Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Blue Lace + Overcoming a Month of Sickness

Happy Tuesday! Today I wanted to share not only this GORGEOUS lace dress that has been dying to be worn since April (impulse buy, heh..heh..), but touch a bit on the scariness of medications, birth control and the side effects as I was struggling with my health for almost an entire month!

This super flattering eyelet detailed midi-dress from Nordstrom was EVERYWHERE this Spring. I somehow managed to snag this gorgeous blue color + in my size back in April. Naturally, I haven't had an occasion to wear it but this is one of those keep-in-your-closet-forever dresses to whip out for any last minute spring/summer events!

These nude Kelly + Katie heels from DSW are insanely comfy -- the heel isn't too high and they were such a steal this past spring. I wore them to my cousin's wedding and they were such a hit and lasted 6+ hours of driving and dance floor groovin'.

More than an entire month ago I noticed the glands on my neck were super swollen. Of course when you're sick your glands will swell, but I barely had any symptoms of the common cold. After a whole week with these rock-sized suckers I decided to go to Immediate Care to check for mono (just in case). The test results came back negative but the doctor I saw gave me some medication to help with the swelling. What I didn't point out was the bug bite on my leg that had started bruising...

After about a week this 'bug bite' had turned into a huge welt, with more spreading all over both of my legs. They were super red, looked exactly like bruises and back to Immediate Care I went as they started to feel pretty painful. This doctor diagnosed me with Erythema Nodosum, an inflammatory disorder that causes bruising on your legs. She checked for strep (negative), and then told me to make a follow up appt. with my dermatologist.

Another week went by since I couldn't get in until that next Friday (mind you this is three weekends in a row I have spent at the doctor), and by this time I could barely even walk. The pain was so awful I remember limping around from my bed to the bathroom, having such a difficult time doing the easiest tasks of going up/down the stairs, in/out my car, etc. My legs were so purple he didn't think twice to giving me steroids. 

Now, if you haven't noticed I am a tiny person. I have to work 2x as hard to keep at a healthy weight, take all my vitamins, supplements, work out, etc. I have gastritis, IBS, many allergies and was not aware of alternatives to steroids. Plus the pain was so excruciating I didn't think twice about saying no. 

Immediately I noticed the pain went away. My dermatologist also recommended I switch my birth control which was very alarming as I had been on the pill for almost 2, 3 years and never experienced any side effects until now. While these steroids were doin' their thang, down plummeted my immune system. After two weeks of being on them I finally felt 100% healthy. My friends and I decided to go paddle boarding one weekend and the next week prior to that was the most pain I had ever been in my whole life.

I ended up getting a terrible infection in my lady area from that lake. They closed it down this past weekend to test for the blue-green algae as it's known to cause skin reactions, hives, etc. and lucky me got exactly that since my immune system was so wrecked at that point.

I'm not going to get into the gross details but the pain was so awful that I cried my eyes out every time I had to urinate because I could only go in the bathtub with freezing cold water. I was using my hair dryer to clean myself and laid in bed for an entire week straight. It's OK to laugh at some of this because it was such a ridiculous experience.

While this was all going on I had a fever, chills, canker sores ALL over my mouth and uvula causing pain in swallowing anything & an allergic reaction to another medication with bumps on my legs. I hit my bottom.

I ended up getting antibiotics, more pain killers, numbing gel, the whole works just to function. I kept praying to God to give me some kind of strength to keep going. I would sit on the floor and weep, not even remembering the last time I had been outside or eaten a full meal. I remember pacing in my room every night at 3AM because I had developed such a fear of urinating I had to talk myself through it every single time.

Finally after a few days the antibiotics kicked in and my body was healing. I wanted to share this experience as I feel like these things are important to share. Maybe it's TMI, maybe it's irrelevant but I did share this on my Instagram Story and had a lot of positive feedback from other people. If you have any questions or comments please don't hesitate to share them below!

Thanks for reading -- I pray this NEVER happens to anyone. Read labels, look for other routes besides medication. Listen to your body. XOXO



  1. Oh my gosh, you poor thing! How horrible! So was the actual allergy to the steroids?! I feel awful you went through this. If it is ANY consulation, you look like a million bucks in that dress, girl! Ugh, just so sorry you faced this. Glad you are healing!!!

    1. It was a huge combination of everything! The birth control is what started all of it though! Thank you for the love, you are the sweetest! Thanks for reading! <3


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