vomiting (4 posts)

Small bowel MRI with Sorbitol

I had a small bowel MRI today. I was a bit nervous, since I haven’t done one before. I’ve had a CT scan, a barium flow, two colonoscopies, and probably quite a few other tests, but I can’t remember ever having an MRI.

Before the procedure

My appointment was at 1:30 pm today, and my instructions were to not eat anything after midnight last night, and to only drink clear fluids this morning. I slept in as late as I could, and I didn’t really feel hungry until about lunch time. I drank some water this morning, but I didn’t want to drink too much, because I knew I’d have to drink a lot more before the procedure.

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I’m on drugs!: A new gastroenterologist and Prednisone

Last week, I had an appointment with a new gastroenterologist. The reason I have a new gastro doc is because back in January/February, I was doing pretty bad. I wasn’t sure if I was having a flare-up, because I also had the flu around the same time. I don’t know if I’ve ever had the actual flu before this, because this time was really bad. And frustrating, because I was missing classes, which makes me stress out, which makes me even sicker. I tried going to my linguistics class, but I had to sit down in the hallway halfway there, and then I just ended up going back home. My parents came to see me in residence just to make me scrambled eggs so I would eat something. It really, really sucked.

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My time in the hospital

Last Monday meant exams were over and vacation could begin. Well, after a little doctor’s appointment. The university’s doctor got my blood work back and suggested I see my family doctor to get an appointment with a gastroenterologist for a colonoscopy. I’ve been having stomach problems since I started taking medicine in the summer, and lately, there seemed to be a constant dull pain in my stomach. As much as a colonoscopy is gross, I was all for it, because I wanted to get better, darnit! We went to see the family doctor and he said he would see about getting me a referral to a gastro doctor, and in the meantime, prescribed me Prevacid to help soothe my stomach and hopefully repair any damage from an ulcer or something.

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So this is depression

All my losing weight, throwing up, and general unhealthiness has not been an eating disorder. It was (and still is) just plain depression.

I think it was previously suggested to me that it might be, but I was in denial. I mean, depression? Depression is for high school kids who cut themselves and dye their hair black. I’m not depressed. I don’t want to be depressed. That’s so useless.

When I’m throwing up, I think, “Why is this happening? This is so dumb.” I guess this all goes back to me not really liking to show my emotions. I don’t want people to fret over me or help me. I don’t want to take up people’s time with childish emotions.

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