Goodbye June

Well I hope July is a little less chaotic, that’s all I can say.

June took a nosedive as the 2nd week began. I knew it was going to be busy – I had a work-related trip to Fort Collins, Colorado. My annual exam committee meeting where we put together the certifying exam for the specialty field in which I work. It’s always a 3-day weekend fraught with angst – long days cooped up indoors at the vet school while we debate what should or shouldn’t make it onto the exam. But it was fruitful, as always. And also really nice to once again catch up with the great folk who make up the committee. This is all voluntary work, so you can imagine it tends to attract more benevolent and less egotistical folk! Always a bonus when you’re trying to gather collective opinions.

As if that wasn’t stressful enough, over that same weekend I began to experience some similar symptoms to what I’d experienced last year. The acid feeling. After a few days, I decided to take some Prilosec. Ye Gods…..the cure was worse than the disease!

I took it for 4 days and couldn’t handle the side effects. I was nauseous, headache-ridden, groggy, and ridiculously tired (even when driving – not good). So I stopped, and felt much better the next day. However, a couple of days later, I developed the most horrendous rebound acid imaginable. I’ve heard about this in relation to folk who’ve taken the drug long-term, but didn’t expect it to hit me after 4 days.

Fast forward about 10 days, and I’m now beginning to emerge from the acid bath! Things are much better now, so hopefully that’ll continue. I’ve read that it can take a month in most cases (longer for some) for things to settle down. Meanwhile I’m taking care about what I eat and drink. I’ve been off coffee for 3 weeks now, and I’m mostly restricted to either water or chamomile tea for drinks. And being a staunch coffee drinker, you can imagine the chamomile tea isn’t cutting it for me! I only drink decaf usually, but even that is quite acidic, so needs to be avoided. Mealtimes are highly exciting – oatmeal, wholewheat bread, egg whites, chicken and brown rice, bananas, and melons have become my staples. All of these I eat anyway, but usually I get to have other things too! But not right now in this new phase of acid reflux……

Apart from the burning……we’ve had some nice stormy weather here in between the hot days (that I despise so much). I love stormy weather – not only for the cool relief it brings me, but for the great skies it brings too.

Work has been too busy, lots of deadlines that have left me working evenings and weekends. So I have to get creative when the weather is nice. Last weekend I decided to take the laptop to Starbucks (with my chamomile tea) up in Bedford, north of Boston. I worked for much of the day there, and took an hour or so off before heading home, and meandered around Minuteman Park since the weather was beautiful.

Oh, and on a fun note, I got to play the Queen in a skit we put on at work earlier this month! It was hysterical, a big group of us did it in honor of a fellow vet who was leaving our division after being there for 12 years. To say we made fools of ourselves is an understatement, but she did enjoy it!

I hope June has been less eventful for you! Here’s to a more peaceful July.



7 responses to “Goodbye June

  1. I’ve never heard of such a bad case of acidic stomach. Yuck. Usually a couple of Tums and I’m good. Wait’ll you get older. That ain’t pretty.

    • Oh no! This has all hit me unexpectedly – after a couple of episodes in the past year, but nothing previously, it’s all been a big shock. I’m wondering if I’ve had what is known as “silent reflux” for a lot longer though.

      • Have you gone to a doctor? What’s s/he think?

      • No, haven’t seen my doc yet – the symptoms are 90% better now that I’ve done all the things recommended for GERD – sleeping on a wedge pillow, close the kitchen at 8pm, no coffee/tea/alcohol, very low fat & alkaline foods only. If the suggested 2w induction followed by gradual intro of a more user-friendly maintenance diet doesn’t keep it at bay, I’ll get an appointment. I’m a bad patient – being a vet, I self-medicate & only visit my doc for annual checks & “when I can’t cure myself”, haha!

  2. Arg. Hope the stomach problems un-reaar their ugly heads.
    Go you for being able to reserve from you time amidst all the work.
    Is it office work that has you so backed up, or your independent work?

    • Yes, such a pain on so many levels! And it’s both my office work and independent stuff, as well as my exam committee work with deadlines right now. But I’ve decided to massively reduce my freelance stuff for the next couple of weeks so I can catch up with the other 2 things which aren’t really flexible. My committee work will be done by the end of this week, so things are settling down little by little!

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