Tonsils Takedown Round 2!

It’s round 2, I’m backed against the ropes, bruised and exhausted . . . sighs . .

Last Wednesday I felt so much better that I stupidly went to work for a half day, but I felt good! Slept well, throat wasn’t sore, I was happy. When I left work, I went to the grocery store, cooked a pot-roast with potatoes and cleaned my kitchen, by 9pm I was tired. As I sat on the couch watching TV I started itching; immediately thinking it was stress and I thought it would stop soon. An hour later, I’m scratching my chin so intensely that the left side of my face is red. For those of you that don’t know what I look like, I am a dark skin black female so for my face to  be red . . . that’s a problem. So since it was now after 10pm and I was itching all over, I called Urgent Care and told them I believe I am having an allergic reaction. They told me to stop taking the Augmentin and take a benadryl if that doesn’t work, come back immediately . After I got off the phone I frantically searched my apartment for allergy meds, but could not find any!  Once i realized I was SOL it was 11:15pm, the skin around my eyes and lips were burning, so I went to the nearby Safeway that claims to stay open until midnight, but the doors were locked. I got back in my car and drove around looking for a 24- hour something! About 2 miles away I found a  24-hour CVS, thank god! Popped a benadryl, and was able to finally sleep closer to 1am . . . .obviously I didn’t go to work the next day.

Thursday morning I went back to Urgent Care and they prescribed a new antibiotic something called “Z-packs” for short. But I didn’t trust it . . .. It will be a year next month that I’ve been living in VA and I have yet to find  a Primary Care Physician (PCP) , which is kind of a good thing, it shows I haven’t been that sick. My PCP is in Maryland about a 35 min drive away without traffic. After I left Urgent Care I called my PCP and asked if I could see her soon, they said sure and I was able to get an appointment that day at 3pm. I tell my PCP of my life experiences in the past few days and she jokes with me saying, “See! you should have came here first, those people in Urgent Care don’t know what they’re doing!” . . . I laughed and said, “Well you guys were not open on Sunday when I could barely swallow” lol. After joking, she said lets take a look at your throat, that smile immediately disappeared. “Krystal your tonsils are still severely swollen, you have to take that new antibiotic they prescribed with a benadryl just in case you might have an allergic reaction.  And I highly suggest you go see the ENT.

Great! . . .  freaking wonderful!! . . . .

She took a few swabs of my tonsils and blood work and I’m currently awaiting the results. Due to the horrible traffic since it is the DMV and a day before the presidential inauguration, it took me 2.5 hours to get to my local pharmacy back in Virginia. By  the time I arrived, my throat was severely swollen I could barely talk.

Today was the last day of taking the antibiotics and my tonsils are still huge and my throat still feels swollen. I cannot afford any additional health expenses. I’m still paying off the root canal and crown that was barely covered by my dental insurance, a $2100 bill. If tonsil removal surgery is not 100% covered, I’m not doing it. I see my PCP again on Friday and if the swelling does not go down by then and tonsils are still infected . . . I just might cry . . . lol

Life is so crazy! My tummywoes are finally calm and I’m seeing my GI this week to discuss possibly going off Humira. But in the past few months other parts of my body  are just falling apart . 2017 has been something else already!! smh

 

Can I have a drink? Of course! :)

I just realized that I have not had a cup of coffee or a beer in two years! That’s so crazy!! But, I have become a “wine connoisseur” lately, it doesn’t bother my gut. In addition to vodka and gin, wine is one alcoholic drink that does not make me violently ill.

I have discovered a new pastime, Winery Day Trips! I’ve been to 4 since July. It’s low energy, good time with friends, and bougie as hell and I love it! lol  It’s one of the few times when I am relaxing and having fun. After an entire day of drinking a person with a normal immune system would be exhausted so how do I do it? I don’t! I still suffer, but there are little things I do to prevent me from becoming violently ill.

This past weekend was my 3rd trip to a winery and I  prepared by buying Gatorade, Imodium, and granola bars. Staying hydrated is key, I purposely drink Gatorade all day and the next. Before leaving my apartment I did not eat anything but a granola bar, being on a bus for more than an hour I wanted nothing to irritate my stomach, but brought Imodium just in case.

Throughout our winery trip, I had a glass, then another, and many more followed, while snacking on multi-grain and butter crackers, salami, and various dips, luckily I was okay. The killer was the hibachi grill after the winery, my stomach looked like I was 7 months preggers on my way home . . .  must have been the garlic. I spent the next day on the couch with painkillers and drinking Gatorade once again . . .But I felt pretty good today, proud of myself that I can still have a little fun 🙂

Still waiting on the blood work results . . . sighs . . as always remaining hopeful and taking one day at a time. .  .

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Wow!! Thank you guys for all the support! I started this blog last year as a coping mechanism, a  way of dealing with this major lifestyle change of having IBD. I started writing not knowing what I was talking about, but just documenting my daily struggles. 

Thanks to all of you for joining me on this journey and the continued support.

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I attract crazy . . .

Roommate drama is at an all time high. Crazy roommate want to leave a month early and expected us to find a replacement. Who’s going to move into an apartment for one month in February?!?! Today is January 30th, and we have obviously not been able to find a replacement. Me and the other roommate tried to have a civil conversation with crazy girl to explain how silly she was acting, she was not having it and said things that would involve her “lawyer”. After that conversation things really haven’t gotten any better. And the other roommate who keeps trying to help is making matters worst. I have two roommates one is batshit crazy, the other is severely passive aggressive and doesn’t even know it. I’m in the middle like what the hell is going on?!?! From all this drama I went to bed around 8pm with a migraine and my neck killing me, I had to sleep with a neck pillow.

The passive aggressive roommate said to me, Krystal you never argue. I half smiled. I have too much stress in my life to argue with crazy people. Arguing with a crazy person is like talking in a calm voice to a person that’s waving their arms and screaming, it’s a waste of energy. So I told her with the stress at my job, recent car accident and my damaged car, oh! and I have Crohn’s, I don’t have the time or energy to deal with people and their pride.

Been in Panera Bread since 11am it is now 2:15pm. I’ll be leaving soon, scheduled a facial at a nearby spa. I need to relax somehow, pray for me lol  Less than a month away until I move into my own place. Thank goodness.

Remission it is!!

I walked into the endoscopy center nervous  and exhausted. Only having two hours of sleep, and a meal of chicken broth and jello the day before, I just wanted to get it over with. I was called to the back and the nurse that greeted me gave me a big smile which eased my nerves. After signing some paperwork and changing into a gown I laid in the bed while she was preparing the IV. Out of the blue she said to me”You’re so brave, my daughter who’s 26 is just a big baby” I slightly chuckled and smiled in response. That was very sweet of her to say, but I really just wanted her to insert the IV without it being painful lol . .  Of course it was painful lol

Soon after I was taken to the room and  small talked with my GI who was in a chipper mood, he looked good lol I quickly passed out. The anesthesiologist did a good job, I woke up fully alert. After drinking my fruit punch juice box I was sitting crossed leg in the bed looking at pictures of my colon while chit-chatting with the nurse waiting for my GI. A completely different vibe than last year’s colonoscopy, I was like a pro and a little too comfortable.

After my colonoscopy my GI stated that if he did not know my medical history he would not have been able to tell by how good my colon looked. He said it looks like I have a normal colon, he was a happy man lol I have never seen him smile so much lol  The only things he noticed was Localized erythema with no bleeding in the rectum, cold forceps were performed and non-bleeding internal hemorrhoids. Definitely an improvement.

The exiting news according to my GI is that I have reached remission! I will have to remain on Humira for now, but will start weaning off the other drugs. First one is the infamous Prednisone, which by mid January I will be completely off the drug! I’m more excited getting off Prednisone than remission to be honest lol.

I guess Humira was my saving grace . . . It’s nice to have happy news going into the New Year. I am very grateful.