BEACHSANDPIPER's SparkPeople Blog BEACHSANDPIPER's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community IBS Sufferers: I'm Going to Try this FODMAP Diet for my IBS I providentally ran across this information about a diet found to be effective for sufferers of IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), which I have had pretty much all of my life but was only diagnosed in my mid-30's. I am also lactose intolerant, so having bouts of diarrhea or constipation are common, even with Beano and Lactose enzyme supplements. My worst symptom is gas, and distended stomach (even when I was slender) and that has been a daily problem. <BR> <BR> However, I recently began to ... Sat, 31 May 2014 22:09:49 EST Slow & Steady It takes a while getting back, but my logging has helped and I am losing just over a pound a week. Long way to go just to get back to where I fell off the wagon, but I see steady progress and body changes only apparent to me but I think of those things when I get discouraged and tired. Thu, 29 May 2014 23:57:49 EST Another Year Older & Hope Wiser and More Healthy I hit a milestone year yesterday, and last year was very eventful. For a long time I have known the knee surgeries were coming and kept putting them off and now it is a relief to have them done, though the healing seems so slow and painful. I am off pain medication except at night for my back as needed, but the knees continue to stay stiff whenever I'm not up and active and yet I tire a lot when I am. <BR> <BR> Went to Walmart to get some home rehab equipment but didn't find what I need,... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 17:45:08 EST Home for Christmas and Begin Outpatient PT New Years Eve Me --- <em>224</em> <BR> So happy to be home with Hubby & Pinky. Pink treated walker like I was in a cage so it worked well to keep her from bowling me over. In Her excitement. Now I either use cane or nothing to get around the house though my knees are still stiff in the mornings or after prolonged sitting or napping. <BR> <BR> I wondered why I stayed so tired but am still anemic from blood loss from both surgeries and also got Shingles. <BR> <BR> I have the most terrific therapist... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 23:01:24 EST May get to go home Wed. or Thurs. Haven't found out release date yet but am doing everything requested. Annxious to become less dependent on others and return to some semblance of normalcy! <BR> Still tire easily but exercises become easier. <BR> Tue, 18 Dec 2012 14:25:07 EST My sister died last Friday &is in Heaven now <em>198</em> Thanks to all who held her in prayer. She mercifullywent to join Jesus n her sleep! Wed, 12 Dec 2012 16:17:06 EST Trading one goal for another greater one Since Nov. 26th I have been either the hospital or a full time rehabilitate Center. I had full knee replacement one one knee and went to a full rehabilitate facility. That worked great. On Monday I got the second knee replaced and will go back to rehabilitate another time. This knee should heal faster. Everything is going so well except that I lost a lot of blood and was transfused each time and put a diet to build me up which has also led to gaining weight back. However I am going to be ... Wed, 12 Dec 2012 16:00:18 EST Bye Bye For a While - Will Check in after surgery. Well, it's finally here, the night before surgery but I'm sure I'll be so busy and excited tomorrow I won't have time to post or even log in. I'm taking my Kindle Fire with me to use with the guest wi-fi at the hospital but it'll be later in the week before I will probably get the time, if then. <BR> <BR> I'm excited and nervous too, excited to finally get the knees done and nervous that I'm not as prepared as I want to be. I keep thinking of more things I want to get done, etc. So far ... Sun, 25 Nov 2012 22:08:41 EST It's Almost Time! Everything Must be Ready for Surgery/Rehab after tomorrow! So many things to do. Thankful for my blog-friend Senimo, I will be all packed. Sat, 24 Nov 2012 22:25:15 EST Already Thanksgiving here (12:08 am) and I haven't gone to bed yet. Paid bills, settled finances, talked with a buddy from my water aerobics (I have missed all my classes this week due to readying for surgery), got my hair colored and blow-dried though I usually walk out wet and let it air dry in the summer, and especially as short as it is now. <BR> <BR> I connected on my call from the hospital regarding my medications and surgical history but not on the pre-admit appointment, so I'm just going to show up Friday morning for my cross-match blood type test ... Thu, 22 Nov 2012 00:24:09 EST What a Day! Really Caught Up in Pre-Surgery Rush! I had two doctor appointments today, one for surgical labs, second one with 4 different people at the Surgeon's office. The labs were easy but I had to be fasting, so I was really ready for breakfast by the time I got home. I did a very large laundry to have everything possible clean that hubby and I would need for the foreseeable future. <BR> <BR> First the case manager who told me the time of my surgery, went over meds, reviewed labs, signed papers & releases, etc.; second, the Physician... Tue, 20 Nov 2012 22:19:42 EST 9 Days and Counting to New Left Knee It's getting close and so many things to do. The 3 days before Thanksgiving are full of medical appointments (exam by reg. Dr. to OK surgery, appt with surgeon, get final blood tests) and then I hope to get my hair color touch-up (yeah, it's going grey and white underneath). Not much planned for Thanksgiving, small dinner at home, but will do some preliminary chores. Friday start prep for hospital and rehab, shop for final home provisions. Saturday and Sunday church, maybe some final gar... Sat, 17 Nov 2012 16:15:56 EST Accidental Drastic MakeOver for Knee Surgery Well, I only intended to get my hair cut shorter so it would be much easier to care for during my recover (I never have had much knack for fixing hair anyway.) So off I go to the beauty shop and tell the gal how I want my hair cut, going on at length about following the wave and not too short, and the areas I need covered to hide facial structure flaws, and I thought I had communicated. Well, apparently not, because about a third of the way done she had me look in the mirror at the back and... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 21:15:42 EST A Sweet Offer My sweet nieces, over 700 miles away, offered to come and help me while I recover. One, a nurse familiar with rehab, even offered to provide my physical therapy for me as well. Going to take leave from work to do it too. So nice, but I declined, because I would much rather see them under more pleasant circumstances, though the thought of good home-cooking without hubby under or over-cooking things or thinking a cup of soup, crackers and a brownie makes a good dinner. Oh, and creamed spina... Sat, 10 Nov 2012 20:14:00 EST Getting Ready for Double Knee Surgeries Wow, the time is flying by. I'm increasing my workouts and working through pain so that I will improve muscle tone before my knee replacement surgeries two weeks apart. The first one is the Monday after Thanksgiving. It's going to be a difficult recovery but I'm used to working hard and through pain, so though I know the pain will be worse it will also mean I'm healing and headed toward no pain (in the knees at least!) <BR> <BR> I gave blood today for my surgeries in case I need it and ... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 19:28:04 EST It Appears the End is Near for My Dear Sister My sister whom I just returned from visiting has apparently suffered a heart attack and is in pain and very weak. She may not last the night. She has asked for prayer but has asked the Lord to keep her wherever He wants her to be. My sweet nieces have been with her to tend to her and comfort her. She is nearing the end of a very long and difficult battle. <BR> <BR> Please keep all of us in your prayers. Thu, 25 Oct 2012 20:20:26 EST Very Satisfying Visit with Sister, Also Dr. Appointment Tuesday to Discuss Knee Replacements. My visit with my sister went very well, the first day she was very ill and mostly out of it but rallied for several days and we had a great visit, even laughing and reminiscing. I was able to massage her feet and legs to help relieve swelling (her heart is failing), and help to get some food in her. She is a tiny thing, nothing like me! It is difficult to see her so frail, as she was a very vivacious and active person. I was able to relieve my niece, her caretaker, by overseeing my sister... Fri, 19 Oct 2012 21:27:00 EST Traveling Next Week - probably last visit to see my sister. Next Tuesday (Oct 9) I fly in the early am to see my ailing sister who is nearing death. We talk daily when she is able and she is ready to meet the Lord. There is nothing more to do for her but she is no longer in hospice care, so long as my neice can keep her medications balanced and keep her comfortable. Hospice may return but she will not survive heavy sedation, so when they come in it will be the end. <BR> <BR> This trip will be both to ease the burden on my niece and to have some fi... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 22:34:24 EST Update on Family As if things weren't difficult enough, my ill sibling just keeps fighting but sliding backward, daily bleeding episodes, has had 5 pints of blood in the past 2 1/2 months! Needs iron infusions this week. <BR> <BR> Then this weekend my sister in law died suddenly, too young. She had early Alzheimer's disease but she and hubby had just bought football season tickets and were to see their first game this weekend. She became seriously ill for about 3 days after being hospitalized a few wee... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 16:00:27 EST Wow! Almost 6 months since my last post. I have been dealing with family medical problems over the past year but these last few months have been very difficult. A close family member in another city more than 700 miles away has been critically ill and despite many prayers and lots of time and effort on the part of many, the situation seemed to worsen. Her caretaker has a business to run and was getting no sleep. Home Healthcare turned out to be disasterous (they would start well, then dwindle to doing nothing, making a quick vis... Sun, 3 Jun 2012 23:26:32 EST Central Florida -- "Indian Summer" in December! What delightful weather we have been having here on the East coast, the weather has been really nice. I'm certainly hopeful that we will have a mild winter this year, with no more than a few "overnight" freezes. Such freezes help clear out undesirable overgrowth but don't damage hardier plants. It is easy to cover a few tender plants the afternoon before the lows and uncover the next morning. However, the past 2 years we have had "hard freezes" that damaged or killed a lot of foilage. I ... Mon, 5 Dec 2011 18:12:05 EST Foods for Low Blood Circulation & Cold Extremities I have always been "cold natured" and have a low-normal temperature with low blood circulation, making me sensitive to the coolness of a breeze, etc., even during hot weather. My hands, feet, and tip of my nose get cold very easily and take forever to warm up. (Anyone else have the nose problem, I've never heard of it except in extreme cold weather but mine can be anytime I get chilled?) <BR> <BR> When doing a SparkPeople search, I found this information on a non-Spark blog and don't know... Fri, 18 Nov 2011 09:10:42 EST Finally got back to strength training & am I sore! I have hit a plateau for my weight loss, and probably because I had been doing vigorous cardio water workouts before starting SparkPeople, they weren't any longer providing enough benefit to my weight loss. <BR> <BR> Since I don't have time to extend those by much and physical limitations make it difficult to do much outside the water (I seldom count short walks with the do, etc.). I knew I had to get back to doing strength training. I used to do it regularly twice a week but, as my knee... Sat, 12 Nov 2011 11:49:33 EST Personal Emergency I have a personal emergency that will curtail my Spark activity for several weeks. I will try to still at least login in daily and post when I can. I am OK, but most of my time will be obligated and I will have difficulty working out, at least many of the days. I will try to track and log what I eat but will have less control over meals and mealtimes as well. Due to increased demand and stress I likely won't have difficulty with eating too much, I will just need to try for balance and ... Tue, 1 Nov 2011 20:32:44 EST Just Got GREAT therapeutic Massage - Ooooo! After 3 days if debilitating back pain and very little sleep, I decided to get another therapeutic massage. Now I'm relaxed and sleepy, ready to catch up somewhat on my sleep. <BR> <BR> This may actually be cheaper than some of the other treatments I get, so I think I may add it into my therapy plan. It works well to schedule a massage after my water workouts, I can go straight into the massage after getting out of the pool and drying off. This could get habit forming! Yeah! <BR> <BR... Wed, 26 Oct 2011 16:59:39 EST Dealing With Sorrow Last Friday we lost an old friend we had not seen in years and I have been dealing with the sorrow. Both we and he and his family are Christians and so I know that he is with our Heavenly Father and Jesus in Heaven now, but he left behind a beautiful family long before any of us would have expected. His death was mercifully quick (a massive heart attack) and he lived a fruitful and happy life, but those of us who remain have to face once again what a terrible price we pay for the sinful na... Mon, 17 Oct 2011 19:37:05 EST What Makes a Particular Kind of Cook? I grew up in a family of 6 children, all close together in age. There was a lot of love but not a lot of money. My mother was a good cook but made inexpensive home-style meals. <BR> <BR> My father owned a small diner and did some of the cooking. I never knew my father could cook until my mother had to be hospitalized when I was about 12 and my father had to cook for us. He was a very good cook but always expected his dinner to be ready and waiting, hot, for him no matter how late he c... Sat, 15 Oct 2011 13:42:42 EST Blessed Sunshine! Beautiful Day! What a blessing to wake up this morning to blue sky and sunshine, no wind to speak of, and with a few puffy white clouds! The Lord brought us through unscathed and we didn't even lose power. Many are saying the rain and wind were as bad as some of the hurricanes or severe tropical storms we've had. There were technical meterological reasons that it didn't get classified as a named tropical storm but they are beyond me. <BR> <BR> I started yard cleanup this morning at 7 am, Sunday's fierce... Mon, 10 Oct 2011 18:10:45 EST Rain Intermittent Today but Gale Winds, Trees Down The rain let up some today, coming through ferociously in rain-bands with sudden violent winds. We lost a giant oak limb (about 15-feet or more, hard to say because it broke in 3 pieces after hitting the fence). Several trees are down in the neighborhood which made early travel hazardous. <BR> <BR> The wind is still ferocious but the rain is less frequent. We cringe every time we hear a thump on the roof, but so far it's been only flotsam and palm fronds. To let you know how fierce the... Sun, 9 Oct 2011 17:41:01 EST Rascal dawg and I both itching for some cardio but rain-bound! It has been raining almost non-stop since last night and looks as though it will last well into tomorrow. We have flash flood warnings, though I am high and (mostly) dry. We get some fairly deep standing water during very heavy downpours but they drain away quickly. <BR> <BR> Doggie ventured off the back porch briefly but has decided to wait until nature's call is more urgent, but getting restless. Opening the door briefly is enough to quash the urge for now, but as soon as it gets light... Sat, 8 Oct 2011 13:32:55 EST Had a Carb Crisis Yesterday I had a terrible carb craving, the "bad" kind, and wound up with some mini chocolate chip/pecan cookies. I was at least able to limit how many I ate and nearly balance my calorie, fat, carb and protein intake but just barely, and it meant limiting the "good" carbs. The craving continued today, and the numbers don't look too bad but the calories jumped up toward my upper limit and the veggie intake was very low! <BR> <BR> We're experiencing tropical weather with rain and high wi... Fri, 7 Oct 2011 20:17:27 EST Build my first grow-box! First time using power tools! The growbox workshop was great, each attendee created a growbox and learned the technique and how to plant them. Suzanne had all the materials assembled and the correct tools, so it went quickly and easily. I had watched my husband use power tools but other than a very small Dremel sander which I have used to trim the dog's nails, I had never used them before, especially the big rotary saw. <BR> <BR> Other than a few scalloped edges that should have been straight, it went quite well. It w... Sun, 2 Oct 2011 10:49:49 EST Attended Grow-Box Presentation by Funky Chicken Farm Last night I attended a presentation at our local library given by Suzanne Richmond of Funky Chicken Farm (web site below ) <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Suzanne's grew up on a small family farm here in Central Florida and began growing her own vegetables at age 12. Now married and living on the same working farm with her husband, she became interested in growing healthier and more healthful plants. While visiting a friend she commented on the tall, dense hedge he had... Thu, 29 Sep 2011 20:26:56 EST WOW- Blessedly almost over bad sinus infection The past week has been like the "lost weekend" twice over! Mostly I missed being outside and all my exercise, strenuous water aerobics 4-5 times a week, also my gardening. Several potted items to be planted awaiting my attention, a couple may not be salvageable. They have been more than a week out of the ground and getting very irregular watering. <BR> <BR> But it is great to be able to smell somewhat once again, and to be up without being disoriented. The sinus infection/post-nasal dr... Thu, 22 Sep 2011 10:52:28 EST Yucky Weekend What a weekend! I encountered ultiple problems from every side, among the worst, my nice 22" flat screen monitor gave out, leaving me in the dark while posting on SparkPeople! My newly adopted dog, who still suffers from separation anxiety, goes bonkers when I am on the computer or at any other dedicated task for any length of time. Needless to say, she went wild as I sought to gracefully shut down the computer without losing anything. <BR> <BR> The hard drive has been acting finicky fo... Mon, 12 Sep 2011 01:44:49 EST Great Site to help have fresh & organic veggies I found this web site from a local flyer at my library. They introduce a gardening concept called "grow boxes" which are easy-care containers for growing your own veggies (or flowers or whatever). I plan to use it for some veggies and herbs. It is slanted toward Florida growers, but that is because of my location, just about anyone could use these. <BR> <BR> In most of Florida these boxes could be used year-round, but even in many colder climates you could build a frame and cover with p... Mon, 5 Sep 2011 12:48:56 EST Like my photo? - Reflects my career, now retired. I was blessed to work at the then Cape Canaveral, now Kennedy Space Center even before the first manned flight, when people speculated that "some day we will send men to outer space and even have a way to live in space. Well, now, after viewing Alan Shepard's first manned sub-orbital flight, retired 10 years ago. and recently watched the final Space Shuttle (boo-hoo-hoo) and possibly last USA manned venture into space. Thu, 1 Sep 2011 20:25:02 EST Well, so much for upping my goal! - Hubby Frustration Well, didn't totally fall off the wagon but ate that last 1/4 cheese muffin I had stowed away in my freezer after my carefully planned Spark meal plan supper was thwarted by hubby "only wants canned soup, eat early, then, no, still only want soup but eat later - Ugh! Scream!! Have to have a lot of patience to make it 50 years, but think hubby is feeling a little left-out because I spend so much time exercising and Sparkin'. I really had to scramble to balance my carb/fat/protein for the da... Thu, 1 Sep 2011 19:41:26 EST Heading into Anniversary Soon - Hope to Dazzle I'll be celebrating my anniversary very soon (more than 5 decades) and hope to wear an ensemble similar to the one on the night we met, celebrate with a glass of champagne watered down with diet ginger ale, a nice lean dinner and romantic music at home, then go out later for "appetizers" where I can get something reasonably healthful and not blow my steady progress. After all, how much "trouble" can we get into at our age.? (Well, a lot, but we'll try not to!) <BR> <BR> I think I'll try ... Wed, 31 Aug 2011 22:38:21 EST