A Few Months of Retrospect to End the Year

Usually around my birthday, I wax all philosophical about where my life is and where I’d like it to go. Well, in September, I sat down to write my annual birthday post…and I realized how much I’d been through.

It was all a bit much, mentally, so I kept putting off writing about it. But I figure it’s the end of the year, I might as well do a retrospect type of post to sum up my year.

This is how 2012 felt to me.

This is how 2012 felt to me.

Today marks almost months since I got out of the hospital, and while I’m better, I’m still not at my best, health-wise.

The good:

  • No visible fluid build-up around my heart and lungs anymore. Even when I got out of the hospital, I still had some fluid, but it appears to have all disappeared.
  • My hypertension is under control and my blood pressure is the lowest it’s ever been in years.
  • I no longer have to take insulin injections (yay! no 4 needles a day!)
  • I no longer need a walker or a cane to get around. I may wobble a bit when I walk, but I’m doing it under my own steam.
  • I’ve lost 80 lbs since getting out of the hospital. I still have a ways to go, but I’m on the right track.

The bad:

  • I may have kidney damage. I have to go to a specialist and have tests done to find out how bad it may be.
  • I have referrals for seven other doctors, specializing in everything from my heart to my feet. Thank god for insurance. LOL
  • I may have some kind of damage to my left ribs. Waiting on x-rays to find out for sure. All I know is it’s always sore.

But overall, the prognosis is good. Or at least better than it was at the beginning of the year.

In other news, still saving up for a car. Can’t afford to be too picky. Just want something that runs well, gets a decent gas mileage and is cheap to insure.

I’m getting back into my writing. I write daily (mostly) posts for my Orlando-centric website, CitySurfing Orlando. I have friends that help me out with reviews since I can’t get around much due to the car issue, but it’s about 95% written by me. I hope to get my travel blog back online by next month, and then I have a third website in the works that I hope to have up soon after that.

I’m also going to work harder on getting fit and healthy. I know a big part of that will be losing more weight, but I’m more concerned with just improving my health, stamina and fitness. I’m not aiming for a particular weight or clothing size.

So anyways, that’s pretty much where I’m at, as 2012 comes to a close. I’m hoping 2013 will bring about more positive changes and experiences, and I’m making goals and plans to help ensure that.

Thank you dear readers for sticking with me and this blog during the last tumultuous year. I hope the new year brings you all many blessings.

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I'm Michelle Snow, the writer and creator of Zengrrl. I write about travel, entertainment, women's issues, health, body positivity, and more, both for this blog and freelance. I have also authored/co-authored four guidebooks on Orlando and Florida. If you aren't already following me, the links are below, as well as on the top right of this page. Thanks!

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