I have been struggling with various health issues during the last few weeks. Wouldn't you know it, just when I was starting to feel better from my pneumonia/influenza; I started to have trouble with my bowels. I would get sudden take-your-breath-away, bend-you-over, pain. It’s been going on for about a week now. I instinctively have been eating only very lightly because of this problem, and I hadn't been eating that much before with my pneumonia either. I've lost 10-15 pounds during the last month -- the hard way. (Don't worry, I've still got plenty of padding to spare!)
Today, I finally went to the Doc, about this problem. (I'm seeing him way too often lately). I was diagnosed with Colitis, or inflammation of the Colon. Its nasty stuff really. The Doc proffered the theory that the antibiotics I took for the pneumonia (shot in the hiney, plus a 10-day course) had the side effect of killing the good bacteria in my GI tract, which were then replaced by bad bacteria, which are giving me trouble now.
Now I am on a clear liquid diet for the next three days. The Doc also recommend that I take an acidophilus supplement (actually the supplement has a combination of about 8 different friendly bacteria) which should help my system return to normal operations and defeat the evil, bad bacteria.
Well, I just had my dinner -- a nice tall glass of cranberry-pomegranate juice, diluted with a little water, and topped off with some ice chips. Mmm Mmm Good! Tomorrow, I think I'll have a cup of Red Zinger herbal tea for breakfast!