A GREAT Week So FAR!

On a more positive note, while I’ve been feeling crappy (read more on that here: Follow Up from Yesterday: Not Feeling Well… and here I’ve not been well…) I’ve had a few really great days I wanted to share with you all!

First of all, I got to spend the day with my mom and sister last Saturday and we had a great time. I got to see my sweet sweet nephew Jasper WITHOUT my boys – a rare occurrence so we really got to bond 🙂 Isn’t he just the cutest? I let him play with my phone in the restaurant so I was for sure the coolest Auntie 🙂

Mom did a blog post recap on our day on her blog – you can find that here: https://www.joscountryjunction.com/saturday-meet-up/

Craigy knew I wasn’t feeling well – I decided to take a bath to see if that would help. He came in the bathroom and sat on the floor next to the bathtub. It was really sweet <3

The boys have been moving and grooving – it finally hit 70 degrees in Iowa the other day and we got a big pile of gravel to resurface our driveway! The boys played and played for hours outside – they just had a blast. Then Carver was in bed and reading his weekly library book with Craig – he knows SO MANY sight words – I’m so proud of how he is doing! His conferences last week went really well and Carver is exceeding the three year old preschool curriculum which makes us so proud.

Even if I’m feeling crappy, I’ve got a HUGE reason to smile – after 18+ months MY BRACES ARE FINALLY OFF!! It’s a whole lot of drama but long story short, I ended up working last night and mom volunteered to rearrange her entire schedule to make sure she could drive me the two hours north east to Wisconsin (also a long story as to why we have to drive so dang far) so I could keep my appointment to get my braces off! On the way there, I called to see if *maybe* there was any cancellations with a dermatologist I could see while we were in town and YES there was!

I’m committed to staying totally open about my struggle with acne – I’ve been through just about every treatment there is and the past month, along with various other symptoms, my acne is out of control. I happened to get into a cancelled dermatology appointment today while I was in Lacrosse and I’m so excited to try a new regimen over the next few months to try and tackle this hormonally triggered acne. I’m hoping to avoid meds which would be the next step after the topical treatments. It’s such a bummer. If you’re struggling too, you aren’t alone – acne sucks man. I’ve been through accutane, multiple birth control pills, every cream, antibiotics, nothing works for very long. I want to document my progress!

Just a little background, I was treated with Accutane for a little over a year with almost complete healing when I was 19 years old – the acne was primarily on my forehead and very classic teenage acne – until I started having babies. Then all hell broke loose and while certain treatments work for a few months, nothing EVER sticks.

Okay, this blog post is getting LONG but I promise, I just have a few more things to tell you, it’s been a good week since I’ve had a true recap! LOOK AT THIS – we have a very important part of our family that I haven’t shared with you all yet but we have a mother – daughter team, very near and dear to our hearts and the reason it is possible for Craig and I to work the hours we do. They live across town and they will literally drop everything to help out our family – that includes my mom as well. We so appreciate them as “babysitters” but that is just not enough credit for all they do for our family. More often than not, after a night of babysitting my laundry room looks like this – all folded, counters wiped down, and most of all, they boys are so well cared for. So I know Kelli reads the blog, I’ll never have enough words to say THANK YOU so I thought a shout out would help 🙂

AND FINALLY….I wanted to share my newest edition to the Etsy shop: A Journal for Nurses – I created this concept and design all on my own! I’m really excited to share it with the world!

Nursing was a rough career even before COVID-19 hit. With the wave of COVID came a wave of nurses who began speaking out about the importance of mental health and self care or frontline workers.

This journal was created for healthcare workers to debrief and reflect at the end of their shift.

Whether you’re a new nurse, in a new role, or as green as grass, this journal provides a way to learn from mistakes, celebrate the victories, and reflect on how far you’ve come.

You can shop the journal HERE: https://www.etsy.com/listing/976164238/first-aid-journal-for-the-every-day?ref=shop_home_active_1 along with a few other Etsy listings!

If you’ve stuck with me this far – wow – thank you – and you probably need some rest. I just had so much to tell you and I actually left out like five other things I was going to share but there’s just no time! So thanks for reading and we will see you soon <3

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Follow Up from Yesterday: Not Feeling Well…

Well, first of all THANK YOU to everyone who has reached out to me since I had blogged about not feeling well lately, that post informs this one so go check it out: I’ve not been well…

So many people reached out with ideas and suggestions and some people who were feeling the same as me. There were also a few more symptoms once I got thinking about it a little harder – BLOATING being a big one I left out and loss of appetite -nothing tastes good or sounds good anymore. Like today I made a big breakfast and only had a few bites.

Some people suggested COVID symptoms kind of dragging on and on – possibly however this is how I used to feel ALL the time – I’ve felt this way for most of my adult life EXCEPT for the past 6 months. These symptoms are not new to me but now I know what life is like without them and I’m determined to get rid of them again!

Some people suggested my blood sugar may get low when I’m fasting – I’ve done several 24 hour fasts without ever having a blood sugar issue and honestly I haven’t been fasting much lately. When I do fast, I feel so GOOD not bad. Fasting actually relieves the symptoms in some ways.

Some people suggested OSA or obstructive sleep apnea – I actually have this. I was diagnosed when I was 19 and I do have a sleep machine that my mom keeps nagging me to give another shot. I just really don’t sleep well when I wear it unless I take medication to help me sleep and I hate doing that. Also, I know my symptoms are much WORSE when I’m heavier and I’m the lightest I’ve been in a long time so I don’t think that is the issue but worth a shot.

Some people have suggested a gut yeast overgrowth after antibiotics – THIS is something I’m looking into. There’s a ton of research on how bad antibiotics can really be for you and the relationship with the gut, and something called the microbiome and the gut brain axis. I’m on supplements to support my microbiome already but this is something I’m looking into especially since my symptoms worsened since I was on Augmentin for a sinus infection.

Some people suggested I’m under too much stress – I feel the best I’ve felt mental health wise, work life balance wise, anxiety wise, than I have in a very long time. Other than some winter blues, I’m feeling great and I feel like my stress is well managed.

My blood work came back today – we checked thyroid, CBC, folate, B12, ferritin, vitamin D – ALL TOTALLY NORMAL. So that isn’t the issue.

I have a few thoughts now that I’m thinking back – I really was working to cut sugar out the past 6 months so I hardly had any chocolate – but in March I’ve been making chocolate cashew clusters with some sugar free chocolate I found and they’ve been so good! Maybe I am not tolerating chocolate?

Which got me thinking a little harder and I decided after some research that my symptoms align with a food sensitivity or intolerance. I think I’m going to try an elimination diet starting, well, today to see if that improves any of my symptoms and then slowly introduce foods back in to see how I feel.

Lots of fruits and veggies and meats coming my way! I just put in a Walmart pickup order so I can stock up. It’s all temporary, honestly I hardly have an appetite anyway but hopefully this next month will be very telling.

Any tips, tricks, or recipes on elimination diets are GREATLY appreciated! I’ll keep you all posted, thank you for your kind words, comments, and suggestions.

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I’ve not been well…

Man, I tell you what, it has been a rough week.

Normally I don’t ask for medical advice from anyone but my doctor but this is getting ridiculous. I don’t know if I’m necessarily asking for advice or what I’m getting at but I feel the need to share.

I’ve had an amazing 6 months. I’ve felt the best I’ve ever felt. I had the most energy, I was the happiest, I rarely needed naps (unless I took one before working overnights), I had the energy to exercise, I was very regular (in terms of bowels, probably TMI), and I was great. Obviously I felt great because I lost over 25 lbs since September. That was all the result of feeling the best I’ve felt in my life.

The past month, ever since Wisconsin Dells and when I was treated for a sinus infection in early March, it has been ROUGH to say the least. I’m waking up with headaches every day, I’m so fatigued I can hardly get out of bed in the morning, I’m so irritable, I’m so constipated, I’ve got such brain fog, my acne is out of control, my hair is falling out in handfuls.

I’m back to the life I was living last Summer when I went to the doctor for these same exact symptoms. Honestly, these are all symptoms I’ve dealt with for years, sometimes worse than others. But when I felt SO GOOD the past 6 months, I realize that waking up with a headache every day is NOT normal.

In fact, back in nursing school, my symptoms were so bad I was falling asleep every day in class no matter how much coffee I had. My instructor pulled me aside, she thought I was working night shift when I had what I now call “sleep attacks” where you literally just cannot stay awake or keep your eyes open no matter how hard you try. I have maybe had 2 sleep attacks in the past 6 months but now almost DAILY for the past month.

I messaged my doctor and I’m headed in to get some repeat thyroid testing this week but I’m just really frustrated and totally drained. I’m sick of taking Tylenol and Ibuprofen around the clock anticipating a headache coming on.

So I’ve been a little absent from the blog lately, partly because I’ve felt like crap, partly because I don’t have the energy and partly because that inspiration, my spark is just gone again.

I’d love to hear if you’ve experienced this at all in your life. I’ve tried to be really reflective on my diet and my food choices and see if there is or was a change in my supplements or in my diet but because I never fully cut anything out of my diet in those six months, I don’t think it is related.

Anyway, that’s where I’m at friends. Feeling dull and foggy over here, as dreary as this March misty weather. Thanks for reading.

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I’M STILL HERE!

How is it Friday already? I had a crazy work stretch this past week and things are finally winding down!

I don’t have much to say for tonight other than HEY! I’m still here and I’ve been crazy busy.

I’m so excited to share with you that my ETSY SHOP IS LIVE and you are free to shop! I’ve got three designs up now with more coming by next week! I’m so excited for this venture and if you don’t see something that tickles your fancy today, there are more items and products in the works!

HERE IS THE LINK TO MY ETSY SHOP: https://www.etsy.com/shop/kalissageorgia?ref=search_shop_redirect


I’ve been super active on my Facebook and Instagram if you want to catch up there – I did a live video going into detail about the products and the story behind the designs. You can find that here:

https://fb.watch/4ul-Jg3PXl/

I’ve had several orders and I’m already out of medium shirts in my Take a Hike shirt! It’s so fun. Thank you for supporting me through this – even if you don’t order this time around!

I got to hang out with my mom and sister today – check out Kelli’s twin bump!

if she hasn’t had the wins by the end of April, they will take her for a c-section so the countdown is ON! 34 days or less! We are so so excited!

That is all I have for tonight! I’m going to hit they hay for now! Thanks for reading!

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Take a hike!

We had amazing weather this last weekend and even though I worked, we were determined to get out and enjoy the day! We ended up at the farm walking along the creek where I used to play as a kid.

We found my brother’s old tree house still standing but other than that, it’s almost unrecognizable because of how time has changed and morphed the banks of the creek. Many trees have been cleared out. It was neat to see the changes!

Craig was such a good sport and helped me get some pictures of my new product – I designed my shirt! Do you like? If so it can be yours too! More info on that here: https://fb.me/e/cdylzenh

We collected rocks, found sticks, and walked probably a good mile, (note, Gannon was not the adventurer we anticipated and was carried most of that mile)

We will definitely go again before the weeds are overgrown, hopefully this summer we can walk the full length of the creek on the farm, that was my favorite thing to do as a kid!

I’m on a crazy work stretch at the moment and haven’t been blogging lately, as of tomorrow night I’ll have a good healthy stretch off and get caught up with the boys and the blog. Also, did you know I write most of my blog posts on my phone? Word press updated their mobile site and to say it has a few glitches is an understatement – just makes it hard to get a blog post out to you guys.

In the meantime, I hope you all join me for my LIVE VIDEO tonight on Facebook and Instagram at 7 PM central time! Here is the link with the details! Come hang out, say hi!

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Feeling IMPORTANT

I received the nicest compliment I’ve ever gotten in my whole life the other day. I want to share it with you, not to toot my own horn but because it really sparked something in me.

I was pulled aside by my director at work. She said she was visiting with a new CNA on the unit and the new CNA had shared with her that I made her feel really important.

That’s the nicest thing I’ve heard anyone say about me.

I’ve not always been a nice person. In high school, I straight up wasn’t a kind person. In elementary school, I’m sure I’m labeled as a bully in someone’s book. Even through nursing school, competition, jealousy and anxiety took the wheel more often than not. If you’re reading this and I’ve offended you, I’m truly sorry. I’m ashamed of things I’ve done or said. I’m working every day to be a better person.

When she shared that with me at work, I finally felt like maybe I was getting somewhere on this self help journey of mine. Maybe I’ve come far enough in healing myself and my own thoughts that I can be a light to someone else. If I get to the end of my life and all I’ve done is make someone feel important, I think that’s an incredible accomplishment.

Ever since that day, I’ve given so much energy into making other people feel important. That means I’m a little weird. I’m the person who strikes up conversations with random strangers, I’m the kind of person who gets too chatty in the check out line. It has lead to some really incredible connections and conversations over the past few months.

I can’t remember which book it was but Brene Brown talks about how she used to get really intimidated by meeting with some really big names or celebrities until she remembers “People, people, people.” They are just people.

I remembered this when I was hanging out on one of the nursing forums I frequent. The question posed was “What do nurses do that drive doctors crazy” and vice versa – there was a lot of really petty answers but over and over again, the doctors requested kindness. A lot of responses were “say hi to me in the hallway, don’t just ignore me or pretend you don’t know me because we aren’t working together, I’m a person too who just wants to feel included.”

So so so many times I’ve seen someone “higher up” than me, we’ve met in the hallway and I’ve thought “they are too cool to talk to me” or I was intimidated by them. Now I remember, “People, people, people, we are all just people.” People want to feel included. People want to feel noticed. Even the big shots.

When I think “they are too cool to notice me” or I keep my eyes glued to the floor, or I don’t acknowledge someone outside of our work setting, I used to think I was sparing them from having to interact with lowly old me. Now I realize that may come off as “I’m intimidated by you” or worse “I’m too cool for you.”

I want to conclude this blog post with a few prompts to keep in mind:

What am I doing to make others feel important? What would make me feel important?

Thanks for reading guys!

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