Thanks for all of your kind and supportive comments and emails. You guys are truly the best. Some of your messages literally brought me to tears. I definitely felt the love, so thank you.
Colitis totally sucks, but I’m hanging in there and planning to get through this thing with a super positive attitude (and probably some inappropriate bathroom humor).
I just got back from my doctor’s appointment a little while ago, and I guess things went okay. My doc wants to do more tests to see exactly what we’re dealing with, so I’m scheduled for a flexible sigmoidoscopy on Friday. Hopefully, we’ll know more then.
I came prepared to my appointment with a whole slew of questions to ask my doctor, but, I have to admit, I wasn’t psyched about the limited information with which he provided me. I asked plenty of follow-up questions for clarification, but my doctor is just one of those straightforward, matter-of-fact guys, who didn’t give me much to go on. I was also really surprised by some of his replies, especially with regard to food and its affects on a flare. Other than avoiding “roughage” (i.e. seeds, nuts, veggies, popcorn), he said what I eat won’t affect my symptoms or make them worse. He also said my diet wouldn’t bring on a flare and that stress is the main culprit. I asked him what else I could do (besides pump my body full of drugs), and he suggested probiotics, specifically mentioning VSL3 (expensive) and Align (much cheaper), which I just started taking.
This whole food thing is throwing me for a loop, especially since so many of you guys have said changing up your diet as helped your GI issues. Maybe I’m crazy, but I don’t understand how what I eat wouldn’t affect what’s going on in my body. If anyone can shed some light on this, please do! Apparently, I’m missing something.
As I mentioned in my last post, when I was first diagnosis with colitis, I didn’t want to believe that I had it. I was convinced it was a one-time thing, so once I got better, I didn’t really think about it again. Unfortunately, this meant that I didn’t pay attention to what I was eating or make any significant changes to my lifestyle—and look where it got me: worshiping the toilet gods multiple times a day once again. With that said, I’m taking my colitis seriously this time around with the hope of getting healthy for the long-term and never experiencing a flare again. This time, I’m keeping a detailed food/lifestyle/stress journal to really figure out what works and doesn’t work for me.
So, what have I been doing lately? Trying to relax, which includes watching TV with Murphy (aka my pug heating pad) on my lap. Sleeping (well, trying). “Disconnecting” from the interwebs. What have I been eating? Not much! And I’m hungry! Which I guess is a good sign to still have an appetite, right?
So far, I’m friends with sweet potatoes, chicken, and rice.
As well as coconut milk and gluten-free waffles with sunflower butter and bananas (obviously).
However, I am not friends with this turkey sandwich (with avocado on toasted gluten-free bread). There was a violent battle in my intestines this afternoon. I think we all know who won.
I guess I’m making a little progress with the food thing, but I’d love to hear what you guys have to say about what works for you and how you went about figuring it out. I’m sure it just takes trial and error, but any advice or insight is greatly appreciated!
P.S. My stainless steel straws are on sale!