So back in college there was a girl who wore a forest green cape every day. I don't remember her name, though I roomed across the hall from her one year. She was obviously very into fantasy. She loves Lord of the Rings and had a whole fantasy village set up outside her room window.
She was a little "weird" to most people and was often made fun of. I remember just thinking she was a little different. I mean, I liked LOTR too, but I didn't wear a cape. No one else did.
She was a nice girl though. I know she must have known she was the object of a lot of jokes. Despite what your mockers think, you're never oblivious to that.
Well, today I made a green cloak. I am now cape girl. I guess some people might mock me. Honestly I don't care. Not at this point. I have learned to sew and can make a cloak. In fact I did so in just a few hours today. So I'm pretty proud of myself.
Before I write this blog post, I want to say a few things. By its nature, this post is exclusive. It is about one thing and not about other things. But it is not meant to say that one thing is better than another. It's just not about all those things. All of us who are parents are doing the best we can. I respect and admire those who choose to stay home with their little ones full-time. You're doing hard work, and it's a great thing. I see a lot of posts from parents who stay home with their children talking about how they love it and it's the best thing. They can't imagine not doing that. Wonderful! I see posts that get shared that extol staying home full-time with your children. That's great, too. But this post is specifically for the mom who works full-time outside the home. I don't see much for those of us who do that, so this is for us. I know "working mom" is a bit of a misnomer since all moms are working moms, but for clarity's sake, tha…
This is less a post about failing, although I certainly had those moments. It's just something I'm sharing. I hope it helps someone in some way.
It started back in May of 2011. I just randomly started having
breathing trouble and was coughing a lot. Of course working at WebMD, I began a
long process of self-diagnosing. Something I try to never do now. My symptoms
seemed to point to asthma, although I imagined a dozen worse scenarios. The
doctor thought it could be severe allergies so he gave me some medications to
try. It didn't help.
I went back and he gave me an asthma test. It did not
indicate asthma but did show some improvement in breathing with a breathing
treatment, so I then got inhaled steroids and a rescue inhaler. That did seem
to help a bit... but when I say a bit, I really mean that. I spent the whole
summer barely able to breathe and unable to be outside for more than a couple
of minutes. I couldn't work out. I could barely walk around for any length of…