You may remember that I was in the hospital a few weeks ago with a rapid heart rate and stomach virus. Little did I know that the next two weeks would be spent in doctors offices filled with follow up appointments. My doctor in the hospital recommended I see a GI doctor about some digestive issues I had been dealing with over the past 9 months. So I went to my new GI doctor and she recommended I have a colonoscopy and an endocosopy. So I spent a day on an air-plane back to Atlanta from a work trip to Boston on a liquid diet and started drinking that stuff when I landed in Atlanta. Everyone told me the prep part would be the worst and they were right. The next day, I went in for my procedure which was a piece of cake. After waking up from my procedure the doctor went over my results and told me she thought I had a very mild Crohn’s Disease. I hadn’t even heard of Crohn’s Disease until the guy I’m dating and I were talking about it a few days prior.
The way it was described to me is basically my immune system is attacking it’s self in a small area of my intestine. With proper diet and medicine the disease can be treated but not cured permanentely. With stress Crohn’s can flare up which is what I have been going through. The goal at this point is to put my body in remission. Because my condition is in such a small area and very mild, I have a good chance of putting it in remission for years.
So I worked with two dietitian friends to create a diet for me and I’m planning out ways to eliminate stress. As much as I love food and wine, I have to rethink how I incorporate those in my diet. So the recipes on my blog will be taking a 360 degree over the next few months as I get my health back in order. I’m also working on my time management skills so that the blog is better organized. I think this is a way of God slowing me down to soak up my surroundings and show I don’t always have to do everything. I often overload my days with work and spending evenings at events around town. So I’ve been spending these past few weeks reflecting on my diagnosis.
I would love to hear from my readers who may have crohn’s or know someone who has it. My family and friends have been amazing so far during this difficult time.