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Finally An Answer…

Posted Jan 30 2012 7:11am

Good Morning!  Happy Monday!  I hope all of you had a wonderful weekend!  What did you do this weekend?  I apologize for not posting on Friday or over the weekend.  I had a lot that I was dealing with emotionally and physically this weekend and I just needed a little bit of a break to gather my thoughts and relax.  I’ll go back to Thursday to catch all of you up on what has been going on with my life. As you can tell from the title of today’s entry, I do have an answer about my health and I will get to that in a bit.

So Thursday I spent the majority of the day drinking clear liquids to prepare myself for the colonoscopy that I was having done on Friday.  I have never drank so much apple juice in my life.  I realized that I really don’t like Jello either.  I am just not a fan of the texture or anything about it.  Ick.  I went home and prepared myself to take the 4 pills and drink the liquid.  I mixed the powder into lemon-lime Gatorade.  That was my first mistake.  It was so tart and was starting to give me heartburn.  It make it very unpleasant to drink.  Let me spare you the details of my Thursday night.  It was not pleasant and I just couldn’t wait to have everything over with.

I spent the majority of the night awake.  I was nervous and not to mention felt sick.  I was up bright and early on Friday morning and Mike and I went to the facility to have the procedure done.  I got lots of looks in the office because I was the youngest one in there for the procedure and they strictly just do procedures at this facility.  So that was pleasant.  Before, I knew it they called me back. 

I changed into a gown and they started an iv of just fluids and they took my vital signs and hooked me up to a heart monitor.  I’m not lying when I said I was nervous. My hands were sweating, I was shivering and shaking.  My heart rate was absolutely through the roof at this point.  The nurse and anesthesiologist were so nice and comforting to me.  It was time to wheel me into the procedure room.  At this point my heart felt like it was going to jump out of my chest.  I had flashbacks of how I felt right before they put me to sleep last month for the first time for my surgery.  I was so scared.  I told the doctor that I was nervous and she comforted me.

They told me to lay on my side and they asked me my name, my date of birth and what procedure I was having done.  They put a needle of the sleeping medication into the iv and before I knew it I was out in recovery and Mike was standing next to me.  I am so glad that is over with!  I was just so sleepy, and feeling really bloated.  I still had the same stomach pain that I went in with. 

We patiently waited for the doctor to come out to speak to us.  She first said that they took 3 biopsies which I will get the results to when I go back to visit her in 2 weeks.  She diagnosed me with Crohn’s Disease.  She strongly believes that I have had this my entire life and doctors have just passed everything as me having IBS.  I couldn’t believe that I finally had an answer.  I have been hospitalized when I was 4 and 8 years old for my stomach.  I have had numerous issues my whole life and to finally have an answer felt surreal.  She said that I have a mild case and she prescribed me medication.  I also need to get blood work again before I go back to see her in 2 weeks.

So now my journey to healing begins.  I’m having a really rough time trying to figure out what to eat.  I am still in an extraordinary amount of pain.  It seems that no matter what I eat causes me pain.  I’m trying to find which foods trigger my stomach. It’s really causing me problems.  I think I might call my insurance company and see if it’s covered for me to go see a nutritional counselor.  It’s stressing me out and making me very overwhelmed.  If you have any tips or help in dealing with Crohn’s, please don’t hesitate to comment or email me!  I could use all of the guidance and help that I can get.

After the procedure was done, we stopped at a local diner.  I really wasn’t feeling well and couldn’t manage to go to the pharmacy yet to get the medication.  So we went home and I slept for a little while. I finally got up and we picked up my medication, went home, ate something and went to bed.  I’m not kidding you.  I was sleeping by 9pm on Friday night.  I was exhausted.

On Saturday, I really wasn’t feeling all that great either. I spent the majority of the day in my pj’s relaxing.  Finally when it was time for dinner, we decided to try PF Changs.  I wasn’t sure what I was going to order or what I was going to do.  I had a coupon for free chicken lettuce wraps, and we ordered spring rolls.

Chicken Lettuce Wraps and Spring Rolls

For my meal, I figured that maybe a gentle thing on my stomach would be vegetable lo-mein.  I picked all of the broccoli out of this dish because I know for a fact broccoli irritates my stomach.

Vegetable Lo Mein

Boy was my stomach angry at me!  I felt awful after eating dinner.  Absolutely awful.  I don’t know if it was the spring roll that bothered me or what it was.  My stomach was definitely not liking it.  I went to bed again feeling terrible.
I woke up on Sunday morning and I worked from home for 4 hours.  I still wasn’t feeling well.  Mike and I went to the supermarket and I stood there like a complete fool.  I have no idea what to eat for breakfast, lunch or dinner. I don’t know what is causing all of this pain.  I was so frustrated!  So I bought some things that were very bland.
For dinner, we decided to have Perdue Baked Chicken Strips.

Baked Chicken Strips


My dinner plate. Chicken Strips, roasted green beans, roasted potatoes with the skin off

So that was my weekend in a nutshell.  I am frustrated and just don’t know what to do.  If you have any tips or advice please let me know.  After work, Melissa and I are going to try the library to see if we can find any books that might be able to help me and to hang out.  She got a new car and I cannot wait to see it!
Have a great Monday!

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