Musical instrument display in the stairwell.
It feels especially good to be moving about as much as we have each day when in Fairlight, there were days I wasn't quite up to getting out as I've been over these past few days since I changed my diet even further.
In sheer desperation, I adopted the FODMAPS diet including only those foods that are acceptable for my usual way of eating. The elimination process was a challenge after cutting out most dairy, cream, onions, garlic, cauliflower, avocados and more.
Within 24 hours I was almost totally pain-free, can now consume hot tea, eat a normal sized meal and have even managed to have a small breakfast and dinner. The bloating is reducing a little each day and I can go almost the entire day without thinking of my gut discomfort.
Hopefully, as time passes, I'll be completely free of any discomfort from the annoying Helicobacter Pylori, its resulting ulcers, and its varied symptoms. The ship is doing a fine job of preparing my meals including the new exclusions I incorporated into my usual food list.
For information on the FODMAPS diet, please click here. Ironically, this scientifically backed approach to intestinal health was developed by the Monash University in Australia. So far, so good! Our fingers are crossed.
|Stairways to the Promenade Deck where many passengers gather throughout the day and night. (It's also easily accessible by multiple elevators).|
Busily, I'm typing in an attempt to complete today's post considering the Wi-Fi issues that continue while we're out to sea. We have no idea if this will improve or worsen along the way. It's simply a part of life "living at sea" as we have on many cruises, this as #18 since we began our travels.
Finally, I broke the awful cycle of awakening between 3 or 4 am and staying awake. To help with this process, I've been listening to podcasts on my new smartphone when I go to bed instead of staring at the screen.
|These passengers were in the queue at the guest services desk for a variety of reasons. If and when we have a customer service issue, we call rather than stand in this long slow queue.|
Apparently, there's a lot of truth to the fact that staring at screens before bed has a bad effect on sleep. Once I received my own phone, my sleep habits worsened. Now, as of several days ago, I'm getting back on track.
Oh well, a part of the aging process may result in a variety of health issues, including a variety of conditions, sleep problems and generally not be feeling as well as we may have felt decades ago.
|One night soon, the staff will entertain us while dancing and singing from this upper walkway.|
Need I say, we're grateful and happy to be able to surpass some of the issues that come our way. Oftentimes, it requires more than just a good attitude. In our case, it's required analyzing the circumstances, searching for solutions and implementing a new and comprehensive plan.
No, it's not always easy or convenient. Not being able to eat many foods I like with my already limited diet is annoying. Giving up coffee and caffeine was hard. But, in this life, we have little time or patience for wasting even another day feeling less than ideal.
We continue on with a renewed sense of enthusiasm and hopefulness for the future. May you also find peace in your journey to wellbeing.
Photo from one year ago today, April 24, 2016:
Here again, we're unable to get into our site to post the "year ago photo" due to the nature of the Wi-Fi signal aboard the ship. This issue may continue through these remaining 22 more nights on this cruise. Once we're settled in Vancouver, we'll go back and make all the corrections including line spacing and other errors we're unable to correct at this time. Sorry for the inconvenience.