We arrived in Hitchin one Sunday afternoon, and was picked up at the train station by our lovely AirBnB host.
Monday at 2pm I had my first treatment. First day started with a colonic where not much was released, but then I had had two colonics before leaving home and I’d also taken a huge dose of OxyPowder which had resulted in two serious bowel movements that morning. Colonic irrigation done, it was time for the first implant. Having a katheter stuck up your behind, past the rectum, into the sigmoid, is a rather peculiar experience. Not painful, but not pleasant either. Let’s put it this way: It’s not something I would do for fun. After the implant is in place and the katheter is removed (which is as weird has having it placed), it’s time for a little lower belly massage, to help the bacteria move up the colon, or at least into the lower parts of the decending colon. Then the bed is tilted so that gravity helps the bacterial soup move up the decending colon as I feel like I’m lying upside down. After ten minutes I move on to my right side, so my new friends can move across the transverse colon, and finally I am sitting up, so they can descend the ascending colon. All while this is done I am visualising my body welcoming these new inhabitants, my colon opening up for them to move up and find spots to settle down.
And then, when the implant procedure is finished, it is time to get up and about – and resist those immediate urges to go to the loo. This is the only time my tendency to be constipated has been a good thing. I managed to hold it all in place until late that night.
The colonic cleansing was only the first day (naturally, one would not want to wash away those new friendlies), the implants have followed the same procedure every day.
By Wednesday my companion, E, was beginning to feel emotionally on a roller coaster. She described it as wishing to build a pillow fort and hide inside it. Wednesday night I had the most incredible fart. The gas exploded out and the stink was beyond anything I’ve ever experienced. Clearly the new bacteria were at work, because this was not a smell I’ve ever come up with before. We were quite giggly and delighted there was nobody else aroung just then.
Thursday E was still frail, needing lots of support and closeness and desperately wanting to avoid other people. Friday she felt better, but I had a dull heavy ache in my left hip when we left the clinic, and also a feeling of general pain.
Over the weekend we had a fab pub dinner with friends. Part of our meal was Yorkshire pudding, which is made with wheat flour, and I ate half of mine. And then we had dessert. With no adverse reactions. E was also pms-ing, but for the first time in ages she did not become a shrew. None of the moodiness and bitchiness she usually has. Quite amazing.
First week passed without me feeling any major change, but I decided to test my gluten sensitivity. And it seems I passed, as I got no pain or swelling from what I ate over the weekend. Amazing! Monday we had a lazy morning, but were still out of the house before 10. Did some shopping, then had tea, and went to the clinic – where we were told we had to wait somewhere else. Our appointment wasn’t until 14, and we arrived one hour early. We figured we’d sit and knit and have the time to go to the loo before treatment, but no. We ended up at a “greasy spoon” with a mug of tea, and it was quite the experience. The place was so deep fried it felt like I was inhaling fat while breathing. Greasy spoon indeed. Treatment went well, as usual, we were both explained how to do this when we come home. E had been feeling faint, so we sat for a while before we left. Went shopping for food on our way “home” and she was so tired she looked ready to fall asleep anywhere in the supermarket. Coming back to our place around 17, she was both very tired and extremely hungry. And not cranky at all! A bit mellow, but her mood was fine. She handled being hungry in a way I can’t remember when I last experienced. Normally being this hungry and tired would have turned her into a dragon, she would be spewing fire and biting the head off of anyone who dared so much as look at her. Totally amazing. Just a week of treatment and she has changed this much. Wow.
She’s sleeping like a log, but me? Nope. I woke up 3:20, went to the loo and then lay tossing. So I decided to write a bit. Maybe I’ll be able to sleep now? We went to bed late, and four hours sleep just doesn’t cut it.
On Wednesday I had to do this myself. Eek! Fumbly, and I’m no longer as pliable as I once was, but I managed. Victory! No special reactions for any of us the last days, and on Friday we packed and got ready for the trip home. With ten doses of deep frozen implants packed in a styrofam box.
The clinic was an absolute delight. Warm and friendly staff, nice treatment rooms and great humor. Highly service minded and very helpful. Having my FMT treatment here was a great experience.
It’s now been a month since we returned, and while my stomach is not 100% yet, it is better. I have not suffered the rather mad periods of constipation I’ve become used to. Of course, I’ve also been taking some OxyPowder, but I don’t think that’s the full reason for it. Something feels different, and I am very happy about that. Now that school is back in season and I have the some hours of me to myself during the day I feel like I have more of this much coveted get-it-done-ability. I haven’t done much, because I’ve been totally worn out (just had a week in hospital with my son, he hurt his spleen in a biking accident. Thankfully only a grade 2 damage, and he’s healing well. Back at school already), so I’ve had two days of rest which has been much needed. Still managed to cook dinners and deal with both our first batch of kombucha and finding a better place for it to stand in peace while fermenting, as well as filtering the water kefir and running a ginger brew experiment (with the water kefir). I have even managed to update this blog! I had plans for doing it while undergoing treatment, but I did not have the energy to do so. But, since today is my 7 year anniversary at WP I figured it was time to get it up there.