At the end of July, we were visiting my in-laws in the Black Hills. To make a really long story short, my appendix ruptured the day we were going to come home.
I had surgery that afternoon and was told I would be in the hospital about 3 days.
Well, it was a little more than 3. The poison from my appendix aggravated my intestines and they decided to stop working. So I had to wait, and wait, and wait for my intestines to wake up and work again. Which ended up being 8 days!
It was a miserable experience I don’t wish upon anyone. Luckily my doctor and (most of the) nurses were awesome.
Just for fun, here’s a picture of me in the hospital, with my awful NG tube:
Because my intestines were in a fragile state, my doctor recommended I be on a gluten free diet. He actually believes in a grain free diet. I’m not ready to jump into that yet, but I can do the gluten free thing.
When I left the hospital, I figured I’d go GF for a few weeks until I was feeling better.
Well, it’s now 2 months later and I’m still GF. Not because I don’t feel better. It’s because I do!
When I was pregnant, I didn’t have to stay on my migraine diet. I got used to eating EVERYTHING without any consequences. After having Cecilia, it was hard to go back on the diet. So I decided, rather than cutting out all the triggers, I would just avoid monosodium glutamate (MSG).
So far, not eating MSG or gluten has been a perfect combination. After having Norah, my first migraine came 4 weeks postpartum. According to my neurologist, that was right on time. (There’s a whole science behind it that would take too long to explain here.)
However, with Cecilia, I have yet to have a migraine! It’s like a magical combination for me! It makes eating out and having other people cook for me a little tricky, but I find ways to make it work.
I actually ate MSG the other day – I blame Shane for not reading the label in the store 😉 I did feel a little funky afterward, but never got a migraine, thankfully!
Have you found a magical combination of triggers to keep your migraines at bay? Have you ever tried to avoid eating MSG?