An explanation…

So if you have been following my blog for a while you might have noticed that I have not quite been present on this site for a little while.  I have managed to get some posts up but things have been a little different…

For the last 8 months or so I have been trying to find out what is going on with my digestive system.  I have been sick and a little out of it.  After a plethora of tests last week it was finally confirmed that I had SIBO (a bacterial overgrowth in my digestive system).  I will save you all the gory details but it has meant that my body has not been digesting food properly for a long long time… and has caused memory, balance and cognitive issues along with the digestive stuff.

So for the next 3-4 weeks this is my daily routine…

ah the pills

…with all the joys of side effects.  My hope is that the side effects will lessen as my body becomes used to the drugs but for now I have to admit defeat.  I am sick and loopy and not able, despite my best efforts, to quilt or sew.

So if you will excuse me for the next couple of weeks, I will get some of my Hodge Podge blocks up in the coming weeks but it will be an erratic process.  I have the best intentions but often my body does not let me do what I need to do.

Once I am out of the hazy I can promise you I will play catch up… I have some great quilt top finished, including my Lizzy House butterfly and my Atlantic Sea quilt and some exciting ideas for new quilts.  I promise to share it all, soon.

102 thoughts on “An explanation…

  1. So sorry to hear you have been feeling so unwell for such a long time. Hopefully now that you know what it it you will be on the mend soon. Look after yourself!

  2. Hi Cath! I’m sorry to hear you don’t feel well. I hope that all the medicin helps and soon you will be fine with lot of energy and happiness! x Teje

  3. Be well, friend. Your health comes first. We will all be here when you return, eager as always to see what inspiring things you have to share. Sending healing thoughts that the road to recovery is smooth and as wonk-free as possible

  4. I’m sorry to pry, but I have to ask this–How did you find you have this. I have to go for a test which is I have to eat a hard boiled egg with something injected into the egg, then go back hrs later yo see how I digested it. My abdomen is very swallon, But just curious to hear more of yours.
    Thanks Kathy

    • Kathy I did a pile of different tests because they thought it was gall bladder. In the end I did a SIBO test which involved a very limited diet for a couple of days and then a breath test – that is I spent 3 hours blowing into a special test tubes. They found bacteria in my breath that should not have been there. It is pretty new science but I would suggest checking out the SIBO symptoms and see if they fit what is happening to you.

    • I just joined your site during the week.But when I was reading why you’ve been absent it made me start to wonder–I am also being tested for Ceiliakes(bad speling). I’ve lost 42 pds & abdomen is very bloated. Plus my stomach makes all kinds of noises. At first they were checking me for cancer–lucky it wasn’t I complained about pain for yrs & I finally someone who’s checking everything. Plus she is not a dr but nurse practitioner.

      • Good luck with it all. It is quite a journey, I gather, to get answers with GI issues if it is not straight forward gall bladder or something they can find scoping.

  5. Fully understand your health issues as I have had similar problems but it is my Pituitary Gland causing mine. Hope to have it sorted very soon. I can still stitch but only easy stuff that requires little effort or thought! Hope you feel better soon.

  6. Nothing matters much when you don’t feel well. All of this will be here when you get yourself back to Par. =) The human body is an incredible amazing machine which has the ability to right itself when needed. Sit back and take a breath…see you soon.

  7. best thoughts for a quick recovery. You have been an inspiration to so many and I’m sure we all are sending god vibes your way.

  8. Sending you thoughts for good healing and good health. Hope you sooth yourself daily – think of it as an “alternative” adjunct to western medicine. You know: naps, good smells, whatever comforts. Hugs, Neame

  9. Your sewing work is always a pleasure, however long it is between peeks into your world. Sending you loads of love and comfort, Cath, and hoping you feel only support from your fans.


  10. We can wait for your gut to calm down. May I suggest a friend’s website who has dealt with her own gut issues? Mira is holistic nutrionalist who works with people to re-do their pantries to support better health. Looking forward to your next blocks!

  11. Thinking of you and wishing you all the best. It’s so difficult when the diagnostic procedures take so long. I hope that now that they know, they can help you get back to yourself without too much more loss of time, energy, and direction. I’m sure there are many of us waiting your return WHEN you’re up to it. We’ll be here. 🙂

  12. You are so very generous with your tutorials and I thoroughly appreciate the time and work that goes into them. I wish the very best of health to you over the next few weeks and hope you return to your blog feeling rejuvenated.

  13. Sending prayers and good wishes for your speedy recovery. I will miss seeing your beautiful work, but would rather you take as long as you need to get yourself well again. Looking forward to hearing from you when you feel good again. Big hugs!

  14. I’m glad that an answer was found for your symptoms. Some years ago, I went through a year of being poked and prodded and sent to more types of specialists than I can even remember now before I figured it out. In the meantime, I was walking around with my “broken brain” (my description for my symptoms) and trying to live as normally as I could (which really wasn’t normal at all). Take good care of yourself. You’re going to feel so much better soon.

  15. OK. So I looked at your photo and thought “what, her life is becoming push down and turn” before realising that these were the medicine bottles. Duh.

    Then I read that you are loopy and that made me laugh. Although I can guarantee that you don’t feel like laughing so much at the moment.

    But I’m sorry to hear you are not well. Hope you are feeling better soon. xxxxx

  16. Sorry to hear about this Cath! I know how it feels, I was diagnosed with SIBO a few years back and did a few rounds of heavy antibiotics… but I still have it. I have done a lot of research on this and have some good books/diet plans that can really help. We need to make plans to connect sometime soon 😉

  17. I’m so sorry to hear that this has happened to you! I’ve had a chronic migraine problem since March and many of the treatments I’ve tried have had nasty side effects including h pylori bacterial imbalance in my stomach and a C diff infection of the colon. Tomorrow after a full hysterectomy (my latest attempt to halt the migraines) I nervously start my ninth week of antibiotics for the year. So I totally understand the sporadic blogging and I patiently and eagerly await your improved health and continued blogging.

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