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Glad to hear you are doing better. Looking online is a good idea. I like when I can find stuff online about the food first. Too bad more places don't give that information.

I am waiting this morning to find out if I have to go into work or stay home again.

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I happy to report my stomach is doing well today. It usually does fine when I make my own meals. Going out to eat is what usually causes problems. I am going out to eat after my son's wedding on Friday. I always am concerned about restaurant foods. I plan on looking online at the menu.

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It is still sunny, but cooler right now, compared to before. It was actually nice last night and this morning. I closed the windows to about a quarter open instead of full open, and turned my fan from high to low. A lot better than before, feels nice.

My sinus is bugging me today though, something is bothering my allergies, not sure if it is smoke in the distance or pollen. We had several fires by us, but none really threatening our home. But several keep popping up by the Wild Animal Park that is close to us. I think someone is setting them on purpose, it keeps happening around the same areas. So sad! I don't really see the smoke or smell it, but I know it is probably there as we are so close to it. But I also don't go out looking in the direction of the fires to see the smoke. I am usually heading in the opposite direction. I have seen pictures and videos of the fires on the Internet and TV, so I know there is a lot of smoke and it could be blowing this way. Most of the times it happens is when I am at work with the door shut and the a/c on, so that is another reason why I am probably not really noticing it.

I got today off and since it is cooler, I am trying to catch up on washing some blankets and towels that are piled up in the garage.

I will probably be busy the rest of the week with running reports and running to clients for work.

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Mine is stress and foods unfortunately. I think I am more sensitive to garlic rather than onion since so many foods have onions.

Have a good day. It is beautiful and sunny here.

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Onions and garlic only seem to give me heartburn or acid on and off, they don't seem to bother my IBS. Foods don't seem to bother my IBS, just stress.

With Garlic, it depends on how much garlic is put in or on the food. I can handle a little, but if it is loaded and heavy with it, then it will probably bother me later when I want to go to sleep.

With onions, the big onions I don't like raw, they will bother me the most. But if cooked I do okay as long as I don't eat a lot of it. I like the tops of little green onions in some foods for flavor and those type of greens don't seem to bother me. I like the taste that onions can add to foods when cooked with them, I just usually don't eat a lot of the onion. I usually just push it to the side of the plate. If someone puts raw onion in a salad or on my hamburger, I try to wipe it off the hamburger, and push it a side on my plate if it is mixed in with something. Or try not to get any of it when dipping out of a bowl of food that everyone is serving themselves from. I can eat several onion rings with no issues, but wouldn't eat a lot of them, maybe only 3-5 of them.

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Susan, have you been to a Dr. for the constipation yet. It sounds like you are or were pretty blocked up. I use to be like that until I follow the FODMAP diet. Although I found out I am ok with dairy.

Janette, I thought onions and garlic are not good for IBS. I know in my case I have problems with both. Garlic is especially hard. I read if a recipe calls for it you can use garlic infused oil.

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I too usually end up with D, not C. But oatmeal, rice, bananas and toast are suppose to help keep you regular, not just help with D I was told.

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Grandmasusan - I don't have constipation. I have D. But I know that Milk of Magnesia may help. I have also read that drinking more water, consuming more fiber, avoid diary and eat garlic, onions and bananas. Let us know if any of this works for you. Also, exercise will help. I can imagine how miserable you are after 7 days. Have you taken laxatives?

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Havenít posted since I joined this group but reading the messages helps me. I have always had the D but the last 7 days it has been bloat, gas, stomach rumbling, and terrible constipation. I am drinking warm prune juice 1-2 times a day, Metamucil 1-2 times a day, and 3 Colace at night in hopes of some release. Very little comfort yet. It is hard to schedule your days around gas. No church, Bible study, traveling. What else can I do? 7 days is just way too long to be this constipated. Help!

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I like to eat oatmeal when my stomach is acting up too. I used to put fresh fruit like banana, or raisins in it when I would cook it. I haven't with the overnight though, except for the fruit in the yogurt. I don't make mine in the mason jars, I use tall Tupperware tumblers with the plastic lids that came with the cups, or in the cups I got with my Bullet kit that has lids to go with them. So mine is always in plastic cups with lids so I can take them to work with me if I don't eat it before leaving. And I don't have to worry about breaking a glass container.

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I eat oatmeal often also. I haven't tried the oatmeal in a jar. I would like to give it a try someday. I eat oatmeal a lot. When my IBS is acting up I even will have it for dinner. I put either blueberries, raspberries or some raisins in it. I have to be careful with the raisins though. Can only have a small amt. of that..

Yesterday I made tilapia with rice with a salad. I cannot tolerate raw vegetables, so I put hard boiled egg & some cheese in it. I also cannot tolerate iceberg lettuce, so have to have romaine or green leaf lettuce. It was a tasty meal.

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JMAHNKEN thank you so much, I will try that and also look on the spark recipes for more!



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I am feeling pretty well today although having a bad headache. My belly is not acting up. We actually ate lighter over the past couple of days and I think that has helped.

Janette - that recipe for overnight oatmeal sounds great. I will try it.

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I kept seeing recipes in here and other places for overnight oatmeal. There are a lot of things you can do to vary it. You basically put your oats in a mason jar or another container where you can put a lid on it. On top of the uncooked oats you add yogurt. I always have greek yogurt on hand, sometimes plain flavored and other times fruit flavored. My favorite is a strawberry and honey flavored one. Then you can get creative.

But I just add water to mine and stir it up good. I make mine on the really water side so the oats can really soak up the water, and still have it mushy when I eat it, instead of like a wet dough or thick concoction.

But others will add protein powders, of Chia seeds, fresh or frozen fruits, and other stuff.

I just keep mine really simple with what I have on hand. And I just use water, instead of milk or other milk substitutes, like almond or rice milks or such. As I have allergy issues sometimes with milk or substitutes.

Just search SP's recipes in here or google Overnight oatmeal and you will find all kinds of neat ones. I don't measure it any more either, I just add the stuff to my tasting now.

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I love oatmeal with raspberries mixed in it. I am not sure what overnight oatmeal is but I will have to look into it!



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I also notice that oatmeal helps me quite often. We had it for breakfast this morning. I also eat bananas a few times per week. My IBS-D bothers me some days and it normally is something that I have eaten. Because I no longer work, I do not have as much stress in my life. When I am stressed I can have D attacks several days per week. It is awful. I do drink water throughout the day and exercise in some form everyday.

I hope that you all feel well on Friday.

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The one thing that seemed to help me the most is that a doctor told me long ago that oatmeal, bananas, toast and rice can help to keep you regular. When I had issues it was usually IBS-D, and these things really helped me. I usually have cooked oatmeal during the cooler mornings, and overnight oatmeal when it is too hot to want to eat warm cereal. I usually have it every day which helps me to stay regular. I also have bananas a lot, sometimes during the really hot weather if I am not having any issues I might not buy them as they ripen too fast in the heat. I like them more on the green to yellow side. When they start getting spots or turn brown they are just too sweet and a different taste to me. I don't like eating them plain that way, I have to put them into a smoothie or something like that to eat them when they are ripe like that. We have toast and rice a lot with our dinners. So I eat those things a lot even when I have no symptoms.

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Today has been a really good day, I just wish they all could be this good but know they will not be.



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Thank you both for the wonderful welcome!Today was a pretty good day. I started on the low Fodmap diet yesterday as that was what I was told to do, I am sure it takes more than a couple days to really feel any better if this works but have not had the problem with nausia today that I had been having.



JMAHNKEN, thank you for explaining the heat issue, my CT scan they did showed gallstones, a fatty liver, a fat mass on one of my kidneys and a small nodular in my lungs, so maybe some of these issues are also my issue with the heat.



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Welcome Deb!

Unlike most of the members in this team, my IBS usually just acts up under high stress. I don't have a lot of issues with food with my IBS, but some foods cause acid problems for me. Which causes issues with heart burn, acid reflex, gallbladder and gallstone issues. So I have to avoid the greasy and spicy foods.

And each year I seem to be having more and more issues with dealing with heat. I don't think it is necessarily and IBS issue, just another health issue for me. I have several health issues, asthma, allergies, high blood pressure, fatty liver, gall stones, kidney stones, etc. So I think the issue with the heat is just a combination of it bothering several of my health issues. The heat gives me headaches when I get overly hot, and it can make my stomach upset too. I have been trying to deal with it the last few years with getting myself wet with cold water in the shower to cool myself down every so often during the day. I just get in and get wet quickly and get back out, so I am not wasting any more water than necessary. It seems to help a lot at keeping the headache away or minimized, and if I do that, then the stomach issue is usually kept away or minimized too. I try to avoid being out in the heat for long periods of time.

Luckily the office I work in has a/c and I am usually in there by myself, so I get to control how cool or hot the office is most of the time. And a lot of the times I work from home, like today. I like working from home since I can dress how ever I want and get in the shower when ever I want. But there are sometimes that I have to go into the office like on Mondays, and other times I have to go see clients, like I had to do yesterday.

When you get time, read the old threads in here and you can find a lot of good info and tips from other team members from past and present.

All my best to you always.

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I have had a lot of gassy pain in my belly today. I am still taking Bentyl at times to help. Today it doesn't seem to help. Need to watch what I eat tomorrow as we are driving a few hours away to visit a BIL in a nursing home. He has had a stroke.

Deb - very happy that you joined us. Although, not happy about your IBS diagnosis. I never notice the difference with temp change with my issues. But let's see if others do.

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Hello, I am new to this team and was just diagnosed with IBS last week. I was so happy to find a spark team for this, it is so hard for most people even family member to understand what I am going through. JMAHNKEN, I noticed you mentioned the heat, do others find that it is worse with the heat and humidity?




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All my best to you always

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Luckily this time the neck pain is not causing headaches. The pain isn't actually the neck, but is caused by the neck. I'm trying to stretch it and ice it.

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I hope you are all feeling better. I am doing okay other that it is still just too warm here for me, and looks like we will be really warm and muggy for a while. The sinks are working great again since he took the pipes a part.

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Feeling better today. I went to the gym and got in a good workout. The heat and humidity is higher so I am drinking plenty of water and resting in the a/c for awhile. I will do a bit of housework soon. (fun fun)

CountryCarol - I also have the neck problems. Yesterday resulted in neck pain and a major headache. I hope that you feel better. I know how bad it can be. I am so happy that you enjoyed time with your daughter.

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Linda, I had fun with my daughter yesterday. Today is a totally different story, not related to the IBS. I am having considerable neck pain. I went to the Chiropractor. I sure hope it improves. I usually do not take anything for pain, but today I resorted to Tylenol.

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My belly is not too bad today. I thought it would be bad because I ate so many of the wrong things today.

CountryCarol - I hope that you were able to go out with daughter and enjoy lunch today, with no problems.

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Linday, Hope you are doing well today. My bloating is finally better. It lasted for two days. Not fun that's for sure.
I am meeting my daughter for lunch today. I do not really enjoy eating out, but am looking forward to seeing her.

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CountryCarol - I hope that the pill helped. I hate having the bloat. Right now I am feeling okay. I hope that it stays that way.

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I guess I said my stomach was doing better too soon. Woke up with bloating again. I took something to help it. Usually, it will calm it down.

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It looks like it may rain today, we can use it. Hope everyone enjoys their day.

Linda, hope your stomach is improving today. I had bloating, gas etc. the other day. I figured it was caused from blueberry pie that I had which I shouldn't have had, but my 94 year old mom offered me a piece and I couldn't resist.

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The past couple of days have been okay. Tonight the gut is bugging me with stomach cramps and gas. Hope I get over it because I have a hair appointment tomorrow.

Country Carol - I am glad that you are feeling better.

Janette - it is good that your bf took care of the drain.

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Janette, hope you got all your drain issues taken care of.

Hope everyone has a good day today symptom free. Yesterday my stomach was complaining. I feel better today, thank goodness. I'm still not sure what triggered it yesterday.

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Thanks! Sunday, the bf took the bathroom double sink pipes a part to clean the traps in them since the drain cleaning stuff wasn't doing the job. He said instead of just having the u shaped trap in both sides, they both had the big u and then a smaller u, and stuff was getting built up and stuck in that second small u. I think it was from his shaving in them. As he was shaving in one side until it just didn't want to drain good, and the cleaning stuff wasn't doing the job. So then he started shaving in the one good side. Then months later that side started getting slower and slower to drain too. Plus I don't think he was putting drain cleaning stuff down them often enough either. And he doesn't want me putting anything down them to try to help with them. He told me we needed to run the water longer to push the stuff past the second u. But he is the one putting stuff down it that needs pushed past the second u. I don't shave at the sinks, or fix my hair at the sinks. I shave in the shower, and I do my hair in the bedroom using the full length mirror on the door. So I don't think I am the one plugging the sinks up. The one side kept getting plugged over the years, and just this year with going back to work he started using the other side too and it got plugged too. Where that side wasn't having issues before over the years. So I really think it is his shaving in the sinks doing it.

Yesterday I went into the office later in the afternoon for a few hours to open the office before my boss and some clients came in. And I worked on some bookkeeping while I was there. After the clients left, my boss and I went over what was going on in the office and what still needed to be finished. Then the boss left to do some other business and told me I could close the office for the night. I think he is going back to Chicago tonight or tomorrow. He said he just came in town really to take care of a couple of clients that wanted to see him and some other stuff he had going on.

Today I think I just have to run the payroll for the roofing company if they have any hours for me to run checks for, unless something else comes up. And of course I still have a couple of accounts that I am working on their bookkeeping for this month or this quarter. I have most of the bookkeeping done though. I just have one that needs three monthsí worth done for the last quarter, and two others that need one month worth done. And one of those I almost finished today while I was in the office.

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Janette, Hope your drain issues are resolved.

Darlene, Was the canaloupe ok with you.

Good morning everyone, hope you enjoy your Friday. I had a healthy breakfast with yogurt and cantaloupe. Luckily, I do well with cantaloupe. Perhaps I will try pineapple another time, just a small amt. I do miss it.

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You are welcome. I know I wouldn't be able to afford living on my own right now, let a lone having a pet with me on my own. It is so expensive to live here in So. CA.

I sometimes have issues with fresh pineapple, citrus fruits and such. But it just seems to depend on how much I eat, and what else I ate. I can get acid reflex, heartburn like issues sometimes from fruits like that, and tomato sauce can get me too, where a fresh tomato seems okay. So it is something in the sauce, or how much of it I eat, and or if garlic or something else is in it making it taste strong.

All my best to you always. We are in the high 90's to 100 + again, and looks like we will be this way for a few weeks at least.

We had drain issues in our bathroom sinks Sunday. So the bf had to do some plumbing work. So I had a load of towels to try to bleach back to clean in the wash a long with my work clothes that evening. And I did some paper stuff for work, but otherwise took it easy.

I went into the office Monday for payroll, sales taxes and other stuff.

Tuesday I went to the skin cancer doctor for another full body checkup. Unless something comes up before then I don't have to go back for another year now. My scar is healed up really well, it really isn't noticeable at all any more.

I checked into work after that, and then went home and did some bookkeeping at home both Tuesday and Wednesday.

The boss is supposedly coming town, so waiting for him to call me and let me know he is in town and wants me in the office. So I could end up going in sometime today or having the day off, I just don't know yet. Tomorrow I will have to at least call one client to see if he has any payroll for me to run for him or not.

Otherwise I am just trying to stay cool.

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I had another bad evening with D. It seems that I find so many of the wrong choices to eat or else it is something else. I have a physical planned in a couple of weeks and need to talk to the doctor again.

Darlene - did the cantaloupe bother you? I hope not.

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When we went to Hawaii (years ago) we were warned that fresh pineapple will cause diarrhea if you eat too much or very much of it. Maybe that is why it helps some people lose weight. I doubt I would be able to eat much of it. Of course, I have had trouble eating much fruit.

Right now I am a little worried about what a cantaloupe I got might do to me. It is fully ripe right now and about the best cantaloupe I have ever had, so I want to finish it before it goes bad. So far I have had 1/3 of it with some cottage cheese for lunch. So far, so good.



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CountryCarol - pineapple has never bothered me. I have read that it can aid with losing weight. But I don't notice it when I eat it.

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Linda, Unfortunately I can relate. My IBS is basically bloating and gas with constipation. I am able to control it with my diet even though I miss a lot of food that cause problems. The last few days I have been trying to eat healthier. I do much better when I do that.

Does anyone have problems with pineapple? That is one fruit that I love, but it causes problems for me. It is supposed to be a fruit that does not cause problems. I use to love it!

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I felt quite a bit better today. I went to the gym and even got together with my youngest DD today. I am so glad to be feeling better.

CountryCarol - I think I am going to take a smaller amount of fiber and see if it will reduce some of the bloat. I am sure that I need some fiber but don't like looking pregnant at 63. That's how I feel that I look.

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Linda, I cannot have too much fiber or will end up with terrible bloat. I am able to take fiber con since I cannot have a lot of fiber in my diet and do not have problems with that. I tried once to change to a different brand and ended up with terrible bloat. Usually if I have terrible bloat after that it turns into nausea for me also.

Janette, Thanks for the information of renting with animals. I may have to wait until my dog who is being fostered passes before thinking of getting another animal since I am paying for his care. It is quite costly since I am paying for his vaccinations, grooming , heartworm, flea meds etc.

Fancyqtr, I thought of a service dog someday, especially since I am always afraid of falling outside in the Winter with my cane, but my kids did buy me a walker last year for my birthday. My disability is due to weakness on my left side. I had brain surgery in 2005 which left me paralyzed on my left side which I no longer am, but now have weakness on the left side. I walk with a cane and have a brace due to foot drop. I usually walk with a cane, but use the walker for longer distances so I can rest.

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For some reason, I felt a little better today and not so bloated. Although, this evening, I am nauseated. I don't know why exactly.

I did get in a walk today after church. Have a good week, everyone.

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Have a great Sunday no matter what you decide to do!

I am taking care of a little paper work today, washing my work clothes and doing a lot of relaxing. Take care


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Sorry Linda! I don't have any answers for you.

I had a really long day Friday driving up the coast to several clients to pick up and drop off bookkeeping and such, then had to run other errands for work and personal too. So I was really tired last night. Luckily I have the weekend off and got to sleep in a little today. For the most part I just rested and watched movies on Amazon today. But I did do some computer and paper work for the office too.

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If pets are to help with a disability, they cannot charge extra from what I have read.

Linda, my problem would be the opposite than your bloat, though maybe that got worse with something like the extra fiber, too. I just can't seem to eat any fiber, which isn't supposed to be good for a person.

What is so bad about IBS is nobody seems to understand it. I was asked how I could possibly be on disability when I didn't have a brain injury or something that shows. Well, if you have an accident because of it, your disability shows. I have ended up in some store restroom so often just crying because of that. Then you try to hide everything to get out of there. It's just awful. I have a handicapped placard because of that, not because I can't breathe or can't walk. I only use it if I am having a bad IBS problem or trying to find a parking place at the hospital since the outside parking is handicapped only and my truck doesn't fit in their garage. Otherwise, I park usually at the far end of the lot.



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Yesterday and today I have had terrible bloating. I have been taking Metamucil for a few weeks. The doctor had told me to take a probiotic also. I got a prebiotic, Fiber Choice, and I don't know if that is the reason I am bloated and constantly running to the bathroom. I have really been miserable. Does anyone else have this problem with too much fiber? I was hoping it would be more helpful.

Janette - hope that you enjoyed your day in spite of all of the driving.

Darlene - I have been on disability also for my health issues. IBS really ruined my work life. I stressed in meetings, constantly having the nagging feeling I would have to run to the bathroom. I did go to the bathroom so often and it was quite embarrassing. I really hate this disease.

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I have a long bookkeeping run to do up the coast today for work. It's been a long and busy week, Have a great weekend, take care, Janette

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COUNTRYCAROL1, Before you get a pet, check out the cost of apt or where ever you are planning on going to with and without a pet. The cost jumps up greatly with pets. Sometimes they want more for a dog than a cat, but it all really depends on the place. Some will just want a small deposit for any damage done by the pet, and to clean the carpets to get rid of any pet dander and such. Others will want to charge you another full monthís rent cost for the pet. I adopted a puppy that I found lost wandering the streets before I moved out of my brother and his wife's home. I had no idea that I was going to have to pay so much to keep the dog. All the rents by my bothers place were so high. And then on top of it they wanted a second monthís pay amount for my deposit, and then a third monthís pay amount for a separate pet deposit. And even though I left the place cleaner and in better shape than when I moved in with doing my own home repairs and improvements since they were so slow to do anything. And I had cleaned the carpets well, they still went behind me and did their own carpet cleaning so they could be sure all the dander and such was out of the place cleaned the air vents and such too. So they kept a good chunk of that pet deposit for cleaning up after the dog, to be sure no one moving in would be able to say they were having allergy issues from my dog having been there.

They are great company, but can be expensive to own if you are on a really low income. I didn't find one place that didn't want more money because of a pet. And a lot of them told me a cat would be the same as a dog, others said cheaper. Some will limit the size the dog can be too! So best to be a smaller dog, then a medium to large dog, as a lot of places won't allow them at all. And if they do, most of them wanted a much larger deposit for them. Just something to think about.

I had another long day yesterday and will probably have long days today and tomorrow too.

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Countrycarol, A cat would be a nice companion for you when you move. You could also consider a dog, as many of them can be quite helpful, especially if you have problems picking things up or anything like that. My disability is the IBS mainly (also some balance issues lately) because I could never go anywhere and definitely couldn't make it through a day of work if I could even get there. There are dogs that can alert to blood sugar swings, seizures, etc. Don't know if your disability is something that a dog can help with or not. Of course, the cats can help with moods, like if you get really sad, or if you are aggravated or something. Orzo has helped with that, mainly with my getting sad. If I end up crying for some reason he will jump in my lap and rub his head on my chin to cheer me up. They are just the best to have around. I have both now.



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My IBS has been okay recently. I hope that it stays that way. I just never know when it will affect me. I went to the gym today for my workout class. There were years that I couldn't do that. I would worry the entire time that I would get an attack.

Darlene - Orzo sounds like so much fun. I did always hate when I was trying to sleep and my cat would wake me up. lol But they are so much fun. So sorry that your IBS has been acting up.

CountryCarol - yes, I also love cats and dogs and have had both. No pets right now, but I miss them. When you move out, a cat would be company for you.

Janette - I hope that you are feeling more rested.

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FANCYQTR, Orzo sounds like a character. Cats can be rather demanding, but we love them anyway. I am debating when I move out of my sister's house (my current living situation) whether to get a cat like my kids have mentioned to me. I am disabled and it may be better, but I love dogs too.

Hope everyone has a wonderful Wednesday and the IBS is under control today.

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I was tired so I went to bed early that night. Yesterday was a long day at work and then went home and did a lot more work in to the evening. So I am tired again this morning.

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I've had some problems with the IBS acting up today, probably from too much salad. Just really one time. I made it through my pickleball okay, though. Just can't miss that.

Not sure how cute Orzo is when he keeps waking me up. I was trying to catch up on sleep this afternoon and he decided I needed to get up. I think he yowled at me for 2 hours. Wants his supper. It isn't quite time yet. He even had a big meal last night and this morning and has his dry food for in between. But I am not allowed that nap. I am not allowed to sleep in in the morning to get enough sleep. He sleeps all day unless he is insisting on being fed. I still love him, but I do wish he would let me sleep.



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My IBS problems have not been around for several days. I hope they stay away. I am taking a prebiotic now along with the Metamucil. Most of the time it seems to help.

CountryCarol - so sorry that you have been dealing with a sinus infection. They are horrible.

Janette - I also am a light sleeper. I can often be interrupted if there are noises. Now that my kids are grown, it is a lot better for me to sleep. They have their own homes now. lol Sorry that you are still dealing with the heat. We have been also but I think we may get lower 80s later this week which will be much better.

Darlene - your cat sounds so cute. But yes, they do like to wake us up. Sorry that you had to stop at the police station for a pit stop. But happy that you felt better the rest of the day.

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We got some cooldown yesterday and actually had some rain. I went to the county fair with a friend and it was raining pretty well when we left there. I did have an umbrella with me, but it folded up as we walked to the car.

I had a little problem when we started out for the fair, but managed it fairly well when we stopped at the police station. Sometimes I wonder when they are going to start locking the door on me, but they are pretty nice about it. It's my main pit stop when I am headed downtown or someplace like that. The rest of the day I was fine.

Janette, I hope that you will be able to get some sleep this week. I hate it when I cannot sleep but I need to. My interrupter is a little black and white cat. When he came in to wake me early this morning I started dreaming that a spider kept crawling up my arm. It was actually Orzo with his face going up my arm.



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I can't wear ear plugs, they make my ears itch and hurt. I have tried the foam ones and the plastic ones, they all cause issues with me. Doctors told me not to use them. I have even tried just cotton and it hurts my ear if it is too much, and if I put less it just falls out. Plus I seem to get irritation and or ear infections with them too.

It is still hot here! I did some bookkeeping this weekend, but mostly rested in the evenings. And got to go to bed at a decent time without being woke up several times during the night since the kid was at his mom's house this weekend. I even got to sleep in a little Sunday.

Today was supposed to be a really busy and long day at work, but I guess my boss wasn't caught up with all he needed to do this weekend. So I actually got to go home around 2 pm. So I will be back in the office tomorrow morning to see what he needs me to still do. Sometime later this week I have to make a run up to some clients up the coast, but I am not sure when that will be just yet.

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Janette, reminds me when my kids were young. I am a very light sleeper too and use to hear them during the wee hours. At that age they stay up late and sleep in usually. I use to wear ear plugs which helped tremendously.

The IBS seems to be doing better recently, but I do much better when I am home which I have been doing since I'm dealing with a sinus infection again.

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The kid woke me up at one in the morning Friday just to talk to me about the ants in the kitchen. We have been dealing with them hanging around the kitchen sink, and also the toilet and bathtub in the bathroom since it is so warm. I have been telling him for weeks to rinse off his own dishes and stack them in the dish washer, and not to leave them or food on the counter or in the sink. I already knew the ants were there for weeks, and we have just bought new ant traps. So there was really no reason to wake me up to tell me they were in the kitchen sink area, and especially not at one in the morning. I couldn't get back to sleep and just tossed and turned the rest of the morning. I heard the bf get up at 5 am and let the dogs out, so I just went ahead and got myself up and got ready for work early.

I had to go into work early Friday, and then drive up the coast to two clients in the afternoon for work. Luckily I got back after a few hours and got to go home after that. I came home and had to scan docs and send out emails for an hour. Now I am off for the weekend.

The boy went to his mother's house for the night while I was at work Friday morning. So at least he wasn't here to wake me up again. I am not sure when he will be back again yet.

Since the kid was at his momís for the night, I got to go to sleep in a really quiet house. I slept the night through until I was woke up at 4:30 am from the bf and dogs. I just got up quickly to pee, and then crawled back in bed and just rested. I could hear the bf and dogs moving around until around 6:30 am, but just tried to ignore it. Then the bf left the house for several hours and the dogs just came and laid on the foot of the bed quietly and let me rest until I decided to go ahead and get up at 7:30 am. Other than just doing some bookkeeping for work, and washing my work clothes, I am pretty much just going to rest this weekend.

It sounds like the next few weeks at work might be really busy again. I already know I am going to have to drive up the coast to see several clients and a few in Escondido next week too, along with my usual work.

Have a great weekend everyone,
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Yeah, they are both sound sleepers and can sleep through almost anything. Any noise or light and I am awake. The bf usually goes to sleep early and just sleeps through whatever. And he takes naps a lot too.

I am always trying to play catch up on sleep when the kid isn't here.

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Janette, I hate to say but your boyfriend needs to be more considerate of you. That is hard on your health.



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Thanks, All my best to you all always.

It's still really warm and muggy, but not as bad as before, so I am eating more normal and my weight is back at maintaining. I am having issues with sleeping because it is too warm here all day and night for me. Plus the bf has decided to let his 13 year old son stay up as late as he wants for the summer. So I hear him up and walking around, opening and closing doors, turning on lights and such on and off until after 3:30 am. Then the bf gets up around 4:30 am each morning with the dogs and I hear them moving around until 6:30 am Ė 7:30 am, when he leaves the house for a while each day. So I am always getting interrupted sleep or little to no sleep, especially on nights when his son is here with us. I canít wait for summer to be over.

I am eating a lot of salads, fruits, and veggies with the heat, and lots of water.


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Oh, yes, my boxes are checked and I am subscribed to the chat. The notifications will come for a while, then all of a sudden they will stop. Same with dog lovers.

I have been doing okay most of the time. Even yesterday when I splurged when my friend took me out to eat and we got the free pie. I ate it after I got home (lemon meringue) and did fine even though I seem to have a problem with lemon. I can't drink lemonade anymore, though I love it.




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Fancyqtr, is your box checked where it says I want an e-mail to be sent when anyone replies to this topic? If not, maybe that is why youíre not getting your messages.

Linda, Iím feeling better today.i even went out to eat & had fish & chips which Iíll only have if Iím doing fine. I usually only have a small portion of the fries since obviously they are not healthy & do not want to get sick.

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I am retired also. Still no change and it has been 3 years

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Linda, by the "no messages" thing I meant that I am not getting the messages from this topic. I have that happen in this team and in Dog Lovers. I never can figure out why, because I open them and go to the site when I do get the messages. I don't usually have the problem on other teams.



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The past couple of days I am feeling okay. I hope that I don't go back into the funk with D I had recently. ugh! I did eat some Mexican food at a restaurant yesterday. Fortunately, it did not bother me. I am keeping up with my water intake and exercise.

CountryCarol - I am so sorry that your IBS is acting up. Yes, the raisins may have aggravated you. It's always tough.

Stalbott - many of your symptoms sound similar to mine. However, once I retired I don't get IBS as often. Not only did certain foods bother me but also stress. I hope that you are doing well today.

Janette - yes, you must be extremely hot in your place. We do have a/c because we get the high temps and humidity. I hope that it is cooling down a bit for you.Happy about your weight loss, although it was a hard way to lose it.

Darlene - so sorry that you are getting those messages on Spark. Good idea about eating smaller meals.

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Got the "no messages" thing again, so I have been absent. If anyone is using "diet" foods or "no sugar" foods that are sweetened, that will cause "D." I forgot about that and got some fudgescicles and that hit really bad.

Stalbott, I have the same problems you do, from the looks of it, except I also get bloated. I have found that certain foods cause the bloating and I can eliminate them, but for the D it doesn't matter what I eat -- one day it is fine, the next day it hits me bad.

One thing I have found that helps is to keep the meals small. If I eat too much I have problems. If I eat small meals/snacks I can often get by without getting D. Otherwise I can't go anywhere (sometimes I can't anyway).



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STALBOTT48, talk to your doctor about it. They only time I had it really bad like that is when I was really stressed out from work. I have had two work places in my life that were so stressful from employees and superiors, that I just had to leave the jobs. It wasn't worth ruining my health trying to keep fighting to try to save my job. Then I was having a hard time keeping the food down, and also having bad IBS C & D from the stress. Until I got away from the jobs the medicine I was giving wasn't helping and neither was doing FodMap. Once I got away from the stress, I was able to slowly start eating normally again and the IBS went away. Once you have the first case of it, the fear of it happening again can be just as bad as it happening. And also can upset your system so much that it does bring it back on.

The one thing that I learned that helped me besides leaving those jobs to get rid of the overly stress situation, was that oatmeal, rice, bananas and toast are my friends and help to keep me regular with or without stress.

Stress is my issue with IBS, not really food.

We have been having temps around 100 and over lately, and that has upset my stomach. Drained me, not wanting to eat a lot, and limited what I wanted to eat too. No real IBS issue, but stomach issue none the less. Luckily we are coming out of the 100 and more temps now, but still rather warm and muggy.

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IBS was really bad this week. So glad it is better today. Think I had too many raisins in my oatmeal.

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STALBOTT48, Have you seen a Dr. and been diagnosed with IBS? The reason I ask is my cousin had surgery years ago for weight loss and she has had multiple abdominal surgeries since then. When she has problems it is similar to you.

Hope everyone enjoys their Monday. It is supposed to be hot again today. Not as hot as a lot of you, but the humidity is the part that gets to me when I go out.

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Well I am so new to this ibs just donít know where to start. I do not get bloated but have D any meals I eat. Many times I cannot even get through the meal before I am unavailable for about an hour. Is that s normal. Many times I cannot even make it to the bathroom. So bad now I cannot eat out. Also the last 2 times we have had friends for dinner I ended up in the bathroom and they eventually had to leave. I have been given the FODMAP diet but it doesnít seem to make any difference. Any suggestions for a newbie to IBS?

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I am losing weight the last two days just because of the heat! I had been maintaining the same weight for a while now, but the last two days I am just dripping with sweat, and not wanting to eat much, especially not a hot dinner.

We usually do okay with fans, but this is just way hotter than usual.

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I hope you are all feeling better asap. I have not had any issues with my IBS in a long time. But I think my stomach wasn't liking the record breaking heat wave temps we are having lately. Really limited what I wanted to eat. The beginning of the week I wasn't feeling good either, wasn't sure if it was just allergies or coming down with my bosses cold. Luckily drinking vitamin immune boosting drinks seemed to kick that out. And I had Wednesday and Thursday off and just slept most of the time or just rested and watched TV. Too hot to want to do anything really.

I am taking a rest weekend, just too hot outside and in, and no a/c here, we are setting record breaking heat wave temps here. Yesterday it was 112 during the day, 99 at 7:30 PM, and 88 just after 10 PM when I tried to go to bed. I had a super long work day too. I had to go into the office early in the am to run a payroll and do some other stuff. Then run up the coast to a client to drop off the payroll to them and pick up 3 months of bookkeeping from them. Then back to the office for a bit. Then home where I had to scan in and email the 3 months of bookkeeping to the boss, (lots and lots of scanning). Then at 7:30 PM I had to go back to the office to meet with two clients to go over their Federal 941, 2nd quarter returns for their companies and get them to write out checks to the IRS, then take their checks and returns to the post office. I went into a local store by the post office and picked up some salad fixings, fruit, yogurt and such, since I knew there wasn't anything at home that I really wanted to eat as it is just too hot. Luckily the bf picked me up some watermelon and other stuff too as he came home late too. So he ate his hot wings he picked up and I had a bowl of watermelon as my dinner last night. It was just too hot even when I went to bed, we left the front door wide open and just the security screen doors two locks bolted, had windows all through the house open, I had a fan on high on me in the bedroom. The poor dogs were just too hot and panting all day and night. We are around 100 again today, and supposed to be in the 90's for weeks now. I am not liking this heat!

I don't have issues with watermelon, but the bf can't eat it or some other stuff, all melons, avocado, and other stuff make him feel sick and itchy, hives. His kid can eat anything from what I have seen.

Take care, Janette


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Linda, glad you are feeling better. I have been having a few days that haven't been the best, but at least I know it does improve usually after a few days. I'm on the 2nd day, so hoping it gets better soon.

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I am feeling much better today. Hope it stays that way. I went to the gym and have done a lot today. Drinking my herbal tea just to keep my belly settled.

Country Carol - it is so exciting that you are so close to your goal!! I am happy for you. It always seems like the last pounds are the hardest to lose.

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Linda, Are you feeling any better? I hope you are improving. It usually takes me about 2 days before mine settles down after an episode (which I call it).

Good morning, I only have 4 lbs. to get to my goal, but am stuck where I'm at now. My body seems to want to stay where it is at right now. Frustrating!



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Tuesday - I had another terrible D attack. I was ill all evening. So much cramping, etc. I still felt a bit crummy yesterday. Today I feel much better. I was able to go to my exercise class and feeling good.

CountryCarol - I am happy to hear that your IBS symptoms are better.

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Linda, Hope your symptoms improve. My IBS is finally improving since I had some rough days earlier in the week. It took about 2 days to improve which is usually the case.

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Friday morning I was very sick with D. Hubby was as well. I think that it must have been something that we ate at a restaurant the night before. I felt weak yesterday and still not too well. Today feeling much better.

CountryCarol - watermelon does bother me if I eat too much.

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Lots of bloating and gas the last few days. I cannot think of anything except some watermelon. Does anyone else have problems from that?


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Linda I am always nervous about eating nuts, but since I only eat chicken and fish I know nuts have protein. I did try a small amt. one day and did ok. Perhaps you can have some, but a small amt.

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I am feeling okay today. I ate some peanuts last evening and it really hurt my belly. I do wonder if it is because I ate them late in the day. I know that peanuts are not good for IBS. But there have been days that they don't bother me. I just never know what to eat at times.

CountryCarol - glad that you are feeling well today. I am at this time....hope it stays that way.

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Linda, I know what you mean. I know watermelon is not good for me, but I had just a little bit last week. Afterwards I sure suffered.

Hope everyone enjoys their day and is symptom free. I'm feeling pretty good today so far.

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Today I feel pretty well. I have taken a nice walk. The temps are a little cooler today - just under 80. However, later in the week will be near 90 with high humidity. ugh!

CountryCarol - there are times that sugar will cause a lot of gas for me. I would think it could be the syrup. However, fresh fruit also could as well.

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Had a bad day with the stomach yesterday. Indigestion and lots of gas & bloating. I did not have anything yesterday, but the day before went out to breakfast with my son, his girlfriend and her daughter. The only thing I can think of is the watermelon. Does anyone have that reaction to watermelon. Perhaps the syrup on my french toast was also a trigger. Glad it is improving today.

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I have been feeling okay. I am sticking to the Bentyl for some of my issues (gas pains.) It really helps me.

Janette - happy to hear that you have been working from home. I am sure that is much better
than going into the office.

CountryCarol - happy that you enjoyed the church trip.

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Looks like we are going to be staying in the 80's for a while. I worked at home and work all week. I will be doing bookkeeping at home this weekend too.

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The son doesn't really have an interest in cooking for us, but wants the privilege to cook more of what ever he wants when he wants with out one of us supervising. His dad loves to cook, use to cook for a living and thinks it is a good skill to teach him young, so he will have at least something he can fall back on for work if need be later.

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When my son was younger he had no interest in cooking which was way different than his Father. My late husband use to love to cook. Glad his son is doing that it will help him when he gets older.

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Glad you had fun and didn't have issues with your stomach. I mostly rested this weekend. The Bf's 13 yr old son came over yesterday morning and cooked a steak dinner for us all. The bf has been teaching him to cook for several yrs now, and this was supposed to be the first time the boy was going to do it all himself. It turned out really nice, steak, mashed potatoes and peas. Have a great new week!

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I had a nice weekend. Went to Frankenmuth with my church group. Since they are known for chicken I did have that (took as much skin off as possible) & had noodles. My stomach did well which was a nice change. Sat. I went to a graduation and did well with that too. Yesterday I went out to lunch with my daughter since her Father passed away years ago. I enjoyed the time with my daughter.

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I always try to remove the skin from my chicken and leave it not matter how it was cooked now. If I am at home I will give the skin to the dogs as a treat. But I try not to eat it anymore.

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Janette, I will try to do that with the skin on the chicken too. I imagine when I go out tomorrow there is baked chicken also.

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