Saturday, November 12, 2011

Healing, and the Culprit!

I am healing.

Praise God!  And thanks for your prayers.

My probable ulcer has responded well to Nexium--an acid blocker--and a careful diet.  And I'm thrilled to say that I've been able to drink a small cup of coffee for the past few mornings!  With a big bowl of oatmeal or a bagel, to soak up the acid somewhat.

And I think I've identified the actual cause of my ulcer.  The ibuprofen/aspirin explanation didn't make sense to me, since I really don't take much of either.

BUT....

In the weeks prior to my abdominal pain, I did pick up a new dietary habit.  Every night, Papa Rooster and I snuggle up in bed with his laptop to watch an episode or two of a TV series.  And a few weeks ago, I discovered a bag of Jelly Bellies I had squirreled away some months ago, bought on the clearance table at the factory store.  (Yup, the Midwest headquarters are right here in Kenosha County!)  Now, I can't snack on chocolaty treats at bedtime, or I won't sleep, but I discovered that jelly beans gave me just enough of that sugar lift to help me stay awake, without keeping me up afterwards.  Plus they're low-fat, right? ;)

So I was falling asleep every night with a handful of Jelly Bellies in my stomach, and what else besides sugar is in jelly beans?  Citric Acid, Fumaric Acid, Lactic Acid, Maleic Acid, and Phosphoric Acid, just to name a few of the ingredients that might have contributed to an ulcer!

So the moral of the story is:

If you like your coffee in the mornings...don't eat jelly beans at night!

1 comment:

Megan (FriedOkra) said...

Very interesting!!!! I never would have thought of that - nice detective work. Glad, glad GLAD that you are healing! Also, little known fact! French roasted coffee is significantly less acidic than others. While some coffees tend to make my stomach a bit achy if I indulge a bit too much, French roasted varieties don't. (Though of course while you are still healing, go easy with any of them.) WIN!

Happy to read this one!