Thursday, April 9, 2015

This and That and Updates

The blog has been silent because we're just coming out of the tunnel of a stomach bug that has had me in survival mode for the last few days.  The three big kids all had it for several days, but thankfully while James seemed a bit warm he seems to have missed the brunt of the virus.

I will spare you most of the details but I can say that having one sick child who was standing up get sick above a sick child who was laying on the floor was pretty much the low point of the week.

Today we're settling back into the swing of things.

I'm still waiting to hear back from the neurologist about the last MRI, and on a really positive note I haven't had a migraine since I started the 400 mg a day of magnesium, so I'm cautiously optimistic that it will hopefully at least cut back on the headaches.

And Friday is the ENG test.  After being told the point of the test is to bring on the vertigo and that there's apparently a fair chance it's going to make me sick, it sounds not so fun.  But it will be nice to have it done and out of the way.

Which brings me to the low salt diet.

I kind of hate it.

Except.... Sigh... except that the vertigo has dramatically decreased in the last couple of days.  And I feel kind of great overall.

I kind of have mixed feelings about this, mostly because of my not totally healthy love of all things salty (as evidenced by the fact that I lost 10 lbs in the first 3 days of this diet...).  I would love to be able to eat all the salt I want and feel great too.  Alas.  That looks like it's not to be.

Feeling really good is worth it though.  And I'm sure that as with dairy and sugar and the other elimination diets I've done for allergies, the oh-my-goodness-I-can't-think-of-anything-other-than-salt will subside soon too.

I'm having good luck with various cooking experiments... I just miss salt.  And I'm struggling with the balance of getting enough calories to not have my milk supply tank (which has happened twice now) while not exceeding the salt limit.

It is definitely an exercise in self control.

Now hopefully my brain can begin to wake up from survival mode and I can start to think about other (more blog-worthy) things again!


  1. So I read this and went upstairs to take my first 200mg of magnesium. Discussed it with the Naturopath yesterday and started on my first 200mg last night. I had BPV back in 2009 that seemed to last off and on for months. They never found anything but in future I'll try to low salt if it comes back. They blamed mine on "ear rocks". The Epley type exercises did eventually work. (and I used them for future bouts) But it was positional for me. I did feel off balance during the day although no spinning. It's interesting about the migraines and vertigo. When was 4; (back in the dark ages! LOL) I had a series of vertigo episodes. I was in the Hospital for Sick Children for a week of tests (tests that they did in 1966 like x-ray,ECG and some kind of tilt table thingy) but the doctors never found anything and they went away. Years later; a neurologist said they could have been pediatric migraines. Who knew? Hope things get better for you; no fun trying to be a mom while dealing with all your health stuff!

  2. Yes, the low salt is oh so tough. You basically can't have any salty snacks and you have to watch what meats you buy since some of them like pork use a lot of salt. Then there's all the salad dressings and condiments. It's hard to do with convenience foods. My poor uncle went to the family barbeque and basically just ate ribs, cake, and homemade potato salad (my mom made sure to not add salt). I can only imagine how much more difficult it is for you because you can't do dairy or wheat around the kiddos. Prayers for your struggle.

  3. UGH!!! So sorry about the stomach bug. Hopefully the worst has passed you by. I hate you can't have salt but I'm so glad that removing that from your diet seems to be helping. It seems a little unfair that you guys have so many dietary issues. Figuring out what to cook must take you forever! I hope you can find your balance with it all!


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