Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Hello? Is This Thing Still On?

Whoa. So my last post was on November 4th....of 2015.

I didn't mean to be gone that long, but life got in the way. Just when I thought my health issues were behind me, they came back with a vengeance. In fact, I had to go on medical leave/short term disability from November through late December.

And yet again, just when I thought things were getting better, I got sick again the very last week of 2015. I spent New Year's bedridden.

I recovered, but just last week, I got sick again and went to the hospital. The ER ran a billion tests - everything from the flu to pneumonia. They even thought I might have a blood infection. All came back negative, and they gave me meds for some infection I didn't know I had. I took all the pills they gave me, and it helped the pain and inflammation in my joints go away.

So I have a new doctor who just ordered a slew of more tests yesterday to get to the bottom of this. Is it Lupus? Rheumatoid arthritis? Just regular arthritis? Ebola? Who knows. Hopefully soon, I'll find out. I need to get my health back.

Dang, a lot has happened since I last posted here.

Paris attacks
San Bernardino attacks
Star Wars Episode VII
David Bowie's death
Glen Frey's death
Alan Rickman's death

Hopefully, I will get back to posting here weekly. With all this health stuff going on, blogging is a nice distraction. As far as my writing goes, it's been a dry well for almost a year now. My goal is to break free from that creative funk in February.

I hope you're all doing well out there in blogging-land, and that you've had a great start to 2016.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Hey Jay! Good to hear from you. Sorry about all that. Really hope they can get to the bottom of it and make you well and whole again. Will be praying for a decisive answer and easy cure.

Anna Soliveres said...

Hi Jay! I popped in the other day to see if you were back in the blogosphere (as I too recently returned from a brief hiatus). I'm so sorry to hear of your troubled health. :( It definitely sounds puzzling, but I'm glad that you've found a doctor who seems determined to get to the bottom of it. Sending lots of positive thoughts and prayers your way.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Ugh! Hang in there and take good care of yourself! The creativity will return when it - and you! - are ready. :)

Cherie Reich said...

I hope they figure out what's wrong. It's so stressful to be sick and not know why or how to fix it.

H.R. Sinclair, Southpaw said...

Dang! You've had a bad time of it. I hope they get to the bottom of this soon and you have a quick recovery. Hopefully, before your next post there will be more positive things in the news.

Julie Flanders said...

I'm sorry for all you have gone through, Jay. I hope you and your doctor will get to the bottom of this soon and you can recover quickly. Take care and let us know how you are when you can.

Jay Noel said...

Alex: It's good to be back. Thanks for your prayers.

Anna: It's tough not knowing. Sometimes ignorance is bliss, though.

Madeline: You're so very right!

Cherie: Yes, it does weigh heavily on my mind all the time.

Holly: Yup. It's been a rough few months. I need some positivity in my life

Julie: Thanks so much Julie!

Pat Dilloway said...

It's always rough when they can't figure out what's wrong, but hopefully they get it sorted out soon so you can get on your feet.

Jay Noel said...

Pat: I'm hoping very soon. Thanks!

Patricia Lynne said...

Yikes. Sorry to hear your having medical problems. My parents are in the same boats. It just all seems to be hitting them at once. =(

Pat Hatt said...

I know they can do tests galore and never get to the bottom of it, sucks in every way. Medical problems are never fun. Did they test for Lyme? That can screw with people a ton.

WritingNut said...

Hey Jay! Welcome back! I'm so sorry to hear that you've been having such a rough time. I wish you a speedy recovery, and I hope they can figure out what's going on. Sending lots of positive vibes your way :)

Sheena-kay Graham said...

I have had my own health issues as well and being stuck in bed even when working from home sucks. Wish you all the best Joel and let's hope whatever is affecting is curable by modern medicine. Glad you are back and blogging is both a balm and distraction we are lucky to have.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Hope they can finally nail it down. (Someone call Dr. House.) Nothing worse than being that sick for that long and no idea why.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I've missed you. When I saw you had posted today I was excited to see what you've been up to but it seems like you've been mostly down. I hope they figure it out. Not knowing only adds to the stress and can make it worse. Hoping for your best outcome.

Jenna Howard said...

Feel better my friend!

dolorah said...

I hope you find a cure - or at least a viable diagnosis. Being sick is no fun at all. I the GoT poster. Made me smile anyway.

Susan Kane said...

Having an answer is what all desire, esp. those who are ill. Here is hoping all your questions are answered.

Mr. Shife said...

Good to hear from you, Jay. Hope they get to the bottom of your health problems soon to get back on the road to recovery. Take care buddy.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

I hope you're feeling better now. Prayers.

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

It can be difficult to diagnose what's wrong with a person because we are complex systems. All you have to do is watch one or two episodes of House and you get that pretty quickly. I have a client who is slowly losing use of his joints and doctors don't know why. I think he's been tested for ALS and they know it's not that. I hope that you start to feel better soon. If you've upgraded to Windows 10, the Microsoft speech recognition works pretty good with a decent microphone. You might want to try that to do some writing to get your health off your mind.

cleemckenzie said...

So sorry to hear about your health issues, but you're right to get back to doing what you enjoy and distracting yourself. Take a look at the book called Cure. I think it's an interesting take on healing.

Jay, you must enter this meme in the Meme Hop! It had me laughing!

DMS said...

So sorry to hear you have been having so many health struggles. Hopefully the tests will help you figure out what is going on and what you need to do to get better. Sending lots of positive thoughts your way!

Crystal Collier said...

Man! You've been through the ringer. Take all the time you need and get healthy. I've been there--maybe not to the same degree, but chronic or continuous illness is the worst. I'm sending cheese to get you through this.

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