Twenty days later.
Wanna know what ended the estrogen dominence? Yup. Menstruation. Two weeks later. What fun. Not only did menstruation occur, but I also either got food poisoning or picked up a very bad digestive virus.
Ambulence to emergency room bad. Pain in digestive tract, nausea (and projectile expulsion at entrance to emergency room - nothin' like a dramatic entre), shortness of breath, dizziness, and ultimately hours of vertigo (or pretty close to it - room spinning and all that). Apparently I lost my potassium and sodium and depleted my electrolites.
The doc and I speculated - I thought food poisoning, he thought virus.
No way to know who's right.
Stayed in hospital most of the weekend while they slow dripped potassium into my system.
I gotta say that Tucson Heart Hospital is the place you want to go if you are in town and need to get to an emergency room. Heck, even if you are planning a hospital stay this is the place. All rooms are private. You get lots of staff assistance 24/7 and they are all lovely people as well as tender caregivers.
It's almost as good as having your grandmother take care of you!
OH! OH! OH! And another thing. They have a nutritionist who will tailor your diet while there, so instead of getting whatever, you get foods you can eat. WHOA!
So when I said I have IBS and my diet was such and such, there was no problem!
Only exception; they could only offer sugar coated metamucil for fiber. I asked Mike to bring my unadulterated fiber from home.
Other than that episode my irascible intestines have been functioning just fine. I think I had a couple of days of slow-to-move but that ended and am now in fine form. :-)
I really think I am on my path to intestinal health. I know it has been a very bumpy road, but I think I am entering the home stretch. Of course one never knows how long that stretch might be... I am hopeful, however, that within the next year I will be less confined to the rituals I have created in order to attain regularity, and that my system will become accustomed to regularity just through the exercise of it.
That said, there are still dietary and physical exercise regimens that I will never give up, nor should I, such as no dairy and yoga every day! These are known to be beneficial even to digestively normal persons!
posted by LST
5/29/2001 06:14:12 AM