Call Me Jack Sprat

I’m never around anymore, am I?  I haven’t felt like I had anything new to share.  Probably because, as far as I know, I haven’t.  Everything has been pretty much the same.

One new thing is that with rare – and extremely uncomfortable exceptions – I haven’t eaten solid food since New Year’s weekend.  What I thought was a stomach bug turned out to be the symptoms of my gastroparesis finally kicking in.  For the most part, since being diagnosed, I haven’t had most of the symptoms.  Now I do.  The loss of appetite, the nausea, feeling full almost immediately, all of which has led to rapid weight loss.  And by that I mean I think I’ve lost about 15 pounds since that weekend, if not more.  Now, while I definitely appreciate the weight loss, this isn’t the way to go about it.  I also can’t tell you how much I want a steak right about now…

I’ve been living on Ensure, smoothies, tea, etc.  I’ve tried mashed potatoes and gravy, but that left me feeling sick and like I had a huge lump in my stomach.  On my birthday I tried about 1/2 cup of gluten-free spaghetti.  My stomach hurt badly before I was done.  So, yeah, no solid foods.  At least for now.  I need to make some dietary changes, maybe consult with a dietician.  I’ve been taking extra vitamins also to help keep me somewhat healthy.  I’ve spent a great deal of time feeling tired and woozy, but I seem to have adjusted and am not so out of it anymore.

At least the loss of appetite means I don’t feel like I’m dying of hunger.  My taste buds are protesting, but otherwise I’m not suffering.

What I am doing is reading.  Bet you’re surprised to hear that, right?  Didn’t think so.  I haven’t updated my Now Reading or Book List 2012 in forever (I’ve rarely been online at all), but mostly I’ve been re-reading some things, so I haven’t felt a burning need to update.

I’m also feeling vaguely artistic again.  *insert starving artist joke here* There may or may not be a painting in the future.  We’ll see.

I guess that’s it for now.  I’m behind on Big Bang Theory episodes and feel like I need to rectify the situation immediately.


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3 Responses to Call Me Jack Sprat

  1. David Quinn says:

    So sorry to hear you have not been feeling well. I have totally missed the Big Bang Theory this season. I just sort of lost interest. I have fallen in love with New Girl.

    Hope you get to feeling better.

  2. Aravis says:

    Thanks David! Sorry it took me so long to get back to you. For some reason the blog didn’t notify me of you comment.

    I like the addition of Amy Farrah-Fowler, Sheldon’s girlfriend. I’m behind on this season (I didn’t end up watching those episodes the other day), but it looks like Leonard and Penny are back together.

    I haven’t watched New Girl yet, but it looks good too. I’ll probably watch that through Netflix. :0)

  3. Leah says:

    Aravis! Your prolonged absences make me worry about you! I’m sorry to hear you haven’t been feeling well. :( Not being able to eat solid foods sounds very worrisome (and a complete bummer)! I’m glad it hasn’t curbed your appetite for reading though, whew.

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