The Atkins Diet

So one of my many doctors have put me on the Atkins diet, which is a low carb, low sugar and low dairy diet. I will be eating mainly meat and veg. I started this diet about 2 weeks ago, the first week went great, I felt full of energy (compared to normal anyway), and even managed to walk around town for a few hours without needing to sit or lie down randomly on the floor in public. Yes, this happens quite a lot, but I've learnt not to care what others think, if I need to lay down in the aisle of Sainsburys while I wait for my mum to do her shopping, then that's what I shall do!

After the first week, something went wrong, I'm still not quite sure what happened, but I felt severely dizzy, I couldn't stand without falling, I had a horrendous headache and I could feel my heart pounding out of my chest, I felt so weak and breathless. I went to the doctor and my heart rate was 135bpm and wouldn't lower, considering i'm on a heart medication called ivabradine to slow down my heart rate, and I've not had as many problems with my heart rate being as high since i've been on the medication, the doctor didn't think that was right, and sent me to hospital so I could get checked out.
After many hours of waiting around, lots of prodding about with needles in attempt to get blood, sleeping and explaining to lots of different doctors what POTS was, they decided to keep me in for the night, to give me a few bags of fluids and see how I felt in the morning.
Considering hospitals are never a pleasant experience, I have to say I was very lucky and had brilliant doctors and nurses, they were very understanding and reassuring the whole time I was there.

That night I was told to stop the diet and just eat whatever I could, I was so weak and dizzy from not eating a lot that day, as the hospital didn't have any suitable food that I was allowed on this diet. (throughout that day, while they were carrying out different tests, all I had was sandwich fillings to eat)

I was looked after very well that night, and my mum and sister came to visit before I went to sleep. 
The worst experience of that night was when the nurse tried to put the cannula in my hand. She really struggled to find a vein (just like the nurse before when she was trying to take blood) and every time she put it in, my hand swelled up, was very painful, it looked like my hand was being blown up like a balloon!
Safe to say I was very left very bruised!

The night went slowly, but luckily I have amazing friends who were willing to stay up and text me throughout the night to keep me busy and take my mind off the pain.
I got about 3 hours sleep. 
In the morning the doctor came around, checked my heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen levels, and temperature, my heart rate and temperature was still quite high but anything serious was ruled out, and I was allowed to go home! yay!

When I was home and settled, I rang the doctor to ask if it was the diet that caused it, and it was a mix of POTS, the diet, and not drinking enough water in this heat.

I have to drink at least 3 litres of water a day to keep hydrated, along with lots of salt all over my food, to help with dizziness and low blood pressure. With this new diet, and the hot weather, I should of been drinking 4-5 litres of fluid a day, which I wasn't. 
I am going back on the diet in a few days, I will be drinking ALOT more water, and will be monitoring everything closely to prevent this from happening again!!

I am very glad to be home now, feeling much better, and now I'm getting about the house normally!

Hope everyone is having a lovely week so far! 

'Whenever you feel sad, just remember that there are billions of cells in your body, and all they care about is you'