"I only get one life and I will not let Fibromyalgia take the joy from my living it."

Friday, March 28, 2014

Dust And Clean

On Friday, March 7th I went in for my D&C with hysterescopy. I did have polyps removed along with some scar tissue. The D&C should clean out all of the Candida. He said that the polyps can make it difficult to get rid of infections. When the Lord said you will have pain in child birth I don't think it was limited to the actual birthing process. I think just having the equipment is painful. I tell you what, all kinds of stuff just grows up in there. Doesn't it? Polyps, tumors, endometriosis, yeast, bacteria. We might as well hang up a welcome sign. He said stay on the diet and give it three months to heal. If I'm feeling fine I can skip my appointment and come back for my annual. Right now I think I'm doing ok. My biggest complaint is the pain from the procedure. I am still having pain. I started on Hydrocodone/Acetaminophen. I was on that for the first week. Now I'm on Tramadol. I guess I thought I would be better by now, but I shouldn't be surprise. It always takes me longer to recover from anything.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Seaweed Shmeeweed

I tried roasted seaweed the other day. I saw it in the store. The package said MSG free, gluten free, sugar free. Oh look, something I can eat. It was like licking the inside of an aquarium. You know how your fish tank smells when it needs to be cleaned? That's exactly how it tasted. Why do people eat this stuff? I let the kids try it. They can't talk yet but I know they were saying, "You wouldn't let me put that leaf in my mouth the other day but you want me to eat this!" Even the dogs wouldn't eat it. Then my husband tried it. Seriously, after seeing all our reactions you're still going to try it? I can't get you to try good food but you'll try something that almost made me throw up. I will remember and remind you of the day you tried seaweed forever. 

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Circumcising Candida

I went back to the ob/gyn for a follow-up on my Candida. I still have it, which I could have told you that. I also had a bacterial infection. I took some pills for the bacterial infection and did a cream suppository for the vaginosis. Three nights of Terconazole. He said that because of where we live, almost subtropic, there is a genetic strain of yeast that is particularly hard to kill. He also showed me a chart of something that could be growing in my uterus, polyps I think, that could be causing the yeast. I really need to start recording my conversations and taking pictures of the charts because when  I leave I don't remember much. I'm supposed to do the treatment and wait 6 weeks. If I still have the vaginosis we can do a D&C with hysteroscopy to have a look and clean it all out. In the conversation I mentioned that I don't ever hear of men having Candida. He quickly corrected me and said that they do indeed, especially uncircumcised men. He told me of one man who was circumcised when he was 32 to control the Candida growth around the penis. He told the doctor he wish he had just been circumcised as a child because then he at least would not remember it. Then I was talking about circumcision with someone else and she said that her husband had to be circumcised in his thirties due to recurring UTIs. So men do suffer the same things us women go through it's just all hush, hush. I'm not happy that men suffer. However, I was about ready to have a hysterectomy. You know when you're desperate you'll try anything. I was at that point where I figure if I'm not going to bear children, and if men don't get this, obviously not having a uterus is a plus in the battle. But I guess not. And of course, I don't really want to go into early menopause. But you know you get irrational when you're at wits ends and malnourished. So now I'm hoping this is just something he can go in and scrape out and be done with it. We'll see.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

My doTERRA Store


Since I've been using so many things for our daughter from doTERRA I decided to become a consultant just so I could get the discount. I'm not doing parties and all that stuff. But I do have a website so if you are interested and need something you can visit at http://www.mydoterra.com/thisismyfibro/


Friday, January 10, 2014

Introductory to Essential Oils

I've been so fascinated with how well the essential oils have been working on our kids. In addition to the lavender oil I've been using on her eczema, I've been using the Deep Blue for their teething pain. It's intended for achy joints and sore muscles, but I had been told that people were using for teething pain. So instead of using Tylenol I've been rubbing the Deep Blue along their jawline and it does seem to calm them. Especially when they start grinding their teeth. That drives me nuts!
 I've been so impressed with the oils. I love being able to treat ailments without taking medicine internally or giving medicine to my children. So, I decided to buy the introductory pack that includes the lavender, lemon and peppermint oils. Evidently those are their top three selling oils because they are the most versatile. It comes with a CD that tells you how to use them. Of course, I've been using the lavender on her eczema. But my husband was congested so we used peppermint on his chest and sinuses.  It worked! I've also used the peppermint on my stomach when it's been upset.
I've been using the Balance oil blend to treat our daughter's separation anxiety and horrible fear of strangers. Hers is not the normal separation anxiety of most babies. We got her when she was 3 months old. She had been with the same foster family since birth. As she settled in with us she became increasingly fearful of even leaving the house. It's like she is terrified that someone is going o take her again from her family. At home she is very social and squeals with delight, but when we step out our front door she doesn't even crack a smile the entire time we are out. She gives everyone Los Ojos. Evil eye. So I got Balance which is for stress and anxiety. I apply it to the back of her neck. The first time I used it on her was when we went to the hair salon and had her get some bangs cut. I waited until we were there to put it on her and she did great. In fact, the stylist said that if I decided to become a consultant that she would trade me my hair cut for a bottle of the Balance so that she could use it on the other children that come in. The second time was when she had to go to the doctor. She did wonderful! Now, maybe she's just getting better, but maybe it's the oil. I don't know, but I started using it for myself too when I'm stressed out. Maybe it's just psychological or just the aromatherapy but it did help me chillax. 
You may remember that this time last year I wrote about getting so sick when we traveled at Christmas that I felt like I was allergic to the climate of my home state. This year I went prepared with the nausea patches that you wear when you go on a cruise. However, I didn't have to wear them. I don't know if it's the diet that I've been on or luck. I did get a little nauseated a few times at night in the car when on windy roads in the country. But that's always a complication for me because of my sensitivity to lights. It's just hard at night because it's dark everywhere and then bright lights from a car or signs, etc. and it makes me sick. I used a combination of this oil Motion Eaze that I got at Walmart for less than $10 and Peppermint essential oils rubbed on my stomach from doTERRA.
 I decided to give the PastTense® Tension Blend a try for headaches instead of popping Tylenol or a migraine pill as soon as it's coming on. With two toddlers I don't have time to wait for a full blown migraine to hit me so unfortunately I do try to cut it off early. It did work, but I will say that when the directions say to apply to your neck, forehead and temples then lay back and relax what it really means lay back so that the oil on your forehead and temples don't run into your eyes because it will bu-urn. I usually don't have time to sit back and relax. So I'm just putting it lightly on my temples and neck then continuing on with my day. Honestly the headache does come back after a couple of hours, but mine do with my RX meds too. Usually only a night's sleep get rid of mine. Sometimes I even wake up with it again. But this at least buys me a little time, med free, to keep going. 

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Yeast Away Product Review

Yeast Away is a homeopathic remedy made by Boiron. This is the same company that makes Oscillococcinum, the flu medicine. I've had success with Oscillococcinum so I wanted to try this product for my Candida. It is a seven dose suppository treatment that you use at night. The main ingredient is boric acid. I had great relief while using the product. In fact, so much that I let myself hope that I had been cured. Sure enough, just as with the end of my menstrual cycle, the symptoms did return when the treatment was over. They did not return nearly as severe. However, I could tell  that I was not healed because I still had the milky leakage. It was not until I slipped on my diet that the itching and burning began again. The product was a bit of a hassle to use though. It's pretty much a two person job. The instructions tell you that you can insert the suppositories lying down or sitting. I did not find this to be true. Every time I tried to do it sitting down they would just fall out. I recommend not inserting it until your lying in bed ready to go to sleep. The problem with that is that it only comes with one application wand which means it has to be washed and dried after each use. Of course, you are now stuck in the bed. So your loving helper gets the task of washing the applicator and throwing away the trash. I also recommend using heavy sanitary napkins and sleeping on a towel because this will leak through the night. On occasion I even had to change my clothes in the night. Very inconvenient. All in all, though, the results were worth the trouble. I just wish the results were longer lasting. It may be something that needs to be repeated every few months or a couple of times a year depending on your severity.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Love Like A Foster Mom

Someone emailed this to me and I wanted to share it. 

Interpretation of the 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 through the lens of foster care

"Love waits through the lengthy court process. Love doesn’t try to prove you’re the better parent or manipulate for your own good. It doesn’t insist on things happening on its timetable. It is not irritable when visitation schedules change ...or resentful when goals aren’t met. It does not rejoice when Mom is arrested or tests positive for cocaine or fails to show up for a visit, but rejoices when progress is made and family connections are built. The love of a foster mom bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things."

love like Jesus
www.amusingmaralee.com

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres."
(1 Corinthians 13:4-7 NIV)

Lavender Oil for Eczema

Our daughter has horrible eczema. I've changed our laundry detergent, her shampoo, body wash, lotion, everything. It all started when she had her first ear infections and got a yeast infection from the antibiotic. Before that she was totally fine and had no problems whatsoever. But after several ear infections and rounds of antibiotics she evidently formed eczema too. I was treating some diaper rash with coconut oil when a friend who sells doTERRA oils suggested lavender oil to treat her eczema. She gave me a sample that she mixed with fractionated coconut oil and within one application I could see a huge difference. So I started to treat her eczema with lavender oil. What a change.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

My, Oh, My! One Little Word And Suddenly I'm Famous!


I wrote an article about Morgan Freeman. Someone left a comment below the article to tell me that a photo was posted on a Facebook page with a quote from Mr. Freeman that very closely resembled the tag line from my blog. Hmm?! I'm glad to know that I said something so astounding that someone would use it to be quoted as coming from Morgan Freeman. It would definitely sound better coming from his voice than mine, that is for sure. You know, he probably just repeated it after hearing me say it in one of our many lengthy conversations he and I have had, right? I can forgive him for that. 
"I only get one life and I will not let Fibromyalgia take the joy from my living it."
This is the tag line from my blog and has been for several years. Of course, the creator of the Morgan Freeman photo did leave one word out which I guess makes it okay to take a quote from one person and attribute it to someone else. Although, I doubt Mr. Freeman knows anything about this. I sure didn't. I've been too busy trying to figure out how to be a mom to two one-year-olds while living with a body that seems to continually betray me. But I'm glad that my article about Morgan Freeman made such an impact after he shared his diagnosis with the world. So, have you noticed the one little word that suddenly turned me into a famous person? "My." Which is exactly what this blog is all about. Fibromyalgia effects every person differently. This is My Fibro. This is My Life. This is My Choice to not let Fibromyalgia take the Joy.  Let this be the mantra for all of us. After all, Mr. Freeman and I are very wise when we speak.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Moms with Fibromyalgia: Solutions for 6 Months to 1 Year Old

As I traverse the earth with my kids most people look at me and think "She just has to have everything, doesn't she?" I know this because some people actually voice this out loud. It's not about having things. It's about having Fibromyalgia. The following are products that I have been using and recommend for the mom with Fibro who needs that little extra help to make life easier. Yes, I know our parents didn't have them and we turned out fine. But just because they didn't have access to them doesn't mean that we shouldn't use them to make our lives easier. It doesn't mean that we're totally spoiling our kids. We're spoiling ourselves. Now that we're the parents, we can do that. To read the previous posts, click here and here

Poo~Pourri Jr. Lil’ Stinker 

From the makers of Poo-Pourri: before you go toilet spray. So the regular spray for the bathroom really works. So when I saw this for diapers I grabbed it. Any nursery stinks, wreaks! It's hard to handle. But especially if you have sensitivity to smells. This says that it is actually for cloth diapers, but I use it on our disposable diapers. And it works. It doesn't cure the problem, but it does help.I bought mine at Sam Moon, but you can find a wide selection of Poo-Pourri at boutiques or you could visit their website

 Silicone Bib

Feeding time is so messy. Yes, I say feeding time like they are animals at the zoo. Many days it's best to just feed them in their diaper. But it still pays to wear a bib to save their little chest from unnecessary scrubbing. Cloth bibs stain, get wet and must be changed and washed frequently. The plastic bibs with fabric backs wipe down, but still need to be washed and then have to air-dry and the fabric back takes a while to do so. The silicone bib can be wiped clean and dried immediately. It can be run through the dishwasher. And the teething babes love to chew on the edge. Okay, that's actually a down side since the back gets dirty and then gets on them. But I still like these the best. I wash mine after every meal with dish detergent and run it through the dishwasher periodically for sterilization. You can find them easily and affordably by Tommee Tippee at Babies 'R Us or Target. However, I don't like it the best. The tightest the neck will go still leaves quite a gap and food constantly ends up down my daughter's shirt. Many times the closure comes undone completely and she just pulls it off. And the pocket at the bottom doesn't really stay open to catch food. I prefer the brand Make My Day, pictured above. It cost more, but it's worth it. The pocket stays open and it has double closure. Plus, there is a super cute design. Boys' looks like a tuxedo and girls' looks like they're wearing pearls. I bought mine at a boutique, but you can find them on Amazon.com.


Fisher-Price Rainforest Booster Seat

Love these high chairs. We have this model and another one. We got them because we are limited on space and we wanted to be able to strap them to our kitchen chairs. The toy tray can entertain your baby while you make lunch or clean up. I say "can" entertain because my babies just wail while I prep. So I've learned to fix breakfast before they wake, lunch while they nap and dinner while they nap in the afternoon. Otherwise I have one hanging on each leg. However, we do take these chairs with us when we go out to eat and the toy trays come in very handy then. When it's time to eat, just pull the toy tray off and you have the regular tray which can also go in the dishwasher. So far we've never been to a restaurant whose chairs our booster seat did not fit. I ordered one of them from Babies 'R Us but you can also get them on Amazon.com.

WubbaNub


Wuv our Wubba. Our son had no self-soothing abilities. None. It was at about 7 months that he finally began to self-soothe thanks to the WubbaNub. It's a little stuffed toy that is attached to a Soothie brand pacifier. With work and practice we taught him how to bring the pacifier to his mouth himself when he was upset. This was much easier for him with the Wubba than the pacifier alone. He eventually began to find it in his crib and soothe himself in the night. Finally, at one year he is now sleeping through the night. He is still very dependent on his Wubba. But he's pretty much only using it at night now. There is a very limited selection at Babies 'R Us but you can purchase them at, you guessed it, Amazon.com.

Grabber


We call this the Wubba Rescue Squad. No matter how many pacifiers you put in the crib they will all end up behind the crib, out of your reach. After using hangers, wrapping paper rolls, and everything I could we ended up buying this at Walgreen's.
  

Oball O-Links  


I always loved the links so that I could attach toys to the stroller and play pens, etc. It keeps me from having to bend all the way over to the floor saving my back and keeping the germs at bay. But as much as I love them they do tend to come apart. Then I found this handy thing. Made by Oball who usually makes toys. The only openings are at each end. And the closures are really tight so they hold firm. I use them to for toys on the strollers, car seat because they love to throw their toys down while I'm driving or line up several to hang along the edge of the play pen. This is much better than the links. We still have our links. It's nice to have the option of lengths and the kids like to play with them individually but this is much better as mommy's helper.

Praise Baby 

Praise Baby Collection is better than Baby Einstein! I had tried several different baby videos that were just music and pictures that were supposed to entertain,stimulate and education my baby without feeling like I was just sitting him in front of the t.v. I wanted him to play while this was playing. I saw this in the sale flyer of the local Christian bookstore. I had no idea what it was, but I bought it for the sale price. When I put it in and saw his reaction, I knew we had struck gold. He was enamored with this video. A few days later I went back and bought every one they had. I don't know if it's the camera work, the set design, or the uplifting Godly music. But it is truly set apart from any other baby video. People would always comment that Quito was the happiest baby they had ever seen. I really attribute that to the fact that we worked really hard on his media intake. The television was never on when he was in the room unless it was an age-appropriate, child safe program. But most of the time I only played Christian music all day long. He never heard violence or even arguing. So, really, what was there ever to be upset about, right? Check out these videos. They are awesome.You can get them at Barnes and Noble.

Amazon.com

So, this isn't actually a product. It's a service. Honestly, lately, if it doesn't have to do with my kids, I don't leave the house unless I have to. I don't have time to shop, I barely have time for errands. Amazon makes it easier. And we are prime members so we get the free 2-day shipping on lots of things, plus we can watch a lot of movies and television shows, too. And since we never, never, never watch t.v. having Netflix and Amazon Prime are a great way to be able to watch television. Of course, we are usually several seasons behind. But there's no commercials and we don't have to wait between season finales and the next season's premiere. But then again, once then kids are in bed, we only last about 30 minutes before we fall asleep in our chairs.