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/commentable: Explaining and Healing Diverticulitis and Diverticulosis.
Dinarius = digital interest
11 June 2008

Explaining and Healing Diverticulitis and Diverticulosis.

How do you make God laugh? Tell him your plans. After a very successful trip up to Washington D.C. two and-a-half weeks ago, I returned to Miami ready to tackle all the things waiting for me. Within 24 hours I was in the closest Emergency Room I could utter to the EMT’s and diagnosed with the little brother of Diverticulosis, Diverticulitis. I was helpless, I was pale yellow and in more pain than I’d ever felt in my life.

What are Diverticula?

We all have little pockets that fold out from our small and large intestines. These pockets are called Diverticula and they’re not useful for anything and they don’t do much except catch seeds, shells and the occasional peanut. That’s where the trouble begins. When hard food like that is caught in one of these little pockets, it exits the digestive process and hangs around for a dangerously long time.

This food, peanut, seed or shell can basically just rot there. If that causes an infection in the lining of that pocket, you get Diverticuitis. If that pocket blows up and opens your intestinal passages to the rest of your guts, you’ve got serious problems and surgery ahead to fix the Diverticulosis. Both conditions simply require you to eat and have intestines. What your diet is can make or brake the situation, but conditions can be right despite a healthy diet just like mine.

Hospitalized with Diverticulitis.

With a high thresh hold for pain, I didn’t call 9-1-1 right away. My recovery may take 50% longer than average since I accidentally allowed the infection to get a better grip. A CAT scan after being admitted in to the ER and the techs told me what I had. As soon as the diagnosis was made, I received 100 mL of very strong antibiotics.

The pain that you experience is pretty easy to convey. It’s an infection. Have you ever gotten a cut on your finger that got infected? It hurts and throbs when you bend it. Okay, take that exact same throbbing pain and apply it to a swath of intestinal lining about 10 inches long just under the belt running left to right. Now, really infect the hell out of it. I guarantee that nothing is comfortable; no position, no clothes, no way of sitting, standing, lying down… It’s really awful, but the morphine and iPhone helped me along considerably.

The single worst experience would be the 1000 mL water balloon they IV’d me to overnight that dripped so fast I had to make a bathroom “run” every two and-a-half hours which, is pretty much impossible. I let them send me home a day early. I should have waited until the pain was even more tolerable since sleeping for the first night without pain killers was quite a restless event.

After Diverticulitis.

I’m not completely through it yet, but I haven’t had solid food in a week now. Nor coffee. And I’ve had niether a cigarette nor the craving for one though I’m not declaring myself smoke-free. Half an apple fills my little stomach. I have 12 days of two different antibiotics to finish and they make my mouth taste like metal.

I won’t be allowed to have red meats for about another month. I tried some chicken the other day against doctor’s orders and couldn’t stand it. Nights are the worst since no OTC pain killer comes close to even 1 mL of morphine. With no solid food to speak of in my system, my energy is just a hair over zero. It’s absolutely stupid.

I simply cannot walk outside more than six blocks without feeling like I have to be carried home. So, site updates will be at a snail’s pace.

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