Amazing Simple Home Remedies??? (or not)


I received these “tips” in an email from my mother this morning.  I bet they work…..in a really ass-backward sort of way….

All previous disclaimers and such apply.  I cannot take any credit–but I wish I could!

AMAZING SIMPLE HOME REMEDIES:

1. AVOID CUTTING YOURSELF WHEN SLICING VEGETABLES BY GETTING SOMEONE ELSE TO HOLD THE VEGETABLESWHILE YOU CHOP.

2. AVOID ARGUMENTS WITH THE FEMALES ABOUT LIFTING THE TOILET SEAT BY USING THE SINK.

3. FOR HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE SUFFERERS ~ SIMPLY CUT YOURSELF AND BLEED FOR AFEW MINUTES, THUS REDUCING THE PRESSURE ON YOUR VEINS. REMEMBER TO USE ATIMER.

4. A MOUSE TRAP PLACED ON TOP OF YOUR ALARM CLOCK WILL PREVENT YOU FROM ROLLING OVER AND GOING BACK TO SLEEP AFTER YOU HIT THE SNOOZE BUTTON.

5. IF YOU HAVE A BAD COUGH, TAKE A LARGE DOSE OF LAXATIVES. THEN YOU’LL BE AFRAID TO COUGH.

6. YOU ONLY NEED TWO TOOLS IN LIFE – WD-40 AND DUCT TAPE. IF IT DOESN’T MOVE AND SHOULD, USE THE WD-40. IF IT SHOULDN’T MOVE AND DOES, USE THE DUCT TAPE..

7. IF YOU CAN’T FIX IT WITH A HAMMER, YOU’VE GOT AN ELECTRICAL PROBLEM.

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On-line Shopping


Since the internet has become so common and EASY, I’ve become accustomed to shopping on

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line.  Today I’m checking out Beyond the Rack.  The have a promotional code available.  I’m not sure what the incentive/savings percentage is, but I’m sure I’ll get to find out.  Here it is if anyone wants to check it out!

http://www.beyondtherack.com/member/invite/B5146C55

As I find more neat places & things, I’ll add them on.  Being ‘chronic’ means taking advantage of convenience and discounts where ever we can find them.

I’ve also been buying many of my personal things and cosmetics online from www.drugstore.com .  They offer discounts, on line coupons AND free shipping.  It’s actually much cheaper than going the 15 miles to town and shopping at Walmart or Walgreens.  I use Biotene oral care products for Sjogren’s symptoms and they are much less expensive.  I also buy nutritional supplements and the fortified snacks I use when my Crohn’s is giving me grief.  It’s definitely worth checking out!

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A Week at the Gym


Today is ‘dust off my disclaimer’ day!  I did not create this nor can I take credit.  It’s an email from my friend Roger & it JUST fits the bill!  Enjoy ya’ll!

A WEEK AT THE GYM

Dear Diary,


For my birthday this year, I  purchased a week of personal training at the local health club.  Although I am still in great shape since being a high school football cheerleader 43 years ago, I decided it would be a good idea to go ahead and give it a try.

I called the club and made my reservations with a personal trainer named Christo, who identified himself as a 26-year-old aerobics instructor and model for athletic clothing and swim wear.

Friends seemed pleased with my enthusiasm to get started! The club encouraged me to keep a diary to chart my progress.
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MONDAY:
Started my day at 6:00 am. Tough to get out of bed, but found it was well worth it when I arrived at the health club to find Christo waiting for me. He is something of a Greek god– with blond hair, dancing eyes, and a dazzling white smile.  Woo Hoo!!

Christo gave me a tour and showed me the machines.. I enjoyed watching the skillful way in which he conducted his aerobics class after my workout today.

Very inspiring!

Christo was encouraging as I did my sit-ups, although my gut was already aching from holding it in the whole time he was around.

This is going to be a FANTASTIC week!!
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TUESDAY:
I drank a whole pot of coffee, but I finally made it out the door. Christo made me lie on my back and push a heavy iron bar into the air then he put weights on it!  My legs were a little wobbly on the treadmill, but I made the full mile.  His rewarding smile made it all worthwhile… I feel GREAT!  It’s a whole new life for me.
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WEDNESDAY:
The only way I can brush my teeth is by laying the toothbrush on the counter and moving my mouth back and forth over it.  I believe I have a hernia in both pectorals.  Driving was OK as long as I didn’t try to steer or stop. I parked on top of a GEO in the club parking lot.
Christo was impatient with me, insisting that my screams bothered other club members. His voice is a little too perky for that early in the morning and when he scolds, he gets this nasally whine that is VERY annoying.
My chest hurt when I got on the treadmill, so Christo put me on the stair monster.  Why the hell would anyone invent a machine to simulate an activity rendered obsolete by elevators?  Christo told me it would help me get in shape and enjoy life.  He said some other shit too.
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THURSDAY:
Asshole was waiting for me with his vampire-like teeth exposed as his thin, cruel lips were pulled back in a full snarl.  I couldn’t help being a half an hour late– it took me that long to tie my shoes.
He took me to work out with dumbbells. When he was not looking, I ran and hid in the restroom.  He sent some skinny bitch to find me.
Then, as punishment, he put me on the rowing machine– which I sank.
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FRIDAY:
I hate that bastard Christo more than any human being has ever hated any other human being in the history of the world. Stupid, skinny, anemic, anorexic, little aerobic instructor.  If there was a part of my body I could move without unbearable pain, I would beat him with it.
Christo wanted me to work on my triceps.  I don’t have any triceps! And if you don’t want dents in the floor, don’t hand me the damn barbells or anything that weighs more than a sandwich.
The treadmill flung me off and I landed on a health and nutrition teacher.  Why couldn’t it have been someone softer, like the drama coach or the choir director?
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SATURDAY:
Satan left a message on my answering machine in his grating, shrilly voice wondering why I did not show up today.  Just hearing his voice made me want to smash the machine with my planner; however, I lacked the strength to even use the TV remote and ended up catching eleven straight hours of the Weather Channel…
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SUNDAY:
I’m having the Church van pick me up for services today so I can go and thank GOD that this week is over.  I will also pray that next year my husband will choose a gift for me that is fun— like a root canal or a hysterectomy.

I still say if God had wanted me to bend over, he would have sprinkled the floor with diamonds!!!

Hoping my foray into fitness fares better!!

Chronically Pretty


For the past few months I’ve been following a blogger/you tuber named Emily Noel.  She is a morning news anchor and a generally well-rounded young lady.  Both her blog and you tube channel, Beauty Broadcast, are full of  hints, tips and tricks.  PLUS she does some great tutorials and reviews.

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The posts are helpful, fun and generally mindful of the budget.  When she reviews high-end items that may be out of reach for some of her readers/viewers, she often identifies a less expensive dupe, which I greatly appreciate.

I’ve picked up a few tips and I appreciate the time and energy she puts into her posts/videos.  I definitely do not wear a full face of makeup every day but watching her reminds me it’s worth it to take a few minutes in the morning–even on the days I feel unwell.  It really is good for morale– Being chronically ill doesn’t mean we can’t be chronically pretty as well!

Thanks Emily!

Autoimmunity Covers A LOT of Ground


This list is provided by the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association. The site offers a wealth of information.  Don’t forget–knowledge is power!!  When one struggles with an autoimmune disease, it sometimes takes YEARS to be diagnosed.  Sometimes the hoof beats are ZEBRAS yet most doctors only think of horses.  Too many physicians are unaware.

List of Autoimmune and Autoimmune-Related Diseases

  • Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM)
  • Acute necrotizing hemorrhagic leukoencephalitis
  • Addison’s disease
  • Agammaglobulinemia
  • Allergic asthma
  • Allergic rhinitis
  • Alopecia areata
  • Amyloidosis
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Anti-GBM/Anti-TBM nephritis
  • Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS)
  • Autoimmune angioedema
  • Autoimmune aplastic anemia
  • Autoimmune dysautonomia
  • Autoimmune hepatitis
  • Autoimmune hyperlipidemia
  • Autoimmune immunodeficiency
  • Autoimmune inner ear disease (AIED)
  • Autoimmune myocarditis
  • Autoimmune pancreatitis
  • Autoimmune retinopathy
  • Autoimmune thrombocytopenic purpura (ATP)
  • Autoimmune thyroid disease
  • Autoimmune urticaria
  • Axonal & neuronal neuropathies
  • Balo disease
  • Behcet’s disease
  • Bullous pemphigoid
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Castleman disease
  • Celiac disease
  • Chagas disease
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome**
  • Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP)
  • Chronic recurrent multifocal ostomyelitis (CRMO)
  • Churg-Strauss syndrome
  • Cicatricial pemphigoid/benign mucosal pemphigoid
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Cogans syndrome
  • Cold agglutinin disease
  • Congenital heart block
  • Coxsackie myocarditis
  • CREST disease
  • Essential mixed cryoglobulinemia
  • Demyelinating neuropathies
  • Dermatitis herpetiformis
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Devic’s disease (neuromyelitis optica)
  • Discoid lupus
  • Dressler’s syndrome
  • Endometriosis
  • Eosinophilic fasciitis
  • Erythema nodosum
  • Experimental allergic encephalomyelitis
  • Evans syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia**
  • Fibrosing alveolitis
  • Giant cell arteritis (temporal arteritis)
  • Glomerulonephritis
  • Goodpasture’s syndrome
  • Graves’ disease
  • Guillain-Barre syndrome
  • Hashimoto’s encephalitis
  • Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
  • Hemolytic anemia
  • Henoch-Schonlein purpura
  • Herpes gestationis
  • Hypogammaglobulinemia
  • Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP)
  • IgA nephropathy
  • IgG4-related sclerosing disease
  • Immunoregulatory lipoproteins
  • Inclusion body myositis
  • Insulin-dependent diabetes (type1)
  • Interstitial cystitis
  • Juvenile arthritis
  • Juvenile diabetes
  • Kawasaki syndrome
  • Lambert-Eaton syndrome
  • Leukocytoclastic vasculitis
  • Lichen planus
  • Lichen sclerosus
  • Ligneous conjunctivitis
  • Linear IgA disease (LAD)
  • Lupus (SLE)
  • Lyme disease, chronic
  • Meniere’s disease
  • Microscopic polyangiitis
  • Mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD)
  • Mooren’s ulcer
  • Mucha-Habermann disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Myositis
  • Narcolepsy
  • Neuromyelitis optica (Devic’s)
  • Neutropenia
  • Ocular cicatricial pemphigoid
  • Optic neuritis
  • Palindromic rheumatism
  • PANDAS (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcus)
  • Paraneoplastic cerebellar degeneration
  • Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH)
  • Parry Romberg syndrome
  • Parsonnage-Turner syndrome
  • Pars planitis (peripheral uveitis)
  • Pemphigus
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Perivenous encephalomyelitis
  • Pernicious anemia
  • POEMS syndrome
  • Polyarteritis nodosa
  • Type I, II, & III autoimmune polyglandular syndromes
  • Polymyalgia rheumatica
  • Polymyositis
  • Postmyocardial infarction syndrome
  • Postpericardiotomy syndrome
  • Progesterone dermatitis
  • Primary biliary cirrhosis
  • Primary sclerosing cholangitis
  • Psoriasis
  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
  • Pyoderma gangrenosum
  • Pure red cell aplasia
  • Raynauds phenomenon
  • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
  • Reiter’s syndrome
  • Relapsing polychondritis
  • Restless legs syndrome
  • Retroperitoneal fibrosis
  • Rheumatic fever
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Schmidt syndrome
  • Scleritis
  • Scleroderma
  • Sjogren’s syndrome
  • Sperm & testicular autoimmunity
  • Stiff person syndrome
  • Subacute bacterial endocarditis (SBE)
  • Susac’s syndrome
  • Sympathetic ophthalmia
  • Takayasu’s arteritis
  • Temporal arteritis/Giant cell arteritis
  • Thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP)
  • Tolosa-Hunt syndrome
  • Transverse myelitis
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Undifferentiated connective tissue disease (UCTD)
  • Uveitis
  • Vasculitis
  • Vesiculobullous dermatosis
  • Vitiligo
  • Wegener’s granulomatosis

**NOTE Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue are listed, not because they are autoimmune, but because many persons who suffer from them have associated autoimmune disease(s)

American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association
22100 Gratiot Avenue, Eastpointe, MI 48021-2227
http://www.aarda.org

18 Keys to Success @ Womens Media


In my quest for motivational ideas I ran across this article and I’m impressed.  I almost didn’t read it at all because the title, ‘18 Keys to Success’ sounded so complicated…18!!!  I’m glad I read it though & I feel better about my pending successes!  18 is NOT an overwhelming number…

Maintaining….


Made a couple of trips to assorted doctors and had labs drawn….Overall, the results weren’t bad.  Had a couple of things a hair low and most were low normal; nothing was way out of whack, so that was good news.  My rheumy suspects my neuropathy is due to progression of spinal problems and offered me steroids to decrease inflammation and I graciously declined his offer.  I’ve just lost 12 lbs of steroid weight and I seriously don’t want to find it again!  His next suggestion, and the one that has been most medically beneficial in studies, is to increase stretching and physical activity GENTLY,  to at least four days a week.  In theory it sounds simple and it’s FREE, but once more the answer comes down to me doing something else. … My doctor recommended a combination of basic stretches,  yoga, pilates and some serious walking.  Looks like I’m gonna have to dust of my DVD’s and get this party started!  Will I be compelled toward compliance since I’m feeling the negative effects of my health issues?  Only time will tell….

NOT AGAIN


For three weeks my sweetie and I have been planning to have a day trip today.  Three weeks.

Four days ago I started feeling bad, then worse, then worser still. Now I’m glued to the sofa and we have to AGAIN cancel our plans. I’m sick, sorry AND pissed off…  Cry, cry, snot, snot, bitch….  I really gotta find a better way.  Suggestions??

Way Cool Button Code Generator


I stumbled upon this neat button code generator after he/she stumbled across my blog.  Karma is sending me button apps because I’m such button hound!!  It is straight up and fill-in-the-blanks. No having to design my own code from my pea brain– My kind ‘o tool!!

Grab My Button Code Generator

I’m gonna be experimenting with this one a LOT!!  Thanks!

Neuropathically Yours,


Neuropathy

According to Medline Plus is:

Peripheral neuropathy is a problem with the nerves that carry information to and from the brain and spinal cord to the rest of the body. This can produce pain, loss of sensation, and an inability to control muscles.

  • “Peripheral” means nerves further out from the center of the body, distant from the brain and spinal cord (which are called the central nervous system).
  • “Neuro” means nerves.
  • “Pathy” means abnormal.

Sounds cut and dried, bland, benign; if that’s the case then why the HELL is it so hard to treat? From a medical standpoint I totally understand the concept of ‘adjuvant agents’ and things that are ‘sposed to help. However, I want the problem to GO AWAY and that seems to NOT be possible.  I have so many friends struggling with neuropathic issues–Jo, Cindi & a ton of others–wish I were so tough.  I’m not hangin’ with it very well.

I went to the doctor Friday and got a going-over plus a slip to have labs drawn.  Tons of ’em.  You know how it goes…bleed’em dry!  I’m hoping something shows up that can be corrected. I’m tired to the bone with mystery symptoms….

For a while I’ve been having cold, tingling neuropathy from the knees down and the elbows down, plus creepy-crawly sensations on my thighs & torso.  I have areas of numbness on my feet & back and when I go to bed it feels like I’m being stuck with a straight pin.  Let’s just say it wakes me up–FAST. I can’t feel water when it hits my face & I’m having bladder issues–hesitancy & retention. My arms get ‘tired’ bilaterally when I’m brushing my teeth and I have to switch hands; my jaw muscle get tighter & tighter as the day progresses.  I’m not clenching or grinding my teeth; it’s like they’re being wound tight with a key.  Weird & disconcerting.

I’ve ruled out the obvious suspects such as most of my medications so it’s time to try to find the cause.  Since before my Crohn’s diagnosis I’ve had burning neuropathic pain in my feet and some loss of temperature sensation, but it has gotten so much worse, with the right side being more affected than the left.  Recently I had a really grossly infected toe & didn’t realize it until it was BAD.  Didn’t feel it…That gave me the creeps. I see people lose feet/toes all the time because of situations like that.  Words of wisdom??

ALWAYS CHECK YOUR FEET, even if you think you don’t need to.

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