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3/25/15 2:52 A

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All my best to you always. Try some saline solution in you sinus, it helps to kick it out for me.


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3/23/15 9:42 P

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I have been really sick with a sinus infection that I cannot kick . Not feeling well But trying to stay active for decreasing my calorie count. I did a lot of housecleaning here last week. It makes me feel good to have things in order.

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Have a great new week every one.

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Yes, each year they keep making doing taxes more complicated instead of easier! I heard several people that have been in the field are getting fed up with it and are thinking of getting in another line of work.

I think ours is a Ford F250 and a V8. The boyfriend picked it out when we were moving into the house and remodeling the house. I miss driving my 4 door, 4 cylinder Toyota Camry that got good gas mileage. But too many problems with it right now to use it constantly.

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Janette, that health plan stuff sure sounds like it causes a problem. I hope that it doesn't cause a problem for me. I am on Medicare because of being on Disability, and don't qualify for Medicaid because of the Medicare (that makes qualifying $300 less than otherwise), just a discount program they have here. Guess if I had to do anything with taxes I am fortunate that the accountant that used to do mine doesn't charge me because my income is way too low. Last time she did it the IRS refused the return. I'm glad that you have been able to get your return done.

I am like you, I drive one of those gas hog trucks. I have a heavy 3/4 ton. Didn't know it was a heavy until I couldn't get the exhaust inspection done in the regular lanes. I like my truck, just wish the gas consumption wasn't so high. Can't afford to get anything else (and probably wouldn't be comfortable in much else when those big trucks go by -- sometimes not even comfortable in the truck).

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Thanks Linda! I am driving a gas hog truck, so it won't fill the tank up, but every bit helps. I did mine on paper, and then my ex-boss double checked my work and entered the stuff herself into her computer system and sent it on to the government for free for me. She knows I can't afford to pay her or anyone else for it. And the new affordable health care laws have changed how thing have to be done. It has added several more pages to tax returns and it can cost $100 - $200 more just for those pages to be done. And it complicated my return as I don't have a health plan that I or a company paid for, I am on Medi-Cal, a government low income plan. But it wasn't one of the government plans that was listed as exempting me from having to have a plan that I paid for. But luckily the way we both read it, my income is so low that I am exempt that way. Some people where going to have to fill out special papers to send along with their returns, and others where going to have to call or go Online to the "Exchange" before they could even file their returns. But it doesn't look like I have to do any of that.

FancyQTR, I wish you all the best always! All my best to the whole team.

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My friend said that I should not have any problems with my IBS during the play because I will eat at home rather than at the dinner they have before the performance. She thinks I know what the triggers are and will stay away from them. Yeah, that means I don't eat for that week at all, because I don't know what sets things off. Today it was either my eggs (which I eat for breakfast a lot and no problems) of the fiber supplement that I put in my tea, which is what I really suspect it was. I only used 1/4 teaspoon. Everyone always says to take those supplements and no one thinks that they will cause me problems, but will help all the time. Well, that turned into a real mess.

The Cinnamon Stick tea I was getting is Bigelow. I think I like it because it has more cinnamon flavor than the others I tried. I have two other brands of cinnamon teas. One it cinnamon orange, I think, and one is cinnamon spice. Tried those when I couldn't find the Bigelow.

I am having a bit of trouble with my play lines. I know them completely, but when trying to do them with the others I have to stop and think what they are. Not good. I finally got them to do our practice a couple times last night. We had only run through that scene one time before and I kept getting in trouble because I didn't know how to do anything but the lines. This week we will be doing dress rehearsal and I hope they will go from beginning to end, not stop at the earlier scenes. Meanwhile, we are speaking our scene while they are practicing other scenes and I have asked a couple people at church if they will go through it with me So any prayers that I can get it right and glorify God, please add them. Play starts next Sunday.

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I have been doing a lot of Spring cleaning this week. Today may be the last day and things are looking better. Feeling well.

Janette - yes, that $27 may fill up your gas tank of your car lol We are doing our taxes on April 6th. But we do have an accountant do it. We are getting it free though and I would hate to pay for it. It's good that you did it yourself.

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All my best to you all always. I did my taxes by hand and then took them to my ex boss today to double check my work. The feds owe me $27, that's gas money, lol.

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I ran some errands this morning. I had to get the new license tag for the car, drop by the gym to renew my membership for the year and picked up a Subway breakfast sandwich. So far it isn't bothering me. I never know when I eat something whether it will be a trigger. Still having sinus issues including the never ending headache. Have a great day, everyone.

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3/20/15 12:58 A

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Thanks! I have never heard of that tea either, but I bet it is good. All my best to you all always.

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Today I have had a bit of a headache (sinus) but doing okay other than that. We took a walk today. I also ran some errands. For some reason, I just didn't feel as well as yesterday. But my IBS is okay.'

Darlene - I have never had cinnamon stick tea. I do like cinnamon so I am sure I would like it. I will check the stores for some. I really like herbal teas. Glad that you got your glasses. I will have a eye check up in a month or so. I will see if I need a new prescription.

Janette - good luck with your studies.

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Glad you are all doing better. I am still doing good, just still busy studying and such.

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Linda, glad you are feeling a little better. I've been sleepy, too, probably because I got caught by a cold. Otherwise doing well.

I got my new glasses today so I was able to get out and find some things I wanted. I keep wanting some Cinnamon Stick tea and nobody close seems to carry it anymore. So I end up going quite a distance (for city living) to find it. Got 3 boxes so I don't have to run down that way again for a while. I think there is only one place that carries it anymore.

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All my best to you always.

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Feeling well today. I took a walk, cleaned the house and ran errands. I am glad that I am feeling well - I was a bit depressed for a few days.

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Thanks! I am still doing fine with my IBS. It is a nice warm and sunny 70 day today.

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I am feeling very sleepy the past couple of days. I haven't had any problem with D. Very happy about that. I did lose one more pound, for which I am thankful. I hope you all had a great St. Paddy's Day!!

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Thanks! We are suppose to be in the 80's all this week. Take care.

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Janette, I have never found any of the sprays to work. Bitter Apple was the worst because any dogs I tried that for just loved the taste and would lick it off if not chewing stuff up. I also tried the sprays to keep a horse from chewing stuff and that didn't work, either.

I was naughty today. Had to take a couple books back and went to Sprouts for a couple things (healthy there). Then worked my way over to Dairy Queen for a free ice cream cone. Didn't remember or hear why they were having them, though, so I guess I am going to have to send a little direct to the hospital. Of course, they can always donate part of the sales of other things, like the expensive fudge bars I bought.

I just heard we hit 80 today. A cold front is going to hit tomorrow, but I think it is suppose to be in the mid 50s. The highest the rest of the week will be the 60s. I wish it would stay sunny and 70s, but we do need moisture again.

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Sometimes when I have to go out and I am worried about IBS especially the "D" I will eat really lightly, or skip it until I am heading home or I get back home too. I definitely have issues of stress that make it worse, or even cause the problem in the first place.

Thanks Ladies, I first just had my little dog that liked to try to get between us or try to steal our pillows. She loved to sleep on a pillow. She started sleeping in the boy's room as he had two regular sized pillows and a decorative half size pillow on his bed. And most of the time that bed was empty as the boy was at his mom's house or asleep on the couch. The kid always wants to sleep on the couch and watch TV late on the weekends. And so his dad lets him do that a lot, and supposedly he does that at his mom's house too. When the boyfriend started talking about getting the kid his own dog for here, I begged for another medium to small type dog. As I just knew that this new dog and I were probably going to be fighting for bed space. And what did they pick out but a big boxer/Lab mix that just hogs the bed. And most of the time she has to be right between us or right on top of my legs and feet. It was after we got her that my dog choose to start taking over the boy's bed where she usually had it too herself. After she passed away and we started talking about getting another dog and they wanted another lab or boxer, I again said I wanted a smaller dog. Not something too tiny that would be too easy for the big dog to accidentally hurt. But not another big dog that I would have to fight for bed space with. We ended up with one about the same size as my dog was. And she could take over the boy's bed but she has a chewing problem, especially with the kids belongings for some reason. So she isn't left alone in his room with out him in there. And she has still chewed stuff up while he was sleeping. She hasn't chewed anything up in our room. She has grabbed a couple of things a couple of times, but I always saw her do it and got them back right away. But she has chewed up stuff out in the living room and other rooms too. So we are working on that with her. And the spray that you can buy didn't stop her at all, she even seemed to like it.

Well take care.

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Linda, I do get the anxiety, I think. I am hoping that I can manage to eat light. I have some problems with the rolls (wheat and yeast), because they cause gas, but they help keep the D down. I am trying to decide whether to have a roll or two each evening to see if it will help me.

Venture used to lie on top of me all the time. It wasn't from his fear, but as far as he was concerned I was his and he didn't want anyone else to get too close.

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Today I did some traveling in the car for a few hours to go for a visit. I felt okay but still very gassy and now have developed C. I rarely get that but it must have been something I ate. Also have a bad sinus headache.

Darlene - many people will disagree with me when I say this. But if I were in the play I would eat very lightly, or nothing, most of the day. I have to do this whenever I have appointments because I fear D or gas. I do drink water. I know this is not the healthiest thing to say, but for me it is necessary not to get worked up. Of course, along with IBS I have anxiety issues so this may be my problem. I can work myself up especially of worry of having an IBS attack. I hope that you do not carry anxiety like I do.

Janette - that sounds so funny about the dogs and your b/f. lol I have only had one dog at a time so I never had to worry about it. But I do remember my dog lying on top of me if there was a storm outside. The last dog I had was so afraid of hearing thunder. Glad that your weather is nice and sunny.

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Thanks Darlene, It happens a lot that I wake up and find myself squished to the edge of the bed by the boyfriend and two dogs. Usually when it happens I will wake up and go to the bathroom since they woke me up any ways. And then I come back and start pushing them back to the other side of the bed. But they usually just end up pushing me back to the edge again later. So a couple of times since I knew the couch was empty, I just got up and went to sleep on it.

We are having nice, warm and sunny 90's weather lately. All my best to you all always. Janette

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Janette, I have the dog that will push me off the bed, too. The only bed I can sleep in is a single since the mattress on the double feels like a pile of rocks. Orzo finds it okay, though, since he is light weight enough. I didn't even realize that Cassie had pushed me to the edge of the bed the other night until my legs and feet wouldn't stay on the bed.

Linda, I don't know if the stress causes gas or not. I know that I have problems with that most all the time and am trying to get that straightened out as well as keeping the D away. That will worry me about the play. Last year I got hit in the middle of the play one night.

I have a lot of trouble with my memory, too, but mostly with trying to remember names or to do things. I also am very bad at losing track of time, though that is mainly because I get to doing something and don't notice the time passing. I used to do that at work and miss my lunch. One would think I would lose weight when I do that, but I don't.

We are suppose to get the mid-70s today and tomorrow so I am hoping I will not lose track of time and will go out and be outside for a while today. That way I can turn off the space heater for a longer period. Tuesday is suppose to drop back into the 50s.

They have a new show on Create TV that I haven't seen before. Today he showed different kinds of eggs, then the next show had some kind of meat pie and eclairs. Oh, I want one of those eclairs (at least they are light weight).

Hope everyone is having a good Sunday.

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Thanks! I was actually in an air conditioned office a lot this morning and so I was actually getting a little cold toward the end of the day. But I got a lot of walking in before, during and after and it was really nice. Once I got home I changed out of my dress clothes which felt good to get out of the pantyhose, bra and such. We had a fans going in the house so it wasn't bad at all. When it will bug me is when I try to go to sleep and it is still warm, and then on top of it I have at least one if not two dogs that seem to want to sleep right on top of my legs and feet or right up next to me. Some times they end up pushing me to the edge of the bed. I actually got up and went to sleep on the couch a few nights this week just to get some rest away from the crowded bed, lol. If it is too hot in there tonight I will turn the fan on along with opening the windows. I just had the windows opened this week, but I will turn on the fan if it gets too bad. And I can always go back out to the couch and shut the dogs in the bedroom with the boyfriend like I did a couple of nights too.

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I got in a short walk today. I did get in plenty of water. But have had a lot of gas. I was fine until I received a few phone calls from family members. After that, my belly was aching. I don't know if stress can also cause gas. I know that D often hits me when I am stressed.

Darlene - I hope that the play and rehearsal goes well. I have a tough time with my memory anymore. I didn't snack after dinner tonight. But I had too much sodium at my meal.

Janette - it was around 83 here today. I know when it hits 90s it feels very hot. Hope you get some lower temps soon.

Hope everyone has a great Sunday!

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sending warm thoughts your way. It was 91 here today and will be in the 90's for a few days before slowing cooling off again for a bit.

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Linda, I am in the same boat with the snacking when not hungry. Lately all I want to do is eat something else. Then the IBS hits. I have simply got to stop that.

We finally got to rehearse our scene from the Passion Play last night. Unfortunately, even though I know the lines perfectly well, I forgot all of them. Then they changed the running and I can't get the timing right. We were told to do more at the tomb before I run to the door, but that made it so I couldn't hear the music and I got yelled at for being late. So today I decided to listen to the music on my MP3 and figure out the timing. The MP3 I have is a pain to start (I have to change the settings every time and can't figure them out) and then the battery went dead almost right away. I don't know how much charge it has to it, but I've got it hooked into the computer for a while.

It hasn't warmed up for the day here and the wind is cold, so Cassie and I came back in and I have the space heater on again. I am trying to do without those and turn the thermostat down, but the house is still feeling cold all the time. When it warms up outside I will try to spend more time out there so I can be warm instead of shivering.

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Sorry to hear about the cell phone! It was almost 90 here today and is suppose to be in the 90's for a few days. All my best to you all always.

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I had a good day. The weather was 80, the sun was shining and I felt well. I took a walk after going out for a nice breakfast with hubby. I was happy to get a couple of miles. I then did a workout video. I worked on some household chores and laundry. Hubby decided to throw a pair of the pants he wore into the washer. Unfortunately his cell phone was in the pocket. So it went through the wash. Now it is in a closed container with rice. emoticon There is no reason that I needed snacks after dinner. I was already full from a nice dinner at home. It didn't stop me from eating Frito's. emoticon So tomorrow I have to get back on track.

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Have a great weekend everyone!

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Well, Linda, it's been 3 surgeries to get my eyes here. But they aren't as bad as some surgeries people have had and they worked, so I am pretty happy about it. Before I wouldn't have been able to get to the grocery or the food pantry without glasses, but I was able to see the traffic and things, just not read the signs, so I did sneak out and do it. I am fortunate I haven't had macular degeneration and the retinopathy hasn't gotten bad enough to cause a problem.

Today I went to the food pantry so that I could get the dog and cat food from the pet food pantry. That took working out finding the route with little traffic, but I managed. Pulled my number and then checked the calendar they have on the bulletin board. I was a week early. I don't know why I thought this was the 3rd Friday of the month.

Hope you all are having a nice day. We had some rain (not much), but it is pretty warm outside. Not so warm in the house so I have a sweatshirt on over my sweater.

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Darlene - you are so lucky! Your eyes are so much better than mine. As I have aged, my eyesight is really failing.

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Tes, I'm glad you are healing okay and are able to get out. My friend's husband would love some cakes like you are making. He is a big Minnesota fan -- I think all the teams. If they were playing one of the Colorado teams he would be on the MN side. Besides, they really sound good. Would love to see pictures of them (would also like a taste, but I know that isn't possible.

My eye appointment went real well. Even my left eye, with the blind spot in it, I was able to see up to 20/30 and part of 20/25 line.. The last I just kept losing some of the letters too fast to be able to pick them up. The best I had done before was barely 20/40 and that was before the cataract got bad in that eye. My other eye is 20/20 with glasses. I also got my prescription so was able to go down and order my new glasses. Won't be able to get them until next week, though. So my friend has to come take me again. It might work out that we go on the way to play practice.

Wasn't able to find any sandals today. We tried 3 places and I don't really know where else to try. Maybe another Payless. I think there are 2 others. My friend took my old Naturalizers home to see if she could get some polish to stay on them so I can just use them. They are tight enough to stay on, I know that.

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Today I went to get my haircut. I also ran some errands and took a walk. Wonderful weather. Feeling pretty well today.

Tes - Happy to hear that you are healing well. Also, it is good that you are able to walk for exercise. However, that bra sounds excruciating. I hope that you are able to get back into another bra soon. You sound busy with the cupcakes.

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All my best to you all. I am still doing well with IBS, just really busy still. Janette

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I am healing ok...my chest is still rock hard...been icing it, but it just doesn't seem to be going down, it helps with the pain, but not much else. I do feel better on the overall, I just can't wait for it to actually start feeling more like normal. Oh and this surgical bra is the worst...it is making my armpits sore and my shoulder-blades are going numb from the way it rubs them. So it will be nice when I can wear whatever bra doesn't irritate my body.

I agreed to make cupcakes and a cake for my daughters baby shower to help his family who is putting on the shower. I did get all my baking done yesterday, plus got all the frostings and fillings made, now I just need to decorate the bear cake...it is a 3-D bear about 5 inches tall. They are doing a MN Wild Hockey theme so I will be decorating the bear in a Wild jersey. The white cupcakes will be filled with strawberries and cream, and the chocolate ones with raspberries and cream. There will be a mix of white and chocolate frostings to top them off. Unfortunately I still have plenty of clean up to do today in the kitchen.

Warm weather here is calling my name to come outside and play, though I am only allowed to walk for exercise right now, so I am going to get out and do some walking with the little guy...moving certainly has to be better than sitting here for my back and healing.


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Wednesday for me will be doing some activities I enjoy. I also have a hair cut/color set up. Looking forward to that. I had to make a sleep study appointment, per my cardiologist. ugh! I will be going on April 6th. Not looking forward to it.

Darlene - how was your run/walk? Good luck at the eye doctor and sandal shopping.

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Thanks! All my best to you and the whole team always. Janette

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Tes, I hope you are feeling better today.

Janette, sorry that your plans got cancelled. That would be so disappointing.

I will be trying just a walk today and hope my legs don't give me problems like the other night. May try a 2 house distance run tomorrow with the rest walking. Realized that I won't be able to do that on Wednesday, but will be walking a lot. Have my eye appointment and then we will be looking for sandals I can wear at the play or maybe going to Tandy to see if I can find some way to dye the sandals I have now (they are white and I need something brown or black). I tried to dye them and the dye won't go into the leather due to the finish.

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Thanks! Yes, was disappointed, but maybe we will try again another time. Take care.

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I thought that I had posted on this team yesterday. It looks like I didn't. Hope everyone is well today. I am doing fine. I have gotten in my exercise. I have a healthy (low calorie) dinner planned.

Tes - I hope that you are feeling better today. Take care of yourself.

Janette - I am so sorry that your plans were cancelled for the reunion. That is a big disappointment.

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Hey all...having more pain and back spasms today as well as I feel more wiped out today...hopefully I will start to feel more like myself again soon...trying not to take any meds until bed time, hoping that will come soon too.

Janette - sorry your girls night flopped on you...so disappointing.

Darlene - It is so cool to find couples that stay married that long. My parents made 50 years before my dad passed away.

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Thanks Linda! Unfortunately I got stood up on the reunion. We were hoping for a lot of people to show, and it was turning out that only two other ladies, which were the ones that where trying to hold the thing were going to show. And then the one that was really leading it had car problems as she was leaving to go to the city where we grew up, and so she had to turn around and head home. She called the other lady and they both decided not to try to go. The lady that had the car problems had my cell number from a long ago but for got she had it. The other lady didn't and I didn't have hers either. The one with the car problem sent me an email, but it must have been after I left home to go to the other city about 45 mins away from where I live now. So I didn't get the msg that it was cancelled. I waited and no one should up so I called the one number I had from long ago and hope it was still current and it was and found out it was cancelled. So I just went on home. Maybe another time we will try to get together again. Take care

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Today started out well. I got in exercise and relaxed a lot in the morning. Hubby and I watched some movies on Netflix. We then went to dinner where I developed gas and D. Feeling better now.

Darlene - the anniversary couple sound very nice. Imagine being together for 60 years! It has been 31 for me. I am sure that you did well with eating. We all have days when we eat too many carbs. Good for you for putting in the extra exercise. Yes, do talk to your doctor about the heart murmur. I have heart disease and had to get cleared by my cardiologist.

Tes - I am so happy that you are not feeling a lot of pain. Yes, sometimes I want C instead of D. But when I get C and my belly bulges, I hate that too. IBS is awful!!

Janette - glad that your IBS is well. That is good that you could not eat the full piece of large cake. It is good that your body does not long for sugar and cannot take too much. That is such a NSV. I hope that you have a great time at the reunion with your friends.





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IBS is fine, but I blew my calories today. There was a birthday party at work and they gave me a huge piece of chocolate cake instead of what I asked for. I should have had her cut it smaller and give me a piece of that. But I tried eating it and couldn't even eat it all as the sugar overload started to get to me. I ended up taking part of it home as I didn't want to waste it by throwing it out. And now I will be leaving shortly for a girls night out reunion with a couple of ladies I went to high school with, so whom know what my dinner will be. I had oatmeal for breakfast and I am eating a salad now, to help me fill up before going out tonight. This will be my first real girls night out in almost 6 yrs. So looking forward to it. Take care.

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I have been doing pretty well lately other than bloating and if I try to get healthy stuff I may have D for a time or two that day and then it will go away.

Last night at practice I found out my run to the Upper Room is longer than I thought so I have to get in better shape. So this morning I did 3 runs past 2 houses each (lengthwise) and walking between them. That for someone who has been a lazy bum and not done anything. I got through that, but my legs are worn out. Will be calling my doctor Monday (if I don't forget) to find out what to do to keep from making a heart murmur any worse.

Today we went to an anniversary party and I didn't really do too bad at it, though most was carbs. I did, however, eat my piece of cake and I savored every bite of it instead of just gobbling the thing down. The couple the anniversary was for was celebrating 60 years. They are the sweetest couple, too.

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One of the perks of surgery is that I have not had D since Sunday...just some C and that is a welcome relief to always having D all the time...plus it has not been very painful...only a tightness around my chest and the occasional twinge of pain from the incisions healing and the swelling.

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Today I have been relaxing and watching movies with hubby. Feeling well. Soon I will be taking a walk. Hope to make it a good day!

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I am doing well. A couple of days ago I had quite a problem with D. But since then I am doing fine,

Tes - I am happy to hear that the surgery went well. Now to just rest and recover. I hope that there is less pain soon.

Janette - I know that it is stressing to have to study for an exam to get your license. Just think, soon you will have your own business. Great!!

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Tes, glad to hear that your surgery went well. Hope the healing goes as well and you will be feeling just great soon.

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Glad to hear you are doing okay other wise! All my best to you always and to the team too. I am still really busy with studying to get my license and trying to get my own insurance business off the ground too. All is well with my IBS, just really, really busy. Janette

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Sorry guys, been home since Tuesday morning, but have been sleeping quite a bit. Chest is rock hard, and getting a few twinges of pain from time to time, otherwise I am doing just fine. Procedure went just fine, no issues. So now it is just the healing time. incisions go from under my arm all the way across to between my breasts and almost meets there, plus up the bottom of each and around. I am sure when this healing process is over I will feel much better, but it does not feel as though the swelling has diminished much at all. I have no restrictions of moving my arms, just can't lift anything over 25 pounds.

I hope you are all having a good week. Will check in when I can.

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Yes, that would be so hard. At least I know that stress is what does it to me and I have found foods that help control the "D" for me. All my best to you all always.

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What I hate is that it changes so much that I never can tell what is causing the problem. I am trying biscuits to see if it is actually the yeast or if it is the gluten. Sometimes the tortillas are okay and don't bother me, sometimes they do. I need to get back to the no grains, anyway, but it is so hard for someone who has always been able to eat bread or rolls (and even that is what helped get rid of the "D"). I've used the milk for making stuff more than anything lately and had some almond milk for drinking or made hot chocolate with it.

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I also get gassy after I eat yeast. Dairy products hurt my tummy and cause D often. But I have read that IBS patients often are lactose intolerant. That is my problem. Although there are a few times that I will have dairy and not have a problem.

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Hmmm, I have heard of some people having problems with yeast before. And with milk, also chocolate can be a problem for some people too.

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Well, I think I need to go back to what I was doing last fall and not eat much bread. I think the gas I was having problems with was from the yeast in bread because I can manage tortillas and crackers pretty well if I don't eat too much. Also might have some to do with milk. I had a hot chocolate at practice last night because it was so cold and had troubles after I got home. Didn't last as long as the other times, though. My gut was really killing me for a while there. Seemed any time I ate anything I had bad pain.

Today I snuck down to the grocery store. Not suppose to drive till I get new glasses, but I can see well enough to take the known, non-busy streets between here and the one shopping center. So I got some groceries and then went to PetsMart and got a couple things for Cassie, then back home. I made easy chili for dinner to try to warm up - turkey, chili powder, cumin and tomatoes. Not so fancy as the one I made last week, but didn't take as long, either.

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Thanks everyone! All my best to you all always. I had to go to a training meeting this morning. It was raining here last night and early this morning. Luckily I didn't hit any rain on the busy ride into the other city for my meeting. But it was raining while I was there and on the way home too. But on the way home I didn't care that it was raining as I had all day to get home, so I just took it nice and slow. It was a really good training meeting. But I was really tired afterwards and decided to take advantage of the quiet in the house and took a nap afterwards which felt really good. The boy was with his mom this weekend, so it makes it so much quieter when he isn't here. When he is here, there is no use trying to get a nap, as he won't be quiet, and also he will keep trying to wake me up when ever he wants food or anything else. So I love my time alone. I haven't had any IBS problems for a long time now. Some times I might feel a little bloated, but that doesn't bother me really. What I don't like is when I get the "D" when I get stressed out. So I am so glad that it hasn't bothered me for a long time now.

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It rained all morning and afternoon. So I had to get a walk with a Leslie Sansone tape. I would have rather gone outdoors. I did do some grocery shopping. Feeling pretty well today except gas problems again. ugh! I do need to check into those natural remedies.

Darlene - hope that all is well for you.

Tes - hoping that your surgery is easy with a quick recovery..

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Hope all goes well Monday, Tes.


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I would look into natural remedies for gas and try them as they shouldn't give you too much D, Aloe Vera Juice and Slippery Elm Bark Powder are both good healers and may help with the gas as well.

I have a basic sewing machine with just a handful of stitches, but I have a really nice serger that can do quite a bit of things...so am excited to get to use that more. Have not done any projects since I got it last month, but will work with it more soon. I have a project for myself that I have had on hold until I get my reduction on Monday. Would hate to have to alter it in the chest, so I have left it for after surgery. Maybe I will have time to work in it next week...we'll see.

Well not sure if I will get back on here until after surgery on Monday, so please take care everyone.


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2/26/15 11:47 P

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Thanks Linda. All my best to you and the team always. Janette

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I felt much better today. The D was gone. I was pretty sleepy all day and don't know if the D could have been the problem. But I stayed away from some of my trigger foods so that I wouldn't have any aggravation.

Darlene - I wish that I had better advice. I will say for gas I have used Digestive Advantage which is over the counter. It helps me some.

Janette - have a great day.

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Thanks, Janette.

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Glad to hear from you. Sorry I don't have any advice for you. I hope your eye sight is better asap. All my best to you always. Janette

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I haven't been on here for a while it seems. I get part of my emails/notices, but not others.

I am wondering if anyone knows of anything that will help with gas that will not cause diarrhea. Recently I have been having a lot of trouble with it, but when I take enough Gas-X to relieve it I end up with the runs.

I had cataract surgery last week and was hoping that it would help my vision more, but I am still pretty near-sighted. It's a little stressful to look at the computer or watch TV, both of which I am trying to do. The funny thing is I could cover that eye and see really clear with the other eye before the surgery except for the blind spot in it, so I couldn't read. It doesn't seem like I can see as well now. It will be a few more weeks before I can get new glasses. Currently I have to rely on friends to go anywhere like the grocery store. If the weather was better I could walk, but it is on the main road and across the highway.

Linda, I hope you are feeling much better today.

Tes, I hope that your business works out for you. I have also been trying to figure out something I can do from home, but so far nothing comes out. Do you have a machine with a lot of stitches or embroidery capabilities? I would love to have something like that. I have an older machine and not much sewing capability myself.

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2/26/15 12:48 A

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I hope you are feeling better asap! I am having a lot of allergy problems lately. But IBS is fine.

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I was pretty ill with D on Wednesday. It kept me sick and close to the bathroom for most of the evening. UGH!

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All my best to you all! I am busy with online studying still. Take care, Janette

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Well I have menu planned for the next week or so, need to create the grocery list now and then do bills and shop tomorrow. Today is more cleaning and organizing so that the rest of the week can be cooking and prepping foods and last minute cleaning. So I had best get to it.

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Feeling pretty well. Had quite a bit of fiber which helped me on Tuesday.

Tes - happy to hear that you are not worried about the surgery. I am sure all will go well.

Janette - glad that you are doing well.

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All my best to you always Tes, and the whole team too.


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Janette - Thank you...let's just hope that the business will bring in the income we need to stay afloat.

Hubby shared last night that he is a little worried about me and the surgery and wondered if I am...I am not worried, but when I first scheduled the appointment for surgery I had doubts about whether I should really go through with this. After I thought it through more, I realized that it was the best decision so I have been fine with it. The only thing that bothers me now is that my belly will stick out further than my boobs, once this is all over...grrr...will just have to lose the weight so that the belly will go down.



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2/23/15 10:43 P

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Thanks Linda! I am doing fine, just busy with new job and training.

Congrats on your business Tes!

All my best to you all always. Janette

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I did my exercise this morning. Something must have aggravated my back because it has hurt so much that I had to sit with a heating pad. But before I did it I did a couple of tasks around the house that didn't require bending.

Tes - good luck to you with the new business venture. Also, best wishes with your surgery. I am sure that all will go well.

Janette - happy to see you. Hope you are doing well.

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Sorry I have been mia, just really busy with new job still. All my best to you all always.

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Getting used to D as it has been this way for almost a year now. Was worse at first, but it has calmed down so that I am only in the bathroom once a day, so at least that part has become more regular.

Business cards arrive on Friday and I need to look making a business plan, and experimenting with my new serger. Plus some more cleaning and organizing in my craft room.

Well this week will be all about planning and prepping for next week. Monday I have my reduction surgery...YEAH! Mom will be coming to watch the kids and get them on the bus, etc. So I need to make a schedule out so she can see what she needs to do. I need to be at the hospital at 6am and it is an hour away. Surgery starts at 7:30am. I will have an overnight stay and then home on Tuesday sometime. So I need to plan out at least one dinner she can throw together quickly and a couple for hubby as well. Need to get quite a few things done, so best get to it. Hope you all have a great day and week (in case I don't get a chance to log back in).


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Hope you all have a good day. I plan to take a walk later. Enjoying the morning and feeling well.

Tes - so sorry about the fact that you have D all the time. It is such a struggle.

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I am stuck with D permanently...wish I could be more regular...this plant based diet seems to be better for my system, so will be sticking with it.

Ordered new business cards for my sewing business and will be marketing myself with vigor as soon as they arrive, which also means lots of things I need to accomplish before then...take care.

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I plan to take a walk today. I really enjoy it. Ate well yesterday but had a short bout of D anyway!

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