Since the last time I've blogged, I've undergone my second GI procedure. Fun times. Well first, on Thursday morning I had to go up to the hospital to get another pre-admission pregnancy test and I also could not eat anything but clear liquids for the entire day. I had planned to do a half day at work, but by the time I got back from the hospital, and checked my email briefly at work, I knew I needed to go home because despite how much water I was drinking, I felt faint and exhausted. :( I did make some chicken broth and intermittently drank some sprite. I felt like all I was doing was peeing all day long. I was also still tired and rather bored. At 6pm I started taking my pills - no nasty liquid stuff for me - but the pills were large horse pills and I had to take 4 of them every 15 minutes for a total of 5 separate doses, and then 15 minutes after the last dose I had to take 2 chewable tablets. I thought they would kick in pretty soon thereafter, but I didnt end up using the bathroom for the first time until after midnight. Needless to say, I didnt get any sleep.
J picked me up Friday morning at around 6:45 to drive me to the hospital which is about 40 minutes away from my house. He dropped me off and I went to the GI clinic, and then waited on my hospital bed in my private room. Apparently anesthesia forgot about me so I didnt get in to my procedure until well after 10am. Wish they hadnt told me to be there at 7am (I was definitely late for that time, though). I did manage to take a short nap. I dont remember falling asleep, but I do remember waking up when it was over and wondering if anyone had called J to pick me up. It was after 12pm already! After I did my 30 minutes in the recovery area, they sent me back to my room, I got changed, and J picked me up around 1pm and we went to lunch. I was starving because by this time it had been over 36 hours since I had last eaten! Best lunch ever just because I was so hungry! The nurse told me that the colonoscopy didnt show anything out of the ordinary, so that is a good thing, but still makes me wonder what is causing my stomach problems. I have a follow-up with my doctor on Wednesday to discuss both the upper and lower GI scopes and the potential lactose intolerance. In the meantime, I have officially cut out dairy - starting yesterday haha. Also I think I am inclined to cut out gluten for a little bit to see if it helps my stomach any. Might as well, right?
The rest of the day Friday I just rested at home. I was pretty tired but I had tons of trouble falling asleep. Saturday morning I got up and ran some errands and then when I got home, I finally opened my Stitch Fix box which had come on Friday but I was too tired to deal with. Stitch Fix is a personal stylist monthly subscription box. You can read about it at and see all of the pictures I took on my other blog:
Saturday evening J and I had plans to go to the All Colorado Beer Festival. Prior to going we stopped and had dinner at BJ's Brewhouse. We dont go there really because it is well on the other side of town, but since it was near the expo hall, we decided that would be the place to go. We love the variety of foods they offer on their menu. We started off with an appetizer of Avocado Egg Rolls. OMG so delicious. Then for my entree I got Grilled Mahi Mahi Tacos. So delicious also! J got a Morrocan Salmon plate that he said was really good, too. And a pumpkin ale. I decided not to get a beer because I am a lightweight when it comes to alcohol and figured it would be best to wait until we got to the beer festival.
I had gotten a Groupon deal for the beer festival, and apparently so had many other people because the entrance line for Groupons was seriously long! We waited probably 25 minutes to get in and it was a bit chilly, but the line moved fairly consistently. When we got in we got our wristbands and our tasting cups. The Groupon people also got one beer mug and one complimentary tshirt - I gave both to J. There were about 60 brewers from Colorado there and we tasted maybe 10 different samples in our 2oz tasters. By-far my favorite was the Pinapple Cider! You can also read more about this night at my personal blog. We only stayed for about an hour or so - I was tipsy and didnt want to drink anymore and J didnt want to get drunk and have to call a cab. Overall, it was a good night, and I would go to the beer festival again.
On Sunday I was all screwed up from the time change - awake too early so I was at the grocery store before 9am. Instead of the commissary, I decided to go to Sprouts - the farmer's market / natural grocery store. It's somewhat on the other side of town so I never go there, but decided to give it a try. The prices were very compable to the commissary for the amount of stuff I bought, which I thought was a plus. I stocked up on tons of veggies, meat, and some gluten-free, dairy-free snacks. On Saturday I had purchased the Make it Paleo cookbook and I planned to make some recipes from the cookbook for the week. When I got home I ended up making mini-egg muffins, homemade breakfast sausage patties, zucchini lasagna, and grilled steak fajitas. I've eaten each one once, except the fajitas because that is dinner, and so far they taste delicious, but are also incredibly filling! Now, I am not going paleo or anything, but in my decision to give up dairy and gluten for a little while I decided a paleo cookbook would be my best bet. I am also planning to make Rosemary and Balsamic Chicken Thighs this week, too!
Last night J and I went to a friends' for dinner. They sponsor a cadet and the cadet is interested in J's career field (security forces) so they invited us over so that J can tell him about what the career is like. They also cooked a paleo dinner because they are big paleo followers. The food was yummy. I didnt get much sleep last night. Been really struggling with sleep again lately. *sigh*
In other news, I am going to start running again today! After a month and a half off, I am ready to get back to it, but I am nervous about how much my endurance will suck for a few weeks! Planning to do 1.5-2 miles today and then walk for a bit. One of the bloggers I follow is hosting the annual Pile on the Miles challenge for November, and I pledged to do 50 walking/running miles for this month. this month is also National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo) and I have taken on the challenge of blogging everyday this month over at my personal blog, so be sure to follow me over there!
I will be back in a little while with another post recapping my October goals and setting new ones for November!