Coffee Talk #OldSchoolBlogging Vol. 9

I’ve probably done enough old school blogging for the week, what with my over-analyzing my purpose with ye olde blawg and all my detox recaps. But I also realize that many of you couldn’t give a fig about the detox, and I saw a new doctor this week that I’m all excited to tell you about.

Because we have no idea how I got this stress fracture or why, my orthopedist recommended I get a bone workup with another doc in the practice. Is this a new thing? Within this orthopedic practice, there seem to be sub-specialties. Like, he sent me to another guy in the practice for that nerve study. And now yet another for this bone workup.

So whatever, I’m not complaining because I LOVE HIM.

He is a runner, he has plantar fasciitis, and he is all about using nutrition to heal me. I feel like I found my people. 

The first thing he did was ask about a family history of osteoporosis (yes.) Then he wanted to know if I drink milk (I don’t) and if I have any digestive issues or thyroid issues that might prevent me from absorbing calcium (yes to both.)

So he was very interested in all that. I explained my eating habits, and he ordered blood work to see where my Vitamin D and calcium levels are. He also wants to get the results from my recent thyroid bloodwork and take a look at that.

I’m currently not on thyroid meds, and I don’t want to be. When I was on synthroid is when I lost so much hair, and I have no idea if it was to blame or if it was a coincidence, but I do not want to find out and I told him so. He didn’t lecture me or really even raise an eyebrow so that earned him another point in my scorebook. Of course, we will see what he says after he sees my bloodwork.

My primary care doctor says I’m borderline and don’t have to be on the synthroid if I don’t want to, although she wants to watch my levels closely. My levels never change, though. They have been the same since I was diagnosed 8 years ago so I’m skeptical about the whole thing. Anyway, I digress.

After we talked for a while, he recommended that I work with a nutritionist. Which sort of makes me laugh, but okay. I am happy to do that as long as it is someone who isn’t going to tell me I need to eat according to the stupid USDA food pyramid. I am actually curious to have someone look at my specific diet and bloodwork and tell me if there are any major holes or areas where I’m deficient in certain nutrients. I’m sure there are because I can’t drink milk or eat nuts, seeds, avocados — all nutrient-rich foods that help round out a paleo diet.

He has a nutritionist he recommends, and I can meet with her online, which is a total plus. I have no time to waste driving to appointments. So I will try that.

He also wants me to get a gait analysis when the boot is off, which might shed some light on the plantar fasciitis issue. I’ve been wanting to do something like that but never knew where to go.

Of course, the first order of business is to figure out why I got a stress fracture doing pretty much nothing. I go back in 2 weeks to hear what he finds out from my bloodwork results and how we should proceed.

I’m so relieved to finally be working with someone who gets me and has a game plan.

In other news, the first week of school went swimmingly. It’s always a bit of an adjustment getting into a new school routine, but all of my kids are happy with their teachers and seem to be getting on well with them.

As for me, having the house to myself all day long every day is pure bliss. As unbelievable as it may seem, I’m a bit of a recluse and perfectly happy to be by myself for long periods of time.

I’m starting to count down the days until the travel season starts up. I have three major trips coming up. YES, THREE! And it’s my “busy season.” Fall is always nuts because in addition to the back-to-school craziness and all the usual holidays, all three of my kids have their birthdays. AND blogging explodes during this time of year, with brands pitching products for gift guides and wanting sponsored content for the holidays. But there wasn’t one of these trips I could bear to turn down. I actually did turn down two others I really wanted to do because I’d like to stay happily married. Priorities, you know.

First, I’m going to the International Food Bloggers Conference in Seattle with Krusteaz. I cannot wait to meet the other #bakers13 (Krusteaz ambassadors), and I hear the food and wine at the conference is phenomenal.

Then I’ll be home for a mere TWO DAYS before I leave for Costa Rica for the ROAR Retreat. Yes, it’s a tight turnaround, but Paul and I talked it over and decided we can manage. It is a lot on him and I’m so thankful he is willing to support me. It helps that our kids are in school all day; I’m just praying no one gets sick so he can work.

Finally, next month Paul and I are BOTH going to Turks & Caicos for Social Media On The Sand. We debated this trip up and down and back and forth, thinking it was too much on top of Costa Rica (little did I know the Seattle trip was going to pop up too!!!!) But we have never been anywhere tropical together and I’m speaking! (Scroll alllllllll the way down to find me.)

So yeah, our fall is a little busy. There’s that busy word again. But sometimes you have to call a spade a spade.

It will be tough juggling all the travel with my blogging commitments and parenting responsibilities, but I always enjoy conferences and press trips and they are almost always worth the extra stress. I just hope my kids still recognize me come November! Ha.

The good news is, we aren’t traveling as a family until Christmastime, and even then we will be here for Christmas Day and will travel to Virginia afterwards. Traveling for Christmas Day and lugging all the presents is waaaaay too stressful and I swore the last time I did it that I’d never do it again — not until my kids are older, anyway. So once I’m home from Turks & Caicos, I’m home for a while. I’m really glad that trip is last because it’s the one that I get to share with my husband, and by then we will need some time to reconnect, I’m sure!

So what are y’all up to this weekend? Mine is quiet. No commitments other than hopefully planting some mums out front. We had our sidewalk dug up and pavers installed this week, which left my garden in upheaval. It’s time to yank out the summer annuals anyway, so that gives us a Saturday project to work on as long as the rain holds off.

Happy Weekend!