Medical Malpractice?

You may have wondered why I seem to have dropped off the face of the Earth. Well, basically…I’ve been sick. Memorial Day began with a terrible migraine, vomiting and extreme dizziness. Little did I know, that migraine would last quite a while. I take my meds like a good little girl. I went to the chiropractor and physical therapy. I even got a massage. Very little relief was given. I went to Lourdes ER on the Saturday after Memorial Day for a CT scan. I was sent home because they said that the scan was normal. It seemed to be a tension headache. I was sent home with some different medications that did not work.

I begin the next week the same was as I did the previous, in pain and still dizzy! My GP was out on vacation that week, so I really had no other options but to wait until the following week. After another week of the same symptoms, I finally was able to go see my GP on the Tuesday. This is two weeks after symptoms began.

As I’m discussing things with her, I asked her about the CT scan. When she pulls it up, I noticed at the bottom that it stated, “right mastoid sinusitis.” Now I’m no doctor, but I can tell you that isn’t a “normal” CT scan. My daughter had mastoiditis when she was one so I was familiar with this term and new it wasn’t good. (Mastoiditis is a bacterial infection in the bones behind the ear.) FYI: I did not have ear pain.132667

My doctor was floored that they didn’t catch that, as was I! I went two weeks with something that could have been taken care of by antibiotics, but instead, I was being admitting into the hospital, LGMC. Once there, I was to remain in ER until a room became available. I was supposed to be receiving my antibiotic drip during my wait.

I got to the ER around 3pm. My doctor came to check on my just after 5pm. I had no blanket, no pillow and no water, which I had been asking for these for the past two hours! My dr went to get those things for me, had me lie down and covered me up. She then went to make sure that my medicine was ordered and soon to be given. I did not receive my medicine until 8:30pm. That’s 5 1/2 hours in the ER with nothing to show for it. No rooms ended up being available until the next day.

Once I was in my own room, things got better. I remained on antibiotics and pain meds, until I was able to consult my ENT. When she came, we decided to remove and replace my current tube in my ear. I waited all day Thursday for surgery, but kept getting pushed back. The pain meds were not helping but for only an hour, so I spent most of the day with a black shirt over my head to block the sun and an ice pack. Mind you, I could not eat or drink. By 5:00, we realized that I wasn’t going to have surgery, so I demanded food! I was about to walk out in my gown with the back open and my slippers just to get food, if I had to.

Friday was the day. Surgery went as planned. Dr told David that there was so much fluid that she had to suck some out before she could even get to the tube, then suck more out once the tube was removed. I was able to go home after that. I spent the weekend as I did the past few weeks, resting with pain meds. I go for a checkup on Wednesday. There is a possibility that I may have to go see another specialist in BR to see about cutting behind my ear to clean the bone or remove it completely. I wish I could say that I’m feeling better, but I’m not.

So that’s my story in a nutshell. Thank God for friends and family who have pitched in to help and have been praying for me. As far as my diet goes, maybe one day I’ll start it up again. ūüôā

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4 months!

Yesterday made 4 months of my new eating lifestyle. I’m down 17-19 pounds (keeps fluctuating lately). The pain still comes and goes, but I’m not sure if I’m following the diet enough. I don’t cheat often, but I wonder if when I do if it pushes me back a bit. A friend told me that it takes a few weeks for the gluten to get out of her body. If that’s the case, then just when I’m getting it out, I’m probably cheating. I need to do a better job of staying on track. I’m not cheating often, but it’s probably enough to keep me in pain.¬†

Speaking of pain, this week has been a doozy. IMG_0738I have been having a crazy migraine since Monday. I’ve been dizzy, sensitive to light and sound, and nauseous. Nothing is helping except pain meds. I went to the chiropractor and physical therapist yesterday. Praying that I get some relief. I love to get the dry needling done.¬†(By the way, I totally suggest them to you if you need relief. Barczyk Chiropractic and Kevin Sellers Physical Therapy.) I’m really sore from them this morning, and still have a headache, but my doctor wants me to take a pain med this morning and try to sleep it off. My mother-in-law just came to pick up my kids so I can do just that. Thank goodness for her!

Last night, we took our girls to the Kari Jobe concert at Our Savior’s Church. Not a great place to be with a migraine. I brought ear plugs which helped with the loudness of it all. The lights were a killer though. I had to sit most of the way through it because it was making me nauseated. I’m still glad I went though. I was happy to enjoy their first concert with them.¬†

IMG_0730I haven’t been taking pictures of all of my food because it’s been pretty redundant lately. I’m only taking pics of new or fun things I’m eating so I can share with you. I haven’t been doing much cooking lately. I’m in a rut with that, but it’s time to get out of it! Pictured is a peanut butter and honey with raspberries on a corn tortilla. This was my lunch. Told you I was in a rut.

It hurts so good!

Strange title, I know. What am I referring to? Working out and the inevitable soreness that comes along with it. Lucy and I worked out yesterday for the first time in a long time. Hoping this is just the beginning of a great, healthy habit for us. Now that I’ve lost weight, I want to tone up the flab, but boy am I hurting today! No pain, no gain, right?¬†

You’ve got to love YouTube! Free workout videos! We did pilates together and then I did a dance workout. I looked and felt like a big goober, but I didn’t care. Now if someone else was watching me, that would be a different story. Although, let’s be honest, I probably still wouldn’t care. If I’m moving like Elaine from Seinfeld, oh well, at least I’m moving! This coming Friday is our weigh in for the Transformation Challenge that we began 8 weeks ago at work. I’m interested to see if I lost any inches. If not, oh well…I’m having fun either way!elaine

Yesterday was my hubs’ birthday. My awesome mom cooked dinner for him Sunday night. From her last experience of cooking for Mother’s Day and I couldn’t hardly eat anything, she was prepared and made her own roux and made an amazing GF meatball stew with lima beans! She also made a GF banana pie cake. It was so good. One thing we noticed, GF cake mix is very dense. It’s like sticking your fork through a brick. But when you can’t have cake anymore, this taste great to me! I love that there are so many options for GF now. Still trying to stay away from boxed foods because they are considered Frankenfood, but sometimes you just gotta!

Last week was hectic with dance rehearsals and the recital. One night, we didn’t make it home until 10:30. I picked us up some Burger King. I had a whopper jr and some fries. Man oh man, did I pay for that later. My stomach was fairly flat before the burger, but the next few days, it was like I could have been 3 months pregnant! I was so bloated and uncomfortable. This is why I must not cheat often. That night was an exception because it was so late and we were exhausted. I am finally getting back to normal. Going GF has helped me. If you are interested in beginning this, just contact me and I’ll help the best way I can.

Fear or Trust?

With everything going on in the world, we have one choice ultimately….will you live in fear or will you trust God? It’s as simple as that. The action may not “feel” simple, but through faith you can be at peace in the midst of any turmoil.¬†

One of the things a lot of people are experiencing is the downfall of the economy. Some have been laid off, some have had their hours and/or pay cut, and still some live in limbo not knowing if today will be their last day at their job. It’s not an easy place to be…trust me, but I know that God is in control. If I should lose my job, I know that He will provide another source of income. He will allow me to use my talents to do what needs to be done. So what will I choose? I will choose to trust Him! I may have to remind myself of that on a day to day basis, but I will choose Him.¬†

One of the ways He blesses me is with awesome friends. IMG_0668The other night, out of the blue, a friend calls me up to say that they are cooking dinner for us and will bring it over shortly. They didn’t cook it and hang out, they didn’t expect anything, they just did it out of love for us! I can see God in that and feel His love. It’s in the small things that we must find hope and keep our eyes on what He is doing.

Are you wondering what they cooked? Well….it was some amazing red beans and rice with a side of cantaloupe. It was so good that I had two servings! I was one happy girl. Then there are nights like tonight. I take my kids grocery shopping, which normally isn’t an issue, but Lennox had some kind of hair up his butt and then suddenly I became “that mom.” You know the one I’m talking about. The one that has a screaming kid and you think to yourself, “Oh my gosh…just spank you kid already and shut them up!” Well…that didn’t work for me. So I finished my shopping with less of my hair intact, but my son made it out alive! Go, ME! Then I come home to try a new recipe. Super yummy and quick. It’s called Skillet Hummus Crusted Chicken. I ate that with a side of broccoli and cheese. Now my kids are in bed and I’m going to just sit with my jaw open, drool falling, bra off. Total relaxation!

Sparkles, Glitter and Tap Shoes

Today begins the beginning of dance week for us! Recital is this coming Saturday and like the title states, there will be lots of sparkles, glitter and tap shoes! The recital marks the end of a year of hard work and dedication, but also means that this will be a long week! Rehearsals are long but necessary. If you see me sneeze this week and glitter shoots out, don’t pay any mind to it. What will be impressive¬†is if I fart glitter!¬†

Posting my daily meals hasn’t been much of a priority lately, plus I’m not sure that people are that interested in that. I am doing good with the diet still. I am down 19 pounds and am still losing. I would like to say that I’m feeling much better, but there are so many other factors that could be contributing to the pain that I’m not sure if diet alone will help. But I do know that this diet is what is best for my IBD, Hashimoto’s and fibromyalgia so I will stick with it.¬†

I have been experiencing pain in my belly where my ulcers are located. I am still pretty exhausted, but I am hopeful. I know that my God can take away all of this in an instant. It is not my place to ask God why He hasn’t healed me yet. While we are on this side of heaven, things won’t be perfect. Like my pastor said yesterday, we are in a spiritual war and in a war there are going to be casualties. I can’t expect to be the exception just because I live for the Lord. In fact, because I am trying to do as He says, Satan will counterattack because he does not like that I am doing things for God’s kingdom. Well, Satan…not today!x76s4

Here are just a few items that I have taken pictures of to post here. Chicken salad stuffed bell peppers, black eyed peas and sausage with brown rice, and oatmeal. Crawfish was on the menu for our date night and it was good! Went watch Mother’s Day and I would definitely recommend it! So good!¬†

Keep pressing on my friends…Satan is powerful but not more powerful than God. Are you ready for the battle ahead?

Withering Away…

When you start the diet that I have, your options of quick food are very limited. Not doing a great job of preparing my food, so I’ve just been snacking. Not eating much which is catching up to me. I just don’t have much of an appetite. David says I’m withering away. I’ve lost another 3 pounds! I’m down 19 pounds! Which is super cool, but I also don’t want to lose too much weight. But I am still eating healthy. Not much looks tempting to me.¬†

Other than having the new pants that I’ve recently purchased float on me, I’m happy with the progress. Time for new clothes. Good thing I love to shop! Bad for David. He’s just happy that I’m getting healthy and doing my part.¬†

IMG_0595An aching body is still a part of my life. Being exhausted is as well. I have moments, which I guess is better than none, that I have more energy and don’t think about the pain. Lately, my jaw and shoulders have been hurting. Time to make an appointment with the PT to get needled.¬†

My menu today was: banana for breakfast, almonds and a chocolate bar for lunch, and lettuce wrapped chicken salad for dinner. Of course this was chased with a glass of wine. I was picking on David earlier. I love cats, but we have agreed to not have any for a while since we are having so many people in and out of our home that are allergic. When I went to a friend’s house today that had 5 kittens, I sent him several pictures asking if he would like this one, or that one…what about this one? Lennox has already picked his favorite.Needless to say, he said no. I got a laugh out of it! Enjoy the pics!

Momma’s Day

You’ve got to love how moms show their love to their kids. My poor momma…yes I’m sure she is reading this…tried so hard yesterday to make a GF meal. They grilled some chicken and my amazing daughter made me a salad. My mom also made cheesy potatoes and rice dressing, but didn’t realize that the ingredients used to make those had gluten. She was upset. More than I was! LOL I enjoyed my grilled chicken and salad! She did make me a fabulous GF apple cake. She’s awesome like that!

michael-mcdonaldI spent a good part of my weekend just hanging with my kids, ministering to a friend in need and hanging with family. Pretty relaxed. The only bummer part is that my stomach has been cutting up lately. When I eat, not long after my stomach starts flaring up. Not sure what’s going on there. May need to go back to elimination diet for a bit, but in the voice of Stuart on MadTV “I don’t wanna!”¬†

Oh Oh…I have to share this new recipe with you…Fruit Quesadillas!! So yummy and easy! Lucy loved it too! All it is basically is¬†a corn tortilla with cream cheese and your choice of fruit. You fold it and pan fry it in butter for a little bit to warm it up and make the tortilla crispy and Voila! You’ve got breakfast!IMG_0576