I went to my GI appointment yesterday and the passing out couldn’t of had better timing. He said that my body has trouble balancing its fluid levels while I’m cleaning out every other day. I’m to try drinking a liter of Gatorade the day before cleaning out so my body has time to hydrate itself before the clean out. Hopefully this will help with my blacking out as well as passing out on clean out days.
We talked about my small intestines and eight inches of remaining colon. I asked him if my small intestines could be slowing down like my colon did since I’m having to clean out so much and I’m hardly able to go on my own any more. He said yes, it was possible for my small intestines to be slowing down. I start the Sitz Marker Test on Saturday. The Sitz Marker Test is a test where you swallow a capsule that dissolves and twenty-four tiny rings are released into your digestive tract. In an ideal world, you’ll pass the rings. However when I had this test performed last year, I did not pass any of the rings, they stayed in my colon. With this current test, we will know if my small intestines which are already delayed (the Smart Pill test showed us that) are slowing down more and causing me issues or if my eight inches of remaining colon would be the problem. Another test my GI is going to do is similar to a colonoscopy. He is going to go in and look at my colon, hook up site and check for irritation and bleeding since I drink so much magnesium citrate. If my colon seems to be the problem and not my small intestines, I will meet with my surgeon and need to have the remaining eight inches removed. I told my GI that I am totally against the idea of an ileostomy. I got a lot of comfort from my GI when he understood where I am coming from and told me that I would not need an ileostomy.
A couple more things we discussed were my weigh and throat. On my scales at home, I weigh ninety pounds. I weighed this when I came home from the hospital in September after my surgery. My GI doctor was not happy with my weight. Before my diagnosis, I weighed one hundred twenty-one pounds. Cleaning out every other day does not help my weight. I really struggle with drinking so much magnesium citrate. The taste, the burning sensation it leaves in my mouth and throat as well as stomach. It has got to where my throat stays sore the majority of the time, especially after drinking the magnesium citrate. He said the soreness comes from drinking the magnesium citrate.
This week has been a lot to take in. I am physically tired and weak. I am not sure what to think about small intestine / colon situation. It’s kind of like being between a rock and a hard place. I know regardless of what happens it will be fine. God has a plan and I just need to trust Him.