Happy Birthday! Welcome to the E.R.!

So I've been away from the blog for a couple of weeks dealing with an ongoing health issue. The short story is that the older I get, the more digestive issues I have, and it's come to the point where I ended up in the E.R. the night of my birthday BBQ with mystery pain the doctors can't quite figure out.

So I've had to cut back on everything in order to figure this all out. I've had to stop drinking black tea—caffeine was making me nauseated. All my meals are now about one-third to one-half smaller than usual. I've had to watch my intake of fatty, fried and spicy foods, and I've been advised to avoid alcohol, chocolate and "anything that might bring about an episode."

I should add that I've never had an excessive lifestyle. I usually eat balanced meals and love my vegetables. I don't drink a lot (the equivalent of one glass of wine a week), and I don't down tons of chocolate, either. I usually average about one cup of tea a day, too. No coffee, and no milk, since I'm sensitive to lactose. I'm not overweight (but could stand to lose five pounds), I don't smoke, I don't do drugs. I'm active enough (but could stand to exercise more). Overall, pretty average for a woman on the good side of 30.

So here I am, not eating much, my patience thinner than it's ever been, feeling tired and a bit cranky despite getting over the initial caffeine withdrawal. I'm telling myself it's part of the whole "new me": I'm sick of being sick all the time, of hurting and going to the hospital so often they're starting to recognize my charts.

Apart from the diet, I'm going to attempt a more regular exercise schedule (I used to go to the gym at least twice a week before I got ill last winter) and try a standing desk at home since I sit all day. I got a new netbook, so that will definitely help in the writing department. I also intend to read more by getting ready for bed earlier and spending time just enjoying something instead of working til my dead droops.

I hope I don't bore and terrify with all my health woes, but as this has obviously been affecting my performance of late, I hope to share with you a proactive plan to get me back in shape and out of the hospital.

Stay tuned!

5 thoughts on “Happy Birthday! Welcome to the E.R.!

  1. What are the symptoms? Is it like acid reflux? I've had it since 1997 (I was so young!) and they found I have something called hiatal hernia. It's so annoying.

    1. Vicki

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      Mostly intense pain in the middle of the night, in my upper back near my spine, deep under my shoulder blade.Nausea and upset stomach have featured throughout the past two weeks. It's not a gall bladder infection, as far as the blood tests show. I'll have to wait for the ultrsound to see.

  2. Cathy Keevill

    Happy Belated Birthday to my new favorite author. Loved your book. It was fabulous. I had similar weird pains and it turned out to be asthma brought on by a peanut butter allergy. (I used to eat PB everyday). Hope you're feeling better soon. Take care!

    1. Vicki Essex

      Aww, thanks. Insane how you can go for years eating something and suddenly you're allergic to it. That was me and milk. 8 (


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