Both my eye doctor and pain doc have brought up the importance of eating fats, especially as related to hormone production, but the nutritionist I saw back in March was the first one who really sat me down and plotted out concrete ways for me to increase my intake.
Since then, I've been pretty diligent about it. Hard to say yet if there has been any noticeable difference in my health, but I did get an extra boost of motivation from my uncle last week. He's a pretty big-name doctor back in East Coast City, and my dad recruited him to help out with my medical saga. When I sent over my records for him to review, he responded with this note:
"The recurrent infections, fatigue & dry eyes are probably due to immunocompromise from your AN, but I would expect that to improve over time. These deficiencies usually take a longer time to bounce back especially since they require fat ingestion to repair the cell membrane (remember the phospholipid bilayer from Biology class) defects. Most major hormone production (especially the sterol class: all the major sex hormones), and cell membranes require some cholesterol & essential fatty acid ingestion."
Poor man doesn't realize I haven't taken a biology class in seven years. But thanks for the reminder to be patient and keep it up, Uncle M!
My current favorite high-fat foods:
—duh, peanut butter
—cocoa roasted almonds
—full-fat Greek yogurt
— more peanut butter, obviously
Happy Friday, all.