Saturday, February 7, 2009


So lets talk about this week....
It's been a trip for sure! Lets start at Sunday, and this is a little embarrassing but I will share, as many of you know I had the pleasure of getting my first colonoscopy on Monday, combined with an EDG(not sure what that stands for but they stick a camera down your throat and check out your entire stomach.) Anyways... that began on Sunday, anyone who knows anything about colonoscopys knows the worst part is the prep the day before the procedure, long story short(and not so gross), basically you have to drink 1 gallon of this extremely awful tasting liquid, and let me tell you, it cleans you out. I won't be anymore specific than that but you get the gist of it. So that was my Superbowl Sunday experience, No food, No fun, and the Cards didn't even win, but that's okay.
Moving on to Monday, I had to be at the Dr. by 6:30 am. So Lanny takes me over there, they take me back into this big room where 10 other patients are anxiously awaiting the lovely experience that is about to take place for them, they give me this rather revealing hospital gown to wear, hook me up to a pretty thick IV that goes into my arm, and wheeled me in to the room where the procedure would take place. All I can say is it was a freaky looking set up and all I could think about was how GLAD I was to not have to be coherent for any of the procedure. Has anyone every gone under anesthesia? Well I knew it was coming any minute but they never tell you when, So I was asking the dr all kinds of question, you know me, I like to be informed, and BOOM, I was gone. Before I knew it I had several nurses and my husband in my face telling me I need sit up so they could get me into the wheelchair. I was getting pretty frustrated because the anesthesia made me feel like each limb weighed over 1000 lbs and I was extremely nauseated. Lanny informed me that I repeatedly stated, "I need the anti-nausea, I need the anti-nausea". So after throwing up several times(mind you there is nothing in my stomach), they pumped me full of the anti-nausea and wheeled me to my car. Lanny took me home and put me to bed, I slept the entire day. All in all I would say the procedure wasn't bad, I actually don't remember 1 second of it, thank heavens.
Now I am awake and so it's time to face the outcome of the procedure. Something I didn't want to do. I asked Lanny what the doctor had told him and thankfully I don't have cancer or any life threatening illness, but the doctor did find something. I have................ "Celiac Disease" Since most people don't know what this is so I thought a definition would be helpful:

Celiac Disease (CD) is a lifelong, digestive disorder affecting children and adults. When people with CD eat foods that contain gluten, it creates an immune-mediated toxic reaction that causes damage to the small intestine and does not allow food to be properly absorbed. Even small amounts of gluten in foods can affect those with CD and cause health problems. Damage can occur to the small bowel even when there are no symptoms present.

Gluten is the common name for the proteins in specific grains that are harmful to persons with celiac disease. These proteins are found inALL forms of wheat (including durum, semolina, spelt, kamut, einkorn and faro) and related grains rye, barley and triticale and MUST be eliminated.

So there you have it, no more cookies, cakes, bread, and much much more. Gluten is in just about everything. It will be a hard adjustment but I don't have much of a choice. I haven't gotten the biopsy results back yet so its not 100% but there was two other tests done that came back positive. Its strictly fruits and veggies for this gal! More and more restaurants are accommodating this stinky disorder because so many more people are being diagnosed with it these days. Lots of restaurants have gluten free menus and although they aren't nearly as tasty as the real menu, its helpful.

Moving on, we just found out Lanny will be going to California for work Sunday night, we don't know yet how long the job will last, but it will be 5 days a week in CA, 2 in AZ until the job is done. So I will be vacating to my parents house while he is gone. Kinda stinks but we are grateful he has work and he can hopefully make some extra cash with some overtime. Well I was super motivated at one point to finish this blog but had to go do something in the middle and lost the energy. All in all we are happy, I am healthy, given I stick to a delicious gluten free diet. If anyone has any kind of suggestions and knows good places to eat gluten free, I would seriously appreciate the input!

I hope all is well for my fellow bloggers :)

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Our Life

So, I am rather new at this blog thing and decided I would throw together another blog given I have some extra free timetoday! I decided I would do a "get to know us" blog... it is probably nothing too interesting but is a little update on our lives. 

Currently Lanny and I are living in the wonderful "newly wed grandma house". This is a little apartment off of the side of Lanny's G-ma and G-pa Udall's home. It was the great grandma's home but after she passed away several years ago it has become the newly wed's home. There has been several couples that have lived here before us and we are so extremely grateful for the opportunity to live here and save money, or at least try :) 

Coincidentally enough we are in both of Lanny's grandparents ward, and until I was put into Young Women's, I would sit in between both grandmas during Relief Society, it was fun :) But now I am what the Young Women's President calls a "floating advisor", I didn't know they existed until I became one but I have enjoyed it a lot because I have been able to get to know all of the girls regardless of age or class and it has been great. Lanny is the 11 year old scout leader and teaches Priesthood once a month, every Monday night he panics about what he will do for scouts Tuesday afternoon, but he being the hardcore scouter he is, enjoys it!

Lanny is working at at King Steel and Ironworks as a "steel fabricator", or in less fancy terms, a welder. It is tough work and he comes home everyday looking like he has fought fires and rolled around in the mud, but handsome none the less! I keep trying to get him to go down to Walmart and buy some new work shirts but he doesn't seem to think it is necessary, so I gave up on that one :) I am still working at Davis Miles Law Firm, where I sit in my cube all day and chip away at replying to hundreds of emails, which is part of the reason I don't have much drive to 'blog' when I get  home! 

Over the past month I have had some unexpected health issues and the bills are quite overwhelming... thank goodness for health insurance, and the fact that it went into affect not days before I became ill! The good news is I am feeling much better and soon will be able to find out what is or was wrong. Thank goodness for wonderful family to be there for you when you need them. I love my family! 

I hope this wasn't too long or boring, but its our lives! I am going to try to get my pictures more organized so I can start posting some more interesting things, please be patient with me, I am still learning :) 

I love you all! 


Tuesday, October 21, 2008



Lanny and I were married about 7 months ago and yesterday I finally was able to get our wedding pictures! Today I finished nearly all of my thank you cards.... what a RELIEF! It was quite the project but since I have had some extra time I was able to get them finished. I figured my first "post" would be about our wedding day and include some pictures if I can figure out how to do that. This whole blogging thing is very new to me!