Wednesday, September 7, 2016

The Hard Part

The picture above has been my screensaver for at least the past three, maybe four years. I found the image on the internet and it fits the way I imagine one of my favorite characters in That Book -- Judith Shelton. 

When I hit dry spells, she was there quietly reminding me to endeavor to persevere.  

About a month ago, I realized I didn't need that reminder anymore and I took her down.

Now, however, that the book (tentatively named THE WAY OF IT, though that could change) is beginning its journey to find a publisher, I am finding myself reaching for the antacids (only stress and pregnancy have ever given me heartburn and I think we know what the problem is here.)

So maybe it's time to let Judy talk to me some more. She's been real patient, standing there, holding that pan all this while.


Ms. A said...

You might actually check into low stomach acid, which can cause symptoms similar to too much.

The Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES) separates the esophagus and the stomach. Proper stomach acid levels signal the LES to close tightly, so that food digestion can take place and not harm the esophageal lining. However, low stomach acid levels don’t give off the closing signal, and cause the sphincter to loosen. Once loose, acidic stomach fluid comes back up into the lower part of the esophagus causing a burning sensation. This is why a large meal will give you heartburn. There’s not enough acid in your stomach to saturate the heavy meal, so the LES doesn’t close. Furthermore, there is also a pyloric sphincter that separates the stomach from the small intestine. The body will not open this second sphincter if the contents of the stomach are not properly acidified. Instead of moving through the pyloric sphincter, food sits in the stomach and ferments, producing gas and pressure (also making the LES leak open)

Vicki Lane said...

Thanks, Ms.A -- this only comes on occasionally and has always been stress related. But if it persists, I'll see my doctor.

Frances said...

Vicki, that comment from Ms. A was really informative.

Maybe getting out and about with those fantastic pups will ease the pains? Hope so. xo

NCmountainwoman said...

How nice to have Judith help you on your journey. And she's spot on again. You've waited a long time, reckon you can wait a little longer.

Anvilcloud said...

You have a lot of credibility. Surely you will get it published.