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  • Made an appt with a local ENT. After someone mentioned polyps yesterday I thought I'd at least let them have a look. Looking back, I remember when I started eating Primally and people were talking about how their congestion and stuffiness improved with the removal of wheat and what not, and I remember thinking that I wasn't experiencing that and wondered why. Looking back even further, I have had a stuffier nose for at least 8 months. Work Friend said her friend has polyps and one completely closed off 1/2 of her nose so no matter what she could only breathe through one nostril. I've noticed my right nostril is always clearer than my left. So, maybe polyps are the answer? I don't know.

    Anyhow, a friend of mine works at the ENT office and she made my appt for next Friday afternoon. She said I may end up with a CT scan so I called my insurance to make sure I woudln't get dinged for a CT scan fee. Insurance rep said it's covered. Thankfully b/c our Health Savings debit card is BROKE! No money left. We've already burned through $1,000 in co-pays and prescriptions. That's ridiculous. Glad I'm no longer taking Rx pills for mental health. That used to be $80 a month.

    Speaking of mental health... my appointment with the psychiatrist is next Monday. I'll be telling her that I've stopped taking my meds. We'll see how she reacts. What I'm MOST interested in is for her to see my weight loss. She weighs us each time we're in there (I guess to see if we're gaining weight because of meds or maybe even for dosage decisions? who knows). It'll be great to step on the scale and show her a 20 lb loss.

    It's kind of raining today. Really short light showers is all we're getting. I wish it would just rain and rain and rain. We need it. They're saying the midwest is going through a drought. I can see the price of produce skyrocketing...

    Day 12 of the Whole30. No binges so far! YIPPEE!! Gained 2 lbs this week. Maybe from muscle repair b/c of LHT on Wednesday? It still hurts to walk. Very tender meat on my legs right now.

    Yeah, I think that's all I've got... I hope everyone's having a nice day.
    Primal since March 5, 2012
    SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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    • Visiting an ENT is my next step in dealing with allergies and post-nasal drip. If there's something about about my sinuses or nasal cavities, they might be able to tell and it could be impacting my congestion. I'm not even going to touch that visit with a 10 ft long pole right now, as I need to find out from insurance if it's covered first, and I just don't have the energy to bother right now.
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      • Oh, forgot to mention that I added a supplement. I added a Tart Cherry extractive supplement. It's supposed to help reduce inflammation, so why not? The bottle said to take 1 capsule, but I don't see the harm in taking 2 so I took 2. I look at it as eating one bowl of cherries, and then eating a second.

        I've noticed a HUGE change between how my body feels on the days I take my cod liver oils and when I don't. Things are stiff and tight and don't want to operate right when I don't take them, and a naturopath like person who is friends with me on facebook and a HUGE paleo advocate said that taking more fish oil will make my blood thin, causing shortness of breath and all that jazz, and suggested I add tart cherry. Since I'm not eating grass-fed yet (can't afford), I'm concerned about all those Omega-6's overwhelming my Omega-3's, and wondered what the harm would be in taking more Omega-3. She suggested this, so I decided I'd try it. See how it works. Let the Omega-3s work on the Omega-6's and let the cherrys work on keeping things flexible.
        Primal since March 5, 2012
        SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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        • I worry about my O3/O6 ratios too, but for whatever reason, after taking supplements daily or even multiple times a day, I STILL never remember to take my fish oil capsules. I don't recall ever noticing anything really different while taking them (initially tried them for depression), but I do have joint pain sometimes (usually after wheat exposure, but sometimes randomly) and wonder if that would help.
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          • I love my Fish Oils. If I take nothing else, I at least take my fish oils. I started them as a depression tackler too, but later realized they worked for my inflammation as well.

            I am now 3 weeks medication free... still zapping some. Just thought I'd throw that out there. lol

            G*D DAMN MY NOSE IS THROBBING!! STOP THROBBING!!!
            Primal since March 5, 2012
            SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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            • I am VERY pleased to hear you are seeing an ENT. Sinus infections can be dangerous if left to go on for too long. And if you do have polyps you need to them removed before you will see an improvement in the infection.
              1. Love ME no matter what noises are screaming at me, or who is trying to tear me down.
              2. Eat to heal
              3. Move to live
              4. Embrace today
              5. Live with intention
              6. Respect my body
              7. Cultivate joy
              8. Find my passion
              9. Meditate on peace in my soul

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              • So I'm at a loss as to what to discuss today b/c I feel really icky. My sinuses are really dragging me down. Right now I'm doped up on a cocktail of Bendryl, Sudafed and Tylenol. Not much relief to be had, either.

                I've started taking a tart cherry supplement for inflammation. Each morning I was waking up with stiff ankles and I'd literally shuffle to my daughter's room when she'd call. I spoke with someone about this (a Paleo life coach) and she suggested I take tart cherry instead of more Fish Oil (that was my question - can I take more fish oil). I started taking it last week. But I still had stiffness in my AM. then it dawned on me... Geesh, dummy! Take the cherry at night so it is able to reduce inflammation while sleeping, and use the Fish Oil for during the day inflammation. Geesh... lol So, I took it last night. Today, no shuffling to my baby's crib. Nice!

                I wanna brag about this a bit... I got an A in both of my classes this term. So far, since starting my graduate program, my lowest grade was an A-... All of my classes have been graded on papers we've written, so apparently I'm a pretty good writer...

                Now I just have to figure out what I want to do my Work Action Plan on (have to find a project to tackle at work that I can write about) and my thesis... the thesis has me worried. I have one semester left to figure it out. Then I have to start writing. I would like to do something about the paleo lifestyle, but it has to tie into leadership somehow and I'm just not sure how to connect them.

                I have an appointment with the psychiatrist today at 1230 CDT. I wonder how that's going to go... I'll inform her that I've stopped my meds, and she'll see that I've lost 29 lbs (it'll probably look like 20 lbs to her since I've eaten and lost some weight before the last appointment). I'm sure she'll be interested and intrigued by my progress. I look forward to shocking her with it.

                And right now, I am so frustrated with Microsoft Outlook. It is so incredibly slow today! Freezing up constantly! I'm trying to clean up the calendars and it keeps giving me the spinning circle of death. I hate Outlook.

                Other than that, I'm doing well. Day 15 of the Whole30. No binges or cheats so far. Doing great. Total loss is 7 lbs to date. Yippee!
                Primal since March 5, 2012
                SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                • Are you still trying the neti pot or waiting till you see the ENT for more info?

                  Congrats on your awesome grades!

                  Could you tie paleo in to leadership via being a paleo guru? And by that I mean, people like Mark Sisson. He's a leader, and he's part of the "paleo movement". Not really knowing what your assignment is, sorry for vagueness.

                  Let me know how the psych apponitment goes! Fingers crossed for ya

                  I hate Outlook too and I'm generally a Microsoft/Windows fan (it's easier for me than Mac environments, usually the opposite for average users, so I guess I'm not an average user). If you want to sound techy, you can complain about the slow email servers instead of the program itself. Our servers are outrageously slow, which is the #1 reason why people have email issues in my office, NOT because Outlook itself sucks.
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                  • You're probably right, Tasha, about the servers being slow. It's just frustrating to me that it literally takes minutes to open a new email message instead of the split seconds it should take. I'm not patient enough for outlook anymore. lol

                    Okie... psych appointment. I got there early like I always try to do b/c I like to read in the waiting room. But today, my gut had different plans. Not sure what the hell happened, but I had horrible abdominal pain, I was burning up and sweating profusely JUST from the cramps. I went to the bathroom and things got better. I felt like I could puke and shit myself all at once. The cramps felt horrible! Like contraction cramps, that's how strong they were (however, after having 2 kids, I know the difference). So, that took up my extra time... lol

                    Because I overpaid or something, I am to be expecting a $39 refund from Trinity (the hospital where my psych is located), so that was a plus.

                    The doctor came and got me and we went to her office/room. She weighed me. 192. Last time I saw her (March 12 or so) I was at 215. 23 lbs lost. She was amazed. She called it "pretty significant weight loss" and mentioned that she can really see it in my face and asked if anyone else who hadn't seen me for a while had noticed. I told her she's the only person I hadn't seen in a while.

                    Anyhow, we talked for a bit about this and that, and then she went through my medication list. She mentioned that I'm taking Lexapro and I said "No. Not anymore". She looked at me and I replied that I haven't taken the lexapro for over 3 weeks. She asked me to explain the scenario, so I told her about dropping to a half dose, and then skipping a day for a while, then skipping 2 days, then getting up to 4 days and finally not taking it anymore. I told her the zaps just stopped yesterday (as I haven't had one yet today - I'm uber excited about that, by the way!!). She asked about the deplin and I told her my bottle ran out so I decided not to refill it (even though it's a medical supplement of folic acid and not a "medicine" like we're used to). At first, she seemed rather upset that I stopped taking it, but she seemed to open up to it a bit more when I answered her question about how I feel now compared to when I was taking it. I told her I feel exactly the same as I did before. I don't feel sad, I don't feel anxious... I feel level.

                    She agreed to discharge me as long as I agreed to see a doctor if I notice any symptoms coming back and asked me if I would feel comfortable calling her office if things started up again. I told her I'd probably call my primary doctor since she's the one who was covering my medication needs until I started taking ADD meds (she wouldn't play with ADD meds). See, I've been experimenting with medications since 2003. I'd try one, move to another, move to yet another and try that one over there and on and on it went until I thought maybe we should try a different diagnosis. ADD (or bipolar disorder, psychologist wasn't sure because they both present about the same in adults) was the diagnosis and Adderall was the med. That was short lived (about a year) because I wasn't comfortable taking it anymore, can't remember why now.

                    Anyhow... she made me promise, and I promised, that if any symptoms came back or were bothersome, I'd see my doctor. She said she's mostly concerned about Seasonal Affective Disorder this winter. We'll see. She thinks that maybe the new diet I'm living is producing the necessary serotonin to stabilize my moods. She looked through my It Starts with Food book, and said that because she's a vegetarian, she would have a hard time implementing any of the Whole30 rules, but that's neither here nor there. Everyone says they can't handle the rules until they muscle up and try them.

                    I don't know if she was confident that I am ok and making the right decision or not, but she knows what I want and made it a point to give it to me. And honestly, if I'm not coming to her for medications, there's really no reason to keep going back. I didn't tell her about the supplements I'm taking or anything that I think are helping out significantly b/c well, it just didn't get brought up. Either way, I'm closing that chapter of my life. No my Psychiatry!! That's almost exciting enough to put on Facebook!! lol


                    ***EDIT*** I remember now why I stopped taking the adderall... it made me really depressed - like so depressed I fantasized about suicide. It took me into a deep dark hole so I stopped taking it. Cold turkey. It scared me too much.
                    Last edited by jenn26point2; 07-16-2012, 12:01 PM.
                    Primal since March 5, 2012
                    SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                    • Hope the appt with the psych went well........ and great job on the whole30!

                      I'm going to try to find some of that tart cherry stuff too! Couldn't hurt!

                      ENT this week right?

                      All A's!!! Can you hear me cheering from Oregon? Good going, girl!
                      1. Love ME no matter what noises are screaming at me, or who is trying to tear me down.
                      2. Eat to heal
                      3. Move to live
                      4. Embrace today
                      5. Live with intention
                      6. Respect my body
                      7. Cultivate joy
                      8. Find my passion
                      9. Meditate on peace in my soul

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                      • Tomi, I found it in the "natural foods" store we have around here. But I bet you could find it at a GNC or something. I was told to try the juice, but someone else told me it was available in capsule, so that's what I sought out.
                        Primal since March 5, 2012
                        SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                        • That sounds like a really productive visit. I've definitely had that "What are you doing..." look from doctors before when I tell them I went off my meds. I understand their fears and it's always a strange feeling to explain yourself. "Look, I really DO feel better/the same." I think I read something saying that It Starts With Food has a veg*n section?
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                          • It has 2 pages on veganism and vegetarianism. Pages 240-241... I wouldn't really call that a section. lol
                            Primal since March 5, 2012
                            SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                            • Ooops looks like our posts overlapped. Wow - good visit! and YEAH no more psych visits! Amazing what the right kinds of foods can do - even in the brain.

                              Next........... get that sinus thing cleared up! What day are you going to the ENT? I'm thinking you said wednesday........ Friday?
                              1. Love ME no matter what noises are screaming at me, or who is trying to tear me down.
                              2. Eat to heal
                              3. Move to live
                              4. Embrace today
                              5. Live with intention
                              6. Respect my body
                              7. Cultivate joy
                              8. Find my passion
                              9. Meditate on peace in my soul

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                              • Friday is the day and I cannot wait! I'm supposed to donate blood prior. Do you think they'll let me donate with a sinus infection?? I haven't been on antibiotics for a while now so my blood should be free of them... Something tells me they're only worried about virus infections and antibiotic exposure... guess I'll find out Friday.

                                Today the sinuses weren't too bad. No pounding in my eyebrow today. Just stuffy. This morning my nose kept itching like I was going to sneeze, but I never did. Makes me thing this is really allergies and that something just needs to be done to clear up the sinuses, rather than this being a chronic sinusitis thing, ya know? Well, as much as I'd like to, I really don't know, so I'll have to wait to see for Dr. Tomek says on Friday.
                                Primal since March 5, 2012
                                SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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