Week 4

Week four has been a bit of a disaster. A stomach bug has gone through the whole house and we’ve all been miserable. Cooking has been about as appealing as a root canal, and eating high-protein meals with any regularity has been impossible. I’ve been eating mainly veg and fruit with a little dairy, and admit that I’ve broken into the soda crackers. Yesterday was the first day that I made a real effort at paleo protein-eating again. It left me feeling pretty dreadful, but no more dreadful than any other day this week. My suspected “food intolerance” seems to include even water this week. I’m hoping to beat this bug, and that next week will be better. I do find I am able to concentrate on my thesis-writing much better on the days I eat a lot of protein, and am less drowsy.

On another note, I’ve decided to name my swelling abdomen. My sister told me I should “name my baby” so I’m calling it Prudence, in the hope that it will start to show some prudence and sensibility in its behaviour. I’ve also started to measure my abdomen every morning and evening, to track the differences. At the same time, I’m jotting down daily pain levels and a super-quick list what I ate during the day. I’m hoping this little bit of monitoring will reveal a pattern of some sort that will allow me to change anything that results in greater swelling. If not, well, I’ll just have a really bizarre journal for posterity, and can laugh when I think about the looks on my descendants’ faces when they find it some future day!

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