Today things got really wild and crazy when I drank a ginger ale and ordered an orange popsicle. What can I say? -I’m living on the edge. Actually, my Team took me off the “no eating/let’s let your gut rest” diet, and okayed me for Clear Liquids. And that’s cool, so I had a lot of Lemmon drop candies (thank you Melissa!), and later busted out the ginger ale. I’m still a little anxious about solids, given the diarrhea from the other day, I mean let’s be honest – you would be too.
And I learned something interesting about GI Graft vs Host Disease. Unlike other gut illnesses that cause diarrhea, in the case of GvH, if there’s no solids in the system, there’s no diarrhea. Hence, why my Team wanted to give my gut a “cooling off” period from all solids. Given how shitty I felt, I wasn’t about to disagree.
My day was generally very low key. With no food in my system (strike 1), and my body making lots of new blood cells (strike 2), and a hemoglobin count of 8.8 (strike 3), recovering from Chemo (strike 4), and whatever GI thing this is (strike 5) – I’m toasted (was going to say pooped, but that seemed a bit much). I’m just plain tired. Bart and I are back together and I’ve been given fluids, which helps, and the more important anti organ rejection medications via IV (we want to make sure they are absorbed completely into my system). I spent a good bit of the day in bed, some napping, some reading. Later on, I perked up and spoke with family. Andy, Lucy and my Parents. Hospitals are lonely, and I miss them all. I know it’s not forever that I’ll be here and I’m grateful that this issue with my GI happened while I was still inpatient – but I would do anything for a hug from Mom or just to curl up with Andy, wrapped in his arms. FaceTime, Zoom, will have to do.
Hopefully by tomorrow, pathology will have the results from my colon biopsy back and we can start a routine that helps my GI system. Until then, I’ll be sure to use the bathroom when in doubt (is this a fart….? Or something else…..) And we’ll just move forward, one step at a time, because that’s all I can do at this point.
Oh, and I’m going to curl up with my popsicle and watch the latest episode of the Great British Baking Show. It’s the little things right now that matter so much, and that I’m so grateful for. Thanks day +24!