Thursday, March 24, 2011

I May Have Figured It Out!!

My Plumaria Flower painting.  It was my 8th Oil Painting, and I completed it in May 2010 to gave to one of our friends, who is also one of Walt's co-workers.  She is one of the sweetest ladies that I know!!

Hey Ya'll,

On the Band front, I would have to say that my main issue lately, has been with Acid Reflux.  I have it almost every night, and it isn't fun.  Lately I have also had some problems with delayed restriction.  Is this normal??  Which is why I am glad that I canceled my Fill appointment for this Friday.  I think that it would make me even more uncomfortable than I already have been.  But it seems like lately, almost everytime I eat, I have had delayed restriction.  Meaning that about 30 mins to an hour after eating, I feel tight, and at least slightly slimy.  Sometimes outright stuck!   

Anyway, as I said in an earlier post this week.  I have been suffering through Insomnia again!!  And add to that, my issues with Acid Reflux, and being tighter than normal for no apparent reason that I can think of, and I have been a mess lately!  But this morning I had one of those light bulb moments (picture a light bulb over my head), where I may have come up with why I have been having troubles with Acid Reflux.

A while back, Walt had repositioned our RV so that it isn't totally level, and yes, he did this on purpose!!  It tilts ever so slightly towards the left.  His reasoning behind doing this, was to make sure that the waste tanks drained easily and more fully, since they are on the left side of the RV.  Unfortunately, the head of our Bed is on the left side of the RV!!!  Meaning that our Heads are slightly tilted downwards too.  And thus, my Acid Reflux is worse!!  I am going to try sleeping on two pillows tonight (a standard Tempurpedic pillow, with my regular pillow on top of it).  And if that doesn't work, then I will try sleeping on our Sofa tomorrow night, so that I am partially inclined.  If this works, then I know that I need to sleep on a wedge pillow again.  Which I don't look forward to.

We had wedge pillows before, for this exact reason.  But the pillow wasn't comfortable to me.  It was too hard, and I found it hard for me to sleep on my side on it (I am primarily a side sleeper).  Plus by morning, I had always slid way down, and was half on, and half off of it!!  But hey, if it helps with my Acid Reflux.....then it will be worth it using it again!!

Now for the Insomnia problem.  The worst night was the night before last (Monday).  I was in bed by about 2 am, but I didn't get to sleep until 8 or 8:30 am!!  This was partly because of the Insomnia, and partly because of the Acid Reflux.  Then Walt woke me up at about 10 am.  Oh what fun....NOT!  But last night both Walt and I went to bed by about 1:30, and I was actually able to get to sleep in a decent amount of time....however, today we tried to lay down for a nap together, but it was too soon after eating lunch, and I kept having problems with Acid Reflux, so we got up.  :(

Well, I gotta go for now.  Got loads to do....till next time.

Aloha My Friends  :)
This photo shows the original photo that I based the painting on, and my free had sketches.  The smaller one is the first sketch made to scale.  The larger one, was made to fit the canvas.

And this photo shows the sketch transferred to the canvas.  I traced the outline of the flowers from my larger sketch, then free handed the interior of the flowers to begin.


Momto4redheads said...

I used to suffer really badly with acid reflux, so I feel your pain. Why not try sleeping with your head at the foot of the bed, then you don't need extra pillows etc.

Your paintings are beautiful, you are very talented. What an amazing gift to have!

Hope you figure out what's wrong with you. You shouldn't have acid reflux with the band :-(

~Lisa~ said...

I hope you get that acid reflux figured out - that is some awful stuff!!

I love your painting - you have such talent!!

Debi said...

Thank you M23R's and Lisa!!

I love to paint, and hope that I continue to improve.

As for the Reflux, I too hope that I get it figured out and under control......

Tina said...

i do love that painting! :) When are you eating? Timing is huge for me! If I do not empty out my stoma completely before I lay down for bed I will be in trouble. I have even taken to having a hot drink about an hour before seems to clean things out a bit more before I sleep.

It has helped me mostly :) good luck with your experimenting and your restriction.


Debi said...

Thanks Tina!

As for the eating, I do eat up to 2-3 hours before bed a lot, and sometimes it could be 4 hours after eating. But the reflux happens during the day as well.

Sometimes I lay down to take a nap 3-4 hours after eating, and have reflux!! I should think that it would have digested by then, especially when I ate something that should have slid down easily.

And sometimes I have reflux during the day while I am sitting at my desk, UPRIGHT! And this can happen hours after eating! Which is why I am getting concerned....

Kiwigirl said...

Hi Debi. Thanks for your comment. I hope you find a solution to the acid reflux.

Debi said...

Thanks Kiwigirl, I do too!!