Tuesday, September 2, 2014

I was attacked! By my gallbladder....

So yesterday was fun (yes that's sarcasm). If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen this picture:

My view in the emergency room

But to get the full picture though, let's go back in time a bit (warning TMI). Way back at the end of July I was at my in-laws for wedding #1, and late in the evening my back started bothering me. It was the middle of my back, which in itself is a weird spot to feel discomfort (as opposed to your lower back). But I thought maybe it was due to the way I had been sitting (poor posture, I know I'm terrible). But as the evening went on, I began feeling sick as well. I just chalked it up to eating junk food and since it didn't last very long I brushed it off and moved on.

Moving on to the weekend of wedding #2, my back acted up again, but without any of the upset stomach or vomiting. We had spent the night on a fold-out on a couch, not the most comfortable (you could feel every spring and the support bars), so I figured that was the cause of that pain.

Flash forward to our trip to North Carolina, our host (my husband's cousin and my maid of honor) let us sleep in her bed and first few nights we slept like rocks, no problems. Then the third night, my back started bothering me again. Now their bed was pretty comfortable, but a bit smaller than what we were used to, so it was a bit cramped for my husband and I (but we managed). I figured that this pain was just me trying to adjust to this smaller bed.

Then for a few weeks I was fine, no problems, until yesterday. I had just gotten home from my mom's house after doing some laundry. I was getting ready to go to bed when my back started hurting, so I took an Aleeve and settled on the couch (our couch is really soft and I find it more comfortable sometimes). Unfortunately I couldn't get comfortable, so I tossed and turned, I got up every couple of hours to go to the bathroom, even took another Aleeve, but nothing helped. I was in so much pain not only in my back but also the right side of my abdomen. I couldn't eat, even though I felt like I was starving I couldn't keep anything down. So when my husband finally got home yesterday evening he made the call to take me to the hospital (since yesterday was Labor Day and therefore a holiday so our regular doctor's office was closed).

Michael Scott from the Office Kill me right now

After waiting in the ER, they finally admitted me and put me in a bed in a room. I was given an IV to keep me hydrated, some painkillers, and an anti-nausea med. Once the drugs took effect, I was given an ultrasound as they suspected it was my gallbladder. Turns out they were right. I have gallstones (not sure how many or how big as I don't think that's something an ultrasound can tell them), but at the moment they aren't blocking the tubing and the gallbladder itself isn't infected. But, it still needs to come out.

So I have an appointment with a surgeon on Friday to fill out all the paperwork and then we'll schedule the surgery itself. They can remove it laproscopically, so it's essentially outpatient surgery, so I should be in and out in less than a day (barring any complications *knocks on wood*). Until then, I'm taking pain killers and am stuck eating bland foods (fat and grease are a major proponent of what makes the gallbladder act up like this). But everyone I know who's had the same procedure done say I'll feel 1000 times better after the gallbladder is removed, so here's hoping.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Vlog: ROAD TRIP! Indiana to North Carolina

So you may have noticed it was pretty quiet around here for the last week or so. That's because my husband and I went on a little road trip! We drove down to North Carolina to visit my husband's cousin and her husband. We traveled almost 2000 miles, and went through 5 different states! We saw some beautiful scenery (we've both come to the conclusion that Indiana is way too flat), ate some interesting food, and visited some interesting places. Here's just a small taste of what we saw and did, stay tuned for more details and pictures!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Good Eatin': Be Our Guest at the Magic Kingdom (lunch)

Dining Review: Be Our Guest Restaurant Lunch

I’ve been lucky enough to eat our Be Our Guest for lunch twice since New Fantasyland officially opened last December. While eating at the Magic Kingdom’s newest restaurant for dinner is the hottest ticket (word is that it is booked solid through Labor Day) going for lunch when it is a quick service restaurant is a great option.

Both times I’ve been to Be Our Guest the line has gone from the door all the way to the end of the bridge. If the line is that long, or even longer, don’t let this discourage you. Each time the cast members gave us an estimated wait time of 30-45 minutes; in reality we only waited about 15-20 minutes.  The cast members inside are very good about getting people through the ordering process so the line moves fairly quickly.

Once inside you’ll be sent to one of two types of kiosks (somewhat dependent on how you are paying for your meal). One is a touch screen where you choose what you want to eat and then pay by swiping your card (credit card, Disney gift card or your Key To The World card if you are charging to your room or using the Disney Dining Plan). The other kiosks are manned by cast members who will take your order and payment (required if you are paying cash).

Once you order you’ll receive an “enchanted rose” that you will take with you to your table. The ordering room exits into the main dining room, designed to look like the ballroom. On one side of the ballroom is another room known as the “Rose Room” or “Music Box” room because of the large music box with Belle and the Beast dancing atop it to music from the film. The other side of the ballroom leads to the mysterious West Wing, which is much darker except for the enchanted rose sitting under a glass dome in one corner of the room.

The music box in the Rose Room

The prince’s portrait in the West Wing. The portrait is enchanted see keep an eye on it while eating.

With lunch you can sit anywhere you like in any of the rooms, take note that the West Wing is the smallest room and is quite popular so finding an empty table there could be difficult if it is busy. The magic in the enchanted rose will allow the waiters to find you once your food is ready, just make sure you set the rose on your table and keep your receipt handy. There are soda fountains in each room so you can get your drinks without having to walk to a completely different room or wait for the waiter to bring it to you. We didn’t have to wait very long for our food either, we usually were barely sat down with our drinks and silverware before our food arrived.

The lunch menu does vary from the dinner menu but the food is still wonderful, it is not your typical theme park fare. 

Braised Pork (Coq Au Vin style) - eight-hour slow-cooked pork with mushrooms, onions, carrots and bacon served with mashed potatoes and green beens jardiniere

Strawberry Cream Cheese Cupcake - vanilla sponge cake, strawberry mousse filling, and cream cheese icing

Because the menu is more sophisticated than other restaurants in the Magic Kingdom it is a bit more expensive (for my husband and I with two entrees, two deserts and sharing one drink it ran us about $30-$35 dollars total) but in my opinion well worth the cost. The food is very filling and we were hungry again for several hours even with all the walking we did. I can see why Be Our Guest is so popular and hope that we can eventually try it for dinner.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Wedding #2

floral dress
Dress: Thrifted; Necklace: Kenneth Cole via Von Maur; Watch: Vince Camuto via Von Maur; Ring: Forever 21 (old); Earrings: Francesa's; Nail Polish: Sephora by OPI "I'm With Brad"; On eyes: Urban Decay Naked Basics palette; NOT PICTURED Shoes: Toms; Nail Polish on toes OPI "I'm Not Really A Waitress"

Two weddings within one week of each other. That's a lot of food, dancing, and desserts. It's all good!