quick update on me... I am still studying to be a dietitian, and my knowledge from here and years of fighting IBS has been a help in some parts of my studies.. 1 year to go... 1 case study and finals to go this semester. I'll probably be on the boards a bit more this summer...
I did learn a few things this year- having to dress professionally and knowing that I couldn't use IBS as an excuse for anything related to missing practicum led to some learning experiences... and some more reliance than usual on meds and diet to control this.. normally diet alone is enough, but add in school stress and i am back to using hyocyamine, gas x and immodium as needed.. though acacia gum powder still is the best thing.. and good herbal teas I mix to my needs: peppermint, lavender, fennel and elderflower are the big 4 medicinally for me still...
on the other hand there is bloat and attire... and boy did my being able to sew come in handy there.. with the help of a friend I replicated my best IBS friendly dress several times last summer and came up with a way to make adjustable waisted skirts and now have 5 of them (2 from the summer, 3 over winter break)... they are wonderful and I get compliments on them all the time at the various facilities and at my paying job. not sure what I'm going to do $$ wise, but I can't do another full time semester full time school plus SP again... so DH agreed I could look for a part time job this summer when I don't have classes.. hopefully despite Michigans awful economy, I'll find something!
Between IBS, Meniere's disease and severe Migraines, I tried to get medical leave, but that didn't work out, not even intermittent FMLA... so I could just stay put.. and though I found someone willing they won't let me job share either. its full time or no time.
I miss all my friends from here, but I barely have time for anything non school related and shouldn't even have taken this break today. I'll be back once Finals are over a week from Weds.
Dietetics Student (anticipating RD exam in Aug 2010)
IBS - A
Fructose and MSG intollerant