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I’ve had rather the chequered health history. Every time I feel like I’m getting better, another challenge pops up to keep me on my toes. Or, rather, knock me flat on my back.
When my baby was six months old, I got a little scratch in my eye. You know, mama’s eyes and baby’s fingernails. It’s a match made in a visit to the doctor. Three days and three lots of antibiotics later, I found myself sitting in the ER for 12 hours with a baby, trying to get admitted so I could have the required IV antibiotics.
My scratched eye was a rather serious case of cellulitis. I later found just how serious it could have been when I overheard my doctor telling a nurse that it was very close to draining into my brain, which could have lead to a stroke.
I even had to give up breastfeeding due to the medication, which was heartbreaking for this mama.
Two years or so later, I was constantly at the doctors with ongoing illness and joint pain. I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder, Undifferentiated Connective Tissue Disease. It’s related to lupus, scleroderma and rheumatoid arthritis. Possibly brought on by the cellulitis infection; no one is really sure.
I had to put my toddler into daycare so I could schedule one day a week where I could sleep all day, to enable me to cope with the rest of the week. I was constantly sick with sinus infections, and every cough and cold turned into bronchitis. I took so many antibiotics I swear I must have rattled. I had the inflammation levels of an old lady but I was only 32. A young mother with a crazy kid!
The constant infections led to sinus surgery. I was treated by a rheumatologist, tried various medications, developed chronic oedema, had ongoing hormonal issues, and sought help from a scientific naturopathic dietician.
One of the things my dietician recommended was eating a low inflammation diet, which I have followed on and off (mostly on but a girl needs to treat herself occasionally). The other thing she recommended which has stuck with me was taking probiotics.
To add to the fun, I was also diagnosed with PMDD – it’s like PMS on crack. I experienced a week of depression every month and mood swings like a tornado. I had to start a course of antidepressants to treat Hell Week, but it left me terribly flat during the rest of the month. I developed an anxiety disorder, and my psychologist helped me understand that the asthma attacks I was having every morning on the way to work, where I was experiencing workplace bullying, were actually panic attacks. Who knew?!
Just before my 40th birthday, I went into remission from my autoimmune disorder. My inflammation levels didn’t even show up on the blood test. I bought myself a fancy leather handbag to celebrate. And a bottle of Champagne!
But I just never really felt better. I wasn’t getting ill as frequently, but something just wasn’t right. I started having bathroom issues and Really Bad Periods. Really, really Bad Periods. Fast forward two years and I was in constant pain with mobility issues. Did I mention the Really Bad Periods? I was trapped inside my house for three or four days every month, and crippled with pain.
I was diagnosed with Stage 4 endometriosis, adenomyosis and ovarian cysts. My endometriosis was deep infiltrating. It sounds like an undercover spy but isn’t half as exciting. It meant that the endometriosis had grown through my organs and that they were adhered to each other.
I had a hysterectomy last year, and felt absolutely amazing! Bathroom issues gone. Hell Week a thing of the past. I weaned myself off my antidepressants now that I no longer had PMDD. I had a Designer Vagina (much preferable to vault, the medical term for a vagina without a cervix). I lost quite a bit of weight. I was even able to exercise again for the first time in a few years.
And … then I started feeling crook again. My anxiety returned. I was constantly lethargic. I had mood swings. Pain decided to hang out with me again. Bathroom issues came back. I went for some blood tests and discovered I was very low in iron. Thank goodness it wasn’t menopause!
I also remembered that I was supposed to book in for a colonoscopy polypectomy, so 9 months later, I did. Luckily, the precancerous polyps discovered in my endometriosis surgery hadn’t grown. They also discovered a hiatal hernia, where my diaphragm had broken (probably due to the whooping cough I picked up last year). Hello constant acid reflux! It’s being treated by medication, and a very strict diet.
I spoke to my bowel surgeon about how sore and tired I was after the day surgery procedure. He expressed surprise because that’s not normal. Always fun words to hear from your doctor, right? We had a chat about possible causes, bless him.
My blood results came back, confirming my autoimmune disorder had returned. Talk about a full circle!
Now I’m waiting for an appointment with my specialist to work out a plan of attack.
Over the years, I’ve been super lucky in the midst of all that health drama llama. I’m a silver lining girl and that has really helped me.
I’ve got an amazing son with incredible empathy and EQ. My husband is my best friend and has supported me through the various challenges. I cannot express how important his love and help has been.
I created my own dream job as a blogger and personal stylist so I’ve been able to work from home, and dial it back when I needed some time off.
I’ve followed the advice of the dietician I first saw more than a decade ago, and whenever my health takes a turn for the worse, I reach for my anti-inflammation diet and my probiotics.
They’ve saved me from countless upset tummies and thrush infections from all the antibiotics I’ve had to take. When I started to feel better over the years, they helped to support my immune system during the recovery phase.
Thanks to Kids Business Communications, I was introduced to Life-Space Probiotics. I was at once interested to discover more, because they’ve been a constant in my life, yet also a little disinterested because I thought I knew everything about probiotics. Think again, Kimba! Think again.
- Life-Space Probiotics contain living micro-organisms that are beneficial for gut health
- Scientists are still making discoveries about microbiome and how they can affect our health for the better
- Life-Space guarantees the quality of every Life-Space product
- Life-Space Probiotics are formulated using the most up to date clinical research
- Probiotics are helpful for ongoing gut health but during certain times in your life – like illness, pregnancy, child developmental stages – they provide much needed support for the body
- Life-Space Probiotics are made in Australia and trusted by Australians
- Life-Space Probiotics are available in vege-capsules for adults and powder for infants, and for kids. Plus a pregnancy formulation for that most important life stage.
- Probiotics aren’t just beneficial whilst you’re taking antibiotics – they help to promote healthy digestion
- Most excitingly, Life-Space Probiotics don’t need to be kept in the fridge so you can travel with them! Amazeballs!
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Throughout my health drama llama issues, probiotics have been a constant help. I only wish I’d discovered Life-Space Probiotics sooner!