Running with camels

Seven weeks post-op, and I am *almost* normal!  Well, normal as defined by me, at least.  As defined by my doctor, though…not so much. Since I was having nonstop anxiety and despair about the lurking organism H Pylori turning my stomach into a witch’s acidic brew (not a scientific description), I decided to become a camel for awhile.  If I take my proton-pump inhibitor, I don’t have pain.  So why worry about taking a double dose of toxic medicines to kill the organism?  Can’t we just coexist peacefully? Unfortunately, my doctor doesn’t share my opinion.  Something about nutrition, absorbing enough … Continue reading Running with camels

Glad to be on the winning team

Thankfully I did not grow another eyeball, lose any appendages, or experience sudden death today after taking the first dose of that dreaded antibiotic.  Unfortunately, I have experienced enough signs and symptoms that I know I am reacting and am not just panicking: -hearing changes.  I haven’t exactly lost my hearing, but this evening suddenly everything got muffled.  I’m hearing a strange phantom ringing sound in my right ear that drives me crazy if I don’t distract myself with something else…like writing.  Except I just wrote about it and now am thinking about it again! -vision changes.  I made my … Continue reading Glad to be on the winning team

Stuck in a Shell

Some people are risk takers.  Other people plow through life without thought to the risks and consequences of their actions.  Then there are people like me who are risk-averse, to the highest degree. I avoid risk at all costs.  My father’s admonition to “think before you act” helped shaped me into the person I am today.  But in true perfectionistic form, I take it way past the point of logic and way past what he intended me to learn.  Today I find myself in a position where I am endangering my health and my relationship with the Lord because my … Continue reading Stuck in a Shell

Fighting the Big Bad Wolf

Apparently a wolf in sheep’s clothing….is still a wolf. Several weeks ago I found out that an endoscopic biopsy found that I had a bacterial infection in my stomach.  Heliopacter Pylori is a hardy bug that is highly resistant to antibiotics.  At least thirty percent of the general population walk around with this bacteria happily coexisting without causing any problems.  Some people, though, develop gastritis, which is a long word that basically means stomach inflammation.  The best way to get better is to eradicate those H Pylori germs with antibiotics. And more antibiotics.  And more antibiotics. Seeing as how I’d … Continue reading Fighting the Big Bad Wolf

A Lounge Lizard’s Reality

This is the Lounge Lizard, checking in fifteen days post-hysterectomy.  Don’t I look marvelous?  That surgery was truly transformational! I am doing well.  Still tired and occasionally achey, but rejoicing that I will never again have back labor pain every month.  I’m rejoicing that my chronic back pain is now intermittent, my complexion is great now that my skin isn’t oily anymore, and I finally put on makeup for the first time since my surgery.  Yesterday morning we had our family interview at the university-model school we’d like to enroll our daughter in come January.  It was my second outing … Continue reading A Lounge Lizard’s Reality