The last two days were rough. Sunday through to 430am Monday morning was spent in pain, but then there were signs of recovery and I was able to get a couple hours of sleep before putting in a full day and then some at work yesterday. (Typical state worker, going to work after a sleepless night of pain and then working an extra long work day at a job he hates because of his stupid work ethic…oh, wait…that’s not what you’ve heard about state workers?)
Although yesterday I was slowly returning to normal, I was hesitant to announce I was safe and through the current attack until I had a few days of normalcy under my belt (literally…well, if I was wearing a belt.) As of this morning (after a much needed good night’s sleep) I appear to be on the mend. I’m sticking to mostly liquids for the week, but allowed myself an egg for dinner last night and an egg for breakfast this morning and that sat well, so I will have an egg a day supplemented with ensure and bouillon until I feel secure enough to add in some light meals consisting of a small portion of one “safe” food item (fish, mashed potatoes, green beans, soup, etc.) When I’m eating so little, I abandon low-carb goals and focus on soft, easily digestible, low-residue foods that go easy on my system. The focus has to be getting daily nutrients and vitamins and regaining my energy and strength, even if it means ingesting small amounts of awful-yet-delicious carb loaded food. So if I must eat mashed potatoes for awhile, I will endure *smirk* I will gradually add in lean chicken to up my protein and cooked vegetables for vitamins. While it’s always great to be past the pain, it’s a slow careful process to add solid foods back into my diet, and I always take a “better safe than sorry” stance so I will be on an extremely cautious and careful eating plan for the next 2 weeks. (And hey, if I shed a few more pounds because of it, so be it!)
Sadly, these episodes are not uncommon for me, although they’ve been recurring more frequently of late. (I’m sure the stress from my job has a major impact on my health, as stress is a factor in Gastroparesis and IBD flare ups.) I’m used to having them once every few months, but definitely not twice in a couple weeks. It may be time to bite the bullet and request an appointment with my GI to discuss what’s going on. I’ve been trying to avoid all non-essential appointments while the pandemic rages, sticking solely to my required Remicade infusions every 8 weeks thus far, but I might just have to take the added risk and get checked out.
I look forward to being among the land of the living and being able to do basic every day tasks again – cooking, cleaning, laundry, showering – all things that are hard to do when you can’t stand up for any length of time, let alone move about comfortably. Poor Jeffrey launches right into full-time care and housekeeping mode during these bouts, so I try to return to helping out around the house as soon as possible.
So that’s where things stand. My pass day is Friday making it a 3-day weekend, so I just need to make it through the next 3 workdays as stress free as possible, then I can relax for the long weekend.
If anyone has good recipes for the following 3 ingredients – Bouillon, Ensure, Tea – please feel free to send them my way.
Stay safe, all!