A few months ago I started a dairy free diet (no milk, milk products, or milk proteins). It hasn't helped my energy level at all, but it has seemed to help my gastroparesis. My stomach is partially paralyzed, and the milk proteins are hard for me to digest. Now that I no longer consume any form of dairy I have found that I am able to drink more fluids and stay better hydrated with oral intake.
The saline infusions do still help a little bit, but at this point I don't want to continue to stress my veins if I don't absolutely have to do so. The veins in my hands are starting to give out, and it isn't likely that I would be able to continue peripheral IVs for much longer. If I continue with IV saline treatment on a tri-weekly basis it will only be a matter of time before my veins give out and I need a permanent line (a picc line or a port). It is likely that the day will come when I can no longer go without a permanent line, but I want to delay that as much as possible. There are risks that come with permanent lines that I just don't want to take yet, so I am opting out of regular IV fluids at this time. I don't know how long I will last without them. Maybe 3 years, or maybe just a few months. Whatever it is, I'll take it.
This is a picture of Adelaide and me right before we moved away from Kentucky. Adelaide called my IV an "I." She liked my IV and would often ask for one of her own. so I would tape some gauze on her hand. She was excited to have an IV just like Mommy.
Adelaide and Me with Our IVs
We are going to be moving into our apartment in Atlanta this weekend. I won't be blogging for at least a week as we get settled in, but I'll be back as soon as we have internet again and my energy allows.