Stomach flu

A couple of weeks ago I came down with a nasty case of viral gastroenteritis, more commonly known as the stomach flu. No idea how I got it…but…I got it. Well, at least Covid wasn’t involved in my case; my family doctor told me that a (small) percentage of his patients with my symptoms had turned up positive for Covid. That would have been a most unwelcome double whammy!

Petunia, October 2022

Anyway, I was quite sick for about a week, sleeping most of the time, eating nothing but bananas and toast, and watching heaps of TV series and documentaries…The cats were very helpful nurses, always by my side, or on top of me, making sure I was always warm…

Even now that I am better and almost back to my regular daily routine, I still feel very tired and weak and have to take frequent breaks. I am also concentrating on rebuilding my devastated gut microbiome, which will take some time, I think…

Speaking of microbiome, at the first sign of sickness, more or less in mid October, I stopped taking curcumin, for obvious reasons… Stopping curcumin scared me, of course, since the myeloma monster is always lurking about inside of me, but I think I’ll be okay…Positive thinking, as always. I took my first dose of curcumin today and, as soon as the doctor gives me the go-ahead, I’ll go in for my usual blood tests to make sure there haven’t been any big changes. Fingers crossed.

Anyway, that’s what has kept me “busy” in the past couple of weeks or so…And before that, I was spending my days cleaning and trying to keep the cats out of the way of the workers who are (still) working on renovating our house. It’ll be worth it in the end, but boy what a huge, dirty project…mamma mia.

That’s about it…I hope to feel strong enough to write some research-related posts soon. For now, I’m taking it easy. In fact, I need a nap right now, or a TV series… 🙂

Take care, everyone! Ciao!


  1. Hope you continue on the mend. Please do report back on your labs and hopeful nothing eventful occurred lapsing with your dose. I need to get my flu shot but did get the new booster. So much stuff going around this time of year.

  2. I stop Curcumin every now and again. Mostly when I have run out and my next shipment hasn’t arrived. It doesn’t seem to make any difference to the three monthly blood tests.

  3. I’ve searched but I can’t get a good understanding for why you stopped taking curcumin when you started feeling sick. Is that something you do even if just getting a cold? Thank you for educating us!

  4. Dear Margaret: We have not heard from you in a long time…hope all is well? Please let us know…wishing you the BEST, Beatrice

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