Chapter Twenty Seven
January 2010 I was told by my doctor that I had pre-diabetes. And then right after that, in February, I was visiting my doctor and she was making suggestions about my weight and dieting again. She suggested that I read this book called “My Big Fat Greek Diet” written by a (*doctor*) named Nick Yphantides. He lost weight by doing a liquid fast. My doctor suggested that I read it and start a liquid fast – and this after just telling me that I had pre-diabetes. I’m sure “Nick” didn’t have diabetes, doing a liquid diet. At first we picked a chocolate powdered store brand and brought it to her and she approved it. So I started it. It was the absolute WORST decision I ever made in my life. I didn’t know anything about diabetes. And I didn’t know that a liquid diet was the worst thing that someone with diabetes could do.
During the first week that I was on the liquid diet I started having chest pains like I had never had before, ever. I thought I was having a heart attack. I went to the ER and they did test after test. Every test was negative. I did a treadmill test with a shot of something and that result was normal. Every single day that first week I had terrible chest pains. They’d come and go though. No one could figure out what was wrong. They told me it was anxiety. I knew it wasn’t that. One time I had the chest pains so bad that I went to my doctor and told her about them and she gave me nitroglycerin to take, and told me to take it the first minute it happened again. So it happened again, I took the nitro, and man I thought I was a goner right there and then. I thought for sure the nitro was actually causing a heart attack that time. I ran to the ER and nothing was going on with my heart. Not a thing.
By the middle of the second week I was finally getting a clue. I quit the liquid diet and the pains started to slow down, they weren’t flaring up like they were before. And from that minute, even right up till today, I still have pains in my upper chest area, that no one can figure out what they are. I know they’re not my heart, because every test even today tell me they’re not. But still to this day no one can figure them out. In the middle of the second week, shortly after I quit the liquid diet, my stomach started acting up. It would get hard as a rock, bloated, and big and hard as a bowling ball. I went to my doctor who sent me to have tests. No one could figure out what was wrong. Test after test and still no one knew anything. Until one day I switched doctors and the new one had me take a test for H Pylori. Sure enough it was positive. That’s what was bothering my stomach.
So, by March 30th, I was taking antibiotics for it. Also I had just gotten done having surgery that day too, for an umbilical hernia. So, getting home from the hospital I was supposed to start the antibiotics. I did, and I started throwing up bad. I couldn’t handle throwing up because I had stomach surgery so I quit taking them. I did take them, but not till after I was healed from surgery.
And then by September I had a second hernia just above the area where I had the first one. So I went in for tests for that, and for retesting for the H Pylori. I found out that yes I did have to have another surgery again, and even more antibiotics for the H Pylori infection. So I had the surgery and I took a different set of antibiotics. The surgery went well. I wouldn’t know about the H Pylori until later.
We also left the “christian church system” during this year. We never wanted to go back. We saw that there was so much wrong in them. So much paganism in them. We knew though that we had to get closer to God. And we were gonna try.