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I have been a bit down this week....really, I don't know why. However, I am feeling well and haven't had any IBS issues for several days.

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It went well today. Everyone is really nice and I was less fatigued than I thought I would be when I got home. No IBS symptoms at all. And here I thought I'd react to stress, but there was no stress at all even if they put me to work as soon as I had got my workspace set up.

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They are changing doctors for me, so it'll take a while before they can do any testing on vitamin and mineral levels and my inflammation levels. I've had a girl fresh out of meds school named Ellen for 9 months now, but because I have so many issues they seem to have decided I need a more "knowledgable" doctor. I think I've met this doctor and she had no idea what Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (the main cause to a lot of my systems) was, but pretended to have a clue and said it was Hypermobility Syndrome, but I don't score enough points on a scale to count as hypermobile. Ellen knew she didn't know much, so she was always ready to look things up and admitted she didn't know and would ask me as well, but this new doctor will probably try to convince me she's right, even though I've become pretty knowledgable about my genetic disorder.

I'm still fatigued but I started the reintroduction period this week. So far it's good. I'm doing oligosaccharides last because it'd the most likely cause of problem. And I'm not doing disaccharides at all since I'm milk protein allergic. It's going to be tough though because I start an internship where they're trying to push me into more work than both the employment centre and health care believes I can handle because of my health. I might just react to everything because of stress.

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9/27/16 11:15 P

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I had a busy day. Most of the day I was house cleaning Glad that was accomplished. I also took a walk. I ate pretty well, the past couple of days and feeling well. I hope it lasts. We are going to dinner on Wednesday. Hope that I can eat carefully and not have problems.

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JENNYCHRY, I go through bouts of fatigue. For me, it's the worst whenever my IBS goes from constipation to diarrhea. I alternate between the two. I take a multivitamin because I suspect that the water soluble vitamins, such as the B vitamins, are harder for me to hold onto. B vitamin deficiencies will make you tired. I'm glad you so you're headed to the doc. :)

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9/27/16 7:37 P

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I hope you are all feeling better asap!

I still am not having issues with the IBS. I think the bronchitis is gone, but still having issues with allergies from the weather changing back and forth and pollen I think. And having had the busted water pipe didn't help at all either. I felt fine for a few days, then was coughing and hacking for a few days, and now the last few days I have been sneezing and sniffling again. We have had hot Santa Anna winds for several days with temps around 100. Today we were suppose to have scattered thunder shows for about an hour. It got a little windy for the hour, and right at the end of the hour the sprinkles came and stopped just as fast as they started. So it didn't cool things down at all. We are suppose to be warm until next Sunday. I am feeling better this evening then I did this morning.

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9/27/16 12:32 P

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Sunday was bad day for me to not sure why

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9/26/16 12:19 A

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My belly hurt all day on Sunday. Headed to the bathroom often, as well. Hoping that Monday is better. I have been drinking lot of water and exercising. I also have had multiple veggies and fruits which could have caused the pain. It happens to me often.

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I am still making adaptions in my diet. I was so used to eating a lot more vegetables and fruits at a time not eating more often. I have been having pain in the left side of the abdomen and finally decreased by drinking less caffeine.

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No problems yesterday, but I was so tired I had to sleep at midday. I'm calling the doctor tomorrow to ask if they can take some tests to see what my inflammation levels are, because it's ridiculous how tired I am. Like, I was at the store with my partner and while we were walking around he kept asking if I'm still awake, because I looked so out of it and at one point he let me lean towards him because I looked like I was about to pass out from exhaustion. I'll also ask them to check how my vitamin and mineral levels are, because maybe the stomach medication is causing some kind of malabsorption or something causing more tiredness than usual.

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Thanks ladies! All my best to you all always.

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Linda, glad you're husband is feeling better. I understand kidney stones are extremely painful. I hate that for him.

Callie, stress is my biggest IBS-D trigger. It gets compounded by poor food choices, but I can be eating well and have some stress and it doesn't matter. I, too, have carried adult undergarments with me and always have a change of underclothes, TP and wipes with me. It actually helps reduce the stress for me knowing I'm a little prepared. I've messed myself in the grocery store and in the boat. Never knew it was coming and didn't have an opportunity to find a bathroom. Horrible feeling. General stress is bad enough, but when you start stressing that you are going to have diarrhea, that's a potent mix for disaster.

It's a journey. Finding methods to help with your stress and healthy eating will help. This group has a wealth of experience, far beyond what any single person does. Keep reading and posting. Breath. Find things to distract you from focusing on the IBS. Essential oils in gel form and good quality probiotics have helped me immensely. I don't go without them. There are plenty out there, but I use doTERRA DigestZen and their PB Assist Probiotic. I tried Align a couple of times and it was ok, but didn't work as well for me as the PB Assist.

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I had a really good day. I woke up rather late so I guess I really must have needed the sleep. I ate lightly this morning. We went out to dinner and after I came home I had a lot of gas pains. I really thought that I was going to have IBS. I started drinking a lot of water....I ended up being okay. I am glad that I avoided IBS,

Jennichry - I know that your pain must have been horrible. I hope that you are no longer experiencing a anything like that now. Wow, you are already hoping for snow. When I lived in the north, I always dreaded snow. lol It is beautiful but I hated driving in it.

Janette - I hope that you and your b/f enjoy your night at the restaurant. It sounds like a great place to eat.I hope that your bronchitis is completely gone soon. What a shame about the water problem in your house.

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I hope things are going better for you all asap.

Re: the question on how to make things easier with stress induced IBS, that is the type I have. Do things that relax you, listen to music, do yoga and other type of stretching, mediate, find hobbies to take your mind off it,and relax you like others said. And if the fear of having "D" when out and about stresses you out, then you can do like I did. I bought a small pack of Depend Silhouette Active Fit Incontinence Briefs for Women. They are really not noticeable on under your clothes. And they gave me the confidence to go out and do what I needed to do. And luckily I didn't end up needing them, so I only wore them twice. And never ended up really needing them. So I just kept the rest in case I had that dread again down the line. As for foods to help, my doctor told me that eating rice, toast, oatmeal and bananas help keep you regular. So I usually eat oatmeal a lot for my breakfast. And I keep bananas, rice and bread in the house most of the time too, and eat them pretty regularly too.

No IBS issues still, but I was feeling rough again Wednesday at work from the cold and bronchitis I have been fighting. I think it was because of another storm that came in. It was rainy but hot and muggy at the same time.

Luckily I had Thursday off. They have been tearing up the side walk in from of our house because of big cracks, and working on the streets and sidewalks all over our neighborhood by our house and my work. And Thursday while doing that they busted a water pipe to our house. So we were without water for several hours. And when we got water back it was dirty and smelly. So we had to run water to get it clean again. And even then it still smelled and tasted different to me. So I have been boiling my water for several days. I have been fighting bronchitis all month, so didnít want to get sick from the water too.

We had the bfís son most of this week as his mom was on another business trip. She picked him up last night around midnight. I think he will be with her now until Monday after school, unless she has to go on another last minute business trip.

I was finally feeling pretty well yesterday so I did a lot of cleaning and re-arranging in the house. And the bf helped me hook up my JVC compact disc player to my computer so I can play my CDís while working on my computer. It hasnít been hooked up since I moved in this house. I use to have it hooked up in my living room when I lived on my own, and I use to have it playing almost all day when I was home. So it is nice to have my music back. I have a lot of classic rock, country, blue grass and lots of other CDís. I like this better than Pandora that I use at work and use to use on my computer. As with it and other Internet music you have to keep clicking every so often to keep it going. This I just turn it on and it just keeps playing all my CDís until I turn it off. And I can plug my head set in so only I hear it. And it also helps block out the bfís and his sonís computer games noise.

Supposedly the bf is going to take me out for another rare date night without his son this weekend. I think we are going to go back to Black Angus where I took him last month for his birthday. They had really good food there.


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Yesterday went well. Until I was going to bed when I felt horrible pain. I'm pretty sure I was gassy or something, but gosh, it hurt so much I didn't know what to do. I had eaten a bit of bread earlier in the day and I think that was what caused it. So now I know gluten is a trigger.

I've been expecting snow recently. I constantly feel cold and every time I see leaves falling from the trees in the corner of my eye I think "Now it's snowing!" only to realize it's just leaves. Because of that I plan heading out on a photography walk. Hopefully I get a few good shots and a bit of sun, but who knows?

(I'm sharing a picture of the view from the window by my computer. I really enjoy autumn with its colours, although it tends to be easier to find something to take photos of during summer.)



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I have been feeling pretty well. It is great to see everyone on the chat thread. I have had a busy week. Monday took hubby to the ER where we found he had kidney stones. This has happened two years in a row. He was in terrible pain but doing well now. I have been trying to keep up with exercise and other things around the house. Looking forward to the weekend.

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I think the best would really be to destress. Maybe look into mindfulness? There's also the colouring books. Or maybe pick up a hobby such as knitting or crocheting. Or something like that. Whenever you find 5 minutes, take three deep breaths and do something to destress. It should help with IBS long term.

I hope this will help you a little.

Edit: Actually, try taking three deep breaths whenever you can and remember to. It's supposed to calm the body down a little, according to my occupational therapist.

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Hi everyone.
I thought I generally did a good job of controlling my IBS by watching what I eat but just lately I've had a lot of stress which has led to being far less careful. This has not been good for either my insides or my weight loss in general.
I'm really trying hard to get back on track but finding it hard to lift my spirits enough to really motivate myself. Any tips on how to rise above stress to do this?
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I hope you feel better asap.

I am still fighting off the bronchitis, but luckily I am off of work now until Monday morning. And still no issues with the IBS.

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My stomach issue decided to act up while I was asleep so I woke up with severe pain. It's gotten better now, but I can't say it's particularly fun. I'll see how it is today. If it doesn't get any better or gets worse, I'll call the doctor tomorrow. If it doesn't bother me today or tomorrow, but is a problem during the weekend, I'll call on Monday.

I also think my stomach medication is messing with my bowel now. Or my body is stressed due to the stomach issue. I don't know. It's no fun regardless of what's going on.

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We had sprinkles and rain the last two days but it was still really warm and muggy too. Now that the sun is going down a cool wind has wiped up. And to top it off they are tearing up the side walks and roads in my neighborhood and by my work too, so lots of dust and noise lately too. I started sneezing and sniffling again today at work, which had really calmed down for days before. And I was really hot and stuffy at work too. But I got off of work and came home and took a shower and I am feeling much better now. And luckily I am suppose to be off now until Monday, so I can try to rest up and hopefully completely kick this out of my system before going back to work. No IBS issues, but still fighting the bronchitis and cold.

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Hi everyone! I hope everyone is doing well. This last week or so I've been having some relatively severe pain. Usually, Bentyl does a good job of controlling that for me, but my stress level has been high. As you all know, stress comes from happy things as well as the usual suspects. I'm happy because I think I've found the perfect volunteering opportunity for me as an administrative volunteer at a hospital. The only thing I'm worried about is that I've also been fighting some serious fatigue. It's irritating because I know that if I do my spin cycle workout, that's going to be it for the day, and I have so much to do! :) Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers, as I keep you all in mine. Have a lovely day!

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Turmeric isn't helping for me. It's probably because it's a chronic widespread inflammation. I still had really high values while on medication. My doctor wanted to put me on medication for rheumatism for the peaks because I get really stiff when there's a flare up as the values get really high, but since I show no signs of rheumatism the rheumatologist she consulted said no.

I had no issues yesterday and I was at a translation company to discuss internship, so now I'm their intern who will do their admin work while learning how technical translations work. It'll be a really good experience, because I've been considering becoming a freelance translator so I can work from home. Though it'd be nice if they could hire me part time. I could do those administrative works for them and I'd still be happy, since finding a job is really hard with all my pains. It took me 9 months from being unable to finish my first term at uni to finding a place that is flexible enough to let me come later if I need an extra hour to get ready or just call in the morning if I'm in too much pain to come in to the office.

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Jenni, have you ever tried turmeric for your pain? It is suppose to be anti-inflammatory. Best way to take it is in Golden Paste that you make yourself. It includes turmeric, fat like coconut oil, and ground black pepper. There are several recipes in the internet. I just saw something about a new research that was reported on, but not sure I can find it.

I am doing better with eating smaller amounts, though the protein shake didn't do much for me. I ended up getting hungry after drinking that when I don't usually. I don't know how well the yogurt will do. I usually end up getting that and then don't eat it. Have to stop doing that.



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I hope you are all doing better.

I am still dealing with bronchitis, but it is getting better and better. I am also dealing with head aches again too. I think it is from the weather going back and forth as we have storms going in and out again.

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Things have been a bit up and down. My medication gave me stomach issues and the stress on my body because of that triggered IBS. I've gotten stomach medication and stopped all other medications for the time being, so IBS isn't so bad. But because of of those medications are anti-inflammatory, my inflammation is peaking now and I feel terribly tired and I have this pain in all my joints that never lets up. I didn't think the anti-inflammatory meds did anything, but I've been on it for a year, so it probably very slowly helped with my inflammation.

That aside, I think I've figured out what causes issues for me. The O in FODMAP. In other words oligosaccharides. I'll be reintroducing the other letters when my current treatment for my stomach ends because I need to see if my stomach got any better first and the medication I have messes a bit with the digestive system. Then I'll take on the Os to see if it's all (including gluten) or just some of them.

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Because of a scent (which I don't really want to go into) I am pretty sure that I have gastroparesis. The surgeon I saw earlier this year had said something about that, too. That makes some sense why my gut is always hurting from breakfast on and then I feel okay in the mornings. It takes that long for any digestion to get through. Then, when it does get through the IBS hits me. So I am trying to eat smaller meals (like I am suppose to anyway) and lighter like a protein shake or yogurt for lunch. Also the lighter things because I am usually not at all hungry from breakfast until around 4:00 (then will get hungry for supper late). There is something that I was prescribed once that is a treatment for gastroparesis, but she thought would help my IBS, but it has since been shown to cause seizures that can never be reversed and I don't want to get them.

We had a really warm day today after several cool ones. Went to church this morning, then to a clinic at Home Depot which was rather crazy because they didn't know about it there and had to find someone to give one, then went by a couple friend's houses. One is my mechanic and one my friend from church. Got home early enough to watch the end of the Broncos' game.



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I had several days, this past week, with C. I ate some oatmeal and finally was able to get regular again. I am feeling much better and less bloated. Keeping busy with a lot of swimming and walking. Not much planned for the week yet, but I am sure I will hit the gym a few days.

Janette - I am happy to hear that you are finally getting better. You have been very sick and I hope that you rest and take it easy before you have to head back to work.

Darlene - I love dogs (all pets, really) and I can imagine that yours enjoyed getting out. Hope that you are feeling well.

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doing okay today, still have a bit of a cough going on. Doing laundry and other stuff to get ready for another work week

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I did laundry and other stuff Thursday and Friday. Today I just took it easy and tried to catch up on my emails. Tomorrow I will have more laundry to do and some stuff to get ready for another work week.

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I haven't done a lot of anything today. Washed some windows in the back garage door. I need to get some plexiglass on the door, too. Finished going through some things that were in my dog grooming box that had gotten wet and got most of the rust off what I kept.

I tried making the green chili into green chili stew to cool off the spice. They say potatoes will cool it down, but it didn't really work. I keep having to mix sour cream in. Now I know why I didn't use as many chilies as the recipe calls for.

Took my dog out to get some pictures yesterday. It did take me a little walking to get them since there was no parking place in the block and I went two blocks further to get some of the cathedral downtown. Then we went to Good Times so she could have a Paw Bender and I splurged and got a Spoon Bender. Those are frozen custard treats. After we got home I took her out for some work on obedience. Maybe one of these times she won't drag me all over the place.



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I hope you are all doing fine!

I have been fighting of bronchitis for two weeks, and putting in a lot of hours at work too, and going in really early on top of it. So I was really tired a lot and just sleeping a lot when I was at home. I am still fighting it, but it is trying to get better and better I think.

I have had several different ones of the fiber one bars and have had no problem with them. I like the 90 calorie lemon bar ones or chocolate bars ones the most.

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I went to a senior event downtown today where they had information on different resources. I was a little worried going down there on the bus, but everything went okay. I started the day with some mashed potatoes because I thought that would help me not have any D and guess it helped. They had lunch for us and I took the center out of the sandwich and left the roll. Had lettuce on one side and cheese on the other with the beef and tomato in the middle. The rest of the lunch I brought home except ate the cookie in the truck.

The chili hasn't bothered me except for it being hot. It doesn't taste quite like I wanted, so I got more tomatoes to put in it. I think it needs more flavor and less heat, though that isn't the way people around here think. There must be something else I added before that I haven't added this time. Maybe just setting will get the flavor to show up better.



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Today was pretty good. I felt pretty well but extremely tired for some reason. I took a walk and also did some household stuff like laundry, etc. Tomorrow evening we will be going out to dinner and I really hope that I don't have any problems.

Darlene - I hope that the chili doesn't bother you. I also can often eat spicy food with no problem. Bread will often bring me problems but usually it is gas. That is good that Cassie didn't wander too far off. I guess they get worried when their owner doesn't return soon.

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Linda, I hope you are feeling better today. I also had a problem Sunday. I was trying to get some stuff in the truck to take to a friend and the thrift store and had to run back in the house. Cassie was out in the back waiting for me and I ended up inside too long, so she jumped the fence to find me. Fortunately, just to around the truck and when I opened the door to bring her in she came running from out front.

Today I am making green chili. Hope that doesn't bother me. After my problem yesterday I was afraid to eat anything, but hungry. Since bread had been bothering me I ended up with a burrito since that didn't have bread, but a tortilla and those haven't been bothering me. That I was fine with. Funny thing to be able to eat those spicy things, but not something like bread.



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Sunday was a really bad day for me with D. I don't for sure why. I did have a few peanuts on Saturday evening and that probably set it up. I normally do not eat them because they bother me so much. I ate only a few but that spoiled all of Sunday for me.

Darlene - thanks for sharing the article. I hope that you have no problem with the FIber One bars.

Angling - I share with you that I can also eat some trigger foods one day with no problem. The next day it really is a nightmare when i eat it. Ugh! Stress is also quite a trigger. I am now retired and that has helped me a lot. While employed, I was stressed and in the restroom so often.

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Fiber One bars are a staple for me. I eat one almost daily. Guess everyone's gut is different, but they don't bother me. However, I have certain things that I've learned from experience to stay away from. Weird, but my trigger foods don't always bother me. Stress seems to be the biggest factor. Apparently, grocery shopping is stressful. lol It's rare that I make it through a trip without having to run to the bathroom. Sometimes I take an extra DigestZen BEFORE I leave for the store to try and ward off any unpleasantness. Oh, also fishing. When we get to the launch ramp and I climb in the boat (DH backs me in and I drive the boat off the trailer), I often have to jump right back out and find the facilities...or a stand of trees.
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Welcome, Carol.

I have some of that Throat Coat tea, too, I think. I haven't drank any in a long time, though.

I just got 2 packages of the Fiber One bars. I hope they don't do me in. I took one with to have for breakfast the other day, but ended up with peanut butter cheese crackers instead. I think I was a little scared to try the Fiber One when I wasn't at home.

Today I saw something on the problems with gluten. This article says it might be from all the herbicide poison that is put on the wheat before harvest. I really got wondering about that and I am going to try experimenting a little, because I have been having problems when I eat sandwiches with sourdough bread. I have a loaf of another kind of bread that is organic and haven't had any problems with that. I am going to try to find some organic sourdough if there is such a thing.
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Thanks Linda!

I hope you are all doing well.

Carol be care full with stuff like benefiber and metamucil and such. My doctor that I went to years ago said that taking stuff like Metamucil regularly can get your body use to it, and then it might not want to do things with out it. And you could end up needing to take more and more of it to get the same effect. He told me the best thing to do is use natural foods like, oatmeal, rice, banana, and whole grain toast. They might have changed that stuff since then as that was long ago. But I still stick with what he told me and it works for me.

We had a little ginger ale left over from the boy being sick, so I drank some of it last night and the boyfriend finished it off as he is still sick too. The boy has been with his mom since Thursday afternoon, and seems to be doing better. He managed to go to school all week.

I ate yogurt, oatmeal, saltine crackers and the ginger ale yesterday. I slept most of the day away. Last night it went into my chest. And I was having coughing spells, so I took some Nyquill to get to sleep. And sleep better than I had in a long time. But after I got up this morning the coughing is back. I had yogurt and oatmeal again so far.

I have some Traditional Medicinals Throat Coat and Breathe Easy tea that I am going to use today. I am just taking it easy all weekend, so hopefully I will be up to going back to work again Monday morning. And luckily I usually have the office to myself when I am there too.

Have a great weekend everyone! Janette

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This morning I slept a little later which was nice. We went into the pool for just under an hour. Really felt great. Love the refreshing feel of the water. We plan to go to the grocery store soon and having a strip steak for dinner. Feeling pretty well.

Carol - I also went to Olive Garden for dinner last evening. I had angel hair pasta marinara with grilled chicken. It was very delicious and didn't hurt my belly. I did eat one and a half breadsticks. I went for years just eating one...but now I see me on the increase. However, I did get a lot of exercise yesterday. Congrats on your weight loss.

Janette - a sinus infection is really the pits. I know they make ya feel horrible. I hope that you are able to get some rest this weekend. Drink plenty of water too.

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I am glad I joined this team. I lost 5 lbs on my little sojourn with the toilet so I want to continue. Banana this morning will do. And coffee. Doctor prescribed benefiber in the coffee so having that as well. We went to Olive Garden last night where I had a modest portion of salad and rotini with asiago alfredo sauce and a breadstick. No tomato sauce or spicy food for now. Came home with the same for lunch today. I drink lots of water as it is my drink of choice so that is never a problem for me. I hope this was a wakeup call for me not to abuse my body with overeating. Carol

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Welcome Carol! My doctors suggested oatmeal, toast, rice, and bananas to help me get and keep regular. I had problems with getting IBS-D from stress.

But some foods do up set me and cause heartburn more, like: tomato sauce can sometimes be a problem, greasy fried food or spicy foods can be a problem.

I came down with a sinus infection and last night I started to run a fever and still had it this morning too. So I am not going to do much of anything this weekend.

All my best to you all always. Janette

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emoticon Carol. I am sorry that you had the attack. Fiber One kills my belly.I think they are delicious but just cannot eat them. Maybe try some rice and eat very light today. I like peppermint hot tea when my belly acts up. I also suggest plenty of water.

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Well, I am new here but just had a horrendous few days with D and nausea. I have suffered from C for years and years. so I thought about what I had eaten in the last week that would have caused the problem I had. Too much fiber, refried bean, chili, fiber one cereal and fiber drinks over a few days. Too much at once. Now that my body is cleaned out, trying to figure out what to eat and keep it calm. Carol

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I have been feeling pretty well although I have another headache tonight. I ate well and exercised a lot today. Great weather.

Janette - I am so sorry that you are not feeling better, but feeling poorly. I am happy for you that you are off work until Monday. That can give you time to rest.

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Well my cold is worse. But I went into work today as I was only going to be the only one there and we had payroll and bookkeeping that needed done. Luckily I am suppose to be off now until next Monday morning.

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Thanks Linda, have some packets of high vitamin C, with zinc and other vitamins and mineral, and electrolytes too, so taking that. I had to put in a long day at work yesterday, but then came home and took a long nap, then had dinner and watched TV with the family and then went to bed early.

I am off today and got to sleep in a bit. I might take a nap before the boy gets out of school. Not sure if his mom is going to be back from a business trip to get him today or if the bf is going to go get him from school and bring him back here. The boy had it first and is still fighting a cough and sniffles, but wasn't running a fever so his dad sent him back to school yesterday and today. And luckily I was in an office by myself yesterday.

Tomorrow I will go in to work for a few hours while my boss will be out of the office most if not all of the time too. I am feeling better today than I did yesterday or the night before. But I feel tired still even though I slept a lot yesterday and slept in some today.

I hope your arm is feeling better asap Linda.

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I an doing okay with the belly. However, I hurt my shoulder today and feeling miserable. I had gone to yoga class today. That wasn't the problem. I hurt it in another way. I think I will rest the remainder of the day.

Janette - I am so sorry to hear that everyone in the house is sick - and now you are coming down with it. Healing hugs sent your way.

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I hope you all had a safe and fun holiday weekend. Our little one seems to have come down with a cold this weekend, and the bf seems to be getting it too, and tonight I think I might be getting the start of it too. Sneezing today and feeling a little stiff in the neck tonight. Good for you Linda! I hope you are doing well still!


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I have had a good weekend. I have been feeling well and getting some exercise. We ate out at a restaurant yesterday evening.I felt fine because I didn't eat any trigger foods.The restaurant had made a mess of my order and gave me another meal to take home. So I enjoyed that this evening while my hubby had pizza. So happy that I was not tempted by the pizza. Eating chicken and sweet potato was perfect for me.

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Have a wonderful Friday, and weekend, and Happy Labor day too everyone!

Thanks Linda! I am still doing great with the IBS. We supposedly have the boy this weekend. But he has chose to go somewhere else right after school, so we should have him later this evening. And tomorrow we are suppose to go to a college football game with another family and their kids that are friends with the bf and his son. So should get some good walking out of that. Not sure what will happen Sunday. And then Monday the boy has chose to go somewhere with is mom during the day at least.

Have a good long weekend everyone and be safe!


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I am doing okay. We are having a tropical storm here in Florida. But still was able to go to the gym today before it got too bad. I am feeling fine.

Janette - I remember those days with my kids. It's a busy time when they are growing up and getting into the higher grades. I am sorry that there was such confusion with your b/f and the ex. It is always tough when there is an ex involved. I hope that you are still feeling well.

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I hope you are all having a great Thursday. I am still doing fine with the IBS.

Yesterday was parent/teacher day at the boys school so we went to that. Didn't know if the ex would be there or not or if she would bring the boy with her. She showed up after us and I guess she left the boy with friends. So it was set up that us parents had to follow our kids schedules and go to each of their classes and spend about 10 mins in each room listening to the teachers explain how they deal with the kids, how the figure out grading and discipline and such, and what computer apps we are suppose to be using to figure out what the kids are suppose to be doing in class and how they are doing grade wise and such. As he just switched from elementary school to middle school, so he is in a totally new school and grading system now. So the first place we had to go was the multi-media room to meet with the principle, counselors and other people like that and get our parent user codes and passwords to use the schools apps to track the kids. We were sitting on the bleachers when the ex came in and sat behind us with one of the father's of one of the boy's friends. We didn't ask, but figured maybe the kid was at home with that man's wife and son. After that we went to the different rooms and some times she would sit next to us and try to talk to us before and after the teachers talked and other times she would sit away from us and talk to other parents. I guess the boy had told her whom his three new best friends are at this new school and she had tried to get info on their parents from him but he refused to get and get any info for her and never talked to us about it. So she asked in the first class room before the teacher started to talk where the parents of these three boys was and went and got their names and phone numbers and said she would forward that info to the dad. I haven't seen it yet, so if she did, he didn't forward it on to me.

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Thanks Linda!

Once again, I am not sure I got the whole truth out of the BF about it! She called the house while we were gone and left a msg on our machine. I had just handed the bf $200 cash a few days before going. I told him he could pick where and when we went out, and that what ever was left over after going out to eat was his to spend on what ever he wanted for his BDay.

He is hard to buy for. He doesn't want me picking out his clothes, or getting him candy or flowers, or such. He use to just have me buy him books or get him a gift card to the local book store. But then he started just reading "E-books and so I would give him cash or gift cards to us for that. I tried several times to pick out other things that I thought he would like, music, kitchen stuff etc. But a lot of the times he would just tell me to keep it instead, or give it to his son, or return it. So decided this year to just give him money along with paying to take him out. We don't drink, so there was no need of me to bring my purse, or phone I thought as the kid was suppose to be with her. So I didn't bring anything with me.

She called my cell phone twice and left a msg on it too, but it was sitting at home on my computer desk.

She supposedly called and texted his phone while we were out too, but I guess he ignored it or didn't notice it. He said he didn't notice until we got home and at the same time I found the msg on our home machine and my cell phone.

I was surprised in the first place that he was choosing to go out when his kid was suppose to be with her instead of taking him with us as usual! It is very, very rare for us to go out anywhere without taking the boy, even if it is her night, we usually at least get the kid and take him with us and then drop him back off to her later, or keep him for the night. I don't remember celebrating either of our birthdays or valentines day or other events holidays before with out him. Very rare for us to even go out for our anniversary without him, but just a couple of weeks ago we did that too.

Her phone msgs stated that she had made arrangements with him for the boy to be dropped off to us that night. But I knew nothing about it. I questioned him after we got home, and he said her plans changed that Thursday and that he just forgot about it.

He isn't good about remembering stuff like this though. So usually the ex and I would remind him about stuff several times. But lately they are not telling me stuff or waiting until the last minute to tell me. So no one told me so I couldn't remind him. But he had is cell phone with him and looked like he was checking msgs and playing games on it on and off while we were waiting to be seated and waiting for out food. So it is possible he at least saw that she texted or called him and just didn't want to be bothered by her and didn't check further to see what it was about!

And I had asked him the week before what he wanted, and he choose last weekend but didn't state when and where. And I even made a comment about it being her weekend with the kid instead of ours. But he just said yes, and didn't say if he was going to invite the boy or not. So Friday morning I asked him again and he put it off, and Saturday the same way. And even Sunday it was like he wasn't all that into going out in the beginning. He was just going back and forth from doing computer work for his job and playing computer games. I had to keep asking him about it. And he was pushing for a later dinner time and I pushed for an earlier one, as I don't like to eat late like he does.

He did keep thanking me for the money and for wanting to take him out thought. He said when I first brought it up that he wasn't even really thinking about doing anything for his birthday, that he had just planned on ignoring it. His job is kind of rocky right now, and I think that is on his mind, more than anything. And maybe getting older is bugging him too. He is the one that seems to be having more issues with his son lately instead of me also. I just got a lot pickier about choosing my battles with them both and just started trying not to let things get to me so much. So maybe he is upset with his son and the ex too? Could be some money issue or something else he isn't telling me.

And that night when we got the boy from the neighbors, he seemed upset that he didn't find a new Wii unit or new Xbox unit or other game thing in our game corner when he asked where we had gone and I told him that we went out to eat for his dad's bday. Which I found really strange as it wasn't his birthday, or any reason that he or us would be getting a new gaming unit. I don't think that the ex and or kid said anything or gave him anything this year for his birthday either like they usually do, as the bf always helps the kid get her stuff for her bday and mother's day and other holidays.

We have an old Wii unit that only I have been using for some time now. And it wasn't working for a few weeks. I guess he was hoping I would buy something new that is more popular. I didn't want to buy a brand new one, or move on to the Wii U really. I didn't want to spend any more money than I really needed. And the boy has an Xbox that we got for the family for Xmas, and he is the only one using it. But neither our old Wii or the Xbox is good enough for him now. He really want xbox live and expects his dad or I just to pay for it for him with out him doing anything to earn it. He gets stuff and soon after is bored and wants something else. So looks like neither his dad or I are in any hurry to get him any new type of gaming unit or games. I told him I just bought myself a scale to use and then after that we got the old Wii unit to work again for free. And that if we hadn't got it to work I wouldn't have paid a lot for a used machine or a new machine. If I could get a used old one like I had cheap I might have done that, or I might have just forgot the whole thing since I had the scale now.

And last night he got an offer to go with the same neighbors to a church event where he could have hanged out with and played with a lot of kids of all ages. He use to like to go there. But lately he doesn't want to go anymore. Probably it isn't cool enough with his Poway school friends, or something like that. Last night I thought the boy told them he didn't want to go, but I guess he didn't. So they were expecting him to go and he just blew them off. And he did the same thing the last time they asked him.

His dad picked him up from school and he came here and was wanting his bed changed and I told him that it was time for him to learn how to change it and wash it too. So we were doing that, and then we ate while it was washing and drying. Then he was doing his homework and the neighbors were calling him on his cell phone and I heard him say that maybe after he finished his homework. So I figured he was going to go to the church youth group with them. This is a kid that never wants to do chores, and was whining about having to help and watch me wash his bedding. Then about the time that they would be going he started asking me if he could help me with laundry or chores that he was bored. So I thought he had told the neighbors he wasn't going to go! We started washing the dogs as they really needed it and as we were both going to have clean beds it was a good idea to have clean dogs climbing up on them and not filthy ones. And while he was cleaning himself up after that, I noticed that we had missed a msg on our house phone, and it was the neighbors stating that they were outside waiting for the kid. So I guess they figured it out and went with out him again. I feel really bad about it. And feel bad for them, and I bet that he will lie and tell them that we made him skip and do chores. I have caught him lying to other friends families on me like that before too, so that is why I think it will happen again. I kind of want to give the neighbors a heads up on it. But that has back fired before on me with the bf, kid and his mom, and them too. So I think I am just going to ignore it! Let them deal with it themselves and think what ever they want. Unless they say or ask me anything about it. As the neighbor kids mom has gone off on me before about stuff the kid or the kids mom has done, even though I told her before that I have no control over what any of them do or say. He new husband seems really nice though, so I feel bad for him. I think he is caught in the middle of stuff just like me. But I think I am going to keep minding my own business over here about it, and let them deal with it. I am a lot happier now that I am not trying to solve all of their issues and little tiffs between the boys or parents. I didn't even call the ex back like she asked, I just told the bf to call her or text her and let her know he picked up her son like she requested. I am just staying out of it. Let them deal with it. I haven't even agreed to pick up or drop off the boy anywhere yet since he started this new school.

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Janette - congrats on your anniversary too!! emoticon The dinner sounded really delicious. Your b/f ex should have called him to tell him she was dropping off his son. But I know exes aren't always wanting to do the right thing. Glad that you didn't get home too late. Have a great Wednesday,

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Thanks Ladies! Happy Anniversary Maureen.

My boyfriend and I just made seven yrs together earlier this month, we went out to Marie Callender's for that. And we went to Black Angus Rest Sunday as a late Birthday dinner for him. His birthday was Wednesday but he was busy with work that day. I told him to just choose the day, time, and place, and it would be my treat. We had a great meal. I had a salad, and small steak, baked potato, and bread. He ordered a spinach and artichoke dip with chips to eat before dinner too. I really like that restaurant and haven't gone to it in many years. We didn't even realize there was one close to us until he checked online that night to see what might be close to us.

Got home and found out his ex had to go out of town on business and tried to drop their son off to us shortly after we had left. And since she couldn't get a hold of us, she just left him with our neighbors. Luckily they were home and were able to watch him, and let him play with their son whom he is friends with until we got back home and found out he was there. And luckily we went out early, so it wasn't really late when we got back either.

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Over the weekend, I ended up with a bout of D.The gas was just the beginning of a bad evening. I really felt miserable. But doing much better since then. I am keeping up with exercise.It has been a good day.

Maureen emoticon it is wonderful that you and hubby celebrated a special anniversary. Taking a trip is always fun. It is especially good that you have no problems.

Janette - happy to hear that you are doing well.

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I'm doing very well, no problems at all. Glad to see most of you are doing OK too.

DH and I were gone over the weekend for a short vacation to celebrate our 47th wedding anniversary. We had a great time and saw a lot of historical sites, which is my favorite thing to do besides golfing and we got a game of that in too.

Tomorrow I plan on joining the newly opened Community Center about a mile from my house. I hear they have a nice walking track and it has just been TOO HOT to walk outside this summer, and then I also won't have to drive to the Mall this winter. I really plan on getting serious about losing this weight this Fall.



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Happy Sunday! I hope you are all doing better. I am doing fine. It is a little warmer today compared to yesterday's fall like weather, but there is a breeze on and off.

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I have been doing well. Although, today I had some 2% milk in my cereal. I have had quite a lot of gas since then. I went out and took a walk and it relieved some but not all.I just took some gas relief pills and hope it helps.

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I am still doing good. We are only at 70 today and just suppose to get to 76. So much better than it has been, I am loving it.

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If you start them up again maybe space them out, and maybe take them on different days too. Then if you notice something you might be better able to tell which if any could be causing the issue.

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What a great idea, Janette. Wish I had thought of it. lol Since I didn't, I went cold turkey and have been off the probiotics for three days. Gas distress is a little better. Still faithfully taking my peppermint oil blend, though. I don't want to ever be without those again.

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Have a great night and Happy Saturday

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Maybe just try spacing them out first then instead of going cold turkey. It might be easier for your body if you slowly tapper off it, then just stop abruptly?

I am doing well. I hope everyone has a great night and weekend.

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Decided to take a pause on a daily dose of my doTERRA Probiotic+. It, along with the DigestZen, has done wonders, but recently I've had an excess amount of gas. When I asked my internal medicine doctor if I could take probiotics longterm, she said I'd know when it was time to quit....when I got gassy. We'll see how this goes. Kind of afraid to stop taking them.

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Besides the warm and muggy weather I am still doing good. I hope all is going well with everyone else too.

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I went to a physiotherapist yesterday and she didn't dare to make a new appointment to give me exercises until the end of September because of how bad my pain is (and due to my underlying condition, which slows down healing time considerably). Since she's not expecting me to be much better by then (her choice of words was "Let's make an appointment in a month, so you might be a little bit better by then and we can start thinking of what to do to ease the pain and strengthen it."), I'm also going to take it easy. I'll try to exercise, but will be careful not to hurt myself and I won't do anything that might tire me out unnecessarily and possible make my back worse. I don't mind though. It just means I'll have more reason to focus on myself and my well-being.

On the upside, I've had no issues since that stress incident. Or well, I felt a little nauseous this morning while eating chia seed pudding for breakfast, but since I seem to be in the middle of a really bad Ehlers-Danlos flare up, a little nausea is at least expected. It could also be that I'm not used to chia seed pudding and even though I'm not actually a picky eater some new foods just makes me feel sick until I'm used to it.

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I felt pretty well today. I did have some fried food for dinner which has bothered my belly a bit. But mostly rumblings of gas. I have been keeping up with water and exercise which I find helps a bit. I also had some 2% milk this morning.The lactose intolerance and IBS are partners in my belly issues. So between the milk and the fried food I will say not a great decision.

Unkyndenesse- happy to hear that so far you are having mild problems.I hope that it continues into the work schedule. Wishing you no major problems.

Jenni - I can relate to those stress issues. They are terrible. Hope that your back is feeling better.

Janette - between the WWI and fancy scale it sounds like things are going well for you. Hope that work is going well and no belly issues today.

Darlene - hope that you are feeling well today.

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I'm a second-shifter, so I'm not sure how today is going to go yet. I don't wake up until 12:30. I think it should go well because yesterday I did all the things I normally do to try to stage a good outcome today. Mild pain, which is a blessing. I hope everyone has a good health day today! emoticon

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Except for a flare on Friday due stress, I've had no issues. The flare due stress was because the physiotherapist never called me, though they were supposed to. I called them back today and was called back almost right away.

I need to see one because of severe back pain that hasn't allowed me to sit and it's not the first time it happens. Luckily I got a time tomorrow and the physiotherapist I talked to understood it was a problem for me. It's better now, but I still have issues with, like, tingling in my legs and it hurts a lot to be sitting for an extended period of time. I need to lay down a lot, or it gets worse again.

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Thanks Linda! So far I have been a lot better, no more cramping, no C or D. We finally got our Wii working again and before that I bought a fancy new scale that will track and record and save in a memory profile for me several different measurements.

I hope you are all well and having a great weekend.

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I am having a bad case of D today. I ate trigger foods yesterday and it seems as though they caught up with me today. We went out for awhile and at the grocery store I had to track down the bathroom ugh! When I came home, I even tried to lie down, due to a headache as well. But I could not get comfortable, etc. So I am being pretty lazy this evening.

Janette - I am so sorry to hear about your bout with C. It sounded like terrible pain for you. I hope that you are feeling better. You are right, I am so much better when I make a habit of eating oatmeal. I am out of the habit also.

Maureen - so happy to see you on our team and this thread. I have not tried the heating pad with the cramping for a long time. But I really need to return to that. Anything that can help is what I need.

Darlene - I enjoy salmon so much. Good that you were able to get some good prices for the salmon and veggies. I am sorry to hear that you also were hit with D.

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Maureen, Welcome to the team! Hi Ladies!

I use to use a heating pad all the time for aches and pains when I lived on my own. Now I usually just use it for my aching back once in a while if I am sitting in my office chair so I am close to an outlet for it.

I sure could have used one in the wee morning, but it is under a pile of purses and such in our closet, so I would have woke the whole house up looking for it. That is how long ago I have used it. But they do work wonders for all kinds of aches and pains.

I had a bit of constipation last night after dinner, wasn't bad, no cramping or such. I just felt like I needed to go and it wasn't wanting to come. I had drank lots of fluids too. Then about 2 am I had the most horrible cramping pains I have had in a long time. Woke me up, I thought it was IBS, but it also reminded me kind of like really bad bladder or kidney issue, and the pain was really low more like bladder or ovaries and would radiate back and forth from the front to my back. I was in the bathroom for sometime waiting for it to let go and when it finally did I was having "D" and at the worse for a few minutes I thought I was going to throw up too. Luckily I didn't and luckily a little later I felt like I could try to go back to sleep. The pain had subsided, but I still was feeling off. I decided to get up and take a cap full of apple cider vinegar with some water, just in case the bladder and kidney was involved too. And luckily I was able to get back to sleep after a bit and all the pain and that went away. I am doing much better today, but took some more apple cider vinegar just in case.

I think it might because I haven't been eating my oat meal that I have ate for years to control my IBS. It has just been so hot that I haven't wanted to eat it for sometime now. But I made myself go back to it today, so hopefully I won't have more of the IBS.

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Maureen, thanks for mentioning the heating pad. I never even seem to think of that. I usually go soak in a hot tub of water. Of course, with my weight the hot water doesn't get up over my stomach. Wish I had a hot tub like my friend has rather than just the bath tub, or that the therapy pool was closer because it is really warm and I could either just sit in there or exercise. My problem is usually that if I had to take something for the D I end up in pain and get gas, so I need something to alleviate the pain it causes.



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Good Morning to you ladies,

I'm new to the group, not to Sparks. I had a bad flare up of D about 2 wks ago (due to fresh veggies from our garden), so I thought I would look for a group who suffer from the same thing. I'm happy to say I finally got the D under control, but was still having lower belly aching so I tried the heating pad and that seemed to work. Anyone else use heat to relax the gut?

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I hope you are feeling better. I had a lot of heart burn lately, kept ending up with it at bed time, or waking up with it or both. Yesterday I woke up with and took a tums for it and thought it was okay. Then decided to just try a plain blue berry bagel as a brunch as I hadn't ate yet. And right after it happened again and ended up taking another tums. So last night I just make myself a turkey sandwich for dinner, as I didn't want to risk fried chicken that we had left overs of and that the boyfriend wanted to eat. That seemed to work. Today I just ate some of the kids dry cereal and that worked. And then we had beef, baked potato and corn for dinner, and so far so good.

Well I hope you have a great weekend. I am off work now until Monday morning.

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Oh, yes, that is the issue with the cabinet. Just so heavy it would be dangerous if it tipped over. So my friend was covering it with flannel material and then will use that for a story board when she is teaching the kiddos. She will teach 3 days a week, but this week has worked every day and was working some last week trying to get the program she will teach done. They are still having problems finding a director. They have one for one day, but need a full time director (or as full time as the preschool needs since it is only 3 days a week).

Today my D hit, but I know what triggered it this time. I guess I can't have flavored coffee anymore and mostly can't have a small piece of cake, though that I have had with no problem. It was cooler today, especially this morning and later this afternoon/evening, so I had the coffee at Bible study, then we had a birthday cake for one of the ladies there.

I got some good food like veggies and even salmon on my way home. The one store had asparagus for $0.98/lb, which is unknown around here, so I got some. Saw something where they used a tomato instead of bread for sandwiches, so I got some of them. Just hoping my IBS doesn't get triggered again.



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Hi ladies!

Darlene, Kids safety is probably the issue with that cabinet then as peg board is not that sturdy so it would be hard to secure the cabinet good to the wall to stop the kids from knocking it over. Some kids died from climbing on furniture like that so they just passed a new law about it and recalled tons of furniture because of it.

Luckily the boy has stayed with is mom most of this week. He was only here Tuesday evening and his dad took him to the buss stop Wednesday morning. I guess his mom is on another business trip or something as tonight would usually be her night to have him. But he is going to a game with friends tonight, and then coming home here around 9 pm. He was suppose to be with us Friday evening and through Wednesday morning as that is our normal schedule. But they sometimes change it if the mom goes on a business trip, or the parents agree to let the boy sleep over at a friend's house, or such. So all I know is he is coming here for the night. I am off until Monday now too.

It has still been just too hot here, and we are having fires closer to us now too. I had a lot of relatives that had to evacuate from the fires going on is San Bernardino. Luckily so far I don't think any of them have lost a home to the fires. And just yesterday there was a fire in Spring Valley where I used to live, and my brother and his wife still live. It was just a few miles from their house. But luckily the fire dept got to it fast and knocked it back fast. Some people close to it had to evacuate, but my brother's family did not have to. And I don't think anyone lost any homes in that fire. They think that one was set by kids playing in the canyon with fire. The San Bernardino fire has took some homes and businesses from what I understand.

My job is back and forth busy and then slow. Always the first two weeks, and the last week of the month are busy with different reports. The second week also has the bookkeeping run to do on Thursdays. The third week I don't do any reports, just payroll and bookkeeping, and there is less payroll accounts to deal with that week too. And then there are more reports to do at the end of each quarter.

My boss has given me some new responsibilities to do with less hours to get them all done. And has talked about having me do some other new things too. But he was suppose to give me back some hours to get it all done. But I think he has decided to save some money and just keep doing some of it himself instead of giving me more hours to get it all done. The last two weeks he has only gave me hours two days a week instead of maybe three or more days. I know this office is just not as busy and doesn't have as much money coming in it as his other office.

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Linda, I'm glad that your belly issues cleared up.

I have been doing okay with the IBS. My problems lately have been around my eye hurting and my feet being swollen. I started taking the lasix to see if that will help. It usually takes about 1-2 days. This time I haven't been able to take it every day because of going places, so it is taking a little longer.

From the tests I just read, my liver enzymes were fine. Of course, that was 9 months ago, but was about the same time as the ultrasound. The only thing off was my A1c and my kidney counts. Kidney have been off (at least one) most of the time because I don't drink enough.

Hope everyone is doing well.



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I have been doing pretty well. This morning started off rough. I had an appointment to get my stitches out of my mouth. So I was nervous and having a lot of belly issues. Everything turned out well and I had no other problems. I overate this evening. Even though I did my belly caused no more issues.

Darlene - my youngest DD also has fatty liver disease. She also has PCOS which makes it difficult to lose weight. How are your liver enzymes?

Janette - I hope that the boy has started school with no problems. Are you very busy again at work? I agree with you. Since your bf works at home, I would also let him take care of transporting his son.

Jenni - I would find it difficult to have winter for six months. I understand that your body is probably used to this since you probably have lived there for many years. I hope that you are still sleeping better.



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The cabinet at my friend's preschool is really heavy and about 4' according to my friend, so I guess they are afraid it might fall over on the kids. She said it would take 4 men to move it. I don't know if it could be screwed into the wall or not. The back of it is of pegboard.

I had a slight problem today, but it cleared up right away, thank goodness. I was looking at some information in "First for Women" and am trying to figure out how to get two of the things to work for me for losing weight and to get my BS straightened out and my liver to not be fatty. That 2nd might help with the gall bladder, too. That will take me some doing. One of them is to eat fish instead of red meat (I don't eat that much red anyway), but I don't like many kinds of fish and it all costs over $8 a pound unless it is something like canned tuna. It does say that chicken, eggs and something else can be eaten instead, but you need to take something like fish oil capsules. I would have to find something else than fish oil. The other cuts out animal fats. I have been trying to eat more natural and for spreading on something I prefer soft butter, not oil. So it will be a bit of doing.



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Thanks Ladies!

Darlene,is the reason they can't use the cabinet because of fear of the kids climbing the shelves and having it fall over on them. I heard a lot of dressers and bookshelves are being recalled or discontinued for that reason. We have a bunch of Ikea dressers we bought new when we moved into this house about 6 years ago and they are being recalled for that reason. But they said if you bolt them to the wall they are okay, and they even had kits for that free when we bought ours. So we are not getting rid of ours, as everyone here knows not to climb on them and there are no really young kids here that would do it.

Linda, the boy will still have to be driven at least 35 - 40 mins one way or more depending on traffic when he is here in the mornings to get him over to the bus stop by his mom's house. She decided to keep him at her house tonight, so that helps that neither of us have to worry about work schedules to get him there on his first day. But I am sure that one of us will have to get him over there in the mornings in the future. The new school is further south of her place. But it is only showing per google maps that it will take about 5 mins or so more to get there. Going to her place gets crazy with traffic to his old school too, and I bet this new school will be terrible with morning traffic too. Just getting on and off the free way to get from our city to Poway is terrible too. Her place is about 10 miles one way from us, and the new school is about 13 miles one way from us. So for me it would mean giving myself and extra hour to get him there and an extra 1.5 yrs to get myself back to Escondido and to my job. So it could add an extra 2 hours or more to my morning commute. So I will try to get out of dealing with it as much as possible on my work days. The dad has been working from home most of the time lately. So I will let him and his ex deal with it.

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I live in northern Sweden. We have 5-6 months of winter, so the rest of the four season need to be crammed into the remaining 6-7. So from April to October we are probably not having winter, but we do get a lot of snow both in April and in October.

I slept well last night, which was really nice. Well, it was well by my standards. I did wake up a lot, but I didn't stay awake and that's the good thing.

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Today I got in a long walk. It was good day. I felt pretty well except still running to the bathroom a lot. At least I don't have the cramping. I had some chocolate in the afternoon - which wasn't a good idea. I hope that I feel like going to the gym tomorrow.

Janette - happy to hear that the boy is going back to school. It is going to be convenient for him to take the bus from his mom's house. Not driving him to and from school will be a good thing. Sometimes bagels actually give me heartburn as well as other things. But I really do enjoy eating bagels.

Darlene - I am so glad that you didn't have an IBS attack while shopping. I even worry about going to church sometimes that it will hit me. I actually try to watch my diet the night before to try to avoid an attack. It is so hard to live this way.

Jenni - sorry that you have been sore. I know that weather affects me and my joints at times. Too bad that the diet is causing problems with your sleep patterns.




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I have been doing pretty well with not having the IBS issues. I thought for a while at times that I was going to have a problem, but thankfully didn't. Went to church this morning and then to lunch with my friend and then helped her with her shopping for her pre-school class. They were told that the cabinet they have in the room cannot be used in the class, so they turned it around and she was getting something to cover the back of it. Then she will use it for a story board.

Then I went to Bennett, which is often a fear for the IBS to hit. Had to get feed for Fancy and food for Cassie and, wouldn't you know, they didn't have Fancy's feed. So then I had to go to Brighton, where the only store that had the feed is. I made it all the way with no problems.

Jenni, I hope that you get to feeling better soon. Where are you that you have hit autumn already. I feel that we are almost getting it here. It is really cool in the morning, but it still gets really hot in the day.



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Thanks Ladies! I hope you are all doing well.

I haven't heard of any friends or family having problems from the fires in CA so far, so that is good. But prayers to all those that are having problems from them.

I am hearing a lot of friends and family are having flooding problems in their states, but I don't know of any yet that have been flooded from it. I have heard of people on here in SP that have family and friends in flooding states too, so prayers out to all of them too.

Still no IBS-D issues for a very long time. But I have been having more and more heart burn issues on and off. The bf bought a big thing of packets of cream cheese and bagels and I have been eating them instead of my oatmeal as it is too hot to want to make and eat oatmeal. But I think the cream cheese is giving me a lot of heart burn issues. So I think I need to give it up for at least a bit and see if it helps. It probably didn't help that last night he made up burritos with refried beans, spanish rice, and carne asada meat that was really spicy too. But I did okay last night and woke up okay. It was only after having the cream cheese this morning that the heart burn kicked in bad again. So I think it was the problem.

I am thinking of boiling some eggs again and eating one of them tomorrow morning and see how that goes.

I will be back to work tomorrow, and the boy will be back to school Tuesday. He is starting Middle school for the first time then. So it will be a totally new school. But he wants to catch the bus across from his mom's house to go there each day instead of one of us driving him to and from.



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IBS has been really calm this week, but I think the diet change messed with my pains and sleeping, so I haven't caught much sleep. Finally got a decent night of sleep this previous one, but before that I woke up in extremely severe pains that really ruined my entire day. I've tried to log in here every day, but keeping a food and symptoms diary at the same time, so kind of hard, so I am going to plan all my meals in advance and add them in tomorrow (that's when I know what is and isn't a bit cheaper at the store so I can plan lower cost meals).

I also think some of my joint pain right now is associated with the weather. The weather went from too warm and dry to autumn in a week and the sudden switch probably is why I feel so stiff in all my joints.

Janette - I'm glad the fire missed you. We are finally not in any fire risks, because it's been raining a lot this week, but for most of July up to now it's been really dry.

Linda - I always have C first, then D, then it straightens up. I hope the trip was nice though.

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Janette, I am glad that the fires didn't cause you any problems. It seems like California can't get away from all those fires every year. We get a lot, too, but I don't think as many this year. It is surprising because it is a dry year this summer. I think we had more fires last year with a really wet start to summer.

Linda, when I have problems with C it always ends up with D before things straighten up. I don't know why that is.

I have problems with eating things like the squash if I eat very much, too. I try to get the smallest spaghetti squash that I can find and I still will only be able to use half of it since I am alone. Broccoli goes the other way for me and I end up with a gas attack that feels like a heart attack, so I cannot eat it at all. Last time I had eaten a teaspoon at most. I just hate not being able to eat what I like.

That chicken I had the other day tasted even better the next day. It had absorbed some of the balsamic mix and had more flavor.




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I am back from my trip.It was nice to get away. Walking was my exercise and I did a lot of it. I had just the opposite of my normal D. Normally when I travel, this happens...I go to C. Ugh! It was terrible but now the D is coming back. Wow, it is all so weird.

Anglingmore - I find it so sad when we enjoy a food but cannot enjoy it due to the side effects. I find I also have these issues. I am suffering from a lot of migraines also which often are associated to certain foods. Enjoy the cool temps.It is still very hot here - but I do expect this as summer in Florida. I was able to swim today which was nice.

Janette - I am so sorry about the fires. While I am happy that you are okay, I hope that your friends and family are doing well.

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Janette - glad the fire has missed you. Hopefully, the others will be out soon.

Linda - wonderful for you that your able to take those nice walks. Are you still on your trip?

Doing a little housework and laundry this morning. It's so cool it feels like fall outside. Fingers crossed it stays that way for golf this afternoon. Roasting a spaghetti squash from my neighbor's garden. A little nervous about eating it. I ate a bunch of squash when I cooked the last one she gave me. It was the first one I had cooked in a long, long time and it was so yummy. I had terrible IBS-D the next day, but I also had broccoli that day. I'm going to have sensible portions this time and see if it makes any difference, plus no broccoli. I don't know why broccoli hates me in my older years because I really love it. lol

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