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Title: Pollution
Camera: D200
Capture date: 29/04/10
Image file type: RAW (16 bit)
Lens: Tokina 12-24mm F4 PRO DX
Aperture: f/4
Focal length: 12mm (18mm equiv.)
Shutter speed: 1/320s
Shooting mode: Aperture Priority
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ISO: 400
White balance: Auto
Flash: No
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I thought I'd try something a little different today.

It's been a tough few weeks. I've been diagnosed with Crohn's disease and I'm attacking my condition with the best medical approach that I can, which means I've been on a liquid only diet for a few weeks now. I'm in the fourth week, shortly to enter the fifth, and it's difficult. It has got to the stage where I can't bear the Modulen liquid food I eat and am being carried along by sheer will. You can't imagine what it's like to be hungry but the last thing you want to do is eat.

I do have something to look forward to. In a little over two weeks I start to go back on to solid foods and I can't tell you what that means. I miss everything at the moment. I even miss those foods which I really wasn't fussed about or that I really didn't particularly like. When you have been away from real food for so long a round of toast and jam can seem like a royal feast.

I want to say a quick word here to anyone that may have stumbled on to my website and who may be suffering from any IBD. If you can, stick with the medication and liquid diet for the duration. It may be hell of earth to do but you will see benefits. For the first time; and I really didn't notice this before, presumably because I have been ill for some time; I have really clear whites of the eyes where they used to always be a bit red. It was such a difference I honestly didn't recognise myself. I am starting to feel better. 

I do feel lucky that at least I won't have to be on this diet forever. Some people have such bad cases of IBD that they have to have surgery and can be on heavy medication and a restricted diet for the rest of their lives.

So today I'm dedicating this entry in my blog to all the silent masses who are battling with IBD in one form or another. Be strong, take your medication and know; you are not alone. Good luck.