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Fear and Loathing in the Dressing Room

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

I got two new pairs of pants at Target today. They are technically pajama pants but they don't look particularly pajama-ish. No flannel sheep! They are such soft flowing pants that they hide all flaws.

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JACKIEWALKS4FUN 10/21/2014 8:20PM

    I see people with real pajama bottoms walking around, at least I think that is what they are, maybe a new style. I am all for comfort.

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1CRAZYDOG 10/21/2014 7:45PM

    Glad that you had a good find @ Target!

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UMBILICAL 10/21/2014 7:44PM

  No fear

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FRAN0426 10/21/2014 7:41PM

    I am going to have to check those pants at my Target by me. Thanks for sharing your find with us Jean.

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What Went - Monday

Monday, October 20, 2014

1. I had bad joint pain this morning. While I think it is due to wheat or gluten I'm not going to be dogmatic yet. Why? Because I've gone nightshade free, gluten free, dairy free, low carb, meat free etc. and I have early results which seem to point in one direction and then over time it all evens out to my normal ebb and flow of symptoms. So I'm still being wheat and gluten free but am not going to be making any dogmatic statements because of it.

2. My bad joint pain has mostly gone away. There are still some remaining twinges.

3. Both kids got done with school. I'm not done because I still have grading to do.

4. I tricked the cat and our gentler dog into cuddling. Both were on dd's bed but separated by a couple of feet. I was petting the cat and slowly moved him so that he was leaning up against the dog. Libby was sleeping and didn't notice the cat yet. The cat was purring - he liked the soft cushy place I'd found him. But then Libby realized with a start that the scary cat was there! She jerked away and of course that sent the cat flying for safety. Silly animals. I show them pictures of dogs and cats cuddling but they ignore me. . . :)

5. I got the car title and tabs taken care of. Despite being taken care of in the very same office and the very same window, I had to get a number for each separate task. Bureaucracy!

6. I was calling the ILs every few hours all day getting bloodsugar readings on MIL. her sugar went down to 64 at one point and I had to talk FIL into getting her sugar up. They really need to go into a retirement home of some sort. They don't want to go to one that doesn't serve Asian food. I've searched the web. One is being built near us - in 2016. Sigh.

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COMPCHIC52 10/21/2014 4:02PM

    you can tell when you are up in the northern area my brother is from the north and the first time I heard him say he was going to go get his tabs I said what's that lol. here in the south we say tags. I can just see it now as he has moved here and him going in saying I need tabs hehe. if you really think about it all they are giving you is the tabs for the tag we get a new tag every 5 yrs here though.

sorry about your pain. Hoping is will ease on you.


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JENNEINAZ 10/21/2014 10:45AM

  I'm sorry the pain was there, but glad it went away.

The food at the retirement home thing is hard. I like to eat food I am familiar with too.

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1CRAZYDOG 10/20/2014 9:36PM

    Glad the pain abated a little bit. That helps.

Good luck w/the grading.

Awwww, cute that you tried to get the dog and cat to cuddle! They're like kids, though, a mind of their own!

Sorry to hear about your MIL's blood sugar issues. **SIGH** It's hard when we have to parent the parents. Going thru that too.

Have a good Tuesday.

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New Wrinkle

Monday, October 20, 2014

I've been gluten (and of course wheat) free for one month now. I'm fairly sure that I got some gluten today because we took the ILs to a Chinese buffet for FIL's birthday. I tried to be good. I avoided all breaded foods and all pastries and everything I knew had gluten in it but. . . . the chance of contamination or even something used as a thickener was pretty high. I have hives and a very itchy rash in my arm pits and my feet are swollen again. I'm not upset though. This shows me that going gluten free/ wheat free was not some over-the-top thing for me to do but actually is for my good. So I'll keep on keeping on and will be even more careful. I put both gluten and wheat free down because I'm not sure if it is actually gluten or wheat. I did go wheat free years ago, while having other sources of gluten, and that worked well for me at that time but things can change too.

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JACKIEWALKS4FUN 10/20/2014 10:45PM

    Sorry that happened, sure does make you realise what you need to stay away from. Hope you are feeling better.

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1CRAZYDOG 10/20/2014 1:26PM

    Sorry you ended up with gluten, but definitely . . . does point to how important staying away from it is for you! Hope things improve.

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COMPCHIC52 10/20/2014 12:34PM

    it could also just be Chinese food is the worst for you . it is loaded with MSG there food it will blot ya for 2 or 3 days. I love Chinese food I had to stop eating it. Man I miss Chinese food . emoticon emoticon

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JENNEINAZ 10/20/2014 10:11AM

  I'm sorry you got glutened, but glad you got the information. One thing you may not have known contained gluten is soy sauce. That might have been your problem.

I know it is hard giving up foods that are familiar and tasty. Hopefully the gains are even better.

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Gearing up for Saturday

Saturday, October 18, 2014

I'm frustrated. I'm in tons of back and rib pain. It hurts to even take in a deep breath. I'm stretching while doing my Lamaze breathing. (Who knew I would be using it so many years after actually giving birth?) If one more person tells me that "the only limitations you have are the ones you give yourself", I just might punch them. Do you know how much normal stuff I'd like to do if my body would just cooperate? Do you know how much pain I am in just trying to remediate my body so that I can even wipe after going to the bathroom without pain?

What I'm doing:

1. Continuing to monitor my bloodsugars. For some reason (the pain perhaps?) my bloodsugar skyrocked up to a 130 fasting this morning. What? So no grains at all today while hopefully I can get things under control again. Plus testing two hours postprandial all day.

2. No sitting without engaging the core muscles - esp. the abdominals. I'm convinced that I need to start working on my core and that will be the only thing that might save me from all this back pain. But just trying to get myself to the point where I'm not in excruciating pain and in spasms so that I can do the stupid exercises. I thought I was there two days ago when I actually wasn't in pain. Then this.

3. Putting on the timer to limit my sitting but also to encourage me to get myself up and slowly work through my chores.

4. Listening to Jack Johnson's music which I find soothing and comforting but upbeat enough to keep me at my tasks.

5. Just ordered PT Peggy Brill's two books - The Core Program and Instant Relief. I also put a hold on the first book at the library so that perhaps I might start even sooner than the estimated delivery date.

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ALIHIKES 10/20/2014 12:15AM

    So sorry. My thoughts and prayers are with you. emoticon

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JENNEINAZ 10/19/2014 11:16AM

  I am sorry you are in so much pain. I can't imagine.

And the blood sugar can definitely be affected by stress so that is the likely cause, but unfortunately naming it doesn't fix it. I hope the books and the exercises in them help with the pain relief.

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FRAN0426 10/18/2014 11:27PM

    I believe you are the strongest women , enduring the pain you go through and continuing to do and re arrange both exercises and eating healthy to try and get to doing better. I can't even begin to think what it is like to go through this every day, but you are one of a kind to continue working at it. The high blood sugar reading more than likely are reflective of the severe pain your in again. Hoping that tomorrow will be better for you Jean.

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JACKIEWALKS4FUN 10/18/2014 8:55PM

    So terrible to be is so much pain. Sure hope you feel better, hope the exercises you are going to do will offer some relief. I remember using the Lamaze breathing too, not just for childbirth, so I do understand that.

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1CRAZYDOG 10/18/2014 4:22PM

    ((((HUGS)))) Sorry you're in so much pain.

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What Went - Friday

Friday, October 17, 2014

1. Does anyone know "The Cat Came Back" song? Sing these lyrics to that melody. "But the pain came back the very next day. Yes, the pain came back. I thought it was a goner but the pain came back. It just wouldn't stay awaaaaaaaaay!" Oh, well. I did get a couple of hours of pain vacation yesterday.

2. Dd12 and I spent the morning at the big Children's hospital visiting the neurologist. As I thought, she has orthostatic hypotension that causes dizzy spells due to a growth spurt, hormones and dehydration. While we were there, she got a flu shot as well, which did not make dd very happy. Both kids need to get them though since I can't get the flu shot and really shouldn't get the flu either.

3. Dd and I ate out for lunch. We went to a small Italian restaurant. They did have gluten free crust for pizza but all the fake gluten free breads I've tasted have been like cardboard so I didn't chance it. Instead, I ordered a nice chicken chili.

4. I got a reply from the library director. She told me that they will not be using this presenter again. (I had complained yesterday in a long e-mail to her about the very poor presentation on Chronic Pain Management.) I have to admit that now I'm curious as to what the other four people in the room thought of the presentation. Did they have the same reaction? I would imagine so but of course have no way of knowing and never will.

5. Dd got out of school today because it was already 2 pm by the time we got home and then we needed to bake for a bread order she had due today.

6. Ds had to do school but I did release him from Latin. I wasn't there to help him and he really needed me there.

7. I got my Fitbit working again.

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JACKIEWALKS4FUN 10/18/2014 11:09AM

    I am glad they won't have that presenter again, must have been other complaints, nice that you are out there and voicing your concerns. Helping others.
Sorry the pain came back.
Glad for the fitbit, I lost another pedometer, so I just get cheap things.

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JENNEINAZ 10/18/2014 9:59AM

  I'm glad that your daughter isn't sick. Sick kids are hard to deal with.

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COMPCHIC52 10/18/2014 5:12AM

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FRAN0426 10/18/2014 12:13AM

    Glad the fitbit is back working for you Jean. Amazing that nor too many years ago we had no electronics or battery tools to help us in our daily lives for keeping track of steps, tracking nutrition, and fitness; now we seem to need them to go about our days.
It is nice that the library director replied to your E-mail, and that they will not be inviting the speaker from the other night back. Nothing more nerve wracking and disappointing than raking the time to go and then leave very disappointed.

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