Thursday, August 4, 2011

Enzymes. Did I or Didn't I?

Enzymes are pretty much my best friend. Having lived 14 years without enzymes, I had lived with far too many stomach aches, gas, and bathroom breaks to ever skip my dose of enzymes. My roommates in college used to tease me because everything I owned was bombarded with enzymes. Enzymes were in my jewelry box among my earrings and necklaces, they were in my desk drawers with my pens and pencils and in the corners of my closet. Basically anywhere a bottle or bag or even loose enzymes could fit, they would be there. They would be in my pockets and would sometimes melt in the wash and become a hard mass that I never really could get rid of. I just wanted to have easy access to enzymes so that no matter when or where I decided to have a snack, I would be prepared.

As I have gotten older I have limited my enzymes to only all coats pockets, purses, pant pockets, and the kitchen. I realize how miserable life is without them so I never want to be caught with a meal and no enzymes.

Well, here is my predicament. I have been taking enzymes about 4-5 times a day for about 13 years. It obviously has become such a habit that I don't even notice taking them anymore. I do it so often and stealthily that most people I dine with don't even notice. BUT this amazing ability to pop enzymes without much thought and drawing very little attention to the act, causes one little problem. At times, I will have a mini panic mid meal. "Did I take my enzymes?!" I will shout out to anyone at the table and most of the time they will shrug, "I dunno?" "Are you SURE? Did you see me digging in my purse or throw a pill in my mouth?" Usually the response is a look of bewilderment and a very unsure, "No? Err I dunno." I then start to retrace my steps. Did I reach into my purse and unzip the pocket? Do I remember anything in my purse that will spark my memory? Sometimes simply looking in my purse or where the bottle of enzymes is located will spark my memory. At times when I was really distracted during the meal I just can't for the life of me remember!

Then the biggest predicament of all sets in. Do I take my regular dose and risk getting a blockage OR do I assume I took them and risk...well an afternoon with my dear old friend John. I wish there was a way, like testing blood sugar, to test enzyme levels. Well, there isn't so for now I will have to rely on my memory and harassing everyone at the dinner table for the times I forget. Does this ever happen to you?


  1. Haha, this has definitely happened to me before! I go through the same thing where I retrace my steps and think about it for a while before I want to eat. Sometimes I'll just take a couple anyway just to make sure I've got some in there. Glad to hear I'm not the only one who totally forgets if I've taken them or not sometimes! :)

  2. Ditto! I Just love how everyone looks at me and can I forget if I swallowed 5 giant horse pills.

  3. Colleen- I do the same thing, just take a few in hopes that neither reaction will be too severe.

    JWags- I take 5 too! Do you take Zenpep or something else?

  4. I take Zenpep for about 6 months now. I was on Ultrase but they were never approved so I tried Creon which was a disaster, I think it was what ultimately led to having my gallbladder removed a few weeks ago. I have to say, I am loving Zenpep. What do you take?

  5. Sorry to hear about your gallbladder :( I was on Ultrase until they were pulled off the market just like you. I was immediately switched to Zenpep because I had a horrible experience with Creon in the past. I am loving Zenpep too.