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    A counselor once told me that dreams are just the mind trying to work through something. I think my fear of having my purse stolen or lost comes from my feelings of insecurity and vulnerability. I've never been one of those confident, in control type of women. I always feel a bit fearful. Not a trait I'm particularily fond of - but I think it comes from growing up fatherless. Women develope so much of their confidence and self-worth from the love and nurturing they get from their father. I didn't have that - and mom was too self absorbed in her own little world to be much help in that department.
    With you on that! My father died when I was 12 - shortly afterwards I read an article in a psychology magazine that was all about how that was the absolute worst age for a girl to lose her father, as you say her self-esteem comes largely from dad, and that is a prime development age. And here I am at age 53 still remembering that article like I just read it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tomi View Post
    I'm sick............. feels like flu - but I had a flu shot. Headachy - body achy - sore throat. getting my jammies on - letting hubby wait on me - sitting on the couch all evening.
    This drives me bonkers every year... the flu shot does not protect against what everyone thinks is the flu. It protects against the respiratory flu that kills people - not the pukey/poopy flu. That is caused by a gut virus, not a lung virus.

    In 2007, October timeframe, the army gave me a flu shot. My dr told me they issued it too early and not to expect it to work b/c the flu season was predicted to come early spring. Sure enough, April 2008, I was up and down feeling really crappy, but not puking/pooping. One day I'd feel great, the next I'd feel like death warmed over... I had a fever, felt very lethargic, and all this other crap, dizzy, winded easily, just in general wiped out. But because I was doing change-over in the Army (b/c I was being discharged and someone else was taking my place) I had to go to work every day. I felt like garbage. But, I thought it was a cold that just wouldn't go away. I went to urgent care and they told me I had bronchial pneumonia. Then my ears plugged up. That threw my balance off and I got dizzy a lot, so I went to the VA hospital for a check up. The VA decided to do a second chest xray to look for pneumonia b/c they didn't think it was pneumonia and did an influenza test (which included snorting saline and doing a farmer's blow into a sample cup). During the chest xray the clinic called the radiologist and told them to put a mask on me b/c I had gotten influenza A - the bad one (but not the one known as Swine flu - that came in 2009 when I was pregnant with Makenna).

    Anyhow, there is DEFINITE difference between what people call the flu, and what is protected against by a flu shot. BIG difference. I'd MUCH rather have the stomach virus b/c that's gone in a couple of days. The Flu A that I had kicked my ass for two weeks. I always thought they were the same thing until that spring... Oy, it was NOT fun.

    FWIW, the doctor told me the reason I still go the flu while having a flu shot is b/c they gave it to me so early and the CDC had predicted a late flu season and advised doctors to hold off on flu shots until December b/c taking it early would allow the flu virus to mutate to overcome the flu shot...

    Anyhow, it's a general misconception that the flu shot prevents the pukey flu, but it does not. With that, I hope you feel better super soon.
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    So sorry you're feeling sick, Tomi. Not fun.

    I wonder if your body isn't functioning in famine mode, when it hoards every calorie it can get, and tries to pack on weight every chance it gets, and develops very intense cravings for fattening food. That's the result of trying to lose weight too fast, for too long. Our bodies need a break from deprivation, or they go into defensive mode. You might be better off forgetting about trying to lose for a while, and just concentrate on eating healthy and maintaining your weight until it is effortless. Keep in mind, I am not an expert, so I could be out to lunch on this. Do some research on ghrelin if you're interested.

    Father issues. Hmm. I didn't go through what you and Siobhan did, (it was my mother who left at a very vulnerable age) but my father was very distant emotionally, so I did very much crave masculine attention. But at least I didn't have to deal with the security issues.
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    Oy - parent issues. We do the best we can when coming out of a "less than perfect" childhood - but there are always scars and wounds to deal with. The concept of having a father is completely foreign to me........ my dad died when my mom was just 3 months pg with me.

    So - i'm not quite so achy today - just weak and blurry brained. My sinuses are trying to fill and my upper throat has that tightness and tenderness. Flu or just an URI? Either way - I'm not going to work which is fine cuz my work station is in total disarray from the new carpet thats going in. Boss texted and told me I didn't need to come in if I felt icky. Its nice to have the boss say "stay home" instead having to make that dreadful "calling in sick" phone call. I've always hated having to do that.

    I haven't walked in 3 days now............. I'm going through withdrawls.

    Jenn - I haven't had the vomit/poopy type of tummy virus in a very long time. Thankfully!!!! Yes, most people will call that the "stomach flu" but its not a flu at all. Its a bacterial or viral thing. Usually when one person in the house gets it - everyone gets it! Very contagious. Real flu is body and head aches, swollen glands, fever, chills, coughing and sometimes stuffy head. Of which I am exhibiting every symptom!! So, I guess I will have to say this is the flu and not just a cold. I was lucky enough to get swine flu the year it was going around. 104.5 fever.......... sicker than sick for a solid week! One day I told my husband I thought I was going to die! and I truly meant it!!! Actually, a classmate from high school did die from Swine flu. This current illness will pass quickly I think.

    Yesterday I ate 3 strips of bacon, an orange, about a cup of mashed cauliflower and 3 oz of ham. Total calories, less than 500. So not much food - but not much appetite, I'm just listening to my body. Today - no food so far. Its noon. I've had a cup of green tea with pomagranate. and about to have another.............

    Weight today 185.6. Nowhere near where I wanted to be but, what can I do? I shouldn't have relaxed over the weekend and had rum and cookies. Even though I still kept my calories at weight loss numbers............ the rum and sugar and grains just kill me. I have got to find a better way to relax ---- and not have it be in going LAX in my diet. Maybe a weekend movie - or some other kind of weekend treat is what I need.

    Hubby's mouth peice isn't completely stopping his snoring but has reduced it to tolerable levels! Most of the night he is silent - once in a while he will snore - but its not that roof rumbling snore that wakes me up and keeps me up for hours! So, all in all I will call the mouth peice a success.

    Son put earnest money into escrow He's waiting for the sewer pipe report and then will decide what things he will ask the seller to fix. Simple little things that should have been done before the house was ever put on the market. A couple of wall outlets are not working, there is no door knob on the back door (dead bolt only I guess) - not anything major. If all goes smoothly he will be closing by mid-january. Wow............ this has been a long road - and I wasn't sure if I would ever see him get to this place in his life. Having a kid with severe social anxiety is tough!! Getting him through school was a nightmare - a boy with an IQ of 142 shouldn't be flunking his courses!! He never missed a day of school.......... but he wouldn't do his homework. A classic genious under-acheiver!! But, he finally got himself together and is handling his anxieties and taking control of his life. I'm proud of him! He's a good kid - doesn't drink or smoke - and his anxieties have kept him out of any type of social stuff --- so, at the age of 26 he has yet to have a girlfriend. Honestly........ I don't think he's ever even kissed a girl. I do know he's straight - cuz he's been in trouble several times for looking at internet porn - as a teen - if he looks at it now - I can't do anything about it! ........... and he makes it very known he would love to find a girl to spend time with. He doesn't want kids.......... and for that I'm thankful because honestly - he wouldn't make a good father. I had him tested for Aspergers and Autism when he was younger because he displays traits of both syndroms. Came out neg to both - just severe social anxiety (causing him to be socially retarded) and boarderline agoriphobic. I think he's doing well at tackling both. In a month he will be moving out and taking on the role of a homeowner. thats a big leap!!!! Can't say I'm not nervous for him.......... but this is what he wants to do. I'd rather see him move into an apartment before taking on the enormous responsibility of owning your own home. But he has his reasons for taking this route and I need to just support him.

    I'm rambling because I can't do anything today except take it easy......... and I hate watching TV during the day - I love the house nice and quiet.

    So far I'm finding little benefit to taking the MACA root supplements. I am only at 1050 mgs a day though - and Marks article said something about taking up to 3 grams per day. I do feel a bit more energy that I can attribute to the addition of the MACA to my pile of pills. Today I'm going increase the dose to 2100 mgs. thats 2 pills in the morning and 2 pills with dinner. I've do that for a month and then try to increase it to 3 grams. They are 525 mgs capsules - so I'll have to go to 6 pills = 3150 mgs. I hope thats not too much. Maybe will just go to 5 pills. 2 in the morning and 3 with dinner. If I don't see a marked increase in my libido - I will stop taking them. The added energy isn't worth the money.

    I'm not sure adding potassium is doing anything for the hands and feet cramping either. Doc said to take more, but I'm not seeing a real big difference. Seems to come in waves - I'll have lots of cramping for a while and then it goes away for awhile. Very weird. I think I'm going to be cutting down on some of the supplements soon. I take:

    Multi-vitamin and minerals
    Super B Complex
    Vitamin C - 1000 mg
    Calcium 1000 mg (that has a bunch of other stuff in it too) I should probably take 2000 mg.
    Vitamin D3 - 8000 units
    Vitamin E - 400 units
    Iron - 18 mg
    Potassium - 1200 mg
    Seriphos (for adrenal support) not really sure whats in it - but the doc told me to take it. It says "Phosophorylated Serine/Ethanolamine" 1000 mg Proprietary Blend
    MACA - 2100 mg currently

    when the Seriphos is gone I won't buy more. I'm going to stop the Potassium cuz I don't think it really helps with the cramping. I'll keep taking everything else I guess. Unless the MACA doesn't show a great improvement on my libido and then its out too.

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    I don't see any magnesium in your list. That might help with the cramping.
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    it gives me severe diarrhea! there is some in my Calcium - 160 mg. I use it when I'm constipated and needed a good "flush" Otherwise, I stay away from it!
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    nearly 2 pm........ still not really hungry - but it seems to be a good time for a little bacon!
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    Hope you're starting to feel better, Tomi.

    That's very exciting about your son. So great that he is taking this victory.
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    Any time is a good time for bacon!!!

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    Hope you're feeling better today.

    Weird that you can't take magnesium. Calcium and potassium need magnesium to be useable by our bodies... makes me wonder if getting in the habit of taking a small dose of magnesium (despite the initial diarrhea) would help with the cramping and the body would adjust and accept it instead of giving you diarrhea. Seems odd that an essential mineral would be rejected by your body like that...
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