This is the first Monday since I started Crockpot Monday that I do not have a crockpot recipe for you!
I wanted to talk a little about my health, which I haven’t talked about for a while! The last time, I had mentioned I was going to give up dairy and see if that helped my stomach issues. That was really hard for me! I was eating yogurt pretty much everyday, and a lot of cheese. I don’t drink cow’s milk – when I need milk, I pretty much have almond milk. I came up with a substitute for non dairy yogurt, but cheese still was my weakness!
Just this last week, I have been adding back in some dairy. I think there are certain things I can have, but certain things (like yogurt) still seem to bother me! I’m trying not to go crazy with it, but I am having some cheese when I want it.
Salads! The perfect time to add some cheese, right?
This last month has been rough on me. A dear friend of mine passed away, work has been stressful, and on top of that I have been having my own health struggles. For the last 3-4 weeks, I have been experiencing a ringing in my ears. It is constant – ir is there when I wake up, there when I go to sleep – and while it isn’t physically painful, it sure is annoying! This last week it either started to get worse, or I just noticed it more. If I am in a loud room, I won’t notice it as much, but when I come home at night or am by myself, it seems so much louder.
I finally went to the doctor to have it checked out, and it was diagnosed as tinnitus – a ringing or buzzing in the ears. It isn’t a disease, more of a condition. There really isn’t a lot known about it, because it is rather subjective – for example, I can hear the buzzing, but no one else can. Tinnitus can be caused by many different things – loud noises, medication, medical conditions, etc. There is no cure, but there are ways for dealing with it. I do feel very lucky – so many people have health issues that are painful and make it different to live a normal life. I am blessed to be able to work out, work at my job, move around, and still do the things I love to do. Like cooking!! And I have a wonderfully supportive husband
Sometimes I get tired of thinking about it – is it still ringing? Which ear is it ringing in? Is it louder than it was before? The doctor gave me an exercise that I can do that involves lying down and moving your head in different angles; however, after you do the exercise you can’t lie down for 24 hours.
I am going to try some herbal treatments – tinnitus is said to be caused by poor circulation around the ears, and ginkgo is a wondering herb to assist with circulation. I have started taking a ginkgo tincture, as well as different forms of the herb. I’ll have to see if that has any impact!
Another thing that has helped me is my eye pillow! I usually don’t have problems falling asleep, but this last week I have! I use it every night on my pillow to help me fall asleep. I love it! I sure made it at the right time! I have also been making this sleepy tea before I go to bed.
My tinnitus does seem to get worse in stressful situations, so I try to stay calm and take it easy. (yeah right!!!) When I was at the doctors, they also gave me a tetanus shot because I haven’t had one … oh since I probably was 14.facebook page that I wasn’t feeling well and just shut myself off! Or tried to.
Then I started to get worried that I hadn’t cooked anything, and I needed at least to get some food prepared for lunches this week! I am not the kind of person – ever really – to buy frozen meals, although I did consider buying a rotisserie chicken for about 2 seconds .. then I realized how expensive it was, and how tiny the chicken was! So I bought a whole chicking, and got up at 6am on Saturday, and put a chicken in the oven
So where does this leave me? I have some things to work through, that is for sure. The paperwork I got from the doctors office said that tinnitus can lead to depression … you think? I have been kinda down and depressed thinking that I am in my 30s and too young to be losing my hearing! I don’t know for sure that I have hearing loss, but that does accompany tinnitus. I’m trying to focus on the positive, and how blessed and lucky I really am to have 2 boys (one dog, one human) that love me so much.
One bonus – every time I went to bed this weekend in the middle of the day, I had a partner! Sammy is like … you are sleeping in the middle of the day? I wanna come!!
I had to rely on quick meals this week, because I just didn’t have the motivation to make anything to eat.
Kayln’s tuna salad made an appearance – this is so good and easy to make!
I have also been eating a ton of guacamole. I love the stuff! I like mine simple: 1 mashed avocado, a little red onion, 1/2 a lime (juiced), and some salt and pepper. Sometimes, I will add a tomato.
I love this stuff! On salads, by itself, or with Food Should Taste Good Sweet Potato chips – my fav! I also found some chicken sausages that we both LOVE, and grilling those has been quick and easy. I’m trying not to feel too bad – summer is a good time to take it easy food wise, I think!
Question: Did you have a good weekend? I hope so!