Yesterday I was feeling sorry for myself.
I have been working super hard on my health. Moving my body more. Eating nourishing foods. Avoiding things that affect my reflux. I thought I was doing all that I needed to do.
But I’ve had this cough for about a week now and it feels like the cough that I had for months and months before I was diagnosed with silent reflux and started taking Omeprazole. At the time, the med made me feel about 99% better. I had symptoms once in a while, but the main symptoms went away.
It has slowly gotten worse lately which is the reason that I have decided to work on losing weight and eating/drinking the foods and drinks that make me feel well, not the ones that cause more problems.
This cough is puzzling. I’m not really sure what to do. And because I’m not wheezing nor do I have chest congestion, I’m not sure that the doc would know what to do either. So at the moment I’m going to continue doing what I’m doing and see what happens and truly hope for the best. I’m trying to trust that God will work through this. It seems silly that a cough would be this big in my life, but it’s exhausting.
Yesterday I slept most of the day trying to get plenty of rest, hoping that would help. It didn’t really go away, but I got up this morning at 6:15, which is the earliest that I’ve gotten in (willingly) in a long, long time. So, I’m happy with how my day is starting out. I’m currently sitting at the table on my porch, listening to the crickets chirping and birds singing, also listening to worship music, and watching my pup be silly :-).
I’m determined to feel joy despite the frustration of my cough.
I’m going to work on cleaning the house today, do some laundry, work on some homeschool planning for next year, and do some reading. I plan to ride my bike to meals today to give myself some minimal exercise without over-doing it.
I will possibly give myself permission to take a nap. We’ll see.
I won’t be able to go to the store till Monday so my sweet friend is picking up a few things for me so that I can take some food to the dining hall (or food to eat before I go) that doesn’t cause reflux. We eat lots of high fat foods and foods that aren’t quite bland enough. Those are all things that I need to avoid.
I can do this! I am working hard each day and adding things to my plate as I can handle it. I’m currently only exercising intentionally 2-3 days a week. I had planned to do more, but it’s so hard to make myself without accountability. I know that I will get there. I’m super happy with my 2-3 days per week! It’s a start!
Now I’m off to shower and get some cleaning done!