In January 2019, 18 months since my first ‘attack’ I was on holiday again, this time in the Maldives, I had informed the hotel about my dietary requirements before we travelled, had my food diary with me at all times and everything was going smoothly until our last night (again!)
This time I was so sick that I had to sleep next to the toilet! I later found out that the rice and pasta I’d been consuming all week were actually cooked in milk! A big NO NO for me and this is what caused my sickness. Dairy was one of the worst items I could consume and I still can’t have it to this day! I slowly recovered after coming back home, however it was a huge setback in my progress – mentally and health wise.
Fast forward another 3 months and I was feeling worst and worst each week, it got so bad that I was taken to A&E where I discovered that I was now passing kidney stones, I underwent various ultrasounds and was told to wait for the bleeding to stop and given 3 different antibiotics.
Shortly after in April 2019 I ended up in A&E again, I was bleeding really heavily, I was extremely fatigued, dizzy, nauseous and physically and mentally drained. But for the first time I actually spoke to a lovely doctor who was willing to sit and listen to everything I had been through, I finally felt like I was getting the support that I needed! He gave me reassurance and wanted to try and get to the bottom of everything and gave me a dose of high pain killers through the cannula and booked another ultrasound.
But wait for it…… all my tests came back normal! What the hell was wrong with me!
In July I was referred to a private Dr and booked in for a cystoscopy and gallbladder removal, extreme I know, but I was desperate! I was told that as I’d had gallstones I could be more prone to intolerances and I had to do something, it had been over 2 years of hell, agony and bland food! and I was hopeful that having it removed I would be able to get back to a “normal” life!