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Monday, January 17, 2011
Keeping a cork on Mt. Vesuvius.
It has been a long while since I have had to deal with an ulcer of any type. Decades really... then all of a sudden... WHAM! Right out of left field it hit!
It was so bad this afternoon that while we were out shopping, I had Chris go to CVS to get some Gaviscon. As soon as we came out of the store I was ripping into the bottle like a crack fiend looking for their next hit. After popping four of those puppies into my mouth and chewing like there was not tomorrow the burning pain stopped. Oh how I love Gaviscon. Nothing else can stop the pain. Not Tums, Rolaids, Mylanta...nothing! I won't be needing any appetite suppressants since I won't be eating much for the next few days. When my ulcer is aggravated there is only so much I can eat that will not set off Mt. Vesuvius. I have stress to blame this episode on. When I get severely stressed the production of acid in my stomach grows by leaps and bounds. I just have to reset my mind into letting things go and stop worrying and stressing on things that I can not control. I have to remember that God has this and leave it in his hands.
The first time I was diagnosed with a peptic ulcer, I was fed intravenously for over a week. Nothing was allowed to enter my stomach . The ulcer was the size of a half dollar and it was almost through my stomach lining. If it had been any bigger, surgery would have been needed. When I was allowed to eat, the only diet I could go on, consisted of foods that wouldn't take much acid to break down. I was on nothing but baby food for two months. Then gradually I could eat soft palate foods, like mashed potatoes and cottage cheese. Once it completely healed I found out that I could no longer tolerate spicy foods. Even mild salsa will bring a twinge of discomfort, so, I eat all that in moderation and limit it to a few times a year.
I have eaten cottage cheese with a few pears today to keep the acid from eating away at my stomach and I have been chewing Gaviscon on and off to help settle the too much acid that has already invaded my stomach. I may just be able to sleep tonight without too much discomfort and the Gaviscon will be on my nightstand in case I need it. I sure hope not.