All the tests have come back negative: I don't have celiac disease, Crohn's, a build-up of unwelcome bacteria in my gut, or anything else abnormal.
Which means that the discomfort and difficulties that have increased since my surgery are most likely due to a return of inflammatory bowel disease, IBS, whatever you like to call it. I've had it since childhood but mostly had it licked in the last ten years or so, mostly due to my vegetarian diet.
But not anymore. I can literally not stomach beans, cabbage, broccoli, tofu, or many of my usual staples.
And so the GI doctor has put me on a very restricted diet, called FODMAPS, which removes 6 major food carbohydrates from my intake--wheat, dairy, soy, and a whole host of fruits and vegetables (besides all legumes, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and the like, I can't have any stone fruit, apples, avocados, onions garlic, mushrooms,and a whole host of other odd fruits and veg.) The list is impossible to keep track of without the two long lists taped to my fridge and the new app on my phone (I also got a few new cookbooks, such as they are.) Oddly, I find losing onions and garlic the hardest part so far! I can even get a mocha frappuccino with coconut milk once in awhile.
I'm supposed to follow that for three months and check back with him. It is possible that I can add one or more of the chemicals from the acronym back to my diet, but I doubt I'll get all of them. And I've felt so crummy that I'm not even really upset about it. Sure, it's been a rough two weeks adapting to it, both mentally and physically, and I do miss many of my favorite things--I'm variously resigned, aggravated, overwhelmed, sad, grumpy, willing--but I don't like feeling sick and being indisposed, and there are so many GF and DF substitutes on the market. It is cutting into our eating out, but we have located some places that will work. And I still get tea, coffee, rice, potatoes . . . and, well, lots of meat. The doctor said no vegetarianism for the present--it would be too challenging without the beans, tofu, and nuts I relied on.
And it could be worse.
Mama and the kids are being great about it.
And the kids at least are glad I'm not cooking any beans.