Adventures in Gluten (and Sugar) Freedom from a southern blogger chick!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Live and learn

On Feb. 10, I had a relapse of the stomach flu that, I swear, has sidelined me until today. It included a sickly birthday, a sickly weekend with Randy here for Valentine's Day (I dined on applesauce and Ginger ale) and a six-hour stint in the emergency room for dehydration. What a week!

My last full meal was last Thursday night, and it didn't last. A chicken breast and some carrot raisin salad....Monday night, we took out a job candidate, and all I could manage was half a baked potato. And Ginger ale. God bless my namesake beverage!

I learned a lot about gastroparesis this last week, mostly from the ER doctor who gently cared for me yesterday. He knew right away that my poor addled stomach was the reason I couldn't shake this virus. Two bags of fluid and some Demerol later (yay!) I slept most of last night and some today. He said bed rest, but I can't miss any more classes -- I feel too guilty to stay home.

So that all comes in way of telling you, my wonderful friends, where I've been. I'm still not out of the woods yet, as I still haven't eaten solid food beyond applesauce. But I can watch The Food Network without gagging again (for the most part, haha). That has to be a good sign.

I'll get back to more regular blogging soon, I promise.

Much love, and thanks for wondering,


jill elise said...

oh no, I had that a week and a half ago, it was the WORST! I didn't eat for days, then was starving but couldn't stomach anything besides rice and plain chicken soup. I hope you're recovered fully soon!!

Gluten Free Steve said...

Ginger, I am so sorry to hear you were in the hospital and were so sick. YIKES! We're sending you good vibes and much love.

GFS and the Artist

a kelly said...

Sad to hear this struggle continues. I thought of you as I lay in bed with flu this week(funny where your mind goes while in pain) with what was only a fraction of what you are enduring. I wondered how it was going for you...and told myself to be grateful for a flu that would likely end in a few days. Glad to hear you got such good care. Keep your spirits up...prayers for your wellness continue.
love and hugs

Raven said...

Oh, man, sorry you've been sick, Gin. Hope you're feeling better by now.

Gluti Girl said...

Hang in there Ginger. You sure have been through a hard time. Know that I am thinking about you and keep praying for you!

Absolutely Not Martha said...

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Karen said...

Feel better soon.