I had planned on writing this week about the struggles of avoiding the Top Ten allergens for these last ten days of February, but as it turns out it’s not proving to be a struggle at all.
For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been experiencing what seems like an ulcerative colitis flare. Could be due to the virus du jour making the rounds at work, could be due to the ibuprofen I was prescribed for a shoulder sprain, could be both or something completely different. Prednisone made things better for a while, but as soon as I went off the steroids, things got worse. I’m scheduled for a scope tomorrow to find out what’s going on.
In any event, I’ve been on an extremely limited diet because:
- Nausea and no appetite
- Abdominal pain
- Pretty much everything shoots through me like grease through a goose. With blood.
The only time I ran up against one of the Top 10 allergens was last night, when I was making some chicken broth from scratch for my clear liquids diet today. I was tempted to use some mustard powder to spice it up, but alas! It’s on the list.
My current takeaway from this is that it’s REALLY easy to avoid peanuts, milk, tree nuts, fish, eggs, shellfish, wheat, soy, mustard, and sesame if you have a sick belly. If any of those ingredients give you a sick belly because you’re allergic to them (milk and soy, in my case), it’s even easier to cut them out.
Also, inflammatory bowel disease sucks.