February 2

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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Posted February 2, 2012 by Aravis in category Creativity Expressed, My Viewing Pleasure, Random Thoughts, Reading Room

3 thoughts on “Call Me Jack Sprat

  1. David Quinn

    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 (Post author)

    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

    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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