Product Review – The Fay Farm Soap and Muscle Rub

Being Lydia!

“I have been given these products as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company. “

When I was selected for The Fay Farm review and able to choose two items from their vast product lines, I chose carefully. I wanted products that might make a difference in my life and in the lives of anyone who would read this review.

I ended up choosing the Warming Muscle Rub and Healing Hemp Goat Milk Soap. Now the muscle rub is probably an obvious choice because I have very sore muscles. The soap might not be such as popular choice; however, I picked it for the sole reason that I wash my hands a lot and they get very sore and stiff with regular…

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Parking spot saga continued | Multiple experienceS

I was advised to send a letter to the building’s management company and board president. I simply asked them to reconsider NOT revoking my parking spot and I cited the law which governs my “reasonable…

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Fibromyalgia Flares: Do You Experience Any Warning Signs?

Reclaiming HOPE

Various warning signs with text overlay: Fibromyalgia Flares: Do You Experience Any Warning Signs? https://reclaiminghope.blogLast night was a long night. In addition to loud peals of thunder and rain pelting the roof, our cell phones kept blaring out several severe weather warnings. Things finally calmed down, and we went to sleep with the now-soft pitter-patter of rain on the roof. That is, until 3:00AM when the phones blared out another flash flood warning. We finally went back to sleep and woke up to — surprise! surprise! (not really) — no power. Shoutout to our wonderful linemen around here though, they had us back up and running by 8:00. Imagine my surprise when I turned on the TV and saw that our little city had made the national news! They were reporting that less than a mile from where we live, people had been evacuated due to fears of a dam breach. That wasn’t the only evacuation going on either…. All of this was going…

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Dr. Matthew Stevenson:When Women Weep

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Upon re-entry into the complex world of dating, I began to educate myself on “all things men”. It had been five years post-divorce and I was as shocked as my friends when my spirit said, “it’s time!”.  I had never planned to retrace my steps, feeling I wasn’t cut out for relationships. More than once, my “I DO’s” became “I DID” and year 5 always eluded me even though a study from 2013 (Today.com) promotes it as most challenging (https://www.today.com/parents/many-couples-struggle-fifth-year-marriage-study-I548000). Kids and career demand the couple’s attention and the state of bliss is shoved to the back-burner as the realities of life begin to sink in.

While many of the male/female challenges still mirrored those initiated as a result of the females entry into the workforce, lack of communication still took center stage. My mindset, however, had gone under reconstruction which meant I needed a different approach. I inhaled a degree’s worth…

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Face It, Without adoption, Wendy’s Wouldn’t Be Here.

Lifting Taboos

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NO! I was literally sucking in the rhetoric that prompted this blog.

NO!

Once again, adoptee’s voices are being crushed left and right. Everywhere I go, I see adoption being thrown in my face, appreciation being required or else, and the “good adoptee” narrative being used against me as if I’m some kind of criminal for being opposed to this narrative.

Are there “positive” adoptions? Yes. I do believe there are. But this in no way means that loss, trauma, and sadness is not involved.

For Dave Thomas, his adoption must have been “amazing”. I mean, he created a family restaurant that is filled with racism, injustice, food that can be dangerous, and inconsistency with its message. I don’t think he intended to do this. However, when money is involved, people do interesting things. Intent vs Impact…right?

But why must he make other adoptees feel like Wendy’s would NOT have…

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Sometimes we adoptees are straight up assholes!

Lifting Taboos

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Everything has to do with adoption and at the same time, nothing has to do with adoption. It’s one of those weird concepts where you know that part of who you are is made up of what the adopters tried to make you, and the other part is your nature.

I believe it is everything and nothing.

I’ve met many adoptees but most of them have been online. And as much as I would like to blame some of their behavior on adoption, I have to be real with myself and with them that it may not actually be just adoption that made you into an asshole.

I was working closely with one adoptee who was great in the beginning. So nice, so sweet, so funny. And then something just changed. I started backing away a bit because I felt something was not quite right. Some things this person said…

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A Quick Update For Those Who Are Interested

Danny

A Quick Update For Those Who Are Interested…

For those of you who saw my post last week, I had to go to the doctor due to some digestive issues and was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis.  Simply stated, UC is a condition close to, but not the same as, Crohn’s Disease.

The day after my diagnosis Evelina and I immediately cleaned our cupboards and began to completely restructure our diet.

And before I get too deep I want to say a huge thank you to all of you who PM’d me on Facebook, emailed and commented with words of support.  It means a ton to me and I don’t take you for granted.

I have to be careful in my food choices as anything with a lot of fiber content cause intense stomach pains.  At times the pain feels like tons of stabs in my stomach.  Thus far I have discovered I can have eggs, enriched yellow grits and enriched White Mountain bread from Publix.  For lunch I’m eating chicken breast with zero spices and a baked potato without the skin.  Dinner usually involves fish with avacado and cabbage or something similar.

You can see the list of what I cannot eat here.

This food change is going to be a huge challenge, but things could be worse.  After two weeks I must admit my palette is changing already and things that tasted bland before are tasting great now.  The other eye-opening experience has been exposure to the under-world of dairy substitutes.  I had no idea that there were so many non-dairy food types.  Holy cow!

Last night we tried gluten-free taco wraps with fish, avacado and cabbage slaw using a gluten-free mayo.  The wraps were so bad we will be returning those to the store.  And as you guessed, we ate our fish tacos without taco shells; which sucked.

Last week I had an appointment with a client to discuss his company’s marketing campaign and we decided to take a break and grab lunch.  I decided to have grilled shrimp with no spice and a baked potato and the shrimp killed me.  So needless to say shrimp is off my list for now and unfortunately that is how I figure out what I can and cannot eat.

Eventually I hope to come up with 3-4 food options for each meal of the day, but until then eggs, grits, chicken and baked potatoes it is.  Hope everyone has a great Saturday!

Danny

My Most Recent Health Scare Is No Joke

Danny

My Most Recent Health Scare Is No Joke…

It has been just over a week since I wrote anything and there is a good reason.  On Monday, 4/16, I had to have a colonoscopy conducted to check out some digestive issues I’ve been having for a couple months.  I thought I had some type of infection or bacteria due to some of my symptoms.

Once the procedure was over and they eliminated the possibility of cancer, I was informed that I have an incurable form of colitis, which is an infection of the large intestine.

The frustrating part of this deal is that I must manage the condition through my diet and the food restrictions are intense.  For instance, I cannot eat the following:

  • breads
  • cereals
  • pastas
  • noodles
  • macaroni
  • brown rice
  • quinoa
  • buckwheat
  • oats
  • wild rice
  • walnuts
  • hazelnuts
  • pecans
  • cashews
  • almonds
  • macadamia nuts
  • peanuts
  • pistachios
  • sesame seeds
  • flax seeds
  • millet
  • pine nuts
  • sunflower seeds
  • pumpkin seeds
  • wild rice
  • all beans, including chickpeas
  • adzuki beans
  • soy nuts, including soybeans and edamame
  • raw fruit
  • dried fruit
  • fruit that has seeds that can’t be removed (like most berries)
  • vegetables that have a skin
  • veggies that have seeds
  • raw veggies
  • dairy
  • corn
  • sulfides or sulfates
  • anything containing gluten
  • caffeine

And these are just a few of the things we have discovered thus far.  My doctor tells me that I’ll spend the next few months eating things in order to discover if it causes a flare up.  If it does then it goes on the banned list.

As you imagine I simply cannot eat out and if I do I have to eat plain chicken breast and green beans.

This is going to be an enormous challenge.  Evelina does our grocery shopping and it takes forever because we have to read every single ingredient on anything we buy.  A couple nights ago we went to Whole Foods and bought $50 worth of groceries.  That took us over an hour.  I guess what I’ll have to do is find the top 10 things I like and can eat and just stick to those to speed up this process.

All-in-all things could be worse I suppose.  I don’t have cancer which is an obvious relief, but the thought of dealing with this for the remainder of my life is a bit of a let-down to be quite honest.

Danny

Circulatory issues possibly Raynaud’s Syndrome

Circulatory issues possibly Raynaud’s Syndrome on Multiple experienceS | So I went to the podiatrist. As soon as he looked at my feet the first words he said…

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If There Were Olympics For Chronic Illness

Being Lydia!

The Winter Olympics are just about over and I have been enjoying many of the events from the relative comfort of my recliner.

In a few weeks, Korea will be hosting the Paralympic Games for athletes with various physical abilities. These games are just as challenging as the original games and the athletes are just as talented as their able-bodied counterparts.

I got to wondering what the games would look like for those of us with chronic health problems. I am not talking tongue in cheek here so please bear with me for a bit.

First of all, each participant would be given a gold medal for taking part in the games. After all, that is sometimes more than we can handle. All medals would be gold because of the great effort competing would take.

Secondly, there would not be a host city as few of us can travel any…

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