I can hardly believe it’s already February of the new year! How in the world did that happen? With all that has happened in our world the past year, I feel like I’ve hardly had time to catch my breath from last year, let alone start a new one. Nevertheless, this year has already been full of changes for me.
Something had to be done! I was already taking several medications that were supposed to be helping, but they just weren’t. We discussed my diet of having no gluten since July 2012, which had helped. Another UC patient suggested that I go completely off all grains – at least for a few weeks to let my body heal. She said she’s never been able to add them back in, but she did know some UC patients that could have them in moderation. So, about 3 weeks ago I set off on a new diet of NO GRAINS. And I mean – NONE. My new “diet” consisted of chicken, turkey, fruits, vegetables and yogurt. That was pretty much it! Not many carbs in those there foods. But, at least it seems to be working.
As most of you know, last year I landed in the hospital no less than 20 times – FIVE of which lasted 4-5 days. NOT FUN!!! After my last 3 day stay in the hospital, coming home on Christmas morning, my GI doc and I needed to have SERIOUS words. Just a week into my new “diet”, I had an appointment. We discussed how the elimination of gluten back in July did really well until Thanksgiving. And we talked about the new diet of NO GRAINS and how it seemed to be making a difference. Even the Hubster said he noticed a big difference. I also learned a startling new diagnosis while at the appointment. The doctors exact words…”You’re unique (always a good start). I have several patients with Crohn’s and Celiac. But you’re my ONLY patient with UC and Celiac!” WHAT?! Celiac?? Now that too?! UGH!!! I asked him if I got a ribbon or plaque or something! I mean…I’m the ONLY one, so I should get something, right?! A discount maybe?! He laughed and that was about all I got. This news hit me harder than the recent downer on Downton Abbey.
I have several friends with Celiac, so I know it’s not the end of the world. And I’ve been gluten free since July and haven’t really missed it – for the most part. But, I was so hoping that after my body healed I could go back to eating grains – at least occasionally! This week I have tried two grains to see how my system handled them. It wasn’t good news. CORN is a no-go and neither is Sorghum. Bleh. So, for now I will stick to my nearly Paleo diet and see what happens. Other foods/ingredients my body doesn’t like: MSG and oily dressings, such as Olive Garden’s (BOO!). My homemade dressings seem to be fine though, so I guess I can live with that! Also, salads I must eat sparingly. Too much roughage, as they say, is not a good thing either. On the upside, weight loss is a by-product of this new diet/lifestyle change. I have lost almost 38lbs since last September. WOOT! While I recommend eating healthier and watching what you eat, I don’t recommend my method of getting there!!
So this year, the goal is to stay OUT of the hospital and stay healthy!! I also hope to reduce the dosage of medication I’m on, because I just found out today it was going to be $350 – PER MONTH!!!! OUCH!! Thankfully my doctor has given me discount cards and some other people have given me ideas to try and bring the price down. I am trusting that the Lord has a MUCH bigger plan in mind and that He will see us through this trial too.
Join me tomorrow as I share my new favorite NO GRAIN – GLUTEN FREE Slow Cooker Cheesy Potato Soup!!!