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We finally arrived home, after our trip, and I felt great all the way. However, as we unpacked I was hit with D. I still feel uncomfortable and gas pains. Hope that this is short lived and that I feel better tomorrow.

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We are having rather strange weather. We have upper 90s one day and low to mid 80s the next. Sometimes even from upper 90s to the 70s the next (like Sunday and Monday). Then there is a lot of wind and thunder storms.

A little afraid to say this, but I haven't had problems since Sunday or maybe Monday. Sometimes I wonder if I am having a problem, but it hasn't turned out to be. I am hoping that keeps up.

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Darlene and Janette I am so sorry that you have been miserable in the heat.

I have been traveling again this week. I will be happy to be back home tomorrow. The connecting flight we had earlier in the week was almost 3 hours late. It was scheduled to take off around 9:30 pm but it was well past midnight before it took off. I was tired and miserable. But fortunately I didn't have an attack of D.

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Thanks Darlene! And hello to you all.

Still really warm and suppose to be that way for a while. We are suppose to get even hotter this weekend and the beginning of next week. I know people in AZ too, really hot there right now. The boy is suppose to go there for a week toward the end of July I believe to visit relatives. I might go for the weekend when he first gets dropped off, but then again I might just decide to stay home and take care of the dogs here so they don't have to go to a doggy day care type place for the first time. They have never been away from the house except for quick car rides to the pet store or to pick up the boy from his mom. So I really don't like the idea of putting them in a doggy day care place for 2-3 nights. I think they would feel confused and scared like when they got thrown in the pound before we adopted them. And I am not liking the heat we have here, it will be a lot worse there. The last time I went was at Thanksgiving time yrs ago and it was really hot then, this will be so much worse.


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6/23/16 1:19 P

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I don't know if this will help or not, but it was on my FB and maybe something will help from it.
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Of course, if you can't find a GI doctor who cares at all a couple of them won't be of much help.

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My friend managed to get my mower started yesterday and I got the top part of my lawn done while it was cool. Today is up to 97 again, so will try to get something done either after 6 or tomorrow when we have a cool day forecast again (86). I am glad I am not where Janette is or my cousin. He is in Phoenix and had to go out in the 120 degree heat. He also said he got the new construction project that will run for the next 6 months or so. He is the person who gets all the estimates and I think some other things in managing the construction. Fortunately, not the heavy construction work anymore. It would be nice if he could wait on that job until fall and winter.

My Immodium finally wore off on Sunday or so. It would be nice if I didn't end up either one end of the scale or the other.

Linda, I would like to be able to do what you did. I like the swimming and Zumba and would like to take Cassie for some walks. I don't want to take Cassie while the ground is so hot, though. Maybe if we can get to a park and walk in the grass. The Zumba class I was in a couple years ago is in a room that isn't air-conditioned, so pretty hot, but I would like to get back in it. If the gas prices stay down and I can get some things lowered, maybe I can afford to get back to it. I go over there on Friday for a watercolor class which is on my way home from Bible Study. I save on gas costs by combining on one day. On some Saturdays i am doing free classes at the library. One is a photography class that I just barely found out about. I actually found out some things about that old camera I have (it's outdated and the company sold twice since I got it, but it's usable).

Linda, I hope you have a good trip.

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6/21/16 1:19 P

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It is just been too hot here lately and it is getting too me. It was too hot to sit in our ofc once I got home. Cooler in our living room. I tried using my lap top in there yesterday, but the bottom of it heated up way too fast. Too hot to use it. Got up early to go into the ofc this morning. I won't be on here long today as it is heating up fast in the house and outside again.

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I had a busy day. I went swimming, a Zumba class and a walk. It was all fun but my legs are a bit sore tonight We fly to Washington D.C. tomorrow which is okay. I always try to eat light before a plane ride because I worry about D.

Darlene - your temps sound about like ours in Florida - 89 to low 90's. I know many are in sweltering heat. Sorry to hear that you had a problem with the mower.

Janette - sounds like it is hot where you are. I hope that Monday was not too busy at work.

Alyssa - my DD has PCOS and I think I will mention Inositol. She would like to get pregnant, just as you do, but her weight has heavily increased with the PCOS. Sorry that you had the D flare up but I really hope it has settled down now.

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I am hot enough here, I wouldn't want to be there with it in the 100s. It hasn't quite gotten to where they predicted today, at least not in my area of town. At 4;00 it was 89. I have been trying for a few days to get my mower to start again, but no luck. It started when I had company on Sunday, but I couldn't mow then. It hasn't started since. My neighbor came over to help and tried some cleaner to see if it would clean the gas line, but that didn't work, either. I got starter fluid and that didn't work. So I trimmed the hedge and wild trees around my patio. Well, I got them mostly trimmed, though it just pushed some of the branches aside. I'll have to get back at it in a couple days. It is suppose to be 99 tomorrow and I don't want to be out there in that tomorrow. I would rather be in front of the fan. I do want to get my tomatoes and peppers in the ground, though, so maybe I will just take the hose across the lawn even though I can't get it mowed. I also got some basil (which the first ones died) and Ginger Mint. I want to just plant some mint up by the porch to be able to use in cooking or drinks and to repel spiders and rodents. If it takes over the area around there I don't care because nothing is growing there but weeds. Hope mint will grow there. The catnip that use to be near the porch is now out in front of the hedge by the patio.

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6/18/16 7:05 P

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Warm weekend and the next few days are suppose to be even hotter. Take care

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I had busy work days Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. I got today off and don't go back until Monday. Mondays are always the worse as I have to get all the msgs off the voice mail, try to get as much of the payroll accounts done in one day instead of spread out over the week and then try to do some bookkeeping and anything else that pops up. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are usually quieter. Thursdays are another busy payroll day trying to finish off the weeks payroll, so they are like Mondays, except less msgs to get off of the voice mail. Fridays is a toss up as to if I have the day off or not. And then the weekends I usually get off now that the tax deadline is long gone.

There are storms to the east of us pushing a bad heat wave our way again so we are having record highs again. Sunday and Monday are suppose to be really bad like 100 or more. They were working on the roof at work all week too, stirring up dust and making lots of loud noise. Which wasn't helping.

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Hi ladies!
Alyssa, all my best to you always. I hope your body adjusts and stops bothering you IBS.

Fancy, so sorry that they could be more helpful to you. Maybe eating fresh papaya will help you and not hurt you. It could be that the pills with papaya enzyme is too concentrated with something in it, more than just eating fresh papaya, and maybe that is why it is risky to take too much of it for too long?

Everything in moderation type thing. Even too much water can kill you. Some stuff if you take too much hurts your kidneys, but at lower doses is okay.

Had a nice day off yesterday. And then a busy day at work today, and tomorrow looks like it will be another busy day at work. But then I think I will be off until Monday after that. Take care.

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Alyssa, I hope that supplement helps and quits triggering your IBS

Well, I saw the GI doctor today. What a waste of time and money. All they said was to take Immodium every 4 or 5 days and whenever I ended up with diarrhea. Well, I already know to take that if I get hit with the diarrhea and it doesn't stop. No idea what I can eat or what I might be able to try. I asked about papaya enzyme and he said that it might be okay once in a while, but not too much because it was dangerous to take something like that. How dangerous can papaya be when they have people take drugs that have terrible side effects all the time?

Oh, and the stupid planners at the hospital. There isn't enough parking, expecially if your vehicle is more than 6 1/2 feet tall (like a 4x4 truck or full size van) and they have decided that they should plant grass instead of having close in parking for handicapped (which was the only place I could find parking and I would often need because of how bad my IBS got. There is a triangle shaped lot across the street from the ER, but the employees usually end up in there because it is closer than the employee lot.

I got bummed enough that I decided to go ahead and get some Chinese for lunch. That tasted good.

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I am so bad at keeping up on all my teams and groups and boards. Oy.

However, I wanted to check in and say hi.

I started on a new supplement, inositol. It's supposed to help regulate PCOS symptoms, but it is flaring up my IBS-D. Boo. It wasn't really there today, so I think I just needed a few days to adjust. Hopefully.

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I had a really busy day at work yesterday and just didn't feel like doing much after I got home. I decided to take a nap as the house was quiet with the boy on a sleep over at a friend's house. I got a nice nap in.

Then last night I finished off the left over orange chicken so I didn't let it go to waste. Luckily it wasn't as hot spicy last night as the first night. The bf also cooked up some sliced sausage that was a little spicy too and mixed it in with rice. I had a little bit of it too as there wasn't much of the orange chicken left. I did okay last night, no heartburn or anything.

Today I am suppose to be off all day. So hopefully I don't get called in like what kept happening last week. I have been getting head aches on and off lately, not sure if it is from allergies or the weather changing back and forth or what. But it happened yesterday before my nap and then went away, and this afternoon as the day got warm and muggier it happened again. So I am really glad I had the day off today. I have been sneezing a lot on and off too from allergies, probably from all the pollen in the air. I have basically done much of nothing today other then check my emails.

I hope you are doing well and having a great week!

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I made it through Sunday okay other than a little bit after the crackers. No problem with the brat sandwich other than not being able to eat half of it. Tried that for breakfast today and it was no good at all. It seems I can eat something one time, then it's bad. Just not sure how that works. My appointment is Wednesday and I am hoping they can tell me something I can eat. The last guy I saw just said I have to keep a record, but that doesn't work when something is fine one time and bad the next.

We had rain all day today off and on. Tomorrow I need to go get Fancy some food, so will probably take something so I don't have problems. I want to go see her anyway. Didn't make it but the one time last month because I was trying to get things fixed here at home and it took all my money and credit. That and the water bill tripling. Guess I should be praying for more rain. I sure hope the tax rebate comes soon.

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Today was a very hot day. But I did get in a walk. I ate pretty well and drank over 8 glasses of water for hydration. Feeling pretty well.

Hope that you all are having a great week.

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It would be nice if we could eat what tastes good to us and not get sick from it. I get the orange chicken either from Walmart Deli or Panda Express. Both them have it mild. Sometimes at Walmart I go spicy and get General Tsao or half and half. That is only when I am really hungry and am at a Walmart.

I have known several people who get migraines from weather changes. Just seems that you can never tell what is going to cause a problem of any kind with health.

I just tried some crackers and sour cream. Not a good idea. I do okay with dairy, so I'm not sure if it was the dip or the crackers. I was just hungry and I don't want to risk another brat.

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Glad to hear you got the toilet issue done. Hope you are feeling better asap.

I tried some orange chicken yesterday from a local store where we get cooked chicken from their deli some times and it was too hot and spicy for me. It tasted good, but there was a hot kick of chili peppers or something as an after taste that was just too hot. Had my mouth on fire. I didn't even it all. I only ate about half of it. Next time I will know to stick to the broiled chicken. I ended up with a head ache later too, and not sure if it was from it or weather changing or what. Luckily it didn't seem to bother my stomach as far as IBS, just the heartburn that I woke up with in the middle of the night.

Distant storms have made us cooler today. I am doing a bunch of laundry again today while it is cooler.

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I've been okay so far today and yesterday. I did have to stop eating at half a brat sandwich. Cassie liked that. Having so little has me pretty weak, though. My friend suggested Jello and I do have some of that without sugar, so maybe I will try that.

Janette, it sounds like the boy has a busy summer planned. Hope you will get some relief during the break.

My toilets are finally fixed for now. I hope they will stay that way. My friend and her husband came over and he worked on them until they quit running when they were suppose to and ran when they were suppose to. Then we had lunch on the back porch. Then he took the dead rat or whatever out of a trash can full of water and they rinsed out the trash can. Apparently the thing drowned in there. I am going to dump some bleach in the trash can and make sure it is cleaned out and doesn't stink anymore.

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Hi Ladies, Sorry to hear that you have both had some stomach issues. All my best to you both always.

We are having June Gloom - cooler, cloudy, foggy and sometimes windy mornings that burn off to warm to hot days, and sometimes muggy days. Today stay cooler most of the day then previous days.

It was a busy work week getting lots of different reports out, doing bookkeeping and payroll and such. But I was still able to have all of Wednesday off to go to the boy's elementary school graduation/promotion event. The time has just flown by, hard to believe he will be in middle school next yr. Then I was able to get off early on Thursday and Friday too, and now I have the whole weekend off.

The boy's mom has scheduled lots of play dates and sleep overs with his friends already for his summer vacation. And they will be going on some trips this summer too.

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Well, yesterday went fine. Ate one of the cheddar brats today (same thing I had last night) and got sick within an hour and a half. Haven't had much else since then. I am afraid to. I had a few potato chips and a chai tea latte and the chai made me sick. I just don't know what to do anymore.

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I have been traveling and have limited wifi. Sorry it has been difficult for me to chat with all of you. I hope that you all have a healthy weekend. I had a problem with D last night after having chocolate. Feeling better today.

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It's getting hot here now. Not to the 100s, but it was 88 and tomorrow is suppose to be the mid-90s. We are now having a thunderstorm, though. It didn't feel all that hot when I was trying to mow the lawn. Didn't do anything with the lawn, though. I can't get the mower to start after the other day when I mowed until the mower quit.

Last night I had a lot of trouble trying to eat dinner. I hadn't had much during the day, but I got hungry, so I fixed something to eat and got sick when I started eating. Stomach pain that turned into gas attack. Today I was scared to even eat, so started with a protein shake, then a few chips and sugar free popsicle. Finally this evening I had a couple sugar free fudgesicles, a sausage and some applesauce. Not too great to eat, but I didn't know what I could handle. I have those sausages and I have some chicken and the sub rolls for the sausages, but I was afraid to eat any of the roll now, so I went and got some lettuce and tomatoes to try to do sandwiches with them. Hope that will work out for me. Tomorrow I can get other things, but was out of funds today.

Starting my watercolor class tomorrow. Hope I am not totally humiliated.

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The temp is not high right now this morning but it is really cloudy and humid and is suppose to warm up later this afternoon again after the clouds/fog burns off. I am on call for work today, so just waiting to see if and when I have to go in.

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Hi ladies, I hope you are all doing well. It is really warm again today! But we are glad, as we were outside for hours today at the graduation this morning, and we know it could have been a lot hotter than it was. Now I have the rest of the day off and then back to work tomorrow.

All my best to you all on getting your medicines cut back. I was born with asthma and lots of allergies and almost died several times as a baby and young child from it. We always had to keep an asthma inhaler and pills close by for me. Then in my early 20's I was in a bad car accident and had a collapsed lung, and after that I always had to take an asthma pill twice a day and use lots of different inhalers several times a day too. But over 5 yrs ago I had a doctor help wean me off of it all except just one asthma inhaler for emergencies. We did this as I was uninsured and the cheap medicines that I had been on most of my life were being taken off the market. And what was going to be left on the market was not going to be cheap or affordable for me. I was lucky to find a doctor that was a specialist in allergies and lung issues. He had me cut back my medicines and instead had me add a really expensive inhaler that he gave me free trials of. And then cut back on my meds until I was off of them and just on this one inhaler. Then he gave me a cheaper inhaler and weaned my off of the expensive one and on to the cheap one. And then cut back on the cheap one until now it is just my back up emergency inhaler that I very rarely use any more. Before I met him I would have never thought that I could live with out the medicines that I had been on most of my life.

I have been on and off high blood pressure medicine before too. And was weaned off it about the same way. But with it they had me exercising more regularly and change my eating habits too, and lose a little weight too.
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Linda - I've been looking to decrease my medications for a while, so it's nice to finally have a reason to get my butt going. Good luck lowering your Celexa, if that's what you decide to do.

angling4more - I'm glad you're there to help the kitties.

I've been doing pretty ok. I just myself eat a lot of junk on National Doughnut Day, and paid for it that night and the next morning with a mild D attack. But, that's all in the last week or two.

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Sorry you got feeling bad last night, Linda. Hope you are doing better today.

It does seem strange the way they do school things nowadays. Most places would have a graduation on Friday night or Saturday after the last day of school. Of course, back when I was going we went to school something like the Wednesday before Labor Day and went through out classes, then didn't go back until after Labor Day rather than just go the first day after Labor Day, so I guess they did things around strangely then, too.

Today I went to a program by a deaf dog and her owner. He didn't find out she was deaf until a month or so after he got her and started working really closely with her to teach her different cues without using voice. After everyone had left I talked to him for a while and he showed me pictures of some of the tricks she did when she was younger. She is now 10 and has arthritis, so she can only do some of the easier, on the floor tricks -- no more jumping. I wish I had seen her show before.


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Hi ladies! I hope everyone is doing well.

Sometimes I do fine with chocolate, and other times I end up with indigestion from it. I think I do best when I just have a little bit of it. But sometimes it is the combination of having it and another food that can sometimes give me heartburn with it. Like sometimes I am okay with eating onion, peppers, garlic, tomato sauce, and such and other times it gives me heart burn. And if I have too many of them together the chances of heartburn goes up. I just recently started to take a tiny pinch of Arm & Hammer Pure Baking Soda either in water or by itself to fight the heartburn and have been doing well with that. Were the generic Tums and generic Zantac really were not helping anymore and seemed to be upsetting my stomach too. And luckily I haven't feel like any side effects from it, just the heartburn going away quickly.

I had a couple of really busy days at work. I have tomorrow off so I can go to the bf's son's elementary school graduation. When I was in school that meant that you were graduating from 6th grade, but his school only goes up to 5th grade. So he will do his 6th grade at a middle school next yr. So I will go to that event in the morning tomorrow instead of working. Then after that his mom is going to take him to a "Pool Party" with a lot of his classmates and their families. His dad and I will take him out to dinner and to celebrate Thursday night. It is strange that he graduates Wednesday, but still has to go back to school for half day on Thursday.

And I will be having another really busy day at work Thursday as it is the time of the month that we make a run to our bookkeeping clients to give them their reports for the 1st quarter and pickup more bookkeeping for the 2nd quarter. Then Friday I will probably be off, but might end up coming in for a few hrs to help with stuff for the bookkeeping clients and such.

I am walking and doing stuff, but just haven't been good at tracking and logging.

We are going back and forth from cooler, windy and or rainy weather to hot weather. We are suppose to be really hot tomorrow, more record highs, and then start to cool down on the weekend just to warm back up again on Monday.

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Sorry about that, Linda. Is it the milk or the chocolate that causes you trouble?

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Today I did pretty well and felt fine. I had dinner and afterwards had some 1% chocolate milk. Often it will not bother me. But this evening has been D and a stomachache. Hope to feel better tomorrow.

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Thanks. I do get the gas build-up a lot. and now that I think of it (after you mentioned it) the burning usually hits when there is a gas build-up that isn't going up any. I'll try some of the gas-x now.

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That burning sensation is probably extra bile in your system from the IBS. I had my gall bladder out and between my IBS and no gall bladder i can get extra bile from just eating something too acidly or from gas-build-up! I usually start with trying gas-x to combat it.

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That would be nice to have family around. I don't have any family in the state. Sometimes hear from one of my cousins, but I usually have to initiate any contacts.

Today my gut is burning, which I don't know what causes. So I ate a lot of Carb Smart ice cream to cool it off. I know it isn't all that good for me, but at least my gut isn't burning anymore. Mostly I slept all day. Anyway I am feeling better now.

Didn't have a chance to get to the plumbing today. The friend who is going to help has strep of something similar. I did check around for the flapper, which isn't going too well. I found one that has to be shipped. $6.95 for the part, $7.95 for economical shipping and $15.95 for UPS. Looking at local places there are a lot of other brands, but I can't tell which one works until I get the old one out. Good thing I got the other one fixed.

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Saturday was busy with dinner for family at our house. I had two of the three grandchildren but the fourth couldn't come. I really love it when the house is full and everyone is having a good time. I thought I may have D last night, since I served lasagna. But things were okay.

Janette - yes, it sounds like a hot time for you in your area. Same here, of course, Florida is usually pretty hot. But the good thing is maybe cooling off in the pool. Glad that you and bf had a quiet weekend since the boy went to be with his mother. That can always be nice.

Darlene - great to see you. You are a busy person with fixing the toilets, etc. But it's stuff we have to do....my hubby does ours. I don't think I would know all of the "in's and out's" of doing it. Good luck with the watercolor class. Sounds like a great idea. A way to to use your creativity.

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Good to see you back! Good luck with all of that Fancy. I have heard that too much sugar can cause inflammation and other issues. I thought most toilets had generic replacement parts but maybe not. Have fun in your watercolor class!

It has been really warm here. It has really zapped me since Thursday. Today I decided to get up early and start doing house work that I had ignored since the heat wave started Thursday. I got the dish washer ran and emptied, 2 loads of laundry done and I have 2 more in the machines. It was cool and foggy this morning, and the clouds haven't completely gone yet. Looks like it could storm, but we are not expecting any rain from what I have seen. I am glad it is cooler, but I know this could burn off and it could get hot again this afternoon. We are expected to stay warm for over a week at least.

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I haven't been here for a while and got wondering what was going on. Janette, you are really busy, I see. We haven't gotten the hot weather quite yet so most of the time the house is still getting cold. I don't have air conditioning, either, so usually have a fan in the living room and one in the bedroom and possibly window fans in the dining room and back bedroom.

I remembered something that happened many years ago when I had problems after eating some donut holes (well, it was National Donut Day). I use to have problems with D every time I had very much sugar. It didn't have to do with general carbs, just the sugary things. I need to stop eating sugary stuff anyway so I am going to really be trying to stop now. That and not eat as much of something when I like the taste of it. I don't know how much that will help with my IBS, but I am hoping it will.

I have been trying to fix toilets in my house. My water use supposedly went up 3 1/2 times two months ago and 5 times last month. The one toilet had been turned off for a couple of years, but I needed it to work to fix the main one. The main one I haven't got to working right yet and will need more help with the other part, which in normal ones is the easiest thing to fix. The toilet is one that the water department told low income people to put in because it was one of those "low use" ones. Of course, you have to flush it 3 times to get it to work and it has kept running slightly ever since they put it in. Turns out it was a discontinued model that you can't get parts for.

Also signed up for a watercolor class. I have tried a few watercolor pictures, but many years ago. I thought I could just use the paints I had, but they were all dried out. So I got the cheapest set of paints they had at the paint store. I start the class on Friday right after Bible Study.

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Hi ladies! We have been having a heat wave since Thursday. Record high temps all around us. It has just wiped me out, just trying to stay cool and drinking lots of fluids. I went to work Thursday by myself and it was like an oven out side so I closed the door and turned the air on. Used the air in our truck on the way back home. Then found the bf had the whole house closed up except the window by where he was sitting in the office and just the office fan going. The house was way too hot for me. I started opening windows and turning on fans as we don't have A/C in the house. I was still miserable and decided to lay down for what I thought would be an hour or so nap. Turns out I slept for like four hours and then woke up thinking it was Friday morning instead of Thursday night. Was just really confused about it, and was thinking that what I had ate for dinner on Wed is what I had ate Thursday night. Totally thinking that I had ate dinner and we went to bed and it was the next morning. I should have been hungry but I wasn't! I was just hot and confused. I sat up for a little bit while that bf ate dinner. I had some yogurt and a bagel and forced that down. Didn't really want to eat. And decided to go back to sleep.

Friday the bf went to LA for work and I had the day off, so I did pretty much nothing except sit in front of fans. I wasn't very hungry yesterday either, just too hot to want to eat much. But poured the water down me.

The boy is suppose to be with his mom this weekend, so I think we are just going to have a quiet weekend at home trying to stay cool.

It felt cooler this morning, so I went out and dragged our cans back up from the curb, but that is about it for the day. It is warming up fast again.

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Hello to all!! I am feeling better. I have migraines often - not always before an attack though. I have been busy walking, doing house work, etc. It has been a busy week.

I hope that you all feeling well.

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Linda, sorry you weren't feeling well. Glad you are doing better. Do headaches normally trigger an episode for you? I've been doing great since eating healthier and taking an essential oil blend for digestive health, along with a new (to me) probiotic. I did discover that getting "all jacked up," as I call it, will still put me in the danger zone. Having a very animated conversation with a co-worker yesterday and had to bolt.

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Janette, I'm sitting down and still plumb wore out from listening to everything you've been doing. Good grief. Please try and use some of your time to take care of you.

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super warm here the last few days, keep cool and drink plenty of fluids.

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Hi Linda, Donna, Alyssa, and everyone else! I hope you are all doing well.

Don't feel guilty Donna, I let things slide all the time with the house. We have two dogs that are always shedding hair all over the house and beds. And the dogs, and the bf, and his 11 yr old son and friends track in dirt from our yard that is more just a dirt lot with weeds than a nice grassy yard. And it has been scattered showers on and off a lot lately, so that means a lot more dirt and mud tracked into the house. As the guys don't like to try to wipe the dogs paws or their own feet/shoes after going in and out the doors, rain or no rain. And the wind is always blowing dirt and dust into the house through open windows and doors. And I am allergic to dust, most chemicals in most cleaners, pet dander, grasses, weeds, trees and so much stuff. I can clean things one day and before the day is over it is already messy again. And I have to wear a dust mask or risk coming down sick from it, which I really hate. I usually sweep about every other day. But dusting I usually only do once a week or so as that is the one that stirs things up the most and causes more problems with my allergies. And I concentrate on dusting where unexpected guess will see it more than where they won't, like in the living room, kitchen, dining room and bathroom, and not so much the bedrooms, office or garage. There always seems to be laundry to do too. I use take one whole day or two whole days doing it all. But since I went back to work I decided to break it up and just do a load or two a day as needed.
So Friday while the bf and I were both off from work, I swept and vacuumed the house. But only dusted the usual rooms. And then we bathed the two dogs. And then we took showers ourselves. And then we went grocery shopping.
Sat while the guys were working in the yard in the morning, I washed my own one load of laundry, and then I washed the towels that we used to dry off the dogs the day before that I forgot and left sitting in a bucket in the garage.
And Sun while the guys were working in the yard again in the morning, I washed the bf's two loads of laundry.
And Monday morning I washed the boy's one load of clothes.
I had stripped the beds down, and changed bathroom towels, and kitchen towels this weekend. And those dirty ones are still still out there in the garage waiting for when ever I decide to do them. As we have other bedding and towels, I am in no hurry to deal with them, lol. And I was in no hurry to dust the whole house as we were not expecting anyone over, and the boy wasn't even hardly going to be with us last week or this week. So no unexpected guess will probably show up either until maybe not this coming weekend, but maybe the weekend after that. That is when the boy will be out of school for the summer and begging to have guest over or to be able to go to his mom's house or friend's homes.

I went back to work yesterday and then was supposedly going to have the day off today and the guys were gone too today. So I got up and was going to take all our green waste, recycle and trash cans down to the curb. The guys and the neighbors have been doing a lot of yard work this weekend too. And when I went out to get our cans I saw that either the guys, or the neighbor, or the wind and ran had left a bunch of downed tree limbs on our roof of our garage and in our drainage ditch by the garage. So I gathered them all up and filled up our cans to over flowing with it all and then took them down to the curb. There were two big limbs on our roof that I couldn't get. They are just too big and heavy and I was afraid of falling trying to get to them. So they will have to wait until the bf and his son can help get them down.
After that I went in and took a shower as I am allergic to a lot of trees and I don't know what type of tree it was from or if I am allergic to it. And I was just relaxing after my shower when I got a call from my boss. He needed me to come into the office to fill in for him for a couple of ours as he needed to run out to meet a client at his other office, and yet he was expecting a client to come and pick-up a tax return at our office too. So I went into work for a few hours, and now I am back home and just resting again.
Tomorrow I am supposedly going to have the morning off and just go in for a few hours in the afternoon. And then I am suppose to be off until next Monday.

Yes Donna, you get big points for rescuing the kitten and all the others too! You really should think about getting a non-profit license! My mom and sister trapped and neutered and released some in our old neighborhood as they were like here, too many getting dumped and we lived on a busy street and saw too many getting ran over too.
We don't live on such a busy street here so luckily we haven't see and animals that have been ran over on our block. I haven't tried to trap any here as I know most of them are from the boy next door that is friend's with the bf's son. Instead I just kept asking the bf to put screens or something on the openings to the house to keep them from going under the house and stirring up the dogs. And after having them fighting too many nights and mornings in a roll in our yard and under our house waking us up and keeping us awake, the bf finally decided to put screens up on the openings. And I am so glad as it has been a lot quieter around here ever since then.

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I had to deal with D today. I had a terrible headache and by evening it all hit me. I feel okay now and hope things are better tomorrow.

Angling4more - it is great that you are a sensitive soul and like to rescue and protect cats. I just love animals and very sad when I see one injured or unloved.

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Wow, Janette. I feel guilty for playing golf three days. My house is a wreck, but I did rescue that kitten. I get points for that, right? ;) I know. It's so sad when animals are treated as disposable. They are living, breathing creatures and pets depend on us for their care. I can't count how many stray and feral cats I have TNR'd (Trapped, Neutered, Released) in our neighborhood and at work. If they are young enough or tame enough, I work with several area organizations and shelters to find homes. If not, I release them back at my house and provide food and water for any that want to stick around. I need to get a 501c3 tax ID - Donna's Halfway House for Homeless Cats. :(

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Great job, Alyssa. Slow and steady wins the race. Sounds like you are taking sensible steps and seeing some rewards. Good for you.

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I had another busy day. I had a doctor appointment, housework - gathering up clothes and items for charity, etc. I didn't get to the cemetery over the Memorial Day weekend but went out today and did it. It was pretty warm today. It's great when it allows you to get outside and enjoy the day.

Janette - it sounded like a very busy weekend for you. But at least it was getting things done around the house. I have been doing a lot of cleaning as well When I do I sleep well at night because I get exhausted. lol

Alyssa - happy to hear that you are weaning yourself off of the meds. I know that I would like to decrease my Celexa but haven't done so yet. Yes, the better eating habits should help you. I try to do the same most of the time. However, I find myself slipping at times.

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Hey everyone. Made my first steps in weaning off of my meds. I am down from 100mg to 50mg on my Pristiq, and I'm taking my Prilosec every other day for now. I have my neurology appointment next week to discuss going off of my gabapentin. So far, so good. I did have a couple of bad emotional days when I started on the lower does of Pristiq (antidepressant), but it passed, and I'm starting to feel a lot better.

I keep having "almost D". Soft poos, and some stomach cramps. But, it never goes super far. So, I'm glad of that. I'm working on having better eating habits, and I'm hoping that will control my GERD and IBS.

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Hi Ladies! I hope you are all doing well. I am doing fine. I had several days off from work and the bf has been working from home after getting back from having to go up to LA for work for a bit this week. He and the boy did a lot of yard work during the mornings on Sat and Sun. I did a lot of house work Friday and we washed the dogs. Then yesterday and today I have been doing laundry. The boy went to a friends house yesterday around noon or so for a pool party and then ended up getting to have a sleep over there too. Today his mom was suppose to pick him up and take him to another friends house for some type of play date. Not sure if he will come back here today, or go home with his mom or sleep over at the friend's house. As the friend and his mom live closer to his school. The kids are almost done with school this year.

Glad you rescued that kitten! It was probably abused and dumped there. It is so sad that people dump animals like that or try to harm them. We have a neighbor that got a couple of black kittens for her son several yrs ago. Then as the kittens where growing up, the mom started to date a guy that had kids and one of the kids was allergic to them. And the cats were tearing up her furniture and such too. So she just put them outside and didn't let them back in the house, but she also didn't have them fixed. And there are a lot of other cats in the neighborhood that haven't been fixed and lots of them just dumped too. Then they had babies, and more babies, and so on and so there always seems to be lots of cats and kittens by our house. They were even going under our house and fighting under there and driving our dogs crazy. We had to put metal screen up on the vents that they were climbing in and out of to get under our house to keep them out. I feel bad for the kittens and cats, but we were tired of them waking us up and all hours of the day and night with their meowing and fighting in our yard and under our house. We still hear them in the yard and next to our house, but they can't get under the house and make as much racket as they were doing before.

Well all my best to you all always.

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Not much celebrating here but a quiet day at home with hubby. He was working in the garage all morning while I was cleaning and packed 8 trash bags of clothes for charity. I cannot believe how many clothes I had and so many were either outdated or no longer fit.

Angling4more - I am a pet person too. When I see injured or malnourished pets I go crazy and try to help. I wonder if the cat you saw was dumped there by someone - so sad that he is so injured. I am retired - retired early 10 years ago. I find that good and bad because I don't have structure in my life - but then again, work caused me great stress which aggravated my IBS.

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Hi, Linda. Sounds like a pleasant day. Glad it was uneventful from an IBS standpoint. Grocery shopping is a stressor for me because I've had more than one D episode while shopping. :(

We did play golf and I semi-enjoyed it... it was hot and humid and I didn't play extremely well. We quit on 17 after discovering a tiny injured kitten way up in a pine tree. Stood on a cart and coaxed it down. It's doing well now except for it's poor tail which it's going to lose, I'm sure. Very sweet and friendly. No houses nearby. Very strange.

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I felt pretty well today. After church, I did a bit of grocery shopping. Later, I did some housework and walked a bit over 3 miles.

Angling4more - so happy that you are feeling better today. I hope that you were able to play golf today and enjoyed it.

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Linda - Hope you are feeling better today. Had an episode-free day yesterday. Nice to play golf without that problem. Brought healthy snacks for the golf course and steered my mind away from the what-ifs. Going to try and incorporate bananas in my diet. I love them, but the sugar in them usually has me avoiding. I had half a small one sprinkled with cinnamon with my breakfast today.

Playing again today. Can't wait. :)

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Most of Saturday I had terrible belly pains. I really thought for sure that I was going to have D. Instead I had serious gas pains all day. I drank a lot of water, exercised and had some decaf hot tea this evening. It has helped but not completely.

Angling4more - so sorry that you have other health problems.Happy to hear that you are eating what is best for you. I do like oatmeal and it seems to satisfy me for breakfast - without getting hungry again right away.

Janette - I am happy for you that you have a three day weekend. I hope that you enjoy it.

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You are so welcome. I hope you are feeling better soon.

Have a great Memorial Weekend everyone

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Janette and Linda - thanks for the eating tips. I'm also diabetic, so have to watch sugary fruits, like bananas, although I love them. I was just thinking today about incorporating oatmeal more regularly. I use whole oats cooking up several servings at once. I mix in natural peanut butter and honey and then freeze portions in muffin cups. Not as great as eating it freshly cooked, but I can throw it in the microwave before work or when I get to work. Had D episodes Sunday and Tuesday and now I've gone the other direction. Oh, joy. :)

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Have a great day! I got today off, and I am off now until Tuesday. So I have a really long weekend off.

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Hi everyone, I hope you all have a great day today.

Thanks Linda!

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I feel pretty well - have had a lot of gas. Going to have some decaf peppermint hot tea soon. It often helps.

Angling4more - I eat pretty much the same thing that Janette suggested. Today I had oatmeal. I have bananas often - some with IBS don't eat yogurt but it seems to be okay with me.

Janette - it is great that you were able to pay off the credit card. I know some states have the vehicle check but not all do. It is just another way for the government to get more money out of us, in my opinion. Sorry that your hours were cut.

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Thanks ladies!

ANGLING4MORE, how about some yogurt, or a banana, or toast at least. I try to eat oatmeal every morning as it really helps me to stay regular. And even when I am sick and not feeling well, it is something that I can usually get down and it helps settle my stomach. And oatmeal, toast, bananas and rice were the things that my doctor recommended to me to help with my IBS. If I have yogurt or bananas in the house then I will usually eat that in the morning too. We don't eat breakfast together usually. I am usually in the shower or getting dressed for work when the boy is usually eating and his dad usually doesn't eat breakfast. So I don't usually eat toast in the morning unless I need it to help with my stomach and IBS. But we usually have it at dinner time.

I was in VA for a bout 1.5 yrs and they didn't have such a big deal about smog test and such either. But that was back in 89 and 90 too. It seems like out here each year or so they get stricter and stricter on the test. Making you go through a "STAR" Test is suppose to be a random thing I was told by some one in the business of smog test. And it seems it is getting harder and harder for these centers to even qualify to be designated a "STAR" Station. And my car being older than 2000 (1996) seems to get stuck having to go to "STAR" only shops every other yr. The shop I went to 2 yrs ago lost their "STAR" status for a few months since they just had an ownership change. But I couldn't wait around for them to get their status back. And if I had a car that was 2000 or newer they had a coupon for a regular smog test for only $25. And all the other shops I checked out that had coupons for discounts where all saying they were only good for 2000 or newer too. So people with older cars like mine have to pay a lot more for just the regular test, and then the "STAR" only test raises the cost even more.

I am so happy that I saved up enough money from this new job that I was able to totally pay off my visa card today instead of just making the minimum deposit on it. And my car pasted the smog test, and I went to AAA club yesterday to finish the DMV part, and got my new registration sticker and put it on the car last night after work. So now I just have to see about getting new health insurance, or see if I can get back on Medi-Cal since my hours have been cut back. And I can start saving the money I was putting on the visa bill to go towards saving for a newer used car now.

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