Sunday, blarg-y Sunday

9 Feb

1:39 pm

Remember the days when white wine was your “cure” for being sick? Hahaha. Um, I DO. And, truth be told, the acid in white wine can work as an antimicrobial–the problem for me always became, one glass turned into the whole box, and then the sugars (not to mention my immune system being completely compromised by the alcohol) would go to work making me feel much, much worse “down there.”

Anyway, I think of this today as I continue to battle some “flu thing” I’ve had for about two weeks, going on three. I get minor “stomach things” fairly regularly (I blame it on all those years fucking with my gut microbes as a binge eater, and then, a binge drinker), but I just roll with it. However, this bugger has been around for almost three weeks. The usual: nausea, bloating, stomach cramps, headache, sometimes fever, and a few times, hot flashes. (No, I’m not going through menopause…at least I don’t think so!)

The more online research I do, the more I think I might have something from our water. We drink cistern water down here, and I can’t help but wonder if it doesn’t have all sorts of possible infectious agents, especially water-borne parasites. I should probably go and get tested.

I just downed a glass of juice with 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar, per something I found on the good old interwebs about ACV being good for a lot of shit. I’ve used it on warts, actually, and that stuff BURNS your skin right off! Leaves scars, too. Yet…I’ll try anything once, and what harm could it do? An alternative is eating crushed garlic (which is supposed to be a natural anti-bug remedy), but raw garlic by itself makes my stomach burn, so that’s out.

Which brings me back to my use of white wine back in the day. And how, I actually heard myself think (rationalize) a minute before I drank the ACV juice, Damn it, I can’t even use white wine the fix my stomach–fucking sobriety, what bullshit. And then, as I took one swig of the ACV mixture and felt it tingle on the way down–that shit is strong, and a DEFINITE alternative to let’s just say, alcohol–I was like, Um, there are alternatives to drinking. There are ALWAYS alternatives to drinking. There are so many other ways to solve your problems than drinking that it’s almost funny (in a not “ha ha” way) that we get stuck, when we’re active, in this thought pattern that alcohol is the only way. It is not. We just have trouble learning how to do things differently, how to actually sit back and consider other possible solutions to our problems. This comes in time, and is coming in time for me. My brain is re-learning how to learn, how to learn how to do things differently.

I’ll keep you posted on how the ACV, etc. pans out. I should probably get tested for the two common water parasites, but…eh, it costs money, which I don’t have, and it’s a hassle, and, I read that the cures for those bugs don’t necessarily work, and also, that these things if not severe (is three weeks severe?) resolve on their own.

Sunday, blarg-y Sunday.

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6 Responses to “Sunday, blarg-y Sunday”

  1. fern February 9, 2014 at 12:52 pm #

    Sorry about your stomach bug. Not fun, I’m sure. But wine is not the answer! You are learning so much on your sobriety journey — I am happy for you.

  2. mariusgustaitis February 9, 2014 at 2:09 pm #

    Love the burn of cider vinegar. No lie, I keep a bottle of it in the trunk of my car, along with a bunch of weights and training equipment. After working out with a client, I’ll pull out the bottle and offer them a swig, which they usually decline. “Suit yourself,” I tell them, “It was good enough for Jesus while he hung on the cross,” then tilting back the bottle, I take some good long slugs. You know, swallowing with those deep glugs only booze hounds and actors in soda commercials can do. I’ll scrunch up my face into the size of a quarter, kick my leg out a few times, beat on my chest, exhale deeply from the back of my throat,”Shweet shider of appelsh thash good!” then wipe my lips with the back of my hand and tuck the bottle back under the spare. I really do. I am not making this up.
    My clients think I’m crazy, which I’ll give them, but not for drinking cider vinegar. It’s good shit. Makes your PH more alkaline, too.
    I am sorry to hear about your on-going tummy troubles, but I have to say, I LOVE your attitude. Whenever I’ve had a health issue, that wasn’t critical enough to require immediate medical attention. I’ve turned it over. Then sure as shit, information pops up that guides me through it. Sometimes, the information is “Get to a fucking doctor!” but most of the time it’s some fairly simple fix, usually only requiring a complete change of lifestyle. Like cutting out grains, sugar, and Mexico.
    Good luck with that.
    Rooting for you all the way,
    Marius

  3. furtheron February 9, 2014 at 3:08 pm #

    I used to think drink was the cure for everything and anything!! Now I know it was exactly the opposite.

  4. lucyrussell500 February 9, 2014 at 4:34 pm #

    Hey there, sorry about your bum stomach. My girlfriend is having very similar issues. She went to a dietitian and she thinks she may have “small intestinal bacterial overgrowth”. They have her on a no carb diet, and I mean noooo carbs, to kill the bad bacteria and reestablish the good.
    Going to have to try that vinegar. I’ve been hearing a lot about shrubs lately… I’m thinking maybe a good alternative to wine. Or could set off cravings, not sure!

  5. Eric February 9, 2014 at 7:44 pm #

    I was a big believer in the consumption of liquor when I felt as though I were coming down with a cold. The rationale was that it killed the virus. Of course I was an equally big believer in the consumption of liquor in every other context as well, so…

    Regardless, glad to see you posting. Keep fighting. I’ll keep checking for updates here.

  6. big mike February 11, 2014 at 3:30 am #

    A kiwi a day, keeps the doctor away.

    http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=41.

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