I can't even believe I'm about to say this, but here goes.
I FEEL FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Finally! After 10 days of suffering, I feel fantastic! I managed to tag along to the laundry mat, put my clothes away, and took off to visit my friend Tim for awhile, with the spawn. (mid-winter break = day off school)
I've been working to restore Tim and Samantha's 100 year old fireplace mantle, but got so sick that I couldn't get over there to do it. Tim decided to spoil me today, with a heat gun. He informed me of this on my way out the door, and knowing I have no self control when it comes to the mantel, I grabbed a grungy shirt before leaving. It wasn't long after my arrival that we decided to just "try it out". Sure enough, within minutes, I was changing my shirt and diving in. He made sure I had a chair to sit in, so I didn't over-do myself. I didn't spend a whole lot of time on it, but it felt awesome just to be back at it. I've really missed that project, and look forward to getting better so I can work on it even more.
And then we went to dinner, and they treated the kids and I. It was hard to figure out what I was "brave" enough to eat, but after some texting to my personal chef, I figured it out. A nice, yummy, chicken dish. And I ate almost all of it, with healthy, low fat sides. And here it is, 8 hours later and NO TUMMY ACHES!
We spent some time walking around Sams club, Megabev, and even Walmart. I am exhausted, but most importantly, I'm not hurting.
I really do think that mantel was just the therapy I needed!