Last night took us to the outlets to do some shopping. Shaun had some gift cards from the holidays and as luck would have it, he found some great deals.
Coaly prayed long and hard overnight for some heavy snow but we only ended up with about an inch this morning. So much for puppy dog dreams.
After a morning walk with the girls, I was off to the doctor for another appointment and Shaun was off to MedExpress for a strep test. Luckily, his results were not positive, and unfortunately, neither was my doctor's visit.
Basically, I went over everything that has been happening for the past two weeks, as well as a topline on my overarching stomach problems, and she sort of just sat there and looked at me. She asked me a few questions: have I been anywhere that I may have picked up malaria? Hmmm, no. Do I get yellow rashes on my legs in the sun? Hmmm, not that I've ever noticed. And not that the sun has been out here lately, or that I've been able to tan my legs in it. So out of pity she gave me a prescription for a painkiller used to help with IBS (per my own research) called Bentyl. Is anyone familiar with this? She did tell me that a major side effect is that it will probably put me to sleep or make my dizzy and nauseous. So, let me get this straight. I can't really take it during the day because a) I have to work and b) like to function, and chances are it may continue to make me throw up? Hmph. I'll give it a go at bedtime tonight but I don't really think this is going to work for me. At the end of the appointment, she told me that this could just be a virus (which I'm thinking might be true) and that maybe I should visit the Mayo Clinic. That's a discussion for another date and time.
In the meantime, and since I woke up actually feeling pretty good, I've decided to ease back into my everyday eating. I cannot subsist on soft foods alone, and I was still having the same problems with those anyways, so I'm not going to torture myself. I am also resuming my daily exercise as I see fit. I won't overdo it, I promise. I just need to start to feel alive again, and these are the two things I need to do so.
After my appointment, I snuck in a quick manicure & grabbed Subway for lunch.
We hit the gym for a little bit and I eased back into working out with a 3.1 easy run (using my treadmill strategy) and some great stretching. My stomach was still cramping quite a bit but it surely wasn't debilitating, and I was so glad I made the choice to get to the gym. Sometimes nothing beats a good, empowering sweat.
After the gym, we picked up our little ladies from their play date. Celebratory 'I survived my first day' photos below for your enjoyment!