December 29, 2008 at 8:41 pm #24811gavinModerator
Good luck with your MRI scan on the 30th, I will be keeping my fingers crossed for you! It’s good to hear that you look good and eyes, colour etc are normal.
I hope you and Hans enjoy the new year’s fireworks and celebrations and I wish you both all the very best for 2009.
GavinDecember 29, 2008 at 7:29 pm #24810glightfootMember
I’m glad that you’ve had some days without vomiting. Hope is in the air! Sounds like lots of fun at New years.
GDecember 27, 2008 at 7:28 pm #24809lisaMember
Kris, I’m glad you made it back safely to Sweden. Hope the scan brings good news and that you are able to eat normally again soon.
Have fun on New Year’s Eve – I’ll be thinking about you when I see the fireworks here.
LisaDecember 27, 2008 at 4:39 pm #24808devoncatMember
I am back in Sweden and have managed to avoid the fish! I had bloodwork done and things are in the normal range. I had settled my stomach enough not to vomit for about 5 days when the doctor prescribed me a new antacid. Two days later, I was sick again. I am really hoping this is just a drawn out case of not having the right balance of acid and bacteria in my stomach to digest food. So I have stopped the antacid and am “eating” only soup, and yogurt. I was debating would it be a pleasure or torture to chew food and then spit it out so I would play with texture and taste for a minute.
I will have an MRI Dec 30th. Then the wait begins again as my doctor is on vacation so who knows when I will get the results. The good news is that I “look” good. My color is fine, my eyes are normal and no tale tale signs of anything wrong. So I will hang onto that.
Hope everyone is having a great holiday and has big plans for New Year. Sweden does BIG fireworks and people spend hundreds and thousands of dollars on family fireworks so the sky is painted in all different colors for about a half hour around midnight. I plan on enjoying it with Hans and I might even indulge in a pink champagne toast if I am feeling bold. Take care everyone.
KrisDecember 19, 2008 at 12:14 pm #24807kristinMember
I think you made the right decision, and I know you’ll get better care back in Sweden (why deal with the messed-up US health care “system” if you can avoid it!)
Rotten fish?! I though only the Norwegians were crazy enough to eat lutefisk! (I’m an honorary Norwegian… My name is Kristin Johannsen, even though I’m 100% German.)
Please keep us posted. Hundreds of us here are all rooting for you and hoping this is all resolved quickly.
Wishing you happy and peaceful holidays!
KristinDecember 19, 2008 at 6:35 am #24806tiapattyMember
You are hilarious, only you could find the silver lining in stomach problems, I can just hear you saying, “No, thanks, I’m afraid if I ate that fish it wouldn’t be the end of it!”
Take care of yourself,
PattyDecember 19, 2008 at 6:30 am #24805jeanMember
I’m very glad you’re going back home and getting this evaluated. And most importantly getting it fixed ASAP! It sounds as if you’ve had such a miserable time. I’m sure Hans will be very glad to have you there.
A perfect excuse for not eating strange fish dishes…however, I’m personally pretty fond of pickled herring!
Wishing you a quick recovery Kris.
JeanDecember 18, 2008 at 1:37 am #24804jmoneypennyMember
I’m sure Hans is so thrilled to have you back – I hope you have a good Christmas with him, and the doctors get you some relief soon!
It’s a good idea to avoid those Scandinavian fish things – I grew up in a Norwegian neighborhood and my best friends are Norwegians, and the fiskebolles and dried cod they eat is HORRIBLE! So at least you have a great excuse to avoid that!
Try to have a merry holiday – our fingers are crossed for you!
-Joyce MDecember 18, 2008 at 12:23 am #24803carol58Member
Kris, that’s a good plan and I’m glad you’ll be back with Hans and your doctor. Merry Christmas! Love you.
CarolDecember 17, 2008 at 9:36 pm #24802glightfootMember
I glad to hear that you’ll be getting some help with your Swedish doctor (pounce). I hope that your digestion will be working better for you, I know how hard that can be to control. No weird fish dishes!
GDecember 17, 2008 at 2:13 pm #24801darlaParticipant
Sorry you have to miss Christmas with your family, but I think you made a good decision. Your health comes first and you also don’t need the stress of worrying how to pay for it! I am hoping that everything will turn out OK for you once you get back to Sweden. Let us know how you are doing when you can.
Love & Hugs,
DarlaDecember 17, 2008 at 1:35 pm #24800devoncatMember
Thanks everyone. Sorry I have not been around to catch up. Since it is now 2 weeks since i have been able to eat and I have dropped 16 pounds now, we made a family decision to get me back to sweden and my doctors there. I will leave today and get back to my house the next morning. I will have a gp appointment on Friday to try to work out things enough that I will then sit on the toilet instead of hug it. My head doctor is away for two weeks, but is secretary informed us he is sneaking in on Monday so we will be there to pounce!
I am bummed on many levels. I havent had Christmas with my family in 4 years and it is so close, but I have to put my health first and figure out what is going on. Hopefully it is just my stomach is still not happy from the prilosec, but I need to kow for sure and I cannot afford to pay for it here. So
I am heading back to Sweden during the darkest and coldest part of the year and leaving behind 60 degree weather. The good news is I will be back with Hans and since my stomach is so upset there will be no forced eating of the various and wonderfully weird traditional Swedish Christmas fish dishes (it comes all ways…dried, pickled, rotten, dried and then soaked in water). Hallelujah. Free at last. God Almighty I am free at last. No weird fish! I have the perfect excuse.
So off to do my last minute Christmas shopping and packing. Thanks again everyone for your advice and support.
KrisDecember 16, 2008 at 2:16 am #24799rankMember
Magnesium citrate did the trick for my dad too. He suffered quite a bit with bloating and indigestion and burping, no vomiting. I believe you can get it OTCDecember 11, 2008 at 7:35 pm #24798maryanne80Member
Prayers for you Kris,
Hope you get some answers that are helpful. god Bless. Mary AnneDecember 11, 2008 at 12:52 pm #24797kristinMember
Any sane human being would be worried and scared!! So please don’t be hard on yourself and think you “should” feel different– the way you feel, is the way you feel. You are incredibly BRAVE– brave doesn’t mean not being scared, it means moving ahead anyway!
Where would you be more comfortable and have more people to help you– in Sweden or in NC?
Just remember that all of us, all around the world, are showering you with warmth and prayers.
A hug from
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