Ruminations of the Chronically Ill (1)

Turkey, dressing, macaroni and cheese, cranberry sauce, green beans, yams, pies, cakes and other various items. All of the aforementioned things will be spread out before me in less than 24 hours. Awesome right? Well, all that actually depends on how my stomach is feeling. By the looks of things I should be fine this year, however thats not always the case. All this food talk and preparation has led me to thinking about food in general. I understand the general population isn’t privy to all the ins and outs of Crohn’s Disease and naturally people have questions. Hell, I have it and I’m no expert.  ‘What can you eat?’ ‘Should you eat that?’ have quickly become questions I despise. This question only makes me shudder when it comes repeatedly from people close to me. For example if a close friend, that I’ve already had this conversation with ask if I should be eating a particular food. I know it comes out of love but its still slightly aggravating.  Wait, let me explain. The thing is Crohn’s Disease if very unpredictable. I could eat one dish on Monday and be completely okay, the very same dish could have me on the floor in the fetal postion on Thursday. When I was diagnosed with Crohn’s I was handed a list of foods to stay away from during a flare and on that same list they listed a few “safe” foods. The “safe” foods list is very small and as you continue to live with the disease it changes. During my last flare I only consumed plain mashed potatoes(sans butter), boiled (unseasoned) chicken and applesauce. While I’m not flaring I love a huge salad and slightly spicy foods. I’m from Louisiana, what do you expect? I know my limitations(for the most part) and I don’t like to feel as though anyone is policing my condition. Again, I know its out of love but still. I hope everyone has an amazing Thanksgiving. Until we meet again, take care.

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