Monday, May 6, 2013
So, there has been lots of fun happenning for all those around me, but my elation over the good news from the doctor last week was dampened considerably when I awoke Friday morning about 3:00 am in major lower abdominal pain and shaking with chills. I felt so tired that I barely dragged myself from my boss's house and the dogs, and got to work. Within an hour, I called my doctor and asked to be seen. As always, they got me right in and were very surprised to be seeing me so soon after Monday's visit, where we had all shared the good news that my EKG had returned to normal, my BP was normal and my bloodwork showed major improvement from the toxicity I had shown 6 weeks ago.
After taking my temp (elevated) and an exam, she determined I have an acute attack of diverticulitis. I was sure this was all bladder related, but the swelling from the colon was pushing on my bladder to give similar symptoms. So I spent the weekend with my doggy friends,very chilled, just barely moving, taking a nasty anti-biotic, on a liquid diet, and have just today started bananas, toast and applesauce. There is improvement, but my strength has fled. This is my second attack (what I thought was a bladder infection a year ago has now been ruled diverticlar, as well). She says one more attack and I will have to have surgery. Once I am healed from this, I am to very gradually increase my fiber intake. I am not quite sure how I can take in more than I already do, as I have been aware of the importance of fiber for years. I will most likely have to add in psyllium but it must be done slowly.
Meanwhile, there was fun happening all around me....I read books on my Kindle, sat in a sunny window and took 2-3 naps a day. Other than not feeling well, that was a pretty nice weekend, and one I know many would dream of. I returned to my house yesterday morning and have just been resting more. Going to try work this morning.