Today is the three year adoptaversary with my beloved Chihuahua, Miley. She belonged to our niece but couldn't give the full attention that she required anymore and our niece knew that Miley would be very happy with me.
Miley was an honest to goodness gift, especially three years ago. I was still undiagnosed and was home everyday and in pain often. Miley is the perfect little companion; she stay up all night to comfort me when I don't sleep properly, she'll cuddle me when I am unwell, and she will make me laugh when I need it most. She is always near by, right now, as I write this entry, she's at my feet resting on my backpack under my desk. I love to spoil her. I love dressing her up in cute collars or pretty dresses.
Just recently on the Fibromyalgia Podcast by Tami Stacklehouse, she did an episode dedicated to therapy animals: Service Dogs & Emotional Support Animals. I love this episode and the valuable information shared about Emotional Support Animals. Miley is that for me. I would love to research the Canadian version of ADA to make Miley an official Emotional Support Animal for me.
I am so grateful for Miley's smiley face, each and everyday. She's added joy in my life when I was struggling the most (when I was undiagnosed) and she's still a big part of my daily happiness. Without her my life was darker and sadder and I am grateful I was chosen to love her. She has given me a new brighter life.
Happy birthday to my birthday buddies (Aaron, Aliina, Charles, hm, I swear there was more of us March 25th birthdays).
In 1997, I celebrated my birthday with friends at Brazil Coffee House during our lunch hour and spare; while we were at Brazil, Dilip got the call that Kristina had her baby girl (Aliina) and we celebrated that too. I didn't know Kristina or her significant other, we didn't meet til the next school year when I transfered to West Ferris from Algonquin. It's always been a sweet, funny memory for me... that I celebrated a tiny human and her family before I knew them and it was so wonderful to watch that family grow.
Naturopathy follow-up & IST
Today, I had my follow up on my adrenal testing from February. I am trending on the low end of normal levels. It appears that my body wants to work properly, the pattern is shown in the adrenal testing, but my levels peak so low and never rise high enough to be energized and refresh after I slept. We have a couple things to try from now until my next appointment in April/May. I will be purchasing Pink Himalayan salt; I will be learning more about the benefits and I am looking forward to trying something new. We also discuss the benefits to trying a supplement name Adrenergyn.
After my telephone consultation with Dr. Sabrina Giustra, ND, I got ready to head over to the North Bay Naturopathic Clinic to try for the first time the Infrared Sauna Therapy (IST). It was exactly what I am looking for my poor body is cold and bones hurts from the pain. I loved that I was lay back rest, have my favorite playlist playing, and sip my water. Next time, I'm trying my fave meditation from Ariel Meadow Stallings.
It was an amazing birthday present from my lovely husband. Thank you, Kirk for the amazing gift.
Patrons of Brazil Coffee House would remember this delicacy: the muffin torte.
As I am writing this, I am overwhelmed with my course load assignments; I need to stop, take a break (a short one) then assess which ones are priority, and get my work completed. I know I got this, it just looks worse than it actually is.
In the middle of all this chaos, I am thinking ahead to the next semester. This spring semester would be my final semester for the Office Administration program that I started in September 2019, but put on hold last May because of COVID-19 and personal issues.
I am super grateful for the support of my mentor, who also happens to be the faculty coordinator for the Office Administration program. She has such a great positive spirit and understanding to her students. On the second day of school, I approached her and the other (primary) teacher for the program, to tell them about my condition with Fibromyalgia and how I cope or not cope with the illness. My mentor was a nurse before she became an instructor at Canadore College, so she KNEW exactly what I was talking about. She was one of my cheerleaders and a big support in my new adventure (in 2019), being 39 years old and going to college for the first time, with Fibromyalgia, some limitations, and a family with some stressful circumstances.
My mentor has helped me get registered for the spring semester and hooked me up with a missing course; I tried to register for it in the fall and winter semesters with no positive outcomes from the admin office.
I am beyond grateful for my mentor's help getting me setup for this upcoming semester. It's super important to me to complete this program, it will be my first college diploma and I look forward to hanging that certificate on my wall with my IFCI certified advisor program certificate. I am beyond excited, I added Class of 2021 back onto my website's page called Goals.
Today, we found out (unless there's another COVID-19 outbreak and we return to a red or grey zone), that culture camp is a go for April 6, 7, 8. I am so looking forward to seeing my classmates (and instructors) in person. I believe we have a unique bond even though we are strictly video-conferencing our classes. Some amazing friendships are being built and they are all amazing people.
I am excited to wear my ribbon skirts. I own yellow colored skirts for the fall time and I had ordered some blue & turquoise colored skirts for spring time. I really hope that my newest skirt(s) arrive in time for culture camp.
3/30/2021 - My final parcel arrived today. It looks beautiful. I am anxious to share the beautiful ribbon skirt and which shirts I have decided to coordinate as my ensembles for the culture camp. Can't wait to see my classmates & friends, next week!
Chantal \shahn~ TAHL\
A devastating beauty with a fiery personality. Part lover, part fighter.
Chantals know how to make it rain. Your life is incomplete if you lack a Chantal. A completely magical girl.
- Urban Dictionary