- Thursday Aug 23, 2018
I took the morning off of work. Between these stomach issues and feeling like i'm collecting a head cold, I just needed some extra 'don't have to think' time. I went to my doctor's appointment this morning; they are sending me for a work up in the Lab, looks like the whole gambit, plus a screening for celiac. And, being referred to a specialist for a scope (colonoscopy I think they said; all I remember clarifying was the need for a sedative during the process LOL).
After that, if they don't find anything, they will add me to the wait list to test for allergies. Apparently there is only one specialist in this area, so the wait list is long.
Had coffee with almond milk (it is the 30-calorie, non-sweetened kind), and protein waffles with LF yogurt and peanut butter for breakfast. My guts hurt, but only one emergency bathroom run so far today. Definitely feeling bloated and crampy and my tummy is spilling over the top of my pants, which is a clear sign that - sometime soon - there will have to be another bathroom run.
I don't know if there is a plus side to today, other than that i've taken the first step to a possible diagnosis. Oh, and I managed to fold a load of laundry while I was off this morning; only one load left to fold now. Once person can sure make a lot of dirty laundry.
- Wednesday Aug 22, 2018
I feel pretty good today, knock on wood.
After work yesterday, I drove 45 minutes to BF's, coached two 1-hour training sessions, then worked out back and chest with BF for another hour after that. Got back to BF's around 9pm, ate two eggs with a hamburger patty and drank some water, then begged BF to take showers and go to bed early. He agreed. What a fantastic sleep! It was so nice to get to spend some time with BF, even though he is a bit sad because his daughter has gone back to her Mom's for the school season, and he probably won't see her again until October.
This morning I was up bright and early and drove 45 minutes back home, and am now at work for the day.
I made a doctor's appointment to talk about my tummy issues; i'm hoping to walk away with a referral for food allergy testing, and maybe bloodwork to rule out any infection. Anyways, a doctor's appointment is the first step so I might as well get on with it.
Nothing on the plan for today, so I might hole up in front of the tv for the night. I should be studying. I'll start next week ;)
- Tuesday Aug 21, 2018
I think it was the cheerios and almond milk that triggered me so horribly yesterday afternoon. Man, the pain can be so debilitating sometimes, but I managed to make it through the work day. I even managed to get a few things done once I was back at home too, so that was nice. But mostly, I stayed as chill as possible. My coworker suggested I try to take an antacid as soon as I start feeling crappy, so i'm going to try that today. She said sometimes acid reflux will upset the stomach.
Supper was sausage and macaroni, with tomatoes and green pepper.
Tonight i'm supposed to be headed to BF's town to coach, and have supper with him. I haven't seen him since Tuesday last week, so I really want to be able to make it there to see him tonight. He gets to see the crappy side of having a girlfriend with tummy problems.
I did some IBS research, and it sounds really similar to what I am dealing with, but the only treatment I can see is a change in diet? Taking pre and probiotics and extra fiber. Well I guess it's still worth a try. I'm already taking a prebiotic with my yogurt, so I can hit the bananas again for a probiotic, and maybe find some flaxseed to throw on my food, or brown rice and see what happens.
- Monday Aug 20, 2018
I didn't end up making frieg eggs for supper on Thursday, just had the rest of the rice and a peanut butter sandwich instead. Packed up the stuff I needed for the weekend, and went to bed.
Friday morning I was up early to coach at the gym, then was off to visit family for the weekend. LF yogurt, toast with peanut butter, coffee with almond milk, water. After a 4 hour drive and some Lay's potato chips, I got to visit with grandma for a bit (fish filet, pasta, apple bar), then because my cousin and I registered in a fishing tournament, went to the supper on Friday night - chicken breast, baby potatoes, tossed salad, chocolate cake for dessert. Too darn much food!
Saturday was up early again and out on the water fishing by 7 am. It was a chilly day! We caught some walleye, ended up around 25th out of 88 teams (very impressed by this result), then took hot showers and went for the supper and awards presentation. LF yogurt, granola bar, coffee with bailey's, jello shooters, Lay's potato chips, sausage and hard mozarella cheese, turkey sandwich, green pepper, granola bar, pasta with veggies, pulled pork on a bun, coleslaw, fried potatoe slices. Literally zero water today.
My stomach was off and on during the day Saturday, but impressively I did not have to make any emergency stops while we were out on the water fishing. In fact, I ended up slightly constipated. A bizarre change. Ended the night playing cards at my cousin's.
I managed to force myself to sleep in a little on Sunday morning, then we had a nice breakfast of eggs, toast and hashbrowns, and went to the lake to visit my aunt and uncle. Back to grandma's to play more cards, and I was back on the road to come home by 6 pm. Ate some bbq chips that the tournament sponsors handed out the day before, then had a bowl of cheerios with almond milk back at home. Took a bath, guzzled a litre of water (so thirsty), and off to bed.
Today and this week i'll be working on finishing up some food items I have in the house before they go bad - meals likely won't be balanced, but i'm ok with that.
LF yogurt, coffee with almond milk, oatmeal bar, water, cheerios with almond milk, raw veggies, granola bar, sausage and macaroni (with ketchup)
Oh my Lord, please help. In and out of the bathroom too many times to count.
I feel like I have a lot to do, so i'm not sure what i'll tackle tonight. Clean the bathroom, practice coaching for tomorrow's sessions, cut up two bags of apples that I picked from my cousin's apple tree. Among other things.
- Thursday Aug 16, 2018
After my lunch yesterday of chicken and rice, I felt awful for the afternoon. I just can't figure it out! After work I ate some cut up sausage and hard cheese, and was fine after that.
I didn't make it to the gym yesterday; by the time I finished the jello shots I didn't feel like driving to the gym and back. So I took my epsom salt bath and went to bed instead. It was difficult to wake up this morning.
Flax toast, peanut butter
Coffee, almond milk
Chicken and rice (I have one more chicken breast to finish)
Sausage, hard mozarella cheese (after work snack)
Rice, fried eggs (2) THIS WILL BE THE FIRST TIME I TRY EGGS since getting sick
I don't have much planned for tonight, I have an appointment later on and that's about it, so will review my coaching session for the morning and try to get to bed early tonight. I started watching Wentworth on Netflix - anyone else watch this show? It's sucking me in - I watched it on my phone in bed for awhile last night, so hopefully it doesn't keep me up too late tonight!
- Wednesday Aug 15, 2018
After work yesterday, I had to run and pick up some more lactose-free yogurt and a bottle of muscle mist, then I packed up and took off for BF's. It was a later night; I had a personal training session at 6, a group training session at 7, and then BF and I did a leg workout after that (I knew I wanted to get a leg workout in, hence the buying of the muscle mist - leg days are a killer). It was a good evening though, and i'm happy to have gotten in a workout after my '10+ hour workday'.
For supper, BF made sausage in the oven, and I cooked up some rice. Then I had half of a small size slushie because he went and bought me one. He means well, and I couldn't pass it up once it was in my hands.
Went straight to bed around 10:30 and surprisingly had a good sleep (I've been having trouble sleeping at BF's lately). Early mornings kill me though, and i'm definitely dragging my butt today.
Coffee with almond milk, flax toast with peanut butter, lactose-free yogurt, chicken and rice, granola bar, chicken and rice
Since I have the evening free, I am thinking about hitting the gym to practice the group session I lead on Friday morning. So, jello shots and the gym tonight, and maybe an epsom salt bath to relax these sore legs!
- Tuesday Aug 14, 2018
Monday: lactose-free yogurt, oatmeal banana square, coffee with almond milk, chicken and rice, sausage with hard mozarella cheese and soda crackers, chicken and rice, gingerale, water
Only one bad bathroom break on Monday; sticking to chicken and rice seems to be working out ok so far, but at some point I need to start adding some kind of vegetables in! Good thing my coworker just brought me a box full of garden fresh cucumbers, tomatoes and green peppers!
Tuesday: flax bread toasted with peanut butter, lactose-free yogurt, coffee with almond milk, subway turkey breast sandwich on 9 grain bread, peanut butter granola bar - plan for the rest of the day: chicken or sausage and rice
The subway turkey breast sandwich was a TERRIBLE idea. Don't let me add mayonnaise or fake, greasy bacon to anything :( Something like three bathroom breaks after lunch. Blergh.
Heading to BF's to coach at the gym there tonight; two sessions. Hopefully get in a workout as well. I have an evening to myself tomorrow night; hoping to make jello shooters for my cousin's b-day on the weekend.
- Monday Aug 13, 2018
Friday after work I went to the gym to coach; no one showed up for the session so I got to work out with a co-worker instead for a bit. That was nice, actually, and lots of fun, which I needed because I was so bummed about being so sick that day. With fear in my heart, I ate a protein bar on the way home from the gym #1 because I was hungry and wanted to stop myself from stopping at a fast food joint for grease, and #2 because I wanted to see if it would make me sick. Success...it didn't! When I got home I had chicken and rice for supper and one more bathroom break before hitting the sack. And by sack, I mean couch, since it was far too hot to sleep upstairs with no air conditioning.
Up early on Saturday morning to coach at the gym again; I coached two sessions and drove straight home. For breakfast, I just ate a container of lactose-free yogurt. No problems! On the way home, another protein bar. Sipped on coffee with almond milk. I did some laundry, had some chicken and rice, then packed a bag and headed to BF's for the rest of the weekend. For supper, we ate at BF's sister's house and had burgers and baby potatoes. For dessert I tried a couple spoons of a whipped treat she made, then gave the rest to BF to finish. During the afternoon, I had a lot of stomach pain, and in the evening a couple of bathroom breaks but otherwise i'd say it was a better day than Friday!
I did not get a good sleep Saturday night, so Sunday was a late morning. I had brown toast with peanut butter and half of a banana for breakfast, then we did some shopping and went to the swimming pool for the rest of the day. I was craving potato chips, so I had a few doritos. After we popped supper in the oven to cook, BF and I went to the gym and had an awesome workout! Finally, we are working out again! It felt so good to be back at it, putting in the time. I had pork ribs and rice for supper. No explosive bathroom breaks on Sunday! WOOHOO!! BF helped me vacuum and wipe down my car, then we just hung out for the rest of the evening. While BF and his daughter had ice cream, I ate another lactose-free yogurt.
It was not hot overnight, especially sleeping in BF's cold basement, but I woke up around 1:00am sweating profusely, literally dripping with sweat! Wasn't my tummy though, so I just changed my clothes and went back to sleep. This morning came quickly; the 45 minute drive back home before heading to work this morning felt like it dragged on and on. So far today i've had a lactose-free yogurt with a banana oatmeal bar and sipping on coffee and almond milk. Feeling good so far!
- Friday Aug 10, 2018
Last night I didn't have the best sleep, I got sick late at night with stomach pain and it kept me up for about an hour.
Coaching today after work! I cooked a supply of chicken and rice for the next couple of days for myself. Today i'll give you an example of the number of times I have to use the bathroom...
7:00 am bathroom break
B: dairy-free smoothie (lactose-free yogurt, almond milk, bananas & strawberries), coffee (with almond milk, no sugar)
10:00 am bathroom break
NOTE TO SELF: Stomach pain, but I CANNOT cut out the coffee! I am addicted! But wait, I've barely had any coffee so far this morning, just a few sips...it must be something in the smoothie!
12:00 pm bathroom break
L: chicken and rice
1:30 pm so far no pain, but my tummy is rumbling so much!
2:30 pm bathroom break ughhhh
NOTE TO SELF: Oh does my tummy hurt now! Going to try some soda crackers.
D: chicken and rice
S: soda crackers
I'll get to the bottom of this eventually...in the meantime, if you haven't noticed, I haven't been doing much working out. I'm far more interested in applying heating pads and hugging my pillows lately. This is definitely some kind of flare up. I couldn't even imagine going out for a long ride!
- Thursday Aug 09, 2018
Oh my goodness, I didn't realize just how sick i'd been until I tried to play ball last night. Holy cannoli, did I sweat buckets. The really positive thing about it though is that I slept like a ROCKSTAR and I feel so much better this morning!
B: dairy-free yogurt smoothie, gingerale
S: soda crackers
L: small chicken breast
S: soda crackers
S: rice, gingerale
D: small chicken breast, rice
It seemed that only the gingerale set me off, so no more of that. Today I am setting a goal to follow the FODMAP diet plan. I plan to take it day by day; I want to try it out to see just how restrictive it could get. I will likely be living on rice for the next little while LOL! Thank goodness I love rice.
B: dairy-free yogurt smoothie (1/2 banana and strawberries), coffee (with almond milk, no sugar)
NOTE TO SELF: That didn't work this morning; probably the coffee. I feel awful.
L: rice, cut up sausage with hard mozzarella cheese (FODMAP says hard cheeses are OK?? This might ring true for me, as I have not experienced much pain when I eat this particular cheese. Maybe it is low in lactose.) I don't know about the sausage; it's not on the list but it hasn't seemed to bother me at all.
NOTE TO SELF: This was better! Much better!
D: small chicken breast, rice
S: soda crackers, dairy-free ice cream
NOTE TO SELF: Pain late at night; had to use heating pad, took tylenol. Noticed the dairy-free ice cream had a lot of sugar in it...maybe that's why.
Really hoping that none of this will set me off. If it doesn't, tomorrow will look very similar. I am going to take it easy on the veggies until I can get to the grocery store; I know what I currently have will not be the best to eat - cauliflower and broccoli are both 'gassy' vegetables, and that's basically what I have in stock.
I understand that i'm not getting a whole lot of calories in; please just keep in mind this is only temporary!