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  1. Update: A bit of a busy week for me probably because I'm feeling a lot better than I have done. I'm feeling almost normal, which pretty much means that I feel amazing. Never take your health for granted. I'm still too tired. I'm sleeping better than I have in years. I almost never wake up with my alarm but will wake up by myself sometime before it does. Yet excessive amounts of fatigue persist, now I'm perfectly aware right now that I'm borderline anemic and have deficiencies in some very common vitamins. I got a prescription of supplements some of which are many times higher than recommended levels. So that explains that I guess. The pain in my stomach has changed in an interesting way. Not sure to make of it or if what I'm feeling is actually the biopsy of my gut they took. It's very low level pain, even when I'm feeling really sick (which I now know means I have an infection and lots of inflammation) it doesn't hurt much when I'm at rest. Honestly my hip right now is hurting a damned sight more right now. I really don't know how to explain that one. The only thing that makes sense is something like a trapped nerve. If I put pressure on a specific part on the back of my right thigh (about 12 inches below my hip) I'm getting severe shooting pains right through my hip and only then, although there is also a dull ache but that in of itself isn't unusual. I sort of tested this and the only factor seems to be whether or not pressure is being applied to my thigh, and not anything else my legs might be doing. I rolled out my butt and lower back on a foam roller because I've had success in the past with dealing with my achy hip with that. Anyway Goals: Food well, I'm eating. Yesterday was better than today but thankfully I'm able to eat again. I'm even getting hungry at appropriate times. Although we don't have much around for me to eat but we ordered groceries today and that should change tomorrow. Ended up with takeout today. I ran today! My goal when I set out was to 'try and go for a run' but actually it didn't turn out that bad. The minimum for this is around two miles but that just means that if after I hit 1 mile it's not working then I'll make my way home. But it went pretty well. Not amazing but to put things into perspective . Two weeks ago when I did my last two runs my paces clocked in at around 12 minute miles and it felt hard. Today I kept everything super easy but ended up running just a shade over 10 minute miles.
  2. Oh 6 months at least and I didn't get in this week either. I got sucked into a problem on a different system that kind of takes precedence over my new builds. Maigs!! Great to see you too! I've not yet gotten to go catch up with everybody. Hopefully now I'm feeling a little better I'll be spending less of my free time sleeping.
  3. Update: Kinda busy day today as I struggle to catch up with things I've fallen behind on. I feel completely normal today, which means I feel amazing Well almost completely normal. I'm still really tired but I understand that might take a little longer to correct. I really hope feeling okay sticks at least for a while while I make changes to how I eat. On that note I paid particular attention to what I ate today. My fiber levels have been bumped up significantly but ended relatively low. I think this'll be pretty simple to hit once I've had a chance to actually shop. Took a long walk this afternoon. Tomorrow I'm going to be going to the office which gives me a perfect excuse to cycle.
  4. Update: Rather surprisingly for me I feel better today than I have in ages. If I were to guess I think the clear out of my gut has done wonders. It's sort of wonderful to simply feel okay for a change. I ate reasonably well today, paying extra attention to trying to get a little more fibre into my diet. Improvements still need making but improvements are happening. I need to make some calls tomorrow to my doctor to get some follow up stuff done. I did a long walk this morning before playing not 1 but 2 games of dnd. It was a great day.
  5. Thanks, fun fact, russet potatoes are near impossible to find in the UK I actually didn’t know such a thing existed until I’d spent some time in the US. I can find something similar but I have never had anything quite like them. Interestingly, again fwiw, potatoes have been the one solid food that I’ve actually wanted to eat recently. Just this weird potato craving whilst not wanting to eat anything else. But it’s the fibre from what I can gather that is the thing. Conversely, for IBS and IBD, which don’t have associated physical causes, they recommend avoiding high fibre foods to help control the symptoms. If I understand things correctly, and the things at play here seem obvious enough (although sparing everyone from the crappy details) that would have just made things worse. Nonetheless I want to see if I can largely control it with my diet and now that I have a direction I am going to see what helps. Thanks! It feels like I’ve been sick forever. It’s so nice to have a solid answer to explain my symptoms.
  6. Update: Well that's not something I'd recommend but it's done with now. I finally have some answers. Diverticular Disease which in very layman terms that even I can understand is essentially scar tissue that's prone to infection. The more important thing is that it means a complete 180 on all the previous dietary advice I've been given . As in I'm literally meant to be eating the things I've been told to avoid previously. Oh well. I'm not blaming anybody for that, I understand why that advice was given. Also my bloodwork showed some vitamin deficiencies that would explain the extreme amounts of fatigue I've been feeling and maybe even the big depressive crashes I've had recently. This very nicely gives me some good, actionable things that I can do to improve things for myself. Otherwise I'm told things all look pretty healthy. I'm much more okay with everything today than I was yesterday because now I know something. I've got a few follow up appointments and a couple of tests that still need to come back. I might need to go back onto antibiotics again and I'm being prescribed some supplements. Next week I want to come up with an eating plan and start going with it. The day left me pretty wiped out and things are sore. Thanks I do feel good about it. Yes rest. I've been sleeping on and off since I got home.
  7. Thanks Maggie! Hugs are most appreciated. I'm good it's all over and done with now and I actually have some answers finally thankfully nothing too serious.
  8. Update: Well... I think this pretty much sums it up lol. Well so far I'd give the prep day more points than the covid test I stand by my words. This bit just isn't that much different from how things go for me on a lot of days anyway. Cranked up to maximum for sure but in many ways it was actually better than normal. The thing I didn't expect was that I'd be flushing away my body heat so I've been absolutely freezing since early evening.
  9. Yep Thanks Maggie!! Good to see you too Thanks mate. I'd much rather be playing D&D on Saturday for sure.
  10. Update: Couple of really rough days health wise. Especially today, ugh. Keeping myself engaged by focusing on my dnd game when I'm not otherwise working or conked out asleep because I'm always exhausted. I think that there is a direct correlation between eating the exhaustion. I might be wrong but it certainly seems to be the case that I'll just drop after I've eaten. Now if I don't eat I'll get the shakes and start trying to vomit up my empty stomach, so no win really. It'll be interesting to see how things go tomorrow when I'm intentionally fasting. Had my covid test yesterday. I'm not sure it's supposed to do this but it hurt like hell and my nose is still sore from it. Tomorrow isn't going to be fun at all. I'm just complaining about it because it's cathartic for me to do so. Refer to the song Tank posted above! Did some walking for exercise but right now I'm meant to be isolating so probably not much happening until Saturday or Sunday.
  11. Update: Been feeling quite a lot better today but who knows why. I'm no longer in pain, only a little discomfort and the fatigue is gone today. I've been able to eat even if I started my day off with chocolate milk because eww solids but by mid afternoon I was feeling really hungry. I'm getting anxious for the stuff happening this week. Covid test tomorrow. Prep on Friday and then hospital on Saturday. Anxious for a multitude of reasons. I actually got some stuff done today but I've still not been particularly productive. I took a bike ride this afternoon. Keeping things fairly easy.
  12. I'm in! I'll be explaining the whole time thing in detail in the group chat but long story short. Don't sweat it too much.
  13. Thanks mate. They are awful. This is honestly the worst illness I've ever had by a long way.
  14. Update: Oh I really do not feel good today. I just want to complain about it somewhere . I've been in some pain all day long. It's difficult to describe but it's different to the knife like pain that I experienced last year. It's more of a burning sensation deep inside my stomach. The pain I could probably deal with if it wasn't for the extreme levels of fatigue that come with it. It's so, ugh frustrating. One day I can easily run a 10k in well under an hour and the next just walking up the stairs is enough to have me panting and holding on for balance. The good news is I go in for my covid test on Wednesday and assuming that's okay I am in the hospital on Saturday for the date with the camera and with any luck they'll find something. I rather predictably haven't eaten much. I took two bites of a bagel this morning. It took me about 30 minutes between those two bites and after the second one I noped out completely. I think most of my calories today have come from orange juice. I suppose that's not the worst thing in the world. Exercise wise I walked today. About 2 miles or so, very slowly. I've been trying to get my brain together enough to work on some stuff with not too much success.
  15. Oh this is me in a nutshell. And also a problem solver who much prefers blunt dialog to subtlety. Thanks! And me too. I'm constantly surprised by all the new characters popping up.
  16. I love how you solved the pool of acid puzzle by just sticking your arm into it. Simple, brute force, but effective.
  17. It was great to play with you Your little halfling bard was a lot of fun!
  18. Update: Today was also a good day. I'm feeling overall better I think. Not great but it at least appears that I'm on an upturn right now, touch wood All great. I only ate one meal today and a small bag of sweets but after my meal I didn't feel too bad so all good. Still feeling rather more tired than I should be. I took a 5k run today. It was extremely slow. It's so bizarre to me as to how much harder this is when I'm feeling like this. It's orders of magnitude harder than when I'm feeling okay. Still the speed of it is not the point and I'm just happy that I got out and did it. After my run I took a nap and then settled down to play another game of D&D with me as DM with another of my little crazy low commitment games today the players were @juliebarkley, @starsapart, @Red1263, @WhiteGhost and @DarK_RaideR. I had a great deal of fun with it and I'm getting all sorts of ideas about how to go with it.
  19. You are more than welcome to join in It's just a fun and whacky game with very low commitment requirements. Just join when you want to. I mean do you really want to know? lol. The time thing is actually really easy though. The dungeons have 4 encounter rooms and that's that.
  20. Update: Today was a good day. I'm not feeling great but I'm feeling okay. The overall nausea seems to have passed for the time being although my gut isn't feeling particularly good. Still I'm feeling generally better than I have been. I DMed my game of D&D today and had a great deal of fun doing so. Today the game was with @starsapart, @Mr_Willes, @Red1263, and @WhiteGhost dealing with a contrived plot involving lots of demons. It's really rewarding to have a game where everyone is laughing and having fun I think I will have a few more for tomorrow's game. Took 2 walks today, both quite short and I cycled for about 45 minutes this morning.
  21. Yeah. Much of my language is more about my own frustration over the whole thing. I do have my issues about how some of the doctors I have seen have handled me but for the most part I am okay with what the doctors have been doing. If not the length of time that it's taken but that time is more covid related than anything else. Maybe because not being able to eat has never been a problem for me before? I am celebrating it but again. I'm very frustrated by the whole thing and how much it's disturbing my life. Thanks mate. It is all that matters, that's why it's the goal for the challenge. It is however still very frustrating when I really want to be able to go out and enjoy the spring. This is my favourite time of year.
  22. Update: I feel so exhausted today. I really shouldn't. I slept enough, albeit I don't think I'm sleeping particularly well right now since I wake up most mornings just soaked in sweat right now. I've just felt zombified all day long. I even took a nap late this afternoon but still feel just sapped of everything. I'm feeling much less nauseous which is great and ate a full 3 square meals today and actually was hungry for all of them. That shouldn't feel like it's an achievement. I took a walk today that's about all I felt up to. This is so frustrating.
  23. From one professional troubleshooter to another It's more accurate to say that the tests that I've had all show that I'm in otherwise pretty good health. The tests serve to rule out the more obvious causes and so it means that they have ruled out quite a number of the more serious conditions already. So it's good that it's probably not cancer, or celiacs disease or a number of other things that it could be. It remains to be seen though if these last few bring up anything else. I'm in physical pain so I'm hopeful that there is at least something there to see. Yeah I had this at one point too. My reaction was also pretty blunt. It took me a little while to get through to my doctor but at least once I did he moved pretty quickly but covid delayed everything. Yeah. It started abruptly almost 2 years ago and what I do or do not eat doesn't seem to make the blindest bit of difference. At least aside from those times when I'm feeling especially ill where I really cannot stomach solid food. But my initial experience was much the same.
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