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WIAW and health update

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Aloha one and all! I bring you another very sad and dingy WIAW, but for good reason. Beware, TMI ahead!wiawmarfigslogo

So TMI time. Firstly, some of you might be wondering why I’m going to be so candid. I’ve been complaining for a long while now about feeling terrible and how upset I was that a healthy diet didn’t mean good health, not to mention I’ve gotten messages and emails from a number of people concerned about how little I eat during my WIAWs. Well, I finally went to a gastroenterologist  few weeks ago and booked a colonoscopy for yesterday. Worlds of uncool, let me tell you. I am so relieved, however, that they did find something wrong. Is it crazy to get so excited about having something abnormal going on? Well, when you’re fed up with blaming yourself, yes!taggedfeet

Turns out I have elongated, redundant intestines: the most abnormal and extreme case my doctor has apparently ever seen in a patient my age. So what does that mean? It means my lifelong symptoms finally make sense. Constant bloating, indigestion, nausea, stabbing pain, etc – all intricately woven into my stupid excess intestines. It also means that my food doesn’t really digest by the time I’m hungry again, so I’m constantly full of food, which is why I get a swelled up stomach and all the rest (seriously, I could totally out-do some of your baby bumps on most days). I have to schedule a rather extensive biopsy so that he can get a large section examined at some point to see if I don’t have a nerve disease that also prevents normal function of the gut, but at this point I’m so psyched to get a step closer to closure! If they want to cut out half my intestines, by all means.

Which explains my very pathetic offerings for today’s WIAW. I was on a two-day liquid diet to get ready for the procedure and I was immensely cranky and depressed that I couldn’t touch all the wonderful food in the house like the spinach and zucchini and what not, and had to live off of stupid jelly, tea and broth. Yuck! Needless to say I spent those two days fantasizing about what I was going to eat and what not when I got back home, but to my horror I hadn’t counted on my stomach shrinking so much that I was horribly ill and in pain before dinner because I’d eaten too much, with the end result that I pretty much consumed very little yesterday and today. Much sadness as I love food, truly!

Breakfast/13h00 (seriously): a banana and tea. I was so relieved to get liquids again and had to refuse a plate of ham and cheese with crackers and a yoghurt, and got chastised by the nurse for not letting anyone know sooner, but hello, I’m the patient – people can’t expect me to make demands beforehand; the situation must be brought up! Luckily we brought a banana with because I know better than to be unprepared as a vegan.bananabreakfastSecond breakfast/14h00: My usual smoothie bowl with 1/2 cup all bran. YUM! I didn’t finish it all at once though – that should’ve been a sign but nope, pigheadedness ruled the day. I was so happy to get my favourite meal of the day though, so worth it!

sweet smoothieSnack/16h00: Cocoa + hot water, 1/2 a grapefruit and some roasted carrotscarrotsnack hotcocoa grapefruitDinner/18h00: It was supposed to be a delicious stew I spent the entire afternoon making (this is about 1/2 cup) with 1/4 cup roasted sweet potatoes, but I managed about 4 ridiculously small bites before giving up. SADNESS! (the stew’s going to be in the ebook, yum yum!)  dinnerstewSnack/20h00: (unpictured – we’re experiencing constant loadshedding this time of night so no electricity and I hate flash!) some jelly. As much as I hated it. I was mentally hungry, not physically, so this was the only thing I could think of as a compromise.

Snack/00h00: (personal stock photo – so lazy and precious little light) 2 TBSP protein powder and water – this was a bit much but I was fed up with mental hunger and it at least put me straight to bed. If I don’t snack a bit before snooze time I can’t sleep soundly IMO.breakfastsoySo there you have it! Pretty meagre fare but I’m working on slowly building up my food scale again, but this newly discovered condition means that I will have to make some serious adjustments to how I eat. The doc hasn’t given recommendations yet because he wants to see what the biopsy and further tests reveal, but yay: diagnosis! It feels so great to know that my health choices haven’t been the thing holding back my energy and life, essentially, but that it has been something out of my control. Still, it’s the first path to healing and to baking my cake and eating it! 😀

Author: Marfigs

Ahoy, I’m Margaux! History teacher and freelance editor; wench to my Man-thing; volunteer at a cat shelter; and handmaiden to our kitsy cats, Gatsby, Freyja and Atlas. This blog is dedicated to vegan food, occasionally overthrown by pictures of foster kittens and other fluffy creatures. I love sharing ideas and recipes, so don't be shy: stop by and say hi!

15 thoughts on “WIAW and health update

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  2. Hey Margaux, I am so happy to hear your endoscopy was worthwhile. I must admit that it is a very uncommon diagnosis so it is great to have a specialized team for help. Hope you feel better soon.

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    • Thank you Janet! It was rather a big surprise, especially considering I’ve been trolling the internet for years looking for different symptoms and it never really came across my radar. Still, it’s great to have some diagnosis – hopefully the biopsy next week should give even more clarity 😀 And yes, it’s wonderful to have experts involved that at least let me know I’m not crazy and that it’s something very real!

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  3. Hope things look up for you soon! ❤

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  4. Hope you’re feeling better, Margaux! Glad you got some nourishing foods in you! Happy WIAW! 🙂

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  5. Hope you feel better soon! At least you have some know-how into what caused the issue. Praying for healing and recovery for you!!:)

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  6. Happy your “spring cleaning” procedure is over and done with.
    Now you can focus on the medical specialists’ expertise to get better.
    Missing you terribly at work 😦

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    • I miss you so much as well! ❤ It makes a big difference to one's day to have a friend around. I can't wait to get on with the next round of tests and get clarity – I always feel horrible being so lethargic at work and looking like a puffed up, baggy-eyed addict!

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  7. Hope you get it all straightened out! Those roasted carrots looks so good. I need some of those today!

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  8. Margaux, so glad you found out (never heard of having to many intestines) it all makes sense though. Knowing that it’s not the food we eat is the cause has to be a BIG relief (I know it would be for me, I love being Vegan it was the best decision I made) . Take care and keep us all updated.

    Arlene ❤

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    • Hi Arlene, thanks so much! I never heard about it either, and apparently it doesn’t necessary have to mean big problems but in my case it certainly does – but yes, it’s amazing to know that diet is not the cause; I think a lot more people deal with these sorts of issues (IBS-esque) and give up because there’s always conflicting information or each body works differently. I’m hoping that at some point down the line I can sit down with a nutritionist and get some more guidelines (that don’t involve giving up on deliciousness!). 🙂

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