Health-wise, today was a better day. I can’t say that I feel like my old self again, but instead of spending half of the day in the bathroom, I only spent about a third in it. It might not sound like much, but it’s progress!
I haven’t slept more than a couple of hours for the past several nights (I actually don’t think I’ve ever been so sleep deprived), but I finally slept for 5.5 hours straight from 4:00 – 9: 30 AM this morning. It was the most amazing sleep. You have no idea.
By the time I walked Murphy and went to the grocery store, it was almost lunch time, so my breakfast ended up being my lunch too. I had a banana, a Brown Sugar Cinnamon Pop-Tart (I had a serious craving for them), and a coffee latte Ensure drink. I’ve felt weak and woozy lately, so I bought a package of Ensure drinks to help fill in the nutritional gaps in my diet. I went with the coffee latte flavor since I’m starting to miss my daily iced coffee. The coffee latte flavor is really sweet, but drinkable.
I spent the next few hours on the couch, veggie out and watching TV. While sitting there, I repaired Murphy’s stuffed rabbit, who he destroyed last night. He pulled of both of its ears and then ate one. Mal had to reach down his throat to retrieve it.
Murphy has also eaten the nose off of “Rabbit” and ripped a hole in its back. Murphy really doesn’t take care of his toys.
Clearly, Rabbit has seen better days.
Once I sewed up Rabbit, he was good as new!
Mid-afternoon, I started to get hungry, but not enough for a meal, so I snacked on a bag of PopChips and a glass of iced tea.
A little while later, Marie texted me to see if I wanted to hang out. I still don’t trust my intestines, so I suggested a barbeque at our place. Marie liked the idea and headed over with Bella and Grady. (Dave was golfing with Mal and his friend, Chris, so they came over once they finished.)
We planned to grill out, so I swept the porch, cleaned off the chairs, and washed the table. The 25 minutes that I spent cleaning the porch was easily the highlight of my day. I didn’t feel any cramping or urgency to run to the bathroom… at all. It was the first time in weeks that I felt like a healthy person again.
I definitely had a little moment sweeping the porch. Once I am better, I will never, ever take my health for granted again. This whole thing has really made me appreciate the little things. Running is truly a gift.
Before I knew it, Marie arrived with the dogs. A little while later, the guys showed up, sweaty and hungry, so we immediately started to cook dinner. I helped Marie make Twice Baked Potatoes and Mal fired-up the grill.
I helped myself to a small cheeseburger and two servings of potatoes with ketchup. ”˜Real’ food never tasted so good!
The guys picked up a chocolate cake while they were out on a beer run, so I just couldn’t turn down a piece for dessert.
I ended up eating a small slice. Mmm! (So far it hasn’t upset my stomach!)
After dinner, Mal put his tall friends to work!
Dave and Chris helped Mal cut back some huge, leafy branches that pretty much took over our backyard.
Good job, guys. Thanks for the help!
Heading straight to bed! Good night!