Clearly, my life revolves around food. I’m always thinking about what my next meal will be. I have a basket of snacks on my desk at all times. My mind is never void of chocolate or tea or sushi. BUT, there are certain moments that turn into days and sometimes into weeks that I simply can’t make it into the kitchen or take the time to type up a recipe along with my thoughts and best-effort photos. That, my friends, is why I’m starting this ‘What’s New’ thang. As you are well aware, I’m kind of a creeper. My blog has the word “stalker” in it for pete’s sake. I like watching other blogger’s videos, seeing vacay photos, and being just plain nosy. So, in an effort to keep all the other creeper/stalker’s intrigued, I thought I’d vent a little in my space. You may have noticed the blog experienced some radio silence for a while. September’s been packed to the BRIM. Between birthdays, doctor visits, house guests, and more it’s felt like months versus weeks have passed.
It all started in the middle of the night with some INTENSE stomach pain. As I shared during my Whole30 journey, I have IBS (irritable bowel syndrome – gross, I know). This pain was in no way related to anything I had ever experienced before. I got nervous because it was out of nowhere upper right quadrant pain. I thought for sure it had to be my gallbladder even though I had no fever. So, after one day of sticking it out, I gave in and headed to the doc. She sent me to the hospital for an ultrasound and labs to rule out the gallbladder. Good news: it wasn’t my gallbladder. Ahhhhh, relief. But then confusion. So, what the heck was it?
After more tests, doctor’s, CT scans, an IV, and much unpleasantness, it was determined I have a benign liver hemangioma. What the what? I know. Basically, tangled blood vessels in my liver. You’re usually born with it and most people never have symptoms and aren’t even aware they have it. My lucky self, on the other hand, have every single symptom possible. Ugh. Right now we’re in a holding mode on more tests and results. Thankfully, my pain has decreased immensely. More to come on my sad lil liver once the experts have figured it all out.
As I was mid-dealing with the pain and tests, my great Aunt from Holland secretly arrived for my Mom’s 60th birthday party. I had three days with the woman I hadn’t seen in 20+ years and was SO excited. Our first night together I asked Tante (Dutch for Aunt) Francis what she liked to watch on TV. Her answer: “MasterChef” At that moment, the bond of family had never been so tight =) I’m kidding, but after that all we pretty much talked about was food. I grabbed my notebook and picked her brain! (Authentic Indonesian recipes coming to the blog, woot!)
A few days later party day was upon us! We somehow pulled it all together and shocked the heck out of my 60 year old Mama. She had NO CLUE. Then, we presented her with friends and family from literally around the country. Tears were everywhere and it was awesome. Thanks to all who traveled, took time, and made this day so very, very special. Major shout out to Stan the Man, Crystal (the party planning queen), and Elisa & Andi (our sneaky diversions)!
Post-party, we rested. I threw an IV and CT scan in for good measure the next day thanks to the bum liver. Then, Glen Ivy. Ahhhhh…. My “vacation” finally felt like a vacay the day before I headed back to work. Spending time in a beautiful place with my dear Aunt and Mama = priceless. The days off were definitely not what I had planned or hoped for but they gave me a new perspective. I’m so very grateful for my health, the hubs who has been by my side and spent his fair share of time in waiting rooms, for family, and just for life in general. I was ready and excited to get back to the grind and see my long, lost co-workers/friends!
I meant for September to bring Whole30 meal planning and menus to you, pumpkin ALL the things, and lots-o-fall recipes. I admit defeat in all of the above but know that it’s coming. I cracked open my first can of pumpkin and can’t wait to pretend it’s fall even though it’s still 100 degrees in So Cal. Thanks, friends, for hanging in there with me!