What a week. Last Sunday I was rushed to the Emergency room with heavy blood loss from the 'nether regions'. After I was admitted to the hospital I was given a CT scan and a colonoscopy and diagnosed with Diverticulitis (http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddise...iverticulosis/). Basically bleeding from the gut. After two days it was deemed it was safe to go home and "carry on a usual". Of course, as I had been on a clear liquid diet for two days I immediately hit the sandwich bar - I was ravished. I then went and picked up a 75g aquarium (heavy - I was stupid) as I felt fine. That night the blood loss returned and again I was rushed to the Emergency room. This time, after being admitted, I was given 2 pts of blood as I was very close to passing out through blood loss.
Another two days in intensive care, I was released today with the understanding that my body cant take many more losses and the next step is removal of part of the colon that has the weakness thats causing the blood loss.
So here I am sat at home (finally!) and on a clear liquid diet until Wednesday when I switch to a more normal 'low-impact' diet. The kicker is that Im on strict no exertion (including cycling) orders until further notice. I have to stay as sedentary as possible which isnt hard when surviving on beef broth and Jello alone. I will have to live vicariously thru you guys!
A good thing (I guess) that came from the experience is that from sunday to sunday I have lost 9.8lb. Im trying to find a silver lining here - and the nurse told me that I had "the blood pressure of an athlete" - maybe the last two years of biking were worth it after all