Saturday, May 07, 2011
I am finding eating a huge challenge right now. I am glad I finally have an appointment with a gastroenterologist (Monday) so I may be able to sort out what is wrong. Hiatal hernia, probably, ulcer maybe, and something wrong with my esophagus that has made swallowing anything a huge problem. Nights have been paroxysms of pain, waking me up with a jolt between 2 and 3 am, with no chance of falling back asleep.
I tried Nexium last weekend; the doctor told me it would take about 3 days to take effect. I was reluctant to take it because of some of the other effects it has on the digestive system, but tried it anyway. I hated it because it aggravated my tinnitus and left me with a few other discomforts. However, the pain go so bad this week, I decided to try it again so I might be able to get some sleep. No sleep, spring musical, testing, preparing to take 19 children camping for 3 days = very bad combination.
Years ago, when I was diagnosed with a nightshade allergy with autoimmune symptoms, I gave up tomatoes, potatoes, eggplants, and peppers. It was a necessary health decision, but it was very hard. So many of my comfort foods were tomato and potato based. Over the years, I have learned substitutions for recipes and, while I miss the nightshade family, I no longer crave them.
Now I have a whole new list of things I cannot eat including my favorite comfort food-chocolate, and my favorite comfort drink - coffee. So now I have a whole new list if restrictions; dairy, anything with fat, sugar (not that I eat a lot of it), tea, citrus, cranberries, coffee, tea, wine, and who knows what else might be triggering this pain. Meanwhile, I have paired my diet down to bare bones, eat tiny meals, and hope that somehow I am getting the vitamins and minerals I need from what seems to me to be a very unbalanced diet.
Right now, food is frustrating me.
On another note, I took the new plates I had ordered for my Honda (and not put on yet) to the DMV along with the title to my new car, thinking I could transfer the plates to my new car. Not so. I needed to sell the Honda before I can transfer the plates. Oops! Since my birthday is coming up in a few weeks, and my driver's license needed to be renewed, I went ahead and renewed my license. Once again, I passed my eye exam without my glasses, so I still don't have a glasses restriction on my license.
When I told Mike that I couldn't transfer the plates until I sold the Honda, he immediately posted it on Craigslist. We had 6 calls in 4 hours and the first people who came to look at it are bringing the money to pay for it tomorrow. I have another buyer, committed to paying full price, ready to buy it if the first buyer falls through.
I don't know why, but I fall in love with my cars. This Honda has been a wonderful car, taking me the 650 miles back and forth to take care of my parents for the last years of their lives. It is comfortable, gets fabulous gas mileage, and is peppy and fun to drive. I had not really planned to sell it yet, but it has a standard transmission and using the clutch was aggravating my hip and lower back. It was time for my first ever automatic car.
So, okay, I really like my new Fusion Hybrid... it has every gadget and techno toy my geeky little self could want, but it makes me sad to see my Accord go.
Thursday, May 05, 2011
Well, my busy time of year is even busier since my aid who was also my musical director for my spring musicals, retired in the fall. I am realizing that being both the director and musical director is too much! I'm getting it done and hope using a lot of techniques I learned in voice lessons to help the children warm up, improve their projection, and pitch-match will be effective. My pianist is also no longer with us, as her son graduated last year. I decided to give a young musician a chance at getting a start with this kind of performance. I hope it works out; for him as well as for us. He is certainly a sweetie.
We have been busy making the costumes, sets, and props, as well as trying to block the play on our tiny stage at school. I'm talking TINY! The theater we use is 4 miles outside of town, so we only get to rehearse there the week of the musical. The musical (Aladdin) will be on Friday, May 20 and Saturday, May 21. Coming right up!
After THAT big push, we have our end of the year camping trip the following week. We'll have one day for shopping then three days of camping. I hope the weather is more like today than what April and the beginning of May have brought us so far. Camping with 19 children in rainy 40 degree weather is not pleasant. It's cold and wet. While everyone makes the best of it, it is still cold and wet.
Yesterday, I posted the blue bird pictures from my wild flower walk. Here's the flora:
The May apples are blooming.
Sweet woodruff growing in amongst the wild ginger.
I love the primitive looking wild ginger blooms.
I have been spreading jack-in-the-pulpit seeds through the woods and now there are colonies of them. They look like they are standing under little umbrellas... no wonder after all this rain!
And of course, here is Stella, my walking partner, sporting her new spring cut.
Felice Cinco de Mayo!
Wednesday, May 04, 2011
A few weeks ago, I was checking the blue bird nest boxes and found these 5 perfect eggs in one of the boxes. You cannot tell how tiny they are in the photo, since I had my camera on the Macro setting. They are about the size of jelly beans.
Then last week, Mama Bluebird was on her nest, keeping her eggs warm. I shot a quick picture and then promised her I would not come near her nest again for at least a week. Maybe two. A couple of my friends teased me about making promises to a bird, but I'm as good for my word with my feathered friends as I am with the human sort. My bluebirds do trust me, so I like to make sure they can trust my integrity.
Today, bundled in a sweater, windbreaker, fleece hat, and knee high boots, I took Stella for a walk on an most un-May-like day. I was out in search of morels to gather, wildflowers to photograph, exercise, and a little harmony for my disgruntled when-will-I-ever-get-to-see-spring mood. On our way back through the meadow, I decided to check the nest box where I saw the blue bird nesting.
The babies are here!
Wednesday, May 04, 2011
One thing about Spark People is that I get very fond of my Spark friends and care about them, even if I can't comment on everyone's page on a regular basis. But sometimes they just disappear. Ruth - haven't heard from her, Clevva - MIA... and the list goes on.
Today I was sad to read in my friend feed that SIRIRADHA had posted a blog saying she was leaving Spark. I tried to go to her blog, but everything, blog, page, and all were simply gone.
We may never have met, but we have shared a journey, our joys, frustrations, happiness, and grief. We ARE friends, and it is sad when our friends disappear.
I hope my friends who have moved on are doing well, not suffering, and not leaving because of thoughtless comments or a feeling of lack of support. I am wishing you well, and hoping you are finding health, comfort, joy, friendship, and a rich life.
Tuesday, May 03, 2011
I had my first acupuncture treatment yesterday. It was not an unpleasant experience, in fact, I really enjoyed my acupuncturist. We have a lot in common and enjoyed each other's company over the course of my treatment.
Acupuncture has never scared me; it has always seemed like an interesting and possibly very effective alternative to surgery and medication. But, it has been hard to find an acupuncturist in Ohio until recently. I know people don't like the idea of having 'needles' in them, but honestly there was only a slight prick on the way in, then I hardly noticed they were there. The best thing was the mineral heat lamp which first warmed my feet, then my back once the acupuncture needles were in place. In this cold wet spring we have been having, it was like basking in the sun.
It takes more than one session to really get the full benefit, but when I went to the chiropractor today, he found very little to adjust - a first in months!
My homework - drink lots of water, eat lots of fresh greens, and meditate. Oh, yes, I can live with that... perfect.
Next acupuncture - next week.
(This isn't me)
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