As some of you readers may know, I had some stomach problems last week. For the last year or so I have been having stomach acid problems, and it has been getting worse. Every three or four months lately I have been getting nausea spells and get real sick to my stomach, and I would vomit stomach acid. When this happens it puts me out of commission for a couple of days. I have also been getting bad heartburn and acid reflux when I ride my bike around or do exercise. These spells would come and go, and then I would be fine again.
For a long time I thought it was my diet, and I tried to adjust, and it seemed to help some, but not totally. Well last week I had a real bad relapse, and it hit me pretty hard. I woke up late Saturday night with a burning sensation in my chest, I thought I might be having a heart attack. It was stomach acid again, and I was sick to my stomach all day the next Sunday, and spent all day in bed vomiting. I did not even watch one play of one single NFL game that day, something I have never done before.
The next day was Monday, and there was a ship in town, so I felt a little better, and I went into town. I had a light lunch of soup and salad, and I got sick again. I had my bike with me, and I was so nausea, I could not even get on my bike. I tried to take a cab home, but no cab would take me and my bike. I was sitting on the side of the road in agony, trying to figure out how I was going to get home.
Just then the guy that delivers water to everybody comes by on his motorcycle, towing a bunch of empty 20 liter water bottles. I asked him if I paid him 20 pesos would he take me and my bike back to Barrio 55. He said sure, so I loaded my bike and myself into the trailer with the water bottles, and I laid down while he took me back to the K’ay Kook hotel.
I went straight to bed, and was there until Tuesday night. Tuesday night I started to feel a little better, and I was thinking, I had a big Thanksgiving meal coming up on Thursday, and I did not want to miss that, so I had to find some kind of solution to my problem. So I got to thinking, maybe somebody else out there might I have the same problem as I do. I went on Facebook and posted, “Does any other old people out there have stomach acid problems”? Half of my high school graduating class must have responded. I was surprised at how many stomach problems my fellow classmates had.
I heard all kinds of stories and examples from people my age and their problems, and what they take for it. I got a bunch of suggestions, and names of some prescription drugs that might help me. I was surprised that so many people who I know, had the same problem as me. So I wrote all the suggestions down, and all the different names of the drugs.
The next morning I was at Pharma Cares when they opened with a list for Vero. I had some names for some prescriptions in English, and I wanted to see if she carried any of these prescriptions for my stomach. There was names like Nexium and Prilosec, I think, common medicines in the USA.
To make a long story short, Vero gave me the Mexican drugs equivalent to what all my friends suggested I take. She hooked me up with everything I needed, and I went on my way.
So I took the medicine she suggested, and I starting feeling a lot better. The next day was Thursday, Thanksgiving, and I felt so good, I even made my Thanksgiving dinner. I ate as much as usual, and since then I have had no problems. I even rode my bike from the malecon all the way to Alan and Nancy’s house with no acid relux, or any discomfort.
I have been taking the medication so far now for about a week, and I feel a lot better. I have been riding my bike everywhere and getting around pretty good. I have not had much heartburn or any other burning sensations, so I am very happy. I am also going to start watching my diet better, because I think fried foods may be bad for my stomach. I have found out that cerviche is good for my stomach.
So thanks to my high school classmates with all their stomach aliments, and Vero at Pharma Cares, I am back to my usual self, just in time for the holidays.
Thanks for reading,
Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina