It has been a long 3 months. And it is about time that I document my health journey. I was sick and feeling awful for 2 years or so. But to be more accurate, I have never been the picture perfect of health. I got sick easily, was always tired and just felt blah. Then I was hit by a car while walking and my journey began.
It was at the time, when my stomach began to hurt. Or at least, when I started to notice it hurt all the time. I was bloated, crampy and constipated. I had no energy and was no fun to be around. My doctor told me it was just anxiety and wanted me to take medication. Now, I have had anxiety. Have suffered with it for years. And I know the symptoms. She was wrong. Next I saw a gastrointestinal doctor, who helped, but still didn’t get to the bottom of what was plaguing my body. He wanted me to take an antibiotic, that was really expensive as he said I had SIBO (small bacteria overgrowth). You are not supposed to have bacteria in your small intestine. But I didn’t want to take an antibiotic, as I feel that is what got me in this mess in the first place.
Fortunately for me, I have friend who paved the way. She started researching different ways of eating. She found a nutritionist, who helped her diagnose her problems. She refered him to me. So, I turned to him for answers. After several tests, he diagnosed me with a yeast overgrowth and prescribed a natural supplement to be taken for 4 weeks. He also told me to go gluten, grain, dairy, yeast and sugar free. Say what? What in the hell was I supposed to eat.
I had already gone gluten free and dramatically reduced my sugar intake. Even so, I had to detox from sugar just the same. It was awful. I was awful. For three days, all I wanted to do was gouge someone’s eyes out. I declined events, canceled plans I had made and just stayed home and tried to sleep it off.
By day 4, I was feeling better. I did a Vitamin C detox and felt fantastic. I started all my supplements and began a new way eating. I’d be lying if I said it was a piece of cake. It was really hard and for about 2 weeks, I was angry. Angry that I was sick. Angry that certain foods had made me sick. Angry that I was limited to certain foods. Angry that Tim could eat whatever he wanted.
It has gotten easier. With each passing day, I am feeling better. It appears that my yeast overgrowth is gone. All my symptoms have left. I have been able to reintroduce sugar (in small amounts) and some of the foods I had to cut out. Food is no longer my enemy (just certain foods) and I have learned how to appreciate the food that I’m consuming.
My goal in this whole process was to feel better. To get my body to a place where I no longer felt sick and tired all the time. To heal. I believe I am mostly there. But like any journey, I don’t believe I am done.
- is three years old.
- is a lover of all animals. We cannot go to Target or Michael’s without also going to the pet store. And every time we see a cat or dog, she has to pet them.
- is a collector of rocks and sticks. I keep finding them all over the house.
- is a lover of music. She is always singing and dancing. Tonight she was going to the bathroom and sang the whole time.
- is a huge snuggler (one of my most favorites). I love how she wraps her arm around me at night when I put her to bed.
- is a mess maker. Seriously EVERYTHING she does creates a mess.
- is a little bit naughty like all the time and will probably always be a little bit naughty. That is just her personality.
- is the most outgoing, friendliest kid I know.
- walks and runs to her own beat. She has amazing confidence.
- has a laugh that warms my heart.
- loves apples and milk. Oh and candy. Can’t forget the candy.
- keeps telling everyone (and I mean everyone) that we are having a baby brother when in fact we are not having a baby brother.
- is a total Mama’s girl. She is all about me and I love it. Sorry Tim.