about a month ago, i had a colonoscopy.
i've been thinking about whether to share this information with you. it's a private matter, and despite being in a world where sharing has breached comfort zones i figured this particular subject matter was TMI territory. however, talking about our bodies is nothing shameful, and i am not embarrassed to discuss this topic. but if you have no interest or the subject is gross to you, scroll down, there is a recipe for a delicious goat cheese cheesecake.
stomach issues have been a part of my life for a long time. when i went in last month to be put under, i cried. it's a very simple procedure, with a less than 1% chance of complications. yet i was scared, not only about the procedure, but the outcome.
i am pleased to say that nothing awful was found in the annals (haha, get it? omg, i'm sorry, i couldn't help it!) of my intestines but my gastro-doctor confirmed what i've always suspected, i have mild IBS. i now take a daily dose of probiotics and i keep a journal of everything that i eat and how i feel after. i can't shake the feeling that something else is up, that certain things or combinations of things trigger my stomachaches.
because i've been so meticulous with what i eat, i have had far less episodes and i've been much more experimental with food consumption. i read recently that parmesan cheese is naturally lactose free -- i immediately set out to make this lovely parmesan cheese soup, trading out the milks with coconut milk, and can i get an AMEN? the bowl i slurped on was delicious, and happily, my stomach did not begrudge me such an indulgence.
this cheesecake tho, not so much. goat milk has almost the same amount of lactose as cow milk, but the cheese, due to fermentation and a few other scientific jargon i'm not familiar with has less lactose and some lactards can consume it (source). it varies from person to person. my person could not handle it, unfortch.
more for dw and our friends during our nye celebration. i chose to use a 6" spring form pan but an 8" would've probably been better. (i wanted a tall cake) the excess filling i just added to ramekins and cooked along with the cake, tho with much less time. just keep an eye on it.
if you have any questions about colonoscopies, comment below or you can always email me privately. i am no expert but i can certainly commiserate with you. as for IBS, i'm still learning about it, and how it effects me.