Come Back Food

4 Nov 2014

Last Thursday I walked to the mailroom to pick up my box of IV nutrition.  When I got there, the box was heavier than normal and my heart sank and my mind started spinning…

Heavier box = more TPN = No more Food

As my head completed this mental equation my stomach tied up in knots.  I made the trek back to my room, all the while dreading what I was going to find when I opened the box.

Before opening the box, I shoved a brownie in my mouth. I was not going to go on bowel rest without one last hurrah.  Needless to say, I was right, the box had 7 bags of TPN in it, so either it was a mistake or I was no longer allowed to eat.

I sat there looking at the box.  I hate not being able to eat.  It’s terrible and you don’t realize how much time people spend eating until you aren’t allowed to eat anymore.  I knew I should be upset.  I knew I should be devastated that I was no longer allowed to eat for the time being, but instead I felt nothing.

I called my nutritionist to confirm the change and then called my mom to tell her about the TPN.  Still I felt nothing.  I logically connected the pieces in my head, justifiying the benefits of doing TPN.

Now that I’ve connected the pieces in my head, I just have to readjust to not being able to eat again.  I feel bad enough that most of the time it isn’t too hard, but I’m also on prednisone, which means I start to super crave food.  Its a rough life and isn’t going to be easy, but I really don’t have much choice right now.  So instead I keep on keeping on, just this time without food, in my not so normal life


Sarah Brocker

Hi my name is Sarah Brocker and I have Crohn's Disease. I've got 8 scars and am missing two feet of intestines and my life isn't normal, but whose life is normal? I want to use my experiences to help you, even if it means sharing embarrassing experiences. I am also looking to break the stigmas associated with IBD in order to make living with IBD just a little bit easier. All I want to do is help, so please, let ME help YOU!

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