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Results and Instructions

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Great news from the lab results... everything checkouts okay.
Now for the interesting news. I CAN heal the ulcer. Notice I wrote "I CAN". Apparently the ulcer developed from taking baby aspirin. I recently read that it should be taken with a glass of warm water to help it dissolve. It seems that the aspirin I took just sat in my stomach and ate a little hole in it. My bad for not drinking enough water. So for now, no aspirin for me.

What surprised me is the focus on what we cannot have... healing through deprivation?

Here are part of the standard instructions:
"Avoid tobacco, alcohol, chocolate, peppermint, greasy foods, spicy foods, and acidic foods like citrus and tomato." (don't smoke, rarely drink, fried food- yuck, fatty foods -yuck, but spicy and acidic whoa! looks like all that is left are carbs and some steamed veggies.)
"Eat smaller, more frequent meals."
(oh yes just what I need to do... eat more frequently)

So what's a girl to do? Figure out what I should do. A better path for me is what do I need to focus on to heal.

Sifting through contradictory information is making not only my head spin, but also my stomach.


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NEW_PARADIGM 2/17/2013 6:39AM

    Soooo frustrating when my notices for new posts drop off. Hooray for the potential for healing. It can be so overhwelming when all the 'rules' we think we figured out come into question. We appear to be coming to similar conclusions via different paths. Dr. John McDougall's writing (web page and books) helped me wrap my head around how in the world starches and veggies could work for me -- different bodies I know but mine has been responding very well just as he purported it would...
Best to you in finding YOUR answer and healing!

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BIGLITTLEWOMAN 2/15/2013 10:39PM

    This is a bit of a bump in the road. Good news/bad news? Maybe you can venture into smoothies and juicing?? I've been thinking about bringing the blender out of storage.

It seems vegan eating should be stomach friendly doesn't it? To avoid acidic foods don't forget those that contain vinegar. It's just one of those hidden ingredients but very acidic.

Back in my long ago waitressing days I had a regular who drank scotch and milk. There was a time they thought milk coated the stomach and helped prevent irritation. We know better than that now.

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FREELADY 2/13/2013 1:28PM

    emoticon happy face that you got some good news!

emoticon what next? gruel and beef tea?

I recommend eating broccoli florets out of a bone china demitasse cup, and be sure to lift your little finger. (Just saying this because your regimen reminds me of the menu espoused by wealthy damsels in delicate health in my old British mysteries!)

Sometimes there are general default recommendations, but your own doctor can give a specific patient clearance for an exact item or two. What about thinking of three specific things you'd really like to be allowed, and even if they seem doubtful or borderline to you, ask your doctor, "Would it be okay if I eat this and this and this, with my particular situation?" Just a thought; it has happened to us with some surgical situations, when the discharge instructions were very broad, but later questioning revealed that physicians had a lot of latitude to adjust when looking at their own patient's individual case.

You are clever and resourceful....this is an exasperating blow, but you will figure out a workable strategy! And you have been fueling yourself so health-fully; you will probably be a quick healer. Don't forget to watch comedy and laugh out loud.

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1CRAZYDOG 2/13/2013 1:24PM

    Hmmm....as far as eating smaller, more frequent meals, sometimes it's as simple as looking @ what you'd eat for 3 meals and divide it out into maybe eating 5 times/day. Smaller amts., same amt. of food, just allowing your stomach to have something to work on while your ulcer heals!

At least it's a good thing to know what's going on, that there is something you can do!

Hugs and hope you feel better. Happy Valentine's Day!

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