Sadly my birthWEEK celebrations have come to an end, but that means I have some down time now to share what we were up to these past 5 days. Before I get into that, I wanted to start with what we did a whole week ago: two consultations in Fredericksburg!
We got into town pretty early to see a friend of mine that I’ve known for YEARS to talk about an idea for my first two tattoos. He’s an apprentice tattoo artist working under our high school art teacher who runs her own art studio/tattoo parlor. I’m really excited to see what he comes up with and have an even better idea of what it’ll look like when it’s all done. The basic thought is that I’ll have my parents’ zodiac signs constellations on each of my shoulder caps. They’ll be grayscale and very simple, but I wanted to incorporate flowers in place of the major stars of the clusters. I’m still waiting on his sketches, but we got to talk more about what I wanted and details like placement and sizing. The owner said she’s probably gonna collab with him on the tattooing itself because even though what I’m getting will be simple in a way, the placement and curve of my shoulder might prove difficult for him. I’m more excited knowing I’ll be working with both of them (:
After that, we went for lunch at Castiglia’s which is one of my all time favorite Italian places in my hometown. I decided to pair my plum colored shirt with a matching lipstick: “cyber” by MAC is one of my favorites. It was a beautiful day to walk downtown and our meal was delicious! I got scallops and Justin got pizza. Isn’t he handsome? Wow…
Lunch was yummy, but we needed something sweet to follow it. A short drive down the road was Sugar Shack- the best donut place in whatever town you’re in that has one! They now serve bubble tea and Justin & I were super hype to try the cool boba drink. We got the classic milk and it was strange (cause it was new), but so scrumptious. It was like a tea milkshake and the tapioca pearls were perfectly chewy and sweet. I would totally love to swing by our Richmond location to see if they’re selling it now too!
We took our drinks to the gastroenterologist office for my second consultation of the day. Since going gluten-free back in March of this year, a lot of the issues and symptoms I had been suffering through stopped almost immediately and overall I just felt BETTER. I even tested my theory once by having a soft pretzel at the movies about a month or two after cutting out gluten, and I ended up having an attack that very night. I didn’t try anything like that again, but occasionally would have things like a burger (which has some amount of gluten in the bun) and I would be fine. I had two attacks recently that frustrated me: one, because I didn’t know why they were happening and two, because the second time it went away for about 15 minutes and came back! I had never had that happen with an attack before, so I knew I needed to talk to someone about checking off that last box- endoscopy. They said I’d have to come in for a consult with the doctor before they could schedule the procedure for me, so there I was. I talked to a nurse and then the doctor who suggested I go ahead and have the endoscopy. I was somewhat disappointed that a specialist couldn’t tell from my symptoms and my story what exactly my issue was. I wish I could’ve had them put a name or label on what’s happening to me, but I’ll settle for the last thing I can do to figure it out. I’ve had all the blood, urine, and other imaging tests done on me countless times in the past year and a half since I first experienced these problems, so I’m ready to be completely done with everything and either know what it is or just keep doing what I’m doing in hopes that I won’t have an attack while driving or at work…
Sorry if that was a ton of information at once in sort of a rant paragraph. I’m going in for the procedure mid-November, so you’ll be filled in with the results whenever I receive them after that. I’m doing well as of late still being mostly gluten-free!
Stick around for lots of birthday related posts coming up in the next few days/week (: