Well. What a battle that was! I see my last post was on April 4th. Here I am, a month and a half later. So my health issue ended up taking me to the hospital for 17 days. Yeah, that was fun. It would have been half that amount except the first hospital I went to ended up doing nothing for me except starve me and try to stabilize me to send me home. Except they couldn't -- stabilize me, that is, so I finally checked myself out after 8 days of no improvement, after I tried to arrange a transfer to another hospital which turned into a no-go because they were full, and the next day I went to a hospital in another city, where my GI dr. is, and they admitted me through the ER for another 9 days. Which would have been 2 days shorter except for the insurance wanted to "review and approve" the medication the dr. ordered for my home care, to "make sure it was medically necessary" (HAH!) and they wanted to take their sweet time about it and the dr. and hospital wouldn't release me to go home without the medication. Talk about tears and frustration.
I got home on May 6, weak as the proverbial new-born kitten, and 15 lbs lighter, which meant that I'd lost all muscle (not that I had a lot to begin with). So healing has been a long slow process. I now have even more gut problems. In addition to my diverticulitis problem/issue (which I thought had been solved with my surgery), I now have ulcerative colitis, which is even MOAR FUN!!!! (not). I've heard of others living quite well with this disease by going on the paleo, gluten-free diet, so that's what I'm doing now. Which means lots of cooking, since no fast foods or processeed foods are allowed. I'm not minding it too much, I never was all that much for breads anyway, but what will I do without cookies and pies, oh my???? I've made some muffins that weren't too bad, but it takes some getting used to the texture being so different. And I think eventually I'll be able to cheat a little here and there. But right now I'm on a very restricted, bland diet. I am eating rice and oatmeal even though a strict paleo diet says NAY to those two items, but they don't seem to bother me and I love my oatmeal, so not giving it up or worrying too much if it's been processed in the same place as wheat and so cross-contaminated (which I guess is the real isue with oats, since technically they don't have gluten anyway). I'm also reading "Wheat Belly" by William Davis, MD, which is interesting.
I'm getting stronger every day. Walked for a bit this morning on the beach (first time here in 2 1/2 months) and then did 20 minutes of yoga. That feels like success! AND I just wrote for the first time for I-dont-know-how-long, but I'm pretty sure it was before Mom's slow decline. It wasn't much of a writing session because I'm rusty as hell, But I squeezed out 500 words of free write. I think it'll take a while before anything worthwhile comes out of these fingers, but I'll take what I can get for now.