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Food as Medicine

Sun, 04/10/2016 - 10:56pm -- Monica Gush

I was working in the kitchen today, preparing my meals for the next few days and it occurred to me that what I was doing was rather unusual in this day and age.  I had mentioned it in one of my previous blog posts and wanted to expand on it.  I’m not talking about the actual act of preparing the meals instead of going out to eat or even the whole foods style of cooking.  I’m talking about the reason behind why I had chosen and was preparing these particular foods.  

09 - Resources

Wed, 03/30/2016 - 9:38pm -- Monica Gush

I thought I’d put a list of the resources together that played a role in my recovery in hopes that they might help someone else.  Some were calming and comforting, some were brain fodder that gave me something to think about when I couldn’t be reading and thus kept me from going to dark places, and some were purely out of interest.

07 - Stage 3, Part 2 - Frederick

Tue, 03/22/2016 - 11:56am -- Monica Gush
November 28, 2015 - December 31, 2015
 
Rachel drove me the two hours down to Frederick on Saturday, November 28, 2015 to look at a place to stay.  A friend of an acquaintance at Unity had a room to rent out.  The place was clean, had everything I needed in the kitchen, and was just a few miles from Unity. Sold.

05 - Stage 2, Part 3

Tue, 03/01/2016 - 9:07pm -- Monica Gush
September, 2014 - June, 2015
 
Apparently some antibiotics can have an immediate and/or delayed effect on the body. Neurological issues, tendon tears, muscle and joint problems, to name a few. I didn’t know this before I took them.  I found out afterward, the hard way.  About two weeks after the c-diff fiasco (or so I thought it was the end), I woke up one morning with a sore shoulder and figured I’d slept wrong.  I tried to stretch it out but over the next week it got worse.  Painful.

04 - Stage 2, Part 2

Mon, 02/29/2016 - 11:09pm -- Monica Gush

August, 2014

Let me tell you about c-diff. C-diff is short for Clostridium difficile. It is a bacteria that can live in our colons along with lots of other bacteria. It is difficult to kill and can live on surfaces for months. It’s also resistant to most antibiotics. So when you take an antibiotic and start killing off the other bacteria that normally destroy c-diff, c-diff will flourish. And flourish it does. Although flourish isn’t exactly the term I would have used to describe day 10.

03 - Stage 2, Part 1

Sat, 01/30/2016 - 6:21pm -- Monica Gush
May, 2014 - August, 2014
 
During my 8 weeks off of work, things got….different.  While I didn’t have any more “attacks” that put me completely off food for weeks, I developed new and different gut symptoms that limited how much I could eat.  Putting anything through my system caused what felt like major throbbing.  It started in my gut and would intensify until it felt like my entire body was throbbing and then slowly die down over several hours until I ate or drank something again. And it didn't matter what food it was.

Thoughts at the turning of the year - Dec 2015

Thu, 12/31/2015 - 1:06pm -- Toni

It’s the last day of 2015.  I’m sitting here watching the top 100 baseball plays of the year and can’t believe that there are no plays by Bryce Harper and the Nats so far in the list.  A record breaking, MVP season for Bryce and not one highlight in the top 100.     Hmmmm.  Obviously, the MLB Network and I have very different criteria and perspectives regarding what’s “good baseball.”  And as I reflect more on that idea, it becomes clear to me that this is a truth in so many areas of my world.  My perspective on “things” is often diff

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