gastroparesis Category Archives

Maintaining good digestive health (and a travel wellness kit!)

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #NatureMadeProbiotics #CollectiveBias #ad I don’t know about you, but good digestive health is something I’m serious about as it’s been forefront in my life the past four months. I do many things to help keep myself “regular,” including taking Nature MadeĀ® Digestive Probiotics Adult Gummies, which are an …

How Dealing with a Chronic Illness Changes You

This is the many ways living with a chronic illness has changed me. At the end of this post, I've included some tips for loved ones and friends of those with chronic illness ... simple ways you can help that make a big difference to those who are struggling.

I got sick suddenly in April of this year – seriously ill, unable to eat solid food, constantly nauseated/throwing up, severe abdominal pain – and it caught me completely off guard. I’ve always been a relatively healthy person. At 38, I haven’t had many medical issues, besides my lifelong issues with depression but even that had been well-controlled for four years. Many ER visits and …

Motilium – My new gastroparesis treatment

Motilium: My new gastroparesis treatment - Jennadesigns

I haven’t posted a real update here in a while, besides my Something for the Weekend posts every Friday. I saw the GI specialist team at Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee late last month. It was a very disappointing experience. A second opinion They had all my records and pretty much focused on two things, my thyroid function and a CT …

Gastroparesis: My experience getting an implanted port

I'm here to tell you what to expect if you're facing getting an implanted port, whether it's for chemo or another disease or disorder (like gastroparesis - read my diagnosis post here) that requires you to get IV fluids or medications on a regular basis and you want to avoid the repeated sticks of the IV needle.

Well, this is me smiling in front of the camera three days after getting my surgically implanted chest port which I’ll be using for IV fluids and medications in the future. As you can tell, I’m pretty bruised up and have a lot of steri-strips covering the stitches. What you can’t see is how sore I am or how much pain I have. I’m actually …

Finally, a diagnosis – severe gastroparesis

This last week has been a roller coaster of emotions for me. As I mentioned last week, after six weeks of being extremely sick, I finally received a diagnosis from my GI doctor. I have severe gastroparesis, an incurable disorder that essentially means my stomach muscles are paralyzed and don't move food out of my stomach the way a normal person's would.

This last week has been a roller coaster of emotions for me. As I mentioned last week, after six weeks of being extremely sick, I finally received a diagnosis from my GI doctor. I have severe gastroparesis, an incurable disorder that essentially means my stomach muscles are paralyzed and don’t move food out of my stomach the way a normal person’s would. I haven’t told …