Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Today I feel like a whole new person! I feel full of life. Today was freeing after being so trapped in the house. I'm happy! I'm blessed!
This photo popped up on my memories today... One year ago my feeding tube broke and fell out. It was a crazy time. (The actual story is pretty funny you'll have to go look back to last year and read it😉) I had spent weeks with my GI explaining something was wrong. I couldn't feed without becoming very ill. I was tasting all my medications that I shouldn't have been but it was going into my paralyzed stomach. I ended up having a hole in My feeding tube so it really was feeding into my stomach. Which was avoiding the whole point of my Jejunal feeding tube. My GI felt horrible about it, He had been very busy and didn't stop and listen to my issues. They all pointed to the issue at hand. Due to that I was not able to eat all that time. I then had to have a full surgery to recut my stoma and replace my feeding tube. I ended up getting refeeding syndrome. Meaning I had to start my feeding rate from scratch all over again. I could only feed maybe 10ml per hour at a time. I was malnourished. It took Me down the whole summer. I battled hard to have my nutrition. The second I regained enough to be in the safe zone, I caught some flu like virus. (In the middle of summer) my neurologist panicked with concern. I will never forget him calling me. I then got over that with a week to spare before going into surgery. (I went back and forth on actually going through with the surgery.) but I prayed and I was told "to prepare." I mean I had been praying for what, 9 years? For healing and one night I was told to "prepare. I would not be healed fully but I would function again." And just like that I slowly regained the ability to eat and drink. I was able to better control my diseases. It was definite divine intervention. God was in fact healing me. The world threw me nothing but ways to become sicker and my body was in fact healing. My mysterious disease was back tracking. My crew of doctors were all stumped but of course we were happy. We all held hope but were nervous to see if this was truly going to last. I had faith. I knew what I had been told. This feeding tube cap (literally garbage in my pocket)...Was a sign of where I have been and where I am going. It was not a coincidence and I know Heavenly Father has a plan for Me. I am a survivor. I almost starved to death but I did not. That cap didn't make it through the day and the laundry to be found a year later in my pocket on just the right day for no reason. There was a definite reason. Divine intervention. Don't throw your garbage away! Just Kidding! but always pay attention to the little things You may stumble upon during your day. Someone might be trying to tell You something. Please never give up on yourself! Here is to a new year of mysteries! -Chelle
Sunday, June 11, 2017
Today has been rough a bit. Though I tried to push through it my best... My POTS is flared and has the upper hand today for the first time in a long time. I have had a virus. The past few days... Viruses are the worst thing for POTS it always has the potential to change the course of disease. (Plus I just had surgery) I'm very tachycardic to the point my lungs are having a hard time keeping up with my heart and my blood is thin despite my treatments to rebuild blood volume. I also noticeably can tell my blood is not circulating as well to my brain and heart. Leaving me so incredibly fatigued with any task. My stomach hurts everytime I eat anything. I keep going pale probably due to low blood pressure. I am dropping things because my hands keep going numb. Every step is like walking in mud it takes so much energy out of me. My legs feel heavy. Every movement in general is so heavy feeling it's like I have weights on me. My feeding tube is broken but okayish any day it's going to go. Luckily, I have my G tube on hand but it's going to be a big leap. This is POTS it's ugly and mean... I have a strong faith I will be fine. God told me so. But prayers never hurt anyone 💕 just have to fight this bad flare and put POTS back in its place. (I fight back) love you all 😘-Chelle #chelleshope #onedayatatime #fight #faith #prayers
Friday, June 9, 2017
I have not been able to sleep since surgery. Insomnia is a regular struggle for me. Thanks to Dysautonomia... But it's severe now. Obviously it is 1:24AM. But In the past 15 minutes I realized something... Maybe there is a bigger reason I can't sleep? I was not even on Social Media. But due to boredom I hopped on. Late at night you find several sick people. You find them because they too are suffering from insomnia or painsomnia. They are up worried. Or they are maybe in hospitals up trying to navigate the medical world. However in the past 15minutes I have easily managed to help 2 strangers. In rough situations. All I can think is maybe, Just maybe... Heavenly Father puts me in physical situations so I can be of help to others. Maybe I can't sleep just so I could talk to two strangers and help them along an already tough night. Maybe not sleeping has absolutely nothing to do with Me and everything to do with being available at the right time to help others. I also noticed tonight others weren't on like normal so it was pretty dead for advice. So I would like to admire that God puts us places at the right times. I'm lucky to be able to have the hard earned medical knowledge to help. It's not always fun or easy. But some days or nights helping others makes everything worth it in a sense. I guess it comes down to divine intervention and back to the helping others truly does fill your heart more then anything in this world. Help someone today -Chelle
Thursday, June 8, 2017
I am SO excited I got my Gastronomy tube in the mail today!!
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
I'm attempting to restart my vitamin regime. Surgery has pushed me off the wagon. With Gastropresis taking vitamins is a tricky task. (Though we struggle with nutrition so we really do need them.) They are rough on the Tummy. A essential trick for vitamins is to get them in a chewable gummy form. These are easier to digest then a pill. Also children's multivitamins are the way to typically go. They are easier to break down and a smaller dose so not to get your tummy too upset. (A smaller dose is better then no dose.) my current regime is children's multivitamin (with DHA as I don't get much of that by eating) the brand Smarty Pants donates profits of sales to women and children who are starving. That's why I bought these at Costco. They got me... After starving myself, I wouldn't wish it on anyone. It is a big deal! So if it helps a child somewhere I am glad to buy them! I also have the B-12, riboflavin, & magnesium for my Neurological issues. Specifically it helps reduce migraines. And I can always tell a huge difference if any of these 3 are stoped in my overall health. (Magnesium Glycinate is a form of magnesium that does not cause GI upsets) my neurologist put me and many of his patients on this two punch kick. He sees improvements and it's not going to harm you really it's a typical vitamin! (Check with your doctors of course though.) So POTSies those 3 are a win! And of course biotin for my brittle hair and nails! I am finally doing so much better with pain and going down on meds. I will finish out antibiotics and hopefully my mouth will heal completely! EDS causes slow healing. I am doing so much better though! My belly will be thankful to rid the antibiotics. They are the worst! I'm ready to start cardio again! It's driving me nuts not being able to do my cardio!! My body is slipping downwards a bit. It is truly amazing how important cardio is to POTS symptoms! I'm starting to move more but my body is icky and I am weak. I also can feel the POTS and the being up is not tolerated. It doesn't take much. This week is resting and working on good nutrition. Also hydration as I was dehydrated multiple times last week. (The worst thing a POTSie can do is dehydrate.) My body is struggling to drink still. It's a daily fight to get what I need in. It's also the week of starting to get this body moving a bit more and awake. But I will get there again. Hopefully next week I can start working towards getting back to my routine! I am missing my routine. But it's good to step away for a minute and see just how much that hard work I put in every day does pay off. Just keep pushing forwards you will get there. One day at a time -Chelle
Friday, June 2, 2017
I followed up with my oral surgeon today (he rocks) though I disagree oral surgery rocks lol... I have an infection that 2% of patients get. Oh yes, 2%. I know that sounds just like a Michelle statistic! Literally. I wish I could win the lottery with this good ole luck I have! More antibiotics, more time and healing. I am feeling the best today I have felt. Pain is so much more in control and going down. The hospitalist kicked me out (I knew) and told my surgeon I was out of pain and wanted to go home. (Well that was not true) my pain was breaking through on IV pain meds at rediculous high doses. So that explains the many days of excruciating pain. I should have been in patient for a few more days. Kinda frusterating but that's corporate medical care via hospitals these days. #awful! I loved the facility so sad the doctor failed. My surgeon was rad though and took good care of me! I'm sure if he was in town things would have been different because he took good care of me when the hospitalist refused to hospitalize me post surgery. (They changed their minds quickly) so more healing!
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
I'm finally home!! No place like home, truly. I also had a doctors appointment today. My heart rate keeps dropping to the thirties. (Yeah 30s) and after discussion we concluded its my POTS reaction to pain levels being oh so high. A normal bodies response would be a heightened heart rate nope. Mine is to slow. So now my condition that causes high heart rates also is causing low heart rates for me. I am not liking my new scary symptom! Hopefully now that pain is more in control this situation will line itself out! Low heart rate really!? (I can make it better by standing up 😂 broken nervous system). One week down hopefully the next week will go so much easier! Surgery is not easy on a POTSie. Obviously tachycardia to bradycardia. I've missed my Wrecker and I am glad to finally be home with him! He brought me every single one of his toys as I slept today. Haha. He knows when I am sick and he always takes good care of me.
also bleed a lot so he had to take that into play.) Tummy is better for sure then it was the other day! GI just placed me on a long hold until after 5 and hung up on me... Classy. Maybe one day they will fix their own mistake and get me a tube. Maybe I need an attorney? I do not understand this. (Now I can't call back until tomorrow).
How many weeks have I been trying to get a G tube? I've lost count... I will not quit trying. More rest and time. More soreness today. Let's heal!-Chelle
Saturday, May 27, 2017
This is my last surgery update I shall be good after this! However I am going to try harder to post more posts in the future of things besides health related... My mind has been full of thoughts lately as realities have hit of how far this year has come for me. The blessings I have received!Surgery is rough dudes! Not as happy this day. I think this has been harder on me then my Endometriosis surgery. Pain has been very difficult to control. In fact just barely got it back under control. (It's just not holding) That's been a major fight this surgery for me. Chipmunk Cheeks have only grown larger Haha. The ice has not come off this face since surgery. There has been a lot of sleeping for short periods but the second it hits 3hours my pain is out of control again. I'm hoping tomorrow gets easier. Tummy is of course growing angered with very high doses of pain meds and ibuprofen based pain meds too. Kidneys are not thrilled with Ibuprofen (they never like it) having a feeding tube has been nice to get good nutrients for good healing. But I won't. I can't stop eating my ice cream and things like that. Eventhough I can not chew or hardly get anything in my mouth😂 (I am being over protective of my eating skills. I have worked so hard to attain this year. If you don't use it you loose it. I will not let my stomach have a chance in any way to shut down!) the lady in the cafeteria crossed me twice yesterday. It did not work out for her so well, my nurse had to straighten her out a few times. My feeding tube has been leaking a bit I believe. Meaning it's broken I think. It's been in over two times longer then it should be.... We called GI to keep up the fight to get my G tubes. (they wrote the prescription wrong. Didn't put the tube size down. It's been 6 weeks of trying to get them to fix it... It consists of signing a faxed form home health pharmacy has sent multiple times.) prayers my tube does not bust! Literally. I need that thing! Hoping for more rest. Sleeping is the best but my body has been resistant as always. I don't even have to set an alarm clock my body is up and in pain before the next dose is due. Even when I sleep deep. I don't do things like regular bodies. Just need pain to stay in control. It runs rapidly before the meds do. So things up I'm simply recovering. Lots of love always! (I pray my cheeks never look like this again! This picture cracks me up literally you have to have a sense of humor in life!) ooh they got new heart monitors here and POTSies You will dig them! They are portable and tiny. You are not attached to the wall or any machine it's pocket sized and it also does not beep to you in your room it shows at the nurses station and beeps at them. It's like the best invention ever! Similar to a heart halter monitor....
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Overall good things happened today but the pain was not such a fun thing to have out of control. Bless the lady in the bed next to me in recovery we were on the same path... We hurt at the same times and our levels followed each other even when they managed to get it better for Minute or so here and there before we knew it, we both were hurting all over again. (Kinda silly, our poor sweet busy nurse though! My heart went out to her...So thankful for that sweet nurse. Kindness and doing your job correctly goes so far. So grateful for the real nurses out there!!) This Evening has been much better. I got to my room and changed back into my Wonder Woman T-shirt. (Maybe those super powers wore off on Me?) This day has been spend with lots and lots of ice on my chipmunk cheekies.
They were concerned about the nerves on the lower side of my mouth being damaged but I have been hurting in those spots all day with no numbness. Which is a blessing because those nerves can have permanent damage... Blessings! This surgery to get My Wisdom Teeth out was not an elective surgery. They were impacted and had to be removed ASAP. It was a legit problem. There were no other options or choices. I should not need feeding tube surgery leaving me hopefully sugery free for a long long while!! That would highly decrease surgery for me. Mom was by my side as always! I sure am lucky to have such a supportive Mother in My life! She doesn't even know how special and amazing she truly is! Love you Mom!! Through all the Ups and Downs! Oh and Deers!
Monday, May 22, 2017
Saturday, April 29, 2017
No help. A lot of judgement because though I was clearly sick and I had a fever as well, that would not break... But all the tests were fine. I was sick and I was afraid. The healthcare system definelty failed me Multiple times at this point! This picture I hate looking at because I remember it! And I just don't look well... one Year Later...YESTERDAY my GI was on cloud 9 and He is very amazed with my improvements over the past 6 months. It's truly miraculous and I do look so much better! The whole office buzzed lol (I've never been seen with makeup nor hair there. Just emergencies/hospitalizations and surgeries) I am keeping the CURRENT tube I have in. (GJ) due to wisdom teeth issues. Oh yes they have attacked me and I'm getting them out ASAP but of course I have to do it in hospital and it's complicated to get set up! And my Endometrosis needs more weeks to attempt to improve with treatments. Surgery can't fix it all anymore it's now complex & I get to fight it again with treatments. So in the event that the current tube comes out because it's way past its life expectancy and can fall apart (like last year remember that?) in that case he has given me 2 Mic Key Gastric tubes that I will replace at home on my own and I will go to a G tube. Then we will see what time brings and he thinks I will be tubeless in time but also thinks we don't want ANY set backs like moving too fast and agreed as much as he said he wanted to just yank the current tube, I (pit of excitement) I did need a tube to bumper my nutrition still. So to sum this up I will be going to A straight Gastric tube AKA stomach tube. So we are loosing the small intestine tube that bypassed the stomach completely. Truly major blessing here. I am SO grateful and blessed! IT ALSO MEANS NO MORE RISKY SURGERY FOR ME every few months 😊 (J tubes have to be done under surgery because they have to be guided into the small intestine.) so no tube surgery, which will only allow my body to become stronger and it will be less risks for my Dysautonomia to flare severely. (Andy type of surgery, sickness, pain will cause a flare that could be permanent and put me back in bed daily like I have been for the past years. But I have a strong faith though I won't be cured, I will be so much better and functional. That's what God told me that's what I will remember. I know that doesn't mean I will be perfectly fine. I just had a little flare up last night but I'm feeling better today. I also know better and my specialist how my body works in my case and how to help it win. Faith not Fears)
Friday, April 21, 2017
I've had a long day of appointments... (It's that time again ten hundred specialists to see) But I still got to laugh at this sign! "Healing is in the air." I stood there for a minute just to make sure! Lol Only at a Hospital will You find such a sign! P.S don't smoke! It's bad for You! No no!
Monday, April 17, 2017
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
What,You can not do tricks while typing?
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Today was rough around the edges but by looking at me you would never have known. I had painsomnia last night and probably fell asleep finally around 2 am. I woke up as late as possible this morning knowing I had a full afternoon. My Endometrosis/Adenomyosis pain level is high. Too high. (I hate those pain charts. In a scale of one to ten they ask... My responses to these questions are normally 50 or 100) but I wanted to get dressed and do my hair and feel semi human despite the pain. So I did it. I was going to hurt no matter what I did today. I also could not take any pain meds because I had to drive and obviously you can't do both... So I trudged through! I went and had my labs drawn out of my port.
We smile and give thumbs up when we get needles in our chest 👍 Gotta check those electrolyte levels with these POTSie kidneys I own... I then trudged forward to Walmart (cover my eyes) I hate going to Walmart. It's always busy... I park Handicapped and there is always someone who has something to say about it! (I can hear you talking ever so purposefully loud two steps behind me. No, I am not lazy, nor am I borrowing someone else's handicap sticker) Or they just glare at me... I get that I don't look sick... I truly do but in all honesty We hate being the center of a judge mental skeptical! Younge people get sick too. Most disabitlies are considered to be invisible disabilities which means, You can not tell by looking at the person. That person looks fine on the outside. But I had to get Orgain! And it's the only place I can find it... And I basically live off it. So to Walmart in between appointments I went.
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Though its snowy and rainy today the past few weeks have been gorgeous! And this girl has been tolerating the heat! )you guys I couldn't even walk from the car into a building without getting heatstroke the past two years due to Dysautonomia! (Praying it lasts and I can enjoy the sunshine again like I used to) here are some of my good days away week 💕 I am so appreciative MY good days! The days I never thought I'd see again in this lifetime!! I am so blessed beyond measure...
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Monday, March 13, 2017
The other day sitting in sacrament meeting a new anology hit. (As I stared at the glitter felk upon my desk. Wait why was that there? I was having a good day? Oh my angel knew ahead of time I'd be feeling sickly soon enough. I quickly understood the need for glitter as my body took over the rest of my time there. But I got an answer I needed to know in my heart. Before havoc reached me... "Scuffed boots" it was a clear answer to my prayers. Sometimes when you are chronically ill or disabled, your instinct reaction is to cover it up. No matter what, where, or how I am doing there has always been a part of me inside that wants to erase it. I just want life to be "normal" again. I too want to be like everyone else. I don't think it's abnormal to not want to be ill. I think every sick person wants to be healthy fully. That's the goal. But sometimes it simply isn't attainable for all. Some of us come a little different or complicated. You may need a medical degree to know us. And that's okay. You know why that's okay? Scoffed boots.... I have a pair of cute black boots. I got them for Christmas. I loved these boots... I picked them out. And the very first time I wore these boots... I don't know how but they easily were scuffed. I was so mad! My new boots were permanently scuffed up after a few hours of use. Are you kidding me?! But then I laughed because those boots are just boots. I remembered how much I loved those boots and then I decided to wear those boots proudly. That scuff added character. I embraced the flaw, laughed a little & walked on proudly. Every single time I put My boots on I giggle when I think of the character I wear upon my feet... Those boots are more then boots they are a memory that brings me happiness. Happiness in simplicity. They are a reminder of how a little character is life changing. Those pieces that are hard to understand of me, My medical complexity just adds character. It's not all of me but it's a part of me. Sometimes we just have to except that chronic is a part of who we are. Yes, chronic comes with some baggage of some sort or another. There's a lot to construe. I have a lot of juggling in My everyday routine that takes up time and energy. Those are my attempts to fix the chronic as much as possible. To hide it away is my instinct but Heavenly Father doesn't want me to hide it away. What good would that do? What would I learn from My battles in life if I embrace them fully? If I didn't walk around with an arsenal of medical equipment in my purse... To combat my symptoms that are constantly changing from minute to minute. If I didn't have to think or plan every little thing ahead of time to my body's possible needs. Well I would be "Normal" I would be a lot more predictable! but those things are a part of me. The quirks make me a whole me. They keep me humbled among many things. But being different, has been a gift. Heavenly Father let these struggles in not just to build me. Nope, he knew I wouldn't be satisfied with just existing. He knew me. He knew My need to not just fight my own battles but the will in my heart to help others in the midst of it all. If I didn't have battles of health I would know very little about life. Oh no He knew I would find others. I wouldn't be able to take this knowledge and try to lend a helping hand without my character. Whatever that means. He knew I couldn't sit on the sidelines of anyone in the midst of a struggle earthly. That I would have to get up and try to help. And I'm glad I have character. Just like those "scuffed boots" a little character never hurt anything. So embrace your character no matter what it is in your life. When you kinda want to have new shiny boots but life gave you scuffed ones... Wear those scuffed boots with joy in your heart. Smile when you look at them. Don't kick them to to curb or wear the other pair. Wear them with dignity. Walk with your chin up confidently in those scuffed boots that Heavenly Father gifted You to let life change you for the better -Chelle
Thursday, March 2, 2017
Today I had an unexpected event. I went to get my labs drawn via my port. My usually peeps were not there. I used to do my own port care as you all know... But my doctor as of now doesn't want to get me supplies through home health pharmacy for just a lab every other week. (You see, I can not do my own labs at home... I have to go get them done.) I can access my own port a cath. But it's been pointless since off daily Infusions. (Until today) So I go and I put my trust in others. But today really caught me off guard. My new nurse
Put a dirty germy file on my "sterile field". I should have spoken up then. But I am tired of being the patient who is always speaking up. (You know the pain in the butt one) I knew that was not good nor safe. But I let it slide. Then my nurse brought all of my port supplies and opened them & sat them right on my now dirty field. (From where my dirty file was sat, opened, and roamed through.) She then proceeded to grab my sterile port needle with her bare dirty hands. She touched the needle itself with germy bare hands. Those needles are to be sterile for a reason. I asked her to put gloves on that very second... In hopes she would realize she was contaminating all of my supplies. She assured me she would. But first opened all supplies that are sterile with dirty bare hands. She touched everything. Then put gloves on? I should have refused. I should have left. But I did not. I did not because I am so tired of fighting with Heath care professionals to do their jobs right. They way to not endanger (Me)) the patient. It sounds simple. Just don't let them harm you. But it's not always that simple as the patient. Sometimes they let you second guess yourself. (I had spoken up a few weeks prior & it seemed pointless) Sometimes we don't want to be the bad guys for once. So I had a dirty needle stuck into my heart. Right into my bloodstream. (Dumb) I could go septic over this. It could kill me literally. But hospitals do not have to do these things fully sterile anymore. For reasons beyond me. Because it's dangerous. But the actions by my nurse today were completely inexcusable! That was not partially sterile at all! That was fully germ infested! Pure danger. So I second guessed myself into thinking it would be okay. I was overreacting...But the truth of it is... It is so NOT okay! The nurse just put me at a huge risk. And if she did it to me... How many others are getting the same treatments? Not all patients know central line care protocols. They just trust those very same nurses to care for them safely. But they are not doing it safely at all. Not there. I can now become very ill. I pray I will not. I'm still mad at myself... So now I will report it so they can hopefully get the training needed to not kill future patients. I will also be more bold in the future & stand my ground. I won't care about the nurses feelings. I will argue my case. I will get eyes rolled at me. I will be scoffed at some more. However, I will be safe and not sitting here worrying I'm going to go spetic. I know what I know. What's the medical world coming to when you constantly have to force nurses to do what they should already be doing in a serious nature? This is my bloodstream... I always wonder in these situations, if that was your family member would you have just done that so carelessly? It's truly frightening. Don't let any medical professional harm you. Take a lesson from my mistake today. Speak up. -Chelle
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
It's Endometriosis Awarness Month.http://www.endochallenge.com/2017 -Chelle
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
I woke up to snow falling. Big beautiful feathery flakes! Me and snow, we have a thing. I literally opened the blinds and it was as if the snow had just started falling for me. The snow felt like a sign from Heaven to keep trying. (It was like a fleck glitter. I needed it.) Things do not happen on our time lines. But that doesn't mean what's meant to be won't happen for us in due time. Somedays, I truly wonder why I blog. Why I ever started this thing! Somedays I think, "I've officially lost my mind." And here I am doing it again! But it's always followed with a spirtuial confirmation that I am doing the right thing. So I continue to post about some times seemingly boring thing. Others I wish those days were seemingly boring for they were rough. My life has changed over the past few months. I've witnessed miracles really. I've come a million miles. I won't give up now. Things are really just starting. So what I had a bad week. Am I going to let a bad week defeat Me? No. I want my goals to be reached today. No, that's not true I wanted them to be reached yesterday! I get frustrated. I know these things about myself. I like to think that everything must happen on a perfect little timeline. Which is funny the past 5 years of my life have definitely not been put on a timeline of "life plans". The past 5 plus years were not in my plans. Are you kidding? I begged. I pleaded. I drug my feet. No! But it was a part of my plan to grow and strengthen me. And when I realized that... I decided to embrace My life. Heavenly Father does in fact give us more then we can handle. Yes. Because if we could handle it... We wouldn't know how to problem solve. We would not know how to make lemonade out of lemons. I doubt we would know true compassion for others. How lending a helping hand to another in life is life changing. How could we feel if we have not felt hardships? How would we know the good was so good? We would all be comfortable in our little comfort zones. And that my friends, that won't get us anywhere. So I'm going to keep moving out of my comfort zone. Because I have So much more to do, see, & experience. Life will constantly and consistently throw you curve balls. I prefer to dodge them. I don't like things thrown at me. Literally. My hand eye coordination is hilarious. I'm the same way with the metaphor. Satan wants us to doubt ourselves. He wants us to feel like we have failed. He wants to interrupt our Eternal plans. That's how he drives a wedge inbetween our paths to Heavenly Father... In hopes he will win and we will quit having faith in the goodness of life. If He can get us to quit and give up on our plan eternal he has been victorious. We will quit turning to our Father in Heaven, piece by piece. He is a sneaky little devil! But sometimes you just have to be brave and keep trying, moving forwards. I know Somedays my head just spins but those are the moments we have to be the strongest. We have to put our feelings of doubt aside and just rely on plain old faith. We don't know what's ahead but let's go forward in faith in Heavenly Father's plans for us, thinking it is a wonderful life. Because it is... Put your umbrella down and dance in the rain. Let's not block the blessings from falling upon us. Especially over worries that someone else might not think we are "good enough" or any thing else. We are! https://www.mormonchannel.org/watch/series/mormon-messages/shower-of-heavenly-blessings
"Now it's time to finally spread your wings and soar to higher things you know the limit is the sky As you go if you sometimes fail when your spirit's frail remember you were meant to fly"
"Now it's time to finally spread your wings and soar to higher things you know the limit is the sky As you go if you sometimes fail when your spirit's frail remember you were meant to fly"
Chins up Dears-Chelle
Sunday, February 26, 2017
to put it lightly. It hurt severely in ways you couldn't understand unless you have been there too! And a lot of my Gastroparesis friends can look anorexic at times. What people don't see is under the clothes lays a feeding tube and/or an central IV line. But most importantly a very wonderful person who is struggling to not starve to death. And sometimes they do starve to death.... Many diseases cause weight loss and malnutrition. Anorexia and bulimia do too. They can result in death. So You think that young girl clearly struggling with body image is going to take this viral attack at her body well? (Assuming that's what's even wrong) Dont poke fun at illness in any form. Our laughter should not come from dragging another human being through the mud. We should not tear down to build ourselves up. That's bullying. Love one another. You don't know what you can't see on the outside. You don't know what battles people are fighting on the inside.. What if that was your Social Media post? Or your family members? Would it still be funny or hurtful? Let's just be kind to one another. I am going to work on this too. Kindness is contagious. I also believe being mean is contagious as well. Even unintentionally. Satan wants us to sin. So it's easy to laugh. But be the light of this earth and the example to treat all with respect, love, and kindness. Online as well. It's easy to hide behind computers... If You saw this girl in real life would you go up to her and tell her she was stupid? Probably not... Treat people the same online as you would in person. I know if we all do these things our hearts will soon be filled with happiness and love. Thanks! Your Friend-Chelle
Saturday, February 25, 2017
I've slept for the first time in a few days! 🙌 I really needed that nap. Dysautonomia is no joke! I do not like it when I quit sleeping. It's torture. Literally they used to make war prison camp victims stand and not sleep for torture. (Yeah, a little fact I picked up from being sick from a doctor 😂) I learn all kinds of things just being Michelle! Because my messages were not relayed to my doctor properly. But I was told My Doctor had taken care of everything. So therefore there was nothing I could do... Luckily my doc will be contacting me again it sounds like and we can straighten it all out. I am getting tired of phone sagas. If you live chronic don't give up. Because sadly this happens often and the doctors are not even involved but you think they are because that's what you are told in the phone.... So don't give up call them until they get so annoyed they put you through (if you have to) don't be afraid to stand up for yourself! On a different note, I am slowly continually loosing weight. I hit underweight this past week. It's official. However we don't know what this means. I am eating. I am eating well. So we are calorie counting. Ah! 😩 calorie counting hurts my soul. I start looking at all the foods and I start counting the calories. Before you know it you can't eat a chip without counting the calorie contents... But I am intaking more calories then we suspected so... I'm winning 💪 My doctor thinks I may be actually burning more calories then normal... We are running out of conclusions. So this should be fun to figure out... Dysautonomia is dysaregulation of autonomic bodily functions. I have tachycardia among many other things often. If I truly am burning more calories to maintain my weight... My gut tells me it's going to be interesting to find the bottom line of where and what is the target. Wish me eating luck, and pray for sleep! Crazy hard week is almost over -Chelle
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Right now it's down right "throwing a fit" as I say. My body is detecting the weather change. Yes. The weather change has made my body mad. Yes when your autonomic nervous system busts... Nothing can greatly affect you! My body it throwing up a fight. Literally. I have a fever. Even despite the Tylenol. I'm not deathly ill but I imagine tomorrow will be a trying day for me. In fact I just feel like my nervous system can't make up its mind. And that's truly the case. My brain thinks I'm in danger. It's sending the signals to my body. I have severe insomnia. And I finally threw in the towel. Sometimes you have to quit. Sometimes you let the toddler for instance throw the tantrum. That's what I'm doing. I am saying "okay body do whatever you are going to do... Because frankly you're not listening to a word I'm saying." I have no more tools for the night. I'm ignoring you! So I will be up having a POTSie Party! It is so fun. The tachycardia is setting in. (That's just great now I'm so super exhausted and I get to run a mile while I lay here. Well I probably won't have the energy to workout tomorrow anyways! So I guess I'll do it now while I lay in bed. #POTS.) and if you are thinking "wow how lucky She gets to workout while laying down. NO. It's like the cardio you can't quit. You don't get to stop after 20minutes. I am wasting vital sleeping time. You know when my Autonomic nervous system resets itself every night. Yeah, that's not happening. Fine body. Throw the fit. I'm done. Let's watch social media and Netflix. Sometimes it's truly crucial with chronic illnesses to just say okay. This isn't Burger King but tonight you can have it your way. You have to have a happy medium and the more you fight against it really you're just stressing yourself out further. (To a point) I can not make my body sleep tonight. So I am actually wasting energy being upset about it. So I'm going to quit being upset. I'm going to quit pushing this body to rest, and I'm giving in. For my sanity! You all know I'm a vivid fighter. I think that's been very clear. But something I want to share is, it is okay to just give in sometimes. It's okay! Don't stress over what you can't change. Ride the tide my friends. Ride the tide. Lots of love. Pray for spoons! I'm gonna need them!. -Chins up- Chelle
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
https://goo.gl/images/sUdUxT ) People who are tube fed with Gastroparesis 99.9% of the time will need to fully bypass the stomach in order to sustain nutrition. So I always fed through my small intestine by a pump that slowly pumped in formula basically 24-7.
But it's food! My diet is particularly liquids the past 8 weeks. I eat some solids but my bulk nutrition comes in from these Orgain drinks. (I can't eat fruit or veggies keep in mind. They are too hard to digest and I get sick) Also if you remember a while ago I had to go back on one can of formula a day... due to my body adapting to the special protein in my formula. The formula is made for Gastroparesis so it's "pre broken-Down proteins" So when I eliminated it and just had normal protien my body was not absorbing it right... My body was not used to regular food proteins. That was the start of another weening process. I've been on a can a day via my G tube since. That's huge! I had to pump formula into my intestine at a very slow rate honestly. I never hit goal. (Which is why IV fluids were needed. I was choosing between formula and fluids every day. So then we did daily fluids via IV through my port. We are currently off those IVS they were the first to go.) so now I put my formula not into the small intestine but into my stomach. It also is done via gravity... Not a pump... Which means I have a can in a few minutes tops. That's the same as drinking it! (Minus the swallowing.)
I just put it on this big syringe and pour it into my stomach via the gastric tube. I accidentally did not get my formula one day last week. And I normally always feel it if I don't get that can of formula but I did not feel it. So for a few days now we are on half can of formula. (Obviously if it does not work we will go back up to one can daily.) SO WHY DO I HAVE A FEEDING TUBE?! Well you guys, I could go sign the death papers. (You have to sign forms stating you understand that removing a feeding tube will lead to death and you basically wave the ability to sue your doctor for taking the tubes out. (Family as well would not be able to) because obviously if you need nutritional intervention to stay alive... You're gonna die or have severe complications by take feeding tubes out.) but I am taking my time to take it out to let my body get the fuel it needs. I don't want to drink the formula by mouth. I mean it's formula. I haven't had the gags in months. (Knock on wood) once I start throwing up I don't stop. So I also don't want to rock the boat of the pukies. I want my body to be in its happy place and stay there. (As do my docs) I also have a little hand surgery coming up so I want that J tube For one reason... Pain meds slow gastric motility for everyone ... So they make you digest slower. That's why you get nauseated ect on pain meds. I want that tube for that surgery recovery. I want to see how my body handles that surgery. Every thing down to a tiny cold or tummy bug can alter my course of disease. It has the ability to put me back in bed, change how my Autonomic nervous system is operating, it dysregulates it further. It could put me back to J feeds... So we want to have our tools for that and we want to make sure this body is ready to really take those training wheels off. Getting a feeding tube put in is very hard and most GI doctors do not even do them. In fact we have like three places in our whole state. They mentally have a hard time putting them into a person who seems fine. Also young... They don't like putting them in younger people. Basically babies and elderly patients will get them easily. But for some reason they find it mean to do it to someone like myself. I suppose nearly starving me to death in the beggining was a lot nicer?? I'm not sure how I feel about that stigma of an excuse. So feeding tubies are hard to get in the first place. My stomach is STILL PARALYZED it's just able to tolerate foods right now. It's a fight daily but it's worth it. Actually my small intestine is a little paralyzed as well, if we wanna get technical. My stomach paralysis comes from my neurological condition Dysautonomia. (That is also the reason we have this improvement in my GI function. My Autonomic Nervous System is sending the messages better to the GI tract.) So I am doing super well with the feeding and now I hope you can see the difference in the way I use my feeding tubes. In the beginning I ate through my small intestine totally bypassing the stomach. The stomach was not used for anything! I had to drain bile out of my stomach because it would just sit there. Stomach was out of order. Now I am able to literally put formula into my stomach. And eventually I won't need the formula. We are weening off of it. So that's how I eat, the changes in feeding tube uses, and why getting feeding tubes removed isn't just so easy to do as far as the getting one back in if needed another one down the road. The goal is to remove this two in one tube but it's not hurting anything. We don't want to set me up for failure by moving too quickly. I do have to make the decision in April I believe to replace the feeding GJ tube. (As they need replaced regularly) if it falls out or gets pulled out in the meantime I will most likely choose to try to leave it out and see what happens. (Yes those things happen often with feeding tubes) but also its clamped into my small intestine so no also ripping it out on purpose is not an option either lol... so there is the update on my Tubie life -Chelle