The past few months have been extremely rocky with Crohn’s Disease. Dealing with the stress of a new position at work and the death of a friend all while maybe not eating the best caused my Crohn’s to flare in all the worst possible ways. I’m sure everyone handles coming out of a flare differently, culinarily wise that is. I’ve noticed that when I come out of a flare I attach myself to one food that I know for a fact won’t bother my stomach. Thinking back I don’t think the foods that I cling on to are ever the same. After my initial diagnosis I ate tuna and tilapia daily and gradually added other foods in. The past three weeks it has been pancakes… IHOP pancakes to be more specific. I’m thankful to have at least one friend who has been more than understanding with this, even though each time we pull into IHOP she goes on a short diatribe about how this is the most she’s been to IHOP in the last three years combined.
During a flare I don’t eat. At all. I know that is not recommended, however I’m like a child with a hot stove. ‘You don’t have to burn me but once’ is the mentality I have with most pain. During this last flare there wasn’t a moment when I was not in level 8-10 pain. I know that anything other than liquid going into my body would elevate that pain, therefore I choose not to eat. Naturally, when I do start to eat again its very little and very specific things. As of this moment the foods I am eating are pancakes, chicken breast and eggs…. oh and bacon. Do any of yall with Crohn’s or Ulcerative Colitis(or any other similar disease) go through the same thing after a flare? What are the first few weeks coming out of a flare like for yall? Until next time take care!


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.