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Plant Based-ish… So Far

Today is the first day I have felt (mostly) good. I even took a shower! I know that seems like par for the course for most people but when everything hurts I try to stretch out the time between them.

I am not cutting out all meat. We went tailgating Saturday and I had a couple of Cuban sandwiches. They were delicious! 

But other than that I have been eating a lot of her an beans and some steamed veggies. Oh and oatmeal for breakfast.

Tonight I’m going to pick out a recipe to try and buy all of the ingredients. I’m a little worried I won’t get everything I need if I don’t get a variety. So I need to work on that.

I have lost 4 pounds so far. 

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Vegan To Be

So I have cut out most meat and dairy. Most being the operative word.

 I was really excited about this then I got overwhelmed.

I don’t cook. It’s why I hated Paleo stuff. And the recipes take so many ingredients.

So my new game plan is:

1. Keep an open mind

2. Use Pinterest to find easy recipes

3. Pick 1 or 2 recipes to try at a time

4. Keep adding vegan meals until my kitchen is stocked and I have more confidence

Maybe this is a slow way but I feel it is right for me. If I get overwhelmed again I may quit so slow and steady it is!

Forks Over Knives?

It’s October and the weather is changing. In response my body is complaining. But this time my finger tips (some not all…yet) are swollen. My left foot is too. 

Is it arthritis? Who knows for sure but I do know that I am too old to say “owie owie owie” every time I take a step.

I hesitate to say I’m going to do something about it because I have before then either didn’t follow through or only did for a short time before giving up.

There is a documentary on Netflix and I watched it last night. It’s so hard to know who is lying. Maybe it’s a little truth and some lies?

In the documentary people tried the plant based diet for 2 weeks and saw results. 14 days isnt that long right? 

So my go to book place is the lovely and free library and I checked out “The Forks Over Knives Plan.”

I’m going to read it. Really read the whole thing and see how I feel about it after. 

Something has to give and wouldn’t it be nice to not have pills and doctors to worry about?!

To be continued…

It is the little things..

I’m going to see my oncologist today. Am I worried that my brain tumor is back? Not exactly. If it is, that means needles. I recently had blood work done for a steroid shot in my hip. It took them 7 tries!! I have had this hope that one day the infrared vein finder thing would come out and I would no longer have to suffer through them trying to find and sometimes dig for a vein. These people shattered that hope into a million pieces because they had one and still had to call someone else in with dopplar to get it. They usually use dopplar after you are asleep. Guess how fun it is when you are awake! Then I spent the weekend worried that they wouldn’t be able to get an IV. They did, thank goodness, and in the first try. Then I had an MRI and they needed to put dye in through a vein. He got it on the 3rd attempt. So no I’m not worried about the big stuff like brain tumors. I’m worried about needles and veins. 

Snowing

Psoriasis sucks , obviously. It is so thick on my scalp that it looks like its snowing when I run my fingers through it. My hair is also falling out at alarming rates. I swept a small mountain of it up from my bathroom floor and I’m pretty sure its the reason my cat was sneezing. He stopped after I vacuumed. I look like I’m sunburned and peeling but I guess it could be worse. I could look diseased!

I tracked the Pinner test and It should come in today! I really hope it works. I think it takes a week to get results.

That being said, though it is still everywhere, the psoriasis layer is thinner than it has been so I’m very happy about that. I started using T-Sal on my scalp and have noticed some results. More sun this weekend and maybe I’ll start to look normal. My doctor thinks I’m funny because I tell him it looks good when most would just cry. When I say it looks good I mean it ccould be worse. You have to roll with the punches. Tears do not make it better and no one wants to be around a whiner.

Pinner test

     My sister cane over with a flyer for a food intolerance test called the Pinner test. It’s really expensive. I went on the website and started to order it then saw the price… $490! So I backed out but they still had my info and called and emailed. Since I didn’t respond they offered a discount. My doctor (the regular family practice one) said she was neutral about it. Since I have been considering this test I have noticed my psoriasis change to an angry red after I eat cheese. It’s a shame because I love cheese.
     My best friend once said I always order the cheesiest thing on the menu. You can’t go wrong if it has a lot of cheese, right? She’s also the one who told me to try paleo. I have seen on some sites that you can have tests done if the AIP doesn’t work or work well. If I can eat something that will make paleo easier without having to add it back in later that’s what I want to do. It could be a waste but my niece’s dietician believed it worked. We shall see!

Flaming Tuesday

Today my psoriasis is red hot. One of my coworkers promptly pointed it out that my face was more red than usual and wanted to know why. I don’t know. In the past my fanciful imagination led me to think it was because my medicine was hard at battle with it but today I’m thinking more realistically that its a flare up. From what and what to do about it? Is it what I’m eating? Was it the sugary snow cone I had? I have been looking into the paleo diet. I lost 27 pounds on it last year but no one talks about how you pay your medical bills while paying for grassfed everything. Yes, they have tips…. Make a list, only buy what you need etc. AIP Paleo means no eggs or nuts or seeds. I guess it is worth a try. Maybe I’ll eliminate bread and cheese first then move on to other stuff. There are some videos on YouTube that show you how to cook some of the meals. I’ll need that so I don’t waste groceries on failed attempts. In the mean time I’m going to take the turmeric pills and see if they help the inflammation.

Recovery… Kind of

I feel so much better! That is not to say perfect. I took a dose of Enbrel Thursday evening and by Sunday I actually felt like a human. My knees still hurt some and my hip but that isn’t arthritis anyway. Unfortunately, I think I have discovered why I was having vision problems the past year or so that I was taking Enbrel. My psoriasis is a smidge better but I did not expect more as its only ever helped with it not cleared it. I have been trying to swim and get some sun but I’m freezing most of the time so its hard to stay in the water and then the wind once outside the pool. I’m not sure what to do about this. My only plan is to try and lose weight ASAP and hope it helps.

Oh the pain!

After I wrote that last post, I went to my dermatologists office and he said that the ACV didn’t work. All of my motivation to try it went right out the window. Even with honey it is still gross. Neither the Turmeric pills nor the soap made a difference that I can tell. My doctor was really pushing Cyclosporin and at a higher dose since I was no longer on anything else except an anti-inflammatory. That was not enough and after awhile I expressed my wish to go back on Enbrel (oh the horror of a biologic). I know a lot of people don’t want to use them because they COULD cause a lot of stuff but my neurosurgeon had never had a patient that had been on biologics before. Otherwise healthy people get cancer and brain tumors. So my doctor said I could go back on Enbrel in 2 weeks but in the mean time he wanted me to take prednisone. After having gained all the weight I had lost earlier back from the previous steroid treatment I wasn’t a fan but for two weeks, fine.After 3 weeks I called the doctor’s office again and it changed to he didn’t want me to go back on Enbrel until he saw me again. At this I wanted to scream, looking at it now that could have been the steroids talking. So I told him I was stopping the steroids since I did not want a giant swollen face like I had before. I knew I wasn’t supposed to just stop them so I lowered the dosage until I was off. My skin flared so I guess it wasn’t slow enough. I had a trip to see my niece graduate high school 15 hours away. Each day I felt a little more pain. At first I was like I got this I can take it! However, it took me 3 days to recover from that trip and I was miserable. My doctor even said I looked miserable when I finally went in to see him. Then it  took almost a week to get the medicine in. If you don’t have arthritis then you don’t know what it’s like to wonder if you can stand back up once you have sat. I found myself working standing up if I wasn’t going to sit for long because it didn’t seem worth the effort that it would take to get up again. The doctor gave me pain pills. Take 1-2 every 4-6 hours. They lasted 3 hours per pill. I only took 2 when I was going to sleep because pain or no pain I still have to function. That didn’t last all night. I was so desperate that I took prednisone last night with the turmeric pills. I was so excited that I felt better I thought it was the turmeric but really it was the steroid. I grew up taking that from age 12 o 18. I never understood that the reason I thought about food all the time was because of that. I thought that it was me. After I lost weight at the beginning of 2015 I stopped thinking about food so much so I noticed when it happened again. I never want to be in the position to have to take it and when I feel better I am going to work on losing weight to help my psoriasis and my joints. I am already changing what  eat but I hope that the Enbrel will enable me to move more and burn more calories. I took my first dose of Enbrel today after work. It isn’t immediate but I have hope that I will feel better soon.

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