Added some summery things to @kaleighscloset on Instagram today.
Today, I visited an area Equestrian Center for children with special needs with one of my clients. It was so interesting to see how these kids with issues like Cerebral Palsy, Autism, and muscular dysfunction felt so at ease with these massive animals. You’d think they’d be intimidated (I was a little bit!), but after brushing them and talking to them for a little bit, they hop up there are smiling the whole time.
The kids only ride for about 20-30 minutes, but it helps them work on building core strength, stretching, and even their school work. Sometimes while they ride they do math problems, practice spelling words, or play games that get them to work on balance.
Aren’t animals amazing? Everyone kept saying that these horses can sense how these kids need a nice, gentle ride and are especially sweet to their little riders. They were so calm. I love seeing people do work that makes such a difference like this place does.
Our living room isn’t finished yet, but we did recently paint our dark woodwork white, added a light gray to the walls, added crown molding up top and quarter round at the floor, new blinds AND got a new table.
I really love that table.
We’ll be painting the rest of the woodwork white (slowly) but it’s a long process. Still need art, new lighting, and lots more paint throughout.
Our garden is now home to one giant red tomato and two baby watermelons. I’m really, really excited about it.
After a 10 mile bike ride a few weeks ago, I sat down alongside my parents pool just to put my feet in (since I forgot my suit.)
I kept staring at my feet and thought about how cool they felt in comparison to the rest of me and how they looked like they were wearing water socks.
I keep thinking about writing short stories based on those strange thoughts that pop in my head every once in a while. Adult imagination. Water socks. I think this idea needs some work.
I know it’s weird to talk about your private health issues in a public space sometimes, but I wanted to share a bit of what I’ve been going through in case there are other people with insight or similar experiences. So, bear with me.
Since I was 18 (so, for seven years now) I’ve struggled with stomach issues and never really felt…well. As in, eating = immediate stomach ache, bloating, sharp pains…and other things. I get mood swings, migraines, don’t sleep well, and have days where I just ache all over. But some days are better than others.
I’ve been trying to figure out what the issue is for a long time, but with no avail. It’s been really frustrating.
Fast forward to present day: I’ve now been to three doctors, had my gallbladder removed, gotten X rays, CT scans, upper GIs, and had numerous ultrasounds. Still not sure what it is.
So far, past (related?) diagnoses have included:
- Burst cyst near ovary
- Inactive gall bladder
- Viral Meningitis
From these, I’ve had surgery, ER visits, and lots of ongoing tests.
I recently went to a new doctor after having a really bad week when I pretty much couldn’t leave the house or be too far from the bathroom.
Tests found I had double the normal level of AST in my blood (indicates toxins associated with liver function), and an ultrasound showed my liver was enlarged.
Still not sure what that meant, my doctor referred me to the Gastrointestinal specialist who scheduled an endoscopy with a biopsy of my small bowel to see if this might somehow be related to Celiac disease.
After the bad week, Brandon and I had decided I should try a gluten free diet to see if that helped at all (this was before the appointment.) The difference was night and day.
I’ll be honest, I don’t always keep the best diet. I like coffee and candy and white cheddar popcorn more than I should. But I also eat lots of fruits and veggies and have been active 3-5 days a week since, basically, forever. But I never seriously considered that it could be the food I’m eating that’s causing all of this trouble.
Up until the endoscopy, I have to add gluten back in to my diet (which has been AWFUL so far) so the test results won’t be thrown off. But regardless of if this is Celiac or not, I definitely plan on continuing to eat gluten free after the test.
GF options are expensive and some of the products are not great, but there are some winners we’ve found. And it’s a lot easier to find GF options than I thought it would be. It’s worth feeling like a normal human being to forgo a doughy piece of pizza.
My next test is August 4th. I’m hoping to finally get some direction.
(Brandon had a work dinner tonight, so this was in the parking lot before we took a walk after dinner.)
Belt- Dorothy Perkins
Heels- Pour La Victoire
After seeing Sylvan Esso perform their song Coffee on The Tonight show, I’ve had this song on repeat. So good.
A collection of things that have popped into my mind recently.
I should get a black jumpsuit.
Need to eat that cream cheese stuffed pepper in the fridge. Can’t do it. It looks too rich.
I wish I wrote The Indian in the Cupboard.
I want to live on the Isle of the Blue Dolphins.
If Coldplay and Norah Jones made a CD together, would everyone who listened to it fall into a deep slumber?
In my head, I look like this.
Looking for some good documentaries? We recently watched:
Crazy Love (pictured above.) Do not look up anything about it because it’s best watched without knowing any back story!
Stories We Tell. Interesting take on one story with varied perspectives. A little sad at times.
And on our to-watch list: Burt’s Buzz, the story of Burt behind Burt’s Bees.
Any suggestions of your own to share?