Well, the upshot of the endoscopy is that I don’t have the bacteria they suspected most likely, so I probably don’t have an ulcer, but they’re giving me ulcer medicine anyway (famotidine: side effects may include “fussiness”). And I’m supposed to change the way I eat — mostly by eliminating anything potentially troubling to a stomach, including (but not limited to):
caffeine, chocolate, alcohol, fat, bacon, tomatoes, cream (and cream soups, ice cream, etc.), spicy peppers, peppermint… and the list goes on.
Perhaps the most painful thought is giving up my morning tea, which is as much ritual as beverage. But it would be nice to get rid of the persistent reflux, so I have to resign myself to mending my ways. Of course, this is less than inspiring, particularly in the midst of the holiday season when people are making such tasty dishes and richly fatty desserts.
Well, let me console myself with something from Cute Overload: