This is where I had breakfast yesterday:
On July 5th, I had an Ultrasound of my kidneys, gallbladder, and intestines. Everything looked fine.
On July 12th, I had a HIDA Scan (I was injected with radioactive material, and they traced its passage into my kidneys and gallbladder.) Everything looked fine.
On July 27th, I had a CAT Scan that revealed a lot – none of it good. As a result of this test, I was placed on Prednisone. While this “wonder drug” has helped and given me back some semblance of normal energy levels and reduced some of my gut discomfort, it has disrupted my sleep patterns and is not the kind of stuff I want to be on, long term.
Yesterday, I had a Gastric Emptying Exam. I had to eat a cup of egg substitute mixed with more radioactive material, 2 pieces of toast (I got the heads up to bring gluten free bread. Whew!) and a glass of water. Every hour, for four hours, they took a one minute scan to see how fast the food was emptying from my stomach. I won’t have results for a few days.
Me waiting for my nuclear breakfast to be served (hoping all this radiation in my system results in super powers – I should have had them put it in a spider and then let the spider bite me):
I have one more exam (so far) scheduled for August 9th – an MRI of my intestines. (FYI: “Intestines” always means my small intestines – my large intestines & colon were removed in 2000 due to severe Ulcerative Colitis that we could not get under control.)
Once all the results are in, I meet with my Gastroenterologist and my Primary Care Physician to decide what treatment is required to get things working right again.
Answers are often a catch-22. On one hand, it will be good to know what’s going on and how to treat it. On the other, it means facing (possibly) more surgery, medicines, side effects, time lost from work, recovery, etc. etc. I’ve been trying my best not to speculate or worry, and stay focused on (distracted by) things I can control, like house projects and baking/cooking:
A little facelift to our patio, with help from the BF, Jim:
Ingredients for a loaf of Gluten Free Bread I baked this past weekend:
My bread machine, which does the bulk of the work:
My first attempt at making Gluten Free Macaroni Salad. (It came out pretty good):
Boiling Eggs for deviled eggs, admittedly, the least adventurous cooking endeavor of the three:
A Gluten free appetizer tray I put together this past weekend (we had a friend over for dinner for the first time in a loooong time) consisting of deviled eggs, Yellow cherry tomatoes dipped in balsamic vinaigrette, Sharp Cheddar Cheese, and my recently discovered now favorite pickles – Ba-Tampte Garlic Dill Pickles:
Finally, we’re currently having 3 house doors replaced and two storm doors installed. It started this past Monday and will (hopefully) be finished by Thursday of this week. The timing of this added stress may not have been great, but it’s when our contractor was available to do it, and we really wanted the doors replaced before winter hits. The ones that came with the house (aside from being ugly, lacking privacy due to large windows, and one that was not functional) were not well sealed and allowed heat to exit our house at an alarming rate.
So that’s what’s going on in the world of Idle Eyes.
Be well. Stay well.