HOSPITALIZATION 2015

For some time now, I’ve been experiencing stomach pain so severe it immobilizes me. I am in so much pain I end up having dry heaves and I am well familiar with different types of pain and illness. I have RA, osteoperosus, broken fingers and toes and In the early 70’s having a baby via natural childbirth was the popular mode of childbirth, I had two, so yes I do know pain, but this pain is so severe the only way I can describe it is that it feels like someone or something is ripping my guts apart.

This is the second time in the hospital after six months and many episodes of the severe belly pain. I had an episode while in California on our vacation and spent two days in fetal position on the bed. Not the most fun vacation, I can assure you.

I have beat myself in the brain trying to diagnose these episodes. I have asthma and no stranger to allergies but this has really stumped me. Of course the first thing I tried to do was modify my diet. I’m thin already so I needed modification but not limitation of carbs or calories. I’ve always been more conscious of healthy eating because of living with my Grandmother who was into health food when no one knew what health food was. She taught me how to make her homemade yogurt and soy milk.

I began to eat six or more smaller meals very much like grazing. I cut out nuts and anything deemed hard to digest. But nothing seemed to work. I kept my bowels open and did everything I knew and had learned from herbal study classes and the teachings of my Grandmother, but guess what?
Unfortunately, NOTHING I DID MADE A DIFFERENCE AT ALL!

After the first stay in the hospital I did what my General Practitioner told me to do, “go to a gastrointerologist”. Getting an appointment in a timely fashion was just a little harder than one would think, that is unless you live in a retirement resort city.
One said they had nothing until next year!
WHAT A LAUGH!
Well, guess what Dr. Next Year? I was able to get an appointment in just a week and a half to a specialist that had a 100% rating.
WOW! What is this world coming to?
Shame, shame on you, Dr. NEXT YEAR, you don’t have the better of the two ratings so I’m sure you had room for me, you were “Johnny on the Spot” when I had to have exploritory surgery.

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Learning to live with Crohn’s Disease

Before first trip to ER, in  June. Sunny California!
Before first trip to ER, in June. Sunny California!

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“WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS”! I’m on the mend. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR PRAYERS AND KIND WISHES. 91 pounds has never looked so good. If you could have seen me at 87 and at my usual weight of 100 you would have been shocked. I WAS!!

I’ve been embarrassed by family members, who love me, by asking when I was going to gain some weight, feeling they were judging me as I had judged others not knowing about the debilitation of Crohn’s disease and other illnesses that drain your life force from you. I didn’t know what was going on inside my small intestines, I just knew I was having a hard time maintaining my weight and stamana.

I have been guilty of judging extremely thin people of various self induced things, but never again and I am so sorry for that. I was taught better than to judge other people.

Weight is a very touchy subject no matter what you weigh, the media suggest we all look a certain way but God has created us all unique and different in every way so next time you see someone that doesn’t fit into the media’s design of perfect size give thanks to God for our own unique individuality. Our uniqueness is what makes us SPECIAL.

Summer 2015

Summer 2015 has quickly come and gone. I’ve had one busy summer from hatching baby chicks in incubator to canning a few home grown vegetables. Ive dealt with disabilities I never knew I had, lightning striking appliances in my home, water raining in from the ceiling, new roof, new exterior paint, damaged ceiling, 2 hospital stays, my youngest daughters emergency appendectomy and numerous test while I was in the hospital.

They say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, well I may not be as strong as I thought I was but I am getting there little by little everyday and with the help of my family and friends it makes me just that much stronger.