First of all, thank you for all the kind texts, emails, comments and in person comments (real life comments? is that allowed?) about my recently reported reduction in inflammation. It is truly amazing how lucky I am to have such great people in my life. Thank you.
Also, many people have been asking about the colon cleanse that I went through instead of taking the drugs that were prescribed for the procedure. I did not make this decision lightly, and no I didn’t consult my doctor on it. I did write him an email about a week prior, asking if there were any alternative supplements or anything like that I could take, but didn’t exactly let him in on my plan. Like so many things in life, I figured it would be easier to ask forgiveness than permission. This was a dicey maneuver on my part, I realize that. But it made no sense to me (still doesn’t) why you would ask someone who has diagnosed UC to take such a strong laxative. Many UC patients have daily symptoms of diarrhea, bloating, stomach cramping, and painful passage of stool. Then the doctor wants you to take something that induces diarrhea, bloating, stomach cramping, nausea and for many people, vomiting, anal irritation and painful passage of stool (which, granted, probably just comes from all the pooping). To me, it just doesn’t add up. Additionally, every single person I talked to who already had a colonoscopy said things like: “The prep is the WORST!” “Good luck, the prep is terrible!” which didn’t add to my excitement. As a result, I decided to take matters into my own hands and change it up.
There is a decent amount of work that went into the prep, so I created a new page for it. I hope it serves as a good reference if you ever want to take on this challenge for yourself. I will say that it was a challenge. As you may remember, I tried a three day liquid diet in December and it was too hard to stick to. I didn’t get into too many specifics in that post, but it was a difficult time emotionally, physically and mentally. I broke down after only a day and a half and made soup for goodness sake. I didn’t take it seriously enough and was still trying to maintain my everyday life, despite taking in zero calories. Now that makes no sense.
This time around, I had a larger incentive to “do well” because of the scheduled colonoscopy. If I didn’t clean out my colon, they couldn’t see what they needed to, and I’d have to reschedule the whole thing. I did not want that outcome. Plus I knew that I was breaking new ground by not going the normal route. I wanted to be an example for other UC peeps to follow (and anyone else that may want to try it for their own colonoscopy). I was very mindful of clearing out my calendar, and only committing to one social event for the weekend, which is a big deal for me. I knew I had to let my body fully relax and come into a place of healing on its own, without trying to add in extra stressors.
Check out the new page, feedback is always appreciated and encouraged. :)
ALISA’S MUSIC CORNER
Over the last year or so, I’ve been semi-obsessed with Allen Stone. One of my favorite live songs of his is a cover of Bob Marley’s “Is This Love“. The arrangement is just killer, beautiful harmonies, etc. The other day, I was watching an old episode of Parenthood (I love that damn show) and in the background, I heard a woman singing the same freaking arrangement! I immediately jumped on the google machine to figure out this mystery and it turns out that Allen Stone is just ripping off Corinne Bailey Rae’s version! Granted, he still kills it. His is a much bigger production with the band, etc. But the concept was hers…I think? Who knows, really. Kind of goes back to an old argument that I’ve had with Jon and the Pirazzinis over whether or not a song is “better” if the person singing is the one who wrote it. I still stand to the fact that just because a person wrote the song doesn’t make it inherently better when they perform it. Some songwriters are terribile performers. Some performers are terrible songwriters. But for better or worse, wind was definitely taken out of my sail when I found out the innovative arrangement I fell in love with at an Allen Stone show had little to do with Allen Stone himself, other than his great taste in covering cover songs.
Oh yeah, back to what I was listening to. :) Corinne Bailey Rae on Spotify, of course.