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

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Harnass Your Fears

That's the slogan at Wimberley zip lines. Have you ever wanted to go zip lining? I have and I finally got my chance. Partly due to having been sick recently I finally dipped below the weight restrictions. Men have to weight below 250 lbs and women must weight below 200 lbs. I had told myself that if I ever lost enough weight to go that I would. So my husband and I went with his parents to an eight line course. I will say that it was not as thrilling as I thought. However, it also was not as scarey as I thought and those two go hand in hand. If I had been somewhere exciting and exotic maybe it would have felt a little more adventurous. I did not get motion sick, though, I did have a little vertigo the first couple of times. The guides said that it was from looking at the cables and seeing the vibrations in them. So if you go, do not look at the lines. Once I was mindful of that, it was a little better. I have heard that you can zip line through the giant red woods in California. I would like to do that. But even if you're just going to a more local venue, it's not a bad way to spend your afternoon.

This is me in the "school" learning how to do it before we all went out.
 Me, husband, in-laws



Me coming in for a landing on one of the lines.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

He's Gone

Yesterday CPS took our foster baby, whom we were trying to adopt, to live with his grandmother. We are, needless to say, devastated.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Baltic Amber

Mine and Quito's Baltic Amber necklaces with polished stones. 



So I was walking through the church nursery to pick up our foster baby and I said, "cute necklace" to one of the little babies. The nursery worker told me it was a teething necklace. Not a necklace that the baby chews on, but a necklace that somehow relieves pain associated with teething without having to use drugs. I was totally interested in this so I stayed to talk to his mother. She has four children. The fourth one had just been born, but the three older ones had all worn these teething necklaces and still wore them. She said they all got their teeth in and she never even noticed them teething. Our little Quito was starting to teeth so I went home that day and looked it up on amazon.com. While I was on there I saw that I could get one for myself. I thought maybe it would help with my neck and shoulder pain. The necklaces are made from Baltic amber. Baltic amber is petrified tree resin. Wearing it against your body allows your body heat to warm the amber releasing the succinic acid which helps with pain and inflammation. You can buy necklaces, bracelets, anklets, rings, all ranging in prices from $20 for a basic necklace like mine or several hundreds of dollars for a designer piece with a large stone. I purchased mine from a store on amazon called The Art of Cure. I put one on Quito and one on myself. Quito has cut his two front bottom teeth with absolutely no fussing at all. I was wearing my necklace everyday, sleeping and showering. I had taken it off because I dressed up for church on Mother's Day. I forgot to put it back on. For two weeks I was having migraines. I was taking my Imitrex everyday. Then I realized that I didn't have my necklace on. I put my necklace back on and within a day I was back down to just dull headaches and then eventually they were gone again. I told the doctor that as long as I was wearing it I wasn't having many migraines. Occasional headaches, but rarely migraines. She said, "wear it." I've been asked if I think that it is a psychological effect. I don't think that it is because when I first put it on I forgot about it. And I had forgot about it when I took it off and was having migraines everyday for two weeks. It was only then that I realized maybe it was working. Plus, it had worked on the baby and he certainly was thinking about it. Do a little research and give it a try. A $20 treatment is nothing if it ends up working for you. And if it doesn't, you still have a pretty piece of jewelry.