Went back into the woodshop and came out with this little guy. Involved just a wee bit of pine wood, some chop sawing, some chamfering, some sanding, some nail gunning, some wood glueing, and some wood staining.
Thanks to Wood Thumb in San Francisco.
For the past few months, I’ve been struggling with intestinal dysbiosis. It means that there’s an imbalance in your gut flora. I developed this condition from a number of different things – a parasite infection and it’s anti-parasite medicines, food poisoning abroad and antibiotics. I’m not entirely sure which one really did it.
Some days are ok. Many days are miserable. On these days, everything I eat gives me intense abdominal pain, and I can’t focus on work or design or really anything. It stops me from traveling for work, eating out, being comfortable in a variety of social situations.
Most of my energy now has been focused on which foods and probiotics I should be taking to get better. Every day is an experiment. I learned that grapefruit and avocados makes me feel worse but chia-millet bread and eggs are ok. I no longer eat anything containing wheat, milk, onions, and a plethora of other foods. Eating one wrong thing will undo all the right things that I previously ate that day. I get scared when I have to go somewhere that doesn’t have the foods I need.
Quite honestly, I’m scared all the time.
My parents ask me whether my stomach has improved every time I talk to them on the phone. My answer is always “not really.”
I don’t want to give up. If you know anyone who’s gotten better from dybiosis, tell me their story. I need to get better.