a friday list.

by Janetha on February 17, 2012

in random rambles

it’s the end of the week. this one has dragged for me for some reason. couldn’t tell you why, but i know i am welcoming the weekend with open arms.

haven’t been random for a minute. here’s a list. you love lists and you know it.

1. i just spent $51 on instagram magnets.

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yeah, did you know you can turn your instagram photos into magnets?! and did you know it’s very hard to only pick nine.. so i picked 36. what?

2. there is absolutely nothing randy will not eat (drink).

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found this in the yard this morning. the box is empty, FYI. we have kept the chicken stock on the garage floor for over a year, but he JUST NOW decided he wants to eat (drink) it. why, randy.. why?!?

oh, i also found this on the dog bed when i got home the other day…

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…meaning he unburied it from a special spot and tried to open it when he wanted a snack, but failed miserably. probably due to his lack of having thumbs. i am sure the NEW FORMULA is what caught his attention and made him bury it in the first place.

3. speaking of randy, he is in a contest. vote for him.

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i entered randy into the worst behaved dog contest. i don’t think i need to explain why. you can vote every day and i would REALLY appreciate your votes. the winner gets a year of doggy daycare! vote here.

4. speaking of doggy daycare…

i am looking into it! my basset hound loving blog friend, betty, takes her pup, scout, to daycare and he comes home pooped every night. (by the way it is her dog, scout’s, first birthday! happy birthday, scout!)

marshall and i leave penny and randy for hours and hours during the day. it’s not fair. they need to be entertained. i have shopped around and read reviews and they now have an interview scheduled at desert dog daycare—it’s $24 a day for both of them. not bad, not bad at all. plus it’s close to my office, so it would be very convenient. oh, one more plus is that my sister in law stacy’s pup goes there, so they would be able to play with their cousin!

they have to pass the interview which consists of hanging out with the other dogs for 7 hours without misbehaving.. so cross your fingers that all goes well. as long as there are no larabars around, i think they will do fine.

5. this weekend is the first of many traveling family potluck dinners.

my sister in law lindsay is a genius. my whole family (minus my sister in california) lives in the same town, but we rarely ALL get together. linds decided that once a month, a family will host a sunday dinner. the host family will make the main dish and every one else will bring side dishes and dessert.

sunday we are all going to lindsay and doug’s for taco salad. i am in charge of dessert. i want to keep with the theme, so i am going to make tres leches cake! i did some googling and alton brown’s recipe has the best reviews. i am not surprised, alton’s recipes are always a hit.

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also.. i have been wanting to try my hand at horchata for awhile now because it is marshall’s fave. i decided that a mexican family fiesta is a great excuse to make horchata. i am going to try out this recipe because it had great reviews. wish me luck!

6. i have a very strange appointment tomorrow.

so i haven’t talked about my gut issues for awhile, have i? well if you have been following that whole thing.. here’s the latest. warning: i am going to talk about poop. i stopped taking the amitiza almost immediately after i started because it caused way too much pain. i stopped taking it about a week before mexico. anyway, i pooped once in mexico and that was because i took a laxative. i took it because i was dyyying and it was an absolute last resort. you see, i am not supposed to take laxatives because my whole problem is i have a lazy colon, and laxatives just make a lazy colon even lazier and trick it into thinking it does not have to do its job.

soo, anyway, i came back from mexico and have pooped twice since then. that means that i have gone three times in the past 3 weeks. oh, and i have been in extreme pain. really really reallllly painful pain. it blows. my GI doctor is kind of failing me right now. he wants me to get another test done that would cost a whole bunch of money, and since it is a new year, that means i would have to meet another $1000 insurance deductible.. plus pay 20% of all tests after the deductible is met. oh, and depending on the results of this test, i would either have to have part of my colon removed or i would have to take medicine for the rest of my life.

YEAH! that sounds awesome.

i have only gone to one GI for my problems. before i do this super expensive test, i want to get some second opinions. i also want to try some alternative methods for relief. i am looking into other doctors, both standard GIs and naturopaths (if you know of any in utah, let a sister know!) but in the meantime, i need to clean out my freaking pipes!!

a few of you lovely blog friends have turned me onto the idea of colon hydrotherapy.  it’s basically exactly what you are thinking (if you are thinking anything…) they go into your colon with filtered water, waste is softened, loosened, and removed. it’s similar to a colonoscopy cleanse, but without all the not-eating-for-two-days, taking-a-zillion-laxatives, and sitting-on-the-toilet-for-hours business. it cleans you out. it’s like an oil change. for your butt.

sounds fun, right?!

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i know it’s not a solution to my problems, but it at least will give me a little relief. it’s basically like getting a massage. if you have back problems, a massage feels great! it doesn’t fix the problems, but man.. you sure feel great for a little while afterward. that’s what i am after with this colon hydrotherapy appointment.

it’s tomorrow. at three o’clock. i am excited.. and a liiiittle nervous. you better believe i will keep you posted!

well, that seems like a good note to end this list on.

do you have any fun weekend plans?

xo. janetha g.

p.s. love crunch winner is sara! congrats.

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Life's a Bowl February 18, 2012 at 7:39 am

Haha Randy is ridiculously adorable and funny! Totes TMI, but I can relate to your GI problems… Tomorrow I have to do an all clear liquid diet in preparation for the colonoscopy I’m having on Monday [YUCK]. I’m not sure what I’m dreading more- a day without food or having to have a colonoscopy?! Regardless, two days of no activity and sitting on the couch with an achy butt doesn’t sound like my ideal way of spending a 3-day weekend :/

The Delicate Place February 18, 2012 at 7:47 am

the pups are acting out lol maybe doggy daycare would be a good idea? at least it’s cheaper than kid daycare yikes, that’s just another reason why my uterus is on strike forever!

oh the gut…what a wonderfully complicated system. this sounds bizarre but have you thought about taking 1-2tbsp of extra virgin olive oil morning and evening? i know you get plenty of fiber and drink tons of water but it helps well lube the system so to speak ;) maybe it would help move things along? anyhow i hope you find out some answers soon! x

Cameo February 18, 2012 at 7:59 am

Randy kills me! I showed my fiance the pics and we both laughed. We have a naughty dog too! I don’t think mine would pass the doggie daycare test. She thinks she is better than all other dogs and acts accordingly….oye.

Calee February 18, 2012 at 8:30 am

Two things:

One — randy is hilarious. Seriously. A dog that SAVES treats for later? Awesome.

Two — I feel your poopin’ pain. Due to my laxative abuse in college, I have similar issues, and I REFUSE to take a laxative if at all possible, because it does just make the problem worse. Miralax is my go-to because it’s not a stimulant and it works by drawing water back into the bowel (gross). But it doesn’t offer immediate relief.

Ironically I heard about Miralax from a doctor (GI) that told me that I just need to take laxatives. Yes. And I told her I used to abuse them. That, to me, was like prescribing a drug addict heroin.

This is what led me to the gluten-free thing. Which I hate, but it’s worked for me. I discovered that by cutting ALL starchy carbs out (yikes!) and adding them back in slowly to find out if anything was a culprit.

Anyway. OUCH. Once a week? I might die. I remember once that I had a similar situation, so I grabbed my cell phone and went out running. I swore I was going to run until I pooped, even if I pooped my pants (you get desperate). 8 miles later, I made it home with the WORST stomach cramps ever and doubled over in pain … the one time running didn’t make me have to poop.

sofia February 18, 2012 at 8:35 am

duuude. i did the colon hydrotherapy thing once. it’s definitely weird and mildly uncomfortable, but not so bad. not sure if it’s a long-term fix (didn’t solve my problems, sadly) but it does provide some relief. good luck lady! sorry you’ve been having so many issues with this stuff :( if it makes you feel any better i have similar stuff going on. AWESOME. happy saturday? ;)

Calee February 18, 2012 at 8:47 am

Oh, and I just thought of something completely hilarious (now) that was so horribly uncomfortable when it happened.

Over Christmas break (work at a University, still get breaks) I was at my BFs parents’ house and was having a similar situation. It was like 6 days at this point. New Years Eve. At the movies.

I sat down and my JEANS BROKE. I’m talking the button flew off AND the freaking zipper pulled apart. Two teeth went missing (favorite jeans too).

I managed to not make a huge deal out of it in front of his parents, but we ended up skipping his brother’s awesome NYE party in favor of “breaking out the big guns” as we call it (getting a stupid stimulant laxative). We didn’t even get champagne because they quit selling it in MN at 10 PM (whoa. seriously? yeah.). Ugh.

Lori Z. February 18, 2012 at 8:51 am

I voted and shared on facebook. I love the picture you used. Randy looks so ashamed!
My daughter had to make Tres Leches cake for a school project last month and it was a huge hit with all the kids!
Good luck with you appt. Hope it helps!!

Katie February 18, 2012 at 9:34 am

I voted for Randy! What a little stinker.

And I hope that hydrotherapy whips your colon into shape! Good luck!

Amanda February 18, 2012 at 9:45 am

Ugh. Gut issues suck, I am with you on that one. Lately I’ve been getting swollen in the tum for no good reason. It used to only happen when I accidently ate something with gluten but now it’s happening at random times. My GI doc is expensive and I’m dreading going back. I’m actually looking into doing a cleanse/anti-inflammatory diet to see if that helps. (Wow, rambling about myself! You’ll have to let us know how the colon hydrotherapy goes. I’ve been curious!)

I wish androids had instagram! Boo.

crossing fingers for a good doggie daycare solution.

Hannah (Hannah Lives) February 18, 2012 at 9:53 am

Good Luck with hydrotherapy! I hope it goes well, and you feel a ton better afterward! I also hope a new doctor, and multiple opinions give you a solution you are more comfortable witH!

On a funnier note, I read that last sentence as, “That SMELLS like a good note to end this list on.”

I’m gross. Sorry.

meggi February 18, 2012 at 10:13 am

Good luck with your GI stuff!! I really hope the cleanse helps!

Elaine February 18, 2012 at 10:18 am

randy makes me smile :) every time i read about him and his naughty boy ways, i just laugh so hard! he’s way too smart for his own good!

so speaking of weird therapies, i’m going to go next week to do a foot detox. your feet sit in a tub of negatively charged salt water and it pulls toxins out of your feet since they have the largest pores. my friend went this past wk and posted pics – DISGUSTING!! which is why i HAVE to try it now to see what it will suck out of me :)

anyway, that was just to take your mind off of your own appt – good luck!

Ida February 18, 2012 at 11:55 am

I’ve never tried a colonic, but I’m curious to hear about your experience. I’ve heard that they can actually stimulate the colon and help improve the muscle function- so it might actually help you long term. Regardless your GI issues sound beyond frustrating, and I hope you get some relief soon!

Erin February 18, 2012 at 12:46 pm

Hi Janetha,

I’ve actually tried to comment before on a previous post concerning GI issues, but it didn’t go through :(.

Anyways, I also suffer from extreme GI symptoms including excessive bloating after eating anything (like, 3rd trimester pregnant belly every day), chronic, severe constipation, stomach, liver, gallbladder, and intestinal pain, ect. ect. ect. Too much to list. And I’m too tired anyways :).

I’m 25 y/o, and for the past decade+ have tried everything under the sun, including several dozen homeopathic/natural remedies and several dietary programs. I have some ideas that may help you out, but it would probably be easier to just chat on the phone if you’re up for it! If so, just shoot me an email and we’ll work it out!

Hope you feel better!

Erin

PS – Start taking some Magnesium. Mag Cit or Mag Oxide should be fine even just a cheap drugstore brand. You may get diarrhea, so watch out if you take it before work (I work at home and sometimes just have a couple of quick diarrhea bouts a day if I take it the night before). Trust me, though – health-wise, it’s MUCH better out than in!

PPS – ignore the blog, it’s brand new, but keep your eye out for it because I’ll be sharing a lot more information about what I find to help me fix my body :o). Probably including a lot of poop talk, lol

Janetha February 29, 2012 at 12:30 pm

Hey Erin! Thanks for your tips. I have tried Magnesium Citrate before and it didn’t do much for me. When I drank a whole bottle for my colonoscopy, it didn’t do anything. I am a freak of nature! Haha.

BroccoliHut February 18, 2012 at 12:53 pm

Hope the appointment goes well!

Annette@EnjoyYourHealthyLife February 18, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Oh man! Girl, I hope it all goes well! I will ask my MIL (she lives in UT) if she knows anyone. She is all into natural meds and has done amazing things for her hubby’s diabetes and her weight.

LOVE that you made those magnets! SO cute!!

Susan February 19, 2012 at 6:34 am

I am 100% buying some Buster magnets!! I was so impressed that Randy could even smell the broth through the box, until I remembered he’s a basset hound. I bet his keen sense of smell isn’t making these food troubles any better! I bet doggy day care will help. I’ve only heard good things about it from people who send their dogs there.

Also, I can’t believe your GI doctor isn’t taking this a little more seriously? When I was on chemo, constipation was one of the worst side effects. I thankfully could take laxatives for it, but the doctors told me to call them ASAP if I went 4 or more days without pooping. I can’t imagine only going once a week. A lot of people sort of wave it off because they don’t like to talk about poop, but not being able to go sucks bigtime. Good for you for getting other opinions. Hope the appointment provided some relief!

Sarah February 19, 2012 at 7:34 am

Sorry to hear about your constipation woes (I hate being constipated, it sucks big time!). I’ve thought many times about getting a colonic. Hope it was therapeutic and helpful xxx

Tiffany @ Snack Snark Bark February 19, 2012 at 8:00 am

$24 for both dogs isn’t bad at all! I want to start taking Lincoln to doggy day care just two or three days a week but can’t do it until my financial situation is more stable. It just breaks my heart being away for 10 hours a day with him doing nothing you know?

Oh Randy, why is he being so piggy-licious? I can say that because Lincoln has been trying to eat anything thats on the ground when we go for a walk. I call him my little piglet :)

Felicia (Natural + Balanced) February 19, 2012 at 11:37 am

wow , feel better i hope it went well. i can’t imagine how uncomfortable you must be :(

Katie February 19, 2012 at 2:34 pm

Just wondered how your appointment went? I’ve got similar issues, but imagine a lot of it is thanks to a crummy diet. I tried the Colon Hyrdotherapy and it was AMAZING, well, you know, as amazing as having a stream of water shot up your ass can be. My tummy never felt so soft! Hope it went well for you, too. I’d definitely do it again, I feel like the result could justify the expense.

Janetha February 20, 2012 at 2:15 pm

It went well! I have another appointment Thursday.

Abby @ Abz 'n' Oats February 19, 2012 at 6:46 pm

Ahh! I love Sticky Grams! My sister made me a bunch of magnets for Christmas and they are just so stinking cute! :)

Amanda February 20, 2012 at 1:44 am

Good luck Janetha! I hope you can find a solution soon!

penny February 20, 2012 at 3:49 pm

I voted for Randy!

So many of us have gut issues and I am thankful to see this long list of replies so we can all learn from others issues!

Hope you find your answer fast! Praying for a quick healing!

Liz @ Southern Charm February 22, 2012 at 2:37 pm

I started taking my dog to day camp a month ago … I’m OBSESSED! She comes back exhausted and (bc I stalk her on the web cams) is a lot better with other dogs!

I love it too because on the days I send her, I do all my errands after work, before I pick her up and don’t feel the least bit guilty for taking so long!

Kait February 22, 2012 at 2:47 pm

I am so excited to hear about your hydrotherapy experience. Hope that doesn’t make me weird! I’m so scared to try it but Kris highly highly recommends it in Crazy Sexy Diet and I think I might ask around at our local natural food store to find someone who does it.

Anyway, Kris writes that in the beginning you made need a series of appts to get your body into alignment. She also recommends taking a pro-biotic the day after to help replenish your intestinal flora. Interestingly enough, she also writes, “Think of colon therapy like a workout: The gently pressure from the water actually tones and rebuilds your muscles by making peristalsis stronger.” <–aka JUST what you need. So it may be a good solution after all!

I'm done geeking out about bodily functions now. :)

holly (yo soul sista from another much taller curly haired mista) February 28, 2012 at 11:20 am

stickygram. oh em gee. genius.

i am going to order right now…

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