I am Angela Calitz from Oudtshoorn and this is my story of a miracle
I was just a happy 46 year old overweight woman (98kg) with 2 beautiful daughters and loving husband. 3 June 2017 that morning at just after 6am I woke up to a sharp pain as if my stomach wants to run. I did go to the bathroom. The pain didn’t go away and just got worse as if I had gallstones but it couldn’t be as I had my gallbladder removed a month earlier. This pain was excruciating. I started vomiting and eventually there was nothing coming out. My husband rushed me to the Doctors rooms and I was admitted to Oudtshoorn Mediclinic. The whole time I had a bucket with me as I was vomiting and foaming at the mouth and growling with pain. Sitting on the hospital bed the last words were to my mother “I’m busy dying” I can’t remember anything after that.
Months later I found out what happened. I was kept for observation and the 4 June early morning I lost consciousness and the Doctor and nursing staff had to resuscitate me and my life was almost cut short. It took the doctor 40 odd min to get me conscious and then they had to stabilize me for transport to George Mediclinic. In that time my husband was call to hospital. I was transported to George mediclinic and was met by a wonderful surgeon Dr Leonie Schoeman. Only once I was in theatre was she able to see what was so seriously wrong. I had a blood clot in my arteries in my small intestine. This stopped the blood blow in my small intestine and it turned gangrene and started disintegrating. This also infected the rest of my organs in my body.
After surgery I was left with only 23cm of small intestine. A normal intestine is about 6 meters. My family was told if I survive, I will probably never eat again and will always be on a drip. I was in ICU in an induced coma for 2 ½ weeks with almost every monitor and machine keeping me alive. After being brought out of the induced coma my journey of a new person and new lifestyle began. I was assigned a wonderful dietitian, Danine.
Danine and doctor worked together making sure I get the correct and best meds and food to keep me alive during this ordeal. I was given TPN and Peptamine. I was also assigned a physiotherapist to strengthen my lungs and muscles from being immobile during this time I had become almost paralyzed. I had to learn how to walk again. Danine my dietitian had to explain to me how a body functions normally and how my body functions now.
This was a total mind shift for me. It was very important for me to understand what is wrong and how to deal with it in the future. I was also told that I am also lactose intolerant. My stools would never be normal and will always have diarrhoea. She brought me many pamphlets and eating plans to assist me with food choices for my future. After a month and a half in ICU I was finally moved to general ward where I had to recover and was shown how to look after myself. Every day Danine would visit and ask me how I was doing and I would ask questions and had time to discuss my progress.
In this time I was eating more food and experimenting. My Peptimine (digested food via stomach feeding tube) was changed to semi digested food, Nova source GI Forte. I was also taking less TPN. After almost 5 months in hospital I was transferred to Oudtshoorn Mediclinic and would only sleep there to take my TPN and stomach feed. 2 weeks later I was able to go home with all my own monitors and could care for myself at home. I now had to cook for my family and for myself. This was a great challenge but my family stood by me throughout the entire time.
I had Danine on whats app and would daily send her messages of my weight, progress and any questions. I was determined to make this work. After 8 months I was taken off TPN and just had stomach feed. 2 years later I no longer needed my stomach feed and now take a shake. I now, almost 3 years later, am living an almost normal life. I’m eating a lot more food varieties and cycle, swim and take the dogs for walks, work in the house and garden. My weight is a stable 68kg. If you take doctors and dietitians orders literally, you will overcome anything.
Thanks to all the hospital staff, therapists and my wonderful dietitian and Doctors, without them I would not be alive today.
My journey on being diagnosed with diabetes
I am 66 years of age and have always been fairly healthy. I am 1,89 meters tall and I weighed just on 100 kgs for the last 5 years. In the beginning of 2019 I started losing weight and developed a constant thirst. I thought it best to get myself properly diagnosed so I went to my local doctor. My blood sugar level was 27,4 and the Doctor sent me straight to hospital. I was in hospital for 3 days until they were able to stabilise my blood sugar. When I left the hospital the glucose sugar reading was 8,9 and the physician recommend that I first see a dietician. That was the first time I met Nicola who became my partner in managing my diabetes.
When I left the hospital I was injecting myself daily with 40ml of insulin and taking Metformin twice daily. Nicola was of immense help in using diet and exercise to control my sugar levels. I indicated that my goal was to get off the insulin injections. With her assistance and recommended diet I had my blood sugar stabilised at an average of 5,2 within 3 months. She recommended that I wear a patch for 2 weeks, which would monitor the blood sugar levels 24 hours a day before I stop the insulin injections.
I am happy to say that I have not had any insulin injections in the last 3 months and my blood sugar level is stable at 5,2 without any spikes. My energy levels have been great and all of this can be attributed to Nicola’s diet management regime of LCHF.
Thanks Nicola, much appreciated.
My naam is Arno Boshoff. Ek is n 53 jarige man en ook ‘n Tipe 2 Diabeet.
My pad het met Nicola sin gekruis toe ek gehospitaliseer is in Junie 2018 nadat ek vir 5 jaar gesukkel met diarree. Dit was konstant 24 uur n dag 7 dae n week. Ek het so verswak en het slegs 53kg geweeg. Nicola is deur my internis en het my eetplan oorgeneem.
Syt my op TPN gesit vir 3 weke en n hele nuwe eetplan uitgewerk. Na slegs 3 weke is ek ontslaan, my albumiene en proteintellings het begin optel. Ek is nou al n jaar diarree vry en huidiglik help sy my om spiermassa te bou.
Ek kan haar met die grootste blymoedigheid aanbeveel. Arno
Volgens my is daar 3 redes om suksesvol gewig te veloor. 1. Geloof. 2. Wilskrag. 3. GOEIE DIEETKUNDIGE.
Dr Britz het my na Nicola verwys 14 Sept 2018. Ek was baie skepties maar het gegaan. Binne 4 maande het ek 30 kg veloor en my hele lewe en lewensstyl het verander. Ek sou graag krediet wil vat hiervoor, maar die meeste krediet moet aan Nicola gaan.
Die manier wat sy jou ondersteun is ongelooflik….en haar insig en mensekennis baie goed.
Wat doen jy as ñ lewensbedreigende lewerkwaal by jou gediagnoseer word?
Jy vertrou jou bekwame dokter en sy span, sluk daagliks jou handvol pille en vind ñ bekwame dieetkundige, iemand soos NICOLA MOSTERT. Haar toetrede tot die span was heel tydig.
Ek waardeer haar vriendelike professionaliteit, opregte belangstelling en gereelde skakeling met my dokter.
Die dieet wat Nicola vir my uitgewerk het is hoogs suksesvol. My gewig het met 12kg toegeneem, ek voel fisies sterker en kon derhalwe my medikasie verminder.
Baie dankie nogmaals.
Dr Daan Spies
Following years of bloatedness and increased weight gain I was referred by Dr van Rooyen to 4 Life Living Dietitians Nicola Mostert.
I was devastated to hear that I was on the road to type 2 diabetes and a bucket load of other conditions if I did not change my lifestyle. I had learned that I needed to lose about 20kg in order to reverse this diagnoses.
What a mountain to climb… i know after years of struggling with weight loss diets that this is no small project. I can still remember my first appointment I was in tears when I drove home thinking that this was not achievable. But Nicola broke the elephant down into manageable chunks without me even noticing by setting short term goals and helping me to focus on them rather than the Big Elephant.
I am now 7 months down the line with evidence to show that seeing and following Nicola’s plan and guidelines has truly delivered results. Initially the goal was to lose the kg’s and get the diabetes under control… now it is about maintaining the long term healthy lifestyle which is surprisingly easy to do!!! My health and life has been changed by this and would recommend all I know with similar problems to embrace the change.