I slept in the recliner again last night, and woke up pain-free! I thought I was back to normal, but washing dishes this morning wore me out, so I'll take it easy for awhile.
It's strange about the low potassium, because I was at our regular doctor Tuesday and potassium was normal. At the hospital they told me it wasn't terribly high. I believe the doctor said "a little high". he nurse mixed some up in a foul-tasting sports drink in a cup and gave it to me. I did feel more energectic afterward; when I first got to the hospital, I was afraid to walk to the bathroom by myself.
One part of the problem is that my blood pressure prescription is a water pill; I take one in the morning, one at night. My mother started feeling bad on the same med, went to the doctor, and he told her she was low in potassium because of her blood pressure prescription, the same one I take. He prescribed magnesium for her to take each day; it was a liquid, and she complained about how awful it tasted. I recall her saying she had been so weak and tired, she could hardly walk. My father asked the doctor if he was low on potassium, since he took the same B/P pill as mother. The doctor told him, "If the time comes that you need it, you will know something's wrong."
I should add that the first B/P med I was prescribed years ago was an ACE inhibitor and gave me a dry hacking cough that wouldn't let me sleep at night. That happens in 1/3 of the people who take it.
I normally have lots of fruit and vegetables in my diet, but with the pain of acid reflux, I was afraid to eat fruit, and I wasn't really feeling well enough to fix a decent meal; poor Cliff was very understanding, but he he can't even cook an egg properly, and I have tried to teach him. I think the height of his cooking abilities would be baking a potato in the microwave; when I first told him how... poke it all over with a fork and put it in the microwave... and explained how long to cook it, he had a baked potato for three nights straight. I should explain that he's on his own in the evening. I try to make a decent meal at noon and he makes a sandwich or heats up something leftover for supper.
I'm still sitting here thinking how wonderful it is to have no stomach pain. I don't know if it will last, but it's a treat, for sure.
I hope for now this issue is over. Whether it is or isn't, I promise that unless something really terrible happens, the next blog entry I do will not be me whining about my problems.
Have a great day! I intend to.