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  • Writer's pictureLara Cox

Happy Gut, Happy Life

Antibiotics are the worst of times and the best of times. It's awesome to be alive, so that's the best! But heavy hitters like Flagyl and Cipro really sap energy, make food taste funny, and reduce patience, which is the worst.


When they were discharging Paul from the hospital, the nurse said it a bunch of different times in the discharge instructions conversation:


You have to take all 30 days of the antibiotics.

Do not stop taking the antibiotics until they are gone.

Whatever you do, take ALL of the antibiotics.

Finish the entire bottle of the antibiotics.


I thought they were hitting it a little hard. Don’t we all know in this day and age it’s really important to finish antibiotics so superbugs don’t have an opportunity to develop? But I realized why after a few days at home. Every time it was time to take a pill, Paul would have to gear up for it. Sometimes he gave me a little wave, like, see ya later, I'm going down.


Paul had the noon pill in a sandwich bag in his pocket when we went out to lunch one day. When we sat down he realized the bag was missing. He went back to the car. The sandwich bag was lying empty on the ground. Whoever stole that pill thinking they were going to have a good time was sadly mistaken!


We're so grateful for the miracle and availability of antibiotics. And now that the 30 days are over, we're working on building back up his immune system with lots of yogurt, fruits and veggies, whole grains, kefir, and fermented foods like sauerkraut.


Here's to a healthy, happy biome!

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