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Has it really been that long?

Also posted at dreamwidth:

Looking at the date of my last post, I realized it's been longer than I thought since I last posted here. I guess you've all forgotten who I am! It's going to take me forever to catch up so please excuse me if I don't manage to read everyone's posts.

I've not been around much because I was sick. For ages the Doctors couldn't figure out what was wrong with me, but they suspected some sort of cancer. Then everything came to a head in January when I was admitted into hospital, where we found out I have a problem with my heart. It was causing problems with my blood circulating which in turn was causing me to retain water. Some of that water ended up in my lungs, which made it hard to breath. I had no energy, so I was coming home from work and crashing on the sofa in front of the tv instead of keeping up with my writing. The last month before my hospital stay I developed an infection in one of my legs so I ended up having to take time off work. I was very lucky that when my heart finally failed, I was already waiting to see the nurse at our local medical center. I was waiting for a prescription when my heart started racing really fast. They did some tests, realized it could be something serious and had me sent to the hospital.

I'm due an MRI scan in March, meanwhile I'm back working part time and I'm taking a whole bunch of pills that make me feel almost normal again. My mum has been great throughout the whole thing, I don't know what I would have done if she hadn't been there for me.

The bit that freaks me out most is that while I was in the hospital, I lost around 70 lb or nearly 30 kilograms of water. Afterward I was a lot thinner than I expected to be - I'm now a UK size 10 or US size 6 in my favorite clothes store. It's a bit of a shock to the system to loose weight that fast - I actually think my center of balance has shifted. None of my old clothes fit anymore so I'm slowly rebuilding my wardrobe. I'd prefer to shop online but I have no idea anymore what will suit me, or even what will fit - at first I was trying things on 2 sizes too big!

I'm on a low salt diet so I'm experimenting with cooking more food from scratch instead of reheating something out of a box. So far most of my experiments have been fairly successful and my son appreciates all the real home cooked food.
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