My colitis situation has worsened, going into full blown
colitis rather than just the last 6-8 inches of the colon.
I was admitted through the emergency room last Sunday
after almost fainting several times following an extended
stretch of very little food, chronic intestinal issues and
dehydration. I was down 25 lbs in 5 weeks.
After initial blood work they discovered that my potassium
level tanked, which was causing me to pass out, and my
hemoglobin level was low so into a room I went with both
arms hooked to IVs with 5-6 different things going into me.
One of the IVs worked itself out and gave me this nice bruise.
I had to have another colonoscopy where they did several
biopsies to determine the full colitis. I was in for 4 days and
allowed to start a soft gastric diet on the 3rd day,
continuing on as I add a little bit more here and there.
I started out taking only 1 little thyroid pill daily and now
have 8-10 additional pills in the morning and one at night.
Three of them are steriods, one a pepcid, iron, vitiman C,
and four are the same pill for colitis.
I should mention, ever since I was a kid, I can't swallow pills.
This is a huge struggle for me.
They intend to move me off steriods and onto a program
of tier 2 drugs that, in combination, have shown a 50%
cure rate, otherwise there is nothing but cramping, blood loss and
diarrhea, particularly in the morning.
I am watching my diet.
No soda, no coffee, no processed foods if possible,
more fish, soft meat and no cookies, cake, etc.
No milk, ice cream or sherbet, although they say
cheese, butter and things cooked with milk is OK.
a diary to see my symptoms vs what I ate.
Since this is autoimmune, I am going to start having some
local honey for its anti-inflammatory properties.
I have to get back to work tomorrow and I'm concerned with
the drive in. I am up for hours with symptoms, how will I drive
45 min into work? The Dr said I could take an Imodium
so I may do that to get there, afternoons are better.
So that is why I have been missing for awhile.
I'm hoping to get back into a normal routine once
I figure out the right food, the right time.