A celebration and a health scare
Work is super busy at the moment so I've been starting early and finishing late to try and get as much done as possible.
Riina and I celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary this week! It's brought along with it some reflection; mostly around how fast those years have flown by. We went away for a night to Cardiff - a city we usually only go to for Rugby related reasons - which was lovely, however was cut short due to a health scare I have had.
On Thursday lunchtime I got a notification on my Apple Watch that my heart-rate was 136 and had been for the last 10 minutes (or something along those lines). This was quite surprising to me as we'd been just sat eating - not exactly the most stressful of situations! At around the same time though I'd noticed that the tightness I'd been experiencing in my back and shoulders had spread to my legs, which were also now feeling sore.
I initially put this all down to dehydration, so made sure to drink plenty of water, lay off the caffeine, and to get some rest. However the following morning I woke up with cramping all over (it felt like really bad DOMS, but all over my body), so we decided to head home early.
Things hadn't improved on the Saturday, so I called NHS 111, who told me to go straight to A&E. After a few hours of scans, poking and prodding, they told me that whilst they could observe that something wasn't correct, everything was coming back fine (thankfully), so they had come to the conclusion that it was stress.
Whilst I'm very thankful that there is nothing wrong in one sense of that statement, the fact that my body was giving me such a warning about stress has been alarming and stressful in itself! Point 1 of this update as well has something to do with it I'm sure, so my first step is to put some boundaries in place to stop my constant checking of work Slack around the clock!
Unrelated to the health scare, but I recently decided to practice some self-care with what I choose to watch on TV. What does that mean? Well, to me it means not forcing myself to watch a show because everyone else thinks its great if I can't get into it myself, and instead watching what I want to watch. In this instance, I gave up trying to watch Sons of Anarchy (I don't like any of the characters, they're all assholes) and instead going back to my safe space of the Star Trek universe!
I've re-watched Picard S1 and am watching through S2, before heading on to S3. If I don't have time to watch a Picard episode, I'll watch an episode of Lower Decks which is delightful.