Daily Menu – Sunday

Sunday Meals 1

Can’t believe I actually managed to have a lie in this morning – a proper one!  I normally wake anywhere between 5.00am and 6.30am, very occasionally 7.00am but today I woke at 8.15am eek  Now as lovely as this was (and I obviously needed it), it put me back for the rest of the day – I felt I’ve been playing catch-up to get all my usual Sunday jobs done and of course this took its toll on my back too.  

I’m finding that I’m having to take more painkillers and more often. I didn’t used to need them everyday and when I did need them I would only need to take 1 or 2 per day, but I’m finding that I’m having to take them everyday and needing to take 4 or 5 – I know it’s still a way off the maximum of 8 per day, but with my liver problems I would prefer it if I didn’t have to increase it for a good few years yet. neutral

Breakfast – 2 x Slices Nimble Wholemeal Bread, toasted (3), 20g Flora Lighter than Light (1) = 4pp

Dinner – 1 x Warburton White Thin (3), 2 x WW Sausages (3), 1 tbsp Tomato Ketchup (0), Mug of HM Vegetable Soup (curried vegetable soup recipe without the curry powder!) (0) = 6pp

Snack – McVities Gold Bar (3) = 3pp

Tea – Gammon in Diet Coke (5), Chips (4), 1 tsp Olive Oil (1), Dry Fried Egg (2), 1 WW Raspberry Swirl Mini Pot (2) = 14pp

Snack – Pineapple and Red Grapes 

Drinks – 2 x Coffee, 1 x Tassimo Suchard Hot Chocolate (2), at least 1 litre of water = 2pp

26/26pp + 3/49wp (Total of 10/49wp used)

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Daily Menu – Saturday

Saturday Meals 1

Have had a fab day today.  Firstly I lost 2lbs this week 😀 That means that all my Christmas gain is now gone and I am at my lowest weight on my journey 🙂

I also had a great NSV – I have managed to fit into size 12 jeans 😀  I never ever thought that I would be able to do that because of my lymphoedema/lipoedema.  They are from Marisota (“fat” shop), but as someone else said to me today they are still a size 12 and I am dead chuffed with it 😀 as didn’t think I would be able to fit in a size 12 – fat shop or not!  I can feel another shopping trip coming on lol 

Below is a pic of me holding my old size 24 jeans (also purchased from that same online shop) and also in my new jeans.  Forgive the creases in them but they have been screwed up in the bottom of my wardrobe redface

Jeans comparison

I’m also claiming another NSV today.  I’m sort of celebrating Chinese New Year with a low fat Chinese ready meal.  I had also bought some M&S Barbecue Ribs (not low fat!), without checking what their pps would be and was going to share these with my son, however I worked out that the pps would be 14pp – for half the pack! eek So I decided on having 2 duck rolls that were in the freezer instead which worked out at 3pp for the 2 of them.  Pre WW, I would have had a full Chinese with a full portion of barbecue ribs and wouldn’t have thought twice about it 🙂

Breakfast – 2 x Slices Nimble Wholemeal Bread, toasted (3), 20g Flora Lighter than Light (1) = 4pp

Dinner – WW Ocean Pie (5), 1 x Warburton Brown Thin (3), 2 x Laughing Cow Light with Emmental (1), Baby Plum Tomatoes (0) = 9pp

Tea – M&S Count on Me Chinese Takeaway meal for one (10), 2 x Iceland Duck Roll (3), 150g Ambrosia Low Fat Ready Made Custard (3) = 16pp

Snack – Pineapple and Red Grapes (if needed)

Drinks – 2 x Coffee, 1 x Frothy Milky Coffee (2), 1 x Tassimo Suchard Hot Chocolate (2), at least 1 litre of water = 4pp

26/26pp + 7/49wp (Total 7/49wp used)

Daily Menu – Thursday

Thursday Meals 1

First day back to work and back to a routine.  So glad to be back to it, I’ve stayed on track and have enjoyed it! 😀 I’m hoping that I’ll have a small loss on Saturday (it would have been bigger but for my little set back over the last 2 days redface).

I got a phone call on Friday from my GP regarding my blood test results and that I needed to see the nurse.  I went today after work and although my calcium levels are good (thanks to my daily OSS and Ambrosia Rice 🙂 ), my Vitamin D levels are low. Because of my history over the counter supplements won’t be enough.  The nurse went to check with the GP that I saw, but they weren’t sure on the guidelines for our area as the GP also does locum in other areas neutral.  So they’re going to check the guidelines for our area tomorrow and will ring me when they know how much to prescribe and when the repeat blood test is needed (could be 1 month time or 3 months).

There are only a few foods that I can find that are high in Vitamin D:

  • Oily fish such as salmon, sardines, pilchards, trout, kippers and eel contain reasonable amounts of vitamin D

  • Cod liver oil contains a lot of vitamin D (don’t take this if you are pregnant)
  • Eggs, meat and milk contain small amounts but this varies during the seasons
  • Margarine, some breakfast cereals, infant formula milk and some yoghurt

So I’ll have to up my oily fish as I won’t be able to take cod liver oil as it is classed as a supplement and I’ll be taking Vitamin D supplements and you can’t take other supplements containing Vitamin D at the same time.  I already eat eggs, meat and milk and I only have margarine at the weekends on my toast (just checked and the lighter than light that I have does contain Vitamin D, however it is the last ingredient listed so won’t contain a great deal.

I tend not to eat too much fish, especially oily because my son doesn’t like it and also it can be quite pointy. However I tend to have a different dinner on Saturdays than my son and with my weeklies intact it means that there is no reason why I can’t have oily fish then.  

Breakfast – 2 x WW Wholegrain Thick Sliced Bread, toasted (4), 20g Flora Lighter than Light (1) = 5pp

Snack – Satsumas

Dinner – Spicy Tomato and Red Pepper Soup (0), 5 x Jacobs Choice Grain Crackers (4), 2 x Laughing Cow Light with Emmental (1) = 5pp

Tea – Pasta Arrabiata (8), 120g Ambrosia Original Rice Pot (3) = 11pp

Snack – Red Grapes

Drinks – 3 x Coffee, at least 1.5 litres of water

21/25pp + 0/49wp (Total of 66/49wp used)

Daily Menu – Monday

Monday Meals 2

The results are in and I have osteoporosis.  It was kinda expected but it’s still something that I have to come to terms with.  I could, potentially, have another 40 years of being in pain, which isn’t good but at least I know for certain now why I have been in so much pain.  I’ve got to have a blood test to check for calcium and vitamin D levels, but other than that there isn’t any other treatment, well there is but seeing as I’m not over 60, don’t weigh less than 7 stone and don’t have a family history of hip fracture then I don’t fall in the high risk category.  If the blood levels are low then I will need to take calcium and vitamin D supplements, along with the pain killers (which he has agreed to put on repeat prescription) which I can live with.

Breakfast – OSS (3), Semi Skimmed Milk (2) = 5pp

Snack – Satsumas

Dinner – Spicy Tomato and Red Pepper Soup (0), 5 x Jacob’s Choice Grain Crackers (4), 2 x Laughing Cow Light Triangles with Emmental (1) = 5pp

Tea – 170g Slow Cooked Gammon in Diet Coke (5), 1/2 tin Barbecue Beans (4), 1 Dry Fried Egg (2), 5 x Potato Crunchies (2), 170g Chobani Fat Free Yoghurt with Raspberry (3) = 16pp

Snack – Pineapple and Red Grapes

Drinks – 4 x Coffee, at least 1 litre of water

26/26pp + 0/49wp (Total of 8/49wp used)

Daily Menu – Friday

Friday Meals 1

A couple of weeks ago myself and my son changed GPs.  I wasn’t happy with the treatment my son was receiving and my sister suggested we transfer to hers.  Thankfully we were both accepted.  We both saw the nurse a couple of weeks ago for a new patient medical and when I explained that I had osteopenia (pre osteoporosis) and that I had lost 8 stone since January 2012 and that I was still having back problems she suggested that I make an appointment to see the Dr as it was possible that I could have full osteoporosis now as the weight loss could have thinned my bones.

I had booked yesterday and today off work a while back as my car was going in for a service yesterday and I thought I may as well make it a long weekend.  So I booked an appointment to see the Dr for this morning.  My appointment was the first of the day and, as is usual for me, I arrived about 15 minutes early.  For once a Dr had sense and called me in 10 minutes before I was due to see him.  

He has referred me for another bone density scan (the last one I had was at least 7 years ago when I was initially diagnosed) and also sent me for a thoracic spine x-ray.  I mentioned pain killers and he agreed that I needed the stronger ones and when I explained that I had problems with swallowing tablets he prescribed the capsules – no questions asked.  My previous GP refused because they cost more than tablets!  Such a refreshing change to see a GP who actually cares about the patient and not about the cost.  

After I collected my prescription, I went to the local hospital and had my x-ray as they had open access.  Now it’s a case of waiting for the scan appointment and then go back for the results.  In the meantime I can relax and feel confident knowing that I’ve been lucky to find a GP who asks what I want (he asked if I wanted an x-ray or a scan – I said that whichever he thought was best) and puts the needs of the patient before the cost of the medication. 

Breakfast – OSS Original (3), Skimmed Milk (2) = 5pp

Snack – Satsumas

Dinner – Spicy Tomato and Red Pepper Soup (0), 5 x Jacob’s Choice Grain Crackers (4), 2 x Laughing Cow Light with Emmental (1) = 5pp

Snack – 1 x Nectarine

Tea – Chicken in Creamy Mushroom Sauce (6), Tesco Wholegrain Microwave Rice (3), 120g Ambrosia Original Rice Pot (3) = 12pp

Snack – Pineapple and Red Grapes

Drinks – 2 x Coffee, at least 2.5 litres of water 

22/26pp + 0/49wp (Total of 15/49wp used)

Daily Menu – Wednesday

Below is what I should have had today.  In reality all I’ve had is rich tea biscuits 😦 Last night, about 8.30pm out of nowhere I started vomiting :(.  I managed to get a little sleep between 10pm and 2am but started again and didn’t stop till 8.30am this morning, of course my stomach was empty so it was just bile.  This time it was green (not the orange I experienced when I came out of hospital) and on looking at NHS choices they said that green bile should be checked out.  I’ve felt nauseous the rest of the day, but thankfully have not been sick since.

I went to my GP first thing (wasn’t making the same mistake as last time!) and he’s not sure what it is, could be 1 of 4 things:

  1. related to gallbladder removal
  2. ordinary stomach bug
  3. Helicobacter pylori
  4. some other bacteria in my stomach

I’ve had to do a stool sample to test for number 3 and if that is OK and I have any further episodes of the vomiting bile then he’ll refer me to have an endoscopy neutral. I have ruled out number 2 as it doesn’t feel like one – at least not any that I’ve had before.

Of course this meant that I couldn’t go to work and because I had 1 day off last November (stomach bug), this is my third lot of sickness in a 12 month period (2nd was the operation) and so I’m going to be put on the naughty list and will have to have monthly meetings with my manager for the next 4-6 months.  Oh well that’s the least of my worries at the moment.

Breakfast – OSS Original (3), Skimmed Milk (2) = 5pp

Snack – 3 x Tiny Satsumas (0) = 0pp

Dinner – Asda Mackerel Flakes (8), Little Gem Lettuce (0), 1 x Pepper (0), 2 x Celery Sticks (0), Cherry Tomatoes (0), Baby Beetroot (0) = 8pp

Snack – 1 x Flat Peach (0) = 0pp

Tea – Cajun Prawns and Rice (8), 120g Ambrosia Original Rice (3) = 11pp

Snack – Pineapple, Red Grapes and Kiwi Fruit (0) = 0pp

Drinks – 2 x Coffee, at least 2.5 litres of water 

24/26pp +0/49wp (Total of 11/49wp used)

Daily Menu – Tuesday

 

 

Tuesday Meals 4

 

I had an appointment to see the nurse after work to check on my wound and although it was still a little bit moist in a tiny area she was happy not to put another dressing on and to let the air get to it – soooo I’m now officially discharged 🙂

Before I left I mentioned about what one of the other nurses had told me early on in my treatment.  She was taking my history and when I mentioned that I had lymphoedema and lipoedema she asked if I was having doppler on my legs, when I told her that I wasn’t she said that once I had recovered I should ask my GP to refer me.  The nurse that I saw today told me that that wasn’t necessary and that she could complete the referral form for me 🙂 The waiting time is 6 weeks but I would then be seen every 3 months (opposed to the 6 months that I was being seen by the hospital), I would have the doppler on my legs (never had that at the hospital), I would be prescribed 2 pairs of stockings every 3 months (opposed to every 6 months) and they would measure my legs every 3 months (opposed to 6 months).

It is now 12 months since I was seen at the hospital.  I should have gone in January but there was bad snow and so the appointment was mutually cancelled.  Another appointment was sent out for 8 weeks later but I was having problems getting time off work and I made the decision to discharge myself.  A couple of months ago I went online and searched for the stockings that I was prescribed (I had kept the box) and I purchased 2 pairs at a cost of £50 per pair! eek

Although I am really happy that I am now able to be seen locally at my GPs (the hospital that could treat me is 45 minutes away), I am a little annoyed that my GP didn’t know that the district nurses would provide this service.  I went over 2 years with no treatment at all, my legs were at their worst (as well as my weight) and I suffered greatly with depression as well as pain in my legs.  I feel that if I hadn’t done the searching and pushing to be referred to the hospital (I didn’t know myself at the time that the district nurses could provide what the hospital was doing) that instead of being Stage I, I could be at Stage II or possibly Stage III now.  Of course losing weight has helped too but even if I hadn’t been overweight (morbidly obese) then I would still have had lymphoedema and lipoedema.

If you are concerned about a health issue and told that there is nothing that can be done. Don’t take no for an answer!  The internet makes it so much easier to search and find out information about possible treatments.  Of course there is also a lot of rubbish health information out there and you need to be able to to differentiate the good from the bad.  On the whole if a site has .org.uk (non-profit site), .nhs.uk (National Health Service site), .gov.uk (Government site) or .ac.uk (academic institution site) then you know it is an “official” site and the information  is reputable.

Breakfast – OSS Original (3), Skimmed Milk (2) = 5pp

Snack – 3 x Tiny Satsumas (0) = 0pp

Dinner – 150g Asda Chicken Chunks Chilli (5), 3 tbsp Lighter than Light Mayo (1), Little Gem Lettuce (0), 1 x Pepper (0), 2 x Celery Sticks (0), Cherry Tomatoes (0), Baby Beetroot (0) = 6pp

Snack – 1 x Flat Peach (0) = 0pp

Tea – Sticky Chicken (7), 1 tsp Olive Oil (1), 100g Baby New Potatoes (2), 70g Sweetcorn (1), Paprika (0), Garlic Powder(0), Peppers (0), Onion (0) 120g Ambrosia Original Rice (3) = 14pp

Drinks – 2 x Coffee, at least 2.5 litres of water 

25/26pp +0/49wp (Total of 11/49wp used)

Daily Menu – Friday

Fridays Meals 3

It’s WI tomorrow and it’s looking like a gain neutral Since the operation, my weight loss seems to have faltered so I’ve decided that next week for dinners at work there will be no more philadelphia or melba toast/wraps.  I’m going to try having more protein instead and hopefully it will help.  I know I have too much cheese (always been my downfall) so need to try and knock it on the head for a while and see what happens!

Breakfast – OSS Original (3), Skimmed Milk (2) = 5pp

Snack – 3 x Tiny Satsumas (0) = 0pp

Dinner – 6 x Melba Toast (2), 6 x Polish Sausage Slice (1), 60g Light Philadelphia with Chives (2), 2 x Celery Sticks (0), 1 x Pepper (0), Cherry Tomatoes (0), Baby Beetroot (0) = 5pp

Tea – Tabbouleh (4), 110g Asda Hot Smoked Salmon Flakes (4), 15g Sweet Chilli Sauce (1), 120g Ambrosia Original Rice Pot (3) = 12pp

Snack – 2 x Nectarines (0) = 0pp

Drinks – 2 x Coffee, at least 2.5 litres of water

22/26pp + 0/49wp (Total of 14/49wp used)

Daily Menu – Monday

Monday Meals 3

 

It was my first day back at work today and on the whole it wasn’t too bad.  It did take me a while to get my head round what I was doing, things that I did without thinking 6 weeks ago. It’s surprising how only after a relatively short space of time away it took a while to get back into it.

They say things come in 3s and that was certainly the way today:

1.   Our identity badge is also a swipe card for gaining access to buildings and rooms. When I tried to gain access this morning it wouldn’t let me!  I was locked out for 40 minutes before a domestic eventually came by and let me in (she recognised me).

2.   While wading through almost 600 emails, I found one from the 20th June that told me I had won a competition (yes a real one!). It was for 4 people for a VIP experience at the local races, with a three course meal and entertainment from Madness for this Saturday (cost £149 per person) but because I didn’t respond they’ve given it to someone else – gutted! If I hadn’t had the infection, I would’ve been back at work on the 18th.

3.   After work I went to see the nurse expecting to get discharged, only to find that it still hasn’t dried up (won’t go into details, but it was the first time I have seen it and it wasn’t pleasant!) so have to go back on Friday and see how it is then after she’s treated it with iodine today. So it could be another few weeks before it’s sorted 😦

Breakfast – OSS Original (3), Skimmed Milk (2) = 5pp

Snack – 3 x Tiny Satsumas (0) = 0pp

Dinner – 1 x WW Tortilla Wrap (3), 90g King Prawns (2), 15g Sweet Chilli Sauce (1), 30g Light Philly with Chives (1), 2 x Celery Sticks (0), 1 x Pepper (0), Cherry Tomatoes (0), Baby Beetroot (0) = 7pp

Snack – Flat Peach (0) = 0pp

Tea – Taco Trays (11), 120g Ambrosia Original Rice Pot (3) = 14pp

Snack – Pineapple, Kiwi Fruit and Red Grapes (0) = 0pp

Drinks – 2 x Coffee, at least 2.5 litres of water

26/26pp + 0/49wp (Total of 14/49wp used)

Daily Menu – Saturday

Weight Loss

I’m pleased to say that the weight has got moving again 😀  I thought that I had hit a plateaux and was concerned about how to overcome it as I can’t really do any “proper” exercise.  Hopefully I’ve now seen the last of the 12s!

Although I can’t do “proper” exercise I’ve been advised that this should help with my lymphoedema and lipoedema as well as provide a little exercise too!  I’m quite excited about it now and can’t wait for it to arrive so that I can get started!

Saturday Meals 2

I had a low pp dinner because I knew that I was going to have a Chinese and although I’m not a lettuce person,a friend gave me the fab idea of using them instead of wraps!

Although you can see 3 duck rolls on my plate I “only” ate 1 of them.  In truth I should have left all of them as I was quite full.  I guess old habits die hard eh?

Breakfast – 2 x WW Thick Sliced Wholemeal Bread, toasted (4), 20g Flora Lighter than Light (1) = 5pp

Dinner – 138g Asda Tuna Chunks in Brine (3), 70g Sweetcorn (1), 1 tbsp Lighter than Light Mayo (0), Vinegar (0), Lettuce (0), 1 x Pepper (0), Cherry Tomatoes (0), Baby Beetroot (0) = 4pp

Snack – Flat Peach (0) = 0pp

Tea – 1 x M&S Duck Spring Rolls (2), 2 x Sesame Prawn Toast (5), Tesco Wholegrain Microwave Rice (3), M&S Battered Chicken with Sweet & Sour Sauce (14) = 24pp

WI Treat – Asda Peanut Butter Crunch Cone (5) = 5pp

Drinks – 2 x Coffee, at least 2.5 litres of water

26/26pp + 12/49wp (Total of 12/49wp used)