Oh hi, there!
I'm back from my blog sabbatical. My last post was January 1, 2014. And that feels like it was 2 years ago.
It's been a challenging six months - and I couldn't blog about it. And writing about trivial things in life felt...well, trivial. And superficial. So I walked away for a while. But I'm ready to be back.
So what's the story?
Since mid-December of 2013, my husband, Tim, has been in pain. He's had symptoms that range from back pain, chest pain, and trouble breathing to fatigue, and just overall unhappiness from all the pain. He went from prime marathon shape, to not being able to run at all. After this continued into February (we'd met with several doctors, took a trip to the ER one night, and had every blood test known to mankind completed) he went in to the clinic to get some injections in his back to help with the pain.
Only, the doctor found a string of enlarged lymph nodes from his left armpit up through the left side of his neck. And sent him straight to a CT scan.
This was probably the most terrifying moment we've ever had. The human brain goes to the worst possible situation (why is that?!) and stress and emotions take over. 6 hours later though, they said that everything looked ok.
But, his pain continued into March, and April, and the lumps in his neck grew. And the doctors had no answers. Needless to say, it was hard. Hard for him to be in pain all the time, and have such a different quality of life than he's used to. Hard for me to see him in pain, and experience this with him.
So, to confirm not what it is, but what it is not, we decided to go the biopsy route, and put it all to bed. A couple weeks ago, we took a Friday off, and he had the outpatient surgery on his neck. In at 8am, out by 2pm. All went well, but we had to wait a week for the pathology results.
When we got the call that everything was negative, I felt a shadow lift off our house. We felt lucky, elated, and blessed. And ready to put this six months behind us.
Doctors still don't know what possessed him for so long - their best answer is a crazy virus that worked its way through his system.
I feel like we are back to being our happy selves again, and that the dark cloud is gone. He feels good, and even ran a half marathon this past weekend.
Thank you to everyone who supported us during this time. Even if you didn't know, you probably supported us in some way :)
And here's to a great second half of 2014!