That’s five night’s of restful sleep in a row.  While I can’t say I’m feeling 100%, I am feeling well enough.   That feeling of heaviness in the pit of my stomach has still not completely left me, and there’s always that hint of nausea.  Can’t help but wonder how much of it is the meds and how much of it is me just getting over it.  More to the point, I can’t help but wonder how I’ll feel once this prescription finishes.  But I guess we’ll find that out in January.  To be on the safe side, and at the behest of our medical professional friend, Dr. Blackjack, I have requested an endoscopy.  Akemi insists it’s a breeze.  Just swallow a camera, have them take photos of your insides for 5-10 minutes, and your done.  Easy-peasy!

One of the people I had lunch with today mentioned a friend who went through something similar – weird stomach issues for weeks.  They ended up undergoing a litany of tests – endoscopy, colonoscopy, CT scan – only to learn it was just a bug.  A bug!  Akemi vacillates between grave concern and being almost convinced I contracted E coli as a result of the improperly cooked flour in my pasta cheese sauce last month.  But I dunno.  Does E coli really stick around for weeks, disappear, and return weeks later?

To be on the safe side, I’m having the same thing for dinner I’ve had three nights in a row – three scrambled eggs with a touch of salt followed by some Greek yogurt with manuka honey.

Today’s Yes/No…

Who is this stalker?

Tomorrow, we are Montreal-bound…which means a sleepless night, but for reasons wholly unrelated to stomach issues.  We catch a 9:30 a.m. flight (which means a 6:00 a.m. wake-up), and we’ll be flying with Suji who will, hopefully, prove cooperative.  It’s only about an hour’s flight time, the airport is a 20 minute walk from our place, and I hope we’re flying early enough in the holidays season that the airpot won’t be all that crowded.  I’m hoping for smoooooooooth sailing!

14 thoughts on “December 19, 2022: Cautiously optimistic…

  1. Good luck on your flight. Don’t worry, Suji will charm all the other passengers. Hope your stomach holds. I’m sure your mom has some eggs you can cook if it doesn’t. Your mom also might have a home remedy to try on you. After all, moms know best (then Akemi knows right after you mom). You’re in good hands. Let’s have fun now!

  2. The TV just advertised that Stargate will start appearing on the Comet channel. I t might interrupt the Star Trek broadcast. Something I haven’t seen. Well it’s not Dark Matter, but it is a nice addition. Rookie starts a new January 3.

  3. I hope you’re on the mend! That’s nice being in walking distance to the airport. I hope it all goes well. 🤞🏼

    I might have to cancel my mom trip Thursday. I had a CT yesterday for kidney stones. You know it’s bad when the CT tech says “Woah”. So it looks like a lithotripsy is in my near future. Depending on when they schedule me, I might still pop down for a quicker visit to drop off presents.

  4. Joe, this summer, I had almost exactly the same symptoms caused by giardiasis which I picked up from the dog. It took five weeks to recover. I was terrified of eating anything and as a warning I had a couple of false flag recovery moments. Egg and rice meals seemed to be the only thing that didn’t send my stomach into paroxysm. Still it’s not a bad thing to get the doc to run a battery of tests. All the best.

      1. When I was reading your post above, I was coming down to reply that I’m not sure about E. coli, but I know Giardia does that exact thing and can go on for months (so I’ve heard). I’m pretty sure an antibiotic is required otherwise it can drag on for ages.

        Giardia is a somewhat common water borne bug and is fairly well known in hiking circles if you don’t filter your water sources. I’ve never had it thankfully, but I’m super careful about that when backpacking.

  5. Last week I ended up in the emergency room with the worst pain I’ve ever felt. The ultrasound and MRI didn’t show anything amiss, but everyone seemed to be of the opinion that it was something to do with my gall bladder. I immediately eliminated anything that could possibly be triggering and have been slowly reintroducing things with zero problem. The only difference is that I’ve added a dandelion tea and a couple of turmeric capsules to my daily intake.

    Best of luck to you in your dietary experimentation and the travels.

      1. Nope. The dandelion tea and daily turmeric seem to be really helping, though. I’m off to Scotland in three days and am worried I won’t be able to get any fish and chips.

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