Tuesday, December 4, 2018

I Have Not Been Feeling Well at All

I have been feeling so poorly for the past few months.  I have not had
the kind of energy I usually do.  I have been sneezing and coughing and
wheezing.  I am a tiny little person, but I have the loudest sneezes you
have ever heard!  It's not a sweet, dainty and feminine sneeze, but 
I do believe that I can out sneeze my hubby.  I can be way over at one end
of the house, but when I start having a sneezing fit, I can hear David 
shout "Bless You".  

I was looking forward to our trip to Tucson and while I really did enjoy
myself there, it seemed to make my condition worse.  Too much dust?
Too much cold dry air in the evenings?  Who knows, but I really
started feeling miserable on the way back to Texas.  

Something else I noticed was aggravating my condition too.  Before 
Thanksgiving I had an unfortunate encounter with a person who has
always been very toxic around me.  I have purposefully kept a wide berth
around her because I just don't want to get into anything.  I have taken 
a smile and keep my mouth shut attitude whenever there is contact with
her.  Well,  she did something that really hurt my feelings, but sadly,
it also made my physical condition worse.  I could feel my chest starting
to tighten up and some wheezing begin.  That's when a line was drawn
for me.  I don't need to have this person in my life if her association has
such a negative impact on my health.  Life is too short to look for trouble.
I wish her well, but I have moved on.

Finally, I had a second confirmation that emotions could really make my
condition worse.  Very recently I had a discussion with a friend who I
really do like, but this friend has a tendency to always complain about
a mutual acquaintance.  As I was listening to the complaints, I could
once again feel my chest tighten up, and later that night I had a very
hard time sleeping because I was coughing so much.  

The night before last, I took a Benadryl before I went to bed.  I have
used this in the past for allergies, and it works very well for me.  The
problem is that it makes me feel so groggy the next day.  That being 
said, it worked wonders.  The very next morning there was no
sneezing, no coughing, no feeling of tightness in my chest.  I didn't 
take one last night, but I still feel good today.  I can breath easily.
I'm no longer sneezing, and my eyes are not tearing up either.
I am beginning to feel like myself again, and what a wonderful
feeling that is!  The solution was much easier than I thought it would
be ....  an occasional Benadryl and only happy thoughts!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley


  1. We do absorb what is around us. I worry about the kids who watch so much murder and mayhem in their games and movies. I think you've made a good decision to not be with that negativity and stress. I'm sorry you were feeling bad--but what a lovely home you have to feel bad in.

  2. Sorry and totally u derstand -we have to give ourselves permission to put certain ones put of our lives!!! Hope you feel better but perhaps a visit to the doc might help you also!! No platitudes as I can't stand them-no real advice-just support!!

  3. I'm hoping this will be short lived. It's a rough time to not be at peak, isn't it. And I know you are right about the combo of physical and emotional health. Been there. Just hang in there and I hope it will be better soon.

  4. Toxic relationships can have such a detrimental affect on our health. I'm glad you are making some good decisions for yourself. I had to let go of many things to get my health back. I have to continue to monitor my commitments so I don't over whelm myself. I hope you are doing better now.

    1. I understand you completely! Drawing a line in the sand is important.

  5. I'm sorry to hear this. Emotions play such a big part of our health. My husband was recently diagnosed with asthma. He'd never had problems before. I'm sorry about your toxic situations. I hope drawing boundary lines will help. Feel better soon.

    1. I am wondering if I am developing asthma too. Sorry to hear your husband was recently diagnosed.

  6. I went for years not knowing I had asthma, and now AFib. As the years have gone by, I have given up on some friends because I was their friend, but maybe they weren't mine. Stress is very harmful, especially as we get older. Hope you feel better soon.

    1. I hope that you have your asthma and AFib under control now!

  7. Time to see an allergist, my girl. You might be cured by something as easy as changing your laundry detergent. It is also true, indeed, that emotional upsets cause physical trauma.I do hope that you feel better soon.

  8. I've missed hearing from you, and am so sorry you've been feeling bad. Yes, toxic people can certainly affect us physically! Take care of yourself and keep feeling better. Hugs!

  9. I'm glad you're doing better and yes, purge the toxic person but pray for her and for the Debi Downer. I was just saying to someone I love life lessons that stay with me. I had joined a church years ago and decided to join one of the bible study groups. We would all talk while waiting for the others to come. One lady told us of another lady spreading gossip at church. One member was a deacon and he interrupted the chatter and said "I'm sorry to hear that, let's pray for her". He knew where this whole conversation was going and did the right thing. I'm sure he prayed for our group that was gossiping about the gossiper. I was new so I wasn't outwardly commenting but the wheels in my brain was turning. So I try to remember how he gently showed us the proper way to handle a situation. I've also learned and was reminded today that we need to pray for our leaders whether we voted for them or not. I'm a believer and I believe in the power of prayer and need to do more praying than complaining. I'm so ashamed of both sides of the aisle. I can only look to God for some peace and happiness. So I hope you see a doctor....I had 7 years perfect attendance and when I was 28 began to have difficulty breathing whenever I tried to jog or exercise. I was diagnosed with asthma. Hope your condition was just allergies or an upper respiratory infection. My sinuses was giving me grief a few weeks ago. God Bless xoxo

    1. I love this reminder, and yes indeed, "let's pray for them".

  10. I don't know how it is in your part of Texas, but here in Austin the cedar pollen is high right now. I also have to take Benydryl at bedtime. And, yes, toxic people do make the rest of us feel bad physically, emotionally and mentally. I walk away from those types too.

    1. I feel like I am allergic to everything here! The tree pollen, mold, etc. I also believe that Hurricane Harvey has made conditions worse.

  11. I just came from your miniature blog where I get lost in magic of your miniatures. I took another look at your Christmas post and loved it even more the second time around. I am sorry to read that you have not been feeling well and while there may be physical reasons for not feeling good, we do need to steer clear of those who, as you say, are toxic to our well-being. A good night's sleep will do wonders, too. Take good care of yourself; I wish you a return to good health.

  12. Susan, it's hard enough to deal with allergies that make a person feel lethargic and just plain yukky, but to deal with a toxic person makes it seem worse. I hope you can find out what is causing your malaise and can get some relief. So far as toxic people, best to stay far, far away! That's really difficult if you are related to them...yikes! Take care and I wish you the best of health. xoxo


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