I had the scan.

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Looks like my gallbladder is functioning on the “very low side of normal.” So – I’m going ahead with the scope in a couple of weeks.

I stressed about it – as I do – but it wasn’t a big deal and was actually very interesting.

I was able to see what was happening on a monitor and watched my liver dump to my gallbladder, which then dumped to my small intestine. They dripped the CCK (a hormone that stimulates digestion of fat/protein, which prompts the gallbladder to contract – the goal) via IV over the course of 30 minutes, so I felt nothing. They told me they were simulating a big cheeseburger, which I would have HAPPILY eaten FOR REAL at that point – in way less than 30 minutes – despite whatever pain it might have caused because I just don’t do food restrictions well.

My liver was fine – and everything flowed appropriately – just not sure why the gallbladder was sluggish.

I had a bunch of other stuff tested recently. Celiac (blood test) was negative – thankfully – because the gluten free situation is a PITA I don’t wish to repeat. Only real deficiency is B-12, so I’m starting weekly shots and will do that for a few weeks before switching to OTC. I’ll work on my diet, too, obv.

This might sound crazy, but I think Jon’s cancer diagnosis and the ensuing research/surgery/visits to various doctors/etc. changed how I view our bodies, in general.

I have the tendencies of a hypochondriac, for sure, but now I feel like my body is one big science experiment – and I kind of find it fascinating.

It’s amazing to me that I spent so many years destroying a system that now seems to be chugging along well – and it’s interesting to think about how my actions (or lack thereof) toward improved health continue to impact the whole system.
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Jon had his 6-month check-up with the oncologist recently. He’s still fine. CEA level hasn’t changed, lung scan was normal.

He’ll be on the 3 month appointment schedule for a while, so I hope the visits become easier. This was just the second – and the first without CEA level drama – so it was a stressful morning. The oncologist reiterated that Jon’s prognosis is “great” – which is reassuring. But still. Stressful.
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Can’t leave Henry out of the health hullabaloo.

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We’ve tried all of the old tricks re: allergies this year. Took him to 2 different vets to get different opinions when nothing seemed to help. He kept itching and yanking his hair out at an alarming rate – and his skin rapidly worsened – and he became very sick once we stopped the steroids given by the second vet …

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… so we would up at an allergy/dermatology clinic where we had him tested.

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Turns out he’s allergic to the entire backyard and to our wool rug. No food allergies, though, despite our concern about that.

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We started allergy shots yesterday that we’ll be giving him at home for the next few months. And an antibiotic. And he’s taking Claritin + Benadryl. And he’ll be getting medicated baths every 3 days until his skin heals.

He’s pitiful right now – and I’m mostly freaking out because he has zero energy and rarely moves and doesn’t want to be touched and looks awful and OMG – but I’m very hopeful.
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The KnoxWalks program ended yesterday with a 5k walk.

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Realistically, it seemed like it would have been easier to jog vs. the speedy(ish) walk thing we did. I felt like jogging most of the way, anyway, so I think I need to give up the C25K thing and just do it. Just run when I can and walk when I can’t until I can run more than walk. The rigidity of a training program bogs me down and creates too much pressure – which entices me to quit. Nothing about anything I’ve done along this entire weight loss jaunt has worked through rigid structure/pressure.

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Anyway.

I’m sort of sad it’s over. I looked forward to walking each Monday night and am hoping to continue, but I know the motivation to rush out of work won’t be the same without the commitment/structure of the group thing.

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I’m glad we participated.

I overheard a couple of people complaining about the reward given at the end of the 5k since it doesn’t appear to promote the healthy community the walk was designed to bring about.

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But I really had no comment – and I’m glad.

I wouldn’t have been able to bring myself to be hypocritical enough to eat some of the complimentary sugar on top of sugar on top of more sugar at a new (to us) breakfast place just afterward.

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