I’ve just realised it is already the 8th September and I haven’t done my August update for you! The reason will become clear below…
First week of August: fab, mostly 0.5 days.
Second week: mostly OK until I got the swelling in my throat, which thankfully only lasted 24 hours, and the bloating problem (I wrote about that here when I was feeling like I was carrying a large litter of kittens!). Had four 1.5 days.
Third week: bloating continued at 1 for almost the whole week. Sigh. It took the usual 10 days for an intolerance reaction to come down properly but it wasn’t anywhere near as bad as it used to be. And, let’s face it, I’d rather have that than a migraine any day.
Fourth week: Had five straight 0.5 days. The relief! Unfortunately, I was so relieved, I went a bit mad (why do we do this?!). I added chocolate back in as a breakfast brownie; my first chocolate for over 5 months and, for anyone who knows me, that really took some doing as I am a self-confessed chocaholic. Bliss. No problem. Yay.
For three days, I ate chocolate, had coffee and green tea.
Don’t ask me why I had the green tea since I had tracked the massive gum pain down to it all those months ago. Last time I had it, I developed a large lump on my gum within 20 minutes. I tried a tiny cup very gingerly and had no reaction at all. I think I had it because I am really missing a hot bitter drink, hence the coffee and green tea. I am so fed up with water all the time and wanted something warm.
Anyway, had green tea the next day. All fine. Got cocky and decided to try lamb. P had said he wanted a roast dinner and it was the only grass fed meat I had. ‘I’m doing fine,’ I thought. Famous last words.
Went to bed with the start of a migraine so this had to be the lamb. My pain starts almost 2 hours on the dot after ingesting something currently and goes almost exactly at 48 hours later. Not too bad at 2.5 the first day, then 1.5, then 0.5 back to normal on the third day.
Relief again and had more green tea. Next day teeth bleeding more, then following day woke with screaming jaw bone pain which continued all day. A 9 day which shows you how bad it was. I assume the green tea had caught up with me. Still: positive that it took days rather than mere minutes this time so some progress.
P had a virus earlier in the week so guess what happens next. Yep, immune system low with reaction, in goes virus. Got violent shaking, fever, severe headache and nausea and could do nothing but lay in bed for two days. Two 9 days. Two 4 days, then 3, 2, 1 and back to 0.5 yesterday. It’s exhausting thinking about it.
So, before the last week, even despite the bloating and throat swelling episode, I was on for my lowest score ever of 28.5. But the first 9 day crept in on the 31st and blew that one. I ended up with a not too bad 37.5 considering that little lot. You couldn’t make that up, could you!
How are you doing? Let’s see some of your scores…