Books & A No Caffeine Update

I figured out how far is too far with my ankle. I got up on a stepladder a few times hanging a small shelf. It was the first time in probably two weeks that I felt any pain. 

Note to self: Try to stay off step ladders. 

Took a bit of the wind out of my sails. But I'm still pleased I made so much progress before that. And that after a few days of rest, I was okay.

I'm looking forward to reading these books. I love to have a stack of unread books next to my bed. 

No Caffeine Update:
After a few weeks of having no caffeine, I find that I now only crave water. It was no problem for me to get off of it at all. No coffee, no tea, no chocolate for me.

Many of us needs to drink more water. One suggestion I've seen and may implement is drinking from a one gallon jug of water all day long until you've emptied it. 

That's how you would get in your 8 glasses per day. 

The Improvements I've Seen So Far: 
1. My face has cleared up

2. I sleep better and am less anxious

3. With much less sugar, I'm not getting hungry all the time.

Because I am post menopausal and I figure many of you are as well, I have looked up the symptoms for having an ovarian cyst. 

Many don't have symptoms. But I did, and that led to getting the abdominal ultrasound.

Symptoms Of Ovarian Cysts During Post Menopause:
Though ovarian cysts don't always cause symptoms and can go away on their own, there are some symptoms that may indicate the presence of an ovarian cyst. The most common include:
  • Sudden pain in the lower abdomen
  • Bloating or swelling of the abdomen
  • Ache of the pelvis, lower back or thighs
  • Pain with nausea and vomiting
  • Fever, weakness, and dizziness
  • Rapid breathing
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it may be that you have an ovarian cyst, and you should go to the doctor immediately.


  1. So glad you're doing better. Happy Thanksgiving

  2. I drink hot water all day, so coffee is not a problem for me, but chocolate. I'm an addict. Been trying to kick the habit. The holidays are not a great time to do that! ;)

  3. It sounds as if your stepladder doesn't accommodate the full bottom of the foot. I have a small two step ladder that folds up really thin, but my foot fits on the full step. It makes a huge difference as apposed to putting weight on my arch or just part of the foot. It also feels secure and long as I'm careful. I try to be fully conscious of what I'm doing before I use it rather than speeding along just to get something done.

  4. Wow, your health improvements are impressive from going without the caffeine and sugar. Good job! When I drink coffee I definitely want something to eat with it, preferably something sweet! So I just have one cup in the morning with my oatmeal. I drink herbal tea if I want something hot later in the day. Maybe I should have it in the morning and cut out the coffee. I'll think about it!

  5. Brenda
    This may not be adding to your ankle swelling but I want to share my experience. For the last year or so my muscles have been stiff and my ankles swollen. To the point of making life difficult and tiring. I take amlodipine for blood pressure. Researching it I found side effects are these problems plus foggy brain. I checked with my doctor and got permission to stop taking this and monitor my blood pressure 3 times a day and write down the numbers. So far the swelling in my ankles have gone down and I can move easier. I am out of the chair cleaning my kitchen much easier than usual. So if this helps someone maybe it will encourage them to talk to their doctor and have a better life than I have had for the last few years. I pray your ankle heals completely over time. Take care my friend.

    1. hi...I just finished reading Mind Over Meds by Dr. Andrew Weil. He talks about this very thing...u might want to check it out at the library.

    2. i think my BP meds give me foggy brain too Rita !

  6. I drink just one cup of tea or coffee in the morning and it's water for me the entire rest of the day. I've always been a big water drinker. I keep a 24 oz Kleen Kanteen water bottle filled at all times and take it with me wherever I go.

  7. When I'm at work I drink water all day long, infused with fresh lemon. It's a great antioxidant and definitely helps flush my system. I start my mornings with a big glass of water before I have my one cup of coffee. So glad you're doing better these days, Brenda - what a relief that must be for you!

  8. I need my one cup of Joe in the morning, but I'm so glad this is working out for you and you are feeling much better. Have a Happy Thanksgiving and I hope you and pupsters enjoy the holiday. Carol

  9. Glad that you are continuing to feel so much better.

    Looks like you have quite a few books to keep you busy this week. I just picked up a few from the library this afternoon. Looks to be a rainy week here and I love to read when the weather is cool, gray, and rainy. Of course, I also love to read when the weather is sunny and hot!

  10. Love that photo of the angel and petunia! I'm not a fan of angel statuary because a lot of it is a too sentimental for me. But the blurry effect on that angel provides a more subdued look and just a hint of the shape. Very nice.

  11. So glad you are feeling better. Those books look great. Enjoy your reads.

  12. I read everything Lisa Scottoline writes. Love her writing, she's a great author. Don't know the others.

  13. So happy you're doing better! And great job on the kicked habits! I messed up a little today... diet coke. but still a far cry less than i used to!

  14. Those all look like good books! I'm very happy for you that you have been able to cut out caffeine, sugar and chocolate. I need to cut the sugar completely, as well as the chocolate in order to lose a few pounds. Well, five at least will help. :) You have inspired me to cut the sugar and chocolate. Thank you!

  15. I'm sure happy that you are feeling better and have found the problems with caffeine. Also that you know about the cyst now. Do you think you actually did have a UTI in the first place? Or was it always the pain from the ovarian cyst? If it happens again, you'll know more of what might be going on.

    I love to have a stack of books to read by my bedside, too. Right now I'm down to reading the last one in the stack! Gotta get to the library. Or the Good Will where they sell four books for a dollar. I rack up more than that in fines with the library quite often!

    I need to get that Andrew Weil book mentioned above and read it. I've read some of his writings and liked what he says but this one is new to me.

    I hope you have a peaceful and happy Thanksgiving, Brenda. I will be with family but I don't have to cook the whole meal--just a couple pies and a cranberry salad. Yay!

  16. Glad you're feeling better! I have suffered with Ovarian cysts most of my adult life. Have one right now! Had all the tests to determine it's just that, and I do have most of the symptoms. Lovely! Menopause has not cured them.

    Happy and peaceful thanksgiving to you!


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