Until Next Time…

Due to changing internet, and getting confused with how the new internet works, I have to wait until the next monthly internet cycle to be able to blog regularly. We just don’t have enough internet right now until then. I promise I’ll have new posts coming up when I am able to! Thank You all for your patience!

Beverages…

I used to drink sodas.  My favorite is Dr. Pepper.  Switched to Diet Dr. Pepper or Dr. Pepper 10, for losing weight purposes.  I do drink water too, but not as enough as I should.

Well, I when started coughing, and as usual, I’d go for my Diet Dr. Pepper or Dr. Pepper 10, because I love how the “fizz” feels down my throat!

That all changed one day, when I was coughing so hard that I threw up.  I went for my soda, as usual. To my surprise, it did not make my throat feel any better!       :-(         I was really repulsed by the soda, strangely enough.  So I got some water… AHHHHH!  So much better!

It, of course, did not cure me of my coughing right away, because I had reflux (see previous post), but it did help my body feel better.  So I started drinking more water and decaf sweet tea instead of soda!

I have had relapses, but not by choice.  Thankfully, I’ve tried to keep it to a minimum, and still remain on a soda free streak!  For the first time in years, I have not had cravings for soda, and I’m ok with that!     :-)

I think we have also saved some money by not buying soda anymore!  Whoop!!!   :-D

Seeing an ENT Specialist.

I had been coughing for some time, so I saw my regular doctor on January 23rd. Although blood results revealed I “had” walking Pneumonia, the x-rays showed my lungs were clear, indicating the walking Pneumonia was already over. So, why was I still coughing??

My doctor was pretty frustrated about this, so he recommended I see an ENT (Ear, Nose, and Throat) specialist, because I had been coughing past the time I should have stopped coughing, so I saw him on February 3rd.

My husband and I had concerns that I may have polyps in my vocal cords again. I have had them before, which resulted in two vocal cord surgeries, years ago. Hence, the other reason to see the ENT specialist.

I met the ENT specialist, discuss concerns with him. He sprays numbing nasal spray in my nose. Those who know me, know that I absolutely abhor nasal sprays of any kind. Yes, the kind used for allergies, etc.! Had to work hard to not gag! Yuck! Anyway, after my nose and nasal passages were numb, he gently inserts a nasal scope through the left opening of my nose and down the nasal passages towards my voice box, to see my vocal cords. The ENT said that my vocal cords were in good shape and looked clear! Shocking… He even shows my husband, who was pretty fascinated. ENT says no vocal cord surgery was needed! We were relieved!

The ENT gently pulls the nasal scope out and puts in the sink. He then proceeds to explain that, the reason for my continued coughing, was due to reflux! I was surprised and exclaimed,”But, but, but… I never have symptoms or rarely have symptoms of reflux! Maybe heartburn, but reflux, no!” He smiles and said that it’s called Silent Reflux. Huh… He also said that as he was guiding the scope down my nasal passage towards my voice box, he could see reflux coming up my esophagus! Wow… I had no idea I was having reflux at the moment. *eyebrows raised*

He then explains what happened is that the reflux would get to my voice box and inflame the back wall of the voice box between the vocal cords, hence it being a little bit swollen, which was preventing the vocal cords from closing properly. When the vocal cords don’t close properly, things get into my lungs, and that causes coughing, even pneumonia.

He continues to explain something else. He says the purpose of the vocal cords are to: 1.) To close up when I’m chewing/swallowing, 2.) To open up when I’m breathing, and 3.) To talk. My husband and I exchange surprised looks, because we were taught, growing up, that there was a flap above the vocal cords for the first two purposes mentioned by the ENT! Reckon it’s true, that we are never too old to learn anything new!

Armed with this new information, the ENT gives me a piece of paper explaining what needs to be done to heal the inflammation between my vocal cords, so that I could eventually stop coughing:

So…. for the next three months, I cannot have Chocolate (GASP!!!!), Cinnamon (GASP!!!), garlic, onions, carminatives (spearmint, peppermint, etc.), and all types of Caffeine (GASP!!!). (Later, I did ask if it was OK to have caffeine free beverages such as decaf coffee, decaf tea, caffeine free sodas, and the ENT said it was OK!! Oh, thank goodness…) I have to avoid hot spicy foods. That doesn’t mean just Mexican food only. No… it means any food that has hot spicy stuff in it, such as pepper, paprika, etc. Fortunately, I still can eat milder types of Mexican, Chinese, and Italian food. W-H-E-W!

I also have to take antiacids (Tums, etc.), OTC medicine such as Zantac, etc. In severe cases, prescriptions such as Nexium or Prevacid may be necessary. Avoid all kinds of aspirin, which is not a problem, because I can’t take them anyway.

Lose weight if overweight. Yeah, I’m chubby. Thanks for telling me! LOL…

I also have to have the bed elevated up about 6 inches, to keep the reflux down when I’m sleeping. Avoid eating three hours before going to bed.

After 3 months is up, see my regular doctor, as told by my ENT, and work with regular doctor on this issue. I’m hoping by then, that I can re-introduce those foods back into my life, probably by increasing my antiacids/OTC meds. Chocolate is from a cocoa bean, which means it’s a legume, therefore classified as vegetable, right? RIGHT?!?! ;-)

I confess that not having chocolate, cinnamon, and caffeine was hard! What, did you think it was going to be that EASY?! ;-) I’ve had small amounts of those things, but at least I’m trying. Oy vey…

Losing weight is my biggest problem! :-P I have about 50 lbs to lose! UGH………………

That being said, I am SO THANKFUL that I didn’t need vocal cord surgery after all!!! :-D

Been Away Too Long!

Hello, Ladies and Cowboys! ;-) Sorry, this has taken me a long time to get back on here. We moved from Texas to Mississippi the first week in June, and even now, I STILL have things to unpack and rearrange, then rearrange again, until I’m satisfied where things go in their new places. However, we are mostly unpacked and things are looking like home. 

We moved because hubby got a new ministerial position at a congregation in Mississippi. He is a 20/20 Vision Director. The congregation here is wonderful. Have made a few new best friends (I still have a best friend in Texas). 

I love our rental house! It’s a three bedroom one story house. I’m just giddy that we have a ONE STORY HOUSE! The house we own in Texas is being rented out, and it is a two story house, and I learned quickly I ain’t young anymore, because it was a pain to climb the stairs every day! While it was a good house to live in, I prefer this rental here so much better! Oh yeah, it helps when the owner of the house fixed this house up like new when he bought the property! Yes, it’s definitely smaller than our house in Texas. We went from a 2300 sq ft house to an 1800 sq ft house. But I ain’t complainin’ one bit, no siree! The way it’s laid out is just perfect, especially when entertaining guests! AND I HAVE AN ISLAND NOW!!! Whoop!

This house also sits on one acre of LAND! My boys love playing outside more because they have so much room to run around! Not to mention, it’s out in the country, so there are forests around us. As a matter of fact, across the street from our house is all forest and is owned by the church that we attend. Needless to say, my oldest son has been going into the woods to make bike/hiking trails and a campsite to go to. Love it!

The weather? Just absolutely divine. Sure it gets hot and muggy, but not as hot and dry in Texas. I will always be a Texas gal, but I sure hate the heat there! LOL!! It rains almost everyday. I say, almost, because we do have a few sunshiny days. :-D Folks here say it will get worse. I say, bring it on! Why? I lived in Arkansas several years ago, and it would get hot and muggy up there just like here. Doesn’t seem to bother me one bit. In Texas, I hated going outside in the summer, unless we were going swimming. ;-)

I haven’t been able to get started back on quilting or crafts, because most of my stuff is in the garage. The Texas house had two living and dining areas, but this house has only one, so I had to store my stuff in the garage (as opposed to in the family room upstairs) I’m waiting for the day when the owner will have built in shelves installed in the garage. I also plan to work in my closet so that I can put some of my quilting and crafting stuff in there. I am SO itchin’ to get back into quilting!!!

Y’all have a fantabulous day!!!

The Magnolia State

The Magnolia State, also known as Mississippi, is a beautiful state, with all the pine trees and Magnolia trees (hence it being the state tree/flower).  I love Magnolia trees (we have them here in Texas too, but not as prolific as Mississippi!).  Not only are they very beautiful, they smell awesome too! Here is a link to the picture of a Magnolia flower: http://plants.usda.gov/java/largeImage?imageID=magr4_009_avp.jpg. I loved looking for them when we were going to Mississippi for my husband to try out for a ministerial type position there. 

 
Mississippi is also a hunter’s/fisherman’s paradise!  We went to a church member’s property next to a pond, and went fishing.  You should have seen my youngest catch Perches one after the other.  He’d throw in a line, boom… he gets a fish.  Put new bait on (with help of an adult, as he’s only 5), throw in the line, and boom, again, another fish.  On, and on…  Me? I only got four!   LOL… It used to be that I’d be the one who’d catch fish, and my daddy would catch very few or none at all.  Now that I’m a parent, guess it’s my turn to be the one who catches a few and my kids get many!  LOL!!!!  
 
Now to the pinnacle of this post. Yep, you guessed it.  We are moving to Mississippi!!!  I have less than 2 months to pack!  Eeek….  

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