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I still can do what I can do.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

It's been a bit of a struggle as of late with my digestive issues. I have fallen back into old ways of eating and adopted adaptive behaviors in order to get things done.
For example:
I'll have breakfast after going out and running errands. This way I avoid gastric distress while I'm out.
The BRAT diet is loaded with carbs.

However reading WATERMELLEN 's blogs on Back to Beck has reminded me that even through I have challenges right now, I can minimize the "damage".

Setting up my environment, exercise, planning meals, and just plain being mindful of what I am consuming and what my goals are ... should not be thrown by the wayside. I still can do what I can do.

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SLIMMERJESSE 10/23/2014 10:55AM


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Well that didn't work!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Went back to my doctor and have yet another pill. ARGH!!! If this doesn't work it's off to the GI doc. What is infuriating is that usually folks with GI issues lose weight, me not so much.
So ...
What's a girl to do. Exercising has gone to the back burner while I try to quell my abdominal discomfort. The pool is out too. Walking done just a bit. My diet has become laden with mild white carbs. Yuck!
So my life has changed... that means my needs have changed. While relieving pressure on my intestines I can do the alphabet with my feet. So what else can I do? Plenty! I will not let this drag me down.

I will find what does work.

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BA5454 10/18/2014 8:16PM

    So sorry for your medical issues--I hope it turns out okay--hang in there. emoticon

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FEEDTHEHUNGER 10/18/2014 6:48PM

    So sorry this is happening to you.


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DSHONEYC 10/18/2014 3:20PM

    emoticon Keep the faith and do what you can until this is figured out. Sending healing prayers.

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WIFE48 10/18/2014 2:43PM

    Wishing you the best and hope you get better soon!!!! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 10/18/2014 12:12PM

    ((((HUGS)))) Sorry it's so difficult a time for you! Sending healing vibes your way.

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SLIMMERJESSE 10/18/2014 12:04PM

    Sorry to hear this. How frustrating! But you never let it get the best of you and that always reminds me to do the same with my challenges.

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JLAMING263 10/18/2014 11:59AM

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WATERMELLEN 10/18/2014 11:46AM

    Resilience and determination: you have some tough issues, and you know you WILL address them!! Good for you.

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Pumpkin here, Pumpkin there, Pumpkin everywhere.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Whatever happened to moderation!
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The almighty pumpkin should share it's marketing agent with apples, beets, turnips and all the other bounty of the autumn harvest.
Here's one of my Fall Favs
Cider-Braised Cabbage with Apples, Onion and Caraway

What's your Fall Favorite?

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DSHONEYC 10/11/2014 1:11PM

    Not a big emoticon fan. But crazy about all the fall squash!

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SLIMMERJESSE 10/11/2014 12:53PM

    My trip to Trader Joe's yesterday found me amidst pumpkin everything, for real. I love it.

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WATERMELLEN 10/11/2014 12:27PM

    That's a cabbage recipe I love too.

And as for pumpkin coffee??? Nope, not for me.

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1CRAZYDOG 10/11/2014 10:04AM

    Lovin' the pumpkin!

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FORZACHANDMATT 10/11/2014 10:03AM

    Haha - I agree!

Apple pie is my favorite!

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Adaptive Behavior

Monday, September 29, 2014

Yes I did go to the Doctor and received yet another pill. UGH! I'm giving it some time, but am disappointed that the source of my digestive system distress is still a mystery.
I would like to thank all my Spark friends who have urged me to address this issue. When not feeling well it is challenging to be a self advocate. Succumbing to resignation is not what I desire, Resolution is.
This weekend I attended the Coventry Regional Farmers' Market with my husband. He had never been and was impressed with the huge selection.
Native strawberries,(yes native) heirloom apples, tomatoes he had never seen, etc. Thankfully we haven't been hit with a frost yet.
So what did I do to be able to attend, Skip taking meds and eating until after we returned home, Perhaps by this coming weekend the will be improvement.
I want to live life without fear.

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ID_VANDAL 10/1/2014 5:37PM

    I hear you about taking one more pill - I would hope they could solve the problem but then maybe this particular pill will.

I always snickered at older people who had to take their meds - well guess what I'm here and taking 4 meds! Hopefully no more!!!

Keep looking for the things that work for you and make you feel better.



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WATERMELLEN 9/29/2014 9:06PM

    It's so good that you are persisting in finding the answer to the problem Not easy but you are determined.

And like you I was so surprised to find local Ontario strawberries at the grocery store in the fall!

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TRAVELGRRL 9/29/2014 3:33PM

    I am so sorry that your life is so impacted by these "digestive issues" that you fear leaving the house! That's just NOT RIGHT.

Something is wrong. I hope you will continue to search, to try different doctors, perhaps a specialist? until you get a diagnosis.

I know you don't want to hear horror stories, but both my parents were pooh-poohed by doctors who didn't diagnose what was wrong with them until it was too late. While it isn't their fault, I think doctors diagnose based on WHAT THEY KNOW, what they are familiar with, and often are not willing to dig deeper.

Unfortunately, we can't always just accept what the doctors say and we have to be our OWN advocates until we get someone who's going to dig for the real answer.

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SLIMMERJESSE 9/29/2014 1:55PM

    Yes, it is very frustrating when a cause isn't found. Wow, native strawberries. Bet they were delish. Hope you feel better soon.

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DSHONEYC 9/29/2014 11:48AM

    Praying for your healing emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 9/29/2014 11:28AM

    (((HUGS)))) Hope the medication works. PHEW Don't give up!

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Ran away from home..

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

I decided to put my stuff on hold and go see the grand kids, Yes I did adaptive stuff that really wasn't in my best interest, like not eating until 2pm. However that helped me get through the ride without incident.
Now I that I have settled back in from the weekend away, I will contact my doctor and pursue this digestive issue. Being away made me realize how much this issue has impacted my life. It was good to get a fresh perspective.
Now to take action. Thank you my dear Spark Friends for you concern and recommending that I take action.

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ID_VANDAL 9/26/2014 7:08AM

    I think "running away" (at least as you describe it LOL) is a good thing and I like the focus on adapting. You are very aware of your environment and seem to be doing the right things in the moment.

Hope the doctors can get you fixed up sooner rather than later!!

Keep your focus.



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WATERMELLEN 9/24/2014 7:51PM

    Good for you: making plans, taking action, getting that fresh perspective!!

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1CRAZYDOG 9/24/2014 1:22PM

    Good idea to get it checked out. HUGS

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DSHONEYC 9/24/2014 10:34AM

    Thank you for taking care of yourself.
Your emoticon care!

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SLIMMERJESSE 9/24/2014 8:25AM

    Time away is so great for objectivity in looking at our lives. Good for you for going to figure out the digestive situation.

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TRAVELGRRL 9/24/2014 8:13AM

    It is easy to "minimize" the impact of a physical discomfort, but at some point we just have to admit it is beyond our control and get help! I wish I would have gotten help after my ladder fall a LOT sooner than I did, because I ended up wasting a lot of weeks. I think you are doing the right thing.

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NUTRON3 9/24/2014 7:22AM


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    I like the title to your blog, and the fact that you have found that your issues must be confronted. Beyond that, I hope that you had a wonderful visit with your grandchildren; and now you will take good care of yourself . Thank you for sharing this :)


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