiety so much. We'll be here when you get back! :) Take Care!

~ Charlene S Noto said...

Nadja, glad to hear you're taking hold of this. So many, like me, have a tendency to ignore things so they'll "go away". Hang in there!

Denver Refashionista said...

Lanette, I think you are right. The anxiety seems to be the main problem but it is certainly heightened by motion sickness. The worse the vertigo, the worse the anxiety unfortunately.

Denver Refashionista said...

Thanks to all of your for the continued encouragement. Hopefully I will get this under control soon.

Weeble Girl said...

Wanted to let you know that I have been thinking about you even if I haven't been here to post. I also really appreciate your comments on my blog.

Work is sucking the soul and life out of me. Yesterday I ate in my room and wanted to cry so bad because this is the third week in school and I'm already feeling constantly overwhelmed.

I take anxiety and AD meds and I would not be able to even function without them. I still feel much of the time as you do, with anger and frustration. There have been days recently where I screamed at my cat to stop making so much f-ing noise and then I disintegrated into bawling, sobbing tears.

I am hoping that Tysabri will be the magic med for me. I need to feel better in so many ways.


Denver Refashionista said...

Weebs, I have been thinking about you too. I realize that you know firsthand exactly how trying to teach on challenging cicumstances feels. I guess we all just need to help each other as best we can.