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Week In Review: The Hospital Edition

Week In Review: The Hospital Edition

Oh how a week can change in the blink of an….. eye

(you’ll get it later)

I spent more time in a hospital last week… scratch that – in two days… than I ever hope to again. 

One of my visits was anticipated. 

Matching bracelets on both hands is cool… right?

Remember all the digestive discomfort and stomach pains I was experiencing this summer? Yes well those never really went away. They ebbed and flowed with getting better and then worse again, but in general I stopped talking about it all because I just kind of… got used to it. Also because I was put on a waitlist to see a G.I specialist so was literally just biding my time. After waiting three months on that list, I finally got in to see the specialist this last week. She scheduled me to have an endoscopy (a camera scope put down your throat) and was luckily able to get me in at the end of the week.

So I fasted, got myself to the hospital and put on the sexy blue robe but then… go me… I screwed up and drank some water. I didn’t realize you weren’t even supposed to have water before coming in! So I had to wait an additional 1-2 hours in the waiting room before they could do the procedure. 

Everything went fine. In fact, I dare say… it was great. Whatever those sedation drugs were?!…. man I’d have those again. I felt soooooooo lovely that whole afternoon :).

The next morning though, my high came a tumblin’ down. 

I got a little banged up. 

Doesn’t really do it justice…


I went to the gym for the first time in weeks, and before I even did anything….  I had one of the 45 lb metal bars fall on my face. Literally. I hadn’t even touched the thing. 

So, an extremely embarrassing phone call to Dan and a whole lot of ice later, I was right back off to the same hospital. I got knocked pretty hard so the gym workers wanted me to just get checked for any possible concussion. 

…and there went my day. 

Honestly? It was my pride that was most hurt. I was really embarrassed – for having just returned to the gym and then having this happen. I called work to say I wouldn’t be in that night, and I had to cancel an audition I had that afternoon. I was also supposed to tape three self tapes – all of which I worked hard to schedule and prepare. Looking the way I did… the thought of taping them that day was just a goner. So really, I was just bummed and disappointed.

Physically… I’m fine.

Just extra shiny.

But to go back to what this post ORIGINALLY looked like…. plus, with the unexpected turn of how my week ended, I would really like to remember the other – positive – things that happened this week. Shining a light on our accomplishments with my dear friend Meg, as per the usual practice.

Last week…

Dan and I made a big batch of homemade pierogis for our freezer, and used the less than perfect ones for a feast of a breakfast.

Pierogis + fried onions + organic pea meal bacon + fried tomatoes 

I re-labelled the spices on my spice rack. Much nicer to the eye!

I made a batch of my favorite no bake fudge brownies to use up a half can of coconut milk in my fridge. This time, though, I added peppermint extract to the ganache, because all I seem to want these days is peppermint chococlate or gingerbread. The obsession came on fast this year. 

I spent a couple afternoons at home with coffee and a brownie as I scheduled and prepped my auditions for the weekend. 

Afternoon coffee/chocolate break

I also used up the last of a can of pumpkin by making some more overnight oatmeal, and got rid of a bag of nuts by making some homemade cashew/almond butter

I spent a lot more great time in the kitchen, but I think I’ll give my recipe reviews their own post as this one is already a big one. But I will say my kitchen time left me with a zaney bowl of zoodddles. 

I spent a whole afternoon relaxing in a Starbucks, doing some blogging. 

And as a result was able to publish a lofty, yet I hope very informative, post on GHEE which I felt very proud of 

My first trip to the hospital meant I got to catch up with my best friend, who graciously volunteered to be my D.D (designated chauffeur). This also meant we got to go on a lunch date to Nu Bugel after I was done. There were too many choices, so I panicked (or the drugs were just making decisions a little extra overwhelming) and just went with a classic. Coconut montreal bagel with peanut butter.   

I made use of the beautiful weather – and my little enhanced happiness – to wander Kensington Market and go on a nice walk home. Which included a stop in the library.

Where I returned some books and picked up a couple I had put on hold. 

Ah my favorite aisle…

When I got home from my… second… trip to the hospital, I was able to be at least a bit productive by finally hanging (most of) our artwork on our walls. Then I went out and bought a new set of nails because somehow I managed to bend every single nail I owned…

But it feels soooooo good to finally have this done. So much more homey. 

Dan helped me figure out the best spot in our house to do self tapes and we figured out a great lighting system that I feel really good about.

He also did our laundry. So by default “I got my laundry done,” can still be my accomplishment. 

We had a movie night complete with a big pot of stove popped popcorn, matching socks, and a movie that we both ended up falling asleep to. Oh well.     

Movie night

On Sunday (the day after my “accident”)…I was determined. I lathered on enough makeup to tape four self tapes and spent the entire afternoon at home editing them and sending them off. Super super productive. It felt so great. The week ended with an unfortunate and unexpected twist, but between getting my pictures hung, figuring out my taping area and sending all those self tapes, those extra days at home felt really, really good.

Also, Dan has been an absolute gem. He’s reminded me that I’m pretty every few minutes… even when I have a black and purple Jigglypuff sticking out of my face. So he’s kept my spirits up, and has just been a huge huge help with so many things. 

Plus, I’ve grown rather fond of my little war scar. 

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Tell me,

Have you ever had a black eye?

An endoscopy?

Are you a fan of sedation drugs?









  1. Collee | 4th Dec 17

    Oh damn! Your eye looks so tender. Ouch! On the other hand, maybe now’s the time to tape your “tough chick” demo !? Hope the endoscopy gives you some helpful information. Haven’t had one and would kinda like to keep it that way. No black eyes either — although I came close in rehearsals for “Miracle Worker.” Thanks for the lesson on ghee — I learned a lot. Sending gentle hugs, ck

    • Cora | 8th Dec 17

      Haha, its amazing the risks you take with theatre. I gave my scene partner a bloody nose during school. Rehearsing for a kids’ show…..

  2. Jamie | 4th Dec 17

    Holy moly, Cora!!!! That is a doozy of a injury. Jonas spent last night in Urgent Care after tripping down a driveway while we were looking at Christmas lights. We thought he had a concussion. Only he could injure himself looking at Christmas lights. AND I ended up in the ER last Sunday for what they thought was a ruptured appendix but one C-T scan later revealed an impacted bowel. So yep, I spent 6 hours in the ER only to be told I needed to eat more fiber. Sheesh. I love you. Go put a big ole bag of frozen peas on that shiner and let Dan bring you cinnamon rolls and coffee.
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    • Cora | 4th Dec 17

      Jamie!!! Oh my god!! Well… we are hospital twins then (how am I not surprised?). Triplets, including poor Jonas. I hope he doesn’t cringe now every time he sees a house lit up with lights or watches a christmas movie. But geez louise the pain you must have been in if they thought it was a ruptured spleen!? We all need a time out. A big old cinnamon bun and coffee lathered time out. Love to you both.

  3. Sarah @ Bucket List Tummy | 4th Dec 17

    CORA! Omg, You are a champ for getting through this week. First, I’m glad your endoscopy went well, and hopefully they will have answers. I am so sorry to hear about your gym incident. Yikes, that sounds super scary. Was anyone around to help you at the time? You’re a champion for still doing your audition tapes on Sunday. Dan sounds like the man for being there for you. Sending you extra love, peppermint, popcorn and scones this week!
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    • Cora | 8th Dec 17

      It was scary… though more so after the fact. I didn’t even know what hit me at the time (ha. I didn’t even mean the pun… but I’m keeping it). A guy came running over when he saw it happen and was all “are you okay are you okay?” I was just in shock so was like, “oh yeah… yeah I’m fine.” I sat there for a while, wondering what I should do. Then I went to look in the mirror and I had a big black baseball on my face. Soo…. that’s when I went to talk to the desk. It was scary, but could have been worse. Thank you for the extra peppermint and popcorn. Two of my favorites.

  4. Emily Swanson | 4th Dec 17

    Wow, Cora, you didn’t make very big of a deal of something that sounds incredibly painful to me. O_O That looks OUCH. I’ve never had an endoscopy, but I’m glad you’re going to start to get to the bottom of what’s affecting your GI system. I’m so thankful for a lot of healing my GI this past year.
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    • Cora | 8th Dec 17

      Well I HOPE I’m going to be getting to the bottom of what’s been going on, but to be honest with you I don’t have high hopes :s. I kind of expect its going to end up just being something I have to figure out my self. Sigh.

  5. Naomi @ Naomi Why: Roots | 4th Dec 17

    Cora, you’re the toughest! I truly hope the endoscopy gives you some answers. And that your eye heals quickly. I’m super impressed with all you got done despite the injury. Yay for productive weekends! Also, afternoons with peppermint fudge brownies and coffee sound just about perfect.
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    • Cora | 8th Dec 17

      I think the injury made me extra stubborn… which made me extra adamant about being productive. I don’t do well when I “can’t” do anything. Aha.

  6. Marti @fitwithheart | 4th Dec 17

    omg you poor thing! what a rough past week you have had! just in october i too had an upper and lower scope done..and yes! anesthesia is fabulous 🙂 i actually work as a nurse in the anesthesia department too! haha – your poor eye…OUCH! when i was in high school i got hit in the face with a softball and it looks HORRIBLE!! hang in there..it’ll get better!!

    ps. i hope you got some answers from your GI testing!

    • Cora | 8th Dec 17

      Haha so you know!! I don’t know what you guys give us but I didn’t even notice anything.. until I was able to realize how lovely a mood I was in 🙂

      Oh man getting hit with a softball was my WORST nightmare!! Probably why I quit playing that sport early on…

  7. chasetheredgrape | 4th Dec 17

    Oh my dear you certainly have been in the wars! Sending you a massive hug and I hope it all heals quickly and isn’t causing you too much discomfort. I’m also very glad that Dan was there to take care of you and is telling you constantly how pretty you are… Because it’s the truth. 🙂
    But that was a crazy week and one you can put behind you now… Even though you managed to be so productive nonetheless!

    • Cora | 8th Dec 17

      Yes I hope to never have to repeat this experience again, that’s for sure. But it’s been healing nicely and the makeup is helping limit the stares I get… 🙂

  8. Alyssa | 4th Dec 17

    Black eyes hurt girl- I feel your pain! hoping for a speedy recovery. sometimes we just have to laugh about those moments. chuckle and keep on moving along. glad your boyfriend is there for you during this time too. and you should be proud of the ghee post- i def learned a lot from it!
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    • Cora | 8th Dec 17

      I HOPE you don’t feel my pain! Because it ain’t fun! But yes, you have the best attitude about these things. Now that’s its past, and even the day or two after, I was much more able to laugh at the situation. It definitely makes these things easier to get through.

  9. Casey the College Celiac | 5th Dec 17

    Sending so much healing vibes your way, girl! I’ve had two endoscopies and one colonoscopy. Not fun, but they got the answers I needed – I hope yours does the same! And that shiner is def impressive. Reminds me of the time that I was nailed right in the face with a soccer ball kicked from a few feet away…the ref had me count down from 100 by 7s to check for a concussion. Needless to say, I can barely do that WITHOUT being hit in the face!
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    • Cora | 8th Dec 17

      I hope this extra attention I’m getting leads to an answer as well, though to be honest I don’t have my hopes up :(.

      Oh god. I got slammed in the face a few times during my soccer years. NOT fun. But geez I couldn’t even count down by 7s on my BEST brain days, withOUT a concussion. That is impressive.

  10. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets | 5th Dec 17

    Hooray for homemade pierogis and making your house feel more like a home. I love movie night, especially the kind that comes with popcorn and naps. 🙂

    Ouch, ouch, ouch for your eye though. I go a really bad shiner once after dental surgery. No good so I feel your pain. I hope the results of the stomach testing are good. Fingers crossed.
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    • Cora | 8th Dec 17

      After dental surgery!? I feel like this needs a story behind it…

  11. Hannah | 5th Dec 17

    Yikes! A barbell to the eye sounds super scary. But it sounds like both your hospital visits ended as well as could be expected for having to go to the hospital. Hope you get some answers and healing soon.

    • Cora | 8th Dec 17

      Well they didn’t end up with negative news…. so I guess that’s something to be very thankful for

  12. Kat | 5th Dec 17

    Oh my gosh you poor thing! Its actually policy at my gym that any incident that occurs on the premise requires us to call an ambulance. You get to decide if you want to ride in it to the hospital but we have to at least call them to come check out the situation. I’m so sorry that happened to you!
    As for the other doctor visit, hopefully you’ll get results soon? The waiting game is always the hardest part with those things, especially when you don’t feel good and just want to know what the HECK is going on. Praying for you and your beautiful face <3
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    • Cora | 8th Dec 17

      Wow. That’s impressive. They did not call an ambulance but they definitely made sure someone (Dan) came to get me (and stayed with me until they did) and really pressed me to go to emergency.

      The stomach stuff. Ugh, that’s going to be yet another long waiting game.

  13. Joyce @ The Hungry Caterpillar | 5th Dec 17

    Ack! Cora. That’s super scary. The fact that you had that happen and then the next day were like, “I’ll just put on enough making to tape four auditions is like, wow. You are tough. *And* you put up art.
    And I’m with Kat–I really hope the endoscopy results are helpful and maybe even give you some answers about what’s going on.
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    • Cora | 8th Dec 17

      I think the injury made me extra stubborn… which made me extra adamant about being productive. I don’t do well when I “can’t” do anything. Aha.

      I hope for answers soon too… but I don’t have my hopes up. CT scan is scheduled for late January :s

  14. Kristy from Southern In Law | 6th Dec 17

    Oh my goodness, girl! How scary!!! I am so glad you’re okay and the little gym mishap wasn’t any worse!

    I’m crossing my fingers for you that the endoscopy comes back with some helpful answers! There’s nothing worse than not knowing what’s going on!
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    • Cora | 8th Dec 17

      I’m also VERY glad it wasn’t worse. I could have been sporting a broken nose 🙁

  15. Heather @ Polyglot Jot | 6th Dec 17

    NOOOO!!! 🙁 Sad faces!!! How are you doing now?? What movie did you guys try to watch but fall asleep to? I’ve been doing that recently too with being so tired all the time! haha
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    • Cora | 9th Dec 17

      Oh I’m fine. Just some annoying discoloration still lingering, but the headaches etc. are gone. We tried watching “Michael Clayton” with George Clooney. I had heard it was *so* good but…. I can’t really give my review! Aha. Movie time sometimes means….. sleep time.

  16. Ellie Pell | 6th Dec 17

    Oh Cora I’m so glad that bar didn’t fall on your throat! That is one thing that scares me watching people bench press. I’ve been there girl, once I fell off the treadmill at the gym…and had some gnarly brush burns. It hurt to sleep 🙁
    I think you should tell people you got into a fight at the gym, you should see the other guy 😉
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    • Cora | 9th Dec 17

      Oh god. Just the thought of that…

      I was just thankful it didn’t fall on and break my NOSE. I was very lucky. Falling off the treadmill is probably one of my nightmares 🙁

  17. danielle | 7th Dec 17

    oye vey geez! what a gorgeous color of purple you got there! i smacked my face into the side of my toilet once a few years back and busted open my lip. tha’ts the purplest my face has ever been. i’ll admit that was not just me hitting the rock bottom of my ED that year, but also literally me hitting the rock bottom of the floor when i hit my face. it was a horrible time that i try to joke about because the truth is both scary as hell but i find the humor in the fact that i didn’t die. i’m here to tell the tale of what an idiot i was for letting an ED get me there.
    i did get a black eye once from my airbag opening in my face, that time i crashed into a brick mail box… that was when i was just a kid. i guess i can’t forget that one though since i’m kinda lucky i survived. oye vey indeed.
    we could have lots to chat about over striped socks, tea, and bagels.
    i’m glad you’re OK my friend 🙂

    • Cora | 9th Dec 17

      Oh geez louise. You seriously need to write a book with all your stories.

      Maybe two books.

  18. Susie @ Suzlyfe | 8th Dec 17

    I would say face palm but I think that wouldn’t be suggested right now! And I’ve had endoscopy, but only under sedation immediately following a colonoscopy. But Alex does several a day, though he hasn’t been on the receiving end! They probably gave you Versed (I know I’m spelling it wrong) which is the best stuff EVER. Just only ever get it by IV, I’ve had it PO (by mouth) before, and it is the worst tasting stuff. Plus, you can’t have water or anything (cough cough) so you can’t wash it down.
    I hope you have an audition lined up with this black eye, I think it gives you a new dimension 😀
    <3 <3
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    • Cora | 9th Dec 17

      Mm. Versed. Yep it was good. Definitely had it put in by IV….. thank god for that, apparently.

      Man if only I could have found a part that needed to be filled with some tough chick just coming back for a fight. I would have ROCKED it.

  19. Miss Polkadot | 11th Dec 17

    Oh my. Or: what. a. week. That black eye must have hurt so much and I can relate to the embarrassment you felt, too. Oh darn. Are you okay again now?
    Also, reading about everything you had to cancel or postpone – especially that audition aka potential job – made me feel so sorry for you. Again: dang!
    While I never asked – not wanting to be inquisitive -, I had been wonder to about your stomach issues, wishing the elimination diet had helped easen them. Fingers crossed for the endoscopy bringing up any helpful results.
    Also: aaah to libraries. I haven’t been to one in too long because ours is tiny and their selection subpar, plus stupid opening times.
    I’m happy you have Dan to build you up when you’re feeling less amazing. And to do your laundry ;).

    • Cora | 14th Dec 17

      Yep… almost all healed. Just a few bits of annoying discoloration, but the headaches and puffiness went away after a couple of days.

      They didn’t find anything after the endoscopy, so now I’m going in for a CT scan. UGH. And it continues…..

      Thank god for Dan. I’d be getting reaaallllly bad looks from strangers if he wasn’t here to do my laundry

  20. Kaylee | 11th Dec 17

    Yikes!! That black eye looks painful. Hope a week later it is looking better!
    There’s something strangely satisfying about eating overnight oats directly out of a container of yogurt or nut butter.
    Because I am not a huge fan of sedation drugs, thankfully I have never had an endoscopy. And because my tolerance for pain is extremely low, thankfully I have never had a black eye either. When are you supposed to get those results back btw?

    • Cora | 14th Dec 17

      And I hope you never do!!

      Results… I don’t know. They didn’t find anything so now I have to go in for a CT scan. So after that I suppose we’ll have more of a chat. Ugh. Longest process ever.

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