Wednesday, December 30, 2009


We have been celebrating. We have been enjoying the holidays. Oh the food and the family and the food and the friends and the food! Holidays are yummy!

We spent Christmas day in our new home, just the three of us. We had moments where we missed family but it was really nice and relaxing and it helped to make our new house our home. We left the next day to go back to the city where all of our friends and family are. We were kept very busy with visiting and celebrations. We were able to see our most important people, some friends and most of the family. I think the funniest moment for me was when my dad announced to everyone that all the gifts he was giving were things he had won in golf tournaments! He seemed so proud.

My mother looked so much better. She is recovering very well and seems in good spirits.

The bad news is that I forgot my probiotics and by the third night I was in pain. I wasn't moving much on my own and I had that old familiar pain in my upper left abdomen. The pain continued through the next day but luckily that was just while we were driving back home. With the probiotics on board I quickly found some relief.

I am glad that I have a scope coming up so we can see if things are just uncomfortable rather than concerning.

Today the boys arrived to visit here for 6 days as did my daughters friend who moved to China last summer. It is my birthday so we went out for dinner and then to a movie. It was most excellent fun. It is good to have a full house.

Hope you all had a great holiday.

Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

All I want for Christmas

Hmmm... this is not likely to be very cheery. I will put out my less than happy thoughts and then I will move one, maybe tomorrow.

I am taking my VSL#3 most days. Sometimes I forget. I think it helps my system but it is not the miracle that I wanted it to be.

I have a little pain most days. Things are not terrible, they just aren't as good as they could be. So I must continue to take care and take my meds and my probiotics. I am having some trouble with infections. I have had a sinus infection for about 6 weeks. It seems like it is about to clear up and then it gets bad again. I am also unable to get over any fungal infections. They are taking over my body and so I can't take an antibiotic for the sinus infection. My new doctor will not give me anything for the fungal infection like I have had before but she did give me a three day supply of a medication that I take by mouth that should clear my system. Fingers crossed. The one day treatment and topical creams etc did not work. I am starting a steroid nose spray.

My mom has been admitted into the hospital due to chest pain. She had a heart attack about 9 years ago and has been working on being healthy ever since. This last weekend she visited. She wasn't herself. She had a lot of pain and finally decided to have herself checked when she got home. They kept her. I haven't heard any news today. I hope no news is good news. Hope she is feeling better.

One of my oldest friends, who also suffers from UC, has not been doing too well. A family crisis lead to a bit of relapse and that lead to depression overwhelming her. She is an amazing, bright, beautiful person.

All I want for Christmas is a miracle or two.