Stomach Woes

Over a year ago I had gastritis.

It was terrible and one of the worst things I’ve had to go through.

Ever since that’s happened I’ve been paranoid. If I get a stomach ache I take some Tums and pray that I don’t get sick again. I haven’t had it again, but I’m still very sensitive to any stomach pain.

I also worry about being too stressed. When I signed up to do costumes for the Wizard of Oz, since I got the gastritis after a a week of sewing, I worried that I would get sick and be in utter pain once more if I did too much. Everything turned out fine, but the nagging worry is still in the back of my mind.

Which leads me to this week.

Tuesday night I started having a stomach ache, so I took some Tums and fell asleep on the couch around 11:30 pm. I woke up around 12:30 am and was awake with stomach problems till 3:30 am. It wasn’t fun. I know it was food poisoning of some sort. I’m the only one who was sick and it lasted for less than 24 hours, even though I was still getting better and regaining my strength for the last 12, and we had eaten some fast food Monday night. But in my mind, even though I know what caused it, I now wonder and have the worry about what will get me sick. Every food could be the next culprit to giving me unbearable stomach pain, and keeping me up at night. Now a weekend of pain isn’t that bad, but this weekend I’m going to LA with Anna, so it would really stink to be sick.

I don’t like to think of myself as a worrier, but I don’t want my weekend to be ruined. I really want to enjoy my time with my friend, alone, shopping, and eating out. (We’re shopping for fabric for the play, so it’s not all fun and games.) It’s the thought of eating I don’t like. What if I get sick and my poor pregnant friend has to carry bolts and bolts of tulle and satin to my car, while I stay huddled in the fetal position in the passenger seat, or in a public bathroom? Ick. It could happen, the chances are slim, but I was just sick.

I think I’ll pack some extra tums just in case.

2 Responses to “Stomach Woes”

  1. nice niece Says:

    I have a super sensitive stomach as well. When I was a flight attendant, I used to pack my own food for trips and go grocery shopping in the cities I flew into because I just couldn’t eat out all the time. You know what my miracle stomach-soother is? Carrots…they are seriously my natural Tums. And carrots are great for traveling because they last a long time out of the refrigerator. 🙂

  2. Anna Cotton Says:

    You won’t get sick, we’ll be having too much fun for you to even think about it. Wait until you see the textiles portion of the garment district. Which reminds me, don’t let me forget the map at home. I just barely scratched the surface of what was available the last time I was there.

    And you’re poor pregnant friend isn’t afraid of doing the work, she just has to have a friend along because her husband won’t let her go alone. Something about a baby, but there was a reason why not before the baby too.

    I’ll be fun. I don’t even know how I’m going to make it through the day. I want to leave now.