Archive | April, 2012

Breakfast Woes

20 Apr

Are you guys any good at breakfast? I’m not. It’s mostly the result of my sheer laziness and my inability or desire to get up early a lack of time. Also, the things I crave aren’t what I should be eating: Eggs in all their forms, Tim Horon’s bagels lovingly covered in cream cheese or their equally delicious counterpart – the tantalizing Sausage Breakfast Sandwich, and pancakes/waffles/crepes (ok, so those last few really are due to a lack of time, because they can easily be made ‘safe’).

Good, nutritious breakfasts are something I really struggle with. Sometimes I legitimately don’t have time – I get called out in the middle of the night/early morning and have to go – a few hours later there’s a new person in the world and I’m STARVING after all my hard work (haha!). At that point I usually end up eating some toast and peanut butter (if we’re at the hospital) or some toast and peanut butter (if we’re at home). This is not nearly nutritionally good enough to get me through the last few hours of recovery, so by the time we’re all done I’m fantasizing about the BF sandwich again! The other thing I do is leave the house for clinic without eating anything – I’m usually fine for the morning, but then the afternoon comes and I’m all about the bad food choices!

My other problem is that I don’t love cold stuff in the morning – especially in the winter. So that makes cereal, fruit, yogurt and nuts, and my smoothies all seem very unappealing. Also, I don’t much love instant oatmeal – I like the real stuff, but see above re: time.

But a good breakfast sets the tone for your whole day and I know it keeps me from making bad food choices later in the day. So I’m going to work on this. For the next few weeks my goal is to have tasty, fast, nutritionally appropriate breakfasts. That can be eaten with one hand – while driving.

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No, they didn’t kill me!

19 Apr

Sorry to leave y’all hanging after that last post. The good folks at Clear Passage did not kill me, I just found myself needing to rest and veg out the next couple of days. Then we were flying home. Then it was right back into work and……life gets in the way.

I kept meaning to write more about my time there – and didn’t want to write any other posts until I had finished the series properly – and so my perfectionist nature prevented me from writing anything at all….

So here we are, 5 months after the fact – trying to catch up:

 

The rest of my time at Clear Passage was good. The day after they kicked the crap out of me, I made them go a little easier on me. I was still red and achy the next morning. I’m going to skip over the rest (mostly ’cause I don’t remember the details) and just say that while it didn’t fix everything, it did make a tremendous difference where pain was concerned!

Though an ultrasound 2 months after confirmed that my tubes were (are?) the same, all the pain typically associated with my cycles and endo is SIGNIFICANTLY reduced. Surprisingly so. I even have a visual reminder of the change as my appendix scar (for 10 years has been kind of puckered in) is totally smoothed out now. It took me sometime to get used to the difference in how it looked and felt. Oh, and did I mention I now have almost NO PAIN??? 🙂

So, ultimately the verdict is that I would recommend this treatment to someone with wicked endo pain and I would absolutely consider going back myself, for a “tune up”, should the need arise.

I call this a success.