Thankful

Today I was reminded about how thankful one has to be in the face of adversity.

While walking with a friend this morning, I was telling the story of what happened on Thursday with my youngest daughter, Brityn.  She went in for her weekly allergy shot and called me an hour later complaining about a stomach ache.  I didn’t think much of it because she eats many foods that causes her to get stomach aches.  About 30 minutes later when I arrive at my mom’s (she was with grandma), I walked in and she looked awful.  Flush in the checks, pale in the face, coughing, somewhat difficulty breathing, crying because of her stomach. She then pulled up her shirt and she had hives covering her entire torso.  Oh my goodness….she’s having a reaction!  I called the doctor and they immediately said to call 911 because we didn’t have her EpiPen handy. So I did and within about 20 minutes we were taking a ride in the ambulance and spent a couple hours in the ER.  Thankfully with Benadryl and quick medical attention, she was ok after a few hours and doing fabulously today!

It was scary and anxiety ridden and sad and the list goes on.  I remained calm but deep down I was dying inside as my baby girl was severely struggling….and I didn’t know what to do about it!  Even yesterday, I was still shaken by the whole experience.  However, the calmness that came over me when my friend said…”She’s ok, you’re ok…and despite the ordeal there is a lot to be thankful for.”

Yes, there is.  Lesson learned… Be thankful for the little things and hopefully the big things won’t seem quite so scary!

On a separate note, I’ll post more later about my latest diagnosis!  All good news as we finally think we’ve found the last piece of the puzzle!

 

Laughter

On my way into work this morning, I was listening to Joel Osteen on XM radio. He was speaking today on the benefits of laughter.  For those who know me…..I love to laugh! I love to laugh with friends, with coworkers, with family, really with anyone.  I love the “catch your breath” moment when I can’t stop laughing or when the tears are streaming down my face from laughing so hard. Everyone loves to laugh, right? I bet you can remember a time when you had a really good belly laugh!

The message today reminded me of when the girls and I were driving down to visit my father (I’ll give an update on him shortly) one day earlier this summer. On our drive, we played a game where we think of things we are hoping to see like llamas, a pink water tower or maybe a tractor driving alongside the road and if one of the things we listed is found, then the person scores points.  After accumulating a certain number of points, the person gets a prize. Most of the time, the girls get something from DQ and I get the girls agreeing to vacuum the house for a week. Win/win, right?  Well, this was the first time we were playing this game and I said brown cows thinking brown cows were not as common as black cows. To my disbelief, within 2 minutes we drove by a farm with at least 100 brown cows in the pasture.  Are you serious?  OMG!  I couldn’t believe it!  Who would have thought?

We broke out in hysterical laughter. I almost had to stop the car because we were laughing so hard.  It was awesome!  I think we smiled the entire way to Tyler and back after such a great, catch your breath, tears streaming laugh!  I share this story because I learned several things that day.  I learned “brown” cows are not rare, I learned a good laugh can make your day, your week or even your month more delightful and I learned the memory of that moment will bring so many more laughs for years to come!  Yes…we still laugh every time we drive by!

It’s these moments that make me cherish my life and make me so grateful for my girls, the laughter they give me and just the precious gift of laughter! I encourage you to laugh today.  A small, medium or big laugh will make your day and maybe even your week so much more joyful and happy! And I believe everyone can use a little happiness and joy in their lives!

As promised, my father is stable at this time.  His kidneys are functioning around 11% and his heart is working fiercely to keep up!  With 24×7 care and three solid meals a day, I think he is doing quite well! Thank you for you continued prayers and kind thoughts!

P.S. Don’t forget to laugh today! 🙂

 

Lyme’s DNA

I feel like I’ve been on a bit of a sabbatical from here, or maybe life in general, so its good to be back! While I’ve been away, life did throw all sorts of twists and turns at me, but I can confidently say my navigation skills have been challenged and I think they are almost perfected now!

The distractions have been good; however, they have caused me to delay starting a new treatment. The treatment is a doozy, so I’ve been prolonging the start for a couple of weeks now.  The treatment consists of 20 vials of Lyme’s DNA which I take one vial every three days for the next two months.  The vials become stronger as I continue the treatment.  The positive side is this will help build up my immune system to fight Lyme’s now and in the future.  The less positive aspect is I am now putting Lyme’s DNA into my body. Yikes!  More Lyme’s means more symptoms.  More symptoms mean not feeling well.  Not feeling well means I really need to look on the bright side!  Yep, this will make me feel better in the long run!  So with a queasy stomach, a heavy heart, a quick prayer for strength and tears in my eyes, I took my first vial this morning.

Happy to report, I’m still standing (of course its still morning!) Admittedly, I am proud of myself for putting my big girl pants on today and taking the plunge! High five!  As I continue with the treatment, I’m going to wake up every day saying I feel terrific!  Positive mind, positive attitude, positive results!

My encouragement to you….take time today, this week, or this month to improve and celebrate your health….take it from me….It really is worth it!

 

Difficult Transition

Love the blue skies this morning!

It’s been about 5 weeks since I left Wells Fargo.  Honestly, the transition has been extremely difficult. The first couple of weeks my body completely rejected me. I have never felt so fatigued, bloated, sick, run down, absent minded in my years of chronic illness. I could not function in my daily life – it was like I was in a complete daze! A good example was when I unknowingly ran a red light and was almost hit by another car.  I did not see the light or that it was red!  It was as if my mind and body were in hibernation.  My doctor said it was likely my liver and was caused because mentally I have not had the time to focus on my health and now with the elimination of one big stressor, I was finally feeling the actual sickness!  This is not what I expected in a million years!  I thought leaving a high stress job would make me feel better than ever!  Sadly this was not the case.

I did not know what to do so I went into survival mode.  I would like to say I ate healthy and rested, but feeling so terrible, I stayed up late, ate terrible and stopped exercising.  Not a good combination!

This has been a learning experience! Finding a new routine and schedule is challenging but not impossible! And the extra time with my daughters is priceless!  I wouldn’t trade this time with them for anything even though it has been a difficult transition!

Great Summer Weekend!

We had so much fun this weekend up north with great friends. We went tubing, water skiing, wake boarding (although I can hardly walk today), boating, water sliding, trampoline jumping, BBQ’ing and enjoying several camp fires! Wow – just writing about it makes me exhausted yet thrilled to have spent quality time with family and friends!

With so much fun this weekend, we also ate and drank many wonderful foods and beverages!  Now that its Monday, we need to refocus and commit to healthy eating and drinking this week!  My plan is to eat whole foods today!

What’s your plan?

Reach out to me and let me know your plan to refocus and eat healthy this week or maybe just today (start small, just start)!  If you need any suggestions or help, I’m here for you!

Make today amazing!

Childhood Asthma and Allergies (A long time ago)

Around the age of 7, I was diagnosed with Asthma. I also had a scratch test completed and found I was allergic to basically everything under the sun except those things in water and I’m guessing if we pulled them out of the water, I would be allergic to those things as well. I was allergic to mold, all grasses, trees, pollen, house dust, cats, dogs, horses to name a few. I also had a reaction to chocolate, milk and wheat.

 My doctor, at the time, started me on allergy shots once a week, one in each arm. He did not remove the food from my diet saying it wasn’t substantial.

 Having asthma and allergies, I found I was often (annually) hospitalized with pneumonia throughout my childhood. This was always treated with penicillin shots (in the butt and boy that hurt) or another form of antibiotics to cure it. The annual hospitalization continued until I was about 13.

Childhood Asthma and Allergies (A long time ago)

Around the age of 7, I was diagnosed with Asthma. I also had a scratch test completed and found I was allergic to basically everything under the sun except those things in water and I’m guessing if we pulled them out of the water, I would be allergic to those things as well. I was allergic to mold, all grasses, trees, pollen, house dust, cats, dogs, horses to name a few. I also had a reaction to chocolate, milk and wheat.

My doctor, at the time, started me on allergy shots once a week, one in each arm. He did not remove the food from my diet saying it wasn’t substantial.

Having asthma and allergies, I found I was often (annually) hospitalized with pneumonia throughout my childhood. This was always treated with penicillin shots (in the butt and boy that hurt) or another form of antibiotics to cure it. The annual hospitalization continued until I was about 13.

Powerup2Health

I am a mom, wife, daughter, sister and a lawyer.

I have been battling with Adenomyosis, Endometriosis,  Central Hypothyroidism, Graves’ Disease, Hashimoto, Liver Dysfunction, Low Stomach Acid, and possibly Kidney Disease and Intestinal Infection.

After 10+ doctors and 30+ drugs, procedures and supplements, I have made the decision to take my health into my own hands.

As I begin this journey, I will post my history (coming soon) and will post my journey as I find solutions, alternatives and remedies so I can go from Sick and Tired to Happy and Healthy!