Rough Week

This week was a rough one for me. Monday I woke up in agonizing pain in my right lower abdomen. Typically my pain is on the left (in the descending colon) so pain on the right was a bit concerning. Jarrod thought it may be my appendix since it was in that general area. After about 20 minutes of paced breathing, chills, and dry heaving from pain, it subsided. I was sore for several hours afterward and the pain didn’t come back until Wednesday while we were out running errands. I started to feel it and in a panic, kept my eye on the restroom- just in case. Luckily, the pain didn’t get nearly as bad as it had on Monday and subsided in about 15-20 minutes. Today, I felt the pain again, about the same as Wednesday, but for longer periods of time. If it persists next week, I will consider making an appointment with my specialist, but it will probably be fine.

I wasn’t very productive this week. I only applied for one job, but I did get a call from a company I applied with several weeks ago. I’m waiting for her to return my call now so we will see what happens with that. Hopefully I will at least get an interview, but I’m not holding my breath.

I haven’t had a whole lot of energy lately which could be due to not sleeping consistently. I’ve just been resting a lot this week and I do feel a bit guilty about it. I finally cleaned the interior of my car and pull some weeds in the yard. I also cooked dinner every night and keep the house straightened up, but not much more than that. Since I’ve been home I try and have a list of projects to work on, but I just couldn’t get to any of them this week. Hopefully next week will be better. Starting tomorrow, I will be on a liquid diet for several days to see if it helps with the pain and energy levels. It normally does so fingers crossed!

Speaking of food, I made a couple of good meals this week. One of which was an “Egg Roll in a Bowl” dinner. Just cabbage, carrots, onion, garlic, ginger, sesame oil, soy sauce, and chicken – all cooked in one skillet. I served it with rice and it was a hit! Simple and delicious! We had plenty of leftovers since I used an entire head of cabbage so I brought my mom some for dinner too. She liked it even though she thought it was a bit spicy. I love versatile recipes. You can leave out the chicken for a vegan meal or replace it with another meat. You can add more veggies or leave some out. It’s totally up to you. If anyone is interested in measurements for this recipe, let me know and I will write it down when I make it again or try and remember about how much of everything I used. I don’t measure anything when I’m cooking (except when I make rice). It’s good because it allows me to be creative, but the downside is that it’s hard for me make the exact meal twice or to give someone else the recipe.


I will still cook for the family next week even though I will be eating blended foods so look for a new meal (I will write down the recipe this time) next week. Oh, and I think I will try to write new blog posts on Thursdays. It may change after I get a job depending on my schedule, but I will try to write at least one a week. Have a lovely weekend and I look forward to your comments! Xoxo



Feeling Optimistic

It’s Thursday night which means tomorrow is Friday. This week has really flown by! I’ve had a pretty productive week- today especially. I applied for two jobs, one of which they notified me that my application had been “looked at”. I guess that’s a good thing?? I have applied for so many jobs in the last two weeks and haven’t heard anything yet. It’s still early though.

Man, landing a good job isn’t that easy especially when my experience is scattered amongst many different fields. I don’t even have 5 years of employment in the science world yet. I like so many things, that’s the problem. I can see myself doing this or that so I just go for it. Why not? You only live once! Now, I’m thinking I would really love to get into a chemistry lab.

When I was an undergraduate, I had so many amazing classes! We went on trips, we tromped through the woods, caught invasive lizards, learned the different ways to measure trees and land…just so many interesting things that any outdoorsy person would love. I always pictured myself doing field work out in the woods or wetlands for a living. That was before I was diagnosed with UC. Now, I don’t think I can do field work. Most days, sure, it would probably be okay, but there would be too many days where I felt too weak to tromp through the forest or marshland. Not to mention the fact that not having a restroom nearby gives me a panic attack (seriously). It’s ok though. I have liked working in a lab setting and I think it’s a safe bet for me health-wise. Now, I just have to convince someone to give me a shot. 😉 I know if someone gave me a chance, they wouldn’t regret it. The last three jobs I’ve resigned from, they’ve asked me to reconsider. I know I’m a good employee, I just need an opportunity to show my worth. 🙂

Today I finished a sketch I’ve been working on here and there. I’m pretty happy with it. Mostly, I sketch to focus my attention on something other than the million things streaming through my head at any given moment. So far, it works. Between practicing yoga, sketching, and just having some time to myself at home, I’m really feeling so much better and pretty optimistic about things to come.BE6C6221-6674-4C05-B090-929845C76ED1

Getting Started

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Hello! My name is Heather and I’m new to the blogging world. I’m a wife, mother, scientist, dog lover, yoga enthusiast, tea drinker, optimist, and I have Ulcerative Colitis. For those unfamiliar with this disease, it is a Irritable Bowl Disease (IBD) that causes inflammation, pain, and ulcers in the colon or large intestine. I was diagnosed in 2010 and have had flares every year until recently. With this disease comes several ever-changing symptoms and issues. At times, I’m too ill to work and suffer from anxiety and depression due to feeling isolated by the disease. Luckily, recently, I have found a great support group online that has really helped validate my feelings and struggles.

At the moment, I am out of work due to unforeseen circumstances. I have considered starting a blog for a while and thought this was the perfect opportunity. I actually have some time to sit down and write! I’m new to this and not sure where this blog will go, but my plan is to write about some of the daily struggles associated with this disease and to raise awareness. It’s hard for people without this disease to understand how a person can feel alright one day and terrible the next. It’s hard to imagine not wanting to leave your house until you know the route and where the restrooms are along the way. Most people just decide to go somewhere and leave. For me, I have to have a plan, there have to be available restrooms on the way and at the destination. I can’t eat too close to when I’m planning to leave. I normally give myself an extra 20 minutes to get anywhere and most of that time is spent sitting at home, contemplating just staying there. I’ve gotten used to living this way and I like to remind myself that it could be worse. I could be unable to leave my house at all. I have been there several times – for days and sometimes weeks straight. Right now, I feel okay. I still like staying home, but I can leave if I need to. I still need to mentally prepare, but I can and do leave home.

I love to cook so I will probably share some recipes (family approved), I may write about some new yoga pose I’m working on, I may share some scientific article on a new health discovery (probably UC related), maybe just vent some days. Who knows? I’m hoping this blog will benefit someone in some way. That’s really all I’m hoping for. If you are still reading this, thank you and welcome.