Welcome to February and the 42nd edition of this monthly newsletter. Time sure is flying in 2019.This month I have a fairly basic update for you because I don't have much to report. Mostly I'm focusing on my health right now and it's really not very glamorous and often pretty dull, but there is some good news.
Mostly I've been tired and in pain every day. I should know soon whether or not I have fibromyalgia. A diagnosis won't really change my daily life right away, but maybe it will give me more answers of what can be done. My daily successes include getting ready every morning, doing chores and eating enough to keep my weight up. I occasionally drive myself to appointments and run errands, which I’m quite proud of. This is actually a giant step up because I wasn't able to take myself anywhere for about three years!
My medical team now includes two therapists (one through Kaiser and one through BetterHelp.com), an occupational therapist and a physical therapist, a rheumatologist, an acupuncturist, an allergist and I'm still seeking the right primary care provider to captain this ship. I anticipate more specialists going forward. It’s been challenging setting up care again, but I’m staying positive. I have an appointment at the end of this month with the same doctor my grandfather sees and she really turned his health around so there is a lot to be hopeful about.
The good news I have is that my blood work is impeccable. Couldn't be better. My blood, bones, tissue, liver, kidneys and nutritional levels are wonderful. My body is actually quite healthy and surprisingly there is no inflammation or damage. The only things flagged were my B-12 and Vitamin D levels which were too high from my super good supplements. I was overcompensating for being mostly vegan and staying inside all the time, but now I'll only have to take half the dose!
I can never do as much as I'd like, but I'm slowly but surely working on Sapient Living. Some days my hands and arms hurt too much to type and my mind gets pretty foggy, but Thomas helps as much as he can at night and on weekends. We are currently exploring ways to share our original work and deciding who we would like to connect with next. RebeccaEWebber.com is looking nice and I have been enjoying learning about new sustainability projects through Twitter.
I'm sure you can imagine that I’m not exactly doing what I thought I would be doing as a 28 year old and that not everyone has been particularly understanding of my situation, but I see the progress and I’m happy. My priorities these days are to be curious and compassionate with myself. Through all of this I have grown to appreciate myself and even the smallest of things I accomplish. I really like myself now, my self talk has improved a lot and these changes really help me get through the days better than before. I'm optimistic that I'll figure this all out one day and I will have gained otherwise impossible perspectives and skills along the way.
I hope this message finds you well and I wish you peace in the days ahead!
My name is Rebecca Elizabeth Webber and I am a practicing anthropologist working to show humans how to achieve their sustainability goals.