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  1. Have you been officially diagnosed with ocular rosacea? It does sound that like, but I wondered if sjogren's could also be possible. Are you diabetic by chance? I'm sure there is someone here who would have more info on the floaters etc. I don't get those, but I do have rosacea and a pretty persistent dry, irritated eyes. It sounds like you have some issues that definitely need attention, and I would definitely get your eyes checked out, as yes, not going could put you at risk for some long-term damage. Plugs help some folks....you could ask about that. For more of a short-term dry eye relief I use Similasan drops (scroll down here to see the dry eye formula: http://www.allaboutvision.com/similasan/). They are so much for sensitive and soothing than any of the main drops like visine etc. Like I said, my experience in this area is limited, so hopefully someone else will have more to share. Hope your eyes get better...

  2. Chel-

    I hope you choose to stay and stick with things....those that really need help here are worth it! ...And aside from all the serious reasons, your just a fun girl :)

    I really stay away from the political, radical, controversial type threads when I see them coming. My time is limited and so I want to give it to helping people here, my main goal. I try to save the other talk for elsewhere. Its not always easy to avoid the "controversies" though, but one thing that helps me is just having a boundary where I try and steer clear.

    If you don't stay :( I wish you much luck and blessing!

  3. Great timing! I just ordered some quinoa flakes to make "granola" and will have to try this. Thanks Burdee :)

    Oh, Liz--just found this recipe on accident, its a Bette Hagman:

    New "Oatmeal" Cookies with Quinoa Flakes

    1 3/4 cups Featherlight Mix or Four Flour Mix

    1 scant tsp xanthan gum

    1 tsp cinnamon

    1 tsp baking powder

    1/4 tsp baking soda

    1 cup butter or margarine

    1 cup brown sugar

    1/2 cup white sugar

    2 eggs

    2 cups quinoa flakes

    1 cup light raisins

    1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans, toasted (optional)

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lay out 2 cookie sheets. Leave ungreased or

    cover with teflon liners.

    In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour mix, xanthum gum, cinnamon,

    baking powder and baking soda.

    In the bowl of your mixer, beat the butter and sugars until creamy. Beat

    until well incorporated. Break in the eggs and beat until smooth.

    Still using the mixer, blend in the flour mix. Remove from the mixer and

    incorporate the quinoa flakes, raisins and nuts until smooth. Drop by

    heaping teaspoonful on cookie sheets and bake for about 10 minutes or until

    the edges are golden. Makes about 4 dozen cookies.


    Featherlight Mix

    Rice Flour (1 part)

    Tapioca Flour (1 part)

    Cornstarch (1 part)

    Potato Flour* (1 teaspoon per cup of mixture)

    *NOTE: This is potato flour not potato starch


    Four Flour Mix

    Garfava bean flour (2/3 part)

    Sorghum Flour (1/3 part)

    Tapioca Flour (1 part)

    Cornstarch (1 part)

  4. Can't find the recipe I just used, but here is another.


    3 cups diced apples

    1 cup white sugar

    3 tablespoons sweet rice flour

    1 cup packed light brown sugar

    1 cup quick cooking oats (instead I use crushed Perky's nutty rice cereal)

    1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

    1 cup butter



    Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9x13 inch baking dish.

    In a large mixing bowl combine fruit, white sugar, and 3 tablespoons flour. Stir well and spread evenly into baking dish. Set aside.

    In a large mixing bowl combine brown sugar, oats, and 1 1/2 cups flour. Stir well then cut in butter or margarine until mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle mixture over rhubarb layer.

    Bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes. Serve hot or cold.

  5. I never know what to call women either, women, gals, girls???? Which is correct? How can Chris know if there are women who don't even know?

    Well, since we *are* women, I think we can call ourselves whatever we like ! However, that rule doesn't apply to the "guys!" :) I like to use all of them, depending on the situation :)

    NOW--I sent Lynne the pic this morning--so its out of my hands! :lol::P

  6. Bone scans are typically considered one of the tests to run post-diagnosis. Osteopenia/osteoporosis are often found in celiacs, more so women of course. I had one at 25 when I was diagnosed. However, it isn't considered essential by some. The good thing about having it done is that if your bone density needs attention you will know it and have time to improve it. (I not talking about osteoarthritis here though,which is what your mother mentioned...)

  7. I know there are a few here in S Africa, so hopefully they will respond, but you can also ck with the groups below for local help:

    The South African Coeliac Society advises contacting them before and after arrival in the country. They can provide a Food List as well as local information on restaurants, etc.

    In some cities gluten-free food is not available. Take care in restaurants and hotels and always ask about ingredients - that they may not have anything with FLOUR, only CORN STARCH - MAIZENA. In Cape Town gluten-free confectionery and rice cakes are available from certain outlets. You are advised to take your own bread to tide you over the initial stage of your holiday.

    Coeliac Society of South Africa

    Box No 64203

    Highlands North


    2037 South Africa

    Telephone: +27 11 440 3431



    Coeliac Society of South Africa

    Contact: Mrs. M. Kaplan

    91 Third Avenue

    Percelia 2192

    Johannesburg, South Africa

    Tel: 27/440/3431

    The Coeliac Support Group


    Ms Lucille Cholerton

    Chairperson: Gluten Intolerance/Coeliac Support Group

    Tel: (031) 764 2129 or lucoll@mweb.co.za

    1, The Palms

    13, Park Lane

    Kloof 3610

    South Africa

  8. Lisa,

    Thank you for putting your picture up. I love "seeing" who I'm talking too.


    It's also good to see you.


    Love your new picture too.


    You need to take the one that Lynne has up after she puts up her new one.

    Patti and Judy,

    Thank you for putting yours back up.

    I've had mine with the baby before. I'll change to just me if you guys want, but I have just me over at Daily Strength. We have family pictures every year end oct/beg nov so I'll have updated pictures up then anyway.

    Thanks :)

    Way to go Nancy and Lisa--great pics ;)