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I do want to tell everyone that my extended visit with my mother was quite a roller coaster and I am happy to say that she is doing so much better. She has improved so much since she has returned home and with each passing day, a little more of her strength returned. She is better, but I don't think she will now ever really return to even what she was six months ago. That at moments, was very hard on me because the "nurse" part of me wanted a full recovery. Yet, it is that "nurse" part of me that has had to face the realities of just how much she can recover. Just the same, I am so grateful for that time I was able to stay with her.
As for myself, it is SO GOOD TO FINALLY BE HOME AGAIN!!!!! I have missed my own surroundings so much, that I think if I could have HUGGED my house .... I would of. I have so missed my "normal". Just to sit on my own sofa, watch TV programs I usually see, listen to my hubby talk nonstop about politics .... gee, it is like "heaven to my ears" and "love at seeing" again all those things I call home. I've seen my son, his wife and grandsons. I've talked for hours on the phone to both of my daughters. I've gone to visit my friends. And, I am going to Dubuque this weekend to watch baseball!!! IT IS GOOD TO BE HOME!!!!!!
Yesterday, I had my appointment with a new doctor at the University of Iowa. And, I just love this new doctor. He listened to me and took about an hour with both my husband and myself, answering questions and making sure I understood his course of treatment. I will be doing another set of tests the end of May that are called Hydrogen Breathing Tests. He feels that my problems are actually food related and not stomach related. Because there has been no set pattern as to when my stomach gives me fits. I am already in the treatment regime for the erosions on my esophagus. He said, that I am already doing everything that he would have advised as treatment and just to continue. He has advised me to lose another ten to fifteen pounds ... so that is also my new goal. I have already lost thirty-five pounds.
Well, I want to get this off to you guys.
I AM SO GLAD TO BE BACK!!!!!