Aches and Pains Along the Path

I’ve found myself feeling nauseated off and on for the last week, maybe a bit longer. I’m not sure what’s going on, but it’s demoralizing. I’ve starting drinking more green tea when I feel it coming on in the hopes it can help. One of the downsides of a program like the one I’m on is that I’m severely limited in the number of options I have for dealing with an upset stomach. Foods that would normally help are almost entirely off-limits. I’ve been taking Tums but that only has a limited effect.

My husband has been suffering from near-constant gout attacks. The poor man has lived with gout for most of his adult life, and let me tell you for the record that all the warnings about what foods to avoid to reduce the number of gout attacks you get is utter BS. It seems not to matter a whit what he eats or doesn’t. I assure he’s eaten NONE of the foods on the “avoid” list in the last 2 months yet he’s still suffering regularly – almost constantly – with some inflamed joint. Gout is an interesting beastie, I’ve discovered. I knew nothing of it prior to meeting my darling husband, but I find now that it’s not like most diseases. It’s not contagious – I can’t catch it from him. It doesn’t respond to changes in diet (as I just mentioned). Drinking lots of water makes no difference to how he suffers. It doesn’t much respond to typical OTC painkillers. Frankly, I’m starting to think that it’s genetic – either you have it or you don’t. And if you don’t you should thank your stars.

We’re more than halfway there. We’re committed to seeing this thing through to the end, despite the inconvenience and pain. It’s hard to argue with the results.

This week I’ve been working at getting more intense exercise than I did last week. So far so good, several runs down now and I packed a gym bag and brought it to work with me today. I have a stretch in the mid-afternoon where I can go get good and sweaty.

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