Last Friday I was preparing to go out of town with Muggle Man and Ginny – she was cheering at a basketball tournament and Muggle Man had a barbershop rehearsal on Saturday. All was fine until around lunchtime, when I started feeling queasy.
The queasiness grew until I started to get that feeling that I might throw up. I lay down in hopes that the queasiness would subside while I tried to figure out what could be causing the problem. My first thought was migraine, but there have been a lot of stomach bugs going around so that was also a possibility. I wondered if I would have to stay home from our trip.
The queasiness kind of came and went so I decided I’d give the trip a try. If I ended up in bed the whole time, so be it.
Long story short, I made it through the weekend OK. However, Monday morning I was still queasy. Ugh, really?! I was going to give it one more day then realized that I was scheduled to work the rest of the week and didn’t really *have* one more day, so I called the doctor.
The doctor determined that I have gastritis, brought on by stress and taking too much Advil. She asked if I had had an increase in my stress level recently. “Well, two weeks ago my son was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, plus we are trying to figure out where he is going to go to college.” (Let’s not even mention the month-long most recent craziness/snafus/mess-ups with our mortgage account or Ginny’s early AM and Muggle Man’s late night E/R visits!!). “That would do it!” she smiled ruefully.
I was instructed to avoid Advil/Aleve, caffeine, alcohol, and decongestants. My Zantac prescription was refilled. Blood was taken for bloodwork and a just-in-case ultrasound of the gallbladder scheduled.
A week later, I’m finally starting to feel better. It helps that we’ve had snow days where I could stay home and take it easy. Its been frustrating, though, not knowing when I will be feeling like myself again. A couple of times I’ve just cried. I’m ready for this to be over, though – and, after going through all this I’d better at least lose some weight!!