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3/26/17 10:14 P

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I made it to the class today, but ended up missing about half of it, unfortunately. Guess I'll have to look up and see if he has it again at one of the other stores. The guy teaching is a chiropractor who has studied kinesthetics (sp?) and something that studies the causes of the problems deeper than just where it is, like if you are having problems with your liver it is usually caused by a gut problem. He said a lot of the problems with the gut can be traced to something like antibiotics taken at some time in your life that have killed off the bacteria that is supposed to be in your gut and that something like fungus then invaded so that the bacteria can't get back in there even with prebiotics and probiotics. I know I am probably not saying that quite right, especially when most of that was when I had to leave the room and I was picking it up from the questions and answers portion. Anyway, it is necessary to get rid of the fungus or whatever is actually causing that problem first, then get help from the probiotics or food that will help with that. I don't know how to find out anything about if I have anything like that because I can only afford to go to the county health doctors. My PCP is good, but the GI ones are bad.

I also was one who had problems with the Activia. Not sure what is in it that got to me. I can usually manage any of the other yogurt, I think. Unless it has too much sugar in it and most of the fruit flavored has sugar. I am not very much a yogurt fan without it being fruited or maple.



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3/26/17 9:07 P

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That is good you figured yours out. Sometimes it can be a little hard to figure out what is causing issues and take time, and sometimes it can be multiple issues and things.

Mine started with stress from an old job, and stress is my major trigger for me. But some food items can stir up issues again for me.

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3/26/17 8:00 P

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My trouble first started when I decided Greek yogurt was better than Activa and it had more protein. I ate it for 6 weeks and that's when I had my stomach issues. I have been journalling my food since then and only had relief when taking the Jamieson probiotics.

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3/26/17 6:40 P

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Great! I have tried a couple of different probiotic tablets and didn't seem to notice any issues with taking them. I didn't notice any great benefits either though, and since they are expensive I don't take them regularly. I have also tried some yogurt drinks that said Probiotics on them, and liked the taste of them and didn't have any issues with taking them, but again didn't notice any great benefits either. So I don't take them regular either.

Now the Activia seemed to bother my stomach a lot when I ate it. And at first I didn't put two and two together, as it is suppose to be health for you. But then I talked to relatives and friends and found out that a lot of them where having the same issues with it. So I just stopped eating it and switched back to other yogurts and don't have that issue with any others. But before stopping the activa, decided to eat it first thing in the morning on an empty stomach to see if it was really it causing the issue and it was. I got cramping and other IBS-C issues with it. Stomach feeling off and knotting up a bit after eating it.

Some people have had the same issues with some different probiotic pills I have heard. So people with IBS issues anyways might need to try different brands of probiotics or forms before finding something that doesn't bother them. And different people can have different results from different ones too.

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3/26/17 7:40 A

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I was told I had IBS around Christmastime. I had been suffering for almost a year before seeing the doctor. He mumbled something about 'was I taking probiotocs' and Imfeplied I was taking 2 Activia yogurt a day and he didn't reply to that. I spoke to a friend over a month ago,and she told me that she takes probiotic supplements. I decided to try Jamieson probiotics and haven't regretted it at all. I can now make arrangements to leave the house in the afternoons confidently. Saw the doctor this week and told him what I was taking and if I should quit taking them as I felt better and he told me to continue as they are good for me.

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3/26/17 1:31 A

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I hope you are all feeling better asap!

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3/25/17 11:50 P

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Linda, I am sorry the D and G hit you. My doctor told me a couple moves to do to help get rid of the gas, but I can only remember one. That is to pull your knees up to your chest. Then can turn from side to side while in that position, so do it on the right, back and left. I am going to send a message and see what the others were. Whenever I have to take something for D I get the G really bad and usually end up having to take the gas relief times 3 and a few hours later the same again.

Yesterday I was trying to get to the gym to work on the bike and maybe do strength training. Didn't make it. The bike is what my doctor wants me to do 4 times a week, but I can't make it if my IBS keeps me from going there. I was doing fine, then all of a sudden that hits. So tired of that.

Today I went to a program on gluten free living. That guy was pretty good at explaining it. He also prefers a lower carb diet, which I keep trying to get into and failing at. Anyway, I keep trying. After that class they had a gluten free sampling thing throughout the store and I tried several things and bought a few. Outside the front door they had pizza with gluten free crust. It has supposedly won an award for gluten free pizza and it was good. Unfortunately, the crust was made with a rice flour that is high carb. Tomorrow there is a program on digestive health, so I am going to try to go there. My dog is having problems, though, so I might not be able to go. If not I will try to find out when there is one at another store.



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3/25/17 9:05 P

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Today I have developed a bit of D. Actually, the gas is killing me. Everyday now I am so miserable. I have some gas pills but think I need something stronger.

I hope that everyone is having a good weekend.

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3/25/17 2:52 P

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I hope everyone is feeling better asap. I am doing well with the IBS still.

It has been another really long week for me, so I am tired and dragging today. We have rain supposedly coming again this weekend too. I think I am just going to take it easy this weekend and rest up for another new long week.

Luckily my weight is back down this week after going up last week a bit.

Take care everyone, Janette


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3/21/17 8:55 P

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I got hit with the IBS yesterday and it continued for some time today, which was a bad one since I wasn't home. Had a doctor's appointment. So had 2 immodium today to get rid of that. Then had to take the antigas because the immodium also causes that. I made egg salad last night and had a very little of that, so thought maybe that caused the problem. Then realized that I had trouble with ham sandwiches and banana sandwiches, too, so I am thinking it is the mayonnaise. The ONLY mayonnaise I can find there with no soy oil in it. Best Foods used to have no soy in the canola oil one, but it now lists soy in it, too. Don't know if I could do one of those others or not. The one I've been getting is vegan, but I didn't realize that when I started eating it.

I had HBP today at the doctor's that was going down when she rechecked it. Also a very low heart rate (47). I am wondering now if it was so slow because my BP was high. I know it speeds up when my BP is low. I haven't been able to find my cuff, so have been taking my BP when I am at the store. It sends the results to my email as well as giving them to me right away and there is a page where I can get the history, so I printed that off for the doctor. I had written that it kept going low (It goes really low, like 68/50 the other day) and also had asked if she could do my prescription early so that I could pick it up when I was there today. So she lowered it and sent it in Sunday (yep, she will work 7 days a week at times, but this time she had taken a day off). The pharmacy just kept it downtown, but notified me it was ready, so I called and had it sent to the clinic. They have been taking out parking at the hospital, so the only place to park is the covered garage, which my truck won't fit in. They didn't have enough outside parking in the first place, now have cut that next to the hospital where the handicapped parking is in half and changed the one across the street that was the ER parking and a bigger lot to employees only. So really the only place I can park the truck is on the street and get a ticket since they are always running late, or a couple blocks away. Really great when the IBS acts up.



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3/19/17 4:50 P

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I hope you are feeling better and if not, that you will be asap. I am doing okay with my IBS, just busy with work and such. All my best to you all always. Janette

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3/16/17 9:51 P

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Well, this evening I was hit with a bad bout of D. Still sick and taking Imodium - nothing helping. I guess I will just have to wait it out.

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3/15/17 10:13 P

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I think a lot of the stuff we do like walking and running don't help so much with the tummy as maybe doing crunches, planks, and waist twisting stuff. Zumba type dancing might help more that walking and running and just cutting back on calories.


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3/15/17 8:43 P

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Darlene - I know what you mean about the sizes and not fitting into them like you did at once. I have been exercising a lot and that has really helped me in the hips and thighs. The waist I have to keep working on. Still too big. Plus, I am gassy most of the time and that doesn't help. Big belly bulge.

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3/15/17 1:38 A

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That I am sure of. There were some things I could wear (back when I was small) in size 10 when I normally wore a 12. In fact, I think I was mostly wearing 14 when I got the one dress. Or like my jeans. I'm wearing the 18 Wranglers now, but I can't get into the 20 Lees and fasten them even though they have an elastic waist. It's just frustrating that I weigh less now than I did when I was wearing them before and now I can't wear them.



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3/14/17 10:04 P

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It just depends on the store and manufacture. Some are making larger size clothes with label in a smaller size to get us to feel happy about fitting in to them. Others are making the clothes smaller and with bigger size label. Different countries have different sizing too. I use to work in the clothing field long ago and was told this.

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3/14/17 12:56 A

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I think that my stomach just keeps getting bigger even when I am losing weight (though I have been stuck around 200 for two years. I keep getting told that the sizes have been made so different now (like size 10 is plus size now), but it doesn't seem that way to me. Having the same size at 200 as 240 just doesn't fit that scenario.

The smaller meals do seem to be helping me. I had a problem today, but it was my fault and not from overeating. I have also been drinking water almost exclusively. I had a coffee at church (needed to wake up after losing that hour sleep plus the half hour that I woke up earlier). I have also been drinking more water, though maybe the tea I drank before was keeping my plain water lower.



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3/13/17 9:16 P

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I only want to lose 8 to 10 pounds more. My belly is my biggest problem area. I go to the gym and do some strength exercises there. I believe I will never lose as many inches as I would like in the abs.

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3/13/17 1:30 A

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Even when I lost the 30 lbs in 2013, my size didn't go down that much either. Maybe a size or two? I was wearing a lot of elastic wasted clothes and I just tightened the elastic up in it. But I had some regular waist clothes too, so I know I just went do a little. I was still able to wear the higher sized clothes with just putting a belt on, but was able to get back into some of my smaller size clothes too. When I put the weight back on I just added a little more elastic to the waist of most of my clothes so I could wear them again. And some I just put aside again until I fit back into them better.

I know some people that are about my height and size and say that they weight about the same as me, but say they are wearing a lot smaller size clothes than me. It could just be the places they are buying the clothes at and the manufactures. Not every manufacture or country has the same sizing as the USA.


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3/12/17 10:59 P

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I thought that the time change would have a bad effect on my day and how tired I would be during the day, today, but it didn't really affect me at all. Orzo wanted me up about 6:00, but he did let me sleep until about 6:45. So I was up in time to get ready for church.

We had a day a little cooler than we had last week, but not cold. It was really windy, though.

I haven't had as much trouble with my IBS this week, though I am still having D. Just not having to run for a change of clothes, thank goodness.

I have lost a few pounds, but cannot get my belly down. Anyone know of any tricks for that? It is at a point that I see all these people who say they weigh 180 something and wear a size 10, or 200 and wear at most a 14 and I just got barely under 200 and still wear a 22-24 or the same size I wore when I weighed 240 and it really frustrates me. My backside is also still too big to get in a smaller size. I can get into my 18 Wrangler Auras, but they are a stretch and stretch to larger than the 20s I have that I can't wear.



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3/12/17 10:18 P

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I am not happy with the time change. Lost an hour of sleep last night. Got up and went to church. Not feeling too well...really sleepy. No IBS problems at this time.

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3/12/17 4:59 P

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Hi all! I had a really busy work week so wasn't on much. I hope you are all doing well. I am doing fine, just really busy and working longer hours and more days right now. Take care, Janette

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3/9/17 11:00 P

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I went to the gym today. I was a little frustrated because an area of the gym is for women, next to the women's changing room. A man was in there by himself talking on his cellphone. He finally left when I showed up. It makes me irritable when I want to work out on my own and someone is in an area they are not supposed to be.

No D for a several days, however, gas is really causing me problems including belly bloat.

Darlene - is your weather better?

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3/6/17 9:47 P

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I have only been a couple states in the south. Had relatives in Florida for a while and we visited there, but just the northern half I guess. The farthest south was Englewood. I've been to northwest Arkansas, some in north Texas and Oklahoma. More midwest since most of my relatives lived there. Wish I could see the east.

We've had wind like crazy today and not so warm so I've been inside. I tried to start on a cocoon for a baby and got it going pretty well, then noticed I was at the width of it and there was no way a baby could fit in it. So I have now pulled it out and am starting over with a larger hook (I tend to do things tight). So now I am down to the 2nd row instead of the 11th row.

I am trying eating more and smaller meals. Hasn't helped to much so far, but maybe I am still having problems with the pudding I had the other night (no sugar, no fat, but had banana in it). Guess I'll see.



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Darlene - we have traveled most of the southeast and some of the midwest. It has been pretty nice. The weather in the south is awesome.

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Janette, I hope you were able to get your roof fixed.

I noticed the other day that some of my shingles are coming loose or at least sticking up. There was a hail storm here last summer and my roof was checked by two people and they found only very minor damage. So I don't know if it was from high winds or what.

Linda, that traveling sounds nice. I'm glad you aren't having problems with your IBS, too. What areas have you been going? I'd like to be able to do a little traveling sometime, just to see areas I've never been. Hope you continue to enjoy it.



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Sorry I have not been around. We sold our home and traveling for a bit. It has been hectic and eating out more than usual. I have not had much IBS recently.. Taking probiotics and drinking a lot of water.

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3/3/17 3:48 P

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Today I am down 1.3 pounds since last Sunday when I last weighed myself before today. So doing good. My cold is almost gone and we are having another beautiful day. But more rain is supposedly on it's was tomorrow afternoon and on into the next week. I hope we can get the leak in our ceiling in the hallway fixed before the rain starts again. Or we will be needing to put a bucket under that light fixture again and not use our hall lights until it is fixed.

FancyQtr/Darlene: Glad to hear you are doing better too. I hope you continue to feeling better and better.

Take care, Janette

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I am doing a lot better having got over the stomach flu. My gut still gets rather achy, but that is the norm for me.

We are warming up again here. There is one day next week that is supposed to drop back to the 40s, then back up again. I hope that I will feel well enough to go out and get some pictures and take Cassie for walks.



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We had a beautiful sunny and warm day today. I got off work early and I am off now until Monday.

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FancyQTR/Darlene, I hope you are feeling better asap! I am getting lots of vitamin C and other good things, lots of herbal teas and soup. Take care everyone. Janette

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That type of weather sure doesn't help with the flu and colds. I am glad you finally have some time to rest. Hope the soup helps with your cold.

My stomach issues turned out to be something different than the Immodium and other things. I got home from the memorial yesterday and fell asleep for about 4 hours, did all my email and such, and went back to sleep until 6:00 this morning. Then the stomach problem hit me and got me up and in the bathroom for the next 4 hours without a break. Seems I had the stomach flu. My friend came over to feed Cassie and Orzo and let Cassie out. It took Cassie 10 minutes to decide she could leave me long enough to eat and go potty. She stayed by my side the whole time. Orzo stayed most of the time, but sometimes I scared him with the upchuck. My friend also brought me Jello, bananas, vitamin water, soup and ginger ale. I am eating very light and will keep that up for a while. I also have some apple sauce that I will eat. Hopefully, everything has straightened out for good, now (at least with the flu).



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Darlene2017, you are welcome, all my best to you always.

FancyQTR/Darlene, I hope your stomach issues get better asap.

I have been fighting off a cold the kid passed to his dad and me. I have had a chest infection since Monday, and issues with my sinus since Tuesday. I had a busy work week too, with long hours. Every time I was suppose to get off early something came up and I had to stay late. Luckily I got today and this weekend off to get some rest. I went to bed before 8 PM last night and slept in this morning. I had split pea soup for dinner last night and will probably have it again tonight as we have a big batch of it in the refrig.

Today I finished a small weight loss goal I set for myself at the start of the year, so I set another small weight loss goal for myself today.

Our weather in Escondido, CA lately keeps going from nice and sunny or even really hot, to cold, damp, foggy, windy, wet and rainy. Bouncing back and forth from 50's in the day all the way over 100 in the day. And from 30's to 70's in the night and early morning. We are expecting a cold and wet weekend and new week.

The flu and other type of colds are going around really bad right now according to the local news.


Take care everyone, Janette

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Your California storm hit us today. Here it is snow, though. It snowed all day and is only in the teens now. Quite a difference from yesterday, when I think it was 68. I drove up to northeast Colorado for a memorial service for a friend of mine this morning. I was so glad it didn't freeze on the streets until after we were home.

My gut has been hurting any time I eat, even if it is just a bowl of soup. I guess some of that is I have had to take Immodium several times recently, including today. I had a small piece of pie and a few cookies at lunch and they set off my IBS. I am going to try to stay away from that and see if it will help so that my gut stops hurting.



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Thank you so much, hope you feel better asap as well.

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I hope you are feeling better asap Darlene. I am still a little off, trying to fight off the kids cold, but luckily I haven't came down with bronchitis yet. Just a little upset stomach on and off, sneezing on and off, head and body aches on and off.

All my best to you all.

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I just talked to my cousin and he said it has been raining in Phoenix all day today. Said we will be getting it soon, or probably snow, but they aren't saying anything down here until Friday and then maybe a little rain. Meanwhile, we are getting fires in different places. So we are hoping for rain or snow sometime soon. Not that I want the cold and mud, but need it anyway.

I tried that Ezekiel bread. Now I am trying to find someone to give it to. It was hard and so heavy I couldn't stand it.

I was doing really good last week, but about Tuesday started getting "D" again. I think the trigger at first was some cough drops. I think they have a lot of sugar and that didn't help me any. Then I have had some Girl Scout Cookies. I have to stop eating them. When I first got diagnosed with diabetes I had them and ate 2 in maybe a day. Now if I start I just can't stop. Somehow I have to get this under control. I think I am going to delay my doctor's appointment and work to get under control before I go in for blood tests. Nothing is going to change except hopefully a little on my A1c between now and then.



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Thanks Darlene! It has been cold, windy and rainy here again. The kid has been sick for over a week now, and I have been trying to fight off getting down bad with it myself.

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I don't think we got back up to the 50s today. It was 42 the last I looked at it, around 2:30.

They had ribeye steaks on sale for Valentine's Day, so I got the smallest I could find. It will last for at least two more meals. It is the only kind that is tender enough for me to chew up unless I totally ruin it by cooking it in the crock pot until it is all dried out. It was pretty good. I will try making a steak sandwich like my aunt used to make tomorrow. I also got some Ezekial bread to try since they had it on sale. Don't know where I could ever afford it regular price. It is normally $5.99 and they had it for $3.49. Has anyone had it? I have read that it is better for people with gut problems. I am just wondering if I need to keep it in the fridge or not, because it comes frozen.

Hope you all had a nice Valentine's Day.



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We was up in the 80's and in the 70's a few days, and then in the 50's and then back in the 70's and 80's and then back in the 50's. We were in the 70's the last two days, but rain is supposedly on it's way back again soon.

Happy Valentine's Day

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Our weather hasn't warmed back up all the way yet, but tomorrow is supposed to be back into the 60s. I haven't done much of anything today.

Hope you all have a great Valentines Day tomorrow. I will try to get out and about for a little while. I don't have any plans.



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Today was a beautiful and sunny day. I went to the salon to get a haircut. Tomorrow we plan to go out to breakfast for our Valentine's Day. I will make a nice steak dinner in the evening.

Happy Valentine's Day!



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Our weather is still going back and forth from nice and sunny to cold, windy and or raining. Happy Valentine's Day!

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We have had beautiful weather here as well. Today I went to Zumba class and also took a walk. I think I overdid it with my food intake today. Feeling a llittle nausea this evening.



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We are having a nice, warm week. Just perfect for taking Cassie for a walk. We made it to the 2nd house from me before I had to come running back home. Poor Cassie, she was so excited because she loves going for walks, and I had to drag her back home right away. She is so sad and thinks she is in trouble and did something wrong and I cannot get her to understand she didn't do anything. Even when I tried giving her some loving she kept her head down on her paws.

I am going to put what I eat in the nutrition tracker and see if I can figure out what I can eat. All I had was a ham sandwich and a mug of tea. Also someone sent me some links to a couple things that I will be looking at.



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I got some rest Saturday while our guy was with his mom and friends Saturday morning to afternoon. I slept in some Sunday too. Then we all watched the Super Bowl. I didn't care whom won, I watch it more for the new commercials and half time show. It's back to another busy work week for me today. Suppose to rain all day today and tomorrow at least if not longer.

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Luckily I am feeling a lot better today! I hope you are all feeling better asap too.

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This week I came down with a head cold. It has turned into a respiratory issue. I have had so much gas this week and a couple of days i had D. It is so aggravating.

I did weigh in almost 3 pounds lighter than I did a month ago so that was a success.

Darlene - I hope that you feel better.

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I know about the HBP. Not sure what it is that increases the BP, but I only do the Coricidin HBP myself except they said that Mucinex is okay, so I have been taking it. I had some Robitussin with codeine that was the prescription (that knocks me out in a hurry) and some Flonase. Those allowed me to sleep. Between those and the cough drops it was a help. I am still coughing and getting a sore throat, but not as bad as I was.

I looked up the allergies they have on my chart again. This time I must have used a different website, because they all turned out to be NSAIDs at different strengths. I read something the other day where a lady was told to take Turmeric with Curcurmin (that's extra curcurmin, I think) for her migraines and that helped her so maybe I will try that sometime. I know my doctor recommended it for the pain in my hips because it is anti-inflammatory. I also used peppermint oil the other day when the sinuses were hurting my upper jaw. Only problem with a drop of peppermint oil is it burns my eyes from the fumes.



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Darlene, You are welcome! It is hard with cold medicines as most of them have Tylenol in them, or asprin. With my high blood pressure they really don't like me to take anything with decongestants in them as they can raise your pressure. There is at least just one of them that they advertise as okay for high blood pressure. Coricidin HBP, unfortunately it can be on the expensive side with just giving you a few pills in the box. And most of them have Tylenol in them, with an antihistamine, and maybe a cough suppressant or some other thing, as they have different versions of it.

In the day time I just usually take my generic Claritin, that I can get a small bottle of that has a lot more pills in it for a lot less than the Coricidin box. And then I can suck on cough drops if need be.

Sometimes if I am having a really hard time sleeping from a cold I might break down and take some NyQuil one night or more. But I know it has stuff in it that I really should have either or that I at least need to limit.

Having high blood pressure and issues with my liver from the gallstones, makes it harder to find stuff that is really okay for me to take.

I am doing fine, just really busy, work has been crazy. I keep feeling run down before the weekend comes. So I haven't done much besides housework and stuff for work this year. I had hope to be doing so much more. But just constantly tired and or feeling like I am fighting something off.

Have a great weekend.



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Janette, thank you for the link. I didn't know that there was a problem with acetominophen and gall stones. Guess I will stay away from that since I keep getting them. I ended up throwing out what I had because it tasted too sweet when I started to take some one time. Of course, it is in the Coricidin for colds that I got. Guess with that I'll stick to the Mucinex. Trying to figure out what they have me allergic to is hard to figure. The NSAIDs I knew, but not why they said all of them. My doctor doesn't even know why they put the others on there and we don't know who did that.

Yesterday I got back to drinking some water and today some tea and water. Haven't drank much and I have the "D" hitting again. I really think I ought to be able to drink more than 2 glasses. So how does one get to not be dehydrated when they can't even drink anything?



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Darlene, I am going to put a link in here that will give you some info on pain medicines. Despite the litany of different brand names and packages, there are basically two major types of OTC painkillers: acetaminophen, as found in a bottle of Tylenol or Excedrin; and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), a broad class that contains ibuprofen (Advil), naproxen (Aleve), and aspirin. If you told them you have issues with asprin then they won't want you taking NSAIDS, and most doctors want people to really limit or avoid acetaminophen due to health risks. My doctors don't want me taking acetaminophen because of my kidneys and liver since I had problems with them from the gallstones, and they really want me to limit others to because of health risks from them. I never had problems with asprin when ever I did take it, but my mom and doctors I had when I was young said I shouldn't risk taking it as it can cause problems with some people with Asthma. So for the longest time I didn't take asprin or any NSAIDS. I use to take Tylenol all the time growing up, especially if I had bad PMS. It wasn't until I was an adult and they started talking about the health concerns of taking a lot of tylenol that I started trying NSAIDS. And I found they seemed to help me more than Tylenol ever did. And as I got older and switched insurance and doctors they would go back and forth as to if they wanted my on Tylenol or NSAIDS. Before I found out I had gallstones they had switched me back to Tylenol for some reason and then after finding out about the gallstones they said no more Tylenol, they wanted my on ibuprofen. I didn't really like ibuprofen as it sometimes bothers my stomach, and Naproxen which is a generic for Aleve is in the NSAID family. According to my bottle, it is a pain reliever/fever reducer. According to the bottle, I guess it has asprin in it or is related to asprin, as it says not to take if if you are allergic to asprin. I bought what is suppose to be a generic for Aleve, which is a muscle relaxant. I have used it on and off for yrs too. It really helps me more with PMS cramping, or my sciatic and lower back and left hip pain then Tylenol. And it doesn't seem to bother my stomach, although I know that it can cause stomach and bleeding issues. They tried long ago to get me to switch from naproxen to Ibuprofen. I did for a bit, but it just didn't seem to help with my back and hip or cramping as well and IB is hard on my stomach. I do have both in the house, but prefer naproxin. We also have Asprin in the house as my boyfriend prefers asprin or IB. He doesn't like to give his kid any medicines, and only gives him kid's tylenol stuff on rare occasions when the boys doctor recommends it.

I am feeling better today than yesterday. I had been feeling like I was fighting something off, wasn't sure if it was a cold coming on or allergies. Have a great day and new week. Janette


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Darlene - I am so sorry that you have been so sick. I do hope that each day is a bit better for you. How sad that you are allergic to all of the OTC pain meds. That makes it so difficult for you. Happy that your IBS D isn't acting up.

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According to my medical records, I am allergic to every OTC pain killer they have. I don't know why. The PA I saw last week said they cannot change it. The only thing I ever said was I was sensitive to aspirin. I looked up the others and it included ibuprofen in the NSAIDS, the next one included Tylenol and Bute. The third one they have listed is what is prescribed for gout and someone told me that was naproxin. I was okay with the narcotic stuff that I was given after surgery and that helped with my feet, too. So I know it wasn't too much bad for my stomach. Maybe for my liver is bad, though.

I am somewhat getting over my sinus infection, but it is still hanging on some. The Robitussin I got is helping and completely putting me to sleep. So from Wednesday through today I have slept all day and all night. Thought my weight might go down some because I haven't been eating due to the sinuses, but It's not working that way. Instead I have been gaining weight. That's just not fair. At least I haven't been having problems with the IBS-D.



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Thanks, I hope you are feeling better soon too!

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It is a bit cooler in Florida right now. 60 degree weather here. I think it will warm up during the week. I had a bit of D again today. I have had a rough week with a lot of IBS D issues.

Janette - feel better soon.

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Here in Escondido, CA, the rain has left for a bit. We are going from 30's low to 40's, and from 50's high to 60's. The damaging winds seemed to have gone away too. There was lots of trees that feel down in different local areas, some falling on cars and houses. I heard of at least one death from a falling tree this week. Lots of local places with flooding and mud slides too. Luckily no damage to any of our property.

I am feeling tired and ran down today. Sniffling and sneezing and a slightly irriatated throat. So I am taking it easy this weekend. I hope everyone is is doing okay. All my best to you all always. Janette

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The rain has stopped for a bit, but really windy and still cooler temps right now. I got called into work at the last minute yesterday and had to work today too. But now I have the weekend off.

I hope you are all feeling better, Take care

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I feel much better today. The D lasted long into the night. I did go to the gym today. Had a good workout.It is a beautiful day.

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Pain pills can cause problems. Some can make you constipated, and muscle relaxers can have the opposite effect I was told. And you have to be careful with taking too much of any of them. So can damage you liver and kidneys like tylenol if you take too much too long. Others can cause internal bleeding problems and ulcers. And there are other problems they can cause too. As your doctor which they recommend you take.

I had doctors that didn't want me taking tylenol because of the fatty liver issue from my gallstones. Some wanted me to take Advil. Some where okay with me having Aleve a muscle relaxer, and others didn't really want me to take it. Some wanted me to take Asprin, which I hadn't taken since I was a kid since they told me not to take it because of my asthma.

Read the labels yourself and educate yourself as much as possible about all your medicines too. As what is good for one person is not for another. And some meds are not good to take with other medicines, or over the counter stuff, or even with vitamins, herbs and such. Some shouldn't be taken with citrus drinks and some not with milk, or only with milk.

It can be really confusing.

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Last week we had to drive almost 1000 miles each way to a funeral. So everything was pretty hectic. The entire week I didn't gave D and felt fine. I am now home and I am suffering from D. I don't really know why.

Darlene - the only thing I know about taking too much aspirin or other pain relievers, is that it can affect the liver. I take pain killers often. Every year I have my blood drawn, one of the things they screen for is any liver problems.

Janette - happy to see you. I know that you have been busy.

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I have been rather low on energy the last couple weeks. I went to the Stock Show on the 10th and ended up with the "Stock Show crud" so since about that Thursday or Friday I have had sinus problems and I think a full-out sinus infection now. I will do okay during part of the day but when it gets after about 3:00 I start having trouble breathing again.

I got wondering about something the other week. Does anyone know if pain relievers (like aspirin or ibuprofen) affects the IBS? I thought maybe if a person took them a bit too often it might cause problems.



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Thanks Linda! I am still super busy, but doing good. Went out to eat Thursday night to celebrate the boy turning 12 yrs old, and still was down 3.5 pounds Friday morning. I stayed the same today. So now I just have 0.3 ounces to make my first goal for the yr. Then I will set another goal.

Sorry I am just so busy that I don't get Online as much as before, or spend as much time on it. But I am still here.

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I don't have any issues with the D today. But I went to bed last night with a serious upset stomach. I was so miserable. But that is gone and today it is a migraine. Ugh. It seems like it is always something anymore. Good weather and before the migraine I was able to go out and get in a walk. Also, did some housecleaning.

Janette - happy to hear that you have the weekend off. Enjoy it.

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I had just a crazy busy week this week with my boss back and us trying to catch up with getting W-2's and W-3's out and state and federal Qtr reports for the 4th Qtr/end of yr and other stuff. Plus running to get supplies for the office to gear up for another year of taxes and such. Luckily I have today and this weekend off. I will be working Monday to deal with bookkeeping and payroll, plus we have clients coming into the office too. I hope you have a great weekend! Janette

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I went to the gym yesterday and today. Had good workouts. Other than having too many carbs, I am doing well. I really need to stop eating so many carbs. I may not overeat during most days but what I am eating is the wrong stuff. Haven't had D since Saturday. Hope it stays that way.

Darlene - Living Lights sounds like a lot of fun. Sorry that you had D and also the computer problems. Glad that you are back.

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I must have missed notices from here when I started really having problems with my computer. I have to replace the fan and possibly my hard drive. I have a fan pad that I have it sitting on now so that it will stay cool enough to use.

I had a really bad case of D today. I had been doing fairly well until today. I do think I know what it might have been this time.

I went to Living Lights with a friend of mine on Saturday. It was pretty small, but I enjoyed it. We are going to go back there during the day sometime because the area where the butterflies and moths are was too dark to see very many of them and mostly they were sleeping. They had pretty lights outside and the other animals inside were under black lights so they were glowing. They have some kind of jelly fish that doesn't look at all like the ones you always see pictures of. These looked like big mushrooms swimming around. They also had something that was in a shell similar to a clam shell that was emitting something that looked like electricity. I don't know if that could have been seen without the black light. I put some pictures on my blog.



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Saturday evening I had a terrible case of D. I was really feeling awful. We had gone out to dinner and I thought that I had made some wise choices. However,for some reason something really got to me. I was hesitant to eat Sunday but things were fine. Glad that is over and hope it does not return soon.

Janette - it sounds like January is a very busy time for you in the office. I do hope things go smoothly this week.

Have a great week, everyone.

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I hope you are all doing better and having a great Sunday. I am doing fine IBS wise. Was just busy with work and such. My boss is suppose to be back in the office tomorrow and it is suppose to be a busy week of running reports, W-2's, doing the bookkeeping run and more.

Take care, Janette

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I am happy that you are feeling well. I also felt a lot better today. I consumed a lot of water and walked just under 3 miles. I think all of that helped me.

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Hope everyone has a good tummy day. I am feeling better. Eating consciously is my goal today. Ignoring my health needs makes my day miserable and that certainly overflows to other areas of my life.

HAPPY NEW YEAR.
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Today I felt a little better. Although, still have the gas symptoms. I drank a lot of water and also stayed away from foods that will bother me. Hope tomorrow is better.

Fran - I hope that you feel better soon. I like teas too and find some relief.

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LINDA I am sorry you have been having such a hard time. I have been having a terrible time but it is self inflicted because I chose to ignore that I have celiac disease (diagnosed after years of thinking it was IBS alone) and ate whatever during the holidays. IBS is still a challenge for me. Lots of fennel and mint tea have helped. Some friends have picked up a stomach virus so maybe that's got you down. Hope it improves quickly. Take care.


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Happy New Year.

The past two days have been really tough on me. Terrible stomach cramps. It was D but without the going to the bathroom so much more gas and cramping. I am hoping that it is getting better. Otherwise, I may make an appointment for the doctor. I am really getting sick of this. It happens too frequently. Trying to eat less junk food because I know that really aggravates it.

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Happy New Year's Eve and New Year to you all! I am doing fine IBS wise. We are still having a cooler, windy, and wet weekend and new week coming. I am just planning on staying home and trying to keep our youngest dog calm from all the noise tonight.

I have the weekend off, but I could get calls about work and might have to go into work for a bit if someone has a problem come up. Sounds like I will be working in the Escondido office until April and running at least once a month to see clients, and then after the April dead line I will probably be working some at the San Diego office and working at home some too, and still going out to see clients at least once a month.

Take care and stay safe and warm everyone. Janette

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I hope everyone has a safe and Happy New Year.

During the holidays I didn't take very good care of myself and ignored my dietary needs. Sometimes because I didn't want to stand out at gatherings. Most times my inner brat just wanted the goodies. I have celiac and ignored that completely and now I am fighting to stop the cravings. Today is the day my intestines decided it had enough and showed me who was boss. Thank goodness I had adult diapers in the closet and they are my friend today. New Years party going cancelled.

I begin the new year with the recent consequences close in my thoughts! This will turn around and 2017 will find me remembering myself.

Have a good day team.


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We have one day of cooler weather (around 60) but then the temps will be back up to 70s and 80s for the week. It has been a nice week to go out and walk. I am walking in spite of the cold. I also take a nap when I really feel ill. So I am getting some rest. I felt pretty well for not going overboard on food today. Hope I can do the same on Saturday when we go out.

Janette - I really hope that you can either work in the closer office or better yet, in your own home next year. That would be great!.

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I hope you are feeling better ASAP. We had a wet Christmas weekend and into the new week. Then dried out and warmed up to the 70's, yesterday we got to 80. Then last night more storms came in and we had a wet and cold night and day. I don't think we are even going to get to 60 today. We are supposed to have a wet weekend and new week.

I had a nice Christmas. We had a nice dinner with the boy on Christmas Eve, then opened presents Christmas morning before he left with his mom for the week to go visit her dad and other family up north of us. I got a couple of gift cards from Macy's and went to use them the day after Christmas while they were having a big one day sale. I have never bought anything from them before. I went into their store years ago and got sticker price shock, saw most of their clothes were dry clean only too, so I walked back out and never went back until now. I managed to get two new dresses, a skirt and a blouse marked way down on clearance, and got other discounts on one of the dresses too. Then got a night gown, but no discounts or clearance on it. But I needed a new one, and buying it emptied the two gift cards. The place was packed with people. I don't usually go to big sales like that, or to the mall either, and especially when all the stores in the mall are running big specials. I don't like to be in really big crowds like that. But it was okay, I didn't see any one pushing, shoving or fighting over stuff like they show on TV happens the day after Thanksgiving or right before Christmas, especially at the Walmart, Best Buy and stores like that. And all the sales people were really nice and helpful.

I worked a lot of days since my boss left for Chicago, IL on the 12th of the month. Now he said yesterday that he won't be back until the 7th or 8th instead of the 2nd or 3rd, so I will still be working more days at least until he gets back. Not sure what my schedule will be then. But I could be working more days until after the April tax deadline at least. I might be working at his San Diego office and working from home some next year too from the way he has been talking. I have today through Monday off and go back on Tuesday now. But I am on call, so I could have clients and my boss calling me on my cell phone, or emailing me if issues come up before then. So I could have to run into the office for a bit if needed. Next week is going to be busy too with getting payroll out, doing lots of reports for end of month and end of quarter, and doing bookkeeping and such. And having a shorter week and being in the office by myself too for the first time trying to get it all done. So I might now be online much next week.

I hope you all have a very Happy New Year! Janette


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I have had a cold and not feeling well the past few days. But D is not acting up. The weather is great. We went for a long walk today. I ate a few too many calories. But plan to do better tomorrow!!

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Lots of rain the last few days. Best wishes for a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your loved ones. Janette

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The rain has stopped for a bit today but more will be coming tonight and this weekend. Have a happy, safe and warm holiday season everyone. I am on call with work today and the next few days. Hopefully there are no issues that I have to go into the office for.

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been raining here since the 20th and we need the rain here so that is good. And luckily it is not really cold here, we were in the 60's today and will be in the 50's tonight. Suppose to keep raining each day into Christmas day.

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Rain started last night and scattered showers during the morning and day. Scattered shower for the rest of the week and weekend, even Christmas day. But we still got up to the 70's in the day today in Escondido. We are suppose to be between the high 30's to the low 50's during the night this week.

I know it is so much colder other places and I am spoiled with San Diego weather. Take care, stay safe and warm everyone. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year too! Janette

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I woke up today and did some housework. I also took a walk. I felt pretty well today. However, I also ate light today. I have been feeling a lot of neck pain this evening. I hope I shake it by tomorrow.

Janette - we had the exact temp in Florida - 75. lol It was a nice day.

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I hope you are all doing well! We had a nice and sunny day, got up to 75 this afternoon in Escondido, ca.

I had a little upset with my stomach Sunday morning. But luckily it didn't last long. We were grocery shopping when my stomach started knotting up. Luckily no problems in the store. Got home and went to the bathroom and that took care of it. And didn't happen again. Probably just a little stress from work, and maybe fighting something off too. The guys have been trading head and chest colds back and forth for a few months now. Luckily I have been able to avoid the sinus and chest infection so far this year. I am hoping that I will continue to avoid it.

Take care, stay safe and warm.

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I took another walk today. I also picked up a few groceries. My nephew came through open heart surgery. Hard on a 3 year old but at least it came out okay. There are a few small complications. Hope it all works out alright. Had a belly ache and gas this evening. I thought that I was going to have D but it didn't happen. So glad.

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Thanks! Prayers to you all and your families and friends.

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Monday is open heart surgery for my nephew who is 3. Worried about it but trying to think of other things too in order not to build up too much anxiety. Walking all this past week. I hope to do the same this week and also adding in some strength exercises.

Janette - sorry you have so many hours to work - right at the holidays.

Darlene - are you still having problems with D? I have been okay today but I also ate lighter.

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