It might not smell like roses!
Hi, Everyone! First of all, I wanted to thank you all for the sweet comments about my doctor’s appointment yesterday. You have no idea how much it means to me that you all would take the time to send me messages of good thoughts and prayers! My appointment went great! Everything is good, and I even got my blood work back, and all is well there. There is a cancer antigen test that they look at, and that looked great! Praise the Lord!!! I am having an ultrasound this morning to rule out gallstones. I am sure it is nothing (trapped gas is my guess!), but my doc wants to have it done. I had some pain right where the gallbladder was last week, a pain that I’ve never felt before, so we shall see. So, speaking about that…
I am talking about something different today. It’s not about fashion at all (although it might affect the way your pants or dress fits). It’s a real problem that I and many other women have. It’s IBS and constipation. Now, if this doesn’t affect you or you don’t want to hear about poop, then I would say to move along, and I will catch you on Friday with “Chic at Every Age.”
I have been battling this problem forever. My dad used to say that I needed dynamite to blow that S**T out! I remember going to Oxford, England for six weeks of summer school with SMU and only going to the bathroom about three times the whole time. This is the way my body has always reacted. My body does not get up, smell the coffee and have to go! I have tried everything from smoking cigarettes with coffee and chocolate, laxatives, teas, magnesium, whatever…I have tried it. I have a few friends that suffer from this as well, and it’s always, “have you tried…fill in the blank? I will tell you, that if you have this problem, it is life controlling! Most of the time I look like I am four months pregnant with a poop baby! It is so uncomfortable!
I have been using two products recently that have helped me immensely. The first one is the Squatty Potty (yes, it was on Shark Tank). I first saw the video for this product and didn’t think anything about it, other than it was hysterical and I have watched it about twenty times! The Squatty Potty is all about having your body in a squatting position. There have been studies on Iranian and European bowel habits, and the Iranian style of using an unraised, ground level bowl helped bowel evacuation (that sounds so gross!) better than a toilet type bowl. I had tried putting my feet up on a basket from time to time, but to no avail. For some reason, I decided to order it this past Christmas and got the Ecco style. I started using it, and not that I am cured, but it does help. My oldest son got one at a White Elephant Christmas party and swears it has changed his life. I love it so much, that I am getting ready to order the Ghost Style and the travel style. Once your body gets used to this, it’s hard to go without.
The second thing that has helped with this issue, is MCT oil. This oil has become popular of late from the “Bullet Proof” coffee drink. If you are not familiar, you add grass fed butter and MCT oil to your coffee and blend it. Supposedly, this concoction is supposed to make you sharp as a tack. I have been adding a teaspoon of the oil to my coffee without the butter every morning. There is something about consuming the oil that I think makes things a little more slippery (if you know what I mean). I am not saying that these two things are a cure-all, but they have definitely helped me, and if you are at this point like me, why not try them?
I am not in any way being paid to tell you about these products. I have found that they work for me, and wanted to share them with you. If you or someone you know suffers from IBS or constipation, then you know it really can be debilitating. I hope these things work for you…or you could try dynamite! Let me know if you have success.
Okay…one small fashion note…SHOPBOP is having a huge sale for three days. This is a great time to stock up on white jeans and basics! Take advantage while you can.
Thank you for reading today’s “real life problem” blog post. None of us are perfect and we all suffer from something. I have a list of them! Have a great day! xx