A Southern Fried Mess

Insanity is a southern necessity…

Where did she go?

Most of you have noticed that I haven’t been hanging around here much lately.  It’s not that you people smelled bad or anything. It’s just that I was …well…tired.

For the last few years, really since my last child was born, I’ve been slowly loosing energy.  Kinda like a balloon with a small leak.  I barely had enough energy and strength when I woke up in the mornings to be exhausted.  Yeah, I know what your are thinking: it’s because of all those blasted kids she has—that would zap the energy out of anyone.

Well, that was only partly true. Yes, they can be a handful,  but my exhaustion was starting to effect my daily work schedule more than just the usual and not because of the kids .  Dirty clothes weren’t getting washed.  Soiled dishes weren’t getting put into the dishwasher. The horrid green carpet that covers my entire house was growing things due to lack of vacuuming. And my kids rooms looked as if World War 3 happened to them. And I didn’t care about any of it.

I was tired and only wanted a nap not to mention that my mood was always terrible.  The poor kids walked on eggshells around me. The neighbor kids wouldn’t even come over anymore (not that that was a bad thing… the neighbor part I mean), and my hubby wasn’t too happy either.

It got to the point that I was taking up to three naps a day sometimes. Each lasting up to two hours or more.  I didn’t want to be social with anyone either. I hated going places because it took so much out of me. My mother-in-law swears I was doing all this to ignore her.

My solution to all of this was simple: add coffee to my daily regiment. That seemed to work at first, but then I was consuming so much just to keep functioning that I was brewing several pots a day.  I don’t care who you are, tired or not, that much coffee consumed in one day will mess with anyone.

When that didn’t work, I cut back on the caffeine and  added multi vitamins to the mix and then multi vitamins for high energy.  Still nothing. I could have been eating PEZ candy for all I knew. I then added workouts on the treadmill and bike riding. Still nothing.  Changed my diet and stopped consuming most of my heavy starches and most if not all my sugars. Finally, I just gave up after years of trying to fix the problem.  I was even gaining weight. On what, I don’t know. I was eating healthy.

So when all else failed, I decided to go to the doctor. Now, don’t get me wrong. I’ve been before and during all of this time, telling the doc my symptoms. All he did was laugh, blame it on the kids, my age, and gave me some Prozac. That wasn’t the solution at all. I stopped taking it due to the fact that it made me want to murder my family, by chopping them up into tiny pieces with a hatchet… just for fun. Into the garbage they went.

Besides they didn’t do anything for the weight gain (even though most folks would argue that I’m skinny, but 20 pounds is 20 pounds). And by now, my joints in my hands were starting to swell and hurt, and my bad cholesterol was going up. And lets not forget the wacko hair I’ve had over the last few years either.

Mom gave me the name of a new doctor to go and see.  She said she really liked her and that says a lot, cause mom is hard  woman to please.

I gave her a call and got an appointment.  She tested me for all kinds of stuff, due to the fact that we have heart problems and all kinds other defects that run in the family.Thanks mom and dad for your wonderful genes.

Two days later, she called  with the results and said that my thyroid was going nuts.  It wasn’t out of the so called safe range yet, but that it was on the border.

Now, before I go any further, I must tell y’all that I’ve had this tested every year because my mother has had problems with hers and every year the doc says it’s fine.  Well, technically it still is fine.  My mother’s, who has been on the thyroid medication since I was seven, is still fine even though she developed a goiter. Even to this day, she test well within the range of what is considered normal.  And there in lies my solution.

Even though my number is in the normal range, It’s not normal for me.  My normal number and range is different.  So that is what was throwing everyone off before, causing them to say I was fine. The thyroid was the cause of most if not all my weird symptoms, even my wacko hair and cholesterol problem of which I did not know it could effect.

Anyway, she gave me some tiny purple pills to take each morning.  OH, MY HEAVENS!!!!! What a difference they have made.  My husband swears that woman doctor gave me speed.

I have more energy now then I had before I had kids. I’ve lost weight, and my hand swelling has become almost non-existent.  Although the joints still hurt from time to time. Gone are the constant naps too. I might take one or two during the whole week now.  All the household chores and duties are done and current, and my terrible mood swings are behind me. I’m the cool mom again.  Honey, I’m in love!

So that is where we are at the moment.  I will try to catch up on here and become more regular. I now have the energy to sit and think again. Thanks for hanging around. Catch you guys later!

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June 14, 2010 Posted by | family, fitness, food, kids, life, Uncategorized | , , , | 2 Comments

Where’s Chloe?

My son and I went on a field trip with his class some weeks back. We went to visit an old plantation. During the entire tour, the guide kept going on and on about the ghost that inhabit the house. She must have mentioned the word at least 40 times just in the parlor alone. It got to be so funny that my son and I started snickering…which only annoyed the lady to no end.

Anyway, when  I downloaded my photos later I thought it would be funny to put my own ghost in one of the  pictures of the house. I picked the ghost of Chloe, a house slave who supposedly murdered the children of one of the former owners way back when.

So  I hunted down an old photo of a former slave woman and then proceeded to photo shop her in.   What you have is the finished picture before you. Can you find her? She really isn’t hard to find. Have fun!

June 1, 2010 Posted by | black and white photos, humor, kids, photography, plantations, Uncategorized | , , , | 3 Comments