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11/18/17 11:40 P

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Thanks! I wish you all the best always too.

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Sorry you are having so much trouble with the mouse. When I had the problems with them and just the dogs, the dogs could never get them, either.

I'm glad you aren't having problems with the IBS now. I took 3 Imodium today to make it through the dinner at church. That worked. Hoping it will normalize before Thursday. Then I will take another 1 or 2 to make it through that dinner. It was a nice dinner and time today, though.



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11/18/17 3:46 P

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I hope you are doing better. My IBS hasn't been bothering me for some time.

The mouse was in my room again early this morning I heard him and then saw him run under my bed just before 5 am. I got up and went into the living room. I didn't want to stay in bed with him under there. He doesn't seem to have any interest in the traps in there. We had some light showers early Friday morning. We usually keep a towel to dry the dogs off with on the back of a small couch in the family room by the sliding glass door. Usually the only ones that use that couch is the boy and his friends to play on the X-Box or the Wii. This morning I noticed a clean towel on the back of the couch, and a dirty one on the floor, mostly stuck under the couch. I went to pick up the dirt one to take it to the garage so it could get washed later. But I noticed right away when I started to moved it that the part that was still under the couch had mouse dropping all over it. I was the only one home when I noticed it.
When the bf got home I was going to talk to him about it. As I didn't know that the mouse had been out in the living room at all. He said that he went to use the towel the day before as the dogs were coming back in from the rain. But noticed it looked dirty so he just got a clean towel to use on the dogs, and just left it on the floor. He said he didn't look at it good to see the mouse poop on it. So I went and got a trash bag from the garage to throw the towel in as I didn't want to keep it anymore after seeing all the mouse poop on it. I moved the couch and some lazy boy chairs in there and notice mouse droppings under them all. So I know the mouse had been making himself at home right in there even with the two dogs in there most of the days and nights. Then the bf said that he had seen it dash across the room once before but it was too small and fast for the dogs or him to catch it. I didn't know it had ever been out there. So I ended up moving a bunch of the furniture and stuff around in there to clean up and droppings I could find. Not what I had planned on doing today. I had a bunch of work I had brought home from work that I was planning on working on, not cleaning up after mouse droppings.

I have no idea how we are going to get rid of it. It is so brave to be running around with two dogs in the house and three people too.

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11/17/17 11:24 P

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Mice nowadays are just too smart. I don't think much of anything works to get rid of them except for mouser cats. I think there is something that is supposed to be like a cat smell (though not a smell like we could smell) that a person can put around, but I don't know what it is.

I am not having a good week with the IBS. I haven't been having dairy or very, very little with a lactase tablet each time, but have been hit with D several times. Last weekend I understand since I had the sausage. Today, I don't know. I had a turkey sandwich (small, it was on French bread) and a few mini marshmallows. Then at lunch had some V8 berry blend and a couple rolls. I know, not a good lunch, but thought with the rolls I would be safe, but I wasn't. Had D on Wednesday, too. My friend said I will have to try something other than the dairy to remove, but it seems to me it will be I have to try taking everything out of my diet. I had some mashed potatoes tonight and that set it off for the 2nd time.

I went to the store south of me to look for the yarn. Great idea. That store has a big rack of the yarn I needed. Now I need to get the number of stitches to stay right. I keep getting an extra one.



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11/17/17 3:23 P

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It was another long week for me. The wall at work didn't get finished until Tuesday late afternoon. Luckily with opening both the front door and back door the fumes didn't bother me this week. My boss has came and left for Chicago again. And left me with a lot of work but he wants it done before Thanksgiving this time instead of giving me several weeks to do it. So I decided to bring it home to work on instead of getting stuck working long hours and or a lot of days at work again next week to accomplish the task. I can work on the bookkeeping at home, and just go in on Monday and Wednesday to work on Payroll that I can't do at home. So hopefully I will get Tuesday off to work on the bookkeeping. Then I should have Thursday-Thanksgiving Day off. I might have to go in Friday for payroll again, I won't know until that morning if the company needs me to run it or not.

The mouse/mice keep coming and going in my room, and now in our room with our computers too. It doesn't happen every day or night but on and off, and I did hear it in the computer room one morning. It seems to like getting in my clothes drawers the most for some reason. And seems like it likes to come around midnight or early in the morning the most. Although it could be coming in the day and I just don't know it as I am not home or in the bedroom most of the time in the day time. Doesn't seem interested in our traps or scared off by the plug in wall device that is suppose to ward them off.



I hope you had a great week, have a great weekend and new week after that. Good luck finding more of that yarn too. All my best to you always. Janette

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11/14/17 10:56 P

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Janette, I hope they have finished with your office and you had enough fresh air today. Or, was that yesterday?

I started a knitted scarf to give for a Christmas gift, but I am not good at trying to follow knitting patterns. Actually, I have never tried a knitting pattern. So last night I went to a library knitting club. That was a really helpful one as the librarian who leads that club also teaches knitting and was able to help me figure out what I was doing wrong. I am using bulky yarn and have 8 1/2 inches done now. It is using the yarn pretty fast, though, and I may have some problem finding some more of that yarn. I'll have to go to Joann south of here and see if they still have some. They are selling a different brand this year, with different colors.



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11/13/17 1:30 A

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Thanks, I hope you are doing better.

I have been leaving the front door of the office open while they were working in there. There is a back door in my bosses office that I can open for fresh air too, and it has a security locking screen door. I didn't even think about that. I will open it up for lots of fresh air tomorrow since I will be working in that room.

I can't work from home right now, as I don't have a secure computer just for the office work at home right now, and don't have the software I would need either. My boss and I have talked about maybe doing that in the future. I can't do it right now as someone needs to be in the office protecting the clients files from identity theft while workers are in the office. And my boss isn't in town to be the person to do that. And I have deadlines on running a bunch of payroll accounts tomorrow and I can not do that from home since I don't have the software at home, or the client files at home.

But I will make sure to keep the front door and back door open while they are working in there tomorrow.

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11/12/17 10:38 P

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I hope that you will have some kind of ventilation when you are in there. That just doesn't sound very nice. Or is there any way you could work from home? That would get you away from all those chemicals.

That sausage kept working on me some today. I hope it is done with that now. I did make some potato and cheese soup, so maybe that will help. Had to go to the store today in order to get some things for way less than they usually sell for (canned vegetables for $.25 each). I also found out some things were buy four and get $1 off each and those were something I needed. Anyway, the vegetables sale was only through today. I got 4 cans of green beans for Cassie.



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Thanks! Last time I found the termites at work they came in and sprayed something from a can. I saw he was going to spray something so I stepped outside for a bit instead of staying at my desk or going to one of the back rooms as I didn't want to breath it.

I don't think they did that this time. I think they just cut into the wall and and then decided to tear the wall apart and re-build it. I don't know that they sprayed any poison. But they were using some type sheet rock stuff that sealed the cracks where the different sheet rock pieces where put together to close off the wall. And that stuff at least was bothering me. I was working in a back room on deadlines with payroll and bookkeeping, so I wasn't always aware of just what they were doing in the front room. They might have put some type of glue on to help hold the pink installation pieces to the wall, or used some other type of chemicals, and could have even used some poison for the termites and I wouldn't necessarily know it. The two guys working spoke Spanish and I don't really speak it and they didn't really speak English. So it was hard to know what they were saying to me, or for them to know what I was saying to them. I had to get them to get the landlord to talk to me a couple of times just to work out how long they were going to stay the first day, and when they planned to come back and how long they would be staying each day, and how many days they would be there.

I know I don't do well with any chemicals, even paint. So I am not going to like being there Monday. But I have payroll that needs done that day and other work that I have deadlines on too.

I wish you all the best and hope you are feeling better and better each day.

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11/11/17 11:23 P

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Oh, that is a horrible week. Did they spray for the termites with you in the office? I don't think they are supposed to do that. It can poison the people.

Hope you can get rid of the mice. I know I used to have a lot of trouble with them. They seem to be getting wise to traps. I had several types and caught exactly one mouse. I have a live mouse trap now. Orzo doesn't let mice stay around here. They were gone within a day from when I got him. I've had a few since then, but they didn't live long.

I have figured one thing that I can no longer eat. Got sick yesterday and today and I know I didn't have any dairy today, so I can't eat the smoked sausage any more. The lactase stuff is helping, I think, too. I substituted sorbet when I want ice cream, but I might just have to do Lactaid if I want that. Sorbet is really high carb. Of course, I could keep it to just a couple spoons full.

What I find funny is the Lactaid milk is extra sweet and tastes funny to me. The yogurt is way sweet, too. I think that yogurt isn't so much problem, though, especially if I take the lactase stuff.



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11/11/17 9:33 P

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I hope you are all doing well.

This wasn't a good week for me. We had a termite issue at work again in the wall behind my desk. And since the boss is still in Chicago, I had to be in charge of getting it taken care of. I had to call the landlord. He and a worker came out. They decided they wanted to cut a small square hole in the wall to check on it. So I went to work in my bosses room. Then they decided they had to tear that whole wall up and rebuild it. So we had to move all the stuff off my desk, move my desk and file cabinets and such. Some of the furniture got moved across the room, and some when into a spare room that my boss uses to rest when he has to stay late at night working. The stuff from my desk went into the back filing room, my bosses room and the spare room. The office was such a mess, and I had to keep running around trying to find stuff I needed to do my job.

I had to work long hours Wed, Thurs and Friday because of it. And the fumes were getting to me too. Monday they have to come back and hopefully finish the wall and paint it too. Which means more fumes for me to deal with while I try to do my job in the mess. Then I will need to try to put the office back in shape for my boss coming back into town sometime next week too. As he is coming to deal with some deadlines and such, so he will need his office. I hope my area is back to normal by then. Or I will have to make room some where else in the office to work. The first day he will go to the other San Diego office, so I won't have to worry about finding a place to work Monday. But if they don't finish Monday, then I could end up trying to make a spot for me to work in the rest of the week while he will be here. Or maybe he will wait to come to our office until later in the week.

Then last night/early this morning just after midnight, I heard a mouse in the bedroom again. I didn't see it when I looked, but kept hearing it for about 30 mins or so on and off. Then I found he had got into another dresser's top drawer later when I got up this morning and really looked around. We have a bunch of dressers against one wall from Ikea. And they all have small openings at the top of the back of them, so I know that is where they got into the top drawers of the two dressers that I have found traces of them so far most likely. But I don't know where they are coming in the room. Or if they are climbing up the back of the dresser, or going down the top of the dresser, or how they are getting to the openings of the dresser. I never see them, I just hear them, and then later find their droppings. Luckily I don't really use the clothes that they got into in the two drawers. But the windows have been kept shut. I have two trap units in there to catch them and trap them, but they haven't seemed to bother them. And I had just recently put a plug in thing into the wall socket which is suppose to scare them away too. And nothing seems to be working to keep it out of my room. I put more peanut butter in the traps today, maybe there just wasn't enough of it before, or maybe it sat too long that it didn't smell? I just don't know. And I wasn't feeling good from the fumes from work, so I didn't mess with the stuff for the bugs today and probably won't do it this weekend. And might not even get to it next weekend if I have to deal with fumes too much this next week at work too. I don't want to try something new at home and not be able to tell if it is bothering me, or if it is just the fumes from the issue at work. Or have something at work bothering me and something at home bothering me too.

I just wish we would catch it or them and be done with it! I am so tired of dealing with all this type of stuff.

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I drank peppermint tea this evening. The problem for me the past few days has been nausea. Everything seems to make me feel icky at night. Trying to keep drinking water, herbal teas, etc. My meals vary a lot so there is no rhyme or reason for this.

Darlene - how are you feeling?



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11/5/17 1:42 P

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Darlene, I hope you are feeling better asap and that they finally help you find a diet that will work for you so you can enjoy having a full life of going where you want without having to worry about your IBS.


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Yeah, I think that might be it too. It is very rare for me to go one day without going. Usually when that happens is because I didn't get enough water in, or ate too much and not enough water to counter balance it out.

Like days when I go to work I will try to drink a cup of warm water or two before going to work and try to pee a lot before work too. As when I am at work I am in the office by myself most of the time. So if I want or need to go to the bathroom, then I have to lock the office up during that time. I try not to have to lock it up, as it seems a lot of times when that happens a client will unexpectedly decide to just show up at the office with some sort of issue without calling first to let me know they are coming. And then the come and the office is closed and a lot of times will just go back home instead of waiting a few mins and calling me from outside the office. The lights are on in the office a TV is on in the waiting room with Pandora music on, and they just leave anyways. And then call later, or talk to my boss later and complain that they came to the office during hours and no one was there. Luckily my boss understands that some times you need to go, or he sends me out on errands sometimes too, so he doesn't really pay any attention to their complaints. And I try to tell them to call me next time before they head over to the office to let me know they are planning on coming, so I can schedule them to come when I know I will be there waiting for them.

So work days I don't drink a lot until I get home and then I drink tons of herbal tea and flush myself out the rest of the day and night. And days I have off I usually drink tons of herbal tea all day long, unless I have to go some where for errands or such.

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11/4/17 9:50 P

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I think the only reason I see a definite drop on the scales is because I go a couple days in between bowel movements, so there's more. (sorry to be gross)

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11/2/17 10:56 P

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That sounds like a lot Janette.

I guess the lactase stuff helps some with the bloating, but not completely. Doesn't help with the D. I had a sandwich today and promptly got sick again. I did get out to get things done after about 2 hours.

I've been wanting Chinese, but having to stay away from soy. Today I got the Coconut Aminos so I can try to make some. What I got the other day turned out to be completely soy. Also got some minced ginger and minced garlic. Now I just have to find a recipe for what I want to make. For now it's tortilla soup.

Hope everyone is having a good week.



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11/2/17 5:58 P

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I got my flu shot Tuesday, and a new referral for another specialist, and she did some more blood work up on me. She wants me to have another ultra sound to check on my liver, kidneys, and gallbladder/gallstones. So I got that set up for the end of this month. She wants me to reschedule the other specialist appointments I put off for my cold too, so will have to do that later. Then I have to see her back at the end of Jan. I still probably won't have all the appts she wants done by then, but oh well. With cold and flu season going, the holidays coming up, and work getting busier and busier. I will just do as much as I feel up to, and just push the rest to next year. We have a bad case of hepatitis A going around here. So she is checking to be sure I haven't caught hepatitis A, B or C still, and if they are negative, then she is going to give me shots for A & B probably later, to prevent me from getting them she said.

Our weather had gone from around 100 down to the 60's. So I was just finally feeling like I was well and then I started sneezing and coughing again before I had to see her Tues. But she said she thought it was more allergies than a cold. So she gave me a flu shot anyways. My arm feels like someone socked it where I got the flu shot. I am okay, but coughing with a dry hack more today. Glad I had today off, I am just resting and drinking herbal tea. I went into work Monday and Wednesday, and will have to go in for a bit tomorrow too, for payroll and to run to a client's to pick up their bookkeeping stuff.

I think my boss will probably be back in town around the middle of the month again for a few days. To deal with reports and other deadlines.

All my best to you always. Janette

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11/2/17 5:58 P

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PERRYBABE, Sorry, I usually only have IBS when I am under a lot of stress and then it is IBS-D.

I usually have a bowel movement in the early morning every day, if not then some time later that day or night I will usually have one. Sometimes I might have one in the morning and one at night. And scale wise it only drops a few ounces if any from before and after a bowel movement that I have noticed.

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I seem to be doing okay with the Lactaid, at least so far. I hope that I can keep up with it using that. For some things I am using almond milk (made hot cocoa with it the other day when it was so cold) and if I have some chai I will use the almond milk.

Waiting for the trick or treat to start. I broke down and got some candy for them today. Last minute thing. Have to take Orzo to the back bedroom so he doesn't get out. He really looked like he wanted to go out a little while ago.



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Darlene - I am sorry that you are having so many problems with your IBS and lactose intolerant. I also have those lactose intolerant issues with my IBS and it is a double whammy! I guess you should maybe wait for an or so after you have milk products to test things and be certain that you will be okay. I wish I knew more of more options for you.

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I just keep being afraid to go anywhere because of my IBS. I am having problems dropping all dairy, but I seem to be okay with cheese (at least most) since it is lower in lactose, and Lactaid products. My doctor said we just can't have me being afraid to go out of the house. She also wants me to get over the IBS problems so I can go back on the Metformin for my diabetes, but I am hoping that the exercising might make that unnecessary. Now if I can just get out of here without freezing since it was below 30 today. That was after 84 yesterday.



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Darlene - the same thing happens to me when I take Imodium. I will be constipated for a few days and miserable. I am happy that my D doesn't happen as much as it used to. But when it does I am so miserable. Happy that your truck is working now. Hope that you don't have anymore problems with it.

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I still don't get notifications for this team, at least not this forum, so don't get on here much. I've been having a lot of problems for about a month or more. Even my smoothies weren't working. Finally was told to not have milk because I was probably lactose intolerant. Maybe that is so. I got Lactaid milk and ice cream and the pills for it because I have a lot of trouble giving it up altogether. I also got lactose free yogurt and almond milk. So far it seems it might be helping, but I had to take Imodium a couple times so I really can't tell. Imodium totally messes me up for several days.

Anyway, I was able to make it through the day the last couple days okay. Thursday I had some long walking since my truck decided not to start. Never figured out what was wrong with the truck. When Danny came Saturday it started right up and ran fine today, too.



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I have had a rough weekend with eating too many calories and not enough exercise. I really haven't had any issues with IBS which is good. Just have stayed pretty busy.

Perrybabe - I have more of a problem with D than C. Therefore, I am not sure about it.

Janette - are you still coughing or have you gotten over the illness? I hope so.

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Okay, I have a question. For any of you who have IBS-C, have you noticed a change since losing weight? I used to go after every meal when I was at my heaviest. Also, if I have a big meal, I'll go to the bathroom. However, I can often go 2-3 days between bowel movements. When I finally do, I usually see a significant drop in the scales. Likewise, if I haven't gone for a day or so, I don't weigh myself until I go again. I don't take much laxative, but I do use stool softener, so when I do go, it's not agony.

I just wondered if anyone here has seen a difference since losing weight. Is it a good one or bad one?

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Thanks! This is actually more of a dry heat like you would get in the desert, which actually helps to dry out the stuff in my lungs. But the going back and forth and back and forth, doesn't help. And when it gets too hot it just drains my energy, doesn't matter if it is a dry heat or muggy heat. I just don't do so well with the heat any more. I use to go out to the desert a lot growing up and it didn't really bother me as much then. But once I was getting closer to middle age it started wearing me out. I am spoiled like don't like it too hot or too cold. But at least with cold you can put on more clothing or blankets. When it is hot, you can only take off so much clothes, especially with a teenage boy in the house.

I still have a tickling in the back of my throat making me cough on and off, my bf and my boss said they have the same thing happening.

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I am feeling so much better. My IBS has not been acting up for a few days. It makes such a big deal in the way you feel and look. I am so happy to not be bloated. But the bloating will come back as soon as I eat something that I shouldn't. I am keeping up with exercise and drinking plenty of water. It does help.

Janette - keep doing what you are doing. It must be horrible to have asthma. I hope that things are better soon. I know that the temps in southern Cali are very hot now. Does this make your asthma worse?

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Yes, with my asthma it can take weeks or even months sometimes. I have tried to be really careful about not getting too cold with fans on me even on warm days. I figured sweating out the cold might be better for me. Especially at night time. I always have a harder time of it at night and in the early mornings. If I really felt like I needed cooled down in the day, I cracked open a window, or turned a fan on low, but aimed it away from me. In the evening I would turn the fan on in my room a little before bed to cool the room off, and then turn the fan off shortly before bed, or aim it away from me and only leave it on for a short time. I kept trying to drink lots of warm fluids and herbal teas.

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Janette - happy to hear that you drank herbal tea and wrapped up. It sometimes takes so long to get our strength back. Bronchitis takes awhile to go away.

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I hope you all are feeling better. My IBS has been doing fine since on the Pepcid. The bronchitis seems to have gone and the sinus infection. But I still have a dry cough and tickle in the back of my throat at times, and started sniffling and sneezing again on and off too. The last two days I felt warm and clammy, almost like it is trying to start all over again. And yet yesterday was a cool and stormy day. Today was warmer and I was feeling on the chilled side today. So I bundled up and drank a lot of herbal tea again and just took it easy. Tomorrow we are supposed to be in the 90's again, and then the next few days we are supposed to be 100 or more. I will just take it easy tomorrow, as I will be back for another busy day at work Monday. Luckily I should have several days off next week like this week. I think I will be on Monday, off Tuesday, on Wed, off Thursday, and Friday will be up in the air. And I should have next Saturday and Sunday off again too.

My boss is back in Chicago for a few weeks again. He came down sick last week too.

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I have been very bloated. I have had C for a couple of weeks and miserable. Today seems to be a bit better and may go to the bathroom tomorrow, I hope. I have been gassy and miserable. Sometimes I dread going anywhere due to it.

Janette - are you feeling any better. I know that bronchitis can last a very long time.

Health_Now - I have been awakened by an IBS attack but it has been rare. Normally, like Janette, it is stress or a food trigger. I also am lactose intolerent.



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Yes, the small ones here have been put out really fast, sometimes before I even hear about them. The bigger ones are way north of us.

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Thank goodness for that at least.

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Thanks, the fires close to us have been small and not really a problem. The others are not close to us. The big ones are hours away from us.

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I hope you feel better. Are you getting smoke from the wildfires by you?

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Thanks! I am in Escondido, Ca. I am still fighting the bronchitis too. Went to bed really early yesterday and tried to sleep in today. Just tossed and turned, hot and cold, and coughing. I have today off, so just taking it easy today. Tomorrow will be a long work day. I will check out some other places this weekend or when I am feeling better. All my best to you too.

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I don't know where you are located, but you got a great deal for 2 pairs of glasses. I paid over $500, with a discount, for a new pair 3 years ago. Last year I was quoted $550 Per Lens! In Manhattan!!! I was shocked, still am.
I agree Wal-Mart options wouldn't appeal to me either. Good luck with Costco.

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Thanks, still fighting the bronchitis, but hopefully it is on it's way out. Yeah, my doctor's office should have gave me the shot a couple of months ago when I was in there. I think they were waiting for them to come in or something. As they talked about it but put off giving it to me. And then I came down sick before I could get it. I am sure they will give it to me later.

Walmart was so high in price! From the slides they were showing me on their plans on an electronic tablet, there are basically three choices of different plans with three different choices for some stuff to choose from in those plans, like how wide the spot was in the middle of the lens that you would look out of, or how thick or thin, how curved or straight the lens was, what the lens was made of, etc. And all of them were expensive. And they didn't have any hand outs for you to take home to think about the different choices. Their cheapest plan had only a small strip in the middle where you would have good vision, and on the peripheral vision it would be really blurry like the glasses were fogged up in that area from what they were showing me, so you would have to turn your head to see to the sides. The middle plan just had a little bigger strip down the middle of the glasses, and still a big area on the sides of both lens that looked fogged up and blurry. And even their best choice the strip still had fogging and blurry areas on the sides. So it would always be like having blind spots when driving or whatever. It might have just been that the pictures they were using to explain the peripheral vision were really bad examples. My glasses that I got from Cost-co the two times before that I got progressive trifocals don't have huge foggy and blurry blind spots like they were showing in the pictures. And I don't remember them showing me plans with really bad blind spots like that either. I just remember them asking me if I wanted anti-glare and anti-scratch coatings on them and stuff like that. My glasses do have where text on my far peripheral vision will be a little harder to read, but it is not like a big foggy and blind spot when walking or driving like the pictures they were showing me. Walmart had so many more choices than I remembered from before, and I didn't really like what they were showing me on their tablet with the choices of poor peripheral vision with any of it. And didn't like their selection of cheap frames either. And I don't really want to pay $100 or more for just the frame. And if I am paying hundreds for glasses, I don't want big foggy and blurry blind spots in them. There is very little distortion at all with my glasses no matter where I look with them. It is just that they got scratched after 5 yrs of wear and tear, and the coating is deteriorating and making little blurry spots where it is going bad. And I need just a tiny bit stronger reading glass part since I am reading a lot of small print for work. But I will just keep using a magnifying glass when need be at work until I figure this all out.

I was going to get new prescription sunglasses and new glasses for work/reading/driving. Now I will just use my old prescription sunglasses as they are not scratched up and the coating on them is fine, and my vision didn't change that much for driving. It is more a reading issue with bank statements with small text for the little pictures of cashed checks of clients. Last time I paid about $300 for both pairs. Now that is about the cheapest price I am being quoted for on pair of glasses. I didn't even go over all the plans or look at the glasses at the doctors as I was hoping to get away with maybe only paying $400 for both. And she looked at my medical card and thought that I might have some coverage on glasses, but she didn't take my ins for that part, just for the cataracts and glaucoma check up. And so I went home and dug out my booklet and called to verify and I didn't have any coverage for glasses. I had to be under 21 or a certain age and in a nursing home, or pregnant and not having the new glasses would be a danger to the child. Those where the only times they would help with the glasses.

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Yes asthma makes clearing any respiratory infection harder & the cough seems to linger. I hope you are better soon & remember to get your flu shot when this passes.
I wear progressive lenses & need a new rx, but I'm holding off to 2018 due to the cost of lenses & frames.I reused old frames last time & only paid for the lenses, but now they need replacing too. I don't have any vision coverage so I pay 100% plus the doctor. I completely understand checking around for costs. I don't know about lenses, but the markup for frames is very high.
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I still have a bit of bronchitis holding on. Being asthmatic and with tons of allergies, I just get sick way too easy. I haven't seemed to be bothered when the boss or clients come in sick.
But when the kid gets it, his dad and I always end up with it. I had took three days off from work for it. But then I needed to go back into work as we had too many deadlines we had to deal with. And the boss is only in our ofc a few days out of each month, with just me in the ofc myself until closer to the end of this year or start of next yr. So it was a really busy week, I even had to go in for a bit today.

Then I went to Walmart to check out their eye glass center and got stick price shock again, just like when I went to the eye dr's ofc the beginning of the month. I think I will check out Cost-co tomorrow or next weekend. That is where I got my glasses the last two times. But the last time was in 2012, and seems like the prices have at least doubled since then. Good thing my vision didn't change that much and my prescription sunglasses are still in good condition. I think I am going to end up just forgetting trying to get new prescription sunglasses this time. I have progressive Trifocals and they are just so expense now. And my vision coverage just covered having my eyes checked for Cataracts and Glaucoma. Not for the new vision test and RX, that cost me $50, or anything for the glasses themselves.

All my best to you all always. Janette

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I usually don't have any problems with IBS unless under a lot of stress. Sometimes certain medicines can bother me though, like the baby aspirin messed with my stomach and stirred up IBS-D for a bit. When my IBS gets stirred up I can get cramping at any time. And it happens a lot when I try to lay down or when I get up, when I am having it. Sometimes my lower back and bad left hip even gets in the act with it. And usually after I have a bowel movement the cramping and pains will go away or lessen.

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I was awakened by GI cramping @3:35 am & for the next 90 mins passed through all phases of IBS.

I'm so relieved to be off today & not have appointments to keep. I was able to go back for much needed sleep.

Does anyone else get IBS attacks that wakes them up?

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I hope you are feeling better.

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The kid and the bf got sick and I caught it. I am still fighting it. It went into a sinus infection and is trying to go into my chest too. I slept most of the last two days.

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I am over my cold. I am so glad that it is finally gone because I had quite a lot of coughing. My IBS issues have been better for a couple of days.

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I thought I was coming down with the kids cold, so I loaded up with Vitamins, fluids and rest yesterday. Feeling better today. And luckily he went back to his mom's this morning with his cold. So maybe I can avoid it.


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They mentioned maybe putting me on cholesterol meds the first of this month and I said "No", let me try to change it with diet and exercise again like I did in 2013. I was doing good after that in 2013, but then didn't see the doctor in 2016 or until just recently, so I back slide that 1.5 I didn't go to the doctors. But getting back on track now.

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I think I am catching the cold the kid came over here with yesterday from his mom's house. At least my stomach and bowels are a lot better now with my pepcid.

I know what you mean Darlene, it makes me nervous to get put on more medicines or to have procedures as I always wonder what they are going to cause next.

My brother said the cholesterol medicine was the worse for him, not the diabetes meds. The cholesterol made his muscles weak and his bones and joints hurt. And he knows that it started after that medicine, not the previous meds. and when he doesn't take it he starts to feel better.

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Even though IBS has been challenging with C all week, this morning I have passed through all phases of IBS, but that is actually a good thing because I have a family reunion luncheon & I can be comfortable that this is over for today.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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I am starting to think that anything a person takes to help with something like a headache or allergies or whatever, other than food, will mess with your body. Always they are advertising something that will be great for you to fix what you have, but if you listen to the side effects they are so bad I am afraid to use anything anymore. Having diabetes I really need to take something for it, but the one that has the least side effects causes diarrhea. Then there are those that cause hypoglycemia, some cause more amputations, some cause heart attacks. Don't want to take anything that is just going to cause more problems.

Linda, I hope that you will feel better very soon. Having a bad cold just doesn't make the day go well.



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All the best to you all always. I am mostly working part time 3 days a week right now unless I am needed to do more. Like the week the boss comes in each week to do reports and the bookkeeping run. Some times I have to do scanning and emailing and other stuff for work at home too.

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I changed from Zyrtec to another med and it really has helped my C. I am wondering if that has been messing with my belly lately. Right now I have a cold and not feeling well. Actually did not feel like eating much yesterday or today. Hoping tomorrow is better.

Janette - you are still busy at work...have a great week.

Darlene - sounds like a busy time at the dog show.

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I haven't gotten to the green chili yet. I know what the chili rellenos do to me, painful, but hasn't caused the problem red chili does. I don't remember the chili as soup. I made potato/cheese soup and did okay with it except for the gas hitting. Had 3 meals of that. Next I am going to do stew or beef stroganoff.

I made it in plenty of time to the dog show, but found out after I got there that CenturyLink didn't send my email through that told me I wouldn't be needed. So got all the way there by 7:15 and it was too early to get Fancy's feed, so just decided to wait and watch some of the show. The lady stewarding where my breed was going to show decided that since I was sitting there anyway, maybe I would like to do the stewarding at the outside table and told me to ask the head steward if that would be okay. So I did steward after all. Got a free lunch out of it, but didn't ask for any pay since I hadn't been needed. I did enjoy being able to do that. I have often thought I would like to steward, but have never had a show close enough needing stewards. And a friend of mine got 2nd in group with her ACD.



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I was kind of wondering how your body would handle the green chili peppers. I don't do well with chili peppers, or even bell peppers. I hope you feel better asap.

And thanks too. My stomach is feeling better and better each day. So the medicine is really helping.

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Glad your medicine seems to be helping.

Since it's going to be cold this weekend (or at least quite a bit colder) and everything was frozen I made chili. Apparently I can't handle that. Tonight it is potato soup. Hope that works out okay. I really don't want to have any problems tomorrow.

Got the alarm set for 5:00. Hope I get to the dog show on time. The head steward hasn't answered me on when to be there and what to wear.



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All my best to you. I took my new medicine last night and I felt much better today than I did the day before.

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That is what I am trying.

Today I got a headache again and used peppermint oil instead of taking anything. Guess that has to actually be mixed with the carrier oil. I had olive oil on my face already (I use that with some frankincense for moisturizer), so I just put the peppermint oil on over it. Boy, did my eyes burn. I used it on my forehead and on my cheekbones. At least I didn't have too bad of problems when I went out to a farm stand (which turned out to be a Wednesday one, not Thursday). I went to another one that I like to get just a couple of things and found I can use my stamps, so got my green chilies, too. It's going to be much colder this weekend and the beginning of the week, so I am going to make some soup, including the green chili. Last year I used some of those frozen green chilies from the store and it turned out horrible.

I'm not looking forward to the weather this weekend. As far as I know I will still be working at the dog show and there are outdoor rings. Probably where I will end up.



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I don't use sugar or sugar subs in my drinks, or oatmeal, or such. I use honey. And even it I have cut way back on how much I will use, and in what, and how often. I try to get most of my sweet fix from fruit now.

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Thanks!

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Oh, wow. I just looked up the side effects of ibuprophen and it says it can damage your intestines. Guess I need to definitely stop taking that. I had also read that sugar substitutes can cause problems with intestines, so my sugar substitute will only be natural ones. Not helping the diabetes, though, because I like sweet things too much. Now I have to find how to make things without something like Splenda or any kind of sugar alcohol. Might take a while to see how it helps.

Janette, I hope all your tests will come out okay.



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Have a great evening everyone

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Darlene - yes, it is so difficult to find something that works for some of our problems - without causing other problems. Aspirin does cause bleeding in the stomach.

Janette - hoping all went well today at the Dr.

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I had been doing the ibuprofen because the Tylenol didn't help too much and I can't take aspirin or my stomach starts burning and bleed. I've never tried Aleve,

Janette, I hope all went well at the doctor.



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I have not had too many belly issues over the past couple of days. We plan to eat Italian food and hope that it doesn't cause a problem. Many times it will cause gas and an occasional bout with D. I have been drinking a lot of water. I am also exercising a lot which often helps me.

Janette - good luck with the doctor tomorrow. I hope that they can find a fix for your belly issues.

Angling - happy to hear that your meds do work for you.

Darlene - I don't take ibuprofen because it rarely works for me. I have to take an aspirin per day due to my cardiac issues. I hope that the peppermint oils work for you. I often drink peppermint tea.

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I have heard that different pain pills can cause issues with your bowls, "D" or "C". And I know that Aspirin and Ibuprofen can be hard on the stomach. I always avoided Aspirin as I was warned as a child not to take it because of my asthma and allergies. And Ibuprofen is hard on my stomach so I avoided it too. I always took Tylenol. But when I was diagnosed with gallstones and a fatty liver, and was told my liver wasn't working so well they told me not to take Tylenol any more. They told me to take Ibuprofen, so I took it with food and hardly took it. Mostly I was taking Aleve muscle relaxant as it seemed to help more with my scoliosis muscle aches. But it too, has to be taken sparingly. And it can cause issues with bowls.

My doctor's before warned my to stay away from the fibers like Metamucil and such as your body can get so use to it that then it doesn't want to do it's job without it, and you could end up needing to take more and more. I was told to use natural stuff like oatmeal, rice, bananas and toast to deal with my IBS. And that is what I started to do again with this. I haven't seen my newer doctor for this yet, I see her Tuesday. So not sure what she is going to say. But I know I would rather do natural foods, herbs and such. Or just take medicines for a short period, not for a long time to deal with it if possible.

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Fiber is the "go-to" answer for most doctors but it causes problems for many ibsers.
Haven't heard that ibuprofen aggravates ibs but most anything is possible. See how it goes when you don't take it.

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I keep getting told to take a fiber supplement. Only problem with that is then I get the runs that just keep going all day. Well, maybe I could lose weight that way.

I have had problems all week. Today probably because I went to lunch with my friend, but I don't know the rest of the week.

I am wondering if Ibuprofen could be causing some of the problems. I have been having headaches and taking that only about once a day, but wonder if that causes IBS problems. Maybe I will use some peppermint oil to try to get rid of them for a while. Too late today. I already took it.



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Janette I hope the doctor can find the source. Even low level GI issues are wearing when they persist. Feel better.

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I was dealing with ulcer like feelings that I thought was from starting a baby aspirin at night time like my doctor wanted. I only took it for 4 days and had stomach issues. Stopped it and stomach was still acting up. Now it looks like it might have turned into IBS with some cramping on and off and loose bowls. But it's not like real "D", I don't have the real urgency to go and I am not running back and forth to the bathroom with it. It hasn't really been much of an issue with my work. Just uncomfortable on and off, and more of a nuisance than anything. I have been feeling off every day since the 2nd of this month. But it comes and goes during the day and some days are worse than others. I go back to the doctors on Tuesday for it.

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Only one or two episodes with D since I started taking Amitriptyline 25MG that my gastroenterologist prescribed for me, which is something of a miracle for me. Unfortunately, trying to swing the other way, though. Not enough fiber or water. He told me to take Benefiber daily, but I haven't started doing that yet.

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Been busy with work and such again. My IBS still hasn't been acting up for some time now. All my best to you all always.

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Thank you all for the tips. Feeling a bit better. I normally have D but then it alternates - perhaps, due to food. The gas pains can be horrible. But I do find gas pills that sometimes help. If I think to do some yoga with a lot of bending, it sometimes helps as well.

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Hi Linda. Posted from phone& created new item instead of replying to you..
I noted enteric coated peppermint oil caps, chewing gum, coffee& ice water, & oil to help with pain & C.
I also use max, 250 mgs, Phazyme for gas.....it's so helpful!
I hope you're feeling better!

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I've been having all of it the past 2 days. It is miserable. I was reading about enteric coated peppermint oil caps helping with pains. I'm going to check my local pharmacy to see if they carry it. Sometimes adding oil to salad or other veggies helps. Chewing gum can help trigger movement. I'll do it while walking, again it helps sometimes. Also coffee in the morning followed by icy water. Hope you find relief soon.

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i bought vinegar hard to take peppermint tea works good for me have a cat in lap so typing slow hard to follow all the walking u guys get in wow
last week the ibsd 4 days so stopped the poly gycol or miralax now other on weigh-in

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I have been suffering from the alternating IBS. This past week has been more of the C. I hate it when I am bloated and suffering with gas symptoms. I have been taking fiber so I am not sure why this has been happening. I also have been drinking plenty of water. I also have been exercising and getting movement. I am hoping that something will help.

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Sorry I have been MIA. I have been busy with work and such. I just went back to the doctors the beginning of this month and then again on the 29th after not going for two yrs. My blood tests were not as good as I hope, but they could have been a lot worse too. My liver isn't doing so well again and my bad cholesterol is up a little again. So I have been put back on fish pills, my blood pressure medicine, and a baby aspirin each night now. I have to watch more closely what I am eating again and lose some weight again or they want to put me on Cholesterol medicine which I don't want to start. I know when my brother had to go on it his muscles and joints really started to bother him and I have enough of that going on as it is, I don't need medicine making it worse.

I had started doing a lot of walking with lady friends before the doctor's appts and my feet were bugging me, turns out I think I just needed new running shoes. After getting them I haven't had issues again.

Last weekend my right foot and leg got all bite up by something and really bugged me. I think I was having an allergic reaction to it. My shoes rub a lot of the bites and make it worse too. So I have been wearing flip flops the last few days that don't rub on the bites. I think it might have been fleas or spiders. No sign of fleas on the dogs or in the house though. It looked more like flea bites to all that saw them and the doctor said lots of people are coming in with the bites right now.

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I am always looking for recipes to try. It gets hard when you can't eat many things. Great idea.

I am still doing my smoothies, but am having problems with them being too high in carbs. I just opened a new carton of yogurt, so it will be close to a week before I can get a new carton. I am learning there are some things I cannot put in them, too. I was adding clove and that caused problems, I think. I tried eating something else one day to start the day and that triggered an IBS episode. Somehow I have to figure out how to get the smoothies enough lower in carbs so I won't have problems with the diabetes.



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Thanks for the idea about recipes. I will make a thread. I will also see if I can find some good recipes.

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We have a wonderful team of over 140,000 people. That is a great number. It is unfortunate that most people do not come to our message boards. We are inactive team. I am encouraging you to give suggestions for new ideas to make this team active again.
I was really sorry to read this but I will make sure that I stay active here and will consider any ideas I can come up with to communicate with our team. How about recipes or cooking ideas? Has that been done?

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Darlene - I recently tried the apple cider. I honestly did not see any improvement. It may work for some but not for me.

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I would guess that after you've been hit with IBS problems several times, any time you go out in public (or in some cases out of the house) stress will hit and cause the IBS to hit. I know that happens to me. I would just get ready to go out the door and it would hit, so I think stress had something to do with it.

Meanwhile, I need to not have anything but my smoothie at breakfast. Tried some crackers today and that wasn't too good, though I didn't get really bad.

I have read often to drink warm lemon water or water with a spoonful of apple cider vinegar to help with digestion. Have you tried that and has it helped any if you have? The warm water is supposed to wake up the digestive system. I have tried it, but it didn't help me.




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I often find that whenever I am invited to a dinner event, I often find that I have issues. It could be the food or it could be stress. I just hate that.

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You're right, Carol. I don't think I could go to a party like that. I have trouble enough with any eating out. I'll see what happens on Sunday when I am supposed to go out with my cousins. Don't know where they are going to want to go.

I am back to the smoothies working, I think. I did try some chia seeds in them and had some problems yesterday. I think the cookies Saturday were also still bothering me. Today I actually got out to take Cassie for a walk in the rain (light mist kind), went to the gym, went to see a friend, and did a little shopping. That is usually hard for me unless I have taken Imodium. Had to get more protein powder, though.



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The worst thing is when you're invited to a party at a pizza place which I've been invited to twice. People do not understand. They just say to try just one piece.

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Today I had a good day but a bit of acid reflux tonight instead of IBS. I ate chocolate cake and that is always so bad for me I am sticking with water this evening.

Darlene - I sometimes don't get notifications either. I often go back and click the notification list but it still happens.

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I hadn't had pizza for some time until yesterday. I've been continuing the smoothie breakfast and from that only had one problem with that. I made one with peach and that didn't work as well as berries. Other than that, the only real problem I had was eating some cookies. I gave the remainder of the cookies away. I am learning that some things don't taste as good anymore since I started the smoothies.

I did find out one of the things that really hits me with the gas and it's something I really like, so I got some store brand Beano. Hope that will help. Now to find where I put it.

I still don't get the notifications from some teams. Some only part of the topics I will get something. Doesn't make sense to me.



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Yes, even one piece of pizza can do it. It really is annoying not to be able to often socialize at certain restaurants because we do not know how much it can bother us. The gassy feeling is horrible when at a social setting. I hate it!!

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Thanks, I do not think I will plan on trying it just in case. I am like you. I have the problems with foods causing gas or if it is really bad pain. I am doing so much better since I am on a restricted diet. I cannot have greasy foods either. Some people just do not understand. They'll tell me to just have one piece of pizza lol

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I do have issues with cauliflower and some other veggies. The biggest problem I have is gas. I don't get D from it. My biggest issue anymore is stress or fried foods. Since I retired, I don't have D as often, because the stress is gone. However, I will say that some foods that bother me on occasion don't always bother me. It is not always consistent with me.

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Hi Linda, I'm glad your cataract surgery went well. My sister had that done as well. I'm supposed to have it done in a year or two.
I have a ? I was wondering if you know. Is cauliflower a trigger for you even if it is in a soup. I know it is a trigger for people with IBS, but I was unsure about it in the soup. I chose not to have it just in case, but was wondering about it.

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I hope that everyone is feeling well and has a great week. My cataract surgery on my right eye turned out well. My left eye surgery will be on August 8th.

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