Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Lots of things have changed since my last blog post. The best change is that I went to see a pulmonary specialist who said that I did NOT have pulmonary hypertension! That was a wonderful day. But I still had my symptoms of leg swelling, shortness of breath and heart palpitations with no reason they were happening.
Then came Lent. I decided that this year I would do something that concentrated on my health so I gave up bad carbs. No bread, no pasta, no cookies/brownies or ice cream! I've done low carb before so I knew that it was possible and I would make it through. About a week in I noticed that the swelling was going down in my feet. 2 weeks in and the swelling was gone! WOW! Then I got sick with the flu. My husband begged me to eat, and I knew I must eat if I wanted to get better. But nothing low carb sounded good at that moment. So I settled for a cheese roll up (on a flour tortilla). My stomach started hurting soon after. A few days later after eating whatever, I started feeling better from the flu but my stomach was killing me. I took the bad carbs out again and a few days later I was much better. My stomach was less bloated and I was able to umm "go". Easter came and I allowed myself to eat carbs again and immediately wasn't feeling good with stomach pains and a migraine. I hadn't even realized that I hadn't had a migraine in weeks so this pain was horrid. A few days later my daughter was seeing her allergist (who is also my allergist) and have him look back to see if we tested me for wheat. I had been and shown no reaction. However he said that allergies can happen at any point in a persons life and especially show up after trauma or stress. He concluded that I had most likely developed an intolerance to wheat/gluten but not a true allergy but he couldn't be for sure without doing another test. He also said that I could have been dealing with this my whole life since I've always dealt with constipation issues and migraines. So I've been gluten free since Easter and I have never felt better! I no longer have the swelling in my legs/feet and don't have to take the migraine prevention anymore! Anytime I get glutened my stomach hurts and I get a migraine for several days that doesn't respond to medication so I am very careful about what I eat. My family have been very supportive and we have found that many foods that we enjoyed full of gluten actually taste just as good if not better free of gluten!
The other big change is that my husband got promoted within his company and we are moving to another state in 2 weeks! We have sold our house and are looking forward to having our family all together under one roof again real soon. It has been really hard to be essentially a single mom to 3 kids. But we look forward to moving and meet and making new friends.
The worst change since my last post is that in June I fell and broke my foot. I didn't *just* break it though, I tore a ligament off my big toe. So I basically spent my entire summer in a hard cast and on crutches. I was able to get the cast off earlier this month and am in a walking boot but my ROM is limited and can't walk long distances. I am not in a great deal of pain anymore so I am trying to use it as much as possible without the boot so I have more opportunity to work it out when I sit. But it has side railed my attempts to work out. But I am still watching what I eat, trying to make sure that I eat breakfast every day and limit my eating after 8 so I am still losing weight albeit very, very slowly.
So there have been lots of changes, some good and some bad. I am rolling with it and moving on towards my goal. I may not make it before my "deadline" but I'm moving in the right direction and that is what counts.