Sunday, 12 September 2010

Making a stab at recovery

I got home today after spending the last few days in hospital. The on and off abdominal pain I've been having, which I thought was indigestion or something turned out to be pancreatitis. I went to A&E early on thursday morning because the pain was unbearable. The doc gave me a proton pump inhibitor and left me to stew until the blood results came back. My amylase level was through the roof so finally they gave me some morphine and fluids, and got me admitted. I went to a different hospital to the one I had gone to A&E.
The first few days were mostly spent dozing through lack of sleep and strong pain meds. Co-codamol made me sick so once that stopped and I was switched to something less punchy I picked up. I spent most of the rest of the time reading. Hospital food is thin pickings for me but I had pretty minimal appetite, even when the nausea stopped. I mostly had tiny helpings of boiled vegetables, banana, apple, grapefruit segments, a little white rice, baked beans once, and some smuggled in oat and dried fruit bars. On saturday afternoon, I went down to the canteen to sit with my boyfriend while he got dinner. They had Dove's Farm gluten free double choc cookies, which were pretty chalky.

My appetite is still poor, and although the pain is much, much reduced. Still, I am pretty pooped, every little thing is making me tired. So don't expect any inventive cooking, and certainly not any training, any time soon. I'll still try and keep the blog updated with my recovery process, as long as it's blogworthy.

This was my first meal at home:

Brown rice, chickpeas, tomatoes, olives, nooch and a little hummus.

That's all for now! Off to rest up on the sofa:)


  1. Poor you. Glad you're getting better! Did they say what caused the pancreatitus? xxx

  2. They think it's a virus, because they don't think it's gallstones and it's not alcohol abuse. I'm going back for an MRCP in 2 week's time to confirm the lack of gallstones and the blood tests for viruses will be back then too. The consultant reckons it's a virus but the viral screen they did mightn't pick up the one that caused it. He said it was unlikely to have been caused by anything in my diet (I thought at one point maybe it could have been gluten-induced duodenal inflammation maybe blocking the pancreas).

  3. Gosh, that's pretty rubbish and unlucky. Hopefully the worst is behind you now. Onwards and upwards :) xxx

  4. Oh my gosh!!! I didn't realize you were so sick! You poor thing!!! You were such a trooper.

  5. Luckily, I have a pretty high pain threshold. Although I guess it may have prevented me from realising sooner something serious was up. I was totally shocked that I had to go into hospital- I thought they were going to give me super strength antacids and send me home.