My comprehensive stool test came back!
I don’t have bad bacteria in my gut anymore.
No candida. No more SIBO.
Unfortunately, I don’t have any GOOD bacteria either…and I had meat (undigested in my stool).
Gross. I know. But it’s my reality.
So how does THAT happen?
Well, in my process of preparing for the test – I had to stop taking my enzymes, any probiotics, and HCl (the stomach acid helper). In the mean time, we went on vacation… I stopped taking my MSM… I got a little lazy and was eating some sweet potato chips, with coconut oil, which I”m not supposed to have because it causes reactions… and I started eating some raw veggies… carrots, cucumbers… a few radishes.
BIG Mistake. BIG. HUGE.
As of recent I had been battling the every day morning “I think I’m going to throw up I’m so full in guts” feeling. I got a stomach bug early this week – which emptied my entire body of any food contents that might have thought about sitting, and other than wishing I didn’t have to throw up beet juice, I was just THANKFUL to not feel so sore, and sick.
It was almost a year ago I realized I was battling gastroparesis, you can read more about that if you want.
I knew my stomach was emptying slowly. I didn’t really consider THAT was my main problem. I knew it led to other bacteria issues… I figure THAT had to be the main problem… and maybe it was – before the treatments I did.
But now? After getting the results back from my stool test… and knowing the SIBO is gone, and candida isn’t an issue… and there are no parasites…
and some more research on gastroparesis….
I realize now – this is more serious, and I need to get more specific before I end up on a complete liquid diet.
I’m happy to report I’m bouncing back from my Iowa trip, and adding MSM in has helped my inflammation a ton (as has getting rid of the sweet potato chips – boo-hoo!)
I spent some time being real with myself, and figuring out a plan because this is serious, and it’s not going away.
I have to say I’m SO glad I did the most recent elimination diet from this book. It helped me get to this point to see why and what was making me bloat. While I focused on trying to eat 2 meals a day, and a smooth in the AM (more recently) – in an attempt to encourage “cleansing waves” for my digestion process… I’m realizing now that approach isn’t going to fix my gastroparesis.
In fact, it’s going to make it worse. While the well cooked foods, and types of foods are GREAT to encouraging healing… SMALLER, more frequent meals are required.
I’ll admit. I had some tears over it.
Realizing that fiber from raw vegetables and fruit simply aren’t an option, and that juicing and well cooked smaller meals like I ate before, are going to be consuming most of my summer wasn’t exactly where I was hoping to go with this.
Selfishly I was thinking we’d be on track to targeting a bacteria, and be able to move forward… away from the chronic pain that has plagued me for a majority of the past 3 years.
You know how when you are in a pit… and God just lifts you up?
Once again, God doesn’t disappoint.
While researching my newest plan, and awaiting my doctor’s input… I was SO encouraged by this short video by an 18-year-old from Canada who shared how SHE healed her gastroparesis… after going through a wild goose chase with western medicine. She talks about several things that I’ m already doing, and a few I’m interested in trying, or getting more serious about. Specifically acupuncture more regularly. I’m going on Tuesday.
I also watch this video on what to eat for gastroparesis, and she had her top 10 things to do… again, most of them I’m doing, but it had some great insight. One of the things I KNOW effects me (and literally made me laugh out loud!) is “eat in a calm environment.” Sorry. That’s not going to happen any time in the near future anyway, and I know stress is a big problem – I’m fighting regularly to keep under control, and at a manageable level.
Thanks so much for taking the time to read this. Please don’t pity me. I am encouraged and hopeful. Our BIG GOD is a healer – and I’m focused on what He’s doing in me through this process. Healthy for Him.
“Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble,
And He saved them out of their distresses.
He sent His word and healed them,
And delivered them from their destructions.”