Today was good and bad.
Walk good. 👍
On Sundays, the walks here at Buchinger Wilhelmi start at 8:30am instead of the usual 6am time both to attract a bigger group and to allow for longer excursions. Today, we went to the highest lookout point between Lake Constance and the Danube, referred to locally as the “Höchsten Aussichtspunkt.” It was a nice, leisurely 4 mile walk, and we were rewarded with a great view at the end!
Enema Bad 👎
While the walk was a great start to the day, the middle of the day took a downward turn.
Once fasting, you get an enema every other day here at Buchinger Wilhelmi. The issue here is that fasting reduces your stimuli to poo, but having small quantities of food means that small amounts of digestive juices and bile are still produced, the mucous membrane peels away, and intestinal bacteria and epithelial cells must be removed.
The argument they make here is that while some people view enemas as unnatural, brushing your teeth is also unnatural but necessary due to modern nutrition. Intellectually, this all make sense to me.
However, my candid opinion is that the enema has the potential to be a day-wrecking event. I was admittedly pretty uncomfortable not only having the tube stuck up by butt, but also having the nurse fill up my bowels with water. The upside is that, unlike the Glauber salts which required me to stay by the bathroom for 5 hours, the flushing process with an enema is fast. I was ready to leave the vicinity of the bathroom in a few minutes. Sill, the downside is that I was feeling a little queasy afterwards. I really didn’t even want the vegetable consommé that was brought to my room, but I drank it anyway.
Hot Liver Compress Saves the Day 😅
The saving grace immediately after my broth was the hot liver compress! I was unconscious at 1pm once I got my hot liver compress and felt much better after finally awakening! My wife and I walked to the Überlinger Töpfermarkt, an annual pottery market on the lakefront, and enjoyed both the scene and the work of the artisans. After that, I was totally ready for (and enjoyed!) the light gazpacho at dinner time!
There really is a system here at Buchinger Wilhelmi to even handle the unpleasantries of intestinal cleansing!
Note: We also heard from others here that you can opt out of the enemas in favor of other laxatives.
Results from morning nurse visit
- Blood pressure: 165/85 – higher than yesterday. This isn’t supposed to happen! We’ll check on this tomorrow!
- Blood sugar: 109 – getting closer to “normal!”
- Weight: 71.3kg (156.9 lbs) – down yet another 0.6 kg from the day before
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