Sneaky Creatures

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Monday, July 11, 2016 IN: Fashion Health

Sneaky Creatures
My recent Colonoscopy follow-up appointment with my gastroenterologist (GI) revealed interesting information: I had some sneaky creatures inhabiting my stomach called H.pylori.

Sneaky Creatures

Before my actual Colonoscopy, the bowel preparation was worse that the actual procedure. In fact, I don’t remember the process.  Anyone remember Propofol? I can see why Michael Jackson used that drug to get to sleep. You quickly nap and wake up at a moment’s notice.

Wearing: Kate Spade Spotlight V-Neck A-line Dress,

Wearing: Kate Spade Spotlight V-Neck A-line Dress, Vince Camuto caged heel, J. Crew straw clutch, J. Crew bead tassel earring, J. Crew Factory tassel necklace and Dita sunnies.

The prep medication taste was dreadful. I nearly vomited at every sip I took.

Colonoscopy Prep

Colonoscopy Prep

The GI doc reviewed my Colonoscopy results and reminded me of the pre-cancerous polyps I had removed. I needed the upper endoscopy (EGD) procedure because of acid-related stomach issues plaguing me.

My signs and symptoms made it necessary for the upper endoscopy included occasional abdominal pain with nausea and bloating after most meals.  Other symptoms might include unexplained weight gain, fatigue, and constipation or diarrhea.

The dangers of H.pylori infections lead to many larger health problems.  It’s tied to serious health hazards such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), chronic heartburn, gastritis and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).  It also raises the risk of stomach cancer by a small but significant amount.

Photo showing what H.pylori looks like. Photo credit: Hollywoodhomestead.com

The photo is showing the microscopic view of sneaky creatures, H.pylori. Photo credit: Hollywoodhomestead.com

So what exactly is H.pylori?

Helicobacter pylori, AKA H.pylori, is a type of bacteria which resides in your stomach. It is a bacteria that actively suppresses the production of stomach acid.  H.pylori is found in the mucous lining of the stomach and duodenum but can also adhere to the cells lining the stomach.  It has a rod-like, helix shape which allows it to burrow deep into the lining.

How does one get H. Pylori?

So the mystery remains how did I get H.pylori? I remember when I went to Mexico, I wasn’t supposed to drink their water.  Also, not practicing the best hygiene i.e. not washing one’s hands after going to the bathroom are what comes to my mind with conditions in getting H. pylori.

Estimations that over 60% of the world’s population has H.pylori in their bodies.  Many people get in contact with the bacteria when they are younger, but apparently, it can affect adults too.

It is common knowledge h.pylori, found in people that live in countries that lack clean water and proper sewage systems, but a source of the bacteria is not confirmed yet.

What’s the remedy to eradicate H.pylori?

To eradicate my H.pylori I took a 14-day triple therapy that included two different antibiotics as well as a proton pump inhibitor (PPI).

Natural Remedies are available as well:  Probiotics, Cranberry juice, Manuka Honey and edible herbs like thyme, ginger, tumeric, garlic, and cinnamon as instructed by a Health Counselor/Naturalpath.

 

H. Pylori medications

Sneaky creatures; My 14-day H. Pylori triple therapy medications

Check with your health care provider if you experience ongoing stomach distress to make sure you don’t have those sneaky creatures lurking in your body.

Have a fabulous week!

Siggy

 

  • Love the dress, and shoes, I am sorry for your H.pylori issue. Please be careful with long term PPI use, it can weaken bones! The prep, awful, i know, Feel good!

    xx, Elle

    http://www.theellediaries.com/

    • Elle,
      HI! Thank you about warning about long-term use of PPIs, I know there are known issues especially like what you mentioned. I get re-checked in three-months, hopefully, I wont need the PPI. Thank you for your kind words, I appreciate it.

  • I had a Colonoscopy a few years back and you are right, the day before is just a horror. I was glad when they put me under and I ended up sleeping the whole next day. It was just preventative, so nothing was wrong.

    I love the big polka dots. They are so graphic Are those shoes metallic? The whole look is floats between soft and edgy. It’s just an incredible look.

    I didn’t know that the Kate Spade company made garments. Did you know Kate Spade is from Kansas City. She was here last Spring when she started her new company Francis Valentine.

    • Terri,
      Hi! Great to hear an excellent report with your Colonoscopy a few years back. Thank you for your kind words regarding the Kate Spade dress featured. I was able to snag it during one of her 30% off online sales. Otherwise her items are expensive but they are well-made. It seems Kate Spade New York just recently starting offering a-line dresses which is perfect for my pear-shape silhouette. Yes Terri, the heels are metallic!
      Thanks for the info regarding Kate Spade. I didn’t realize that Kate is from Kansas City! You Kansas City girls have great style. In addition, I had no idea about the launch of her even more expensive Frances Valentine line. I do love quality clothing just not the prices associated with them.

  • HI! would love to see you if you come to NC, let me know your schedule!
    xx Elle
    http://www.theellediaries.com/

    • Elle,
      Hi! I will send you an e-mail via your blog with suggested dates for when we can get together in NYC.