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Darlene - sorry about all of the snow. I remember living in the north and hating all of the snow as I got older. Especially when there would be ice afterwards. Getting out in the morning to go to work everyday was a pain. I also find that the vinegar dressings are much better for me. I loved eating ranch but found that when I changed it was beneficial. Sorry that you came down with D also. I have so many problems and cannot always tell what I eat will bother me or not.

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Linda, sorry you were having problems. Glad the imodium has helped.

Janette, hope that cold gets better soon.

They changed our weather forecast. They are now saying up to 16 inches in Denver by tomorrow afternoon, with more snow Tuesday and some flurries Wednesday and Thursday. That doesn't sound promising.

I guess I ate too much today. I got some shrimp the other day that had been frozen and thawed (guess you would expect that in the middle of the country), so I was afraid they would go bad if I didn't go ahead and have them. I also didn't think I had eaten so much. But got hit with "D". Later I had some crackers and dip and got hit again. I guess I should really stick with those snack sized meals.

Janette, I am going to try more of the citrus and vinegar dressings. I didn't think of nuts. Someone had told me to stay away from them because I had the pancreas problem. Are cashews and pecans okay? I just got some cashews (might be hard to eat) and have some pecans. Might have some slivered almonds, but that is all I could eat of them.

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For the most part, I have been feeling well. For some reason, last evening, I was hit with an explosive D attack that went on for a couple of hours. I wasn't stressed and did not think that I ate foods that would bring it on but....felt pretty poorly. I did take some Imodium and feeling much better today. I always hate those episodes because I often feel very sleepy the next day.

Darlene - sorry that you haven't felt too well. Happy to hear that if you get snow, it will not be a great amount.

Janette - sorry that you have been having a bit of IBS. Also, that the cold and damp weather is bringing the cough. Hope that you aren't in a position to have to pay much for insurance.

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My stomach is doing better, but we had a storm roll in and it is cold and damp and I have a hacking cough right now. I think it is more allergies than a cold, hopefully. All my best to you all.

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Darlene, I was diagnosed with Gallstones several yrs ago now and it was messing up a lot of my organs making them inflamed and enlarged, especially my liver. I couldn't afford the surgery and my doctor told me that she though I could fix it with diet change and exercise and it worked. I read that peanut butter, nuts, olive oil and citrus fruit are really helpful for it for some reason. So I was eating a lot of cuties, I would some times put lemon juice, lemon oil, or orange oil in water that I would drink or in tea. With the citrus though I read it was best to drink it with a straw and not to brush your teeth for like 30 mins after to protect your teeth from the acid from it. So I tried to do that. I switched to eating salad dressing made with olive oil instead of ranch dressing for a long time too. Just some thing you might try and see how your body reacts to it?

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I have been doing a little better this week. I have been taking turmeric for anti-inflammatory and maybe that is helping, I don't know. I was reading up on the pancreatic duct inflammation and it said it is often caused by a gall stone blocking it, so I am going to try to find out if getting rid of those somehow will help. Problem is the gastro appointment isn't until a over a month after the surgery appointment and that is the first one they had. I will ask the surgeon if they can do both gall bladder and hernia at the same time. I would not be able to get both otherwise.

Yesterday I went to a small health fair that one of the TV channels had. I talked to a nutritionist there and she said that I definitely need to eat more fiber. Every time I try I have another bad IBS attack, so I don't know how to do that. I also had one of their Honey Smoked Salmon salad samples. That was just enough for lunch for me. I don't like salmon normally, but that salad was good.

Today we have snow on the ground and it is supposed to snow for at least two more days of snow. It is hard to predict how much here, so whether we will get the foot or more they predicted or not is uncertain. I would rather not that much now. At least they aren't saying 2 to 3 feet. I am staying in during the cold spell, though.

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I had to work in the morning yesterday and then spent the afternoon sitting in the Medi-Cal office to give them a copy of my first paycheck from my new job, so they can decide what it means for my medical coverage. Luckily I was still under the minimum for qualifying for coverage for Jan. Not sure if I will be under the minimum for Feb or not, or what will happen if I go over the minimum earnings yet.

I was hungry after that as I didn't eat much before or during work. So I went to a 99 cent store and picked up some trail mix and flavored popcorn. The popcorn had white chocolate and peppermint candy drizzled on it. I opened it and started eating it on the drive home, and ate more of it when I got home. Then we had pepperoni pizza for dinner. And I got bad heartburn that night and this morning. And my stomach was upset this morning too. So a little IBS feeling today for the first time in a long time. But I am okay and luckily I didn't have to go any where today or really do anything today. Other than putting a battery charger on my car as the car battery was dead from sitting I really didn't do a lot today. I did sort through some papers to try to find some old tax papers for my sister that I was holding on for her too, but that is about it. I just decided to take it easy today. I will do our laundry and some other house work tomorrow no matter how I am feeling, as I go back to work Monday morning. All my best to you all always. Janette

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I felt pretty well today. I went to exercise class and drank a lot of water. Food didn't bother me or fruit. I was glad to get through the day feeling well,.

Darlene - I hope that you find out what is wrong. I also hope that isn't serious. Glad to hear that you were able to get Fancy out for a walk yesterday. I hope that you have warmer weather soon.

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My gut has been doing okay still, thank goodness. I had some paperwork to turn in today, so my friend drove and then we went to the doctor's office and I finally found out what the ultrasound showed. She had told the surgery department to get back with her and then she was going to call me and let me know the results and about the referral. Surgery never got back to her and with her schedule she forgot. My gall bladder isn't the problem, but my pancreas is some and my hernia got worse. So she ordered a bunch more blood tests. Just what I needed. It still didn't really explain what is causing the IBS and why it is so bad now.

I got Cassie out for a walk yesterday. Not a long one, but at least we got out there. She decided the whole walk should be done at a fast trot except when she found something to sniff. Today was really cold when we got home and the snow had started, so we didn't go out. Instead I came in and fell asleep for a while after warming up with a cup of tea.

Sorry you weren't feeling well, Linda.

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The past few days I have felt well. I had a trigger food today but still did well. Eating oatmeal a little more often, during the week, has also helped me.

Have a great week, everyone.

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Thanks Darlene! I am doing fine still. All my best to you all.

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I've had a good weekend so far. Hope everyone else is.

I went after food for the animals today and took Fancy's out to the barn. It was so muddy there that I didn't get down to her stall to see her. Also got started late, so got there rather late. I hope it will dry up out there sometime soon. I need to get Fancy's teeth worked on and need to be able to get Fancy to the indoor arena so a vet can do the work. Now I have to check out the vets. I know that to have her teeth done by the one vet is really expensive. Couldn't find the information on the other vet the last time I looked for it. I think the one uses an electric file system and I would prefer manual because I don't think Fancy will do well with those electric ones.

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I hope you are all having a great weekend. I have been busy, but doing good with my IBS still. All my best to you all always. Janette

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I made it through the day at the Stock Show. I ended up with a protein shake drank really slow on the way, then for lunch had a couple rolls with Laughing Cow cheese and later that again. Stuck with water to drink. I will have something else now that I am home. Somehow I don't think I want to live on rolls and Laughing Cow cheese, though. I did take an immodium just in case.

I missed seeing my former trainer. His class was early and when we got there they had gone past him. He will ride again tomorrow, but I don't think I can afford to go. Rats.

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Well, IBS is unpredictable. The author of a cook book for IBS sufferers, that I got from my sister during Christmas, explains it as follows:
IBS is like a bucket, but this bucket changes shape and size every day and what fills it up and/or how much changes every day as well.

Basically, even if you have an idea, you might not know what will and what won't affect you on a specific day nor how much you can take of each of these things. If you haven't checked what is okay to eat of the low-FODMAP diet, maybe you should. If you react to things in that list when on that diet, you can probably assume you have different triggers, which could be either food or stress. I react to food that should be "safe" for IBS, but that's just how my IBS is.

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If the cheese will bind me up, that will be great for the day (LOL). What I am having problems with is the opposite every time I eat. I have been having snack crackers for breakfast and have managed to make it through the day until I eat again most of the time. Of course, that didn't work yesterday. The milk has been calming my stomach the last week or so, but I can't guarantee that will continue. Yesterday I had 2 small pieces of chicken, maybe 1/4 - 1/3 cup of potatoes and gravy, and 1/4 cup of slaw and really had problems. I'm going to try staying away from anything like that. Today I ate a ham sandwich and I've been okay since eating it. Had that a couple times last week and didn't do so well. So I just never know and I'm worried.

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Darlene - I cannot eat much cheese because it will bind me up. I may eat a small amount. As for the milk, many of us with IBS are also lactose intolerant. If you don't have a problem, like milk is a trigger for you, you may be okay. I agree about the workout pants,. You need to feel comfortable.

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I wish my IBS would go away. Anyone have any ideas for tomorrow? I am thinking of Silhouettes and take immodium before going. My friend was thinking crackers and cheese for lunch and I am going to see if we can stop and get some rolls. I was thinking maybe take a glass of milk, but what I just poured tastes like it's going bad. (sell by date Feb. 3) I am going to try the crackers and cheese tonight. I can't manage an extra pair of jeans. I have some small bottles of water in the freezer so that they will stay cold. Hope I can get my jeans to stretch out so I can wear them. I was wearing that pair at the same weight before, but now they are tighter. I might have to wear my workout pants instead.

Anyway, since you all have the problems I do, I just wondered what ideas you might have.

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I have been feeling better with the IBS. I haven't had any problems for several days. I really hope that I am on a good trend.

Have a great week, everyone!

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I'm definitely busy. A bit too much. My IBS hasn't flared up yet, but I am absolutely certain it will before I know it.

On a happier note, I'm very happy with the weight I am now, so rather than trying to lose, I'll start working on maintaining it. emoticon

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Everyone seems to have been busy lately. I am still having problems with my gut. I just can't eat anything without getting hit with D and gas. I an trying to figure out how to go to the Stock Show on Tuesday. It is a free day and my friend and I are hoping to go. They have Working Cow Horse that day and my old trainer and his SO are in it. I haven't seen them for several years even though they aren't very far from where I have Fancy.

I haven't found out what the ultrasound showed even yet. Left another message for my doctor, but I am not sure she is getting them. They go through her nurse and an answering machine.

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Thanks Linda! I didn't manage to get a nap in that day. The dogs and bf kept waking me up after the boy left, so I just gave up. But luckily I was doing better the next day. I still have a bit of a cough left from my bronchitis, but I think it is getting better and better each day.

Jenn, Welcome back and I hope you are feeling better asap.

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I went to the gym and felt pretty well today. I had a healthy salad and so far, it is not bothering me.

Jenn - happy to see you back. However, I am really sorry about the cold and the C problems. Good luck with your move and all that you have to do. I know that moving is tough.

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Hello everyone! I'm back after some tough time when I was bedridden due a common cold that affected my lungs a lot and then there was the move right after.

I managed to move into my new apartment safely and after being constipated for I don't know how long due stress, everything is fine now with my IBS and I'm very slowly getting my things out of boxes. I will have the wallpaper in the kitchen/livingroom area (it's an open plan apartment) changed because the previous tenants seem to have been very filthy people, so there is still a bit stress about this move left, but at least I'm doing alright.

(But my joints hurt constantly, so the move was really not kind to my joint pains.)

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I felt fairly well today. But I was pretty sleepy. My belly is a bit better but bloated.

Janette - hope that you were able to get a nap. It will be good for you since you probably need to work tomorrow.

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Thanks! My cold is getting better, but I got a bad headache yesterday that I haven't been able to get rid of yet. The boy was complaining that something fell behind his dresser a couple of nights before. And while I was doing laundry yesterday, I noticed he left the dresser pulled when he moved it out to get the book he lost behind it. And I noticed lots of stuff behind, beside and underneath the dresser. So I dug the stuff out and moved the dresser back, and as I was doing it I could feel the dust getting to me. I should have went and got a dust mask to deal with it. We have lots of rain storms coming in one after another too, so it could be a combination of dust and weather getting to me. I took an allergy pill and a pain pill last night and went to bed and ended up taking more this morning. I boy has been making a lot of noise this weekend too which isn't helping. I think he is going to his mom's and then to a friend's house for a bit later today. I will probably try to take a nap while he is gone since the house should be quiet then.
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Janette - we have a lot of rain over the past couple of days and I always get a raspy voice and sinus headaches. I am glad that you are getting better.

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You, too, Janette. Hope all of you have a good weekend.

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Have a great weekend!

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Thanks! Still doing great with the IBS, which is a relief as I was wondering if the new job would cause stress and start it up again. But so far it is good. The cold is almost gone but still hanging on, I think all the cold dampness is causing. I know the cold and dampness has bothered me since I was a baby. I always seem to get sick at this time of the year. My parents use to take me out to the desert a lot to have the dry air out there help dry me out. But right now the weather out there isn't that great either. All my best to you all always.

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Darlene - I do have a store brand gas pill.Sometimes they help and sometimes not. I forgot to take them today. I will have to remember to do it tomorrow. Thanks for the reminder.

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Linda, since you have gas with the C do you take Gas-X or something like that? Since I go back and forth with gas and D I have to take the Gas-X (usually store brand) often. I use the liqui-gels and for me have to take 3 instead of 2. Anyway, the liqui-gels might help with the C. For me it sometimes triggers the D. Dr said to use capsules for vitamin D because the liqui-gels can get you loose. Maybe that would help you some.

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I still have been having C. Although I am happy not to have the usual D, it is getting to be a bit more painful. The gas pains are horrible. I guess that I will eventually have to go to the doctor if it continues. Just miserable!

Darlene - I really hope that your low carb diet will help with the diabetes and the IBS. I know that it should definitely do good for the diabetes.

Janette - glad that you able to get in some walking in spite of the rain. Happy that you cold is almost over. In the damp weather you have to be careful when you are sick.

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Thanks! We are having a really cold and rainy week. But I still got in lots of walking with taking the boy to school and with the new job, just walking around in the office. My IBS has still been fine. I think my cold is almost over now, I hardly coughed today and it was mostly in the early am. All my best to you all always.

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Didn't manage to get to the steak yet so I'd better tonight. I think since it is in that vacuum wrap it will be okay. Last night I cheated and had one of the frozen Boston Market dinners. Or at least I tried. The chicken couldn't even be cut, much less eaten, so I ended up with a piece of sausage to go with the mashed potatoes.

I'm a little afraid to say it, but I have actually been doing really well the last week or so. The only time I had a problem was after making potato, ham and cheese soup and the problem was because I ate too much.

I've finished off all the sweets that were opened. I have some Fruit and Nut Delights that I was given, but haven't opened the box and won't unless I get desperate. I did get some more ice cream but since I haven't completely told myself I can't have any of that I haven't been eating a lot of it. I also got chocolate malt and have some of that once in a while. I think as long as I don't say "can't have" I might be able to get by with having a little sweets. Mostly, though, I am going to try to stay with lower carbs or carbs from fruit that will also have the fiber with them. I hope that will be okay for both the IBS and the diabetes.

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Well, this is the first week of January. I went to the gym on Monday for weighted workout machines and a nice walk. My belly has been causing me problems for a couple of weeks. My normal D has turned into C and I feel miserable. I am so bloated. I have been taking fiber pills and wishing that they would do some good.

Janette - good luck with your new job!

Darlene - we didn't do much on New Year's Eve either. We went to dinner and then right back home. I normally stay up late but that night I didn't even make it to midnight. But I was awakened at midnight by the sound of fireworks.Tomatoes don't bother my IBS but many other foods do.

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All my best for a great new week to come! I start my new job tomorrow.

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I hope that you were able to get it tender enough to eat! All my best to you all always.

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Happy New Year everyone. I didn't really go to bed early, but got in my soaking, warming bath and the new year hit while I was there. Came out and had my little bit of mint chocolate chip ice cream and went to bed. Not too exciting here. It would be nice to see the fireworks but the trees are in the way so can't see them anywhere unless someone shoots them off in our neighborhood illegally (that happens July 4). I watched the Rose Parade and am now watching the only football game on antenna TV.

My problem with tomatoes seems to be more the tomatoes themselves. I don't think I have problems with the sauce that I remember. At least not if I don't eat too much. Today I finally got my potato soup made and have eaten some. Not the best for diabetes, but it works good for my IBS and to help me get warm on cold days. Also a bit cheaper than a lot of things.

I got one of the steaks out and am going to try it today or tomorrow. I do have something that has prongs you stick into the steak for tenderizing. I don't think I have seen the Adolph's for years. I do remember my parents used it. I have read of using citrus for tenderizing, too, but not too sure what to use on steak. I think I have a tenderloin (fillet minion) out of there. If it is tender enough I will just cut it really small. Buying from the store I have had a lot of trouble with meat that is so tough that nothing makes it tender enough to even cut with a sharp knife, but I have had trouble with chicken that way, too. Now I try to find small chicken breasts.

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Happy New Year's Day to you all! We stayed home and tried to go to bed early too. The boy is with his mom, and we are both still fighting off colds. All the noise and fireworks upset our two dogs, especially the youngest and newest one. They were both on the foot of our bed, so I sat up with them for a while calming them down and luckily the noise didn't go on too long after midnight. I think we are just going to take it easy this weekend. I know he wants to watch a lot of sports on TV. And I will be trying to rest up for starting the new job on Monday.

I have no problems ever with any type of tomatoes in salads. I can even take big tomatoes and slice them up and put mayo on them or ranch dressing and eat them just like that with no problems. I think the problem comes when there is something else added that is greasy, like pizza can be greasy because of the cheese and or the meat that is on it. Same with Spaghetti and Chili. My mom had problems and some how she figured out that it was the seeds. She would try to squeeze out the seeds in tomatoes, and cut out the seed in cucumbers, and other stuff like that and that really helped her.

For you steak and pork chops, you might just want to hit them with a metal cooking mallet/Meat tenderizer, my mom had one something like this and so does my boyfriend. And maybe look for a meat tenderizer seasoning salt too. I believe this is the one my mom use to use.


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Janette, your tomato sauce sounds like what I also have happen. Tomatoes are probably my favorite vegetable to eat as long as they are with something else (sauce, in salad, etc). I can be eating something for a few days and no problem, then it hits hard. I'm wondering about it now since I just finished my tortilla soup. It's about the 8th serving of it. Next one will be potato, ham and cheese soup.

I got out one of the steaks that a friend gave me for Christmas last year (Omaha Steaks so is pressure sealed). I am going to try broiling it and then grind it and see if I get more steak taste than hamburger taste that way. I've never tried that before. I usually have chicken and some ground beef. Roast has to be done in the slow cooker until it is falling apart. I haven't figured out how to get pork chops tender enough to eat, either.

I am not doing anything for New Years Eve or day. Maybe watch the parade New Years Day. Can't watch the football games anymore since they are all on cable now. I think that stinks.

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I had a pretty good day. No D issues today. However, I have had quite a headache. I did some grocery shopping today, went to the doctor and also some housework. So I have kept busy. Tomorrow is New Years Eve and plan to go out for dinner with hubby. Any of you have some exciting plans????

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thanks, the dinner was really good. My boyfriend marinates the steaks over night a lot of the times and that helps. My mom use to do that too, or she would put some steak tenderizer powder and spices on it too. I cut the pieces into smaller and thinner bites now too as I got older and that has helped me to chew the meat better. But once in a while, especially if we go out to dinner, we might get a tougher steak. And as soon as I realize that it is tough to chew I make sure to make my bite pieces smaller and thinner and that helps.

Sugar doesn't seem to bother me, but sometimes too much chocolate can give me indigestion later. Even Just drinking too much hot chocolate during the day and evening can do it to me. Some times I can handle tomato sauce like in spaghetti, pizza, or chili and other times it can give me indigestion. I think it depends on how much I have too, and some times on what else I might have ate that day or night.

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Over the Christmas holidays, both of my daughters made cookies, fudge, chocolate covered preetzels, etc. They gave them to us and it is tough for me to have sugar in the house. I had a lot of IBS symptoms Saturday and Sunday. ugh!

Janette - the meal sounded very good.

Darlene - sugar is my enemy too. I have over indulged the past few days.

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Janette, that sounds so good. I can't eat a good steak anymore because they are too tough for me to get chewed.

I have figured out that sugar must be a trigger for me. Shouldn't be eating it anyway, but I still do. I will cut down on it. I still want a little ice cream on NYE, but I am not going to go crazy with it. I have mostly finished the sugary treats that were given to me for Christmas, but I do have stuff still to make fudge. I think I will just keep the recipes for next year or sometime when I just cannot resist having some. Of course, I will need to get marshmallows if that happens. Mostly I use them for hot chocolate and I can make that without sugar otherwise.

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Happy Sunday

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All my best to you ladies. My IBS is still under control. But I did eat more than I needed last night. We had steak, mashed potatoes, asparagus, and biscuits. I should have cut my steak in half and saved half of it for another day or fed the left overs to the dogs. But it was good.

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Linda, hope your celebration goes well today.

I know what you mean about not being sure on keeping to small meals when there are other foods. I usually end up trying a little of everything and that makes it too much for me to handle. Then there will also be things that I really like a lot and I just can't resist eating more of those things. I did that a couple years ago and then was having a little glass of wine when the IBS hit so one of the guys took my wine away from me and wouldn't let me have any. Oh, well, shouldn't have the wine anyway.

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Hubby and I had a pretty nice Christmas. It was just me and hubby. I actually ended up doing a lot of cleaning and preparing food because our family Christmas is Saturday. I am hoping that my belly will do well with all of the food.

Darlene - you make a good point. When you ate small amounts of food your IBS was not a problem. I am not sure I can do that when family is here because they will bring other food. But in general I need to keep this in mind.

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Hope you all are having a Merry and Blessed Christmas today. I went to an open house with my friends (her in-laws) and enjoyed that. We had a little bit of a white Christmas, but not a lot of the white stuff.

Went to Christmas Eve service last night and then tried their pot luck. I had taken a tin of cookies that mainly the kids enjoyed. I was really good and had only 3 little smokies, a spoonful of cranberry jello salad and a chicken drumstick (rotisserie). And didn't have any problems with my IBS. I think if I keep that in mind I will be able to handle things a lot better. Maybe I can even not have to go to the surgery thing. Of course, today I am messing up. I am having some soup for supper and have probably eaten too much. But that would be my own fault.

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Thanks! I hope you are all having a wonderful Christmas!

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I had been having several belly pains. So I took extra fiber this evening. I hope that this will turn things around and the pain will go away. I would love to be regular again.

Janette - I agree.....Merry Christmas.

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I wish you all a very merry Christmas

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Thanks Ladies!
The biggest part that I have found previously working in this line of work is that after April a lot of the time money gets tight for the owners, so even if they have work for me to do, they have a hard paying me. That is what has always happened before, so my hours get cut way back or I end up getting laid off until Dec or Jan again. But even knowing that could happen again, I jumped at this opportunity since it will pay well until then and it is so close to my house. So at least it can help me to start paying off more than just the minimum on my visa bill that I ran up going to school and getting my life insurance license.

All my best to you all always, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year too. Janette

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Janette, congratulations on your new job. I hope that after April you will have enough to keep you busy in it. I know a lady who does business taxes and though she is really busy during the January through April time period, she also has work during the rest of the year.

I've been doing okay the past few days. I have to run down the hall every day, but haven't done too bad. Linda, I understand being afraid to eat too much or trigger the D. That always happens to me. Only problem is half the time I don't realize I am eating that much.

About a year ago my doctor told me not to eat citrus because it is often a trigger for D. But with the gall stones that come on, I have decided to try eating oranges and Cuties again. So far so good. I haven't had any problems with eating them other than some of the oranges get so tough.

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I went out to eat with my sister in law today. We enjoyed it and I did not eat everything on my plate. I am always afraid if I overeat that will trigger D for me. I just never know what will do it.

Darlene - sorry that you had the problems again. Gas has been such a problem for me the past few weeks. I HATE it!

Janette - congrats! Happy that you got the job.

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All my best to you all always, and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year too!

I got the new job. I will start working for a local CPA on Jan 4th. I will mostly be working 9 am to 5 pm most days, and will be mostly working 32 to 36 hrs a week. And will be working Jan until the middle of April, after that we will have to see what happens with the job. But this will be my main job during those months and the other part time jobs will just have to fit into this schedule or just wait until after April.
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It didn't last long. Guess garlic bread is a trigger, probably because of the butter on it. Well, it is better now. Mostly I have done better when I don't eat much I can feel better. Sometimes that helps and sometimes it doesn't. I usually eat a little more than I did today. The garlic bread might have just been too much to eat.

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Darlene - I am happy that you had a good day although you did not eat much. I also went to church this morning. We had a nice Christmas service and music. I have been feeling pretty well. Good idea about the positive quotes.

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I have been having a good day today, though I haven't really been having any good food. Tried eating my green chili and it tasted so bad that I threw it out. So I have had half a bagel and cream cheese and some garlic bread with cheese on it.

Today I went to the south church that I've been going to some where they had the children's Christmas program. The north church (the one I've been going to since 1998) doesn't have any children except the family from Africa any more. I don't get to that church as often because it is almost 18 miles. When my friends moved they moved less than a mile from the south church so I finally found out where it was.

I'm trying to go through some magazines I hadn't thrown away and find any motivational quotes that I can put in a notebook. One of my teams has been talking about resolutions and goals and one of them said she does that. I started to once before and then tried cleaning things out of the house and threw them all away. Other than that trying to start some cleaning and just relaxing and watching TV (one of those heart-attack football games).

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Darlene - yes, we have to stake out the bathrooms in every store.restaurant/theatre...it seems that it is just part of my everyday life now. I hate that. My husband is so used to this that I don't feel embarrassed. I hated to go to work and find that I was running to the bathroom so much. That was a bit embarrassing. Fortunately, I am retired and no longer have that problem. My belly is better tonight than last night. I agree with you about IBS getting worse. Mine is due to foods.

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Linda, I hope you don't have trouble this weekend. My worry is Christmas. Otherwise I can make it through the week okay, even if I do have a problem.

It is so like some of those older ads for celiac or chrones. You have to know every restroom every time you go somewhere. It just makes me so mad. I had trouble back when I was traveling, but that was only because there was so much distance between places. Now that I think about it, I only had problem because of that the last time I went back to St. Louis and I think I actually made it all the way without a problem (other than things going wrong with my truck). I wonder why it just keeps getting worse and worse. I am trying to eat smaller amounts so that they don't cause problems.


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I feel as though D may attack this weekend. Today has been a very stressful day - well, in fact, most of the week has. I do hope that I can avoid a full blown attack.

Darlene - sorry that you had to make the trip into the McDonald's restroom. I know that this is something that has happened to me so much throughout the years. It is tough, because you worry whether you will make it in time. Hope that you get the medical problem sorted out.

Jenniichry - I am sorry to hear that you are also having issues.

Have a healthy weekend, everyone.

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Well, now I am not sure about the gall bladder problem. When I talked to the appointment center the only thing they have is hernia and IBS. I tried calling the doctor's office to find out what the reason was for the referral and the only return call I got was from the appointment center. It doesn't make sense. Even the surgery department only has abdominal pain and diarrhea.

I did okay when I was out today. I had to detour to a McDonalds and use the restroom and take an Imodium, but got through one of their little breakfast burritos and through the rest of the day. Had to get the emissions on my truck and go get my license and then do a little shopping. Got my bags for Christmas presents so I can put my ornaments in them and a cap for the baby. Have Veggie Tales books for the little girls who get books read to them every night and one of them might be starting to read a little bit.

Jenni, I hope you feel better soon.

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Darlene: My brother had his gall bladder removed and he didn't have any diarrhea, however, he would have some problems eating certain things because it'd give him extreme pains, like when he had gallstones.

My IBS is giving problems again, but I'm completely certain it's stress. Half a month left before I move from the home I've created over the past 5.5 years to live closer to my partner so that he can help me out with things I can't do very well by myself (like grocery shopping, lifting things, get up if I fall during one of those days when I can barely walk, etc) which will give me a better feeling generally. Hopefully my IBS will calm down after the move, or maybe even during Christmas when I'm spending time with my sister and her family and don't have to see the mess that is supposed to be my home.

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Linda, glad that you have been doing so well.

Jenni-fit, I have written a note to myself to pray for your stress situations. Sure hope they all resolve favorably.

Jenni, Sorry you are having so many problems and agree and hope you don't get pneumonia.

Well, my ultrasound apparently didn't have good results. I got a message to call for a referral appointment today and the phone number they gave me was surgery. I don't like that at all and don't have the money for the co-pay. I am also wondering how that will affect my IBS since I keep reading that removal of the gall bladder will cause diarrhea and I have enough problems with that.

We had our ornament exchange today and I did pretty well there. I did take an Immodium before going, so I'm sure that helped. Then was careful not to eat too much while I was there. I had a small bowl of my green chili, 3 crackers with cream cheese, a small piece of cornbread and 2 little chocolate balls and a small cookie. After lunch we had the ornament exchange, so I have several different ornaments and the ornaments that I made that were left over.

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I have been feeling well. I continue to try to drink a lot of water and exercise everyday. White potatoes will also give me IBS symptoms. It is mostly gas and bloating. I am trying to eat more sweet potatoes and they do not bother me. One of my daughters requested that I make potatoes for our Christmas dinner (white potatoes.) So I will make them and just try to avoid them. Yogurt daily seems to help also.

Jenni fit - sorry that you are facing stressful situations. That will often really bother my stomach.Happy to hear that fiber is helping.

Jenni cry - wow, I am very sorry to hear about the inflammation and the EDS. It does sound very difficult to deal with - hope that you do not develop pneumonia. That would really be tough for you.

Darlene - I hope that you get good results from your test. I agree with you about not being good ot our body. I have heart disease and often eat something that I should not. When I think about it, I realize how foolish I am. I went through cardiac rehab and a nutritionist and know better.

Designmomma - happy for you that your broke your plateau. Keep going. You are doing great.

Janette - I hope that you get the new job that you want. You are keeping busy with your part time jobs.




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Thanks, Jenni! I need to be more active, too!
I've increased my fiber intake recently, and it's actually been really helping me!
So there's good news there. Unfortunately, I'm facing three big stressful situations right now, so I'm hoping that doesn't kick me into a flare-up.
I hope everyone has a great weekend!
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I've been very inactive lately. I should fix that problem.

I've seemed to have a lot less problems after cutting out the foods my doctor asked me to. I used to be gassy all the time, now I'm basically never, so it's a really big difference. I'll know if I accidentally ate something bad when I'm out with friends or so now because I'll get gassy later on.

I've been having some constipation problems though, but I think it's because my body tries to settle with the new diet lacking so much of the foods I used to eat. But no pain, no anything except for the occasional gas and constipation. I can deal with that. It was much worse when I was in so much pain I couldn't even walk straight until I've used the toilet and it would take time before I could. (I'd run back and forth to the toilet until it was really time.)

I've mailed my sister a list of what I can't eat, so hopefully we'll figured out how to deal with the Christmas foods, which could be a HUGE problem. Luckily though it's just us and my sister's fiancée's parents and not his entire family. That would make it harder because people bring foods with them.

As for what's going on with the EDS which supposedly causes my IBS. I've been to the rheumatology clinic and they think it might be something else I have. Apparently my inflamation levels have been rising for the past 10 or so years and no one noticed, because no on checked the records over the past 10 years before I was at the rheumatology clinic where they were completely at loss what could be the problem. Now the average is way too high to even say it's just one of those odd cases when people have a naturally high levels and I used to have normal ones. It's making me pretty worried, but it also explains why I'm so exhausted all the time. My body could just as well be fighting pneumonia or something like that every single day all year around. I can only imagine if I actually got that since my body is already busy with trying to fight a really bad inflammation. And then there's the joint pains as well that might or might not be related. I hope they figured out what it is AND if my IBS is a symptom, like it would be if it was Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.

And finally, welcome back Jenni and welcome Alyssa!

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All my best to you all always. Happy Friday and weekend! Janette

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Designmomma, I started thinking about something like that a couple weeks ago. I have been going to a Bible study recently and it said something similar, though I can't remember exactly what it was. It is something like people thinking about what others are doing, though. I saw a guy at the store buying cigarettes when he was already on oxygen and thought how can he do that. Well, I do the same thing, except I eat high carbs and sugary things when I have diabetes. So I need to think of what I am doing, not what someone else is doing.

Had my ultrasound this afternoon. I don't think I will hear anything on it for at least a week unless it shows cancer or something. I don't think it will.

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I broke my plateau this week and finally saw 226 on the scale. I don't know when it happened. It seems like just yesterday I was in the 240s wishing I could drop. A week ago I walked out of my first pair of pants. I feel great. My daughter said last night "Hey mom, your belly doesn't stick out further than your boobs do anymore." OMG! Out of the mouth of babes.

This week I have discovered that I focus way too much on what everyone around me is doing. I have always had to be responsible for everyone around me. My whole life in fact. But its time to shut that off. My own life is a mess. And pointing out the flaws and mistakes of everyone around me is not going to fix my mess. I have enough on my plate too. I don't need to be the one to help everyone else or listen to everyone else anymore. I need to dig in and clean up my mess.
This was a huge aha moment for me.

So here's to taking more steps to fix me!

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Thanks Darlene, I have heard that ACV is good for lots of things, even colds, bladder and kidney infections and problems, and weight loss.

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Thanks for that information Janette. I thought that ACV was something that helped with the gall stones, but didn't know the other things. I don't know about dropping the spicy foods for me, but will try. I've not been doing too well at eating healthy lately, but have started doing a little better the last couple of weeks. I haven't got lab results yet on anything but the blood. My liver counts were down to normal this time, so I wouldn't have thought the stones were blocking anything. The kidney counts were a little high, but I was also dehydrated so there wasn't any concern with that. Guess I'll try some oranges, too.

Hope that sinus infection and bronchitis clears up really soon. Had some of that last year, earlier in the year. Seems everything was going around when we were doing the Passion Play of 2014. This year didn't get that problem.

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My IBS has been doing good for a long time still. I was fighting off a cold or allergies in November. I had a couple of times when my stomach wasn't feeling so good and I thought I might have been dealing with the flu, or a reaction to food from new restaurants. But nothing serious and it didn't really seem like it was IBS issue. Had a lot sneezing and sniffling going on and off in Nov and still have it now. But now it has also turned into a sinus infection and bronchitis. But still no real problems with the IBS.

I started another part time job in Nov also. And now I am waiting to hear if I am going to get another job starting in Jan. I should know some time this week I think. If I get it, I will be working for a local CPA, helping to run his office, doing receptionist duties, payroll, bookkeeping and such. Just like I did for 5 yrs or my ex boss. My ex boss referred me to this CPA. So hopefully I will get this job. If I do than I will be working full time of at least 32 or more hours Jan through April, and then after that my hours will be cut way back the rest of the year. So I can keep my other part time jobs, or look for something else to go with it in May, like working for a temp agency or what ever. So we will see what happens with that.

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Darlene, I was diagnosed with Gallstones several yrs ago. I didn't even know that any thing was wrong with me at the time. I had heartburn on and off especially if we had spicy or greasy foods. But I didn't really think anything of it. But routine blood work showed that I was having really bad problems with my liver and kidneys and didn't even know it. And while I didn't have insurance at that time either so I couldn't afford surgery either. At least knowing what was wrong with me and why helped me to turn it around on my own with out any medicine or surgery. I started to eat healthier, more whole foods, less processed, less spicy and less greasy. I started to slowly exercise more, walking more, and keeping track of my steps, trying to walk 10,000 steps a day and or one extra step each day. I started to slowly lose some of the excess weight I had put on. All of my blood work slowly but surely got better and the gallstones started to take care of themselves too. Citrus fruits or drinks help to break up gallstones too. Peanut butter for some reason is good to eat to help with it too. Apple cider vinegar and also olive oil are good for it too. So if you know what is wrong then it makes it easier for you to google and research natural alternatives to drugs or surgery. All my best to you always. Janette

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