It’s easy to get caught up in the negative and not take time to appreciate all the good in life.
I know that’s been the case for me lately. I’ve been trying to get a diagnosis for my page long list of symptoms. I’ve been treated badly by doctor after doctor. I’ve had numerous tests done. It’s been overwhelming.
This week has been the worst. First, the labs that were ordered by the Endocrinologist came back clear. That means I’m wrong about what my problem is. I have no doubt that it’s something hormonal, but my progesterone level was fine. It looks like I have to rethink my self-diagnosis. When I asked when I could get another appointment, the nurse stated that my insurance wouldn’t cover another visit in the same month, and the doctor didn’t feel a need to see my anyway. She gave a bit of an explanation. What she said, added with some things he stated during my exam, leads me to believe he thinks everything is in my head, just like most other doctors have.
Then, there was the Gynecologist appointment yesterday. I don’t even know where to start with this, but he chose to look at each symptom individually to find treatments for them instead of looking at the larger picture. After talking things through, he agreed to put me on progesterone only birth control to treat some of the symptoms. Really, though, I believe it will treat them all. Only time will tell.
He mentioned something about my uterus being large. I have never had anyone mention anything about this in my life. This lead him to believe it is a new development which is probably caused by fibroids (benign tumors), cysts, or cancer. Great. He said it’s probably not cancer, but there’s always a chance. So, I had an ultrasound this morning. They said the doctor should have the results in two days. He’ll probably need a day to look over the ultrasounds himself. So, hopefully, I should have results before Thanksgiving.
That’s what’s going on. I’ve been worried and crying and overwhelmed. My friends and family have been amazingly supportive, and it’s only reminded me how thankful I am to have them all.
This all brings us back to the point of this post: an update on my Thanksgiving Tree.
It’s getting really full! I don’t know how we’re going to fit 21 more leaves on there in the next week. Well, at least 21. I don’t know if I’ll get any other leaves in the mail.
It’s great to be able to see how full our lives out, how lucky we really are. This is what I’m trying to focus on now.
So, since I first posted about the tree a week ago, here are my favorite additions:
- I’m thankful for such funny pets.
- I’m thankful for my new old bike. (It was a hand-me-down.)
- I’m thankful for mac and cheese.
- I’m thankful for the internet.
- I am thankful for candy.
- I’m thankful for my family.
- I’m thankful for everything I’ve been taught.
- I’m thankful for caffeine.
(I didn’t take a picture of one of mine. I will for the final post. Then you can all stop wondering what my handwriting looks like.)
- I’m thankful for coffee.
- I’m thankful for Trinity. She’s the most awesome and caring child I know.
- I’m thankful for health insurance. Without it, I wouldn’t be able to continue my search for answers.
- I’m thankful to live in an area with some many places to explore nearby!
I’ve had a few people ask me to write a leaf out for them (and you can totally get in on this by commenting below!!)
- My Aunt Bonnie said she is thankful for family and friends.
- My mom said (and I paraphrased because it was really long!) that she is thankful for two wonderful children, her son-in-law and daughter-in-law, a beautiful granddaughter, Wendy, John, Bryan, Rhonda, Hunter, Wyatt, Pyper, Brooke, Rylin, two sisters she can count on, Mary, and Gene.
- Laura from Lazylauramaisey says she is thankful for her good health.
I’ve also received a couple of leaves in the mail! (You can get in on this one, too, by using the form on my Contact Me page, and I may give you my address!)
My friend Mollie is thankful for friends like Pam (Awwww!!), coffee, the love of her family, her marriage, Eva’s health, two legs that power her runs, technology, and all the blessings she has had this year – great and small.
Her daughters also made some leaves, and they are thankful for family, God, Blessings, friends, and the Love of Christ.
I think they came up with some really good things to be thankful for! I totally snagged the coffee idea from Mollie. Coffee is amazing!
My good friend Linda and her daughter Liv sent us leaves all the way from Sweden, although they don’t celebrate Thanksgiving. I’m so thankful that they decided to help us with our project, and I’m trying to talk them into eating turkey and being thankful despite not having a set holiday for it.
Linda says she has so many things to be grateful for, but the most important ones are her lovely family, relatives, and friends, near and far.
Liv is thankful for her family, friends, and relatives.
Just remember: No matter how bad things get, there is always something to be thankful for. Choose to focus on that instead of the negative, and things won’t seem as bad!
So, thank you for being amazing and for taking the time to read my post! I’m truly thankful for you guys. In fact, that’s going to be my leaf for tomorrow: “I’m thankful for all my readers and followers! They rock!”