24 August, 2017

Day 16 - on the downhill side

We have reached the mid-point of my Whole30 and still we have mostly smooth sailing.  I am not strictly in sync with the timeline but I did experience the bloat at about the time predicted and it was very unpleasant.  It only lasted a couple of days and that's been the worst of the symptoms.  When I sleep it is deeply, but these past few nights again I've had problems falling asleep.  I go to bed when I am yawning, read for a bit and when I stop and roll over I can't fall asleep.  I tossed and turned and finally got up and read in the living room until about 1 am last night.  I was groggy this morning but I will resist a nap this afternoon so hopefully I won't have such a hard time tonight.

I have been experimenting with some new dinner recipes but also I find that my regular go to things, for example Shrimp Fra Diavolo or pot roast, are very easy to adapt.  The things I miss most are bread and cheese.  Oh I can smell bread in my sleep.  But mostly I'm satisfied.  I have however started thinking about what my first non-W30 meal will be.

Ben took a day off yesterday and rented a log splitter and we dug into the stack of rounds that our neighbors gave us when their tree blew down this spring.  He split and I moved and stacked.  We moved the wood pile and now it's up a little incline, which is brutal when stacking but won't be a problem when it's done.  We got all of the new wood stacked and about half of the old pile when we threw in the towel.  I will get stacking again tomorrow.  Today I have a few things to do, like go to the dentist this afternoon and have her look at a crown that shed a bit of its side on the weekend! Like a piece shale - a slab of it fell off!  I am not happy about this.  Do you know how horrible it is to have a crown removed?  They have to crack it with a hammer!  They have to break it out of your mouth.  Not good.  But we shall see what Dr. Fukuda has to day about it.  I would be thrilled if it could be repaired.

Our trip to Las Vegas and Utah is all set and yesterday I did the AirBnb reservations for Reykjavik and  Paris in November.  Now all I have to do is wait.  And dream about cheese.

14 August, 2017

Day 6 on Whole30

Well this Whole30 thing has started out very smoothly.  It's not difficult for me because I'm used to cooking and I don't have to prep breakfasts and lunches to take to work.  Also since weight loss is not the primary goal, but a happy by product, there is no measuring or weighing which I appreciate the most.  I haven't had any crazy cravings, I'm sleeping okay but it has been difficult to fall asleep.  Perhaps that is because I've been on steroids for my sinus/ears problem.  That's finished so we'll see how I do tonight.  Would I like to have a martini or a few glasses of wine?  Sure.  But it's not making me crazy.  And sweets aren't really an issue with me and there's always plenty of fruit, especially in summer.  So bottom line - I'm doing okay and feel pretty good, considering.

Considering that I had to go to the urgent care AGAIN last week because my sinuses and ears were STILL congested.  The fact that my  primary care physician is too busy to see me still irks me no end, but whatever.  The doctor at urgent care gave me a course of Prednisone which he said should clear up the inflammation in my sinuses and then my ears should be okay.  However, not the case.  It is wonderful that I can now smell and taste things, but my ears are still plugged and that is making me NUTS.  So I asked for a referral to an ENT doctor, and we'll see how long that takes her to come up with.  I want it taken care of before we fly out in September.

The Seahawks had their first preseason game last night against the Chargers and beat them 48 to 17.  It was a lovely things to behold.

07 August, 2017

The summer cold that will not end

July 15 I woke up with a sore throat.  During the day I developed a cough.  It was Pierce's 16th birthday and I wanted to go.  Ben was gone to Utah for business and I was bored and lonely.  But I felt awful so I stayed home.  I wanted to be ready for Kate and I to go to Port Townsend on Wednesday.  I was quite froggy but didn't feel that bad Wednesday so off we went for a couple of fun girlie days - lots of shopping and eating and drinking of champagne.  We weren't able to go see John because his nephew decided to come visit on our days.  No matter, we had a blast!

I was tired on the weekend but by Monday I was sick, bad cough and head cold symptoms.  I was sick all week so on the Saturday after two solid weeks, and unable to see my doctor, I went to the urgent care where the diagnosed me with acute bronchitis and send me home with some antibiotics and nose spray for the congestion.  The antibiotics kind of knocked the edge off it, but my sinuses are still plugged, my ears are plugged and therefore I can't smell or taste anything.  Not good.  I got ahold of my doctor who suggested I take Sudafed for 3 or 4 days and see if that takes care of the congestion.  Today is the third day, and oh by the way the beginning of WEEK 4 of this whatever-it-is, and no change in the ears and I'm still coughing.  *sigh*  Tomorrow is my birthday and we're going out to a VERY nice restaurant with an excellent wine list and will I be able to taste anything????  I'm really getting concerned.  I will contact my doctor today at the end of the day if my ears are still plugged, which I am sure they will be, and see what else she can suggest. I think I should have another courser of antibiotics, but what do I know?

I finally made our airplane reservations for our November trip to France.  Our friends are renting a Gite in Amboise so we're going to do our trip a week earlier than originally planned, stop over in Iceland for two days, then go to Amboise for a week, and end in Paris for a week.  It will be great.  And before that, next month, we're going to Las Vegas for two days, then 3 days with Ben's cousins in Utah, just across the Grand Canyon on the  north side.  They've been after us for ages to come and visit so I'm really looking forward to it.

In the meantime, I have been toying with doing the Whole30 because I've been having some digestive issues.  This program is a 30 day period when you cut out all sugar, alcohol, grains, legumes, dairy, and MSG, sulfites and carrageenan.  Potatoes are okay and all meat, veggies and fruits.  I am going to miss bread and cheese and wine.  But I can do anything for 30 days and it just happens that the day after my birthday to the day the NFL begins is 30 days.  Is that perfect or what?  Then you add things in gradually.  I think Vodka will be first, then cheese.  We'll see which I miss more after 30 days.  And it happens that a lot of my favorite recipes can easily be made compliant by, for example, leaving out the 1/2 cup of wine in the chicken cacciatore recipe, or using organic canned tomatoes in the shrimp fra diavolo.  I have a vegetable spiralizer, so zoodles will take the place of angel hair pasta.  Well it sounds easy enough.  I'll make my own mayo and salad dressing.  Let's see how I feel about it in a week shall we?

Today after I finish up with my reservations for the September trip I'm going to take out the peas, carrots and nasturtiums from my little raised bed and get it ready for the autumn crop of cabbage, spinach and collards.  It has been crazy hot here and hasn't rained for more than a month.  I've been watering like crazy every day.  But that bed is finished anyway and needs to be prepared.  It's not quite so hot today and despite being all congested I don't feel too bad.  I'll get out there before it gets too hot.