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

Friday, December 31, 2010

Introducing Guest Writer

Sarah with her baby girls
Some of you may remember me writing about my friend, Sarah, who has to adhere to the Candida Diet. It was she that got me started looking into that type of cooking and learning, in the process, that it is a form of treatment for Fibromyalgia. I hate that people think living the Candida lifestyle means that they have to eat bland, boring food. So, I have posted a few of the recipes that I have created and hope to continue doing so. However, I also recently convinced my friend to be a guest writer and allow me to post some of her recipes. Be sure to try out the recipes and let us know what you think.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Thanks to the Cleaning Lady

Washing the dishes always makes my back hurt. So when I saw this article I thought how nice because I can cut out a little bit of my workload. I have always scrubbed my dishes before putting them in the dishwasher. Now I don't have to. And I wont' feel guilty. I going to start immediately. I'll let you know if it doesn't work. 

Posted by The Cleaning Lady on October 19, 2010

I was talking with my friend the other day who described the ongoing feud she has with her husband over the dishwasher. He insists that dishes need to be scrubbed and rinsed prior to going into the dishwasher, while my friend insists that they just need to be scraped of large food particles prior to dishwasher loading. So, who’s right?

Drum roll please. My friend is correct in this situation. According to experts, there is no need to pre-rinse dishes, and in fact if you do, you are wasting water, time and energy. Most newer dishwasher models have sensors that adjust the cycle’s water levels, temperature and time according to how dirty the dishes are. Rinsing dishes clean of all food particles can actually decrease the effectiveness of your dishwashing detergent - today’s detergents are designed to attack food particles left on dishes.
An energy-efficient dishwasher uses up to 5 gallons of water to clean an entire load of dishes, while leaving the water running and rinsing and scrubbing the same amount of dishes by hand uses up to 27 gallons of water. You can further save water by only running the dishwasher when it is completely full and loading it properly.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

A Christmas Miracle

Christmas Eve was spent attending our church's candle light Christmas Eve service. It was so nice. I was glad that they had it since they decided to cancel the Sunday service on the 26th to allow all the staff and volunteers to have the flexibility to travel and spend time with their families for the holidays. I'm fine with that. I just really miss church when we don't get to go. But as soon as we got home I was walking through the house and was struck with a migraine. It just hit me all of a sudden with vertigo and nausea. My husband was just singing in the kitchen starting dinner, had no idea that anything was wrong with me because I had just walked through the living room. It literally, hit me like a bullet. I made it back it to the couch. We got me medicated and all that jazz. Christmas morning I woke up, still with a headache. We opened our stockings. Since we have some big things coming up we decided not to spend money on presents. I tried to eat breakfast, but my migraine was getting worse. I took the last dose of medicine that I could take within the 24 hour period. I got in the hot tub. I spent about four hours in there. I finally found a position that stretched my neck just so that relieved the tension and decreased the pain. I didn't want to move. I could tell I was starting to get a little sunburn. I was pruning. I wanted to get out, but at the same time was afraid that if I did the migraine would come back. See, some friends had invited us to Christmas at their home at 4 o'clock. I really wanted to go. I wanted to have a place to spend Christmas. Not that Rob isn't family enough for me. But having just moved here and having no family around, it's our first Christmas away from our families. It's kinda depressing. So I really wanted to be able to go. Thankfully Rob was in the kitchen making the food and desserts that we said we would bring so that if I was up to it we could still go. I finally got out of the hot tub and rested a little before I managed a shower. Then a little nap. I woke up and it was a Christmas miracle. We went to our friends house and I was fine. We had Christmas dinner. We played their new kinect game. I'm sure I spelled that wrong. But we didn't leave until about 2 o'clock in the morning. I made it through the whole evening without a headache. Thank you God for my Christmas miracle! My friend did ask if I kept up with the weather because she gets migraines based on the different fronts that come through. So I'm going to check that out. Living here is a whole new climate for our bodies to adjust to and new allergens.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Blue Christmas

My parents were just here for the weekend. It was their early Christmas visit. Since moving here six months ago, this will be our first time to have a Christmas away from our families. I mentioned before that I had a new wave of homesickness hit after we returned from our Thanksgiving trip. Now I am feeling the Christmas blues. It's going to be so weird not having anyone to spend Christmas with. Yes, we have each other. But it will be weird not having a dinner or family get together. And since we just moved in and still need some large items for the house and there are some things coming up in the near future we decided that we wouldn't buy gifts for each other. So there will be no opening of gifts either. I'm starting to get kinda depressed. At least our church is having a Christmas Eve service. 

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Good Girl Ghirardelli!

Or would that make a better boy's name? I'm standing in the candy aisle at the grocery store drooling over the Ghirardelli chocolate thinking that would make a great name for my next chocolate lab. I was planning on naming this one Peppermint Mocha Twist after my fav Starbuck's drink and just calling her Mocha. But she was a he and got named Bradley. But Rob objected to Mocha anyway and said it was just because I was PMSing. I look down at my shopping cart. CRAP!!! Half the stuff in it is chocolate. I am so PMSing. OK, so naming your dog after chocolate foods doesn't exactly make the list of symptoms on the back of the Midol box. But it's definitely a clue for me. And for me, when menstruation hits, she strikes quick, like an assassin. No wonder I'm getting so tired as I restock the shelves. Now I'm having a hot flash and my back is killing me. If I was regular enough and could keep up on a calendar I would have known this was not a good day to make a shopping trip. I try to finish my shopping list without adding anymore chocolate items. But I'm getting the Ghirardelli hot cocoa because it will get cold again. Ooh, and the Hershey's dark chocolate syrup because I have ice cream at home.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Tiger Balm Patch Review

Today is cleaning day. The dogs are at daycare to get them out from under my feet while I work. It's harder than usual. There's so much to do but I'm having to make myself take a break because that knot in my neck/shoulder area is coming back. The one that was bothering me while we were at my parents' house during Thanksgiving. I didn't get to bring back the Shiatsu massager that my dad gave me because we didn't have room in the car. They are bringing it when they come for Christmas. I could really use it. But I have a smaller version. It's just a little more difficult to use. Then I remember than I have the Tiger Balm patches that my husband raves about. So I go put one on. about 15 minutes after, while I'm vacuuming, what I notice most is the cool burning sensation. It's like putting on Icy Hot or something similar. When I use the Tiger Balm cream that part goes away pretty quickly. But the patch seems to last much longer. If you can't stand that burning sensation, then you probably cannot handle the Tiger Balm patch. You can try it for yourself. But I wanted to give you fair warning. I'm pressing on with it though. I also seem to be itching, but that's probably due to my extremely dry skin. So I vacuumed the house and continued cleaning without any trouble from my neck and back. After a couple of hours the burning sensation did go away. I only got to wear it for about 3 and a half hours or so because I had to take it off to shower and get ready. So I didn't get to wear it for the full length of time. I don't know if that would have changed the outcome. It did relieve my pain. I went to a Bunco game that night and had no trouble at all playing. So that's pretty good. Now when I stretch my neck I can still feel the spot and some pain and when I rub it there is still a knot. But I know that I need an chiropractic adjustment and the Tiger Balm patch can't do that for me. Maybe I'll try it again overnight and see what the outcome is. See if I have a miracle recovery like my husband did.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Help! I Have Fibro And I Can't Go Out!

I know for me, going to the grocery store is a hassle and sometimes a huge challenge. It's exhausting. The smells make me sick. I'm back and forth because I can't find anything or remember anything no matter how organized my list is. You may remember reading about my embarrassment about having to ask for help with getting the bags out to the car when I look like a normal healthy person who should be able to do it myself. Then I have to get home and lug them all inside and put the stuff away. I'm getting worked up just writing about it. In fact, I've found myself making more frequent, smaller trips to the store. I guess it helps. It's inconvenient. It costs more in gas and time. But it's easier on me. I wonder. . . does anybody ever shop online for stuff like this? I mean, I order food from the Schwan's man. But what about other stuff. Then I got a flyer in my bag at Target for Soap.com. I never did anything with it. But now a blog that I follow has advertised that Soap.com is offering $10 off any purchase. You can even just purchase $10 worth of stuff. You would have to pay the $4.99 shipping, but that's still $5 off. Or you can purchase $25 worth of stuff and get free shipping. Just use the code 10BUCKSFREE when you check out. You can buy toilet paper, detergent, bath and body, health and beauty. Lots of stuff that you get at your grocery store or trip to Walmart, corner pharmacy, etc. That means it could potentially cut out half of the junk that I have to go out, buy and lug back home. The prices are a little higher and I don't know if you can use any kind of coupon other than the ones that Soap.com puts out themselves. But it may be worth it. Especially during a difficult time, like all of winter.

**since writing this post, Soap.com has clarified that the coupon code is for existing customers only. Not sure why they wouldn't want new customers. You could try calling customer service and see if they will give you the coupon code anyway. Sometimes they will.  

Sunday, December 5, 2010

It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas

Even though days get to the seventies, sometimes eighties, and we can often still wear shorts in the afternoon. Although today was a cold front and we had to pull out the jackets. It's still very sunny and no leaves have changed. But people have decorated their homes and the lights twinkle brightly.
Tree Trimmin'
The day after Thanksgiving we had a little tree trimmin' party with a few friends to put up our first Christmas tree here in Texas. Grandma Eva sent a surprise package. It was a stocking for Bradley. She made it for him to match the ones she made for Rob, me and Brodie. We've already received three Christmas cards. The first one was all the way from Honduras. Usually by now I've already taken our family picture and started sending them out.
But this year I have no idea if I'll even get to it.
We had our Journey Team Christmas party. That's our small group from church. It was lots of fun. I got a very funny gift from the gift exchange, but I can't say what it was because we're going to use it at another party.
JT Party Pic