The Road to RDville: Nutriton and the gut

Happy Monday! I am happy to say that my acute care class and my lab class are transitioning away from tube feeding and moving on to gastrointestinal diseases and disorders like celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome (which sometimes involves celiac), inflammatory bowl disease (Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis), as well as stomach issues like gastroesophogeal reflux disease (GERD), gastritis and peptic ulcers.
These are all quite interesting and important topics to study, because when our GI tract is not functioning well, we do not function well. The spectrum  of “unwellness” may range from a little heartburn discomfort now and then to unbearable pain, severe nutrient malabsorption and pretty much a complete destruction of quality of life.
I’ve been quite interested of late in the optimal functioning of our guts and how our intestinal microflora play a role, so I’ve enjoyed exploring what can go wrong in the gut, and the role nutrition plays. (I’m not sure I should say “enjoyed,” since I feel for those who are struggling with GI symptoms and disorders.)
So that’s life as a dietetics student right now. I’m getting ready to start drafting my thesis proposal, and I won’t bore you with details about the four hours I spent last week learning the computerized patient charting system used by UWMC and Harborview. Kudos to the two fabulous women who taught the class for making it as painless as possible!