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)


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)