Ok. I hope I'm back for good now. I have been really sick (at least for me) over the past 2 weeks.
I thought I had bronchitis, or maybe even walking pnuemonia. I was all achy and flu-like, had headaches, my throat was sore and I had an awful, awful cough that made my entire chest ache.
After a week of this, I went to the doctor to get a real diagnosis. As it turns out, I really did have bronchitis, but the underlying cause was something I hadn't considered- gastroesophageal reflux disease (or acid reflux disease or GERD). This was a tad disconcerting, given the situation my family is in right now.
A few months back my mother was diagnosed with a type of fibroid lung disease. After doing extensive tests, her doctors theorize that what caused her massive amounts of lung scar tissue was probably an undiagnosed/treated case of esophageal reflux. The stomach acid ate away at her esophagus and then began working on her lungs. She is doing fine now, but is on oxygen 24/7 (more than likely a permanent situation) and could possibly need a lung transplant not too far down the road.
Sitting in my doctor's office, hearing this particular diagnosis, I had an epiphany. Up until now, I feel like I've lead a pretty charmed life as far as diet and food go. I eat what I want when I want it. I don't eat horrible things, but I know I eat too much of everything. And I get ZERO exercize. I used to get plenty of exercize. I used to run or walk 2 miles a day. I'm not sure why I ever stopped doing that.
Anyway- so what this has meant for me over the past week, is a kind of boot camp for food. I have a list of foods I should avoid while we're getting the stomach acid situation under control:
foods high in fat (like everything I crave)
citrus foods such as orange juice
I feel sure that all of these things will come back (in moderation), but for right now I'm trying to get better about avoiding some of them.
OK- enough whining. I am also going to post a recipe today (I finally feel like getting back in the kitchen). Stay tuned.....