Running with lightning & a GI update

Hey, how was your day?

I just got back from visiting my elderly folks which is always quite interesting.

There’s a huge storm coming in tonight & it’s expected to bring heavy rain, lightning, hail, isolated thunderstorms, the works.  So I texted Cristin about canceling our run.  She suggested we go to the gym.

EPOD Lightning

Me: Do you think it’s okay if I run if there’s lightning? 

Mike: Yeah, why not!?  Don’t worry about things you can’t control.

Me: But what if I get hit, then I’ll die & you would be sad.

Mike: Only 20% of people hit by lightning die.  Besides if you get hit, it would hurt like heck, but it’d be cool!  Like how cool would it be to get hit by lightning!?

Yeah, we have deep conversations. 

So needless to say, I think I’ll be hitting up the gym with Cristin tomorrow.


GI update:

Earlier this month, I went in for an ultrasound that revealed “floaters” in the gallbladder and a cyst on the liver.

Then my GI doc ordered an MRI so he could see more detail.


You guys should all be proud of me not hurting anyone when they took my coffee away 2 mornings. 

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The MRI came back “normal” but my doc wanted to get a third opinion before he rules the gallbladder out.  Also the cyst came back okay too. 

My doc ordered a gastric emptying study.  Which is a pretty cool medical test if you ask me.  The instructions read “do not eat breakfast, we will provide toast with jelly, eggs, oatmeal & water.”  Which is laced with trace amounts of nukes.  Yay, I get to eat nukes!  It’s scheduled for next week.

Then he said something about doing an endoscopy.  I am not happy about that, but at this point, I’ll do whatever it takes to feel better.  You know, like a productive human in society. 

My gut still hurts every day, mostly in the afternoon & evening. 

I’m probably gonna die.

Dang tourettes again.


I love my doc and completely trust him.  However, I’ve been feeling like I’m not explaining how I feel in a way for him to understand.  You see, I have a hard time explaining what’s in my head.  Does that even make sense?

Anyway I sent him an email Sunday night with more information.  His office called & he wants to see me tomorrow afternoon.  Mike’s going with me to interpret for me because he speaks Jacqueline. 

Yeah, that’s right, I have people.  😉

So there ya have it.  I’m still in pain and have no answers…yet. 

I’m being very patient while he tries to unravel the mystery of this perplexed gut of mine.  I let this go on for wayyyy too long, I’m more than okay allowing him taking his time to pinpoint the problem & treat it.

Is there any type of weather you won’t exercise in?

Any other GI sufferers out there? 

Or any other type of chronic pain?

This is totally random, but what was the first blog you found?


10 Comments on “Running with lightning & a GI update

  1. I will get up well before daylight to avoid running in the HEAT. The first running blog I started reading was Hungry runner girl and that’s how I found your blog =)

  2. Hi Jacqueline,
    I feel your pain! I had GI problems for a LONG time. I was diagnosed w/gallstones when I was 6 yrs old and managed it through diet because they didn’t want to do surgery on me so young and they weren’t obstructing anything, just causing pain. It got worse again when I was in my early 20’s and I had similar experience to you, dull but very strong pain mostly in afternoon & night, regardless of how I ate which stumped the drs because it didn’t resemble symptoms of gallbladder issues even though I still had the stones… found another dr. went through many tests, trips to the ER, etc and they still said no obstruction but I couldn’t find anything to stop the pain. Finally the Dr. suggested removing my gallbladder… I was desperate and wanted to try anything so I did it and the pain was completely gone immediately… had to make some adjustments to my diet (can’t really handle anything greasy or with a lot of butter anymore but that’s probably not a bad thing) but other than that it really did the trick. Now of course everyone is different and I have no clue if your situation is anywhere near similar to mine but wanted to let you know that you’re not alone dealing with mysterious pains and can understand your frustration with all the testing and little to no answers… hang in there!!

  3. I went through years of pure hell with gut/stomach stuff — you name the test I had it; had gall bladder & appendix removed as well. I have gastroparesis (I’m not diabetic) and it was found with the test where you swallow a tiny camera and it goes through your digestive track.

  4. I wont run in heavy rain or lightning. Besides being hit by lightning, I am afraid of slipping on the wet roads and chaffing (TMI?) Anyway, Hungry Runner Girl was the first blog I really started reading regularly and now I am hooked on a bajillion other blogs thanks to her.

  5. Have you ever heard of Celiac Disease?? I went thru all kinds of gut issues before being diagnosed with that.

  6. Really, y’all are the best!
    I tested negative for Celiac. A friend of mine has it & I feel for her. It’s crazy because less than 1% of the population has it. Sorry to hear your apart of that uber small percentage. But at least you have an answer. 🙂

  7. I am fine now that I know what is wrong with me. Just make sure you had the biopsy because you can have a false negative with just the blood test. That is the ONLY true test. Not that I want you to have it, i just know that I was diagnosed with IBS until Celiac. And I know what it feels like to not know what is going on. YOu kinda feel like you are going crazy. 🙂

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  9. Thank you Jacqueline so much for posting this! It mirrors everything I’ve been through–IBS diagnosis, food allergy tests, ultrasound, bloodwork, scary MRI mummy experience. I also had 3 liver cysts which was unnerving. Glad you figured it out–how was HIDA scan? Did you do this prior to GB removal?

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