Hello to all of my wonderful forum-goers, DPFers, fellow pinthusiasts! In order to make this post more cheerful, I have (finally) figured out how to include GIFs! Many of you know that earlier this year, my husband and I were planning on going on a 2 year long trip around the world! Travelling to Europe, visiting Australia, and checking out Asia were all on the schedule. It was a trip we had been planning for four years, ever since we got married. We moved from Southern Oregon down to California in the first week of February, planning on spending that month with my family and then leaving in March. Unfortunately, once we got here it became apparent that I was having some serious health problems. I have extreme fatigue that keeps getting worse, chronic body pain, and inflammation that none of the doctors can figure out the cause of. The trip got postponed until we could figure out what was going on-I figured it would be 2-3 months, tops. Yesterday marked 6 months of us still being in California (thank you to my long-suffering parents for putting us up!), and sometimes it feels like we're no closer to an answer. I go to several doctors appointments a week and get bloodwork done regularly, and we've been able to rule out a lot. It's starting to look like some of my symptoms might be due to fibromyalgia, but that doesn't explain everything. It's been really frustrating to not have an answer, and not know how much longer we're going to have to postpone our trip. The most difficult part for me recently has been that my 30th birthday is coming up in September, and I was really looking forward to being in France for it! And my husband and my 5th wedding anniversary is in October, which we thought we'd be spending in Germany. Having to admit that we will still be here for both of these milestone events has taken me a long time to accept. And on top of everything else, my husband came home Monday from a 4.5 day stay in the Emergency Room/ICU. That was crazy! I feel like I've been living at the hospital. He's home now, and just fine, if a little tired. Thankfully we have insurance, but I'm still not looking forward to getting the bill! :facepalm: TO SUMMARIZE, I wanted to keep those of you updated who already knew some of what was going on, and those of you who have very kindly asked about my progress. THANK YOU to everyone who gave me hugs and wanted updates at Docfish's trading party a few months ago! Knowing that there are people here who care about my well-being and wonder how I'm doing means so much to me! If you guys could just keep my husband and I in your thoughts and prayers, it would mean the world to me. I know we're going to get through this, and I know we'll make it on our trip eventually. I just never thought it would take this long!