Let me just say first of all thanks again for letting me vent away and for replying to my posts. I look forward to reading what ya'll have to say and it helps me a lot just knowing that I am not alone, as I sometimes feel like I am.
My spirits are much better today and even though I still have some pain, (as always), it wasn't unbearable today and I was able to go out shopping a little with my mama for a few hours. I cleaned my house just a little and died easter eggs this evening. Then I kept my one month old granddaughter for a few hours and enjoyed that very much.
I feel as though I should explain how I managed to get into that depressed mode and major pain the other day. I will try to make this brief. My 22 y/o daughter still lives at home with us and on Feb 20th she had her first child and my first granddaughter. This has given me great joy and has brightened up our days tremendously. However, getting to this point has been difficult as she is a single mom and the father was only involved before the baby was born when he chose to be, so I was like her main support person. The day after Christmas, while she was at work, a 36 y/o male resident hit her in the abdomen and sent her into preterm labor. She remained on bedrest and was in a lot of pain for the duration of her pregnancy. We frequented the hospital weekly and sometimes more for treatment of preterm labor for months. The baby eventually was born at 37 1/2 weeks and after about 24 hours of labor, she had to have a C-section. Mom and baby were okay to begin with, but 2 days after being discharged for hospital, Mom had to return with a wound infection and was in there for 5 days for IV antibiotic treatment. I had to take the baby to the doctor several times during that time to have jaundice level checked, because she was slightly jaundiced when she was born. Also, was taking care of newborn and taking her back and forth to hospital and staying there with Mom. Mom comes home and still needs much care and the baby gets sick - 2 days after Mom was home. She spiked a fever of 102.4 suddenly and had spinal tap and blood cultures and IV's and the works and was admitted on IV antibiotics - turns out it is a urinary tract infection and even worse, her ureters do not close off, so she has to be on an antibiotic everyday until she is 2 years old and maybe she will grow out of it without surgery. We will know more in a couple of weeks when we visit a major hospital 2 1/2 hrs away.
In the midst of all that, while my granddaughter was hospitalized, my 17 y/o son had to have all four wisdom teeth surgically removed.
Add to all that - stress of struggling financially, my house being a wreck, my increased stress level and much increased and too much running and doing without sleep, and there you have it. I just got down in the dumps, when everything started settling down somewhat.
So again, thanks for listening!!!!!!
I do take an antidepressant, Cymbalta and normally it works very well. I also use a hormone patch, because I had a total hysterectomy and managed to let myself run out of both for a few weeks: Not Good, I know, but they are very expensive and I couldn't afford them at the time and I did not want to ask family for anymore money, as I have had to do that quite a bit over the last year due to waiting on disability and not working.
Aside from all the bad stuff, I feel like this new grandbaby has really given me a lot to look forward to and I really enjoy having her here with us all the time. I get to take care of her a lot when I want to, but her Mama does a good job of that, so I actually get to be grandma: she just lives here.
Sorry for this long post, but I wanted to explain why I got so bad. I have had this IBS for 4 years now and even though it gets me down when I get so bad, I normally handle it fairly well considering - I guess I should say I have pretty much accepted it; however, when it gets really bad and my stress level gets high: I am sick and I do get depressed and then I get mad at myself for being depressed and not being able to fight it off.
Okay, that was way too long, but thanks for listening.
Hope everyone has a wonderful Easter.