Ice Cream: The Breakfast Of Champions

Song Of the Post: “Ice Cream” By Sarah McLachlan

Ice cream for breakfast…its what you dreamed of having every morning as a kid. My mother always loves telling us what our grandmother (her mother) would say when we stayed at her house: “You are at Grandma’s house, you can have whatever you want for breakfast. If you want ice cream for breakfast you can have ice cream for breakfast.” Drove my mother nuts. Of course when you get older and you move out on your own you may have ice cream for breakfast a few times to rebel but then you usually realize that it really wasn’t the greatest idea after all.

Well, the past few days the pain and numbness on my left side has really increased. I finally gave in yesterday and decided to go on steroids again, I just couldn’t take it anymore. I have pain while I am at work then I come home where I have a list of things I would like to do but I am already in pain and worn out from the day so I don’t want to do anything. Plus I want to get running again and its hard to walk out that door to run when you are already in pain or your leg is numb or both.

Enough of the pain and numbness talk, let’s get back to the ice cream. If you don’t have MS or have MS but are lucky enough to not have had to take steroids yet, you do not know the amount of steroids doctors usually prescribe to hopefully help you get over a relapse (or at least make it shorter). The pill option they will usually prescribe is anywhere from one to five days of 25 pills of 50mg of prednisone each day. (If you have a more old school pharmacy nearby you might luck out with one horse pill a day. I had this last time.) This is where the ice cream comes in (at least for me). I cannot stand the taste of these pills so I need something to take with it to mask the taste. During my first set of steroids like this I tried just taking them with milk, that definitely didn’t work. Then I tried taking them with some yogurt and that didn’t help much either. Finally I spoke to the nurse practitioner at my doctors office and she suggested I try eating them with ice cream or a smoothie to mask the taste. So when it comes time to take these lovely steroids, I switch up my normal cereal and yogurt for a little bit of cereal and ice cream and steroids. Its just not as fun anymore…but I guess it is still an excuse to eat ice cream for breakfast. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hey, if you want to use me as excuse tomorrow morning to eat ice cream for breakfast to”feel my pain” on my first day of steroids I will understand. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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2 thoughts on “Ice Cream: The Breakfast Of Champions

  1. You’re posts are so strong, you can use satire to lend a sarcastic twist to a miserable solution. When I was on the oral steroids I became so far from myself, a different person. I wish you all the best during this episode. You’ll be runnIng agaIn in no time.

  2. I have a love/hate relationship with steroids. For one, they work very well for me and I bounce right back from feeling crummy. But, of course the side effects suck. For Crohn’s there is Budesinide (sp?) which is a steroid tailored for the GI tract. It’s expensive as hell! But it treats the body a lot better. Use this down time to rehab your foot and ask yourself every day, “what can I do TODAY?” If that’s just taking care of yourself and a few chores, then do that. When you get to feeling better, enjoy a walk, a slow bike ride, or a short run. It all comes back around. Think of it as a forced taper ๐Ÿ˜€

    PS. I am totally feeling your pain (sort of). Ever since it got cold, my guts are flipping out. It’s fab. I just enjoyed an 8-mile run yesterday and then spent all evening running to the bathroom. I have a doctor’s appointment in three weeks so I’ll see what happens between then and now. Blah. ๐Ÿ˜›

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