One of my lovely blog friends contacted me about my Interstitial Cystitis. She had very good advice for me and it is so wonderful to have someone who understands. Her name is Laurie from I Love a Cloudy Day. She is my new hero. She has been through a lot worse than me, but her advice is good for me anyway. NO CAFFEINE! No chocolate, no spicy foods.
Now, as I told my doctor, caffeine is my "crack." I could never imagine living without my caffeinated coffee and my Diet Pepsi, but by the grace of God, I can and will do it! That is my first step; that, and drinking more water!
Another thing I will try is Javacid. It is a product that neutralizes the acid in coffee. Some even use it on their salsa! It recommended for those with stomach and digestive sensitivities, ulcers and Gerd, but people with IC have found it works for them! I had some samples, and had a couple of cups of the "real" coffee with the Javacid added. I didn't have any problems.
So far, since giving up the caffeine, I have not had to take any pain meds!
I have another new friend who is a consultant for Close to My Heart, a stamping company. She has taught me how to use my Cricut (a printing and cutting machine) and has helped me in organizing my craft area.
These magnetic sheets are holding my die cuts for my Big Shot (another thing that helps to cut shapes and emboss)
My stamp sets are all organized here. I have to label the dividers yet by category.
If need be, I can clear another shelf! It is so nice to see my stamps!
Saturday night hubby took me out to dinner. On the suggestion of a FB friend, we drove up north to Algoma to dine at Skaliwags. Great food, but very unorthodox! First, we entered this dive bar (and I mean dive). We ordered our drinks, the menu was on a blackboard (no prices...hmmmm). When a table was ready for us, the hostess took us outside (that's right), through an alley to the backdoor of another building. We passed through a rather crummy entryway, past the kitchen, and into a nice dining room. Now, some people would never get past the dive bar!
The food was gourmet, but I thought rather expensive considering the facility. No soup or salad, just the entrée. My husband had steak and I had these yummy scallops, topping a mound of garlic mashed potatoes, sweet mashed potatoes and grits (which tasted like the potatoes to me). The food was beautifully presented.
When we got the bill, we realized that of my husband's Old Fashions cost $6 each and of my Sundrop sodas cost $3 each which I think is rather high for a glass of soda. I don't know if we will return or not. The menu is heavy on seafood and not much in steaks. (My husband is a steak eater.) The evening was way too expensive for us. One hates to ask how much something is, and then say, "never mind." Still, I would say if you are near Hwy 42 in Wisconsin, to try it out for yourself.