Monday, January 31, 2011


First of all, the water level in the Sea Monkeys tank was falling (as it always does, due to evaporation) so I added some more spring water (as I always do, as per the instructions that came with the tank) and all the peewees died.

So sad.  So disappointing.

Then I had an attack of gastritis.  It doesn't sound that bad, does it?  Like, just a fancy word for a tummy ache.  But oh, it is so much more.  It lasts for days.  I ran a fever.  My stomach blimped out like the Hindenburg and refused to digest anything without hours of drama.  The pain wrapped around into my back, and into my soul.  INTO MY SOUL, I TELL YOU.

The last time I had gastritis was when I was still taking NSAIDs (ibuprofen/Advil, Tylenol/acetaminophen, and their friends).  I recognize the distinct, nauseating symptoms.  This time I blame Palafer, my iron supplement.  It's a known major irritant to the g.i. tract.  I was tolerating it well for a couple of years, but recently it's been getting dicey.  The same way that the NSAIDs stopped agreeing with me, gradually.  I'd get some tummy trouble, stop the iron until I felt better, start the iron again, feel bad again after a few days, etc.  And then pow!

Gastritis can be serious.  You can actually get bleeding holes burned into the lining of your stomach.  Which would be ironic, considering that that would defeat the purpose of taking iron in the first place.  Hey, did you see that?  IRONIC!  Because Palafer is iron!  That must be how the term "irony" developed in the first place.


DarcKnyt said...

I'm so sorry this is happening. That... well, not to put too fine a point on it, that sucks. Get better soon.

Warped Mind of Ron said...

Sorry bout the pee wees... maybe it was just their time. Hope your feeling better soon.

Jenski said...

OUCH! You had to mourn the peewees while in agony. :-(

DarcsFalcon said...

At least you haven't lost your sense of humor! Gosh Spark, you're on a roll here!

I do hope you get better soon. I can't imagine living with that kind of agony.

Well, I can, because I had severe and chronic tailbone pain for years but GI stuff? Oh man, you have my sympathies! *hugs*

Hevenly said...

I'm tempted to do the etymology of irony. Whatever it is, your situation is definitely ironic though! Ouch!
I'm terribly sorry to hear about your sea monkeys :-( Water changes are so tricky.

LL Cool Joe said...

Poor Sea Monkey's.

Poor you! Hope you are feeling better now.