Sometimes when I write for 5 minutes, I try to a least get a complete thought or story out, no matter how abbreviated or poorly written it is. Today, I started down that path and then felt like I just stopped in the middle of the story. But now I’m not sure if it really was the middle. Maybe it was the end and my point was made. You tell me.
Here’s my 5 minute brain dump…
I feel like I’ve had a stomachache off and on for about 2 months. I’m sure some of it can be attributed to stress and some of it to an acidic stomach (Zantac and TUMS are good friends of mine) and most of it is from overindulgence. Too much food, too much drink, too much of the wrong food. And usually, I can go through a semi-healthy period and get back on track. As I say this, I know I need to look for a more permanent solution to help me change my ways.
But this past weekend was just a good old fashioned stomachache. No throwing up. No extended bathroom stays. My stomach just hurt. And I am by no means saying I enjoyed it (because, personally, I think stomachaches are THE WORST) but I was uncomfortable.
We sat around our fire pit last night and I sipped on water while others drank wine, toasted marshmallows, and ate pudgie pies. And I had none of it. OH, how I wanted just one marshmallow! But I knew I couldn’t handle.
Instead, I went to bed with a trashcan nearby “just in case” and slept sitting mostly up. I woke around 6am to a barking dog who, it turns out, was having a case of doggy diarrhea. After a little liaison with some cleaning products and a walk outside in my pajamas, I went back to bed with my tummy troubles. And I woke up close to 10 am. I was right smack in the middle of a vivid dream but my body was telling me I needed to get up. It was so hard.
So I sipped on some water, had a bowl of cereal, drank a cup of tea, and tried to get myself together. I even took a bath and got dressed and then… laid back down and took a nap.
That nap must have had some magical healing powers because I woke up feeling so much better. Not all better but just calm and relaxed and better than I’ve felt in a long time.