Great news: I had a successful appointment with my “new” primary care doctor today. She’s actually my old primary care doc from when I lived in the city. When I moved to the South Shore a couple of years ago, I switched to one closer to home for the convenience, but, obviously, that didn’t work out. I’m glad my new/old doctor agreed to take me back!
My new/old doctor is awesome. She’s warm. She’s kind. She really listens. And she didn’t make me feel like a crazy person when I told her I didn’t want to take prescription drugs for the rest of my life. She even said my goal of managing my colitis is “very reasonable.” She also gave me a referral to a GI specialist at MGH, who considers “whole picture” when it comes to IBDs (inflammatory bowel diseases). Hooray!
My new/old doctor also prescribed me a 20-day taper of Prednisone (steroids) to fully kick my current flare for good. A little over a week ago, I started to bleed again, so my old doctor put me on 15mg, but it hasn’t done too much, so my new doc is hitting it hard with 40mg. She’s convinced it’ll do the trick. And, in “10 business days,” I’ll have a referral to my new GI doctor, and we’ll go from there with a long-term plan to keep me healthy and flare-free. I’m so glad I’m finally getting things under control. It’s been a long 6 weeks!
After my appointment, I met Abby at Anna’s Taqueria for lunch. Abby works for a Boston PR agency, who represents Anna’s, so we emailed back and forth all summer long, trying to nail down a time we could meet for lunch. Since I was heading into the city for my doctor’s appointment, I suggested getting together after it. This worked for her schedule too, so we finally had our lunch together.
I love Anna’s. When I lived in Coolidge Corner, I used to go ALL the time. And anytime Mal and I venture into the city near an Anna’s, we always stop in to buy burritos. Mal usually buys two burritos—one to eat immediately and one to eat for lunch the next day. He’s obsessed with Anna’s.
The other day, I emailed Abby to let her know I was a little worried about what I was going to eat since I’m avoiding gluten and beans, but she assured me Anna’s has lots of healthy options beyond burritos. I ended up ordering the Mexican Plate, which comes with a choice of meat, beans, salsa, and rice with tortillas on the side. This dish is totally customizable, so mine was made without beans and guacamole on the side. I asked for grilled veggies instead of rice, but there was a small mix up, but next time for sure!
Abby raved about the Tacos al Pastor, so I tried one of those too. It’s a corn tortilla topped with shaved rotisserie-cooked pork, pineapple, red onion, cilantro, and drizzled with spicy guacamole and tomato-based, Mexican-spiced sauce. It was delicious!
I also tried a few of the beverages Anna’s offers:
- Watermelon Agua Fresca – freshly squeezed watermelon juice (available seasonally), some sugar is added
- Horchata – light, sweet, made fresh daily from ground almonds, rice milk and cinnamon
- Jamaica – refreshing, made fresh daily from brewed hibiscus petals, sometimes called “Mexican fruit punch”
Abby sent me home with a chicken burrito for Mal. He’s going to be so psyched! Thanks, Abby!
I’m off to walk Murphy and then start my weekend.
HAPPY FRIDAY, FRIENDS!!!!!