The GERD has been pretty bad of late. Last Monday was a trip to the emergency room, already detailed earlier. I had an equally bad attack on another night, but decided hey, you know what this is. Suck it up. And it’s been pretty stubborn and persistent since then.
I thought I would try a low acid diet, and the end result of that and too much antacid seems to be that I’m not digesting the food that I eat entirely. Sooo, that’s not the result we want either.
I am trying a new book by Jorge Rodriguez called The Acid Reflux Solution, and it does limit certain foods that have been proven in studies to do things to the sphincter that causes the trouble (mint, coffee (yes, also decaf), caffeine, carbonation, chocolate, fried foods, saturated fat, booze, cigs, and processed foods), and it suggests you proceed with caution regarding the things you know are a problem. And of course, losing weight features heavily again.
Portion control is key in this book. I have not been good about this in the past. I manage pretty well at small meals most of the time, but if I go out, or if I am hungry at the end of the day, it’s time for the gigantic dinner, and that, my friends, is a stomach distender. So, my goals is to eat smaller portions more frequently, which means I’ll be a joy to dine with. You’ll eat, and I’ll…watch you eat. 😀 And you can watch me eat about five small meals a day. No eating after seven either, because then I’ll turn into a bad gremlin.
Anyway, something’s gotta give. I’ve been on acid reducers for the last 10 years, and that’s not good for you, and there’s talk of putting me on something stronger, and that’ll be worse for me.
I go to see my gastroenterologist next week, and there’s one more thing I’m going to ask about. It seems that the little esophogal flap can be repaired by a minimally evasive surgery now called (and I’m not making this up) Esophyx. I know, sounds like an Asterix and Obelix character. Anyway, that’s a fantasy. People who undergo this surgery pretty much get a second chance at a normal digestive system. And I would respect the new system so much, that I would never, ever mistreat it. So, if I’m lucky, maybe I can talk them into it. Hey, it’d save money on a kabillion pills in the long run. I take TWO Aciphex a day, and one Zantac. So, that’s pricey.
Well. I need to get up to some cat care and cooking. And I think some story critiquing, and actual novelizing, today or tomorrow.
Still waiting for someone to put the Spring in my spring break.