Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Most Important Words You'll Ever Hear

When I was getting a divorce, it was a very tough time, and I wrote down affirmations that I said to myself a few times a day. I’ve done this to lose weight, to get a promotion, to get focused on new habits and many other things. Yet, I haven’t written any affirmations for healing my Crohn’s and to help with will power to stick to the healing diet and habits that will keep me healthy. So I wrote them tonight and thought I’d share them.

Remember that the most important words you'll every hear are the words you say to yourself. Your subconscious doesn't know the difference between truth and fiction. Feed it your desired truths. Here are my desired truths...

  • I am doing awesome sticking to the healing diet.
  • Eating animal and processed foods will make my Crohn's flare up and I hate the feeling of a flare up. 
  • Eating acid forming foods will make my Crohn's flare up and I hate the feeling of a flare up. 
  • I refuse to feel as bad as I felt on March 17 again.
  • Eating the wrong foods will make me have a flare up and make me feel as bad as I did on March 17.
  • I refuse to feel that way again.
  • My body knows how to heal itself when I eat properly and give it the rest it needs. 
  • That’s why I always eat properly, get the rest, and sunshine I need to stay healthy.
  • I love how I look because I'm adhering to the healing diet and am getting ample rest. 
  • I love how I feel because I'm adhering to the healing diet, getting ample rest and sunshine I need to stay healthy. 
  • My colon is healing right now. 
  • It has serviced me well and because I'm doing everything right it is healing rapidly and I feel great.
  • I'm so grateful for my health and blessed to be healing so that I can continue to live a healthy and happy life. 
  • Thank you Lord for everything!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Recent Test Results

I had a doctor's appointment on Tuesday afternoon to check my progress. Some good news and some not so good news. My prior sediment rate was 107. It's only down slightly to 97. When I got the 107 results, I thought it was artificially high because I had been snowboard instructing the weekend before, and was wicked sore. Every muscle in my body seemed sore from walking up and down the mountain with all day students. But clearly, my new test results of only 10 lower probably means that the 107 sediment rate was primarily due to my colon inflammation, not muscle inflammation.

I have not improved as quickly this time on the medication as I did the first time. My cheating on the diet last week is not what's making the difference, because when I was first diagnosed, I wasn't on any special diet and within one week my sediment rate went down to 86. I've been on the medication for a little over two weeks when this recent test was taken, yet I'm not as low as the previous one week on meds produced. I clearly need to keep to the healing diet while taking the meds in order to expedite getting into remission since my body is not reacting on the medication as it had prior.

Unfortunately, that was the somewhat good news. The not so good news is that my hemoglobin has dropped to a new low. It was 10.2 my last test about five weeks ago. It dropped to 9.0:( So my anemia has gotten worse. I had not been juicing with iron rich foods (this is noted under "How to Cure Anemia" post) because the vegetable juice increases and loosens your bowel movements. And currently those changes would make each day a bit more difficult since my bowel movements are not yet back to normal. In any regard, juicing with iron rich foods and a prescribed iron supplement has immediately been added to my daily routine.

I feel much better than these results show. I clearly do not feel 100% but I've had some very good days. My energy is enough to make it through the work day without needing a nap, and I awake after about 9 to 10 hours sleep. So my fatigue has improved. Even my bowel movements have improved in frequency and consistency, yet they are not normal. Ultimately, the test results are just confirmation that I need to stick to the healing diet! That added to the medication will likely be the quickest way to remission, and once I'm in remission my anemia will likely improve easily as it had before.

My plan is to wean off the meds when it is clear that my sediment rate is normal or close too, indicating the my colon inflammation is gone. Once I'm off the medication, I have to stick to the diet. I refuse to go through this again due to my own diet decisions.

If you don't recall what the healing diet is and want a refresher, it's detailed under a post called "My Healing Diet."

Wish me luck, I'll be going back for additional tests in about 30 days to ensure that my hemoglobin is not still dropping. I'm going to be perfectly adhering to the diet, meditating, getting my vitamin D from the sun, and getting plenty of rest. Next test results are sure to be much better than these:)