No, really. I think I have mentioned on this blog roughly 94 gazillion times that I have stomach drama. I tend to get a little crazy on Web MD and self diagnose myself, but eventually I let someone with an actual MD do the diagnosing. A couple of weeks ago I found out that I had occult fecal blood as well as low iron - the blood I was losing was causing the low iron. Well, gee. That's fun, right?
I had no idea what was causing all of it until today, when I learned that parasites had invaded my gut. I officially have amebic dysentery, or an invasion of entamoeba histolytica. It's not common in this area at all, so I'm guessing it's a result of a trip I took to the Philippines two year ago - Tim and I both got incredibly sick on our beach vacation and spent a few days in a beach hut taking turns walking along the beach to get Imodium, toilet paper and Gatorade. It started out as an awesome chance to spend time with his family and enjoy beautiful scenery but the sickness - honestly, it was the worst I'd felt maybe...ever.
So those little parasite guys are what is causing the bloating, the colitis, a leaky gut, blood loss, low iron and also now a wheat and soy allergy. If I hadn't made it clear yet - this sucks.
On the plus side, after 3 weeks of antibiotics I should be back to normal and the whole ordeal will be over. I keep dreaming of things to come....like not needing to stake out 4 toilets every time I run outside. Good times, good times.
Did you ever play Oregon Trail as a kid?
So much. So incredibly much. I honestly loved that game and spent way too much time trying to master the art of going at a "grueling pace" without anyone dying.
Have you ever gotten sick on vacation?
Obviously, yes. Such a bummer because were in a beautiful place with some incredible company! There's always a risk when you travel but even now, I would say it was worth it.