Friday, October 2, 2015

Weigh In Friday - Square One


It's October and only 2.5 months since my stomach/wind/headache issues surfaced but it feels like an eternity. I'm honestly back to square one again. The probiotics have stopped having the magical effect on me. Almost everything I eat has an effect on me. I no longer know what's safe and what's evil. The only food that seems to have no negative effect on me are oats products and apple juice. I'm happiest in the morning because I wake up feeling great - like a normal human being. No stomach problems, no headaches. I love Morning Jane. So free and full of hope.

I kept my promise and went to the polyclinic on Wednesday. I booked my appointment online, made sure I reached 15 mins before my appointment and it was a breeze. Just a short waiting time and everything went perfectly. The polyclinic was quite empty. Not SARS-empty. Usually it's packed. Maybe the haze kept people away from the polyclinic which is not air-conditioned?

At the polyclinic, you can't choose your doctor. It's really a matter of luck or bad luck which doctor you get. Remember my googling doctor? This time, as if there is some divine intervention, I got an experienced doctor. Dr Sandeep was firm but nice and a very good listener. He went through my test results thoroughly and told me he disagreed with Dr TingTing's last diagnosis of IBS. He said there was no way I am suffering from IBS because I do not suffer from any diarrhoea. The probiotics that I had been taking? He didn't believe they were helping my condition in any way. However, they weren't harming me either. His diagnosis is gastritis. He went through all the meds I had taken before and said the medication I took for 2 weeks after my gastroscopy was the right medication for my condition. Dr Sandeep said if he were my doctor, he would ask me to take that same medication for 2 whole months. And since he is my doctor (for that day), he asked me to take the proton pump inhibitor for 2 months.

Here it is. All 140 capsules. Dr Sandeep also gave me a referral to a specialist at a hospital. The waiting time is probably 3 months. By then, the meds would have run out and if I were still in trouble, I could get my case treated by the specialist. The whole visit was quite cheap - under $35. Oh, my gallbladder thing? Dr Sandeep rubbished it saying the size is too insignificant to cause any problems. Does that mean I get to keep my gallbladder?

My feelings on this? I keep hanging on to hope that I will recover. Every day through the terrible wind, the little headaches, the big headaches, I keep hanging on. I can't believe I cannot be cured. Also, so far no doctor has said to me - it's not curable. So once again, I am hanging on to a sliver of hope. I mean, if Matt Damon could survive on Mars... The only thing I don't like about the meds? I can't sleep like a pig anymore. I wake up a few times through the night but strangely when I wake up, I don't feel tired.

I have to keep to a low acid diet. Absolutely no tea, coffee or spicy food. My diet has been pretty low acid all these while but occasionally I cheated. I'm going to have to be stricter with myself.

On Monday I cheated with Chicken-Up Korean Fried Chicken. It was hub's idea. The old Jane would have pigged out. But having eaten healthy food for many weeks, I found fried chicken unsavoury. I could barely eat one wing and found it too fatty and oily. There was no joy eating it. What has happened to my body?

We had dancing crab and other seafood on Tuesday. The sauce was cajun and quite spicy. I usually don't eat spicy food so staying off spicy food isn't a problem for me. 

At dancing crab, we had the option to have the food poured on the table and eat off it. Have you eaten off a table before? It was rather liberating.

Oh, I finally cooked my own quinoa. Quinoa is not cheap. Fortunately, you don't need to eat a lot of it for each meal. I watched this video which gave very good instructions on how to cook quinoa. I followed it and it worked perfectly. This is what 1 cup of quinoa gives you. I eat it over 3 days!

Quinoa is a protein but I treat it like rice eating it with vege and some seafood, stir fried.

Sometimes I eat it with a salad. You know, the old Jane hated salad. I am such a different person now!

Since my last run on Sunday, ST Run 2015, I haven't done any running because the haze came back with a vengeance. But I've been diligent with my Pilates. I should run every day because running gets all the wind pounded out of me and I feel so much better after running. But with the haze constantly at an unhealthy level, it would be crazy to go out at all.

Weigh In time. The past 7 days, I worked really hard to make sure I have 3 meals a day. It paid off. This morning I weighed 56kg. My weight has stopped dropping. Last Friday, I weighed 55.9kg. This means I gained 100g.

2nd Oct 2015 - 56kg
25th Sep 2015 - 55.9kg
18th Sep 2015 - 56.4kg
11th Sep 2015 - 57.1kg
4th Sep 2015 - 57.8kg
28th Aug 2015 - 58kg
21st Aug 2015 - 58.8kg
14th Aug 2015 - 58.9kg
7th Aug 2015 - 59.9kg
21st July 2015 - 63kg

At the polyclinic, a nurse took my height and weight. It seems for my height, my ideal weight range is between 51kg and 63.1kg. So I could still afford to lose 5 more kg. But I think that would be too hard without starving myself. And Dr Sandeep says I must make sure I don't go hungry. Something about the stomach producing acid when I'm hungry.

As you can see, I'm taking the doctor's advice seriously and making sure I'm fed constantly.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

ST Run 2015

Hello people who sleep in on Sundays,

Lucky you. I woke up at 6am because I had signed up for yet another organised run. This time a 5km ST Run in the eastern part of Singapore. While prying my eyes open this morning, I tried hard to remember why I keep signing up for these runs which almost always start very early in the morning. Oh, was it that stupid thing about "a couple that runs together stays together?" Maybe. Anyway, hubs and I don't even run together. He signed up for the 18.45km run while I only do 5km. Last night he went to the venue after work and didn't even have a chance to get any sleep. Me on the other hand made my way to the Sports Hub alone at 6:30am.

I was nearly 14 min late for the flag off because number one, the journey by train to the venue took forever. Number two, walking to the flag-off area took me 15min. Anyway, it's ok to be a little late for the flag-off because there are so many participants the road is jammed and for the first 1km, you can't really run anyway.

Hubs caught me as I ran into the Sports Hub with my usual peace signs. At first I thought I did badly for my timing. I did have to walk quite a bit because sometimes there were too many people on the road and it was impossible to run. There were a few stretches which were very narrow so you just have to walk slowly and patiently. I took around 52min to complete the run but when I checked my app, I realised that the distance covered was 6.24km instead of 5km. So not too bad!

Are you ready for the after-the-run photos?

Here's the banana shot. I love it when the organisers give out bananas after a race because I'm starving.

Here's another banana shot. This one with me actually having banana in my mouth.

Here's the champion shot.

This shot is to show you the stadium. It's huge.

Here's the couple shot.

Hubs didn't look that tired despite not having any sleep.

I was wrong. He crashed on the train and is now snoring happily in a coma.

This is my last run for 2015. I have nothing else booked. Yay, I get to sleep in on Sundays. Unless hubs springs a surprise.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Weigh In Friday - Windy with haze

Hello people who don't live in Singapore,

Lucky you. The haze situation has gotten hazardous.

The PSI for PM2.5 reached 309 for my area this morning. The Ministry of Education closed kindergatens, primary schools and secondary schools. My son had to go to school though as he attends a junior college. It's very strange why junior colleges aren't closed.

You would think with the PSI this high, no one in his right mind would go out without a good mask. Apparently not. Many people walk about maskless, my son and hubs included.

I took no chances as I am weak. I have a large head and face but managed to find a mask that fits me. I noticed some people use hankies as masks or fan their noses with a piece of paper. It's not the smell they should be worried about!

Haze aside, I had a very bad week with food. My stomach didn't quite recover from trying out white rice last week. At one stage, I literally couldn't eat anything. Everything I ate brought forth wind. So I went back to taking the probiotics, VSL#3 my GP had prescribed. I found them available at the pharmacy without a need for prescription. One box of 30 costs $42.80 which is robbery but at least I felt slightly better.

Quinoa, buckwheat and oats are my safe food. I wasn't worried about trying Quinoa Ramen. I was more worried about the taste. Upon opening the packet, I smelled something awful. Ever notice alternative grains tend to smell not so good? I boiled the ramen which cooked easily and mixed it up with some stir fried veges and meat.

Maybe I haven't eaten ramen for a long time but it was freaking delicious. And my stomach liked it.

Yesterday I felt somewhat better and tried brown rice wafer. What can I say? I still crave normal food. It turned out to be one big mistake. My stomach ballooned up with so much wind and pain I almost went to the hospital. Luckily my girl was able to punch the wind out with her magical hands. I can't say with 100% certainty but I think rice, any kind of rice is poison to me.

I want to confess something. I haven't even gone to the polyclinic to get a specialist referral. I said I would but I never did. Yesterday's episode has shaken me up. Next week I will do it even if the PSI is higher than 300.

My Friday's post has gotten quite depressing. I'm not sure if I want to continue posting... Certainly it would be useful to me as a reference. Perhaps it's the haze that's getting me down. Perhaps it's writing about negative stuff that happened to me and thus thinking about it. And thoughts of my fear of eating. Thoughts of not being able to eat delicious food. Thoughts of my being sick and tired of cooking most meals. Ahhhh! It's been a rough week. I shall leave it behind.   

I just remembered that today is my weighing day. As you know, I've already achieved my ideal weight of 57kg. Unfortunately due to my inability to eat 3 full meals this week, my weight continued to drop. This morning I weighed myself and the scale registered 55.9kg. That means a loss of 500g since last Friday. It's not too bad. I'm not worried. The next 7 days I'm going to be ultra careful about what I eat. I'll stick to my safe food and make sure I get 3 proper meals a day. As usual my weight loss is mostly from my boobs. If this carries on, I'm going to be flat as a pancake. Isn't it ironic? Now I have to make sure I don't keep losing weight. Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.

25th Sep 2015 - 55.9kg
18th Sep 2015 - 56.4kg
11th Sep 2015 - 57.1kg
4th Sep 2015 - 57.8kg
28th Aug 2015 - 58kg
21st Aug 2015 - 58.8kg
14th Aug 2015 - 58.9kg
7th Aug 2015 - 59.9kg
21st July 2015 - 63kg
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