Update after last night’s “D”

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NOTE: For those that don’t know, “D” stands for diarrhea.

I often forget that people coming to this website are in a fragile state of mind. Either they are recently diagnosed with ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s and are stumbling to find the answers they desperately need or they have been treating those conditions with medications for several months to years with no success and want to try the alternative approach. Many will read my story and find a huge surge of renewed hope and belief that yes, they can overcome their digestive condition.

Then I go and write a post like last night about having diarrhea and that can really dampen the psyche of someone who thinks I’ve got this solved, in the bag, “cured”.

As an update from last night’s diarrhea episode. It only lasted for two trips to the bathroom and this morning, less than 19 hours later I am back to having solid stools. The infrequency of trips to the bathroom and the quick speed in recovery hasn’t happened before. I think this is the key point people should focus on. Not that I had D at all, but how did I respond mentally and physically?

Being cured is both a state of mind and a realistic assessment of your symptoms and how those affect your quality of life. I don’t subscribe the conventional definition of being cured, being that one can go back to eating a Standard American Diet (SAD) because I firmly and passionately believe most of the foods in SAD are poison.

  • Red No. 40 (petroleum)
  • Monosodium glutamate (MSG)
  • silicon dioxide (sand)

I’m sorry, from which animal or plant do the above come from? They don’t.

I have my own definition of being cured that I am working towards, that is, I am healed enough so that if I need to eat one meal off of my diet that I can withstand the poison and not have to run to the bathroom with diarrhea. Other than that, as long as I stick to my diet, supplements, and peaceful stress levels, I am already cured, because I am living the life that I want to. Last night, despite having D and not knowing if I should stay home, I looked back on my prior experiences and every time I decide to go out, I have a great time. The symptoms stop.

This time, they stopped more quickly and I returned to having normal BM’s quickly. It’s important for me to focus on these slight gains, these slight improvements in how my body functions and responds. I feel optimistic and encouraged. It’s a big improvement since the early years.

Just wanted to make sure new readers here had that bit of perspective before they get depressed.

  • I had an episode about a week ago, two bath room trips in quick succession. I hadn’t eaten off diet, just a random event. I freaked out! I went back over my day and the day prior, what did I do?

    Nothing came of it. Sometimes people get D, it is flu season for crying out loud! I guess since we Crohnies are so use to D = flare we tend to over examine what we are doing.

  • Great point Joslyn. Thanks for sharing, 🙂

  • Regaining ones confidence can be extremely difficult when dealing with illness. I myself had my confidence completely shattered back in 2006 when I had Gastroparesis. I recovered(for the most part) after about three months, but many do not recover at all. Even though I started to recover after those three months, it still took a much longer time for me to return to something resembling my old self. Some of this may have had to do with the Prozac I was put on because of bad doctors thinking my condition was entirely in my head.

    I still deal with my Irritable Bowel Syndrome(which I developed back in 1997) & I can’t say my confidence in my body is huge, but it’s certainly much better than where it was in 2006.

    Essentially I agree with you that your mind plays as big a part as your physical body. Even after your body has healed, your mind will still take time to come around to this notion.