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Closetfire
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   Posted 11/20/2006 2:49 PM (GMT -6)   
If I'm eating highly specialized meals every 2 hours to get enough calories, how in the world do I get out of the house for anything? Where do you people find the time to actually live lives away from home? I'm a bit discouraged.

DANIE
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   Posted 11/22/2006 11:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Closetfire,
I actually went on a cruise to the Greek Islands (live in NYC) and did very well on the ship. Had lots of choices such as grilled fish, chicken, steamed vegetables.
I had gotten myself to a point with the DGL licorice that I could eat certain things to keep myself healthy.
It's definitely hard if you go out to eat but most restaurants will modify certain foods for you. For example, grill without oil and they all have tons of vegetables on hand.
Belive me, I had a month before my cruise to get myself better just even to travel. It was not easy. There were times I almost put myself back on the medicines but I always said NO.....I will not go back to drugs....it's not the answer. And, for myself, I was right. Hope you will not get discouraged but I understand you.

sillylilly
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   Posted 11/26/2006 9:15 AM (GMT -6)   
I know what you mean Closetfire...I basicly just want to stay home alot. But, you can plan to bring along your food if that's possible.

Wow, a cruise would be kind of scary with GERD....so much to tempt you, especially if you're feeling better.
I'm scheduled to go to Florida in January and stay with friends and I'm really scared. I won't have my wedge to prop me up at night and I hate telling everyone I have this condition and that I can't eat hardly anything. It seems everyone has good intentions but I get tired of people asking me, "can you eat this or that" or they tell you every remedy under the sun. I would just rather keep it to myself and suffer silently.

friendlygal
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   Posted 12/21/2006 7:54 PM (GMT -6)   
sillylilly, i'm getting really embarassed about people knowing about my condition.
 
it's hard for me not to tell people when i'm out in a restaurant, etc.
 
I don't want to be a strange lady so this GERD better get better!  I want to be able to exercise/dance/eat good foods again!  I haven't been able to do the things that i love to do!

sillylilly
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   Posted 12/21/2006 10:51 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi friendly,

I know what you mean....I just want my old life back.  I've only been having this since October, so I'm really not used to this life yet.  I keep thinking it will just go away so I'm trying to think positive and make life bubbly like pink champayne ( i heard that in an old movie). How long have you had your GERD? 

We are going out to dinner with family and friends on Christmas eve  and I'm scared because I know there are very few things I can choose from.  At least it's a buffet so I can pile on the veges and maybe some chicken.  I find that anything really starchy or sugary really kicks up my reflux.  I basically try to stick to the alkaline diet which "aint" very fun...I've lost some weight and my jeans won't stay up anymore without a belt. 

 As far as trying to keep this GERD underwraps, I've just learned to make light of it to deflect attention from it otherwise all hell breaks loose with remedies and questions.  It's too bad the meds don't work as well as the pharma companies say they do or we would be able to eat anything we want while taking them, but it doesn't seem to work that way.  


Closetfire
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   Posted 12/22/2006 1:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Well I think mine is being caused by a psych med I've been on for the last year, so we're slowly dropping that and I'm seeing some improvement. I've had myself on a diet of rice milk (just enough to get my calories so i don't lose weight) and hoping the combination of dropping the med off, not traumatizing the esophagus with solid foods, using sucralfate slurries and licorice will help my body heal, because I NEVER had reflux problems before I began that darn medication.
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