The Inspirational Blogger Award!

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Here are the rules:

  • Thank and link the amazing person who nominated you
  • List the rules and display the award
  • Share seven facts about yourself
  • Nominate fifteen other amazing blogs and remember to comment on their blogs to let them know you’ve nominated them. (provide a link to your post)
  • This rule is optional you can proudly display the award logo anywhere on your blog e.g. on your sidebar and also follow the blogger that nominated you.

A big thank you to the wonderful Meranda whom blogs at…

Photography By: Meranda Roben O’Hara

for nominating me for the Inspirational Blogger Award. It’s great to get feedback like this! It’s nice to know that people like to read what you’re blogging about.

Seven Facts About Me

  1. I have two cats, Dicky and Kally. And two dogs, Ein and Jager. I refer to them as my fur babies. They are my children and I love them to pieces.
  2. I set a goal for this year to read 50 books and I’ve read 40 of them so far. Reading is my escape from life when I need one. I also really enjoy reading! My favorite book series is Harry Potter. I also enjoy reading books by Patricia Briggs and Tamora Pierce.
  3. I have four tattoos. I plan on slowly adding to the collection. My latest tattoo is getting more work done on it in a few weeks so I’m pretty excited about that. I can’t wait to see the finished project.
  4. I love working with my hands. I love repairing stuff, like cars, and learning how things work. I also want to get back into woodworking and build things. Like a kitchen table.
  5. I built my own PC a few years ago while I was in  college. I’m hoping to start upgrading the hardware within the next year or so. It was a lot of fun and I’ve learned quite a bit from the experience.
  6. I love the Lord of the Rings movies along with The Hobbit. There are also a lot of popular movies that I haven’t seen. My boyfriend refers to it as my “Movie Bucket List”.
  7. My first motorcycle is a 2012 Honda CBR250R. I’m hoping to be able to upgrade to a Kawasaki Ninja 650 this year.

My Nominations:

  • The first blog I started following is by Paige at Run for Berries. I started following her blog when I was first diagnosed with my fructose intolerance. She’s an amazingly active IBDer with all of her running and she’s always posting delicious looking food.
  • Hope from Another Hope Entirely is always writing insightful posts that I can relate too. It’s also cool to see someone with IBD be so involved with politics and working with political campaigns. She’s another blogger that isn’t afraid to tell it like it is.
  • Meranda over at Photography By: Meranda Roben O’Hara is doing some great work with IBD awareness. She is actually working on creating a video for IBD awareness called We Have IBD.
  • Christina from Then there was Crohn’s  is another person who’s posts I enjoy reading. I admire her strength and commitment to going through with her PhD program while dealing with her disease.
  • Kelly from the #purpleproject is also an inspiring person when it comes to IBD. She is raising money for IBD awareness and planning on running a half-marathon to do it.
  • Michelle from Digesting My Thoughts isn’t afraid to tell it like it is when it comes to Crohn’s. I appreciate and admire her honesty.
  • Josh from Crohnie Man is often posting interesting and insightful posts that I can relate too. I could especially relate to the one he posted that was for people that were newly diagnosed with Crohn’s or Ulcerative Colitis.

I Need Stress Management Skills

Today at work I got super stressed out. And as all of you IBDers know, stress makes our symptoms worse. Which is what happened to me today. And after I got stressed out I then got even more stressed because I was worried about making it to the bathroom(I had an hour drive, with few rest areas). By the time I got to the site I was working at today I was chanting “I will not shit myself. I will not shit myself. I will not shit myself.” You know it’s bad when you’re telling yourself that. Luckily I managed to not shit myself but it was a close thing.

It made me realize that I need to get a better emergency kit together for times like this just in case I need it. Right now I just have an extra pair of pants and some underwear. I really should add in some wet wipes and a couple of trash bags. I’m going to try and get it together this weekend.

But today made me realize that I need to work on stress management skills for work. I really wish I could just have one of my dogs be like a Stress Management Service Dog. That would be awesome. But anyway, does anyone have any tips for dealing with stress? Like as it’s happening. I do go to the gym sometimes but that doesn’t help me out in the moment.

Bad News From the Insurance Company

So my appeal from for the Prometheus test got denied 😦 I’m waiting to receive the paperwork from their decision and then I get to forward it to the billing department at Prometheus. They may be able to reduce how much I have to pay. I really hope that they can. It could be a few weeks before I find out though since it can take 7-10 business days to receive the denial letter from the insurance company. It’s either that or try to appeal the insurance company again and have it be a level two appeal or something.

Have I ever mentioned how much I hate insurance companies?

Good News from the Insurance Company!

The old insurance I was under finally got everything reviewed and I now only owe the hospital several hundred dollars instead of several thousand! I’m pretty ecstatic about this. It’s a huge weight lifted off of my shoulders. I need to call the Prometheus lab tomorrow to see if they have received payment from my insurance company. I sure hope so!

Second Opinion Time

I finally decided to get a second opinion on my IBD. Especially since it’s clear cut as to whether I have Crohn’s or Ulcerative Colitis(UC). I tried to make the appointment today with the doctor that was recommended by my boyfriend’s coworker but they weren’t in the office today. It kind of drives me crazy how some doctors have Friday off. But at the same time I’m a little jealous because I’d love to have to only work 4 days a week! I plan on calling Monday and seeing if I can get it. Hopefully they’ll do it. There aren’t a whole lot of GI practices around here and the next closest one would be 1.5-3 hrs away 😦

Hopefully they can get me in soon. I’ll have to work it in around my work schedule. Or I may just schedule the appt for when they can get me in and just say screw it. My health right now I feel is more important than my job because I can’t do my job without my health. And that is becoming very evident again. My symptoms are the worse in the morning and it can be hard to get going when I’m feeling absolutely horrible. Especially when that horrible feeling chains you to the toilet.

I also realized this week that I don’t like it when people tell me that I look healthy when I say I haven’t been feeling well and that my symptoms are getting worse again. If I could make you feel what I feel I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t say that I’m healthy. Or maybe I should just start carrying around pictures of what my toilet looks like after I’m done with it. They probably wouldn’t say I’m healthy then either. I know it’s an invisible disease but sheesh. My immune system is attaching my body. There isn’t anything that is healthy about that. I’m sure as time goes on I’ll have a list of things that I hate having people tell me that is related to my IBD.

The CCFA does not have any support groups in the area where I’m at. The closest one is now about 3 hrs away. I got some information for the chapter that my hometown is located under and they said that I could volunteer to start a support group since there isn’t one in the area. I would have to go through some training and an interview process before it got started. The CCFA would help out with resources, finding a meeting place and letting the local GI practices know about it. I’m just not sure if it’s something I want to be in charge of at this point. It’s definitely something worth considering though. If I can get in with the new GI I’ll have to ask him if he knows of any support groups in the area before I make up my mind about it.