My Ehlers-Danlos Diagnosis Story Part 4
I can't believe it is already Thursday, and I've yet to fill you guys in on everything that's transpired here the past few days. After learning so much, being given so many new "labels", my mind and heart have a hard time seeing it all written down in front of me on this space.. making it known.
Our weekend was so low key..which was wonderful. Saturday I recovered from the hectic week before , and kept my nose glued to my new favorite series, Outlander. If you haven't read them I HIGHLY suggest you do! It's been so nice to have a little fantasy get-away in my mind that I can transport myself into when I get overwhelmed by everything going on in doctors appointments.
Sunday we attended the church that hosts the House of Compassion, went to eat with the sweet lady who runs the place here (who lived in Asheville, NC for 20 years! When she told me that my eyes lit up and I wanted to hear everything she had to say about living there.. since it's my dream to live there someday too!) and we walked in the cold to visit some antique shops.
Monday was another free day away from appointments, so I spent the day taking care of some business things, reading and watching the snow fall outside.
On Tuesday I started my appointments at the Fibromyalgia Clinic. Tuesday was the initial exam and uptake to test whether or not I had fibromyalgia. Sure enough, I do.
After several hours at the clinic we walked to an authentic Italian Restaurant who had an extensive gluten free menu!! I have just been so amazed at how many places here understand the importance of avoiding cross-contamination and helping their guests who have food allergies and intolerances. It's been really amazing.
Yesterday my mom and I sat in a classroom and learned all about Fibromyalgia and techniques to cope and live with this condition. So much to learn.. so much to change.. so much to take in. I am so thankful that Mayo educates their patients so well. I really do not know what I would do without that resource.
We got back to the house late yesterday afternoon. I was able to skype with David last night.. I feel like during the days I just kind of go through the motions, not really taking everything in.. feeling wide-eyed and stunned. I don't really give myself the chance to internalize everything and "feel" the weight (and goodness) of it all.
Today I have my follow-up appointment with my "team leader" doctor, and then another three hour class with more information about fibromyalgia.
My mom was able to arrange an earlier flight for us home on Friday instead of Sunday. I cannot express how excited I am to get back to my little family of David and Dakota. So excited I feel like I could explode!