I am aware that I am less than some people prefer me to be,
but most people are unaware that I am so much more than what they see.
— Douglas Pagels

Thursday, May 3, 2018

A quick Gastroparesis update

I've tried solid food (this is referred to as Stage 3) for the last several days with my increased medication, which was supposed to allow me to resume a reasonable diet. It somewhat worked for about a day and a half, then stopped working completely. I'm pretty much back to the drawing board as of this evening, in total misery trying to stay out of the ER.

I guess my goal at this point is to try to achieve a combination diet of Stage 1 and Stage 2. This involves liquids and very soft solids with no fiber whatsoever. All meat and vegetables are out until further notice, even low-fiber items like iceberg lettuce, which had me doubled over the other day.

I miss cooking (and eating, naturally), and after all of these years, I still miss Planet Fitness (I cried when I had to give up my membership in 2007 due to HKPP). I want to be able to eat healthy and exercise, but my body refuses to allow it and makes my life a living hell for trying. I'm disheartened and feeling defeated right now.

It's hard to feel hopeful, but I cannot and will not give up.