Dec 18, 2014

There Is Always Something Good....

Come tomorrow, I'll wake up new.
The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today..

Ever since I was diagnosed with Thyroid cancer many things have really gone wacky with me.
Yikes! sad indeed and as Arvid says, "I'm the one who has to deal with all your changes."
I know, true supporter he is, but when I hear him say it it just makes me smile.

One of the most irritating symptoms, and trust me there are many is this cough that does not
 want to quit.  I have now had it close to a year and nothing seems to help.  Doctors say I have
 GERD  (Gastroesophageal reflux disease)  This is a condition in which the stomach contents
 (food or liquid) leak backwards from the stomach into the esophagus (the tube from the mouth to 
the stomach).  This action can irritate the esophagus, causing heartburn and many other symptoms.

I have taken different medications for it, but it still persists.  I have also modified my food habits,
but still it persists.  I had given up carbonated drinks, but sadly it's been 3 months now and
 I have been indulging in them again.  Pepsi is my weakness.
  Have again given it up this time for good,  Sad!

Anther thing I have to definitely cut down on is coffee.  Sad also because I sure enjoyed
my morning cafes with Brutus.  Though I have not given it up 100%, I am working toward it.
Now in the mornings I just have a small cup and usually just a few sips.  Sad!

Not one to really do the green tea stuff, I have now started again. This also means
 no chocolate, and it's another of my so many weaknesses.  All my weaknesses are 
the same things that I can no longer eat.  In my culture we are used to spicy foods.
  You guessed right another no-no on my list.  All my pleasures in food have been taken away.
It's a good thing there is so much other good stuff to sample.  Now is my chance to try new things.

Though I am being extra cautious, it did not help at all yesterday.  I took the
pill 20 minutes before mealtime, just like the doctor said to do.  Did not help an
hour after lunch I was coughing up a fit.  I who never liked milk much drink lots of it everyday.

I am actually taking a while to get used to this "new" me.  I also found out
that with this GERD your body tends to bloat up even more.
Yep.. happy days are in store for me.

Taking it all one day at a time.
  No other way to look at it or face it.

I have a new philosophy. 
I'm only going to dread one day at a time...