I have been thinking about you too! Did you ever find out anything about your abdominal pain?
As for the gas, I HEAR you loud and clear! Can you hear me too??? HAHA! This has been something I mention to my doctors every time I see any of them. No real answers tho, so I try to keep it to a minimum if at all possible. NOT always possible! As you said...better belching than farting! Well, at least for your classmates...
My son (he's a Green Beret) came back from Afghanistan in June (his 6th tour in Afghanistan/Iraq) and will be home until after Christmas (if all goes according to schedule, anyway). Then he will head back in January for one more tour. After that he should be home for a couple years. He has received two Purple Hearts (for injuries in the line of duty), both in his last tour over there. Please, I hope everyone can send up good thoughts and prayers to get him back home alive and well one more time. He has four daughters and a wife that miss him sooo much when he is gone.
You sound as feisty as ever!!! Always good news to us!
Today is a new day. Congratulations, you are already a survivor!