This blog used to cover a lot of things, but lately I’ve been so busy that all I can manage to post is Flashback Fridays with content pulled from previous posts throughout the years. It feels like it’s been forever since I’ve posted a new recipe or talked about anything else, and I wish I had it in me to be light and breezy like so many other bloggers out there who manage to come up with something new and unique to post multiple times a week, but alas …
Not since the update on my status at the six-month post surgery mark have I talked much at all about my health. I’m still not fully recovered from my surgery – my incision site often hurts if I wear the wrong clothing, and jumping around in definitely NOT in the cards for me quite yet as everything inside feels all jostly and wobbly. Oh, and it hurts afterwards as well.
But that’s not the reason I’m writing. I went to the doctor last week to talk to her about the pain I’ve been having since last year in my upper right abdomen. For those who have been around for awhile, it’s the same pain that sent me to the doctor initially, and what inadvertently led to my hysterectomy. Despite the fact that the pain is nowhere near where my uterus was, or is near where my ovaries still are, we had hoped that I’d begin to feel better. Hoped being the operative word here because I haven’t.
The week before Christmas I started having the pains again and they sent me in for another internal ultrasound that was inconclusive. The pains went away for awhile, but started back up again about six weeks ago. A couple of weeks ago the pain was so bad that sleeping was really difficult. The pain is pretty much with me every single day, and there really isn’t a moment when I don’t feel it in some capacity.
The doctor couldn’t feel anything, but given the severity of the pain (recall that I can’t take pain meds so I know pain …) she wants to run an MRI of my liver area. She also ordered blood work to see what that could tell her. I got the results back tonight and the results of my AST and ALT levels are at the low end of the high side. Unfortunately, my glucose levels were also on the high side. After discussing it a bit with the doctor, it seems that I am “pre-diabetic, or have an impairment of your sugar metabolism that can increase your risk of diabetes, but isn’t out and out diabetes.” While this is not the cause of my abdominal pain, it is cause for concern … and could explain why I’ve been feeling really sick lately after eating foods/drink high in sugar.
Basically, this means effectively IMMEDIATELY my diet is going to change, and I’m going to kick up the exercise regimen. I had joined a gym in Alameda with a pool but I stopped going as often as I had wanted to because I had a really bad cough that was exacerbated by the chlorine and … I hated the locker room. It stunk to high heaven and to me there is nothing worse than someone wet sidling up next to you and putting her body all up in your line of sight. I’m kind of a prude about things in public (go wild in private though folks!) and I just couldn’t handle all that … stuff hanging out. So I quit and was going to go to the gym right up the street from my apartment when my friend EY reached out and asked if I wanted to go to Hipline instead. We went on Friday night and it was awesome. Excruciating but awesome. We’re going back Thursday, and I intend to go tomorrow as well.
On the food front, I’m giving up carbs again. It’s going to suck, but having to stick a needle in myself every day would suck even worse. (I abhor needles!) Here’s a warning to any friends we plan on meeting up with in the near future – I’m going to be a major bitch while I go on a carb detox. I am fully expecting to come down with the low carb flu. You’ve been warned.
The other thing I’m going to have to do is cut out sugary drinks. Now, I don’t mean soda. I don’t really drink soda at all anymore. And I very rarely get sugary coffees or anything of the sort. No, I’m talking about wine. You know how much this devastates me, right? The interesting thing is, this blood work confirms something that I’ve been curious about for the past several weeks as it seems that whenever I drink more than even one glass of white wine I start to feel ill – accelerated heart rate, sweats, flushed face and neck. Now I know that I’ve likely been having blood sugar spikes and they suck so now that I know I’m going to avoid them. I’ve been “off” beer for awhile as I tend to also have problems with gluten (I’m not allergic … just moderately intolerant). Looks like when I do want a drink I’m going to have to rely on my good friend whisky.
So, that’s what’s going on with me on the health front. As soon as I go in for my MRI I’ll have a better idea of where I stand and if it’s my liver that is giving me the abdomen pain. On the one hand I am scared that it is because there are a lot of things that the liver does but on the other, I hope it is so that I can finally address the pain correctly and move forward.
Wish my luck in my journey.