For those who don’t know me well, or aren’t in my life anywhere but this blog… I LOVE food. I have trouble gaining weight, so this isn’t usually a problem. I don’t overeat (usually) but it is one of my joys in life, and although I’m not huge on cooking, I do like to try different things.. I’m (generally) not a picky eater. Or… I wasn’t a picky eater until I had to become one. I have multiple issues that *should* change the way I eat, but they never have. For example, I’m severely lactose intolerant… like to the point that the lactaid pills you take each time you have dairy don’t help unless I take at least double the dose they say to. I no longer take those. I now take probiotics that are formulated specifically for lactose intolerance. And I have to take two of those every day to be able to eat dairy, even though most people can cut it down to one a day after the first few daily doses. If I miss days and have to start all over taking them I have some issues the first day or two when I have dairy again (though not as severe as without them). Also I have other health issues that have diets to follow to help reduce some of the pain. I do stick with certain parts of them, such as I don’t generally eat citrusy or acidic foods (this is VERY tough since I love sour and citrus foods!), but there is a very obvious difference in how I feel when I splurge. Once in awhile I can splurge (with the proper medication taken at the same time that neutralizes a portion of the acid) and be okay, but those foods will not be a part of my normal diet again unless they come up with better treatments or a cure. There is a med I can take for my bladder, which makes it so that I am more able to tolerate foods and such, it helps build the lining back up, so things don’t get to the tender part of my bladder under that lining as much and I don’t have as much pain… but uninsured it’s $400 a month (last time I checked, I’ve recently heard more expensive quotes from other friends) so it’s not in the books right now since although I’m insured now I have to wait on pre existing clauses…
Anyway, onto the main point of this post. I’ve been very nervous trying to decide how to handle Thanksgiving with my inlaws. They know how much I love to eat, and I’ve spent a few holidays with them now, so they know how I am about stuffing myself at holiday meals. This year however, I’m having to eat very differently than I have so far, and a big thing is not eating protein, so I was trying to figure out how to do this without insulting them or having to tell awkward answers at the dinner table if asked what was happening. My digestion issues really aren’t dinner table conversation lol. All of us except my father in law have had some type of job in the medical field at one point or another, so 5 of the 6 of us don’t care… but he really does lol. So I was trying to figure out if I fill them in about my medical stuff ahead of time (my MIL is a nurse, so I figured if I called and filled anyone in it would be her) or if I just say ahead of time that my diet is limited right now or what. I asked E the other day, because it was a really big concern on my mind. He suggested we bring left overs home so I can enjoy some of the foods that I won’t touch while we’re there (I’m not wanting to make myself ill here or there, but I’d rather have the pain happen here, and I can’t pass up some turkey completely…), and if they ask just say a general “my health is getting a lot worse, so I’m having to eat a very limited diet right now” type of thing, and I can mention the likelihood of pancreatitis because my MIL will understand, and she can explain later if anyone else has questions…. They do know I’m applying for disability and all, so they are aware I’m not doing well, and after my last appt I told my MIL it was likely something with my pancreas, so hopefully that will keep it from getting too awkward. However, my in laws don’t have the greatest memories for reasons I’m not going into here, so I’m not sure if she remembers about the pancreas stuff or not. I would have worried about all of this anyway, but things are somewhat tense between me and my MIL, or were last time we spoke, so I really don’t want to make the situation worse. So that’s how we’re handling that. And the same will likely be done for Christmas, though I’m hoping that maybe they’ll think to ask if there are any certain foods to include in the meal for that get together. I’m not too worried either way, there’s usually enough variety that I’ll find enough food to fill myself… so it’ll all work out on that end. 🙂 Another way I may handle it, if I’m still not past this flare, is to just take the Ensure with me that I’ll be switching my entire diet to later tonight and tell them we’ll take left overs home for me to eat when I’m back on solid food again. Either way, it’s covered. 🙂

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