I’m working on some Innkeeper this morning, so we should be posting on Friday. Poor Arland has been dying for a couple of weeks now. I saw all those comments that said he should’ve suffered more. You are bloodthirsty savages. 🙂
Thank you for all of the wellwishes. I’m okay. According to my doctor, I have gastritis aggravated by acid reflux. In my case, I don’t actually get heartburn. I get really strong pressure in my chest, hot throat, and pain on the left side of my chest. Unfortunately, some of those symptoms are also consistent with heart issues, which made me anxious, which in turn aggravated my stomach even more. I stopped eating properly, lost ten pounds in the last six weeks – I don’t miss them – and generally decided to have a health crisis, because my life clearly isn’t exciting enough.
It’s surprisingly difficult to not stress out about the possibility of heart problems, partially because if you make the mistake of googling the symptoms, you will get a screen full of articles informing you that if you have any kind of chest pain, you must check it out and that women’s heart issues are not like man’s issues and so on. So I stopped googling symptoms and let people who actually went to school and trained for it do their jobs.
The doctor says it is very unlikely that I have heart issues. The pressure comes on usually when I sit instead of when I am physically active. I swam thirty laps in the pool yesterday, and my chest didn’t hurt. The pressure can also last for an hour or longer and has been going on for a while. There is no heart issue history in the family, and I had an EKG a couple of months ago with a chest x-ray and blood work looking for heart issues, and it all came back normal.
Long story short, she isn’t concerned, but she did put me on a hardcore antacid. Also, I have to give up tomatoes for awhile. And chocolate, which actually doesn’t bother me. And coffee. Today is my 7th day without coffee.
I’ve switched to tea. Yes, I know it’s more acidic but for some reason it doesn’t aggravate me as much as coffee does. Besides, they would revoke my Russian card if i didn’t have a cup of black tea a day. When I drink coffee, I can feel its way burning down through me. I gave up a twenty year cup of coffee in the morning habit. It hurts, but drinking coffee hurts more. Also I miss tomatoes.
So the main thing to do now is to try not to stress out, eat bland foods (nothing with caffeine, nothing with too much sugar, nothing greasy, nothing spicy… you get the picture), moderate exercise every day (been doing well with that), and take the antacid for a month. Hopefully my stomach will heal itself.
So what’s you favorite tea?