Posts Tagged ‘Gastroparesis’

Thank you 8,000 times!

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We’ve reached 8,000 views!  It has been a long time since I have posted and I hope to get back to around May.  Your continued dedication and spreading the blogs that I write to others is greatly appreciated.  Also welcome are the wonderful comments and stories you write to us.  We love to know that you have walked away from an article that we write with having learned a little something new.  That is what we strive for and aim to help not only the Gastroparesis Community, but an person that can benefit from what we do here.  Thank you again!  We hope to not keep you waiting too long for a new post from us. 

Sincerely,

The Melissa GP Fight Team

Be sure to visit our store at: http://www.GPfight.bigcartel.com too 🙂

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Why is GREEN the color to represent Gastroparesis / DTP ?

BELOW IS A COPY FROM A FACEBOOK POST FROM G-PACT.  WE WOULD HAVE SIMPLY PUT UP A LINK, BUT SOME OF YOU DO NOT HAVE FACEBOOK ACCOUNTS.  THIS QUESTION IS ASKED A LOT AND WE FELT IT WAS BEST TO COPY THE ENTIRE POST.

Why Green and Yellow?

February 9, 2013 at 11:14pm

Most people think that green and yellow became the colors for DTP because green is associated with nausea, vomit, bile, and a greenish appearance when sick. Actually, G-PACT places a stronger meaning behind the colors. We gave them a lot of consideration when we selected them to be the official colors for our use to represent gastroparesis. They represent how we want patients to see the future and what we are all trying to accomplish with hope, strength and growth towards better treatment options. We have seen a lot of growth in this field since our founding in August of 2001, so the green is appropriate. Why?

Green indicates growth. We are growing towards a cure and awareness and research is growing. It’s a color of hope. When things start turning green outside it indicates the end of the cold, long, dark days of winter. The first sign of green plants and grass indicates we are coming out of a time if darkness and coldness and entering a phase of growth and brightness. It is a color that shows brighter and beautiful days are ahead. There is something really encouraging when you see that first blade of green grass or green leaf peaking through after months of brown fields, trees, and no growth.

G-PACT is a grassroots organization meaning that we started with a small handful of patients who were coming out of a period where there was very little knowledge and very little hope towards any kind of understanding or a cure. We knew something needed to be done to provide services to patients to get through the tough times now, and provide hope as we also fight for awareness and research and help bring about greater understanding into this condition. Our initial motto was “Striving towards brighter days of treatment, knowledge, and a cure.” We have grown into a much larger scale, now making an international impact and have provided hope to so many as they try to cope until we do find the cure.

Yellow was also an important color for us.  Our logo is a sun to indicate hope and a brighter future ahead. The sun is a crucial factor that helps the plants grow. It brightens the days and brings with it the nutrients, strength, and oxygen needed to supply the plants with what they need to be able to grow and thrive.

When you wear green, make green things, or do anything with green or yellow for DTP awareness, you are helping things grow and bringing a brighter future and hope to all of us who are suffering from any or all forms of Digestive Tract Paralysis. We are pleased people like the colors we selected and have adopted them into the things they do for DTP awareness. And now you know why! Thanks for helping us see growth in awareness and research by supporting us!

IF G-PACT.ORG WANTS US TO REMOVE THIS POST, WE WILL ACCOMODATE ACCORDINGLY.

Constipation Foods and Triggers

ImageI think most of us have been in a situation like the one pictured above, even if we don’t want to talk about it.  Knowing that you have to ‘poo’ but simply can not do so.  Either you run into the rest room every few minutes or you are the kind that will set up camp in there.  Neither are fun, in my experience.   What can we do about it?   Hopefully the rest of this blog will give you the answer you are looking for!

What Is Constipation?

Constipation is a common but painful condition that occurs when bowel movements become infrequent or difficult. It can be caused by nutritional deficiencies, stress, pregnancy, cancer, depression, and more. The best way to prevent constipation is eating a healthy diet, exercising, and drinking plenty of water.   — WebMd.com

What Are The Causes?

  • Low Fiber Diet (those that have gastroparesis certainly understand this one)
  • Dehydration
  • Stress
  • Medications
    • Narcotic (pain killers)
    • Chronic use of Ibuprofen and aspirin
    • Antidepressant
    • Antacid
    • Calcium Channel Blocker
    • Diuretic
    • Antihistamine
  • Medical Conditions (a list that MAY contribute)
    • Hypothyroidism
    • Crohn’s Disease
    • Ulcerative Colitis
    • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
    • Diabetes
    • Parkinson’s
  • Supplements
    • Calcium
    • Iron
  • Long term use of a laxative creates a tolerance level to them.
  • Childbirth

What Foods Cause Constipation?

  • Chocolate
  • Caffeine
  • Black Tea
  • Red Meat
  • Banana – unripened, green
  • Too much dairy (cheese, milk, etc)
  • Eggs
  • High Processed Sugar Foods (cookies, pies, cakes, etc)

Non Prescription Relief Ideas:

  • Probiotics
  • Acupressure
  • Yoga
  • Walking
  • Peppermint Tea (avoid if you have GERD)
  • Castor Oil
  • “Smooth Move” (actual name) of the tea
  • Blackstrap molasses
  • Aloe juice
  • Find more at: everydayroots.com.    We are not affiliated in any way with Everyday Roots, just found them when putting together this blog and they have a lot of ideas that you may benefit from.  Just remember if you have GERD to avoid their suggestion of warm lemon water.  Also, for those of us with Gastroparesis, to avoid suggestions that go against our standard ‘low fiber’ diet.  Always talk to your doctor and let them know what you are doing.  Some ‘at home remedies’ can have negative consequences with prescription medications.

Foods to help you ‘go’ are all high in fiber and are not recommended if you have Gastroparesis (GP).  For those of you that don’t have GP, here is the list:

  • Beans and Lentils
  • Avocado
  • Prunes and Figs
  • Fresh Vegetables: Broccoli, cauliflower and carrots
  • Fresh Fruit: Plums, Pears, Apples, Peaches, Papaya, Oranges and Pineapple
  • Berries: raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and strawberries
  • Leafy Greens: Kale, cabbage, spinach
  • Whole Grains (bran cereal)
  • Nuts: Brazil, peanuts, walnuts, almonds, pistachios and pecans
  • Potato skin on
  • Oatmeal
  • Flaxseeds (not the oil form)
  • Brown Rice
  • Olives

Misc

In my personal experience taking Omega 3-6-9 (Fish, Flax & Borage mix) lets me have consistent bowel movements.  If I stop taking the supplement, then I am back to very bad constipation and bloating.    Here is a link to the blog I did on the particular one I take (Click Here).

Here is a blog that a friend of mine wrote and fits in here perfectly!  It’s called “Poop – What the Different Colors and Smells Mean”.  Click HERE to be directed to Emily’s Stomach’s blog entry.

We know there more ideas out there, so feel free to add to the list by COMMENTING BELOW. 

Fighters Tab on MelissaGPfight.com

Fighters Tab on MelissaGPfight.com

We have updated our “FIGHTERS” tab located at the top of our page, with 12 great stories of people like you and me.   This is a collection from the past few years of newspaper and internet journal articles (free to the public) that have been gathered together in one place for you to enjoy!  Legally, we can not copy the entire article and post it on our page (with our permission from each journalist), so we did a summary of each article and posted the link to where you can read it. 

These stories are so inspiring that we hope you take a moment to read them.  Maybe on a day in bed when you have nothing else to do?!

May the new 2014 year be kind to you all.

GP Fight Store – Updated

We are happy to announce that the “GP Fight” store has been stocked with more items and is up and running for business!  

Check it out at:  www.GPfight.bigcartel.com

There is a little bit of everything for everyone.  Following is a small sample of what is available:

  • Gastroparesis (GP) Awareness Ribbon Cling for your car or truck
  • Buttons & Keychains (4 styles to choose from)
  • Shirts (4 styles to choose from)
  • Pens
  • Greeting Cards

Item costs are as low as we can posiably make them.  This was our main goal in creating this store for you!  To make sure that you would be able to afford something to spread GP Awareness.   And we know how hard it is to wait for something to be mailed to you when you place an on-line order!  For that reason we work hard to get your orders assembled and shipped within 1 – 3 business days.  

If there is something that you do not see or we don’t have enough in stock to fill your wish, e-mail us via our store link and we will see what we can do for you!

 

 

 

 

 

Our 2013 Thanksgiving (personal story)

ImageThis year it is just the 2 of us and no family in the town we moved to.  First thanksgiving that I have not been with my family and it felt a little odd.  Yet, I didn’t miss trying to get out of my husband’s family’s dinner.  Two in one day was always too much and now with my gastroparesis, there is no way I could do that.

So we decided that I would make a turkey breast with some mashed potatoes and stuffing (for him).  Then my loving husband of now 14 years together (25th was our anniversary) added the cranberry chutney I do -to the list.  Okay, I can freeze the rest, if needed (since I can’t eat it).  Then the list grew some more to deviled eggs.  Mmmm, okay.  I could eat those later in the week.  Lastly, apparently we needed pumpkin pie. 

Now, my head is spinning and I worry that my body will not hold out to do it all.  I gave myself the much needed pep talk, put my big girl panties on and got to work on my day-by-day list of what I could do when.   All finished with that, I looked it over and was very pleased!  I should still have time to work on a project at home I have neglected for over a week!

Let’s stop the happy dance there!  Why?  Well, hubby comes home from work and tells me that he wants to take his team dinner on thanksgiving.  Yes, the place he works for is open on that day (grr… pet peeve I have on that subject).  Okay.  So he looks over the store ads and finds a good deli deal where a meal for 4 people is $10 with all the fixings.  Great!   I can make an extra batch of pies and he can take those to top off the meal.  Since the side items are only a total of 2 lbs, I offer to just cook up the bag of potatoes I got at the store (I never made myself the potato soup I wanted to and they will be going bad soon) to help out.

The next few days I keep asking if he called the order in.  Knowing the deli, we need to move fast or they will not have the food.  By Monday he still had not done it.  Then Tuesday he placed the call, just to find out that there are no turkeys available.  They offered him chicken for the same deal.  For some odd reason our store was never shipped the turkey.  He gets 2 roasted chickens for the team of 20 – 30 people.   Since one roasted chicken will serve 2 – 4 people… I put the offer out there that I could cook a turkey for them, if I could find one.  <Shoot foot now>

Tuesday night I run to the store to find a turkey breast.  Going down the isle, there were 2 other people looking for birds too.  I hurry, there are only 3 left.  None of which exceed 8 lbs.  Can’t be picky at this point.  I grab 2 and head to the check out.  Get home and give it the much needed bath in the sink and cross my fingers it will thaw for the morning when I need to cook it.  He needed the thanksgiving meal for 10am on Thursday, so Wed I had to cook it all.

I think I made it to bed about 2am on Tue night (wed morning) making 3 batches of cranberry sauce, 3 batches of pumpkin bars (no time for pies) and making our stuffing.   Wed I was up a little early and got started on the turkey, made 8 lbs of mashed potatoes, made our deviled eggs and he made the gravy.   When it was all done, I packaged it all up, did clean up and hit the bed!  

Thursday came too soon.  I was up at 8am to reheat the mashed potatoes and turkey.  Put the pumpkin bars in tins to go and help load the car.  I know my husband would have done all that without me, but I was awake after he got out of bed, so why not.  After that I fell asleep a little too long and our turkey didn’t get put in the oven on time.  I really had to push myself to go do it, or I was just going to continue to sleep.  Around 2pm it went into the oven.  The dressing and corn just needed to go in after the turkey was done.  Then we would be set, dinner would be done and it would all be over!   I think I was a little too quick to rush it.   As I proudly told hubby dinner was done and he needed to come do the gravy and cut the turkey I realized I didn’t make us mashed potatoes.  The instant kind in the pantry came to the rescue.  I was upset that I forgot something for our dinner.  It’s my guess the 8 lbs I did for the other people got me confused.  The good sport he is, he didn’t care (too much), we all know the real ones are better!   Then, during clean up I found our cranberry chutney and deviled eggs in the fridge.  Really?!   I can’t feel too bad, as he didn’t realize they were missing either.

Next year I will certainly do things different!

At least my tummy is hanging in there.  It’s not the greatest and certainly not the worst.  And I know that I was the one that put the extra pressure on myself to try to do everything.  Days like this I really do miss how much I could accomplish pre-GP,   I also know that I need to enforce my limits by saying ‘no’, since I already know most of my limits.  That is a part of me that will be very hard and I will slowly work on.  I had to with the new job I have now and after breaking down in tears in front of my new boss, I know my tummy is thankful for less hours.  Realizing it and saying it out loud are two very different things.

Knowing that any one of those people may not have had a hot dinner to go home to, and we helped provide that for them, made me feel good.   That is what THANKSGIVING is all about.  Giving Thanks.  And it was my way to say thank you to them and in turn they told my husband to tell me what a great job I did and how much they appreciated it.   That made the GP suffering well worth it.  

Food wise?  I did just fine with a few bites of turkey, fake potatoes and a small amount of dressing.  Sipped my mint tea and snuggled in for a movie.  What could be better?  

Hope you all had a relaxing Thanksgiving as well as a Good Tummy Day!

Thanksgiving With Chronic Illness

 

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It seems that much of the holiday gatherings revolve around food.  Thanksgiving is now an endless bounty of food, rather than what is was intended “Giving Thanks”.  To those of us with gastroparesis, our holiday invite is torture, not joy.   Being in a room filled of food as far as you eye can see… counters covered with it, stove top, oven, table, end tables, you turn around and the sweet shop has taken over the top of the dryer and washer, looking outside you see the back yard fryer and BBQ going.  There is no escape!   People walking around eating and drinking.  Asking you a hundred and one times if you need anything.  You reply kindly, “No, I’m fine.  Thank you”.  By the last time they ask, you don’t want to be rude, so what do you do?  Give into temptation, knowing you will be ill, but hope you get home in time.  Or, hurt their feelings?  You could try to educate them, but lets face it, that may be like talking to a brick wall.  Or worse yet, they are the part of the family that does not believe you are sick, rather they think you are anorexic.

Any person with a chronic illness truly understands that Thanksgiving is about THANKS and not food.  But to the average person it’s about food and the plan of attack for shopping the next day.  Which would be reason #2 that we don’t want to be in a room full of these people.  Chances are slip that we will not be going out the next day or at 2am to score that great deal.  If we make one false move with our food, drink or time (see The Spoon Theory) we will be headed for a spiral downhill quickly.   Plus, we all know about the anxiety of going out.  Doesn’t matter if it is to the bank or doctor, we worry of we will be okay for the car ride, if we will get sick on the way.  And I ‘m sure you all know where the restrooms are for each place that you go to!

For us, our THANKS are simple:  we had money to pay for our medication, we got out of bed today, we got dressed today, we were able to keep food down, that our family supports and understands us.  Our thanks may appear humble or small, but our way of life is much different than most people realize.   Being thankful for a promotion at work that landed you a shiny new red car, will probably not be us, since most of us don’t/can’t work.   We are thankful when we can afford to make car repairs, if we have a car.  I really wish that people could look at the whole picture of their life and not take for granted the little things their life.  Be thankful for what you have and not focus on what you don’t have.  Life is not a competition of stuff.

So, on your day of ‘thanks’ take a moment to figure out what you are truly thankful for.   For me, it’s a loving, caring, understanding husband and family.

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