Sunday, August 30, 2015

ER Visit

Well I did something last week that I had promised myself I wouldn't do again!  I went to the Emergency Room at Norman Regional Hospital!  I didn't have a very good experience at the ED the last time I went there.  I checked in with complaints of chest pain and vertigo and was treated to a seat in the waiting room sitting by a man barfing his guts up in a plastic bag!!!  Sorry but the visual is still stuck in my head! 

On Thursday I woke up with a horrible headache, side, back and flank pain, blood in my urine, nausea etc etc etc!  I was miserable to say the least.  I rather suspected that I had a kidney infection but had been putting off calling the doctor and I guess it progressed to the point my body wasn't laying still for it any longer!  I called my doctors office and he was off for the day and his nurse practioner was booked up!  If I needed to be seen immediately I should go to the ER.  So I did with dread in my heart! This time I was shown to the back and the minor care part of the ED and was seen rather quickly by an old nurse friend Pam, and Dr. R. Williams.  I got the fun of an IV, lab work, and a trip to the cat scanner but all in all it turns out that I had a fairly advanced UTI and maybe had passed a kidney stone.  YUK!  Not much fun...actually a real pain!

I think the reason I was so resistant to going to the emergency room is the stigma having my list of diagnoses brings with it.  I was sitting in the chair thinking about what I should tell the intake nurse involving my history of pass illnesses and thought...definitely not Fibro!  Well hell she already had it documented in my past visit history!!!  I hate the stigma that goes with that diagnosis!  Heather tells me to just believe in it myself and quit apologizing for having it...I didn't ask for it it found me!!!  I have been fighting with this crap since 2011 and you would think I would pull up my big girl pants and just live with it but it is difficult.  What crap have I been fighting?  Well lets see...
  1. Fibromyalgia
  2. Chronic Fatigue
  3. Post infectious disease syndrome...I have had lymes disease and RMSF!
  4. Irritable Bowel Syndrome(IBS)
  5. Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) 
  6. Hypothyroid disease
  7. Hypotensive issues
  8. Celiac or gluten intolerance
  9. Psoriasis
  10. Roscea
  11. Raynaud's Syndrome
  12. Sjogrens's Syndrome
  13. mild Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
  14. face and skin cancer
For years I had been told that I had various other issues but this list is what I function from at this point in my life.  When you look at it the overwhelming issue is autoimmune disorders.  What did I do wrong in my life to be blessed with this crap!  I don't know!  I think that the lymes disease may have been an instigating issue in all this because I didn't have anything by the thyroid issues until then. 

What drugs do I take now?  Very little, as little as I can get by on.  If I don't think they are doing anything for me I have been taking them and trying them out for 4-6 months then weaning off if I don't think there has been any difference.  I am currently on...
  1. Synthyroid 0.15mg daily
  2. Plaquinal 200mg twice daily
  3. Prilosec 40 mg daily
  4. Multivitamin (MVI)
  5. Fish oil
  6. magnesium
  7. calcium
  8. cranberry capsules
  9. Vit C
  10. Vit D
  11. Occasionally I will have to take a pain pill or muscle relaxer but they don't do much good for me.  I seem to do better with just Ibuprofen or ASA
I have tried a number of other drugs but they just don't work for me and made me feel worse then what I do off of them.  Examples:
  1. Requip, ropinerole made me obsessive compulsive and I still had leg cramps taking 4 pills a day.  That Rx was over $800 before insurance brought it down to $65 for me.
  2. Lyrica...made me so depressed that I didn't care if I hurt or not I didn't care if I lived or not and at one point wouldn't have prevented something from killing me had I been given a moving out of a car's way or being run over.
  3. Savella worked in the beginning but then making my heart race and I was feverish all the time.  I had episodes of tachycardia and frequent PVC's so I weaned off it as quick as I could and it still took me almost 6 months to get off of it.  
That's just a few I quit taking after they quit working or I didn't see them doing anything for me.   The cost each month for those 3 drugs was running over $200 and I just could see paying it out for something that wasn't working for me.

I take a MVI cause I have always felt like people should take one to cover for the deficiencies in their diets.  I listened to a tape of the positives of Fish Oil and I take that for that reason.  I don't know that I can tell any difference from it or the MVI but hey I believe in prevention!  The Vit D and Magnesium were Rx for awhile because neither vitamin/mineral was at levels they should have been and I have been told I will have to take them the rest of my life.   The Vit C I take because Linus Pauling showed us back in the 1970's that it has a lot to do with the immune system.  I figure all the research he did taking it wouldn't hurt me and it might actually do some good!

The gist of this post is to tell you I am okay and so are you if you are blessed with any of the above diagnoses.  I apologize regularly to myself and to the patients I cared for in the past that I wish I had paid more attention to them and what they were telling me was the matter with them.  Yes there is a stigma to Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and many other disorders like them.  I wish there was a lab test or x-ray that could point positively at what we have but right now there isn't one.  I am looking at it from the perspective of being an explorer and traveling uncharted paths so others can have an easier trip.  When someone tells me that they don't believe in my disorders I am going to tell them "too bad...I wouldn't wish it on you to show you it exists cause it hurts too bad!"

Gentle hugs dear readers... 

Cranberry Orange Scones...Starbucks! 

WOW!  Isn't it funny how your mind can jump around all on its own!  Does your mind do that?  Mine does.  I was sitting here thinking I wish I could still eat gluten cause I would go to Starbucks and get a latte and a cranberry orange scone! (I haven't eat gluten in almost 3 years!)  Yum Yum!  I love them but since I can't have gluten to cheat and eat one means I will have several days of issues because of it and I just don't find it worth the effort most days. I decided to do some surfing and see what the internet could offer up!

I found quite a few different scone recipes and settled on this one from The Healthy Maven!
While it is not quite the same as the one at Starbucks it was tasty and filled the need for the scone.

Gluten Free Cranberry Orange Scones

  • 1 3/4 cups gluten-free flour + ¼ more for sprinkling*
  • 1/4 cup coconut palm sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • zest from 1 orange
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup cold 0% fat greek yogurt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries (unsweetened preferred)
  • Optional: 1/3 cup white chocolate chips, melted-for glaze**
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl combine 1 3/4 cup gluten-free flour, coconut palm sugar, baking powder, orange zest and salt.
  3. Add in cubed butter and greek yogurt and either using a pastry cutter or your hands (get in there!) combine butter and yogurt with flour mixture until crumbly texture is reached. Should have the consistency of small peas.
  4. In a separate bowl combine eggs, orange juice and vanilla extract.
  5. Add wet ingredients to dry until combined.
  6. Stir in dried cranberries.
  7. Shape dough into a ball and drop onto a lightly floured surface. Add more flour to top of ball and additional flour underneath if sticking.
  8. Roll out dough into a large circle that is 1 inch thick. Dough is a bit tricky to work with but have patience. Add additional flour if still really sticky.
  9. Cut into quarters and then cut quarters in half to make 8 scones. If they lose shape, just re-shape with hands.
  10. Place scones on a parchment or silicone lined baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes (mine took 17).
  11. Let cool completely if icing with white chocolate or serve warm.

This picture is of the scones I made...yes there are a few gone but OMG!  They were so good hot that I couldn't settle for just one!  I ate two and Chuck was tougher then me he settled for just one!
Now the scones she made look really yummy but I didn't have the white chocolate to drizzle over the top of mine so I just used a simple glaze.  A trick I use to make GF biscuits or scones is I roll them out on waxed paper and just slide them over on to the baking sheet paper and all.  GF breads are really sticky and this saves the headache of trying to work with sticky dough and a lot of times adding more flour only makes the end product dry and tough!
 Give them a try...they are worth it!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

HCF product recommendation

I was asked a couple months back to try a product called HCF, Happy Calm Focus.  I was a little skeptical because the person from the company that manufactures the supplement tracked me down from a posting on this blog.  If you read yesterdays posting I haven't posted in quite a few months so I figured they were just fishing but I agreed to try HCF.  
HCF Happy Calm Focused Brain Supplement - Amino Acids, Vitamins and Minerals for Memory, Attention, Focus, Mood, Concentration, Sleep, Weight Loss, Energy, Confidence and Hormone Balance
This is my product review I posted on  
  • on August 18, 2015
    I just got home from an extended stressful trip of 3 weeks and I don't know if this would be a good recommendation for your product. I will let you decide. I filled my med box with the HCF and started it the week before I left and forgot I was taking a new supplement until I got home. For some reason I thought I should only be taking 2 a day and just put one pill in the am and one in the pm and now that I have read the directions again I will start taking the 3rd at lunch. I have multiple autoimmune disorders and I was very skeptical that the HCF would do anything for me and my brain fog issues. I discussed it with my doctor and she told me to give it a try...who knows it just might work. One thing I can tell a you about is a notable difference in my recovery from the brain fog in the mornings. I usually take 3 hours and as many cups of coffee to be up and running each day but during the course of my trip I was up and running with the other travelers and seemed to be able to interact and function better. Physically I was stressed from so much walking and doing that I was tired a lot and due to my disorders not much will help that but rest. I am sleeping better I think. I don't remember getting up during the nights on the trip at all. Talking with my daughter she says that she noticed I was a little grumpy the first week or so but that maybe due to my getting off the other medication my doctor had taken me off of who knows. I began feeling a little less apathetic and wanted to do more and stretch my limits so to speak. I began playing games online again that are suppose to help increase your mental abilities and I had quit them because I would get so frustrated with not being able to remember this or that. I hope this helps someone to decide whether or not to try the product because I was really surprised at the results I have received after only taking it for a month!
 Now anyone that knows me very well knows I don't easily accept changes.  I had been taking a supplement my doctor Pam Wilson D.O. recommended for my brain fog and well being.  I couldn't tell that it was helping much was worth a try.  I ran out of the supplement just before our trip to Pennsic Wars and decided to replace it with the HCF.  I won't be going back to the Wellness drug but will order this as the results are noticeable and the price is just about the same.  

What makes it work...I don't know I am not a biochemist but I know it is working for me.  It isn't earth shattering results after a month but I am noticing a difference.  Here is the information label...

HCF label
This is a little difficult to read so you might need to go to the site linked above to check it out!  

Have a great week and I will continue to blog as my muse strikes!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

up for discussion....Warning rather harsh and crude language and attitude is in this post. Click the red X if...

These are the VIP's in my life.  They matter and their opinions matter. 
It has been over 6 months since I last posted and I quit posting for multiple reasons.  I apologize in advance for my language and attitude but you know this is my blog and if it offends you then you can click the frigging little red X at the upper corner and it will go away!

Like I said (before the attitude hit) I quit posting on this blog for a multiple number of reasons.  I had been having a particularly bad patch of it around the holidays and went to have coffee with friends and we were talking about various aches, pains, hardships, and realities when...
    1. A friend (aka Her from here on) told me that everyone knows I am sick and just about no one wants to hear about it anymore!  That just by looking at me I was playing up how bad my situation and illness is.   What really irritated me about it was she did air brackets..."sick" around the word sick when she said it....really folks I am surprised she is still alive.  Her made comments that I have made to myself numbers of times about why don't I look sicker?  I mean it took me 2 hours not 10 minutes to get out of bed, shower and get dressed to go to this thing.  My brain hadn't totally awakened yet and I was still in a fog and I was speechless for a few minutes.  Nope that person isn't a friend any longer and I could really give a shit about Her opinion anymore but....what if other people felt the same way? What if they were too polite to say anything like Her did?  Was I boring them to tears, squandering their precious time like she had said?  
    2. I felt really guilty about the remarks I made to her when my fog disspated and I could form a coherent sentence that didn't include the term "fuck you who do you think you are?"  I wondered if I over reacted when she told me that she was only thinking about me and why people didn't want to hang around with me anymore.  I don't feel that way now but I did then.  Her said that it wasn't like I had cancer or anything like that and "I wasn't going to die from it was I."   I really don't know if what I have is going to kill me or not...some days I wonder when my pain gets so bad I have trouble reaching around to wipe my own butt!  Excruciating pain that is like electrical shocks that fly up and down my spine.  I asked Her did she want to come help me wipe my butt on those days to see how bad it is?  Her reacted to me by saying, "see these are the kind of remarks I am talking about!" Guess I don't get any help from Her!
    3. One of the biggest reasons is once out of the habit of blogging it becomes a burden to get back into the habit for me.  And once again I wonder if people really want to hear about my aches and pains, trials and tribulations, how I get by one day at a time.  Does it do anyone any good to read about it when they all have problems of their own. 
    4. I talk to my therapist a lot about my problems both physical and mentally.  Debbie encourages me to think things through and doesn't tell me the right or wrongs of something I say or do... Debbie's take on it was "how do you feel about it?"  So after much thought and deliberation I think I am going to start blogging again about me, recipes I tried, the drugs I have taken, lab work results etc etc etc.  I know some people might not like to read about me but if it is an issue with anyone then I guess Her would like a new friend!
So those are the reasons...some of them. As Arnold says...I'm Back and I will be trying to remember to blog once a week!  If you made it to here I want to say thanks for reading this and I promise to do something better next post.