Bat Fit 2018: A Mid-Year Update

23621588_1861508880827452_8402498292986502029_nAh Bat Fit … I started this year with good intentions. My goals were simple and familiar: eat smaller portions of good, healthy, wholesome food cooked at home by me and to move more. I didn’t really have a “weight loss goal” or lifestyle goal that would take too much effort to maintain. All I wanted to do is get back to a lifestyle that made me feel healthy and strong.

After my Mom’s death, writing my dissertation and getting my PhD, looking for a job, moving to Texas, and starting a full-time teaching gig, I gained back all the weight that I lost when I first started Bat Fit in 2012: exactly 50 pounds. Living in Texas, where the heat and lack of public transportation made working out a chore instead of a daily occurrence, didn’t help. I worked all the time — sitting in front of the computer answering emails, grading, developing online courses, writing lectures, etc. — and eating out was necessary because I neither had the energy nor the time to cook. And let’s be quite honest here: I wasn’t happy. I really like my teaching gig — especially developing and teaching online courses — but I wasn’t happy in Texas. What can I say, I’m a city gal from the Northeast. This is my home and I’m thrilled that I got to keep my online gig AND move back to NYC.

Besides the weight gain and loss of strength, my health hasn’t been great. In late November/early December, I started to have trouble urinating. I welcomed the New Year with a trip to the ER and a foley bag … which occurred twice more in March. I was taught to self-catheter and have been doing so for the last three months. I don’t need to do it every day or throughout the day. It’s usually very random and, except for twice, only during the morning when I just wake up. The urologist I saw in New Jersey in January said that I have no signs or symptoms of anything wrong with my urinary track. The Texas doctors dismissed me, one stating that it’s “all in [my] head” and that I should “go see a psychologist.” When I asked my Texas primary care physician and the urologist if it could possibly be my fibroid, they told me no. So every morning since January it’s been a crap shoot to see if I can urinate.

I saw my GYN here in Staten Island … who promptly freaked out when I told her about my urinary issues. When she did my annual exam she couldn’t feel or locate my cervix and, therefore, couldn’t do a PAP. She promptly sent me to a specialist-surgeon who was able to do a PAP (waiting for the results UPDATE: PAP came back A-Ok) and who said that he is almost certain that my fibroid, named Melvin for future reference, is probably causing all of my issues. I’m going for a MRI on Monday and a sonogram on Wednesday to see what’s going on and to rule out sarcoma, uterine cancer, etc. Granted, he won’t be able to completely rule out cancer until he gets in there to do my hysterectomy. Yup, that’s my “big summer news.” Once my MRI, sonogram, and PAP results are in my doctor is scheduling me for a hysterectomy.

How am I feeling about all this? Terrified. I’m not scared of the operation or recovery, per se. I’m terrified that my worst fear — cancer — will come true and that all my hard work will be for nothing. I feel guilty that I haven’t been writing or researching because I’ve been so busy with teaching and Texas. I’m scared of what I don’t know and no amount of “it’s probably nothing,” “it’s 90% certain that it’s not cancer,” or the like is making me feel any better. I know that I haven’t been producing. I know that I need to produce and I’m freaked out that I’ve missed my opportunity to do so … which isn’t really helping me, my writing, or my health.


Fiddleheads! YAY!

So that’s what’s going on and why I’ve been cryptic when discussing my health and Bat Fit. I’m kind of in limbo right now. I can’t really make any plans or goals because I don’t know when my operation will be, how much time I’ll need to recover, and what the end result will be. The only thing I can focus on is eating healthier and cooking more. Sure, I can add exercise, especially walking, but swimming and weights are on the back burner until I know what’s going on.

When I moved back to NYC I had no idea that this was going to be yet another summer of craziness. All I want is some quiet time to regroup, plan, and write … who knows. Stay tuned!




  8 comments for “Bat Fit 2018: A Mid-Year Update

  1. 31 May 2018 at 12:58 pm

    I’m glad you’re getting help with your health issues, and I hope you can relax about it a little, to make yourself feel better. I’m just listening to a free replay of a call by Rudy Hunter, whom I like, and it happens to be about money, but also includes the nice affirmation from Louise Hay: “I am open and receptive to all good.” maybe something like that would make it easier for you to accept good healing etc. and good health? Not that you asked for ideas! ahahaha! best wishes with it all–the replay is up for a day or so, and he has a lot of free healing energy stuff at his sites, if you’re into whoowhoo–I am!


  2. 31 May 2018 at 1:50 pm

    Sending you positive thoughts and good wishes. Enjoy those fiddleheads!


    • 1 Jun 2018 at 11:12 am

      Thanks! We did — they were incredibly sweet this year. Maybe all the rain and snow the Northeast had?


  3. Lainey
    31 May 2018 at 2:42 pm

    I’m sorry to hear that you’re dealing with such a scary situation! And you’re right, until you know for sure it is pretty much impossible to not worry or be scared. Sending good health vibes and hugs to you. At least you are home…and that you are getting some care. The Dr in Texas makes my blood boil. The differences in women’s health is astonishing.


    • 1 Jun 2018 at 11:13 am

      So far, so good here in NYC. I’m happy and grateful that I’m seeing my “old” doctors again. Yeah, the Texas docs were just ridiculous.


  4. 4 Jun 2018 at 11:40 pm

    One has to wonder how often that doctor tells male patients their symptoms were all in their heads. GRRRR.


    • 11 Jun 2018 at 1:51 pm

      Yeah, I know! I’m tempted to send him a copy of my MRI and surgery report with a note that says, “SHOVE IT UP YOUR ASS because that’s where YOUR head is!”


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