What I Eat

ulcer, anemia, GI soft diet for a while

I got a large ulcer in my stomach.  It’s healing now after surgery and with powerful antacids.

The doctor said no aspirin, no ibuprofen, no naproxen.  I can have tylenol.

No soda.  No spices for now: garlic, ginger, chile, black pepper.

No roughage, like salad or raw veggies.  I can have veggies but cooked well.  No nuts, not even ground.  No seeds, like no seeds in crackers or bread.  No whole grains.

I’m supposed to be on a GI soft diet for a while.

Well, the ulcer bled so badly I got anemia.  So I need to build my blood.  Ming said eat protein. 

So I’ve been doing that.  Eggs, mild veggie sausage, vegan protein broth, plain yogurt, even a little fish, vegan hotdogs, queso fresco.

I think my blood is doing better now, two weeks out of the hospital.  But sometimes I feel discouraged.

Spicy food was my favorite.  Indian food is my joy, then Mexican, then Thai.  Garlic is my best friend.  I put some cayenne in almost everything.

I need to avoid the foods that gave me heartburn: Indian food, pizza, soy chorizo, enchiladas, underripe bananas.  I feel like I need to avoid tomato sauce also for pasta.  Salsas hot and mild.

The spices I kept by the stove because I used them every day, before: granulated garlic, cayenne pepper, cumin, black pepper.  They’re just sitting there.

Well, I’m glad to have my life.

By Laura-Marie

Good at listening to the noise until it makes sense.

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