The “S” Word

Before 6, I woke up. I lay in bed and tried to go back to sleep but sleep wouldn’t come. I crawled out over an hour later.

I wasn’t looking forward to the day. It was the followup appointment with the gastro. We didn’t have to leave until noon and that got us to the office 20 minutes early. I parted with $30 and was duly weighed and vital signs taken. Walking back around the square of exam rooms, there was not one available. We were shown to the waiting room again and then called back almost immediately.

That’s when the waiting started. My experience there has been that we get in and out pretty quickly. Not so today. It was almost an hour past my appointment time when the doctor walked in the door. Cuz later remarked he had on scrubs so he must’ve had procedures this morning.

I’d taken my report from the endoscopy and asked to be educated. He showed me what each image was and explained what I was looking at as best he could.

He said my gastritis is caused by a rare (of course) disorder and I shouldn’t be concerned. I told him I was taking 40 mg of Nexium rather than the 20 mg of Prilosec and couldn’t really tell it was doing a whole lot of good. He agreed that it would cut the acid but I could still have reflux.

I can’t, for the life of me, remember the name of the test he said I could have to test the pH in my esophagus. I think it’s impedance. This shows how it’s done and why. He doesn’t know where I could have it done so he will let me know if it’s feasible. He said if I do this, then he can figure out what to do with me and that’s when he brought up the “S” word but he said that would be the last resort. Fundoplication would no doubt be the choice since it’s the most common.

When we left, we went to the Asian market. Cuz wouldn’t go in because she had it in her head that it smelled bad. Nothing could be farther from the truth. It’s very clean and everything is alway shipshape. I hoped to find Companion Hot & Sour Soup but they didn’t have it. I did spy a large display of fuyu persimmons and asked the lady behind the counter how much they were. After talking to the man in front in their native language, she said they were $1.59. Each? No, a pound. Oh, wow! I picked out a baker’s dozen and they came to a little over $7. The prices I’ve seen this year have been anywhere from $1.29 to $1.79 each. And I was beginning to think this was going to be a kaki-near famine year. My purchases bagged up, Cuz met me at the door and carried them out.

We ate a Taco Bell, then went to ALDI and Walmart. It was after dark when we got home. My CIL met me at the van with a flashlight so I could see to get to the house since I’d failed to leave a light on. They both carried bags in and I busied myself putting things away.

The editor had sent me a couple of emails during the day. I’d worked on lesson 11 this morning before I left plus I prayed my way into a solution for the helps file that wouldn’t do what it was supposed to. It finally dawned on me I didn’t have style sheets in all the folders. When I took care of that, it behaved. Praise the Lord!

It’s been a long day and I’m about pooped. When I’d tried to blog earlier, the web site was down. I emailed merm and I don’t know if she had to do anything or if it came back up all by itself. Whatever. I’m going to bed.

4 Responses to The “S” Word

  1. Lila November 20, 2015 at 8:37 am #

    Well, I’d say you and your Cuz had quite a day. Reminds me of some of the trips Mother and I would make – I’m referring to the part about the shopping. If it was close to Christmas, she would be singing, “And the shoppers come home with their treasures.” Of course, I know you do that kind of shopping on the Internet, but that was not so much the trend in those days.

    Hope you can avoid the surgery!

    • Tommie November 20, 2015 at 9:50 am #

      Food is about the only thing I buy from a store, ’tis true.

      I’ve tried about everything there is to try to improve my lot in life and nothing has worked so far. Well, the acid IS reduced but I don’t know if that is a good thing.

  2. Shari November 20, 2015 at 11:10 am #

    I was talking to a nutritionist (friend) the other day and she says that more than 80% of her clients, who are being treated for too much acid, actually don’t have enough! This article says to try this simple experiment on 3 consecutive mornings………but it also says it’s not a for sure thing, but it’s an idea you can try at home and see if maybe…………………

    Here’s the Quick, at Home Way to See if You Have Low Stomach Acid

    Mix 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda in 4-6 ounces of cold water first thing in the morning before eating or drinking anything.
    Drink the baking soda solution.
    Time how long it takes you to belch. Time up to five minutes.
    If you have not belched within five minutes stop timing.

    In theory, if your stomach is producing adequate amounts of stomach acid you’ll likely belch within two to three minutes. Early and repeated belching may be due to excessive stomach acid (but don’t confuse these burps with small little burps from swallowing air when drinking the solution). Any belching after 3 minutes indicates a low acid level.

    Because the time frames can vary person-to-person, as well as how they drink the solution, this test is only a good indicator that you might want to do more testing to determine your stomach acid.

    • Tommie November 21, 2015 at 9:21 pm #

      As I told you on Facebook, it’s a given I don’t have much acid since I take a PPI. I don’t need to do a test to find out. The impedance study would also measure the peristaltic activity of my esophagus. The reflux is the problem, anyway.

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