Good morning and happy Monday! How was your weekend?? We had a pretty good one over here. Truthfully, it was a mix of emotions (for all of us) at times, so I figured a High Low High post was the perfect way to recap it. If you’re unfamiliar with this series, I recap the high and low points of the weekend. It’s fun, so let’s do it! HIGH: Visiting the New England Aquarium with our friends Erin,…

Good morning and HAPPY Friday to you! Yesterday marked one year of Remicade infusions for me, so I wanted to share what a typical day is like when I get an infusion at the hospital. I also wanted to share some advice and tips for one’s first appointment since Remicade/infusions/hospitals can be kind of scary. Ok, so my day started out like most days: Oatmeal, iced coffee, and cuddling with Quinn on the couch. Then,…

Helloooooo! I feel like I have so much to tell you guys on the colitis front. I almost feel like I am finally starting to figure things out. Well, sort of. I’m still not in total remission, but I’m getting close, and I definitely have a better perspective on the disease. More on this in minute. First, a quick recap from earlier today! My new favorite breakfast: Oatmeal with sweet potato + apple puree with ground…

Hi, friends! We’re getting slammed with snow once again. It started late last night and is rumored to continue into the evening tonight. Boo. Snow. Is it spring yet? Mal had another snow day today, so he kindly drove me to the T this morning. (I’m a freak about driving in the snow and avoid it at all costs, so I was super thankful.) The reason for my early T adventure: I needed to go into…

Helloooooo! Happy Friday! Just wanted to pop in with a little recap of yesterday’s happenings and let you know that my knee is better! Woohoo! I iced the crap of it and took two days of rest and (*knock on wood*) it’s good as new! Pre-run eats: Slow cooker steel cut oats with a scoop of peanut butter, two eggs (I ate them before snapping a picture), and an iced coffee with SO Delicious French vanilla creamer. After breakfast,…

I had my first Remicade infusion on Monday afternoon and it wasn’t so bad. It was actually kind of enjoyable! Ok, so let’s rewind a little. I didn’t tell you guys the whole story the other day. It didn’t want to start the week off on such a negative note on CNC, and I was still waiting to hear back from my doctor, so I only gave you the gist of what was going on. So, what did…

Blah. This colitis update isn’t going to be a fun one to write. Ok, so let me catch you up to speed”¦ June 2011: First diagnosed with UC after a bad flare. Get better. Stop taking meds. February 2012: Second flare. Get better. Stop taking meds. (Clearly, I don’t learn.) July 2012: Third flare. Stay on meds this time, but I become steroid-dependent. Go on and off steroids to control flare symptoms for the next…

It was a gorgeous day in downtown Boston yesterday! It was a little chilly, but beautiful and sunny at the same time. My doctor’s appointment went well. It was short and sweet like I expected. My doctor wants to wean me off the Uceris over the next few weeks, which, truthfully, I am really worried about. I have had ZERO success weaning off steroids in the past, so I’m really trusting my doctor and hoping…

Hi, friends! Happy Tuesday! Let’s get right to it! Breakfast Yesterday started with a glass of freshly pressed juice. Oh, how I love green juice! In the mix: spinach, kale, carrots, apple, cucumber, celery, ginger, and watermelon. (Here are the approximate measurements, minus the lemon + watermelon.) Then, I whipped up a French Toast Breakfast Scramble, which I ate with some pineapple. It was a wonderfully delicious and nutritious breakfast! I spent the morning working…

Yesterday afternoon, I headed into Boston for my appointment with my new gastroenterologist at MGH. I drove to the T, parked my car, and then took the train into the city. I don’t trust the MTBA to get me anywhere without an issue, so I always give myself plenty of extra time when I take public transportation into Boston. Surprisingly, everything went smoothly, and I ended up at Charles/MGH about 30 minutes before my appointment,…

So, this morning was a tad frustrating. After breakfast, I drove to an appointment with my GI doctor, but, unfortunately, I never actually saw him because of some health insurance mumbo-jumbo. Basically, I didn’t have a referral from my new primary care doctor to see my GI doc, so my visit wouldn’t have been covered by my health insurance. Annoying, but I sort of thought this might happen”” and it’s totally okay because I recently…