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GERD is the word

Posted by Mick on March 17, 2010 – 8:27 pm

It’s a wonderful Wednesday evening.  Wonderful, that is, if you are anywhere but sitting at work for the evening after spending the day sitting at work and then spending the time between your two shifts sitting in a meeting at work. 

I’m not really complaining.  To be fair, I have completed every bit of work I have to do tonight, other than “being here” in case someone has a question, so it’s an easy gig.  During the days I’m not only actually teaching a class, but it’s a class I enjoy teaching and I have a good group of students.

The downside is that today has to happen after a night spent wrestling with the joys of GERD.  If you’re not familiar with GERD, count yourself fortunate.  GERD is an acronym for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease – I know that sounds impressive, but it doesn’t really tell you much.  Let us try tjis again.  GERD is like waking up in the middle of the night with a throat full of molten lava.  That’s a bit more telling.

It works like this.  Oft times, especially on a day when I eat something highly acidic (tomato sauce seems to be the worst culprit, dairy can play a role, and overindulging on the citrus can be a factor), I will be jerked from an otherwise sound sleep by the burning pain of stomach acid backing up into my throat.  The pain sucks, and it’s almost impossible to get rid of the taste.  At this point, sleep is going to be hard to regain.  Once the acid has risen into my throat, the best plan of action is to move to the living room and sleep in my chair or on the couch, the idea being to get the head much higher than the stomach. 

FUNNY FACT:  You would think Calcium based antacids would help, and they kinda sorta do because they reduce acid in the esophagus, but they also have a weird side effect of increasing the acid in the stomach.  And if you overindulge, they lead to kidney stones. 

I’m thankful that with a daily dose of an OTC medicine, it’s usually under control and I don’t suffer from attacks often.  Last night was just one of those nights.  I blame my teeth pain.

FUNNY FACT #2:  The acid flooding back into my mouth for years and years probably hasn’t done my teeth much good.

I come by this condition honestly.  Both of my parents have it, although my Mom has it far worse, as does her twin sister.  It’s been with me most of my life, and it will probably be with me the rest of my life.  My mother cursed me with bad teeth and GERD, but she blessed me with a low risk for cancer and heart disease.  I think that’s a fair trade.  We’ll call this one a win.

And I think that’s enough for tonight.  Tron just sent me a new article, and I think we need one or two more articles on the old site before we switch it over to the new and improved CMDS.

Be good to each other.


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