Even though my smoothies helped to keep me on pace, I still felt like my body was completely out of whack. I was having dizzy spells, blurred vision, nausea, & stomach cramping. All signs that I was malnourished and dehydrated.
Usually when this occurs, I wait until I have completely tanked into a horrible flair before going for an IV. This typically leads to the nurses having a difficult time finding my veins and usually 4-5 attempts to get the IV in. (Needless to say, a fun afternoon in the park.)
This time, I decided I would attempt to be smart and get my IV when the symptoms of a flair were starting. I went to my local MedExpress where I have become somewhat of a legend. They joke that they are going to dedicate the IV room to me and put my name on the door. I remember a time, not that many years ago when it was always a terrible fight at an ER to try to get an IV. It shows huge progress for the Gastroparesis community to have the staff at MedExpress view the IV as a routine part of my life and to fully understand Gastroparesis.
Below is a photo of how I received my “dinner” last night. I wanted to use a photo of my actual arm, to show everyone that this is a reality for anyone fighting Gastroparesis.
This IV was the first part of my post-travel “tune up”. Today, I am going for a digestive massage in order to continue to have my body get back to “normal”.
Hey, you tune up a car after adding 30,000 miles so why not tune up my Gastroparesis Fighting Body!