My goodness! I was gone fore a few days from the site while busy starting the new job, and I've missed so much, I'm afraid I'll never catch up!!
First, Drafty...as an RN, your description of gaining 80# I'm about two months definitely concerns me! (so totally NOT TRYING to stress you on top of your already waaay over-stressed self!), so I'll first say that rapid wt. GAIN is generally NOT as concerning as rapid wt loss! THAT SAID...(& you needn't feel like you must share the answers to these questions publicly, these are just "sometimes" reasons for sudden weight gain)...
1) started any new medications, especially ones for depression (SSRI group, mainly), anxiety (benzodiazepines?) Or sleep (these days, certain psychiatric meds are RXed for sleep, such as seroquel, or depakote: less likely?) Because ALL OF THESE MEDS CAUSE REALLY SUPER RAPID WEIGHT GAIN, even if you are literally eating like, NOTHING "bad" & perfectly average portions...trust me, I know! Ten years ago when I was (literally) on my death bed and the MDs were trying EVERYTHING they could to get the symptoms managed, I gained NINETY #s in six months (and WASN'T EVEN EATING!) Six years later, when I stopped all but two of the meds, I dropped seventy #s in six months from again,, basically doing nada. Meds can have terrifying side effects!
2) You mentioned (I think) that they are checking your thyroid which is great, as if you are hypothyroid, you could gain wt quickly. What concerns me about that is WHAT IS MAKING your thyroid "suddenly" not function properly? Thus, THEY SAY, "oh great, this is an easy fix, we'll take care of the thyroid (with meds to make it function normally) and you'll lose the weight, end of story!" then you have to say that you want scans done to see if a benign (non-cancerous) tumor may have caused it, or something else...and make certain they DIAGNOSE the REASON for the malfunction!
3) major stress...if you're anything like me, with the amount if stress you've been describing, it's GOT TO BE throwing your whole system for a loop! Do you feel you can get to a point where things might become a little less "intense" @ least, for a bit? If so, SUCK IT UP! Get as much sleep as humanly possible...when you're awake and not at the (dreaded)
job, try to get as much exercise, barn time, "whatever" makes YOU HAPPIEST, as possible, to get those endorphins working.
Adding a HIGH QUALITY multi vitamin daily wouldn't hurt, either. In fact, I can send you a few doses of what we take to try for a few days? If it works, you can order it online! It's kind of pricey for US, because DH, DS AND I all take the recommended three tabs a day...) If it's just YOU, it'll be lots cheaper as will last longer. It's literally saved DH (these whole food based, organic multivits) as he does a EXTREMELY PHYSICAL job, which most twenty year old guys would struggle with, and he's a "should be disabled" vet!
Okay, done with my post-from-hell. Sorry guys, just worried me reading Drafty's post. Have some other thoughts about other posts and some ideas/comments, but will save for another time...
As for Maple, applause all around...you're a far tougher woman than I, as I would be raising holy heck without my car when our kiddo was young, etc...and even NOW, as I'm SO CAR-dependent! I sincerely hope you get Jeep back and in great working order ASAP.
Welcome new 30-somethings! Yay! We are one tough, scrappy group o' women! As I read through EVERYONE's posts, all I keep thinking is, "I am SO happy I am not the only one like 'me' with all the nutty life crud and also, the GREAT life stuff going on", because as I've said in other posts, sure feels like that sometimes...a LOT of times.
I know I only addressed a few people and I apologize, but am just about to head out door for more new hospital orientation.
One final thought guys, and I really think it's kind of an important one...I haven't mentioned many details, but my new job is the day shift charge nurse/unit manager on Thurs, Fri, Sat's...twelve hour shifts, at an inpatient HOSPICE unit...I love working in areas where I feel that what I am doing will impact either my patient, their family members, or both, in a significant way. That's why I loved labor and delivery, NICU, & in the BEGINNING, psych, (till I realized NOTHING I DID made a lick of difference, no matter HOW MUCH EFFORT I PUT IN!)...
In hospice, JUST AS in L&D, the care I give (or don't give) will impact the life of the family members who are losing their beloved "person", forever, if only in their memories of those last days with mom, dad, DH, DW, etc...and my goal, first and foremost, is to do all in my power to ENSURE that is a time where they can feel free to do WHATEVER it is with that loved one that they must...if they need the dog in the room at the facility with the patient, that dog stays in the room! If they know their family member HATED to be seen without their hair done, that hair is done each time a visitor comes.
Now of course my role is mostly medical, giving tons of pain and anxiety meds, providing all the planning for the enormous numbers of services required during their last six months (hospice starts at the "estimated" time when a patient has six months or less to live) to their last few moments...we provide dignity for the patient, ensuring that also the family has as close to their normal "routine" with that person as they'd have at home, etc...it's tough to explain, but it's so important to me, and I though it does get quite sad at times, despite having worked hospice lots in the past and having been a nurse so long, I still haven't put up "armour" around my heart on purpose...
So guys, I guess I just want all of us to keep our worries in check, because I realize more and more through this job and just as I age, that at the end of life, the things that will really matter are so different than a lot of our daily worries and fears now.
And what I LOVE about you guys, and many of the "good" horse people in general, is that we all do seem to "get" this stuff. No one on here bitches over missing their "nail appointment", or over not getting the "first class seats on their flight to Europe for their two months every summer"...we have "real life" worries, we cope with them, we move on...and...in ALL OF THAT, (as I call them) NOT ONE OF US, that I can recall reading, has forgotten how very important our loved ones are to us (even when they're driving us NUTS!!) :0) We love our families, our friends, and our animals dearly. We've got it way way more together than many others who might have more money and less real life stressors than we all do. Just a pick-me-up thought/concept, wrapped in a heavy, long-winded piece of writing...promise to make them shorter in the future guys!!
Hope y'all have the best day. Hugs all around!! B2 :0)