Wednesday, April 28, 2021

I'm feeling "normal"!

I haven't been out of bed long, so I may be speaking too soon; but I cherish this moment and am counting my blessings.  As I read more on reliable web sites about this condition, Barrett's Esophagus, I'm finding hope.  The preacher's wife at one of the churches I attend told me her father has dealt with this condition for years; he follows the proper diet strictly, and never eats after 6 PM.  If he doesn't eat by then, he doesn't eat that evening.  He has actually had surgery of some kind that helped.  

I've learned online that most fruit and vegetables are good, with the exception of tomatoes and citrus fruit.  Overeating causes trouble; too much meat can cause problems.  Milk and other dairy products can be problematic... that one will be difficult for me (no ice cream?), but if it keeps me pain-free, I'm game.  I stopped drinking coffee two years ago and switched to tea, but it's suggested that tea isn't good for me, either.  I wish I could find an herb tea I liked.

Today I'm not light-headed, my blood pressure is getting near normal, and my stomach doesn't hurt.  I read that most people are first diagnosed with Barrett's Esophagus in their fifties.  I'm thankful I wasn't bothered with it until my seventies.  Yesterday I planted two tomato plants; one is a yellow tomato, which I'm told doesn't have as much acid.  

By the way, I decided last night not to take the pill the nurse/practitioner gave me for depression two weeks ago.  My only depression is when I am feeling ill, and I don't need another pill in the mix.  Hmm... is that why I feel good today? 

I wish it would rain, but if it doesn't, the dog and I will walk back to the woods.  I'll get back on the recumbent bicycle for a few minutes.  

I'm back to reading instead of napping and watching television; I happened to watch "The Lincoln Lawyer" on Prime, and realized I hadn't read a Michael Connelly book in years; I immediately checked one out on the iPad and am thoroughly enjoying it.

I thank God I have nothing to whine about at this point in the day, and many blessings to count.

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14 comments:

  1. I hope Google do not take the Blogs away completely but they probably will.

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  2. I hope not too, Sister-Three. I have had this blog since 2008

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    1. I've had a blog since 2004. Losing it would be very disappointing.

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  3. Normal is a wonderful thing! So glad you are doing better. Now that you know what to do to feel better, hopefully it will stay that way. We are expecting rain by evening here and I'm hoping to get my shopping done before it begins.

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  4. I'm glad you have a diagnosis and are feeling better.

    I do subscribe to your blog by email and am disappointed to hear that they will be doing away with that service. I will have to try to remember to check your blog every day for new posts, but my memory isn't what it used to be.

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  5. Wonderful news! It must feel good to be able to enjoy life again without the pain and discomfort.

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  6. Happy to read that you are feeling better each day now, and are up to a walk.
    You will still find foods that you will like and substitute for others. Giving up ice cream would be a hard thing. Wendy

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  7. Sometimes it takes a load of misery to appreciate just how wonderful "normal" is. Keep up the great progress.

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  8. Yay Donna! Feeling better is a wonderful thing! 👏 👏
    On your walk, take some photos of the woods in spring to share with us. That is, if you're feeling perky enough.🏂 Bonus points for a morel shot.🍀

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    1. Thanks to the grandson, we've had quite a few mushrooms. Even had some in our scrambled eggs this morning.

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  9. Northern AB gal3:36 PM

    Best news I've read today, keep on keeping on!

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  10. I'm so glad that you are feeling better!!! Have you tried Red Rooibos Tea? It's about the only tea I like. You can find it at most grocery stores. I hope that you have a great day :)

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    1. Actually, now that I'm forced to drink herb tea or nothing, I'm learning to like some of the flavors. I've been drinking Sleepy Time tea for ages, and I don't mind it. I found some long-expired raspberry tea in the back of a cupboard. With a little sugar added, it was pretty tasty! By "a little", I mean one cube of sugar.

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