5. broke my wrist
4. 4 C-sections
3. 24 hours of labor with contractions starting at a minute long and coming 1 1/2 minutes apart.
2. 2nd degree burns from finger tip to elbow on both arms when a pressure cooker exploded
1. Gout - about twice as painful as the burns. I never considered having my hands amputated, but the thought crossed my mind with my ankle a few days into the first attack. Sleep was out of the question and Vicodin didn't even dull the pain a tiny bit.
My first flareup a couple of years ago in my right ankle. I've had two more flare-ups in that same ankle, often coinciding with either a bacon binge or the change of the seasons. This year I had my first flare-up in my toe on the same foot. It was mild and taking cherry extract + drinking lots of extra water seemed to take it out before I hit the worst stages.
Tophi are related to gout but I didn't have them so I didn't worry a lot.
But now I do. Because one formed on my left thumb. They don't show up just where you have gout. They go where they want to go. Knew what it was so I googled it it. My eyes are still hurting from what I saw.
I'll spare you any links to the photos. Mine is like this - still mild. On my thumb, not my ear. Google worse ones at your own risk.
Ok, so now what? I already don't drink, and I do exercise, so the only things left are diet and medication. I want to avoid medication if I can. I have read much about the benefits of a vegetarian diet and gout. So now I am a vegetarian and will transition to vegan soon. I do love meat, but not as much as I fear gout. I picked a good season to switch. Spring is coming and I can stock up at the farmer's market.
It's not easy at times. The family is not vegetarian yet and that chicken I cooked yesterday smelled so good. I resisted though. Vegan will be harder to achieve. I do love cheese. So much so that I have to keep block cheese out of the house because it's a trigger food for me. If I have it, I will eat it. Chocolate and chips can hang around for weeks without me going on a binge. Cheese has hours if it's lucky.
So it's veggies and veggies and more veggies. Not mushrooms though. I hate them. In any form. Same goes with celery. I wish people didn't think portbella was the go to substitute for main dishes when dealing with a vegetarian. ewww Eggplant people, think eggplant. It's tasty.
Weeks 1 & 2 have passed in my new life as a vegetarian. Not always easy, but doable. My goal is to be vegan by week 6. Give myself time to transition.
wish me luck!