Six months ago I was trekking through the jungles of Kokoda. I had a fantastic time but returned home with a little more than amazing memories, I also returned with a smaller body than I began the trek courtesy of 96 km of mountainous jungle climbing and a tummy bug.
In the six months since returning, I still have no appetite, have excessive thirst, have had random episodes of dodgy belly and a desire (need?) to exercise. As you can imagine, I have continued to lose weight. I don’t own scales and the last time I turned on the wii fit it reminded me that I hadn’t exercised for 200 or more days so I don’t actually remember what it said about my weight change. Instead, I rely on using the scales at mum and dad’s house whenever I visit. (Last visit I weighed in at 65.5kg down from 79.8kg before I went on the trek.)
So despite feeling energetic and pretty good something just isn’t quiet right with my body these days. I know it is crazy going to a doctor to say “Hey I feel great and I am losing bucket loads of weight, what is wrong with me?” but I did. So over the past few months my doctor had sent me for a barrage of tests but I haven’t really learnt much. I do know that (after 3 lots of inconclusive testing) I don’t have diabetes . I know that my kidney and liver function is normal. I know that my vitamin D levels are low but that is normal for me despite spending heaps of time outdoors. I also know that I have recently had atypical pneumonia, it sounds much worse than it is, I didn’t even know that I had it! Other than that, I have no idea what is happening in my body so it is time to call in the experts.
Today I had a consultation with a gastroenterologist to try and work out what to do next. I need to find out what is happening so that I can prepare for my next trek (all going well) in July! The gastroenterologist is scheduling me for another barrage of tests in the coming months as well as giving me a monster dose of parasite killer as the current thinking is that with my random symptons/issues is more likely to be host to some tropical parasite in my gut. Tomorrow I take the drugs and then wait. I really don’t want to be the breeding ground for a parasite but I do like the new me, the one who is fit, healthy and energetic.