Alright, well I jinxed myself writing that last time, just as I was afraid would happen. I had a horrible 24 hours of mind blowing cramps and tons of poop. Dammit.
I was a sobbing mess because I thought for sure I was better. How could that happen again?
The only good part of it (TMI, but can’t be helped!) was that none of my poop had that gross sticky texture that I had with giardia. That made me think it was maybe, just maybe, something my giardia damaged intestines were freaking out over and trying to reject rather than hidden giardia cysts re-hatching inside of me and starting the entire cycle over again.
I went about ten days without any kind of upset, but not feeling perfect.
Once the episode of misery ended I decided to make a big change in what I’ve been eating.
I’ve read that giardia causes you to become lactose intolerant. I realized in the past that diary made me sick, especially ice cream or white cheeses. I had still been eating small amounts here and there, and eating dairy in baked goods too, thinking it wasn’t a big deal.
Right before I got sick the other day I had eaten hamburgers. Two slices of American cheese. Could that have triggered the whole thing? I waver(ed) between thinking thathad to be it, or no totally not I am still dying of giardia. (Or worse, what if I was misdiagnosed and I never had giardia in the first place? The doctor swore this was not the case, but still. Shut up brain!)
When you’re dealing with a long term illness your mind goes kind of wonky with fears and paranoia, you know?
I just want to be healthy. Fully functional. Not a slave to the lower half of my intestinal tract.
I used to eat super healthy, whole foods almost exclusively. No fast food. No junk food. Homemade everything.
During Henry’s miserable pregnancy we got totally off track and I let Tyler start buying tons of fast food again because I was too sick to cook. It’s gotten worse, I had given up entirely and started eating a lot of junk food because I felt so awful all the time with the giardia and couldn’t easily cook or grocery shop, but the kids and husband still had to eat.
Well, I’m done now. The naturopath said that my intestines will need a long time to heal after the damage giardia has done inside of them. The giardia have little sucker discs on their undersides that stick to the lining of your intestines. They can actually make holes in the intestines. Horrifying! No wonder it burned so badly!!
My body showed me it can’t keep eating junk food, especially not gross American cheese. I’ve also been drinking a lot of Coke. I know how bad for me it is, but I just keep on drinking it. I don’t know why. It tastes good.
Yesterday I stopped everything. I’m eating simply right now. Few processed foods, as many whole foods as possible. No dairy, only a little wheat. Avoiding vegetables and other foods that are hard to digest or too acidic. Only drinking water and tea.
We’ll see how it goes.
Yesterday morning my intestines were still mildly crampy and bubbling. By the afternoon they felt perfect! No pain. Nothing! Not even a fart. I’m serious, I think I farted maybe three times yesterday and last night. This compared to constant intestinal bubbling of the past!
I hope it’s not another coincidence and I just think I’m better when I’m actually not.
I felt great all afternoon. Very energetic! I slept good last night too.
Yesterday I ate:
Applesauce (homemade w/cinnamon from local apples last year and frozen)
Jasmine rice sautéed in olive oil then cooked with (homemade) turkey bone broth
Chicken breast cooked in olive oil with sea salt
Eggs cooked in coconut oil
Ham and organic spinach on french bread
Baked potato with salt
I only drank water. I hope to add in a lot more fruits and vegetables as my intestines heal, of course.
This morning I’m missing caffeine, but otherwise I feel fine.
I had oatmeal (rolled oats on the stove) with brown sugar for breakfast, along with a mug of white peach mango tea and local raw honey from a friend’s bees.
I haven’t pooped in…four days. But, I haven’t had diarrhea in four days either. So there’s that. I’m going to have to poop again eventually. I hate how pooping has become seriously attached to anxiety for me now.
I’m taking a high power probiotic. I hope that helps even things out somehow. I’m also taking some homeopathic things from the naturopath. Something to keep parasites at bay, something to help with draining the system from toxins, cell salts, and something to soothe irritated digestive systems.
I hope the “clean” eating helps things heal. If I am randomly sick again I will probably jump off of a cliff. I cannot go on with life doing nothing but crying in pain and pooping. I just…can’t.
I have a follow up appointment with the internist (my doctor) on Friday the 16th. I’m going to keep eating very carefully until then and see what happens.