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GP Symptom Managent with Food Steps

GP Symptom Managent with Food Steps

This is a great picture of our daily life as a gastroparesis fighter! I have this printed and hung in an area of my home that I can see it every day. It is easier to show my family ‘what kind of day’ it is for me and they can plan their dinner accordingly.

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Don’t Touch Me — I’m In A Flare

A while back I had got a very bad letter in the mail, which caused extreme stress and you guessed it caused my gastroparesis to flare.  I was highly nauseated, ready to vomit at any moment and the pain in my gut was torture.  All from reading a stupid letter.

I waited for my husband to get home from work so we could ‘deal’ with the letter issue.  Basically I as denied unemployment because they felt I was too sick to look for work.  I am, but wanted to work a PT job.  Anyway, not having my job or unemployment crippled our family.  I could not pay the bills.  There was no thought of going to a doctor now or paying for medication.  I couldn’t even feed me and that’s saying something (since I live off of soup and smoothies).

I was crying and shaking by the time he got home.  I don’t know if it was the flare or the news.  Yet I think I processed the news and it was that my body hurt so bad I just wanted to curly up and lay there forever.

bed with clock

My husband could only see how upset I was and gave me a big hug.  He forgot in that moment about my GP and I almost vomited in the sink as he did so.  I pushed him away and he seemed to get the hint as I headed to the bathroom.

That night was the worst ever.  Like I said, I just wanted to be a pool of flesh in the bed … alone.  In a flare my clothes and even the sheet bug the heck out of me!  No matter what I did he was trying to hold me.  I would flip is arm away and it would find it’s way back, I would push him and he didn’t roll over.  In all of this he wouldn’t wake up.  Ugg!!   I had 1 hour left until he got up to go to work, or I was going to the couch.

When he got home that night, I told him about what I went through the night before in bed.  He said all he knew to do to ‘help’ me was to hold me and make it all better.  Great?!  How could I be mad at that?!   I told him how sick I felt and that I appreciate him wanting to hold me ( to make it better) but it just makes it worse during a flare.  I gently tried to tell him so that I didn’t hurt his feelings.  Yet I didn’t want to keep it from him and let him think it was okay next time I went through this.

I am so lucky to have him in my life and don’t want to push him away.  I am sure he must feel neglected, yet when I ask he says he his fine.  On good days, he knows he is loved!

It is very difficult to balance GP and your significant other.   All I can suggest is to be open and honest with each other.

Omega 3 for Constipation

Copy from April 13, 2013 Facebook Note (edited):

It is odd what my brain seems to wonder to.  I had been skipping on my fish oil and other supplements.  First it was just the mornings.  I had been sleeping in until noon-ish and just didn’t bother.  Then I was skipping them at night too.  Falling asleep to soon, or just not caring.  Probably both. 

Soon after receiving a highly stressful letter, my body decided to go into flair mode.   Yep, I am sure it was due to the lack of supplements, stress and just not taking care of myself.  I am now 5 days into the flare.  Normally the 3rd day I am fine. 

I realized yesterday my neglect for the supplements and started them up again.  During this flare, I have had a very difficult time with constipation (I had a prior ‘note’ on this as well).  Just now I had a ‘regular’ BM and was so happy.  Yes, small things make me happy!  Anyway, I was Imagewondering if starting up my fish oil had anything to do with this.  The rest of me is still about the same: worse than ever pain, too tired to do much, hurt all over, dizzy, lack of focus, ect.   But the BM is much better.
So I did a little research and found out that Omega 3 can help to make you ‘regular’.  What ever your “regular” is.  It will not speed anything up.  Here is the link if you want to read it:

I do want to tell you that I LOVE my fish oil.  It is from Natures Bounty and is: Fish, Flax, Borage (Omega 3-6-9) it is rapid release liquid softgel.  I only burped fish once and that was because it was that kind of gassy night and I didn’t take it with a meal.  Just popped the pill and went to bed.  Honestly, I hate fish and the burp wasn’t as bad as I would have thought.  Here is a link for info on this blend from the manufacture (other brands make this blend too):

So maybe there was something to the fish oil combo I use!!  I started it because I was loosing my hair.  And YES, it did help that issue.  If I miss a few days of the Omega 3-6-9, then I notice more hair loss in the shower.

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