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Hello from Digestive Purgatory + Week in Review

Hello. It’s me. I’m in Colorado dreaming about what I used to eat when I was younger and IBS-free. I’ve forgotten how it felt before I could eat without periodically feeling like a professional boxer is practicing against the back side of my abdomen.

Okay, so it stops working with the tune to the Adele song after a bit, but you get the idea.

My post might be a bit short this week. I’ve spent most of today (Sunday) either throwing up or sleeping on the couch with the heating pad on my tummy.

Whoever invented heating pads is a genius, by the way. I want to send that person a personal thank you for all the times in my life that invention has been my best friend.

It’s been the fourth time in about a month I’ve been dealing with nausea and vomiting, and I’m starting to get worried.


Breyer’s makes lactose-free ice cream. Thank you, Breyer’s.

I did try re-introducing lactose this week, starting with a small serving on Thursday, and a medium (1/2-cup) sized serving on Saturday. I honestly wasn’t expecting that to go well. I haven’t eaten milk or ice cream regularly in almost a year, just the occasional Greek yogurt in my pancakes or a splash of milk in my scrambled eggs, which means that my body’s probably stopped producing the enzyme lactase, as humans don’t ordinarily produce lactase past their first couple of years of life. In other words, if I wasn’t lactose intolerant before, I might have made myself so simply by doing the low-FODMAP elimination diet.

Still, heavy vomiting is not, as far as I know and can find out on Google, a “normal” symptom of IBS or lactose intolerance, and it’s certainly not “normal” for me. I think it’s time to start investigating other possibilities, like a stomach ulcer.

Complain, complain. Besides the very unpleasant flare-up, it’s been a week of ups and downs, but mostly ups. No grading this week, and my graduate seminar was cancelled on Thursday, which meant I finally had a chance to catch my breath.

Thanks to Meg, as always, for the Week in Review linkup!Capture

  1. Finally went back to swing dance after a couple of weeks off (hooray!)
  2. Taught two lessons, the first of which went absolutely terrible and sent me into a cloudy mood. I’m a bit perfectionist about my teaching. But my sweetheart came over for Battlestar Galactica that night, which cheered me up. I actually thought a lot about Cora’s Thinking Out Loud from last week on My Little Tablespoon about what to do when you make mistakes, especially her tip to focus on what one thing you can do to make it better. There was only one thing to do, which was to re-teach the same concept another time, and I did my best to focus on that and move on. This is why I love blogging–when we hit hitches, we so often get a nice reminder that we’re not alone.DSCN0726
  3. Made this gorgeous omelette for Thursday lunch. I’ve never made an omelette before, and I was pretty proud of myself. ☺️DSCN0930
  4. On Friday, renewed my lease on my apartment for next year. Now I just have to find a roommate.
  5. Also on Friday, my sweetie and I went to see Deadpool. So crass. I was facepalming about every ten minutes.
  6. Thoroughly cleaned spilled chia seed out of the bottom of my fridge on Saturday.
  7. Did laundry.
  8. Posted a new recipe to the blog, as well as a Thinking Out Loud about the potential hypocrisy I sometimes worry about following such a restrictive diet.DSCN0947
  9. Almost went hiking with my swing dance friends (and found myself at home and sick instead.)
  10. Wrote a proposal for my final paper in my graduate seminar.
  11. And did a big more blog reading, sleeping in, and relaxing than I sometimes get to do during my busy grad school life. So not too bad of a week, all in all.DSCN0752 (2)

Do you own a heating pad? What do you use it for? (Most genius invention ever, right?)

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  1. Cora says:

    Ugh I’m so sorry Joyce. That sounds absolutely awful. Heating pads are my godsend – I use one every single night for my back issues and sometimes even on my chest when I’m having anxiety. I really really hope this nausea passes you soon and that you are able to find the damn little culprit giving you such grief.

    In happier thoughts: That omelet is perfect. I want to see deadpool real bad. Battlestar Galactica!!! And cleaning chia seeds is no joke. Those guys hold their grasp on everything.

    Hope your week is okay <3

    1. Joyce says:

      Thank you, Cora. I’d never thought of using the heating pad for anxiety. What a great idea. Hope you have a good week, as well.

  2. Oh damn! I’m sorry you felt awful for a good part of the week and missed out on time with friends. Fingers crossed you’ll be able to figure out what caused the sickness.
    Blogging is a true blessing when life throws us curveballs and is all around rough. Even if it doesn’t always offer solutions knowing we’re not the only ones struggling can help already.
    I hope this week will be a good one for you!

  3. Forgot not too shabby, I’d say that’s an impressive week, especially when you factor in the sickness factor. I’m sorry to hear about that bit, and I wish you luck in finding a resolution.

    Getting spilled chia seeds out of anything is a feat in and of itself. I’m glad to see you back at swing dancing and enjoying some time with your boo. I want to see Deadpool.

    Also, that omelet looks amazing. Mmmm.

  4. Ellie says:

    I use a heating pad to heat up the bottom part of my bed so when I get in my toes are warm πŸ˜‰ I hope you get feeling better soon, tummy trouble suck and it’s so hard to do anything! Have a great week (I really should clean my fridge now that you mention it)

    1. Joyce says:

      I love that idea–getting in a cold bed and having to shiver for half an hour while it warms up is no fun.

  5. Emily says:

    πŸ™ Oh girl, I am so sorry that you are suffering. My dad preached a sermon on suffering and identifying ourselves with the Lord Jesus in His suffering. IT was such a good reminder for me especially when I’m struggling with any kind of suffering including mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical suffering.

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