Woohoo!!! Happy Tuesday over there (Yes, YOU)!! Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to read my post!! You’re so cool!!

P.S. And I don’t mean a “too cool for school” type of cool either, more like “growing a gnarly mustache” type of cool. Now, THAT’S cool!!

Alright, so I have to admit my day is going a lot better than I thought it would because:

#1, I woke up this morning at 4:30 am (and yes, this is a good thing) to NO SNOW!!! WOOHOO!!! Sorry Frosty, the Snowman, but I think you’ve been trumped by sunnier skies!!

#2, I finally got a swim in early!!! YES!! Trust me, I’m the first to admit, that this has been a real struggle for me lately (with my half marathon training), but I DID IT!!

AND OH, OH, I HAVE ANOTHER ONE, TOO (I ALMOST FORGOT)!!

#3, I made it to Trader Joe’s by 8 am and seriously bought everything in the store (well, almost)! Last night I thought up some really neat-o recipes (all by myself mind you) and can’t wait to try them!!

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Fun Fact #1: I’m actually a really great cook and even considered going to culinary school for a while. I love jazzing up my food with lots of pizzazz and sass!!

“How do I do this,” you ask… with lots of marinating, sauce splattering, sautéing, and just having a good ol’ time in the kitchen!!

Creativity is my thing and there’s no exception in the kitchen!! I love making unique blends of sauces, spices, and everything nice!!

This morning I crafted a delicious spinach omelet flatbread sandwich with sautéed tofu cubes and sun dried tomatoes atop (the omelet)!! It was delicious!! The oil from the sun dried tomatoes made a fabulous dressing for the tofu!!

Fun Fact #2: I have tinnitus in my left ear.

“Tinnitus is the medical term for “hearing” noises in your ears when there is no outside source of the sounds. The noises you hear can be soft or loud. They may sound like ringing, blowing, roaring, buzzing, hissing, humming, whistling, or sizzling.” (National Library of Medicine)

I’ve had a moderately loud ringing in my left ear for 3 years and 2 months now and I can’t lie, it’s annoying! There is no cure for tinnitus so it’s something I have to live with. Over the past few years, I’ve seen several different ear specialists and although they’ve been extremely nice and helpful, there was nothing they could do.

Most people with tinnitus have some degree of hearing loss and are much older than me, so it’s extra frustrating to know that my case is rare.

Imagine hearing birds chirping, bees buzzing, and animals rustling around…now imagine “hearing” that sound 24/7…it definitely gets frustrating and makes it way more difficult to distinguish between reality (birds chirping, bees buzzing, etc.) and fantasy (the ringing in my ear). Often times, I ask my husband whether or not he hears what I think I’m hearing, so I know if I’m actually hearing what I think I’m hearing… confusing? Yes, I know!!

I take a hearing test every year, too just to make sure I’m not experiencing any hearing loss in my left ear. I’m terrified each and every time I go, but know that there’s nothing I can do to change what’s happening. I was told that I could *possibly* lose some hearing in my left ear (and at quicker rate), but who knows for sure.

Thanks for listening everyone!!!

DO YOU KNOW ANYONE WITH TINNITUS?

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Xoxo,

Kristin

 

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  1. weight2lose2013

    You had a full day by 8:00AM! I’ve never heard of tinnitus before. Is it possible that it will go away on its own? You’re breakfast sounds delicious! I think that having a varied diet goes a long way towards staying healthy. Being bored with our food can lead us astray. Have a great day!

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    1. Kristin

      Oh yes, being bored with food is never good!! I love keeping food spiced up!! 😉
      There are current studies being done that say tinnitus *could be* genetic (maybe) and both my dad and aunt have it, so I’m not sure. I thought maybe it would go away on its own, but the sound has only gotten louder over the years. My dad has it from hearing lose, though, so the whole thing is strange.
      Thanks so much for your concern and comment!! Have a great day!!! XOXO!!!

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  2. irishrunnerchick

    I guess you are a morning person LOL! My boyfriend has tinnitus although his only gets aggravated at concerts or anywhere that’s really loud. And I think his is the result of a misspent (or not?) youth playing in rock/metal bands. It sucks! I hope they can figure something out for you.

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    1. Kristin

      Awe, thank you!!! Morning person I AM!!! 😉
      Ugh, I feel his pain, it’s very annoying to feel like you’re hearing something that is actually not there.
      Thank you, too for your comment!! I know I could be going through a lot worse so I’ve learned to live with it.
      Have a great day!!! 🙂

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  3. healthymommy4life

    Your omelette with tofu sounds amazing. I haven’t ventured out to trying tofu yet. But I’m still sticking with my vegetarian habits. It’s inly been a little over a week but it’s been pretty easy for me. My father suffers from tinnitus as we’ll. obviously he is much older than you but I think he is handling pretty well. When we go to places where there’s loud music or noise he wears an earplug and says it helps. He hasn’t lost any hearing yet. Only when he pretends not to hear us. Hang in there. I know it must be tough.

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    1. Kristin

      Awe, hehe, that’s so funny- the pretending not to hear you part!! So cute!! 🙂 That stinks your dad has tinnitus!! Ugh, never fun! My dad has it, too but his is from hearing loss.
      Thank you!!! I appreciate it!! I’m pretty used to it now, but it’s sometimes really hard to sleep so the tv on is a must!
      I marinade tofu with different sauces and it’s so good!! Thanks so much for your comment and concern!! You’re so sweet!!

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  4. TartanJogger

    you sound like an ace cook! 🙂 Sorry to hear about your tinnitus – I’m glad you’re able to deal with it, as I’m sure it must be really difficult at times. And congrats on getting a swim in! 🙂

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    1. Kristin

      Haha, why thank you so much!!! 😉 I think so, too!!
      Yeah, with loud noises/sharp sounds, the pitch of the ringing goes up significantly and I have to plug my ear sometimes. Like with a blender for example, I have to plug both ears or the ringing pitch is so shrill it drives me crazy. I still go to concerts though and can listen to louder music, it just takes a while for the shrill pitch to adjust to the sound. It’s weird.

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  5. leerunsdistances

    Ummmm is the Food Network in your future Kristin haha lol! I actually do know a couple people with tinnitus. Okay question, so if you had to choose between baking or cooking which is you preferance? Love the chef pup too 😉

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    1. Kristin

      Oh haha, chef pup is a cutie pie and I love all the Food Network shows!! They inspire me!!
      To answer your question, definitely cooking!! I’m actually not the best baker because I don’t like sticking to exact measurements!! I do love eating sweets though!!

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  6. kelliezinch

    I swear my husband has Tinnitus but he won’t go get it checked..probably because there is nothing you can do for it. Guess that’s what he gets for diving at deep depths underwater a lot. I love me some sun dried tomatoes, too! So good!!

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    1. Kristin

      Oooh, I LOVE sun dried tomatoes!! They are so yummy on lots of stuff!!
      My dad has tinnitus, too- his is from hearing loss, but he never got it check out either (like at a specialist) because he said it’s just something he’ll have to live with. Not long after, mine started ringing, too. Strange!
      Sorry to hear your husband has it!! I feel his pain!

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  7. Lauren @ ihadabiglunch

    My brother actually has tinnitus, although it’s a very very mild case of it compared to what you’re describing! He just hears a constant faint ringing that drives him crazy. Man I can’t imagine if it could just never be silent…I’m so sorry! You’re lucky you possess that awesome skill of being able to just “think up” recipes. I’m good at making recipes and modifying them sometimes, but coming up with them out of thin air? not so much

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    1. Kristin

      Awe Lauren, thank you so much for your sweetness!! I really do appreciate it!! Man, I’m sorry to hear your brother has tinnitus, too. It’s definitely very irritating and inconvenient in certain situations. Sometimes I forget all about it but other times I feel like it’s just nagging me and I never have complete silence which is definitely weird, especially the first year it started.
      Thanks, too about the recipes!! I love creating my own recipes but also love getting inspiration from Food Network and websites! It’s a fun process!
      THANK YOU FOR YOUR AWESOMENESS!!!

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  8. Running Betty

    I love the picture of the dog in a chef hat! Too cute! Sounds like you had a super productive day! Have fun whipping up your new recipes! I’m sure they will turn out great!

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    1. Kristin

      Awe, thank you Kristine!! I’ve loved my new meal plan today!! I’m excited about food all over again!! 🙂
      The dog is just so adorable!! It makes me want to put a chef hat on Prince!! He’d eat it though!

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  9. Mark Myers

    I don’t know anyone with tinnitus, but I have hearing loss. It’s kinda cool because I can claim I don’t hear things and get out of responsibility. There’s a positive in everything if you look hard enough.

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    1. Kristin

      Haha, that’s what my dad does because he has hearing loss as well! You’re right, if you look hard enough, you can definitely find the positive!! That’s a great point!! 🙂

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  10. Heidi

    I’ve just recently noticed a constant and maddening ringing in both of my ears. I’m sorry you deal with it, too! I haven’t gone to the doctor’s about it yet.

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    1. Kristin

      Oh no, I’m so sorry to hear it!! It’s very annoying, right? It’s definitely a scary thing to go through so I understand! I went to my primary care physician first and then he recommended a ear, nose, and throat specialist. The doctor did several hearing tests and a few other tests.
      It could be a simple fix, so you might want to go and get it checked out. Keep in touch!! I hope all is well!!!

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  11. courtruns4cupcakes

    I’ve never heard of Tinnitus but it sounds super annoying and I’m so sorry you have to live with it! I know it would drive anyone crazy!! As for these concoctions you are making in the kitchen… do you plan on sharing these recipes?! Haha I’m getting tired of eating the same old things and I know you are a vegetarian struggling to get more protein just like me!

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    1. Kristin

      Awe, thank you so much for your concern! 😉
      Haha, yes, I will definitely share!! I am someone that throws in a little bit of this and a little bit of that and taste tests along the way so I need to get my measurements down. Hehe!!
      Xoxo!!!!

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  12. Open Up Life

    Once again another great read! Love the doggie! I wonder if I could get my dogs to wear a chef’s hat. If you are thinking about going to culinary school, you should follow your passion. I believe that we should at least try to do everything we have a passion for or want to do in life, because life is too short for the coulda, woulda, shoulda. Peace, love, bliss.

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  13. TheWholesomeHomemaker

    Hi Kristin,
    In hospice nursing I met tons of patients that were young and had tinnitus. It is very often caused by taking certain medications that are “ototoxic” (meaning poisonous to the nerve cells in the ears). Often when those medications are avoided the tinnitus can resolve… a little.

    If you happen to be on any medications or supplements, etc. Google the med/supplement name and tinnitus and see if there is any link.

    Stay away from Tylenol. It is ototoxic (especially in large doses). Some people get hearing loss and tinnitus because they take prescription pain-relief medications with Tylenol (acetaminophen) in large doses for pain relief and opiates potentiate the ototoxic action of Tylenol (they make the Tylenol more toxic). So, for example, drugs like “Vicodin” can really kill your hearing. It causes complete deafness in people that use the medications heavily. Isn’t that so sad? 😦

    I’m sure you’ve already considered all this stuff since you’re seeing doctors but I figured it was worth mentioning in case it could help you!

    Anyway I have super bad allergies and I get tinnitus often in allergy seasons from changes in my sinuses in the ole noggin. It is REALLY annoying and I’m always worried that one day it will be there to stay. If I have it bad for a few days I will bite the bullet and take an OTC medication to dry up the sinuses (like pseudofed) and it works every time. Maybe an allergy medication might help? Might be worth a shot!

    Otherwise just wanted to say that I feel for you because I’ve seen patients suffer with this more-than-just-an-annoyance and I’ve experienced it myself. It is beyond annoying!!

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    1. Kristin

      Awe, thank you so much for this information!! You’re so awesome!! I really appreciate you taking your time to write this to me and your suggestions are spot on!! You’re so sweet and kind!!!
      One day I researched the medication Solodyn that I was taking, saw my doctor the next day, and he immediately took me off of it and said it might go away (if that was the cause), but it didn’t. I’ve been off of it for a long time. I was very disappointed. Every now and then I take something for my sinuses because I do have some problems with them, also due to the chlorine from swimming. I swim a lot.
      Thank you again for your wonderful suggestions. I hope yours gets better, too because it’s never fun. Have a beautiful day and I really do appreciate your concern and help!! You rock!! 🙂

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