Just a Little Update

Hey, y’all. ๐Ÿ™‚


It’s been forever again. ๐Ÿ™

The TLDR version of the rest of this: health hell for 15 months…all kinds of tests…finally found out what was wrong…new med…feel like a new person…back on keto…super happy.


I have been to hell and back with all the health stuff. ๐Ÿ™ Every time I thought I was finally turning a corner boom the lupus would hit me with something else.


I also made myself worse by eating wheat/gluten for months. In October I had to have an endoscopy and colonoscopy to try to figure out why I was coughing up and passing blood. So I wanted him to look at the celiac stuff while he was in there. I’ve tested positive twice and negative once. I’ve honestly never really thought I had it because I’ve never fully reacted to wheat the way I read about other people reacting to it. So anyway for the test you have to eat wheat for weeks (which turned into months). I did and of course it didn’t end well. At all.


BUT we finally seem to have some answers to all of the digestive issues. It hasn’t been my stomach (well not the primary cause anyway). It’s been my pancreas. I’m not producing the enzymes to break down food and after all the testing my dr put me on this miracle med:

I’m not exaggerating when I say this saved my life. Emotionally I’d slipped to a dark and scary place. I didn’t want to live in so much pain anymore.


I hadn’t slept thru a night without reflux in 15 months. I was on so much stomach / acid blocker meds and was having breakthrough reflux almost every single night. Basically the way I understand it now is that I wasn’t producing the enzymes to break down my food and that was in turn causing my stomach to way way way over produce all the acid.


The acid blocking meds are known iron blockers and my iron also plummeted to dangerously low levels.


2 DAYS on the CREON and I was like a new person. The stomach painโ€ฆthe horrible never ending reflux almost immediately gone.


I went back on keto and feel like a completely different person.


So where I am nowโ€ฆ

I started keto / low carb high fat on September 6, 2018. Between then and October 2, 2017 I lost almost 80 pounds. Then the ear misdiagnosis and all the unnecessary antibiotics sent me on a year long spiral.


I gained 35 back.


Happy to have not gained it all back but also not happy ya know?

Anyway that’s just a long update that wouldn’t fit on insta where you can find me more regularly. ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s Been Way Too Long

So hey, y’all.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

I can’t believe it’s been 6 months since I’ve even opened up this page.ย  I’ve been active on insta but just not here.

All that stuff with the ear and antibiotics and all that crap just really messed me up.ย  ๐Ÿ™

I’ve been back to lchf / keto since May 2nd.ย  It’s been…interesting.ย  A little different from the first time around.

I got almost all of the awesome keto benefits right away but I didn’t get the weightloss like I did when I originally started in 2016.ย  The first 2 days I lost 4 pounds and then a few days later gained it right back and then just stuck there.ย  It’s crazy because I came from eating basically nothing but sugar and carbs.ย  I should have had a huge woosh.ย  Something is clearly going on with my body.ย ย I was keeping my carbs below 25…and most of the time much lower.ย  Something’s up.

I posted this pic on instagram May 14 and wrote about it there but it’s like almost all of the weight gain went right to my upper body.ย  I can’t stand it.

 

 

This has had me so emotionally messed up for weeks.ย  My first degree is is Early Childhood and I’ve always been a huge child advocate.ย  I can’t believe I live in a country that would lock littles in cages…and that a large number of people think that’s perfectly fine.ย  ๐Ÿ™ย  ย It’s so disgusting that I’ve almost run out of tears (and words).

If I make it to Heaven one day I hope so very much that there is a viewing area where we get to watch these horrible horrible pieces of shit…and those who voted them into power…burning in hell. I hope that so so very much.ย  I’ll plop myself down with a bottle or 10 of wine and enjoy the show.ย  ๐Ÿ˜‰ย  Thoroughly.

Participate if you can. If you can’t and want to do something to help…donate.

 

Alrighty that’s all for today.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

Y’all have a great week and I’ll see you soon.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy New Year’s Eve

Hey, y’all.

FINALLY.

The blog is back up and running. They got it transferred on the 18th but it’s taken until now for them to get it fixed where I could access my admin section to actually blog.

Hope y’all had a fantastic Christmas and holiday season.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

(all baked goods made with gfjules flour except for the kolaches which were real for the rest of the fam)

All the usuals. Peppermint cookies. Cherry white chocolate chip cookies.ย  Prune kolaches. Tamales, enchilada casserole, cheese rice and beans.

Do y’all’s Moms give y’all retro toys from you childhood for Christmas? Mama B does. I love love loved Holly Hobbie when I was little.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

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Now for the best news…y’all know I’ve been going thru so much hell the last 3 months with all the antibiotics but starting Tuesday…

KETO is back and I can’t wait.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

You can’t even imagine how rough the last 3 months have been on me mentally and physically.ย  I hope that I will never have to go off of it again. ๐Ÿ™‚

Hello, old friend. It’s been way too long. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Ok that’s all for today.ย  Y’all stay warm and have a safe New Year’s Eve / Happy New Year’s Day (eat your black eyed peas) and I’ll see you soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

 

 

Christmas Time In…Texas?

Hey, y’all. ๐Ÿ™‚

Hope you’re safe and warm in your corner of the world.

Things are still a little rough here.

This month I’m on Cipro for the mastoid bone infection.

Last month was straight up hell.

The meds are just destroying my digestive system.

In better news…

Tree’s been up for weeks. If you’ve followed me for a while you know I’ve been searching for my forever tree for the last few years. This is it. ๐Ÿ™‚ I love it so much.

It snowed in South Texas last night. So pretty…but this summer girl says thanks for visiting…you can return to wherever you came fromย now. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Because of the stomach issues there’s just no way for me to do keto or even low carb right now. Combined with the steroid shots I was up 20 pounds the last time we met. Now I’m only up between 8 and 10 depending on the scale (or I guess time of day). I don’t weigh at home but at all these different Dr. appointments I’m holding right there between 8 and 10.

I’m ok with that for now. Considering in my past when I’d lost asย much weight as I’ve lost over the last 15 months…the first taste of sugar and I went off the deep end gaining it all back plus some. This time I went up some and then got it going right back down in the right direction.

Before / current comparison. (Yes…wearing Santa leggings as pants…because they are pants.) ๐Ÿ˜‰ Same dressing room. I shop very little at Penny’s but I like to run in there every now and then to take a current pic in the same dressing room as the before. It really helps me when I see how much less of the door is covered by my body. ๐Ÿ™‚

Ok That’s all for today. Hopefully I’m going to start doing some Christmas baking next week. I’ll share here or on insta whenever I get started with that. Until then y’all stay safe and warm and I’ll see you soon. ๐Ÿ™‚