Life Update

Alright. Time for an update on what’s going on in my life right now! It’s been almost a week since I talked about me at all πŸ™‚

Courtesy of Meghan at Clean Eats Fast Feets.


  • Last Thursday I attended a band concert. It was outside on the grass lawn of my old high school. My brother and a lot of my friends were in the concert, and it was also the last performance of my old band director before he retired. As a surprise about 80 alumni members came back to play one final song with him. I hadn’t picked up my clarinet in almost a year, but I was amazed out how easy it was to play again.

A lot of people showed up for the band concert! This photo doesn’t do it justice.

  • After the concert about 20 of us drove into Wendy’s for a little celebration. Of course I didn’t get any food; however that just gave me the excuse to talk even more πŸ˜‰ I hadn’t realized how muchΒ I missed all of my friends. College just can’t compare.

This is something my friends and I would totally say. Sarcasm at its finest.

  • On Saturday I did a ton of packing and then my parents and brother drove up with me to my apartment for the summer. We packed up two cars (one mine and one theirs) and drove 3 + hours. On the way we encountered a train (again) and had to wait awhile.

You can’t see it in this picture, but there was some pretty awesome-looking graffiti painted on some of the train cars.

  • That afternoon we unpacked all of my things from the cars and went out to do a little shopping/eating. Since it was so late they all spent the night as well.
  • On Sunday after lunch they headed home and I was leftΒ to explore the apartment a bit more on my own!

This is the only picture of my apartment that you’ll see for awhile. It looks positively PLAIN right now.

  • Monday wasΒ the first day of my internship. This week I have been working 8:30AM-5:30PM everyday. However, I actually leave at 7:45AM and don’t get back until around 6:05PMΒ because the traffic is so congested (it should only take 11 minutes to travel to and from the office).
  • A few thoughts on my internship so far:


1. There are a total of ten interns. 9 male. 1 female.Β Guess who the 1 female is?…. 😦

2. Our days are divided up intoΒ customer service training as well as training on the tax software that we are going to be supporting. Other times we are learning about the call system that we will be using to log our communication with customers, and sometimes we are sent to our individual cubicles to work on practice exercises.

3. As I mentioned on Wednesday, I am just mentally drained. Other than my lunch break everyday, it’s basically non-stop thinking.

4. It’s actually all really interesting stuff and I think I might (just might! πŸ™‚ ) actually enjoy working in customer support this summer. It kind of seems… fun?

  • I almost forgot to mention, but also last week on Friday I went to see my gastroenterologist again. She asked more questions and I gave more answers. Then she prescribed a bunch of tests! At first I was pretty excited because more tests mean the possibility finally for a diagnosis and a solution.

In case you don’t know what a hospital table looks like… Funny story: when the doctor had me lay down on the table we realized that there was no way to extend the bottom so basically I had to keep my legs lifted the whole time because I was too long! Haha.

  • Then when I went to get my blood drawn the nurse encountered a little difficulty (like always). I think she collapsed the vessel in my arm because it started burning and she didn’t get much out. Time to call in the professionals! A woman named “Rosa” came over and within 30 seconds had stabbed me and began shoving the needle around. Now, there may have been a few tears and weary glances at my mom, but at least she got the blood flowing!


  • And gave me a special pink bandage with smiley faces. The woman who collapsed my vessel just gave me a boring old tan one…

Excuse my unphotogenic arms that look more like a leg than an arm in this picture!


Does anyone else just love bandaids?

  • I also have to do a lot of various stool tests (I hate typing that word but there’s nothing better to call it!) to test me for infections, inflammation, parasites, etc. One of these tests is also supposed to measure my ability to absorb fat, but I’m not sure that one’s ever going to get done because I have to eat 100 grams of fat for 6 days straight! Currently I don’t eat much fat at all– the only fat I get is from dark chicken meat. Any skin, fat in broth, oils, nuts, or what have you basically kills my stomach and sends me straight to the bathroom for days on end. So ya… No thanks!

Oh! And here is a lovely picture of the bruise that formed on my arm from the collapsed vein… Can you kind of see it? Unfortunately it looks more like a strange stain than a bruise.

  • There are some other tests that they are running too, but I’m not able to do those until later this summer when I have off on July 5th. As for the rest of the tests, I’ll let you know what I find out when I get the results. Hopefully sooner rather than later!

Who else takes awkward pictures in doctor’s offices?

  • Tomorrow is Friday thank goodness!

I’m going to quickly insert some pictures so this post isn’t quite so text-heavy and BORING. Then I’m going to find a nice little book to read before I head off to bed. Besides being Friday, it’s also the day that I get to head home for the weekend since I have three days off due to Memorial Day!

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Oh, and a little preview for a new recipe that I have to share. Dairy-Free Chili Chips and Cheese (with Vegan substitutions!)


Does this really need a caption?


Are you going to do anything special to celebrate Memorial Day? I’m planning on going to a band parade on Monday depending on the weather!

Do you like going to the hospital?

Are there many train tracks where you live?

What are your plans for the weekend?

42 thoughts on “Life Update

  1. Even just hearing the story about the nurse having to dig around in your arm with a needle completely skeeved me out. I’m -terrified- of needles, and basically have to talk myself up for days before I manage to work up enough courage to go. And even then I pretty much always end up feeling like I’m going to pass out. So I guess that kind of answers your question about the hospital… I’d actually like to meet the person who enjoys going in to the hospital and do some serious psychological testing on them. Unless it’s for work, I can’t imagine actually enjoying going in to get poked and prodded. Talk about a serious case of the heebie jeebies. Hope the tests at least get you some answers!

    • When I was younger I would cry whenever they had to draw blood. In high school though I joined up with the Red Blood Drive for a few activities and kind of lost my fear over it. My friend and I were well-known as the two whose veins they could never ever find. They didn’t believe us each time, but after a few minutes of exclaiming over our arm asking “You said this was your GOOD one?!” they were believers. Lol.

      Hopefully you won’t have too many times that you have to get blood drawn then!

      Thanks Amanda πŸ™‚ Me too, although so far the results are nil 😦

  2. Ughh I hate when they have to dig around to get the blood goin’! At least it’s over, I hope your test results come out great! That’s SO exciting that you just moved into your apartment :). How’s the independence treating you?

    • Same here. If they just get it in one go I’m good. But this lady literally just rotated it completely and jabbed the needle in and out (not an exaggeration). I looked at my mom like “Seriously?”

      The independent life is fabulous! Thanks for asking πŸ™‚

  3. When I had blood drawn in high school the nurse collapsed a vein in BOTH of my arms. So not fun. I can’t wait to see your apartment! Having your own place is such a great/terrifying transition, even if it’s only for a short amount of time. I’m so happy you played clarinet – that was my instrument as well! Band geeks unite πŸ™‚

    • The same thing happened to be when I had to get an IV for my colonoscopy last year. I’d never had a collapsed vein before but I definitely learned. Two for me as well 😦

      Clarinets are the best instruments in my opinion. I don’t play it much since I don’t have band class anymore, but band will remain my favorite class forever!!

  4. I hope they figure out some solutions soon! I HATE it when they collapse a vein/miss your vein. It stings like crazy. I’m so glad your internship is going well so far (and hey, nine guys isn’t so bad if they’re cute ;)).

  5. That sounds rubbish about getting blood drawn and all those tests. Hopefully it’ll be worth it in the end! How frustrating 😦
    Your internship sounds pretty cool but heavy going. Commutes really suck so I totally empathise with you. Mine takes an hour both ways. It’s a good time for me to catch up on the news but it’s frustrating when I get stuck in traffic.

    • Yes- worth it if I get results!

      I couldn’t imagine having an hour long commute everyday, but I also said that I never wanted to live out-of-state so if my present circumstances are any indicator.. Haha.

      Whenever I get stuck in traffic I text or call my mom. She doesn’t care if I get angry over the phone and it’s just nice to vent when some “people” act like they just got their driver’s licenses yesterday.

  6. So sorry about all those doctors visits/testings, I hope though it leads to some answers! So glad to hear that you are enjoying your internship!! It sounds intense but seems like you are going to get a really great experience from it! Great to ‘hear’ an update from you πŸ™‚

  7. I can’t believe you are the only girl! that is crazy. I am so happy to hear that this doctor is doing more tests, exactly what you need. I am embarking on a help my stomach project next friday with the whole 30 because I am so sick of the pains I continue to get and symptoms that are no fun

    • I kept on expecting another girl to walk in the first day. Then when our internship coordinator said, “Okay, that looks like everyone” I’m sure my eyes bugged out of my head just a little. πŸ˜‰

      I’ve already told you this a million times– but good luck with the Whole30!!

  8. Hopefully you get some good news soon!

    When I was in high school I had to get blood work done, and the lady doing it was horrible. She just stabbed the needle in and went searching around for the vein. Needless to say ever since I’ve had to get blood taken it’s been a nerve wracking experience.

  9. I have to second Amanda’s comment…I get woozy thinking about giving blood so hearing your experience makes me consider passing out πŸ˜› I’m glad you’re stronger than I am, although that bandage was a pretty sweet reward πŸ˜‰ I like the picture you showed of your digs and that you’re enjoying your internship! That’ll make the summer much better πŸ™‚ Enjoy your weekend at home!

  10. Hopefully a meet-up with the cousin will be a part of my weekend…along with naps and shopping! And those Dairy-Free Chili Chips and Cheese?!? Post the recipe soon, haha!

  11. Oh man, so this was the first week on the internship. How’d I miss that. Vacations make me lose all track of days.
    It sounds like your first week went really well, although it was exhausting. Too many boys and too much testosterone though. On the bright side, working so hard usually means sleeping really good every night, so there’s that.
    I like the glimpse of your apartment; the wood work is really nice. Are you there al by yourself, or do you have a roomie?
    Blood work is never fun, so I hope it gives you the answers you’re looking for; I can only imagine what a relief that would be.
    Enjoy your long weekend. πŸ™‚

    • I’m the same way. I come back from a trip and just expect everything to stay the same! haha.

      Definitely too many boys. I would have preferred a more equal ratio of 1:1.

      I have a roommate that lives on the third floor (I live on the first). I didn’t see her for about a week and a half because we literally kept missing each other. Well, that and the fact that I went to sleep early most nights πŸ™‚

  12. Geesh, you’ve been a busy little bee lately!! Besides the unpleasant doctors visit, glad to hear your intern is going so well. Sucks it’s such long hours, but I guess that’s what comes w/ growing up huh? 😦 Ha Ha!

    • Bzzz. Haha.

      Thumbs down to growing up. I want to go back to the times where “working” during the summer meant cleaning up after homemade waterparks by spraying a hose through the trampoline… or walking a mile to the Corn Crib for some ice cream. Lol. “Work.”

  13. You are so so busy! Sorry about the doctors visit. Going to the doctor’s office is never fun! I had to give blood last week and it took the nurse 4 tries to get the needle in properly. Talk about insane! I’m glad you like you’re internship though! I hate that it’s long hours, but the money and experience will probably be very helpful! πŸ™‚

  14. I used to have to get my blood drawn every couple weeks and I literally ALWAYS had the exact same thing happen. Some lady alwaaays messes up (my veins are tiny, but they never listen when I say that) and some other lady has to come over and help and I end up with a ton of bruises. Ick. Hope your test results find you some answers. And glad you think you’ll like your internship this summer even if it is intense!

    • I used to get allergy shots every week so I’m used to the needles now.

      Glad that you don’t have to do that anymore though– not fun, especially when they messed it up a lot. They never listen to me either when I say that my veins are small. It’s like Them: “Oh, this must be your bad arm, let’s try another.” Me: “Actually, that’s my good arm…” Them: “Oh, we’ll just see about that. *Wink* *Wink*” Me 5 minutes later: “Do you believe me NOW?” πŸ˜‰

  15. Thanks for updating us on your life! The band concert looks and sounds really fun! I also like working in customer service. πŸ™‚ I’m sorry you’re the only female intern though. 😦 Maybe you can make friends with some of the female employees there. I can’t wait to hear what you learn from your tests. I hope you’re having a great memorial day weekend!

    Memorial Day Plans? Maybe go to Folk Life (a concert/festival) but probably not. I don’t think Heath really wants to go, but I do!! πŸ˜›

    Like going to the hospital? Actually, no. I hate going to the hospital.

    Train tracks? Oh yeah, there are quite a few around Seattle – not exactly right in downtown though.

    Weekend Plans? So far just to have another wonderful day that’s a lot like the last one but full of deligtful new surprises.

    • Even if I don’t make friends with anybody else, that’s alright. I’m kind of a lonebody. Plus, it will make me appreciate school and home more where I have tons of people to talk to πŸ˜€

      I kind of like going to the hospital because I see it as an opportunity to walk out learning something new and/or feeling better than when I went in!

      Hope you are having a wonderful summer! πŸ™‚

  16. You’re pulling some long days there with that internship. Wow. And I think it’s quite impressive that you’re the only female there! Go you!
    My fingers are crossed that your tests go well and you get some information back! I know how excruciating it can be to have to wait and then not get any good answers…

    • Thanks Olivia πŸ™‚

      Nothing has come back yet (about 1/2 the test results are done) which I honestly expected. I’m not entirely sure things will come back on the other ones either. Whenever I go to do tests it seems like my body decides to cooperate that day 😦

  17. Quite a week, Madison. Great to have a chance to see old friends, isn’t it. You apartment looks like it will be great since it’s beautiful already before you decorate. It’s so frustrating when there’s something that’s not right with you and the doctors can’t figure it out. Hang in there, it will get figured out!

    • I love seeing all of my friends. Totally makes my weekend!

      Not much more decorating done since this post. In my mind it just equates to having even more to load back home. Ha.

      I seriously hope something gets figured out. Thanks a lot for your comment Fran πŸ™‚

  18. I’m a sucker for fun band-aids, I am so cheap everywhere else, but I’ll totally pay $2 more if it means my band-aids are glow-in-the-dark and/or have My Little Pony on them. Hope the needle-business ends up giving you some answers!

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