I haven't done a regular post in awhile, so I thought I would catch everyone up on my health situation and other news.
As far as my health, all my tests came back normal: urine, blood, and the chest x-ray. I have done some kind of damage to the lining of my esophagus and according to all the stuff I've read, it takes 4-6 weeks to heal. I wasn't able to eat much over the weekend, but I got online and found information on what foods were safe to eat, which ones could be consumed "with discretion", and which were absolute no-no's. Not surprisingly, coffee, chocolate, and fried foods are all on the "no-no" list.
So, here's what I'm eating, safely. Yesterday I had a bowl of Cheerios for breakfast, half a turkey sandwich (no mayo) for lunch, some honeydew melon, and a plain baked potato for dinner. I know it doesn't sound like a lot, but it feels like a lot to me after Saturday, when all I ate was saltine crackers. The only "safe" beverage is water, so I'm drinking that a lot. Flavored water is okay, so that helps. Oatmeal has become one of my favorites. It's easy going down.
Some patients with acid reflux have trouble with dairy products (although it doesn't seem to bother me), and skim milk is actually on the "occasional" list, so I am saving my milk consumption for my breakfast cereal. Cream cheese is allowed, so I got some at the grocery last night along with some bagels, for a snack. I also bought a container of soy milk, just to see what it tastes like. If I can substitute that for regular milk on my cereal, I can get my "safe" dairy from items like cream cheese, sour cream, and frozen yogurt.
For lunches and dinners, I am looking at turkey breast and ham for lunches, and baked chicken and fish for dinners. I bought some tilapia and cod for some baked fish recipes. I AM allowed pasta but no tomato-based products, like spaghetti sauce. That also means no pizza, but last night I was looking in the pizza cases and there are lots of veggie pizzas with alfredo sauce. Maybe someday.
So, the long and short of it is, I am learning to eat without pain. I have to be very careful for 4-6 weeks, and then I can start to re-introduce some of my favorites. I miss my morning coffee AND Diet Coke, but I was trying to give up soft drinks anyway. It's a good way to lose weight. I can't wait to weigh myself, but I'm trying to give it a little more time.
Other than that, things have been pretty good. I had a second date with Baron last Friday and it was good. We are taking things slowly. He is going on a vacation so we won't be able to get together for awhile, but we stay in touch. At the very least, I think we can be friends.
The kids are all doing well. Aaron has an appointment with a nutritionist and we're starting a fitness class for kids tonight. He's having a blast with his "Better Batter" baseball. Daniel has been busy with another football camp, and swimming, and hanging out with friends. Rachael has been playing with her band, working, and helping out at church once a week. Joseph has been working a lot, and involved with TWO play practices. Luckily, one play performs this week so the schedule will lighten up somewhat. "Back to school" is looming in the near future...yikes!
That's all for now. Hope everyone is doing well.