Friday, April 18, 2014


Considering how little time I spent outside of my apartment today, I encountered an awful lot of rude people. It started with the nurse who called about next's week's colonoscopy/ileoscopy procedure. She tried to call me yesterday while I was at my internship. It was my last day and I was trying to finish a project so I didn't answer. By the time I got home, it was too late to call back so I figured I would deal with it today. She called again today and I missed the call because I had the ringer set to silent. She left me a snarky voicemail about how I may think that because I've had this procedure done before I don't have to talk to her, but I need to return her call today. Despite her incredibly condescending message, I called her back and the woman who picked up told me that voicemail chick couldn't come to the phone. Note to voicemail chick: if you leave me a rude voicemail demanding that I call you back today, you had damn well better come to the phone when I do. I told the woman on the phone that I was headed out the door and asked whether they could just email me with the instructions since I had had this procedure every year for the last five or so years. Then the woman on the phone copped an attitude too and told me voicemail chick would have to call me back later because they had a policy or some such foolishness. I told her I would be available at 3:30, but when 3:30 rolled around, voicemail chick didn't call back. Guess their "policy" was not all that important after all.

I decided to get in a one hour bike ride before it got dark and made my way out the door. I rode my bike yesterday too, and at 7.92 miles I just missed hitting my 8 mile goal. I decided that I would hit 8 miles today no matter what. It was also a great opportunity to test out my too easy to be an actual DIY, DIY project.

It's a homemade keychain bracelet. I have been trying to figure out a good way to carry my keys since I bought my bike. I wanted something easily accessible since I would need the key to my bike lock if I decided to stop somewhere while I was out riding, but it also had to be secure enough that I wouldn't lose my keys and/or be distracted by wearing them. When I bought my helmet it came with the little "I Love My Brain" bracelet above. I took the keyring from another keychain, put it on the bracelet, and voila, instant keychain bracelet.

After I got back from my ride and showered, I went to the grocery store. I wore sweatpants and a messy bun. I am not even a little bit ashamed. I've been struggling with my meals lately because the return of my Crohn's symptoms means the return of a restricted diet. I've learned over the years which foods I need to stop eating when I have a flare. It is best if I avoid most fruits and vegetables because the fiber is too hard on my digestive system. That goes with most high fiber foods, so whole grains are also out. Nuts, seeds, and anything with the capacity to scrape at the walls of my intestines are a bad life choice. I usually do well with soft, plain foods that pass easily through the digestive tract and don't have a ton of spices to cause further irritation. I don't do well with lactose, so I have to avoid most dairy. Meat is usually fine, but it is better if it is slow cooked to make it softer. The last time I had a flare, I lived on Marie Callendar's Honey Chicken meals with mashed potatoes and Breyer's lactose free ice cream. I'm trying to make slightly better food choices this time, so for dinner I wound up with this:

Trader Joe's Organic polenta and sun dried tomato chicken sausages with a tiny amount of light mozzarella. I know it doesn't look like much, but it was actually pretty good. I cooked the polenta in a skillet with a little bit of extra virgin olive oil and it turned out creamy on the inside with a bit of a crust on the outside. The sausage was not very spicy, but still had a great flavor. The mozzarella added just the right amount of melty goodness to complement the rest of the meal. I think it is possible to eat well during a Crohn's flare. It is just going to take some creativity on my part to combine the foods that don't make my stomach hurt in new and delicious ways.

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