Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Cherries At Christmas Time

After Mr. Sweet passed away,
I developed, for the first time EVER,
GOUT...
noun: gout; plural noun: gouts
  1. 1.
    a disease in which defective metabolism of uric acid causes arthritis, especially in the smaller bones of the feet, deposition of chalk stones, 
     and episodes of acute pain.
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It is one of the most painful arthritis conditions there is.
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While Mr. Sweet had it in his feet, 
mainly his big toe was affected. 

When GOUT decided to strike me,
I had the inflammation in all my joints.
It was the most painful of anything I've ever experienced.
The stress of losing Mr. Sweet brought on a severe flareup.

My doctor started me on medications that have helped tremendously
and when I was told to eat a lot of
CHERRIES,
I was elated...
I. LUV. CHERRIES..... 
Being able to eat lots of CHERRIES made up (a little bit)
for having GOUT.   


Since CHERRY PIE is my favorite,
these little CHERRY HAND PIES
are perfect for me. 



If you have to have something that hurts a lot,
I think it's a fabulous blessing to be able to eat a favorite food
and it helps you to feel better. 
 

 XOXO

36 comments:

  1. I love cherry pie!! So sorry about the gout. My Mom has flare ups now and then and it is painful. Next time I'll make her cherry pie! Hugs!

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  2. BJ, I sure do hope those cherries are helping you. I have heard gout is awful. I love those pies, they look so tasty. I do believe in home remedies. This sounds like a good one. Before all this medical insurance and no doctors any more. They all want to be specialist...we may all be looking into home cures. Hope you are doing well. I know this will be a tough holiday for you....just remember you are loved, by many. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  3. So sorry to hear that you have gout -- I've never heard before that cherries are good for it. I will pass that info along to a friend's brother who has it too. I hope your flare-ups are under good control now!

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  4. Cherries! Even just saying the word reminds me of Erma Bombeck. And you have the same wonderful trait of looking on the cheer-y side of life! I think you are making Mr. Sweet proud of you!

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  5. Sorry to hear about the gout. My husbands gets it once in a while in his toe. Drinking tart cherry juice helps too.

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  6. Oh that looks so good, I love the flavor of cherries, but I don't like to eat the berry. I know I'm weird!
    I have arthritis also and I know how painful it is. Eat and enjoy all the cherries you can.

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  7. oh BJ,, that's so sad, I am so sorry to hear you're in pain,,, but if cherries are good for gout that's great! Who doesn't love cherries yummo!!!Please take care of yourself,, stress is such a horrible thing for our bodies,,feel better soon sweet lady,,

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  8. I hope you are getting some relief, BJ! Enjoy those pies..they look amazing.

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  9. Oh dear...this sounds really painful. There must be some type of anti-oxidant in cherries? Enjoy you pies!

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  10. I'm sorry to read that you have gout. My Dad had it, and it was really painful for him. Eat all of the cherries you can, is hope they help you a lot, while they are tasting so good. I hope that the gout will go away very soon so you can stop hurting.

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  11. Hand pies! I need to make some of these! I'm so sorry about the gout, but happy for you about the cherries!

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  12. I HAVE BEEN BLESSED AND NEVER HAD THIS. MY BROTHER-IN-LAW HAS IT AWFUL IN HIS BIG TOE. ON SOME KIND OF DRUG, THAT HELPS THE PAIN, BUT DOES NOT Eliminate the CAUSE. BE CAREFUL AS I UNDERSTAND IT CAN EFFECT YOUR DRIVING. YOU WILL DO A LOT BETTER AFTER THE HOLIDAYS. HANG IN. NEVER WOULD HAVE THOUGHT OF EATING CHERRIES. I WILL HAVE TO TELL HIM.

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  13. I use cherries as medicine too and it's amazing how it works. Same with tart cherry juice. The straight stuff. Oh my gosh. Saying that, I'm sorry you hurt. Did they tell you about dairy and sugar contributing to the swelling as well?

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  14. Cherries so good; gout? Boo hiss. I have had arthritic flares including gout. Thankfully, it’s not active now. Glad that you are getting over your bout of gout. Your photos of cherries make me wish I had some!

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  15. Love cherries. Cherry pies, cherry turnovers are my favorite.

    I do hope your gout goes away quickly.

    God bless.

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  16. I do remember hearing about cherries and gout, doesn't sound like fun either way.

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  17. Oh, how I would trade you gout for going deaf!! Everyone has a cross to bear - I am learning how to bear mine with grace, just by reading your blog and watching you do so... And it makes me HAPPY every time I see you posted! Have a Cherry Fabulous Day!! xoxoxo

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  18. So sorry that you have the gout. I love cherries also, so eat up a storm. Take care of yourself.

    Hugs,
    Mary

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  19. Hi! I"m new to commenting on your blog but not reading it. As of tonight I have finally resurrected my own blog on blogspot and I saw in my reading list you had a new post up!..I'm so sorry about the gout I understand it is incredibly and dreadfully painful..As for the cherries? Yes!!! I also love cherries most especially cherry pie! I really hope you start to feel better soon. Pain is an awful thing..

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  20. Oh dear, so sorry about the gout. I've never had it, but our son-in-law has bouts of it. I'll mention the cherry cure to him. HOpe you feel better real soon!

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  21. Oh, goodness...so sorry about the pain you've been going through. But what a sweet remedy! I have no doubt that you will find a zillion wonderful ways to use those cherries. This looks absolutely delish!

    Jane x

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  22. Dear bj! You've suffered emotionally and physically. I'm so sorry!
    I've had many friends with gout, and they've been told about drinking dark (or black)cherry juice. Some it helped and some not. I sure hope yours will be gone soon!

    I pray that having family near for Christmas helps as you go through this year of "firsts" without Mr. Sweet. <3

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  23. OH NO, I have heard about Gout:( If cherries help, eat lots and lots of cherries! Sending you a big 'ole Ganky sized HUG this morning!

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  24. I never knew about gout and cherries. What a relief that it is something you like! But I'm so sorry you have to go through this in the first place. Still, love your sunny side up point of view!

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  25. I love blogs, we just get all kinds of great information and cures for what ales us. I will be eating some cherries LOL
    You always have great baked goods

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  26. By all means bring on the cherry pie!!!! Hope you can have a wonderful time with your family this year in lieu of your loss. Merry Christmas.
    Ann

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  27. So sorry to hear about your gout, but glad to hear that the medicine the doctor prescribed is working and that eating cherries helps.. Have a blessed day. Madeline

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  28. Gout sounds really painful. Glad the meds are helping you and what a great addition to the meds to eat cherries. Yum! Those pies look so good.
    Hugs,
    Kris

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  29. Oh bless your heart BJ. My papa had gout so bad. My husband has a touch of it every now and then. EAT lots of cherries girl. LOL~ Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  30. I have never seen a cheery post about gout, but I guess this one is just that! We love cherries in this house, too. I hope you recover soon with no recurrences!!!

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  31. Hugs to you. I had an attack of gout when pregnant with twins, so I know the pain you have. Good to know cherries will help so eat up and enjoy those cherries.

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  32. I just wanted to share that Stinging Nettle Root is wonderful for gout. I know of two cases, personally, that the person was instantly relieved from it. This is not the nettle capsules that you buy in a bottle, but you have to specifically get the actual nettle root. I know it sounds insane, but you hold the stinging nettle root about an inch above the inflamed area, and it will actually pull the gout out. Stinging nettle grows wild in some places, or if you have a local health food store, they should be able to either provide it or point you in the right direction, in case you are interested in trying it. Black cherry juice is also very good for gout. I hope you feel better soon.

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  33. Hi BJ ... sorry you have gout. That is so painful. Mr. Z. had a terrible case of it in his arms and legs when in the hospital. He could not stand anyone to touch him or even get close to his hands. He takes a med now, just in case and I have been giving him black cherry juice. No signs of gout now. Take care... have a great Christmas. I need to make some of your little cherry hand pies for Christmas. Do you have a blog post with the recipe?
    Warm hugs, my friend. We had a sprinkling of snow tonight.
    Love,
    Audrey Z.

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  34. I like your Doc! What a great thing to suggest, I would have never thought it, but I am a firm believer in the healing power of food. I'm keeping everything crossed for you BJ that you are feeling less pain from the gout soon. Keep eating them cherries!
    Wren x

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  35. Glad you found the cherry relief in your painful condition. Hope it stays under control!

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  36. Sorry about the gout but the cure is sweet! Did the cherries really help?

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xo bj