Friday, June 19, 2009

gallbladder-less

My last appointment with Dr. G went as well as you'd want your last appointment to go. He said, "You're on the right track. It'll just take time to heal." That was before he knew I was leaving and the things he said encouraged me!

At this point, by eating all organic and non-GMO, taking the few supplements I'm taking, and now by adding some digestive enzymes to my meal time routine, I should heal soon. My test results came back just how he expected but not great. My cholesterol is SUPER low which indicates malnutrition. This is exactly what you would expect from a leaky gut so it's not a surprise. But we need to help with that. My vitamin D level is low (even though I'm taking MORE than the normal amount) and a few other vitamins were low. Funny enough they were the fat soluble vitamins. He said since my gallbladder is out I'm not able to digest things properly or those fat soluble vitamins. So to help with that, I'm to take some digestive enzymes with each meal. That should help a lot!

Unfortunately, the majority of healing vitamins and such that he had me on in the very beginning are not conducive to baby-making. Some can be dangerous to baby. So for now, in this season of life, I need to put them aside but they are something I will start up again after we have our second child Lord-willing. In the mean-time I can continue with the digestive enzymes and a few of the natural supplements that are safe for baby.

So complete healing is something I'll need to be patient about. I'm just so thankful that I can function normally now. True, I get tired out more easily than others, and my body has more aches and pains than most, and yes, I have to be off of my feet for a majority of the day in order to preserve my strength throughout the week, but I'm SO much better than I was 6 months ago.

Now I pray I can find a knowledgeable doctor up in Washington!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

kefir'ed

I did some research and found that drinking coconut water kefir can be really beneficial to those dealing with yeast. It's also good for achy joints and a host of other things.

So I got myself some kefir grains and some coconut water and let it ferment away for a day or two.

Drinking 2 oz. at each meal is plenty and I was skeptical at first that it could do anything but I'll try just about anything these days so long as it makes sense to me and doesn't cost an arm and a leg.

Well, it sure is working. The last few days I've been off my feet from the "die-off" reaction. I can tell it's doing it's job by the way I'm feeling. It's the same way I felt when I first started the meds to get rid of the yeast.

I've made so much progress since the beginning of the year. From being at the point where I'd nearly faint if I was on my feet for more than 5 minutes to now being able to make it through the day without being off of my feet for most of it. I can go on outings and can generally care for my daughter without much fatigue!

I'm so thankful. I am too afraid to hope this is the end of my illness but I'm cautiously thinking maybe this is the beginning of finally getting a handle on it.