I have an appointment with my Gastroenterologist for this next week. Even though I have faithfully taken the Myralax each morning, take Metamucil every day, have been on the Bowel Retraining regimen, using the glycerin suppositories, and I’ve been really careful about what I was eating, I’m still having bowel problems. For lack of a better word for it, I would call it constipation, but it’s more like the colon and rectal muscles just are not working properly. Before I was diagnosed with PD last year, I had a four month bout with diarrhea that was very difficult to stop. The Gastro treated me with the same meds that would be used with colitis and Irritable Bowel Syndrome, so that may be what’s going on now. From what I’ve read, the IBS spasms can cause some really strange symptoms, which fit mine fairly accurately. I won’t gross you out with any details. Let’s just say things are not as they should be.
Other than that, I can report positive improvement with my right knee, which I had twisted again. We took off several days from the track, I have been staying on the computer more and reading more, and generally letting it rest. I did walk 1 quarter mile lap yesterday, and another today. Mostly I’ve been doing the exercises that the Physical Therapist outlined for me. I’m thinking I probably need to get some kind of knee brace to use in situations that might aggravate it, such as the clearing out I was doing of Daddy’s things that set this episode off.
So, I wait for the Gastro appointment, look forward to the Sleep Study next weekend, and baby my knee while it slowly heals. DH, as always, has been super considerate. He keeps me laughing over his foolishness and does so much for me. No one could ask for a more loving and caring helpmete.