I Can Only Talk About Two Things – Houses and Acid

Posted By on February 15, 2009

First off, I’d really like to say thank you to all of you for your comments on my last post. Even though it was a little vague, it helped to just get it out and not feel like I’m holding all these stressors on the inside. And I think I’ll definitely take to writing it out, just for myself, just to help me work through things. Back before I started blogging, I did used to keep a journal and it was very helpful, especially when I just wrote free form.

So obviously a big thing in my life right now is STRESS. Stress with a 72-point font S. I have stress at work and the stress of buying my condo and I’ve really totally negated any of the work that the Nexium had done for my tummy for the first three weeks. So right now, I’m back in heart burn/acid reflux hell. And it is no fun.

I’m pretty sure that the biggest trigger is the STRESS. I have no doubts about that. While I was attempting to eat less acidic foods throughout the last four weeks, there were times I would slip up. Because I LOVE PICKLES! And if I get a pickle, I will not think twice about eating it. Even if the damn cucumber was soaked in vinegar which is just like pouring acid down your throat.

Back before all my additional stress, I could slip up every now and then and wouldn’t pay the price. Generally if there was any issues, a few Tums would do the trick. Now I’m not as lucky. Pretty much the minute I swallow something acidic, something I shouldn’t be having, my tummy lets me know.

So in talking to Nic last week on gchat, she gave me some suggestions, which she is wont to do. By the way, I should not be allowed on instant messaging at all because if I have any kind of freak outs and you happen to having some sort of enlightening conversation with me, I will interrupt all your intelligent conversation with “OH! IT BURNS! I SHOULDN’T HAVE EATEN PIZZA! WHAT WILL I DO? WAH!!!” I’m honestly surprised most people like Nic don’t block me and remain hidden online. Although, she would miss having our Snark Club meetings.

Anyway, when I was whining to Nic and making the whole conversation about ME!, which I am wont to do, I was like “it is so hard! I am having a hard time eating healthy AND trying to limit my acid. Woe is me.”

To which she replied, I think you need to worry about limiting the acid and then everything else should fall into place. She also mentioned working out, since that can relieve stress. And if I do all these things, I’ll be able to live in a world where I don’t breathe fire and I can drink coffee! And a world where I can STOP TALKING ABOUT ACID REFLUX.

So that’s what I’m trying. And still failing. Miserably. I’ve eaten a lot of sandwiches. And then today at the grocery store I bought a turkey breast and figured I’d have that with rice for dinner. And since I don’t like plain rice, I thought I’d get a Rice A Roni mix or something with a little more flavor. Because then I could add some broccoli or peas to the rice and still be getting some added vegetables! YAY ME!

I was the most annoying shopper in the store. I stared at labels of EVERYTHING looking at ingredients and making sure none of them would upset the tum. And clearly I did a horrible job. The rice I got had “spices” listed. It was rice pilaf. So I figured “spices” were like salt and pepper. I mean, come on, rice pilaf isn’t a spice explosion in your mouth or anything.

Well, boy was I W-R-O-N-G, WRONG. Spices clearly meant “tomatoes and vinegar” because after eating it, I can still feel the fire and I don’t the cats’ hair is ever going to grow back right after I lit fire to their tails after yelling at them with my fire breath.

So yeah. This was like one long, boring post about me being an idiot and complaining about all the same things. I’m a two hit wonder. Who wants to hear about my new condo? It’s been several paragraphs since I mentioned that.

But I’m trying to do better. I’m trying to keep my stress low. For instance, when I was washing dishes by hand tonight, I made myself feel tons better because I’m one day closer to a dishwasher and no more dish pan hands. Woo hoo! House and acid! In the same paragraph! I win!

And the good news is I leave two weeks from Wednesday to go on vacation to Arizona. If a few days in the sun away from everything during spring training doesn’t help, then I’m just hopeless. And I’ll rename this blog to Full Of Acid.

About the author

Kristabella, who also answers to “Hey! Drunk Girl!”, is a reformed band geek with an amazing ability to drink most people under the table. You can read her inane ramblings here, where she talks about her exciting life as a spinster with two cats and a fascination for Bacon.


17 Responses to “I Can Only Talk About Two Things – Houses and Acid”

  1. Matt says:

    See, I see “house” and “acid” in the same sentence, and it makes me think of high school.

    I’m a dork.

    Matts last blog post..Ten Things Most People Don’t Know About Twitter

  2. Issy says:

    Maybe you can get a Nexium sponsorship for your blog?

  3. Melissa says:

    Hmmm, Full of Acid has it’s benefits…are you going to start trippin’?

    Feel better!

    Melissas last blog post..Ambien – Viagra For Women?

  4. Lori says:

    I don’t know if I could read a blog called “Full of Acid”. Sort of scares me. But I am really looking forward to seeing you soon and I’ll try to make sure it will be sunny for you that week.

    Loris last blog post..she is wondering why they don’t smell

  5. TMae says:

    Yeah…the reflux will kill you. I get it so bad sometimes that even thinking about eating makes it hurt. I can’t even drink water when it’s like that. Yes, water. Good times, I tell you.

    I hope you start to feel better soon. It’s sucks to have that pain.

  6. Darcey says:

    When I’m stressed out, I sometimes go to the gym and find a punching bag and wail on it.

    Of course, that’s changed from when I was in high school and I used to go back to the art building and find the pile of spare ceramic tiles, grab a hammer and start creating pieces for mosaics.

    That was an excellent stress reliever – and incidentally, I got to be productive, too.

  7. slynnro says:

    Bad News- my reflux? All but stops when I take a break from working out.

  8. Angella says:

    I had reflux when I was pregnant with Graham and it SUCKED. I really do hope your tummy settles down soon. xoxo

    Angellas last blog post..Mad At Dad?

  9. Giggle Pixie says:

    My biggest stress reducer is going to Barnes & Noble and sitting in one of the big comfy lounge chairs with a big pile of books and magazines, taking my time to read as much or as little as I want. Try to find what works for you. Maybe it’s a quiet place to read, or maybe it’s just sitting on a park bench with your iPod blasting in your ears, or a long, hot soak in the tub with candles all around.

    Stress is in abundance at our house right now too, so every chance I get I try to practice some “ME” time. Take care of yourself kiddo, hope you’re feeling better soon!

  10. Sheri says:

    I hope you can find a way to relieve the stress. I’m a worrier too. I basically have no talents and am outstanding at absolutely nothing, but I worry like a pro.

    Re: rice, you never know what you are getting in those mixes. If you want to flavor things up, instead of water, use broth. It is available in boxes where you use what you need and can put the leftovers in your fridge. Polenta is also yummy and might be easier on the tummy.

    I really hope you feel better!!

  11. witchypoo says:

    RiceRoni is of the devil. Chicken broth is awesome.

    witchypoos last blog post..Dirty T Shirt

  12. TUWABVB says:

    I truly thought you were talking about a different kind of acid in the title, but a friend that has really bad AR told me that the BEST thing that she did was keep a food diary for the first few weeks of her treatment to keep track of foods that were “ok”, foods that gave her minor flare-ups and foods that stoked the fire way too much. She was eventually able to identify specific ingredients (such as tomatoes) that caused her more grief than it was worth – but say, on nights she was going out for Italian food, she would take something additional beforehand to help her out. At the very least, it let her plan ahead. Good luck!

  13. Ree says:

    Wine is still okay, right?


  14. Erin says:

    I was going to suggest making your own fried rice (the recipe in the Taste of Home Cookbook is WAY yummy) but then I remembered the soy sauce and…have no desire to get off the couch and see if it is acidic (though I’m pretty sure it is).

    Keeping a journal as well as a blog can be really helpful. I started journalling again a few weeks ago after our [insert your favorite twenty swear words here] “roommate” moved in just so I’d have a place to put all of my anger and frustration and it has helped keep my head from spinning off a few times. 🙂 Plus, sometimes after you write it down in your journal you’ll look at it and say “that’s not actually inflammatory at all, I SHOULD put that up on the blog!” 🙂

  15. gorillabuns says:

    i complain about mine and still eat jalapenos. i’m not a smart person.

    gorillabunss last blog post..RSVP

  16. Rhi says:

    I really believe that when you have a dishwasher that your heartburn will magically disappear.

    Rhis last blog post..Well, hello there!

  17. Moose says:

    The exercise thing is GENIUS. Seriously. When I exercise for half an hour a day, I feel so much better. It burns off the stress and the angst and makes you sleep better and I just can’t say enough about those endorphins.

    Acid trembles in fear of the endorphins. Yes.

    Mooses last blog post..Never Underestimate the Joy in Grinding Your Face into Fresh Snow