The Gift of Tea

The verdict is in. I’m definitely starting to flare up and there’s nothing I can really do about it, but it’s not as bad as it’s been in the past. Today I’ve been drinking a lot of chamomile tea, which is an absolute God send when it comes to intestinal pain. Ginger and peppermint tea are good for that as well, but chamomile is my favorite. 

A friend of mine stopped by my work and gave me a little get well soon gift, which was super nice of her. It was a loose leaf tea strainer/infuser and some loose leaf tea – chamomile and vanilla bean. It smells amazing. I used it and mostly ended up making a mess, but I eventually figured it out. I definitely need a better method of getting hot water other than microwaving it in a coffee mug and then pouring it into the infuser.

You know that thing where if you’re trying to pour a glass of water into another glass and it just runs down the side of the cup and down your hand instead? It really sucks when it’s almost boiling water.

I also went to the Cow Appreciation Day to a Chick-fil-A that was drive thru only, so I got away with wearing an embarrassing outfit without even having to leave the car. I ended up eating barely half if it, though. I just gave it to my dog, which she was definitely happy about.

I’m really trying to not let this negativity consume me too much. Not very many people hear about the psychological struggle that ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease causes. Recently I’ve been feeling like I’m in a video game and the “enemy nearby” music is playing, but there’s no enemy in sight at all. I’m just stuck in one place, waiting until I get my next Remicade infusion.

It’s tough, but I know I can get through it one day at a time.

Until then, I’ll just stay within 30 seconds of a bathroom.


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