Just wanted to keep you posted on my crazy life!
Two days before my trip to South Africa I was experiencing some serious anxiety! My colitis was acting up and I started seeing some blood, I was still having solid bms but the blood was worrying me. After a particularly stressful day, I decided it would be nice to take a jacuzzi bath in my basement! So I put some epsom salts in and relaxed for half an hour in the tub. When I got out I was feeling very dizzy and thirsty. I asked my mom for a glass of water and was going upstairs to my room to lay down! Next thing I know, My parents are around me telling me we have to get to the hospital. Turns out I fainted, fell and split my forehead open! 8 stitches later, I looked like Frankenstein just in time for Halloween!
They say things always happen at the wrong time, this couldnt have been more true! I was pretty upset bout it, but it could have been worse. Two days later I left to South Africa for my business trip.
South Africa is a beautiful place, although I was working most of the time, I still have evenings and weekends to enjoy the country! I got to see alot of interesting places, things and wild animals! Elephants, Giraffes, Hippos, Rhinos etc! It was amazing! I also visited the Indian Ocean in Durban as well as the World Cup Stadium! I got to watch a Rugby game for the first time! It was a fun time overall!
Obviously being away from home and being on SCD was not easy! I would say that I followed the diet 98% of the time while I was away. I ate alot of red meat, chicken and a lot of vegetables, especially butternut squash! There were some things I ate that I wasn’t sure about for example curry sauces. I ate those in moderation. I also had a couple of drinks for the first time in 4 months! Alot of wine! South Africa is known for their wine. I always drank DRY wine since it is legal on SCD. The wine seemed to sit well and didnt give me any problems the next day. I also had some vodka with soda water. The days after the Vodka were not so pleasant, gassy, bloated and D with blood and mucus. I think I will stay away from Vodka from now on. Its just not worth it.
Well I am both happy and sad to be back. I had a great trip and great memories. My colitis behaved well until my last day in South Africa when I started having D with blood and mucus. The journey home was not fun, I was very uncomfortable on the plane. I am hoping this flare I am experiencing is just temporary and may be from the illegals I ingested over the past 2 weeks. I am pretty upset bout all of this and it is stressing me out! I know I need to remain calm and have faith that continuing on the SCD will eventually heal me.
I am going back to basics with the SCD diet. I will be making the chicken broth soup to eat tomorrow and only easy to digest, cooked veggies. Hopefully with this plan I will be back to solid stools without blood in no time! Flare be gone! Keeping the positive thoughts flowing!
Wish me luck!
Have UC. Started the Specific Carbohydrate Diet(SCD) in the summer of 2010. You can view more of my stories by going to the “personal stories”section at the top and clicking on JessicaF