The best diet ever….a colonoscopy

Good morning from Nokomis and guess what?  It’s that time of year.  Inspector Gadget and the family are here.  I haven’t taken any pictures yet but I’ll post some soon.

I did take a picture of a really cool pie bird that I got at an estate sale last Friday.

pink pie bird

Also on Friday I had my long awaited visit with the gastroenterologist.  She went over my CT scan of last year and we talked about my diet and the recent problems I’ve been having and then she rocked my world.

“Start eating gluten again”, she said.

what

Wait what?

But, I thought I was supposed to avoid gluten at all costs so I was really confused.  And then I asked her if she thought the diagnosis was wrong and that I can eat gluten.  But no, my life is never that easy.

I am scheduled for a colonoscopy and endoscopy with tissue biopsies in mid-September and in order to get the proper diagnosis they need me to consume some gluten.  Some gluten, not all the gluten.

disappointment

And because my day always gets better, she gave me the instructions for the prep.  Oh, the prep.  I mean seriously, if you’ve ever had a colonoscopy, then you understand completely.

accurate

Most Accurate

It’s supposed to rain today so after a bit of work, we’re gonna do some shopping.  I’ll be back tomorrow with some pictures.  Of my family, in case you were wondering.

How was your weekend?

I’m back.

I guess I’ve been MIA for a while, huh?  Well, it wasn’t really intentional, it’s just that we’ve had a shit ton of stuff going on around here and quite honestly, I wasn’t all that motivated to write about it.  I’m back now so let’s catch up.

soccer

First and foremost, how freakin long are the World Cup Games?  I mean, jeez Louise, it’s been weeks since I’ve seen Kelly and Ryan and I’m starting to wonder if soccer is a permanent part of the Fox Network now.  No offense for those of you who love soccer, it’s just a bit much for me.

And also, has anyone else noticed the similarities here?

I’m just sayin.  Is it just me or do you see it?

I haven’t been running since Friday so obviously I’ve had a lot of time on my hands.

MacGyver is buying all the bells and whistles for the new boat.  He’s purchased new drink holders, and hatch covers, and rod holders and such but most importantly, he bought this:

Hank in his life vest

Hank has already roamed around the boat a bit while it sat in the yard.  Boomer hasn’t been in it yet.  I’m so excited to take them out in the new one because now Boomer has a place to lay down when he gets too hot or tired.

I might even put their favorite rug in there.

dogs

Seriously, how cute are they?

It’s been raining a lot here.  The good news is my flowers are growing like weeds and the mallards have become permanent fixtures so were happy with that.

My mother in law is doing a bit better.  She just had round two of the chemo treatments and is handling them very well.  She hasn’t thrown up at all which is wonderful news.  The treatments have been hard on her stomach though and after the first treatment she developed an ulcer which bled a lot and landed her in the hospital again.  We have to watch carefully to make sure that doesn’t happen again but, other than that, the side effects haven’t been too bad.

And as I mentioned, I haven’t really been running all that much.  The reason is because last week I started feeling short of breath again.  I didn’t really mention it to MacGyver at first but then I told him and my mom about it.  I’m a bit worried because of the pulmonary nodules that they found last year.  I had attributed it to the topamax since I had issues with breathing once I started taking it and I thought because I went off of it, the breathing issues would go away.

They came back and also when I was weeding the yard last week I got dizzy when I stood up and felt like I would pass out.  This and the breathing have me worried.  Unfortunately I can’t get into see the pulmonologist until August 3rd so I won’t know anything until then.  And until that time, I’m gonna,

Dr. Google

It’s a really short week with the fourth being on a Wednesday so MacGyver and I are heading to Nokomis for a little break and Lord knows,  I need it.

What have you been up to lately?

Hey from Nokomis!

Good Morning.  I’m coming to you live this morning from here,

Nokomis House

That’s our Nokomis house.  Currently I’m sitting by those 3 tall windows typing on the computer, not that you really needed to know that but in any case, that’s where I am.

We came down Friday late in the afternoon.  I had planned on doing some running but I didn’t run at all over the weekend.  I did go walking on the trail though, with Hank on Saturday.

Hanky

That’s not my horrible picture taking skills, it’s because Hank is so fast he blurs out in pictures.  Yeah, that’s what it is.

On Saturday MacGyver and I went to a few garage sales in the morning and then we went over to Englewood to visit with his parents.  My Mother in law hasn’t been feeling well so we wanted to go spend some time with her.

Later in the afternoon they came back over to our house so they could see the new baby bird we’re rehabbing and visited with us for a while.  It was a very low key and relaxing day.  That night however, MacGyver and I got to work on the landscaping because I had some weeding to do and he needed to mow the lawn.  Sometimes it seems like we spend half of our life working in the yard…because we do!

When I woke up on Sunday morning I just didn’t feel like running so instead MacGyver and I went out on the boat really early.

Venice Inlet

It was really early and the sky was a bit overcast.  I actually saw a wood stork fly over with something in its mouth.

wood stork

Just a few seconds later we saw another one fly over.

wood stork

They were carrying nesting materials.  It looks like the stork is gonna be delivering her own baby 😉

We headed out toward the Venice Inlet and I was taking a ton of pictures because like MacGyver always says, I only have 5,000 of the same pictures of the same inlet and probably the same dolphin so I must need more.

If you enlarge this picture you might be able to see that dolphin.

dolphn picture

They were doing some kind of diving thing at the inlet and there were police boats keeping everyone away from the divers.  MacGyver and I really didn’t see anything except at one point when they pulled a bench out of the water so I have no idea what they were doing.

Venice Inlet

We caught a few snapper and then I caught some of the absolutely smallest fish I have ever seen and so after a few hours, I called it and we went in.  MacGyver went back out for a few hours later and got a few really nice redfish while I took a nap with the dogs and the birds.

Later in the day we went over to the hospital because my Mother in law had to be admitted.  We are very glad that she got some immediate attention and that they are taking such good care of her , fortunately, the situation can be repaired and she should be just fine but we’ve decided to stay in Nokomis as long as we can so we can be here for her and my father in law if they need us.  I’m sure MacGyver is going to get in a little fishing too. 😉

I got up this morning a little more motivated and actually ran 5 miles on the Legacy Trail.

I can definitely tell that Summer is here but it felt a little drier this morning and not so humid.  It was actually nice.  I can honestly say that it was one of those runs I really enjoyed.  Of course, now, I need to get to work.

What did you do this weekend?