"Change can come in many forms in our lives. It might come forcefully like a tidal wave, or creep along incrementally like a glacier." via Keep Inspiring Me.
Disclaimer: Photos make posts more engaging so I am using these awesome shots I took over the summer with the amazing Zaida from The Zae List. They are totally irrelivant to the post but beautiful.
The other day I wanted to share a post but quickly realized that before I could get to it I needed to share a life update with you all, other wise I would have to keep back tracking.
Basically over the course of the past 4 months or so I have had some significant life changes going on.
I got a Job
I had been job searching with no pressure for a while on and off but about a year ago I began to aggresivly job hunting, after quickly realizing that blogging alone was not going to be enough for my family and I to reach our 3 year plan goals.
Sidebar: I have an Associate's in general studies, mainly a background in clerical, customer service and sales, and had been a stay-at-home mom blogger for the last 4 years.
With that said job hunting was no easy feat! However, I only had two main things I was looking for in an employer; good benefits and a schedule as close to my kids' as possible.
Finally in August I began working, insert life changing moment #1!
At the end of September I went into the ER for what I thought was the flu. It turned out to be a kidney infection that somehow turned into Sepsis. Sepsis is A life-threatening complication of an infection.
"Sepsis occurs when chemicals released in the bloodstream to fight an infection trigger inflammation throughout the body. Symptoms include fever, difficulty breathing, low blood pressure, fast heart rate, and mental confusion. Treatment includes antibiotics and intravenous fluids."
I had the above mentioned symptoms along with fatigue, water retention, fevers 2x a day, chills, body aches, joint pain, cold sweats, fluid around my lungs and gallbaldder. I was in the ICU for six days and later at home for 2 weeks recovering. My recovery plan includes lots of follow up appointments and lots of blood work. I am thankful that for the most part I am well.
I was left with Post-sepsis syndrome - a condition that affects up to 50% of sepsis survivors.. There are various long term effects, I was left with disabliging joint pain which is being treated as Rhuematiod Arthritist. I need to go to physchial threapy as well as take 2 medications 2x a day for the next 3 months.
I'm a Step-mom
To clarify, I have been a step-mom since the day I married my husband(almost 8 years ago) but almost a month ago my stepdaughter came to live with us. In preperation for her homecoming I redecorated and madeover the children's room so that they could all share.
It has been a big, but welcome change for us all, but as with any change there is an adjustment period. Mix in a 13 year old, a slight language barrier, culture shock, new experiences, new schook, new routine, new structure and rules, and a power struggle to get an idea of what my stepmothering has been like. PS don't forget I have my other two little ones, ages 3 and 6.
Life change #3!
With all of these changes my emotions have been all over the place but my one constant are my children and of course the Lord. Oh and btw with all these changes which include stress eating and no gym cause my joint pain I put on 15lbs so I can't even wear these pants if I wanted lol
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I'M ALICIA GIBBS
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