I went for some follow up blood work for my liver problems on Wednesday. I haven't even received the results, but I can tell you for sure that I am not 100%.
To prepare for the blood test, I had to fast for 12 hours. I did it overnight and that part was not much of a struggle. Following the blood draw, I grabbed some breakfast from Hardee's, because I was in a rush to get to work and I felt like a little splurge. Big mistake. Before I had even finished the meal, I started to feel some minor pain and discomfort from my liver area. I was not the kind of attack that used to send me to the ER; the pain intensity and duration were nowhere near as bad as I used to be. But it was noticeable and had me concerned/uncomfortable for a couple of hours. In fact, the lingering effects lasted through the entire day. No real pain to speak of, but a consistent "funny" feeling for the rest of the day.
I am very curious what the blood tests will say about my progress, and I had been feeling really good about the progress I had made. I am exercising more and eating better than I have in my entire life. I have lost 20 pounds since this whole thing started, and I really getting into good shape. But it seems as though my body was providing me with a reality check. Though I may be doing better, I am far from fully recovered. I guess I hope I am at least getting a passing grade!?
Speaking of grades, the weather gets an F! I ran outside this morning in 2 inches of snow because I could not fathom the idea of running on the treadmill again. It was not a lot of fun, and things are only supposed to get worse. The weatheman is calling for 2-3 more inches of snow followed by temps below zero and wind chills in the negative teens. At least it's not my turn to run tomorrow (I love you, honey!). I do have to consider how I will do my lunchtime walking, and more than likely I will walk indoors through the halls. I am not excited about the idea of speed walking through the halls around co-workers, but what the hell. It's better than losing a toe to frostbite.