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News and Other Ramblings

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Yesteday I was out of my office all day. I gave a briefing at the Air Force Academy to the commanders of the cadet squadrons about my job and the issues that I frequently see among cadets that are troubling. I hope they found it informative. I am very introverted, so having to give large briefings and really just be around a lot of people can be completely draining for me. There were about 70 people total in the audience. I finished my briefing at 10 but we stuck around to watch the one after us. J got finished teaching at 10:30, so I snuck out and had lunch with him on campus. We had subway, but I got a salad and no cheese or sauce with dairy in it. So I call that a success.

Afterwards, I drove up to the Army base for my follow-up GI appointment. Essentially, aside from my acid reflux damage and some mild inflammation in my stomach, everything came back normal. I do not have celiac disease. But my doctor still thinks I have a sensitivity to gluten and that I am mildly lactose intolerant. Since I had already given up dairy and gluten beginning this past Sunday and feel so much better already, he is even more convinced it is those two things causing my stomach problems. So I will be gluten- and dairy-free for a while. He suggested 12 weeks; and then after that to add back in foods slowly to see how I respond, but likely I will want to stick to this because I will feel much better this way.

It will be a struggle, but as I have said so many times already, I am willing to do whatever it takes to not have stomach problems, and I really do feel so much better already just in the past few days. I will eat lunch, and anticipate my stomach starting to hurt or needing to run to the bathroom within in an hour after eating... and it doesnt happen! I am not bloating up after eating anymore. Its a amazing how nice it is to feel like your clothes still fit after lunch! So I am doing this.

My mom also had her follow-up appointment yesterday with her surgeon and recieved good and bad news. The good news is that they believe they have removed all of the cancer; the bad news is that the type of cancer she had was very aggressive and if she had waited any longer it likely would have spread very quickly to the rest of her body. Because of that, the doctor wants her to have a round of chemo for preventive purposes. She is really upset about it. Mostly she is worried about her hair falling out. But she is also not looking forward to having to stay home from work for a while. Right now, her doctor will not let her go back to work until December 1st, but depending on how she reacts to the chemo, it could be until she is completely finished with the treatment. She has her first appointment next week.

I am so, so glad that I decided to take a week off work to spend with my family at Thanksigving, rather than just 2 or 3 days, so that I can really spend some quality time with my mom. I know this is extremely difficult for her so I want to be there for her as much as I possibly can. Over the summer I registered to run the Disney Princess Half Marathon and invited my mom to come with me again - she came with me when I ran it in 2011. I am so glad that I offered that to her because it seems like the one thing she is really looking forward to with all that is going on. She even asked her doctor if she will still be able to go despite the chemo! This trip will be even more special for us then. Now I really need to get back to running so I can start training for the race and planning for the weekend. We are going to work on booking travel while I am visiting for Thanksigiving. :)

So yeah, kind of a lot has been going on. I'm down 6lbs right now from last week which is kind of silly. Three of those pounds were as a result of my colonoscopy prep and I assumed I would just gain them back, but I have lost 3 more lbs since then. Which is kind of nice. I hope I will continue to see a downward trend since my new food restrictions will really force me to be eating much healthier and cleaner!

I recently purchased the T-25 workout program (its a beachbody program) and it arrived yesterday! I am pretty excited to start that next week. I like that it is only 25 minutes long (except on Fridays) because it will be more manageable for morning workouts. That's right - back to the morning workouts. I am hoping that if I workout first thing in the morning, it will help wake me up because I am still feeling tired all of the time. I know that I also am anemic but not on an iron supplement. I really need to switch to a new multi-v that has iron and vitamin D because that is where I am deficient. I was prescribed a Vitamin D supplement and I still havent taken it yet. Oops?

Looking forward to having a three-day weekend thanks to the federal holiday. No plans right now, except to get in a run on Saturday. I want to cook up some new recipes for a week and experiment with some dairy-free, gluten-free baking, too! Umm and cleaning. And hopefully sewing, too. But I want to relax, also!
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    Good news!!
    1079 days ago
    Thank goodness it isn't Celiac, but that the doc is reasonable enough to entertain sensitivity to it even without Celiac. Some docs just get the negative biopsy back and tell the patients to go back to eating it even if they still have symptoms. Sounds like you are getting good care this time! If you need any help with it feel free to ask!

    I know what you are going through with your mom. I lost my mom at age 50 to breast cancer, the second time around. It was a lot, for all of us. Hang in there! emoticon
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    Good News happy for you and Mom too! Not to be insensitive...being a cancer survivor myself...losing the hair is a toughie for women but once she comes out great on the other side of this she will appreciate that hair is such a small temporary lose and a small price to pay for additional time with loved ones. I am so glad you will be able to spend quality time together. Keeping you both in my prayers.

    woo hoo on the weight loss. I hope your body continues to reward you for the effort it takes to be gluten and lactose free...not easy!
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    I am glad to here that the dr did not find anything too sever wrong with you and that the dietary changes seem to be making some significant difference. Best wishes for your mom's chemo and recovery. Happy Vetrans Day!
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