*This is a guest post from my cousin Lydia Allen. Here’s her personal narrative on the latest Plexus health craze.*
I wanted to share something that happened to me in 2014. Some of you won’t believe me, but some of you might.
I was overweight, unhealthy, and unhappy. I felt like there was no escape from the way my life was going, and how bad I was eating. Not only was it affecting me, but also my entire family. I was not able to play sports without losing my breath after 20 minutes. I could not even look at myself in the mirror without being completely disgusted at what I saw.
I started Plexus at the beginning of July. I only took the drink till some time in October. I felt great when I started. Felt like a new me. I had energy, I could stay awake with hardly any sleep due to my fairly new born child. I lost 20 pounds just in those few months. But during those months, I noticed I would get these weird pains in my abdomen that would last a few minutes then go away.
As the months went on they became more frequent and lasted longer as well. I had at least 5 or more of these until the point where I went to the ER for the first time in October. I had such an enormous amount of pain for days before going to the hospital. I thought I could handle it, but honestly I just knew my husband and I couldn’t afford the medical bills because we didn’t have insurance. So I stayed in pain for days attempting to do my normal routine, but I couldn’t even hold my daughter to breastfeed her.
So we get to the ER and they immediately had to give me morphine just to get me to relax long enough for them to get my blood to start testing for possible issues. I had X-rays, ultrasounds, and a couple other machines test me. All they could say was that they were puzzled and had no idea why I was in pain. At first, they said it was my gallbladder, that it was only 8% functioning and that I needed to have it removed as soon as possible. This was their diagnosis after 4 days. I was prepped for surgery and everything and then my surgeon said he didn’t feel comfortable doing it. He didn’t think it was necessary and that he felt the doctors rushed this.
So no surgery. They finally released me. Thought I was fine and went home and back to my normal routine. I also quit taking Plexus after the first visit to the ER.
Then in November it happened again. That pain came back and it was worse than ever been before. So again to the ER we went and again they were baffled by my situation and couldn’t figure out what was wrong. They did notice however that my liver enzymes were extremely high the first and second time. (Normal level is 25-50 count and mine was in the THOUSANDS!)
They could not however figure out why they were so high. They called the specialist to come look at my charts and he tells me the ingredients in Plexus were causing my liver to fail.
I told him I stopped taking it. He told me it would take 2-3 months for it to completely get out of my system. But if I kept taking it, it would get worse. Obviously I was scared out of my mind. Not only for my health, but my daughter’s as well. I had breastfed her the entire time.
I had no more pain after the last visit. But now we are still having to pay for the medical bills I acquired during this whole ordeal. It put my family in a financial bind.
This is why I want to seek justice. I feel so vulnerable and so used by Plexus Worldwide. I’m so angry that they know these things are happening to people but they don’t care.
I’m not the only one that has had this issue and I won’t be the last. But I’m hoping this message is getting through to most of you.
Lose weight the right way. Stop being lazy or making excuses as to why you can’t lose the weight. Just do it. Please share with your family and friends and get the word out. I don’t want this happening to anyone else. If my word can protect someone from all this then I’ll share with anyone.
*Thanks for reading and for making this is a good forum for debate and awareness.This is a guest post, but if you want to know more about this blog, you may be interested in my latest post: Homosexuality, The Church, and The SCOTUS Ruling (Yeah, I’m Going There). *