Monday, April 8, 2013

Yay for Adrenaline

I think I've earned one of these delightful adrenaline molecule pendants, don't you? 

Thanks, everyone, for your kindness and sympathy to us after the loss of Maggie. It means a great deal to me.

Lulu is missing Mags, as we all are. But I feel especially sorry for her since of course she doesn't understand what happened. Poor Lulu has been carefully scouting out the yard and every inch of the house looking for her buddy. She's getting extra snuggles and treats.

Meanwhile, I've been mulling over the past day's events and find myself surprised about one thing: that even though I was completely rituximab-induced tuckered out, when I needed to deal with three very agitated dogs, had searing pain in my hand, and was alone in the house; I found the energy to corral and muzzle Maggie, deal with Lulu and Skippy, bandage my hand, clean up the blood everywhere, and drive myself in to get medical attention. I was shaking and sweating profusely, but I somehow mustered up focus and strength that I didn't realize that I had.

Isn't the "fight or flight" response a powerful thing? Here's what happened. Thank goodness.


Unknown said...

I totally hear you and agree... I have found myself in similar situations, family illness as an example, where I was able to rally and perform as I once did... but I have found that, I am glad I could do that, I have always had to " pay " for it in the coming days.

Shara from Seattle said...

That necklace is very interesting. I know that I am likely to catch a cold or flu bug right after. It's like having your battery sucked of life and all your defenses are down. That diagram, I should read it while my adrenaline is taking off- maybe it would put a break on it. Such a complicated thing when you see it wrote out like that, so many places for one hormone to be off balance. Hmmm.

annie said...

Poor Lulu, missing Maggie and not knowing what's happened. I don't know how you did it all, but I understand. We seem to get a herculean strength out of nowhere to deal with the situation we're facing, but the consequences in the following days of dealing with the adrenaline run-off is draining and debilitating. I hope you will heal well and get better and no infection will set in. Keep well.