Tuesday, December 6

I made it through Monday...

...and all I got was this lousy blog post.

Yesterday was a whole bunch of "lots to do" at work blended with a heavy helping of complete and utter uselessness. I had a weekly report due. Mistakes I didn't even realize I'd made came back to haunt me. I felt guilty for taking this Friday off for the zillionth time. And it all got finished/resolved/absolved, but...

Yinz, can I be a little whiny for a minute? Indulge in a little medical overshare and self-pity, perhaps? I am tired.

After I got out of the hospital in October, I was supposed to start taking iron supplements. Because of the internal bleeding, I have "temporary anemia" -- not nearly as cool as temporary amnesia, which I think could be quite a trip -- and in order to avoid these symptoms, I'm supposed to take the little red pills they gave me. Except it's hard for me to remember. Oh, and it isn't just forgetfulness. I also loathe them.

I stopped taking them around Thanksgiving, about the time I started cutting back on my coffee habit. You see, in the beginning I put the pills right next to our Keurig, and I took them every morning. But since I fell off the wagon, I haven't hopped back on. It's been, what, 10 days since I stopped taking them? Between the headaches and the occasional shakiness and the general sense of "must nap now," I think I need to start again.

I can't imagine what it's like for people who have serious chronic medical conditions. This is a temporary thing, and it's quite mild. But it's given me a whole new appreciation for my health (perhaps I should put that appreciation into action and actually take the damn pills).

Oh, and per friend and fellow blogger Abby's suggestion, I have started eating a small breakfast for the sole purpose of drinking coffee again sans scorching heartburn. So the hated pills will go right next to the Keurig again, and between the iron and the caffeine, I should be back on track soon.

Please to come back tomorrow for a much more fun, festive post!


  1. Is there an unspoken blogsphere rule that if you're mentioned in a post you feel unwavering devotion to the author and an unshakable need to comment on said post? Because that's how I feel. I had to be next to you. I was being drawn to you (name that movie). Gosh I'm clingy.

    Anywho... YAY for small breakfasts and coffee consumption! Allow me to share my two favorite breakfast tricks. Every few weeks I make a batch of muffins. I eat about 5 of them (whoops) then individually freeze the rest of the batch. If you wrap them in saran wrap then put them in a ziplock bag they freeze beautifully. I take a muffin out of the freezer the night before and I'm all set for the next day. My favorite healthy (but still chocolate!) muffin recipe can be found here:

    My other trick is to make a big batch of steel cut oats in the crock pot while I'm cooking at night, then to divy the batch up in to-go containers. The steel cut oats really hold up through the reheating, and they're healthier than the quick oat packets. I either eat them plain or mashup some banana when I'm feeling fancy.

    I hope Tuesday treats you well :)

  2. THE NOTEBOOK! A definite favorite at the Stevenson household, because I love romance and Kyle loves Rachel McAdams.

    And yes, I always feel I must comment on posts where I'm linked (no pressure though, you don't have to do that, I just wanted to give you props for a great suggestion!)

    Those muffins sound AMAZING! I am super-duper impressed by your breakfasts. When I say I'm eating "small breakfasts," I mean I'm popping English muffins in the toaster and then slathering them with butter -- delish, but lazy and unhealthy! Such is my life, actually :)