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Thursday, January 10, 2013

I started out 2013 with a lovely cold. Ear infection, sore throat, sinus and chest congestion, you name it, I had it. It started on the 30th of December and got progressively worse until it peaked with the worst symptoms on the 2nd of January. I've still got it, but the symptoms are nowhere near as bad...except for the infection in BOTH ears instead of one. That, by itself, is a great way to start the new year...really it is.

BUT...add to that the increasingly worse symptoms associated with my newly discovered lactose intolerance. The first bad round of symptoms occurred on January 4th. I was up all night in discomfort and frequent washroom trips after eating a taco with cheese on it. Up until then, cheese hadn't bothered me. I had taken a lactaid anyway, but not enough and not early enough.

The second bad round occurred on January 7th. I came home from work not feeling well and it progressed from there. Tuesday morning (January 8th) I only made it through 3/4 of the morning at work. My usual morning mocha and oatmeal for breakfast, both of which contain modified milk products, kicked my butt, and HARD! I went home from work in absolute agony. I don't think I've ever bee in pain like that in my life. At one point I was ready to call the ambulance to come and get me because I knew there was no way I'd be able to get myself to the hospital.

I survived those 6 hours of projectile vomitting and other symptoms and found myself absolutely starving late that evening. As the rest of the family was also hungry, the SO decided to pick up some KFC for everyone, since there obviously wouldn't be any milk products in KFC, right? WRONG!! I found out the hard way that there most definitely IS milke in almost every product made at KFC (and have since learned to look these things up online BEFORE I eat them). I was up all night repeating the process of earlier that day. It was not a fun night for me.

The good news is that I did manage to eat yesterday, and kept it down. But I am now absolutely paranoid about every bite I put in my mouth. We went grocery shopping with the intent of finding food that I could eat safely, and found out just how many foods contain modified milk products. I would not have thought that potato chips would have milk in them, but a lot of them do. And I also would not have thought that meat products, like sausages, would have milk products in them, but a fair number of them do.

At this point I'm more concerned with finding foods I can eat that won't make me violently ill. I have to say that I don't even crave the milk-based foods that I used to least, not while the memories of being so violently ill are fresh. I may crave them later, once the memories fade. Becoming lactose intolerant may be a good thing for my weight loss in the long run, since so many of my favourite foods contain milk products. And apparently being violently ill is an excellent weight loss option (although not one I'd recommend to even to my worst enemy) since I'm down two whole pounds since Monday. (I'm not recording that weight loss though, since Thursday is not my regular weigh in day...but I was curious this morning...)

So far I've spent the first week and a half of the new year ill, and on some of those days, VERY ill. Not really an auspicious start to the new year, but from my point of view, it can only get better!
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