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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

The Past Three Days Update & Natural Remedies for GP

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January 6, 2013

I had two cups of ham soup and tried to take most of the veggies out of it since they're hard for me to digest. I also had a small bowl of chocolate ice cream that I couldn't finish. I have been craving something sweet for a while, so that was my reward. I woke up feeling nauseated and weak. Also, I felt dizzy. I had to hold on to the walls for balance. I was also breaking out into a cold sweat, so the shower wasn't an option. I'd just get colder coming out of the shower. My stomach muscles and diaphragm are really sore, like I've been doing intense workouts, but it's really from vomiting. My neighbor told me that I look, "trim" which means that I've lost more weight. My face has thinned out a great deal but my stomach looks swollen and I look pregnant after I eat. I feel miserable. I also feel guilty about feeling whiny, especially after reading other people's GP stories.

I can't cook or clean because the smells drive me out of the kitchen, especially after someone fries something. My bedroom is right off of the kitchen, and my sense of smell has heightened. So, I feel useless around the house. The bad thing is that I am starving but I don't dare eat a lot or at all, most days. I've got my bucket beside the bed, just in case I wake up vomiting.


January 7, 2013

I applied to be in a trial pool for a Gastroparesis study in North Carolina. I guess I'll wait and see if I'm picked. I also received Quease Ease, Preggie Pops, Tummy Drops, and Nature Made Sleep Aid in the mail today. They were recommended to me by another GP friend to help cut down the nausea. Most of those are used for morning sickness and for chemo patients. I'm going to try them out for a week and then do a write up on what I think of each product.


Quease Ease (nausea relief)


Tummy Drops (bloating, nausea, cramps, and gluten free)

Three Lolies Preggie Pops (nausea, morning sickness, and will help a dry mouth)

Nature Made Sleep Aid (a natural way to help you sleep, because if you're like me, it's hard to sleep with stomach spasms and vomiting)


Tummy Drops - ate one at 8:00pm and it tasted like mint, which it should because it's made of spearmint. It doesn't taste bad, at all. I need to give it some more time before I can tell if it helps with bloating or not. It did help subside my nausea though.

Preggie Pops - ate one at 8:20pm. It tasted like sour raspberry and is supposed to help nausea. I was still a bit nauseated after eating it and it took at least 30 minutes to start helping. However, the nausea became more manageable but didn't disappear all of the way. I still have six days to go.

Nature Made Sleep Aid - took one at bedtime. It's supposed to calm your mind and help with anxiety so that you can sleep. I finally got to sleep, without waking up to vomit,after I took it.

PSIBANDS ACUPRESSURE WRIST BRACELETS - The stylish way to relieve your morning sickness, nausea, vomiting and general queasiness. PsiBands are based on the traditional Chinese medicine technique of acupressure to naturally relieve stomach upsets. I haven't actually tried these but they were highly recommended.



January 8, 2013

The Nature Made Sleeping Aid worked for me last night and finally knocked me out. The preggie pops taste wonderful and it is helping the nausea today along with the tummy drops. I haven't seen any change in my bloating or swollen stomach though, it still looks like I'm pregnant. I have not yet tried Quease Ease but I'm going to try it in the morning when my nausea is at its worst. I need to order more Preggie Pops since I only bought a sample package to see if they worked first. Right now, though, I have a severe headache. It's not a migraine or sinus headache. I think it's from dehydration. I'm rotating between juice and water. I had a little bit of caffeine, just in case it was caffeine headache. I don't know if it's a side effect from one of the medications I'm on (nothing's really changed there a part from all of the stuff I've just ordered for nausea) or dehydration. I fear it's the latter.

Today I ate a cup of soup, goat cheese with a few crackers (so I could take my medicine that requires you to eat), and I had a small taste of peanut brittle. I know, I know. I shouldn't have had that last part. But at the rate I've been going this week, it doesn't matter what I eat because it all comes back up.

I started a daily planner with the times that I eat, what I eat, when I take my medications, and when I get sick. That way, I can just hand it to the Mayo Doctor and it will help me find the triggers, hopefully.

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