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Week in Review: I Don’t Want to Jinx It, But…

I’ve been waiting a couple of months to actually say this on the blog because I don’t want to jinx it but…

I think I have my IBS mostly under control.

Knock on every wooden object in sight.

Seriously. I still have mild bloating (nothing compared to what I used to have) and mild cramps and nausea from time to time. But when I compare it to a time about a year and a half ago when I’d go swing dancing in Kansas City every Friday and have to act as though I felt okay, when in reality I was extremely uncomfortable and sometimes had to stop dancing because I felt so awful, I have come an enormous ways.

I’m going Number 2 most days.

I can eat a normal-sized meal and not feel like I ate two Thanksgiving dinners.

I can distinguish the feeling of hunger and fullness (as opposed to them both being this intensely uncomfortable sort of cramp/nausea/rumble in my tummy thing.)

The two things that have made an enormous difference:

  • A modified low-FODMAP diet. (Don’t follow the strict low-FODMAP diet forever! You need those prebiotics in your system! Re-introduce! Re-introduce!)
  • A high daily dose of prescription-grade probiotics.

If you’re like, eep! that sounds really expensive–it is, actually. The probiotics alone cost about $50 a month. There’s a reason I don’t spend much money on new clothes. But is it worth it? I think so.

And then, of course, there are lots of little things that help too, like exercise and getting enough sleep. But as important as those things are, they simply aren’t comparable with the enormous effect that prescription-grade probiotics has had on my, er, trips to the ladies’ room, and that subsequent effect on my comfort and mental health. Seriously.

And without further ado, here’s what I did this week! To see what other bloggers got up to this week, check out Meghan’s linkup!Week in Review

  • I taught two swing dance lessons. One was a basic jitterbug (aka east coast) lesson to an undergraduate intro to dance course. The instructor was gone and left me and my fellow swing dance club representative with a sign-in sheet. Some of the students tried to sign in and immediately leave, so we made them sign in at the end. They were mad. That’s undergrads for you. (No offense if you’re an undergrad. There are many wonderful, bright, responsible college students, too; I know because I teach them.)
  • My second lesson was part of the regular swing dance society meeting on Wednesday–we taught basic lindyhop. Meaning I didn’t watch the debate. I felt slightly irresponsible, but hey. I know who I’m voting for, and I don’t think I’m going to convince anyone else at this point.

  • I posted a WIAW and a collection of meatless, high-protein, low-FODMAP recipes to the blog.
  • I taught three lessons of the freshman composition variety.
  • I’ve been grading lots of papers. I told my students I’d have P2 back to them on Wednesday, but I’m getting close!
  • I went to two spin classes.
  • I turned in a draft of one of the chapters in my thesis to my advisor. *pat on back
  • I finally got around to finding an outside reader for my thesis.
  • I completed a draft translation of three English poems into German.
  • I interviewed a professor for my internship.
  • I spent a lot of time with my sweetie, whose thesis was officially accepted by the graduate school this week! This means, however, that he’s now officially done and is going to be moving out of state within a month to start his new job. 😢 To celebrate the accomplishment, we went to the pumpkin patch.dscn2239 dscn2240 dscn2241
  • We also had a few lovely meals together, including this brunch of cheesy whole grain grits and fried eggs with grape tomatoes.dscn2242
  • And we watched Star Trek. This election has really been getting him down, so we needed something a little goofy to cheer us up.

  • I did laundry and grocery shopped.
  • I went to ForkSocket, the very goofy creative writing reading series for my graduate program.
  • I made a loaf of gluten-free bread and accidentally used three times the yeast called for in the recipe. 2 1/4 tablespoon rather than 2 1/4 teaspoon. Oops. I was nervous about it rising way too quickly and then imploding, which it did a little bit, but not as much as I worried it might.dscn2245

And on that note, I hope my lovely readers have a lovely week!

Oh, also, don’t forget your No-Shame November challenge! 😉no-shame-november

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  1. Cora says:

    I am seriously knocking on all the wood for you.
    You aren’t jinxing it. There’s no way. I am SO happy to hear that your digestion seems to be so much better lately. Woot woot WOOT. Yes to those number twos!! Also yes to those probiotics. If it works?… priceless.
    Congrats on submitting your thesis chapter! That’s huge. And a huge congrats to your boy!! Of course there’s some sadness in the inevitable move, but I say don’t focus on that quite yet.

    1. Joyce says:

      Thank you, Cora. It feels like a pretty big investment to pay so much for probiotics, but if it helps me keep my sanity, maybe it is worth it. The move is coming up pretty fast, but I’ll try to take your advice. 🙂

  2. Yay for IBS being under control! I just started taking a “real” (i.e. multi-strain, $$$) probiotic earlier this month and I’ve already noticed such a difference. It’s really worth the price! And your pumpkin patch adventure looks like so much fun! 🙂

    1. Joyce says:

      I’m so glad the probiotics are working well for you too, Claire!

  3. That’s great news about your IBS. I can only imagine the relief you must feel. I’m happy for you.

    I want to take a swing dancing class. I think that would be awesome, although I am intimidated by those high heeled shoes. I’d turn an ankle for sure. 🙂

    The pumpkin patch looks like such fun, although I’m sorry to hear your sweetie will be moving out of state soon.

    Happy Monday and thanks for linking up.

    1. Joyce says:

      Oh my goodness, Meghan! Most gals that I know wear sneakers to swing dance! Keds and Vans are the item of choice. 😉

  4. Talk about a success-filled week! Which you more than deserved after previous not-so-fabulous ones.
    I’m torn between saying yay for your boyfriend’s thesis being accepted and not because it means he’ll move soon. Really, though: congratulations! Also to you for handing in your first chapter and getting your IBS under control! Fingers crossed it stays this way!
    There’s so much more I want to comment on – you know me – but I don’t want to leave half a novel every time.
    One more, though: my parents would be endeared by you teaching Lindy Hop – they’re huge fans.

  5. I have always wanted to try swing dancing and my husband actually mentioned that of all the dance types this is the one he would really like to try too – maybe I should look more into it! 🙂
    Also that’s fantastic to hear about the probiotics, get the right kind and they can work wonders. Well worth the cost to feel happy and healthy!

    1. Joyce says:

      Of course, I highly recommend swing dance. 😉 Hope you enjoy if you decide to check it out!

  6. Yay I so hope your IBS continues to be under control!

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