I started to feel sick on Thursday. And then sometime right around 2 AM on Friday I was hit with a brutal chest cold. I slept for a total of four disjointed hours. When I finally gave up on sleep, I could barely talk and my throat hurt. The worst part wasn’t even the cold, however. The worst part was The Reflux. Every time I coughed, I ended up throwing up. Who knew that one’s own mucous could actually further irritate acid reflux? They don’t mention MUCOUS on the list of foods to avoid if prone to acid reflux but they really should. I have been shocked before by the amount of mucous my body creates when I have a cold, couple that with the pregnancy hormones, and I’ve broken a world’s record for sure.
Here’s how it worked. I would cough, mucous was enter my throat from my lungs (oh, lungs, I am so sorry I put you through at all that stupid abuse), my esophagus would succumb to a million little daggers, the reflux would bubble up, meet up with the mucous and I’d throw up. I did this a dozen times. I did this until there was nothing left in my belly to throw up. And every time I tried to lie back down to rest, empty stomach or not, the acid would rise up again. I was digesting my esophagus, neck, and face.
Sometime early Friday, Tobyjoe decided that I needed to see our primary care physician just in case I was coming down with something worse than a common cold. The doctor told me my lungs sounded fine. He suggested I drink a ton of fluids, take her easy, and avoid taking too much in the way of cold remedies. He wrote me prescription for some antibiotics but suggested I not fill it if things started to better over the next day or two. (I ended up not filling the prescription.)
I’ve been sick all weekend. And because the acid reflux was so bad last week, Tobyjoe has me on the most intense (and boring) diet. Basically, it’s a low-fat, no B.S. sort of diet. I can’t eat sweets. I can’t eat cheese. Each meal has to be small and I have to eat about 6 of them a day. Since Thursday, I have eaten nothing but raw fruits, vegetables, dry rye toast, fake hot dogs (sans the condiments), juices, a vanilla soy protein drink, scrambled eggs (without butter), grits (without butter), and some more fruit. It’s been a rough couple of days, to say the least. But I have lost 5 pounds of my pregnancy weight and the acid reflux? TOTALLY GONE.
I’m terrified of introducing new foods back into my diet because I finally am able to lie down for several hours on end without tinge of pain. But I’m not sure how much longer I can eat apple sauce and dry polenta.
But enough about me? How about that series finale, people? On second thought, keep it to yourself. So many folks ain’t seen it yet, including Tobyjoe who is in San Francisco.