June 02, 2009

Woof! What a weekend!

I decided to pop over to Vancouver to visit with my parents before they leave town on vacation.

The night before I hit the road I went to see the movie UP! in 3-d with some friends. It was great. Had me crying all the way through ... probably because of the PMS ... but still a great movie. I really enjoyed it. Especially the talking dog. Ha. I wish Fergus had a talking collar. "SQUIRREL!"

On the walk home I told Gerry I needed to stop at the market and pick up some provisions for the trip to the mainland but Ger had this great idea that I should pick up a burrito from Hernandez instead. BRILLIANT!!

Only ... I discovered they're not open on Saturday like we thought. Boooo. So I ran down to The Joint and picked up a quick quesadilla with spinach, olives and their home-made vegan cheese. Yum!
I had a blast with my parents ... we woke up on Sunday and ate Scotch Oatmeal (that they make to perfection) and had a lazy morning reading the NY Times and gabbing about life. Then we went out to run some errands. First we hit MEC so I could find some shoes to replace my runners (that have been to NY and back and have seen better days).

I bought THESE shoes and as I was looking for the link for this post ... my heart dropped when I saw the description on the website that says they're made from leather. I checked and double checked the shoe contents (I am a professional vegan ya know!) and it's man-made synthetic "leather" ... so phew!! I didn't make a mistake.

Feeling a little peckish from all our shopping we hit up Saravanaa Bhavan for their Sunday Buffet. WOOT!!
With full bellies and new shoes on my feet we headed to the Vancouver Art Gallery to see the Golden Age of Dutch Art exhibit. It was pretty interesting but what caught my eye was an installation piece in the center of the building by Reece Terris.
I don't even know how to explain it... so instead read the description the gallery provides:
Commissioned by the Gallery, Ought Apartment will consist of a tower that rises from the main floor to the full height of the central rotunda, in which sections from six apartments are stacked one on top of another. Each apartment will be furnished with discarded items from the 1950s (on the lowest level) up to the present decade (at the top). Through this process of “making strange,” Terris invites viewers to consider their relationship to the consumption and construction of domestic space and the role this space plays in locating a public as social subjects.

Great concept. Executed perfectly ... and tactile. You were able to go into a few of the apartments and touch. It was so funny to see people in the 1950's bathroom opening and closing the medicine cabinet like they'd never seen one before. Hilarious.

I was quite excited to see a version of my stove Samantha on the 60's floor. Then a guard told me I couldn't take photos ... boo. :(
If you're in Vancouver ... run down to see the installation. It's phenomenal. We also checked out Andreas Gursky's photo exhibit which blew me away. The only downside was there wasn't much information about the artist or the photos. I would have liked to know a little more about what I was looking at.

Exhausted and suffering from "Art Gallery Legs" we took our sore feet home and had a nap, had a lovely dinner and sat around talking. It was a perfect day ... Until about 1:30am where I was suddenly woken up with excruciating menstrual cramps.

Oh $h*#. Not again!! I tried everything. Pills. Heat. Walking. Crying. Puking. Nothing was making me feel better. I called Gerry in a panic thinking that he could do something from Victoria ... and he suggested I wake up my parents. So after suffering for hours ... at around 4am I hobbled to their door and knocked. HELP!!

The rest is a blur. I barely remember talking to Denise and the car ride over and the hospital intake are just flashes. It was crazy. Listen. I can take a lot of pain. Look at me. I'm covered in tattoos. *laugh* This was serious pain. SERIOUS! My Dad was great. Rubbed my back and was very Daddy. He's my hero.

I woke up the next day feeling like a weak kitten. I hugged and thanked my parents for the fun weekend (it was fun despite the menstrual drama) and drove as quick as I could (without speeding) to the ferry to take me home. Plugged into my ipod and listening to The Beatles (who always make me think of my Dad and make me feel safe) I stared out the ferry window and I pondered what the HELL is going on with my body and prayed a little to the menstrual goddesses for guidance.

I saw my GP today and he's sending me to a specialist and am going to see my naturopath next week. We need to figure this out because I do not want this to happen again.

Before I sign off ... I want to thank Tommy Douglas for Medicare. I am so blessed to live in Canada and I am incredibly thankful for the access to medical care.

10 comments:

AmiVegan said...

I know it might sound weird to a person that's all into natural living, but I had some problems with my period too and I started taking the mini-pill. It has less hormones and you need to take it every day, so you never ever have periods again. Sounds very unnatural, but I'll take that every day over what I suffered before.

Cee said...

I am so sorry to hear about your horrific cramps. It reminds me of something my cousin and aunt have gone through. My cousin had fibroids, and my aunt was diagnosed with endometriosis. My cousin had surgery to remove the fibroids, and my aunt eventually, after several years, had a full hysterectomy.

I found this online:

http://vkin.nomadlife.org/2005/05/no-more-excruciating-menstrual-pain.aspx

I hope you feel better soon!

Best,

Cee

red jane said...

What a fun weekend! I learned soooooo much: to investigate Timberland's real materials as I love their stuff but assumed they weren
t vegan; found a great new Indian joint and will bop on over to the VGA. So sorry to hear about the cramps from hell- I"ve been close to that but not as severe and we discovered it was a fibroid issue....good times! Hopefully they'll figure it out.

Amanda said...

I feel your pain, literally, today..ack cramps! Hate them. Nature's way of preparing us for childbirth I heard once. What if we opted out..no get out of jail free pass? ARGH! I make myself an extremely strong cup of raspberry leaf tea..sounds herbal wimpy but it's a total cramp killer. Don't know if would help you but it sure does help lessen the severity of mine. *hugs* hope you're feeling better.

Maria Rose said...

I hope you can get to the bottom of this!

Laura said...

Sounds a lot like what I used to go through with endometriosis... it took me years to get a diagnosis (only after I ended up in hospital too) don't despair-- these days I am pretty much pain free! Yes I have had a couple of *little* surgeries but I still have all my bits and bobs!! Whatever is going on with you I hope you get to the bottom of it. And yes-- I'll take being tattooed any day of the week over that kinda pain!!

Yoga Witch said...

Hi Sarah,

I've been a fan of yours for YEARS now, but this is my first time writing! I hope you will keep us posted on your journey out of Crampville. I have had similar problems since I got my first period twenty years ago. It has affected my career, travel, hobbies, etc. I literally plan my whole life around the expected two days a month when I know I'll be "out of commission."

Sending you good vibes!

Yoga Witch

Red said...

I am one of those women that other women hate. I never had cramps in my life, but I have birthed two children naturally...not even a Tylenol. So I have some idea what you ladies go through. Plus, my daughter has cramps to write a text book on. I feel for her.

I wish you the best and hope you find answers. But be ready for thee answers they give you, for they may not be want you want to hear.

You will be in my thoughts.

Crazy Vegan Mom said...

Sarah,
sorry about the pain. I have endometriosis and get severe cramps. Raspberry Leaf tea really does help, it can't be raspberry flavored, it needs to be the real leaf tea. Check with your dr about endo, you do need laporoscopic surgery to diagnose it, but that isn't bad.
I hope you figure this out.
Hugs,
CVM

p.s. did you pick the verification word for posting comments? I am not lying, it is mensu (and this is a post about menstruation, too weird.)

jimiconqueror said...

Try strong cups of raspberry leaf tea and vetiver essential oil blended with massage oil rubbed on front and back and then sandwich yourself between 2 hot water bottles.