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Been having a bit of problems lately. It started a few months ago when I woke up in the middle of the night with an incredible pain on my tummy and behind my breastbone. After sitting up in the lounge (crying from pain, might I add - and I never cry!) it went away. I presumed it was from something I ate, but nothing happened till a few months later it happened again. Then after a few weeks, then every few days. I started to vomit as well during these attacks, and they started earlier and earlier in the evening.

 

I don't have medical insurance / aid, and I earn very little, so I avoided going to the doctor. Eventually about 2 weeks ago I couldn't take it any more, so I went to the doctor across the street. He was supremely uninterested, and said it's probably acid reflux. Gave me a prescription for that, as well as for Bevispaz (sp?) which is for tummy cramps (he added that last as an afterthought, because I complained of feeling extremely bloated). That worked for a few days, then not so much.

 

I completed the course, but the problem restarted right after that, and for the last week I've been in excruciating pain (tender and burning stomach) continuously. I've been too scared to eat anything, so I've been living off a few spoons of boiled rice, Pronutro breakfast cereal and mashed bananas. I've cut out caffeine as well, and virtually stopped smoking - nothing helps. I was in such pain on Saturday that my family wanted to take me to hospital, but as a last resort my mother gave me some Rescue Remedy, and lo and behold it got better! That started me thinking - maybe it's not acid reflux - maybe it's my old friend Spastic Colon!

 

Anyway, my mother put her foot down and said I'm going to her doctor and she'll pay. So I went today - what a lovely man! He did a PROPER and THOROUGH exam, including asking me all kinds of questions (something the other doctor never did). Knowing I have no medical aid, he said he's going to do a simple and cheap experiment - he's going to inject me with Bascopan. If that makes me feel better, then it's definitely a spastic colon, as that is the ONLY thing it works on. He gave me the injection, and made me wait for 15 minutes - I felt 70% better! As I'm sitting here (an hour later), I feel 90% better! My tummy is still a bit tender, but that's understandable as the poor thing has been doing the twist for weeks now - most exercised part of my body :P

Weirdly, the pills the other doctor prescribed for the "tummy cramps" as an after thought, is probably what made me feel better, NOT the stuff he prescribed for acid reflux. In fact, that probably made it worse, because it neutralized much needed stomach acid ... lol

 

The upshot is if I'm 100% in a week's time (IF I follow instructions, which I'll get to later), then great. If not, then I have to go to a state hospital (joy :sad:) for a gastroscopy, as it's either stomach ulcers or stomach cancer. Here's hoping I'm 100%

 

Now for the instructions: Spastic colon can be triggered by only 2 things, really - stress, and maybe a trigger food. A combination of the 2 is also usual. I know in the past mine was stress and wheat products. I have to avoid those now (been eating wheat again lately, and too much of it - pasta is cheap and money is short). So I'm going to ask staff (and everyone else) to help me out where they can, so I can relax as much as possible for the next week or 2.

 

Loves on you all, and here's hoping I can eat actual FOOD tonight!

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I will personally smite anyone who disturbs mother Elgee in the next two weeks with anything short of online nuclear war. You have been warned!!

 

If you need something or have a problem, you can contact Mirsh, Adella, Myself or any of the Ajah heads etc. Elgee works bloody hard for us here at the WT and she needs a break.

 

Elgee, get well soom love *hugs* we need you.

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Mess with my suster and you guys will regret it. *shines her halo*

 

And yeah, every time I talk to G, she's busy doing DM work - she puts so much of herself into this site. You should all shower her in love and healing thoughts!

 

Ek is lief vir jou, sussie! Word gou beter, hoor?

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*closes Elgee's door firmly and then stands in front of it, arms folded and a set expression on her face*

 

Nobody gets in and I mean nobody! Well, unless Mother says I can let them in. And even then she'll have to show me a doctor's note before I'll let them in.

 

*glares at everyone passing by and gives a cordial nod to Fnorrll as he stands guard next to her*

 

Much love and prayers headed your way, Elgeekins. Take care of yourself, kitten, and that's an order!

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I will personally smite anyone who disturbs mother Elgee in the next two weeks with anything short of online nuclear war. You have been warned!!

^THIS! (The Gray stripe is only tolerant for so long before I have to exercise my Red stripe. And nobody wants that. *nods seriously* )

 

Elgee, I'm am supremely glad that you've finally found a doctor that gives a rip about his patients. Also, I really hope this works for you and you don't have to undergo any further testing. I don't like the sound of the choice between ulcers and stomach cancer one bit. :sad:

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I love you guys *does a group hug that will probably give Fnorrie apoplexy but toughies* :biggrin:

 

Update: pain is back ... probably due to the sliver of pizza I had for supper. I knew I shouldn't have had it, but that's what my sister made and it's her birthday and I had nothing else to eat and I was hunggggggry! *smacks self*

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Is there anything "wheat-free" that you can eat at all?

 

*goes looking for wheat-free recipes*

 

ETA: I found a whole site for wheat free recipes! :biggrin:

WheatFree.org

 

ETA (again): Also found a blog about going gluten-free in Capetown, South Africa. :blink::biggrin:

(I know that "gluten-free" and "wheat-free" are different things, but I thought it might be useful nonetheless.)

Gluten Free in South Africa

Edited by Mirshann Uuranor

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*stands guard in front Of Elgee's Door* Dont worry Fnorrl Sir, and Elgee. Anyone who trys to go in this door, is getting the flat side of my sword across their behind. Aes Sedai or not :D :biggrin:

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Love you my sister. I'm taking care of things RP side as much as I can...just don't mess with my google docs again. *eyes sternly* Otherwise will have to cut you off totally. ;) Take care of yourself okay. I worry about you a lot you know!

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:wub: on her sis. You take care of you honey and leave worrying about DM stuff to your most capable staff. You choose them for a reason, they know what to do. So you let them do their job and you focus on getting better. Love ya' hon. *hugs*

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Oh noes...*slides a get well soon card under the door* :wishingyouaspeedyrecovery: If there is anything a novice can help with, please don't hesitate to set me some tasks. Work is good for building character. :unsure: Naw seriously, I'd like to help with anything in my ablilties.

 

*resolves to keep her screaming to a minimum whisper in the future*

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*shows up with a bunch of Warders carrying baskets*

 

I've got chocolate, ice cream, medicine(just in case), bath stuffs, hugs and snuggles :biggrin: Get better soon Mother

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Mum, that sounds like some scary stuff. No trying to freak you out or anything but that sounds very familiar to what my mum had a while ago. Excuse the spelling here, but i believe it was called diverticulitis. It's a blockage of the colon from scar tissue that can cause a perforation in the wall leading to a rupture. Do you have plans on seeing a specialist at all in the future? I am sorry if this freaks you out ma but it can get really bad. Get that gastro test done as soon as you can lady. Until then praying for you as much as I can lady. Good luck!

Edited by Millon

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IMPORTANT!

 

Elgee has just texted me to pass on that she's currently in hospital for tests regarding her stomach problems. I don't have any more info as yet but as soon as I do, I'll let you all know.

 

Here's hoping she can find out what's wrong and get it sorted stat! :unsure:

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Praying here for Elgee there! Thanks for updating us, Kara, and please keep us posted.

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Erm...well, I posted on the RP side, but guess I didn't post here. You know I love ya Elgs and praying/wishing for a swift and speedy recovery.

 

 

Thank you for the update Kara!

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*brings in Elgee's favorite Phoenix Lounge waiter* I thought she'd appreciate something good to look at as she recovers

 

*addresses Elgee*

You know what he's here for, Mother.

*looks at Mils*

Hey, stop looking at me like that! It's just a foot massage!

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