Hey all! I figured I’d give you an update on many of the things I have mentioned on my blog in the last couple months. I know sometimes I ask questions, complain, or otherwise share a problem I have but then I leave it open ended. It is time to either update you or give you some closure on things that have been happening in my life! Because obviously I know it has been keeping you up at night… (I jest.)
1. After suffering from the Big D (diarrhea) for about two months straight, I am finally experiencing some relief! Also, those “find a toilet within the next 3 seconds or poop your pants” moments have not happened in a little over two months. Yay! I bet you are wondering how this problem got resolved? Well, a blog reader mentioned that melatonin ended up giving her diarrhea, so she thought it was possible that could be my problem as well. I stopped melatonin and a couple weeks later I was Big D Free. I’m not sure if the melatonin was the cause or not but whatever it was, I’m not complaining!
2. So how am I sleeping since I can’t take melatonin anymore!? Well, I started reading, which really helps me fall asleep. A good book has essentially taken over melatonin’s job. I still take diphenhydramine, which helps me stay asleep. So far this school year I have only had a couple nights where I couldn’t fall asleep.
3. Some of you have been asking how my knee has been fairing during my half training. I know I call it my knee, because sometimes it IS my knee, but the real culprit is my IT Band. I do hip/glute exercises to help as well as stretching every single day for 15-20 minutes. My IT band and knee rarely bother me during a run. The time my IT band starts acting up is when I am driving or sitting for too long. If it is instigated by a long run or speed session, it always feels better the next morning. The times it bothers me the most is on days I don't run. Being active helps it feel better. I know that doesn't make sense but it is the truth. It's just something I have to deal with an I am tired of holding myself back from my goals. Right now I am trying to reach my goals as well as manage this "pesky" problem.
4. Paul is over halfway done with his radiation and chemo treatments. They told us the side effects would be cumulative, and over the past week, we have really started to notice them. I could go into all of them but Paul is a pretty private person, so I will not! Just imagine the normal side effects one my have due to radiation treatments, and he has them. He rarely ever complains. Every day I tell him he is a stronger and better person than I am because I would be complaining ever second of every day if I had to go through what he goes through.
5. After the whole feline acne debacle with Christmas, I have been putting his topical antibiotic ointment on him for about a week now. He still has the spot of acne. It doesn't appear to be getting worse, but it is still there. I am wondering if it is just little scabs stuck in his hair that need wiped off or if the antibiotic isn't working. His little spot of acne does not seem to be bothering him at all. Man, this is such a "Rich Housecat" problem to have. Only Rich Housecats would "suffer" from something as minor as feline acne!