Mo Money

March 4, 2008 at 7:04 pm (medical issues, work related)

Did you ever find yourself having symptoms that were unpleasant and you finally go to a specialist only to find him telling you that you have something that will be with you for the rest of your life and something you will have to change your ways about?

This happened to me last spring/summer. The specialist told me I have IBS, which supposedly strikes more women then men and they think it’s due to stress. That would make sense considering the beginning of the year with the selling/buying of house, all the fun times at work with the training and implementation of our new financial system, Oracle. And some personal stuff thrown in there. I’ve found that I can no longer have the following items while at work or out with people:

1. soda
2. lettuce
3. any bottled liquid (tea, juice, etc.)
4. cheese
5. sweets

It seems my digestive system is more calm when I’m home and can eat/drink most of the above but when I’m at work or out with folks, I really have to watch what I eat and drink. It sucks! Is this what happens when you get older? Your body starts doing strange things?

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On a happy note, I got my annual raise today and was really surprised. Normally I get about a 4% raise, which is HUGE at my place of employment. This year I got a 5.8% raise and a $2,000 bonus for my efforts in getting the new financial system going and helping the other admins, etc. It’s nice to know that your employers can really notice the hard work and teamwork. The admins do NOT get bonuses at my workplace so I was stunned, to say the least, to receive this. And even though Uncle Sam will take a big chunk, it still makes me happy to know they see the effort I put into the company.

Now maybe I can put some of that money to good use or pay off some debt, whichever comes first.

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20 Comments

  1. catherinette said,

    You could always donate some of your money to charity. Such as the Catherinette Singleton Foundation: seeking to find hot dates for single ladies (and by “single ladies” I mean “me”).

  2. Cayman said,

    My doctor thought I had IBS but then I had a food intolerance test – similar to an allergy test. Turns out I was having a sensitivity to yeast, milk and grapes. You should think about getting it done.

  3. Teri said,

    Catherinette, you got it. Will $5 be enough for your drinking habit?

    Cayman, I will look into this. I can also see if the sugar/sweet issue is bothering me as well. Sometimes it’s a hit or miss.

  4. metalmom said,

    So….when we go out drinking, what ARE you going to have?

    What can you drink at lunch time from work? That must be really hard!

  5. coffeypot said,

    I know what you mean about stress over implementing a new system. I was involved with the introduction and running of SAP (a piece of shit accounting system, btw.) Sweet Tea works with ORACAL and SAP and loves ORACAL. So, I guess men and work aggravates the shit out of you, huh?

  6. cheer34 said,

    Do the foods that bother you have splenda or any other fake sugar crap in it. I can’t have any of it, if I do, my stomach kills me.

  7. Teri said,

    metalmom, I drink only water at work. BORING, I know. It seems that anything with sugar bothers my stomach. This past New Year I tried to have Appletini’s but it was too sweet, both for my tongue and stomach. It seems I can only have about a cup of any juice or soda so I don’t bother when I’m away from home, just in case.

    Coffeypot, you’re funny. I’ve never tried SAP but Oracle seems okay, so far. It was just the whole training for myself, then having to train the whole admin staff (about 50 people). It’s hard for me to talk in front of a large group but luckily we had too smaller groups and about 5 of us admin training (2-3 admin trainers per group).

    Cheer, I think the fake sugar does bother me. A few times I tried low fat ice cream and it tore up my stomach something fearce. So now I try to limit my intake of the fake stuff.

  8. Dick Small said,

    When I was a kid (4 – 8), my parents used to play cards with another couple: Pat and Eddie. Eddie had IBS. Pat was a nurse. Whenever Eddie would grab something to eat, Pat would say in a stern voice: “Remember your bowels, Eddie“. Eddie’s face would turn red as everyone would laugh and us kids would yell out “remember your bowels, Eddie! Remember your bowels!”..

  9. Teri said,

    bwhahahahahaah, dick!

    believe me, I don’t need anyone to tell me this!

  10. The Guv'ner said,

    YAY for raises, foxy chick!!!

    And the opposite of YAY for the IBS thing. Poor you!!!! Maybe for special occasions you can buy some of THESE.

    Ha, kidding. Do not kill me. That would be sad for the world. IBS is no laughing matter. 😦

  11. The Guv'ner said,

    YAY for raises, foxy chick!!!

    And the opposite of YAY for the IBS thing. Poor you!!!! Maybe for special occasions you can buy some of THESE.

    Ha, kidding. Do not kill me. That would be sad for the world. IBS is no laughing matter. 😦

  12. The Guv'ner said,

    YAY for raises, foxy chick!!!

    And the opposite of YAY for the IBS thing. Poor you!!!! Maybe for special occasions you can buy some of THESE.

    Ha, kidding. Do not kill me. That would be sad for the world. IBS is no laughing matter. 😦

  13. SkylersDad said,

    Congrats on the raise and bonus!

    Now go and buy some bland food…

  14. Special K said,

    Congrats on the raise and bonus! You rock!
    Since I can’t take you out for cake, consider your ass smacked.

    πŸ™‚

  15. Blue Beak said,

    I have tried to reduce my stress to absolute minimum. It makes some people who don’t understand unhappy, but one’s health has to have priority.

    It isn’t easy. I just put on my serial killer look, and that usually does the trick.

  16. Sushiboy said,

    Thats good news. Congrats. Maybe they knew the IBS diagnosis was coming so they were sweetening things up around the work-front for you!

  17. Sushiboy said,

    Well I meant the raise was good news, the IBS, … not so much :(.

  18. Teri said,

    Sushiboy, I knew what you meant, no worries.

    Guv, I’ll probably need them at some point but I was hoping when I’m about 90 or so.

  19. Mel said,

    Yup I know what you mean, my life has changed due to poor health, although not IBS. Good luck!

  20. Just Dave said,

    Congrats, Teri. I’m glad your hard work has paid off. Re the IBS, you can live with it, it will just take some getting used to. At least, liquor is still on the approved list.

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