Sunday, May 8, 2011

My truck ran over me

Yesterday I was feeling better and was even inspired.  I taught my last class of the semester and really enjoyed my students' presentations.  I did the grocery shopping and even cooked chili for dinner.

I should have known it would come back to haunt me.  It always does.  This morning I woke up in extreme pain in my hips.  I don't think I've ever felt pain that intense in my hips.  It hurt to walk.  It even hurt to roll over or lay still.  I took my medication and went back to sleep.  When I woke up, the pain was a little less than before and I was grateful.

I was finally able to do some grading today, and the pain has come off and on, in waves, over my hips and my shoulders.  I've had reflux horribly this afternoon, and just took something to help with that.  I also ate a container of Chobani yogurt, which seems to settle just about any stomach upset I have.

I am becoming more aware of the effect certain foods have on my illness.  I've learned to keep greek yogurt around at all times.  If I have nausea, I eat the yogurt and rejoice in the fact that the nausea disappears.  It also helps with regularity (ahem) and I'm noticing now that it's helping with the acid refulx as well.  Many people choose to eat it with a small bit of honey.  I haven't been so brave--I get the fruit in the bottom kind and am happy.

About a month ago, I began a path to becoming a vegetarian.  Not vegan, mind you--I will still eat eggs and cheese and other dairy products.  Giving up yogurt at this point would be just ridiculous.  But a month ago I gave up beef, and I plan to give up pork before the end of the month.  I have vowed that I will allow myself one trip to Goden Corral for a bacon pigout before I give it up completely.  I do move cruncy, crispy bacon.

I meet with my rheumatologist tomorrow.  I'm not sure why, except so she can assess my pain and again refuse to treat it.

Well, I think I"m falling asleep now, so maybe I'll take a nap.  Sounds like the best idea I've had all day.


  1. There is some great coconut milk and almond milk yogurt out there, if you are interested in giving up a little dairy! There's also goat milk yogurt, but I haven't had it so I won't recommend it :)

  2. Erin, I just realized you commented! Lol, I didn't even realize anyone was reading this mess of a blog anymore. I really don't eat much dairy at all--probably not nearly as much as a doctor would tell me I should--but I also know there are a lot of people out there who are completely against dairy. I eat greek yogurt or activia if I'm having stomach issues, and occasionally I'll have a little cheese, but that's about it. I wouldn't be opposed to trying almond milk yogurt. I've heard almond milk is really quite good, especially if you get a flavored version (but that usually increases the sugar amount, so I'm not crazy about that). I just have never been able to like soy milk and kind of gave up after that. Maybe now is a good time to experiment a little more!