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.