Yeah, I know it’s been a week and a half. Sorry – it’s been a rough few weeks – not all bad – but catching up is a bit hard!
5 of the days of my blogging break were spent on a juice fast. I’m quite desperate to see the hives go away for good, and thought a detoxing juice fast was a very good place to start.
Rather than do my own like I have in the past, I did a commercial cleanse through Pressed Juicery. I received two drop shipments to my door, which consisted of 8 drinks for each day. Two weren’t juices, but more supplements to the juicing (chlorophyll water and aloe vera water). The only one I didn’t like was the chlorophyll water.
So last Tues – Sat I juiced only. I was surprised how easy this one went. No major cravings (though I did miss chewing at one point), and no headaches.
The food after the cleanse was typically light and mostly raw. Lots of salads, smoothies, juices, and a few other more traditional meals (I was traveling).
Here are some pics for ya!
I will be completely honest. The head-to-toe hives have kept me sidelined. I was either in intense discomfort, or so whacked out on Benadryl that I couldn’t see straight, much less run. The lack of working out led to the depression that this thing has been causing. It sucks too, because I’m one of those lucky people who really never get depressed. So I was in a major spiral of feeling extremely sorry for myself.
Thankfully, I am feeling better now, and have gotten back to the runs. On my work trip, I got two in. One outside, and one on the hotel treadmill.
I was in Charlottesville, VA (amazing and stunning place) – and they have big hills since they’re in the Blue Ridge Mountains. My sea level legs are NOT used to hills….my planned 6 miles ended at 4.
Okay, first on the hive update. I’m not sharing the pics, but D took some of me in hive hell – covered almost everywhere – so when I finally broke down and went to the Dr, I’d have something to show her just how awful the past few weeks have been.
I couldn’t sleep and I couldn’t take Benadryl during the day because I was working. So – after two weeks of this hoping it’d just go away, I went to see my doc. The fun thing about hives – the majority of the time there’s no way to determine what’s causing them. I mentioned in a post in the past few weeks that I’ve been recently diagnosed with an autoimmune condition, and it’s possible that the hives are related to that. In the short-term, she prescribed me Pepcid (yes…the belly drug…it’s an H2 inhibitor, and will block all histamine reactions – so we’re treating the symptom, but don’t know the cause). She did a bunch of blood work to make sure it’s not something really nasty (some ugly disease states can cause chronic hives – good news is that blood work thus far is coming back normal). She praised my juice fast and my desire to not require medications to manage.
We’re going to give the Pepcid 30-60 days (and it’s been working VERY well – I get a few breakthrough hives, but not the debilitating ones I had been suffering), and hope when I stop taking the med that they don’t come back. If they do, we’ll tackle it then.
So, on to more fun stuff!
I spent the last 3 1/2 days in Charlottesville, VA for work (well, 2 days were for work, and the rest was fun). For being only about 4 hrs. away, I was shocked at how wonderful of a town it is – and how different it is from the Tidewater area that I live in.
Charlottesville is home to the University of Virginia, nested in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and has a feel to it that is both big city and small town. Aside from being amazed at the vistas every time I went outside, it’s full of history (Thomas Jefferson’s home is there), plenty to do, diverse dining options (always important to me) and a very liberal and progressive community feel. I’m totally enamored of it there, and my family is planning a trip there this summer.
Since I was gone on Easter Sunday, D did some fun things with the kids. To be honest, we don’t celebrate Easter (nor do we really celebrate many holidays), and with it just being us out here in VA, we tend to do our own thing anyway.
This year, my eldest made cut out cookies for the family to decorate, and they had a decorating party. Then they had a nearly all evening tournament of playing the card game Magic the Gathering. He took a ton of pictures, and they had a wonderful time (and Chinese takeout for dinner!). Yay for my husband for making it a special holiday when I couldn’t be there.
It’s Spring Break week for the kids, so I’m off the rest of the week. Lots of eye dr and dentist appts, and then Friday it’s off to DC with R and my friend AC and her daughter R for a girls weekend. I’m very much looking forward to it! It’s Cherry Blossom time, and will be great to be there.