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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