Thursday, September 27, 2012

Random thoughts of October 6th-13th

thought #1...My sister flys home in 9 days for 1 week
thought #2...My daughter and grandkids come home for a visit in 9 days
thought #3...Celebration of Gray's 7th Birthday at Red Robin
thought #4...Shopping to do, although I'm almost done
thought #5...Need to plan the menus for the visit
thought #6...My mom will fly back with my sister when she leaves
thought #7...I want to make every second count while they are all here
thought #8...Trip to the Apple Orchard
thought #9...Trip to Goodwill (Diane's favorite store)
thought #10..Trip to the Riverwalk
thought #11..Visit our dads grave
thought #12..Have breakfast at our favorite place in town
thought #13..Enjoy my sisters famous chicken & dumplings
thought #14..Maybe sneak away and go to the Elvis Fest on Friday night
thought #15..Have lots of sister talks
thought #16..Already missing my mom, but so happy she's able to go
thought #17..Getting my hair cut and colored next week to look good
thought #18..Decorating my moms and my house for fall 
thought #19..Getting enough rest to have the energy for everything
thought #20..Thanking God for allowing us to all be together for a visit

Friday, September 7, 2012

Healing my colon the natural way

I am on day 5 of being Prednisone free!  I was put on this drug for the ulcerative colitis.  The Dr. does not want me staying on this drug because of the side effects.  It not only puts unwanted weight on you, but it can cause cataracts and bone loss.  I do not want to be dependent on a pill.  It only masks the symptoms.  It's like a bandaid.
I am so excited to be able to say, I am trying a Gluten free way of life right now.  My daughter tried to get me to go Gluten free last year after I had many flare ups with colitis and I think I was just too sick and my head wasn't clear enough to think about making a diet change.  I thought of it as work and effort.  But as I do more research and listening to friends who are trying this, it makes sense to me.  It is really not as hard as you think.  Reading labels is the key.  I have to admit, I was a Breadaholic.  I had to have my bread every day in some shape or form.  I craved lemon rice soup during a colon flare up and I would always have to have my french bread with it.  It was my comfort, my friend.  After overhearing a co-worker talking about going wheat and flour free, it really sunk in with me.  My daughter's mother-in-law also went gluten free a few weeks ago and feels terrific and is losing weight.  I know I have weight to lose, but I am doing it more for the healing of my colon.  She was telling me what made her start was after reading a book by Dr. William Davis called "Wheat Belly".  So many people are being changed and healed by going gluten free.  The disease I have is one of the ones he talks about in his book.  Wheat and flour aggrivate the colon and intestines, so why would I not give this a try?  It's doable and doesn't take a whole lot of preparation.  I had the best breakfast this morning....fetta cheese omelette and was so full and didn't want anything until lunch.  When I heard you could have corn chips and other potato chips, I was excited.  I also found the most delicious gluten free brownie mix I made.  And you can even have of my favorite snacks. 
Bottom line is....I want to feel good again and be normal.  I don't want to live in fear of not making it to a bathroom.  I don't want to always have to find out where a bathroom is every where I go.  I don't want to have to wear depends the rest of my life.  I want to walk our beautiful trail again outside without worrying about making it to a bathroom.  I want to ride my bike again.  No one will ever know unless you have suffered this type of affliction, just what it is like.  I look normal on the outside, but the fear I face every day in not knowing how my colon will act is very debilitating.  Sure, stress can bring on some episodes, but I really do believe that the #1 cause is the food that we put in our bodies. 
So, I am more than excited to share this new adventure with the few readers that I have.  I am on my way to healing my colon.  I think it will thank me some day soon.  I AM EXCITED!