Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Vitamin Deficiencies and Progress

I apologize for not writing as of late, I have been very very busy!!  I started school again last week, which is my last year!! Finally!!!  I also have been doing pro bono research work on public health law and climate change.  Not to mention the normal items like work and taking care of my son!  I am pretty loaded down right now.

So first I will update as to what has been happening.  I actually have been more sick than usual as of late.  My GI doctor pushed me down to a phase one/two diet, which he said I should follow until things seem to stabilize.  I don't think though that my pacer is the issue, I am pretty convinced it is the implant in my arm causing this, I have always been sensitive to hormones and that thing does mess with my hormone balance, but my PCP doesn't want me to remove it just yet, she really wants me to talk to my GI doctor at my next appointment in the beginning of October to see what he says.  I am really hoping that this is just a phase that I need to work through or I can just get this thing in my arm removed and everything will be better.  It is hard to determine what is causing me to get so sick (nausea, vomiting, etc) because I got the implant in my arm about a week or two before my pacer implant.  I am actually getting more ill and more often than I was before my pacer.  The only reason I am convinced that it is the implant in my arm and the hormones is because I missed my period this month (no I am not pregnant) and I have been ill since then.  It is almost like once my body gets knocked out of that rhythm everything goes out of whack.  My PCP did give me some dissolvable Zofran because every time I feel sick and take my pills I would immediately throw up, so she is hoping that this will at least help take the edge off and not make me vomit!!  The dissolvable pills have never worked that well for me, but something is better than nothing!!  We will see what happens, but for now down to a phase one/two diet, which is basically a liquid/soft foods diet, I will upload the paperwork my doctor sent to me about it in another post, just so people can get an idea of what I am talking about.

On another annoying note, my PCP tested my vitamin D level because I have been struggling with this deficiency for years now and of course I am deficient.  The positive to it is that I am not as deficient as I have been in the past (although that isn't saying much because it is summer), but she did add another 2000 mg to my vitamin D dose per day.  This should help with how tired I have been lately.  I really should go get my other vitamin levels tested because I know potassium and B12 are always concerns too for most of us GPers, plus I know I have no calcium in my body because dairy has been off my edible list for years now.  It is always a battle, but hopefully we can figure out the cause of why I am more sick now and either up my pacer or take out this implant.  Then maybe I won't have to take a million vitamin supplements anymore and can eat a normal diet!  Plus be able to work out at the level I was able to before, a vitamin D deficiency really wears away at the muscles and heart, so it is always harder for me to work out when I am low.

I am going to end on a positive note here though, I have gained back two pounds, but since I have been getting ill again I have been just holding steady, which at this point is an accomplishment for me considering I had been losing about a pound a week before the surgery.  I always like to recognize the small victories because I know that it will take a while for everything to normalize, if things work out as planned.  For now though I am seeing the short term positive effects that I needed, now to figure out the more complicated aspects so I can be around to embarrass my son for many years to come HAHAHA

#gastroparesis #enterratherapy

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