Monday, November 06, 2006

Time for a break

I've been a pretty lousy blogger lately. Work has been horrible lately and will be getting worse. We are supposed to ship our product on December 15 and that means some long hours and maybe have to work some weekends. I HATE THIS. My boss is throwing more responsibility my way too. I have to train a new employee today and Wednesday I'm scheduled to interview a potential employee. I like how he has such confidence in me but I find myself getting more anxious which causes me to procratinate about stupid stuff.

So the end result is I need to take a break from blogging for a short while. I am scheduled to take the week of Thanksgiving off so I'll try to pop in and post something then. I'm in a reading slump anyway after finishing Cold As Ice by Anne Stuart. Loved it! Peter is your typical Stuart anti-hero. I can't figure out why I love this hero type but it works for me. I loved the heroine too. She stands up to him when he acts like an a**hole. :)

BTW, I think I figured out my tummy problem which has been giving me fits since April. I'm lactose intolerant! I thought it was heartburn caused by stress. Went to a gastroenterologist and she did an endoscopy. I was starting to really worry but all she saw was gastritis from the heartburn. She has given me several heartburn medications (Prilosec, Nexium, Prevacid, Aciphex, etc.) to try and they have helped a bit but I still feel sick to my stomach most of the time. I remembered that my mother was lactose intolerant so I started taking those lactase tablets and wow do I feel better. I have never had problems with milk my whole life. I love milk. I had no idea that a person could develop this at my age.

I'll be back in a couple weeks but I'll try to keep up with everyone's blog.


Anonymous said...

Enjoy your break! Hope you feel better soon.

Take care!

Rosie said...

I'm glad you found out what's wrong. There's nothing worse than being sick and not knowing. Take care and try not to worry or work to hard....and thanks for letting us know.

ames said...

Hi Renee, hope the lactase does help! And thanks for letting us know what's going on. :P Take care of yourself.

Kristie (J) said...

Well - get back to us when you can!! We miss you when you're gone. And glad that they found out what was wrong and it was something you can do something about.

Tara Marie said...

Sorry to hear work is such a drudge right now, hopefully things will improve soon. I've got dairy issues so I can commiserate, at least you're feeling better.

Anonymous said...

*lower lip quivers, big teary eyes*

You'll be back, right? ;)

Well, since we're twins and all I should have mentioned that I can't drink dairy at all. In fact I think mine is IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) which can flare up during stressful situations. Gas, bloating, extreme abdominal pains, constipation or diarrhea (I call it a RED alert - rapid exploding diarrhea - yeah, special)

I stopped drinking milk when I was 21 during university. I had about 9 months where I had a grinding tummy and there is nauseau with it also. I also dropped pop from my diet and ate foods that didn't get my tummy rumbling. It was tough going but it really gets my goat when I have an 'attack' (you need to be near a bathroom) while I'm eating all the right foods. It just means that I'm stressed.

So, for a few years I have been using Peppermint Oil pills (they are not all created equal!) If you can get Colperin pills in the US see if you can get those. I used to be able to take up to three a day when I knew I was going to go out at night. Peppermint oil is supposed to soothe your stomach. Thing is it can cause nauseau. Colpermin were the best ones I ever had and I miss them. The ones I take now (which I can get the info if you want it) as a bit too heavy for my stomach.

Hey, I can drink straight from the Pepto Bismol bottle on some days so it's nice to know I have options.

Since your my twin I'm betting you don't drink tea but in case you do, camomile or peppermint tea are supposed to help soothe also.

Take care of yourself! Positive thinking - you deserve new books!! and you deserve a week off at Thanksgiving to make sure you take it no matter how many people say it's the wrong time. Let's see them give up their holidays!

Miss you already.


Anonymous said...

Dang, forgot to mention that becoming lactose intolerant is quite common for most people. My brother and I used to drink my parents out of house and home when it came to milk! I could come home and easily drink half a litre without even thinking about it. So it was quite the change when I gave up milk. I learned which cereals could be eaten with water (yes, I still miss milk in my cereal but it's not worth the pain) and discovered that yes, Ice cream is a dairy product. *weeps*

I did try Lactose free dairy when it first came out cause I was all excited. I lasted three days.

Okay, I'm done ;)


Anonymous said...

Well I'm way behind the times, just read your post.

Hope you are feeling better!!
Hope you can find time to read...I find it so relaxing. Helps my mind rest.


Anonymous said...

Renee!! I just saw your comment over at my place so I wanted to wish you a happy 10 whole days of no work!!!! Hope you guys have fun.


ReneeW said...

Thanks everyone for your kind thoughts and wishes.

Cindy: Dairy is definitely a problem for me now too and it never used to be (it really pisses me off too). I read that the older you get the harder it is to digest lactose. I had two pieces of pizza without thinking and had horrible indigestion, nausea, gas, bloating, and cramps (it's the cheese ya know). I don't get the diarrhea but everyone is different I hear. When I first went to the dr. for the heartburn she told me to stay away from mint because it is very irritating to the stomach. You are right, I don't drink tea much. I will brew myself a cup occasionally because I like the smell but only will take a few sips then pour the rest out. I really don't like the taste of most of them. Green tea... yuck! Smells and tastes like grass. I tried the lactose free milk and use it for lattes (yes, i have a little espresso machine) and on cereal and haven't had any problem with it so far. I don't know how you can put water on cereal :) It's so sweet of you to say I deserve to buy books. That's the nicest thing you could say.

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