Monday, February 09, 2009

It's time to relax

I went to bed last night with a mild case of indigestion and woke up with the most violent case of acid reflux this side of Jesus' birth. It was so bad that I was acutely uncomfortable in any position other than mostly prostrate with my chest slightly elevated. I did not sleep. At. All.

This morning I was as close to useless as human beings get. My throat was raw and dry. Swallowing was like rubbing two pieces of sand paper in the back of my mouth. And even after almost the entire bottle of Tums I was still having heinous heartburn.

Needless to say, I worked from home until I could drink something other than my own saliva.

But, as if that wasn't awful enough, it was raining this morning. That means two things ... wait, make that three things: wet puppies, mad hens and no Internet. For quite some time, likely until about 9:30, I was scared that I would have to go in to the office not quite yet recovered. And then, just as I'd was being transferred to the customer service staff with Mother Fucking Time Warner Cable, my iGoogle page pops up and I am connected to my home WiFi. I didn't even get the chance to get my gripe on.

Oh, and Gloria was so loud today after I fed them! She was really barking out the traditional chicken cluck that everyone imitates: bawk-bawk-beCAW! She was even up on her hackles, really craning her neck and throwing her voice. Good thing all the folks that weren't up all night with acid reflux were likely already at work.

The moral of this story is that I may just need to take an effing chill pill. This heartburn junk is not what I signed up for.


Stephanie said...

Pour a bit of baking soda in a cup and fill it with hot water. I live on this stuff. I'm sure it's not the healthiest, but it works.

Olivia said...

Did you know that the symptoms of low stomach acid often feel the same as acid reflux/indigestion? This is just a suggestion, as obviously you know the specifics of your condition.

I used to pop Tums and Zantac in vain until one day I was eating a salad dressed with extra balsamic vinegar, which felt sooo good going down.

So I slapped myself on the forehead and thought about the effects of low stomach acid. Went out and bought a bottle of apple cider vinegar. Every time symptoms threaten, I take 2 tbsps and it's gone. Hasn't happened much lately, but it's known that apple cider vinegar is very good for the body in countless ways, so I probably ought to take some daily.

And this is from someone who once couldn't STAND the smell of vinegar if it got on the counter. I take it straight, but there are plenty of healthy preparations - my mother started drinking it in fresh boiled ginger for her own disruptive stomach ailments a few years ago.

Jo said...

I used to eat candied ginger every day before eating lunch, but I stopped doing that for some reason. I might start doing it again, though.