Student Teaching and Ulcerative Colitis

20 Jan

Hi Everyone, I hope you are all staying warm! Thank you so much for your comments on my DIY Jewelry post, I haven’t been doing as much fun crafty stuff this past week because I’ve been super busy student teaching!

The teacher I’m working with teaches all foods classes, so it’s a lot of fun. I take over one class this week, and we’re starting with the cake baking and decorating unit, so I’m pretty excited.

I haven’t mentioned it in a while, but if you’ve been reading my blog, you know that I have Ulcerative Colitis. I wrote two posts about my diagnosis and struggle to find a medication that works, you can read them here and here if you want.

I’m happy to say that I’ve finally found a medication that works- Remicade. I’m currently taking Asacol HD with it (4 pills per day) because I get crazy joint pain and that seems to be the only thing that keeps it away. Remicade is nice because it’s not a pill you have to take everyday, but it kinda sucks because I have to go to the hospital every 8 weeks to get it pumped into me.


Super lame. BUT, it does give me 3-4 hours to read a book or do something fun. I try not to take actual work with me, because the situation is kinda sucky enough- so I like to do something enjoyable.

The first time I went they tried sticking me 4 different times until they finally got the IV in. It was not fun. Since then though, it’s only taken one try each time!


I’ve been waiting and waiting for the 3rd Divergent book to come out, and finally put myself on the hold list for it on my library’s e-book system. When I finally got it and started reading it, I had no clue what happened in the second book it had been such a long time. So, I reread the first two super fast, and just started the third one. I’m so excited.


More super lame hospitalness. The sucky thing about remicade is that they have to take your blood pressure every 15 minutes. I know some people get Benadryl before they take it and they just pass out the whole time they’re there, but I haven’t shown any signs of allergies or reactions, so I don’t get any.

Overall it’s working great, although when I’ve got about a week before my next infusion I start to feel a little sick. Cramps, nauseous feeling after eating, not being really hungry, etc. It’s during that week that I try to watch what I eat more, I try to stay away from trigger foods, or foods I know will upset my digestive system. Besides that, the Remicade really allows me to really eat what I want which is nice.

Speaking of food, this is a recent dinner my mom made the other night…


Breakfast for dinner, the greatest thing ever!! (Also, could this be an Earth balance commercial or what? lawlz.) She found a recipe for these amazing almond butter pancakes, and they’re probably my favorite pancake ever. They don’t really taste like almond butter, but I bet they’d bee good smeared with more almond butter on top! That’s morning star veggie sausage on the side, if you’re wondering.

Welp, I should get going, I’ve got to put some finishing touches on my lesson plans for this week, I just wanted to stop by! I’m really trying to blog 2-3 times a week, even with student teaching. I’ve also been slacking on reading and commenting on blogs, but they’re all in my google reader (Ok, so it’s not google reader anymore, but I like calling it that. Does anybody else miss GR like crazy?) so I’m going to try and catch up on them tonight!

Do you like eating breakfast for dinner? What’s your favorite breakfast food? When I was in college sometimes I would eat dinner for breakfast (leftovers- which are the best thing ever besides bagels when you’re hungover) and my roommates thought I was weird.

4 Responses to “Student Teaching and Ulcerative Colitis”

  1. Sophie33 January 21, 2014 at 7:01 am #

    Hang in there, my friend! I Will be thinking of you. Hugs from Belgium. Xxx ☺️

  2. Madison @ Eating 4 Balance January 27, 2014 at 6:35 pm #

    I never had google reader so lucky for me there is nothing to miss! :) I use Bloglovin, but honestly I kind of don’t like it right now.

    I always wondered how your medication was working out and what exactly you had to go for it. That’s interesting that it lasts 8 weeks. But I bet that’s nice to not have to take a pill every day. There were a few medications that my doctor just recommended that I look into. She said that they all can have some nasty side effects though, so it’s up to me. Right now, since I just started with her, I’m going to try some other more natural things first, because the side effects seem too terrible to consider. But we’ll see how it goes. Trying to keep an open mind!

    Your student teaching sounds like a blast. Baking and decorating cakes? Dream! Haha. Okay, so I’m sure it can be a little stressful too. I remember in my middle school home ec class we were making no bake cookies and one of the all boy groups couldn’t figure out why theirs was so liquidy. It turns out that they thought “boiling” the mixture was similar to “boiling water for pasta” so they added a few cups to the peanut butter, chocolate, sugar, etc. Funniest thing ever.

    • A Tablespoon of Liz January 27, 2014 at 7:44 pm #

      Yeah I feel like trying a more natural route is a good thing to start out with. Remicade has a bunch of scary side effects, but it’s better than what I was experiencing without it, haha. It’s an immunosupressant, so I get sick a lot easier. I haven’t really had any problems with it though, I did last semester when I was subbing in elementary school classrooms. Too many germs!


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