It Might Be Time For a MS Check-Up

DannyUnfortunately I need to go see my neurologist.  I have noticed over the last few weeks that my symptoms are flaring up much more than usual.  This usually means a new lesion is causing an exacerbation.  When this occurs my limbs experience more pain than normal, which is incredibly uncomfortable.

Right now I am experiencing lightning flash pains in my legs that take my breathe away at times.  Also, I have been losing feeling in my left hand, which is a brand new symptom for me.  I’ve had hand pain in the past, but I’ve never experienced numbness.  The most annoying symptom is the return of the headaches.  I don’t want to go back on meds, but I also don’t want to burden Evelina with my constant complaining about the pain.

Hopefully the doctor has some great solution.

This weeks MS symptoms

These aren’t new symptoms they come and go. I just wish I knew why. I guess I wish I knew why with a lot of MS related things. Spasticity has been bad this week. I woke up Monday morning, or I should say didn’t sleep well Sunday night from pain. I always describe the

Source: This weeks MS symptoms

My blog is starting to slide away into the ether.

Tessa Can Do It! Positivity is Catching!

At one point I was in a much better place and my blog was growing. I wrote many posts a day as well as a devotional every day. I wrote thankfulness posts, etc. There were numerous stories and poems on my other blog. I still have 2 and the addresses are at the bottom in my signature.

Now my blog is slowing dying. I have some regulars still and I appreciate you guys hanging around even though I find it difficult at times to follow many blogs. I still get new followers, but I feel as if I am letting them down as well. I have to change things if I want to save it. It is so easy to just give up and I don’t want to do that. I worked hard for these 2 blogs only to let them die.

I am sure I have turned people away…

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What Finding Out My Dog Is Sick Has Taught Me

Being Lydia!

First of all, I apologize for not posting sooner. Life kind of got away from me. I have been down with a cold turned bronchitis and spending time with Violet. Also, this has been a very difficult and emotional piece to write.

Last Saturday we took Violet to the vet. She had a lump in her throat that seemed to be growing, was not eating and had other symptoms that concerned us.

We were quite worried on the half hour drive to the vet. Violet is 13 years old and has several health conditions. We know she won’t live forever, but we also want to make sure she isn’t suffering.

The appointment showed that all of her lymph nodes are swollen and sore. The vet alluded to the fact this is not good and may very well be cancer. He took some samples and on Monday called to say that…

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Today’s Featured Blog…It’s Good To Be Crazy Sometimes!

itsgoodtobecrazysometimes

I always find that after the weekends I exhausted. I love my son but he is like a minature whirlwind.

He does not stop from the time he wakes up to the time he goes to sleep. I am also fairly sure he talks in his sleep, so he probably doesn’t even stop then.

We made the decision (I say we, I mean my son) that he would like to dictate his own bedtime at the weekends. Myself and my partner decided that we would like evenings to ourselves.

We came to a compromise. He goes to bed at 8pm, however he can play with his lego till he wants to go to bed. First night he eventually fell asleep at 10pm, Saturday it was 9pm.

This also means I get a lie in at the weekends, well till about 7.30am. Sunday evening came and I readied myself for a…

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Abducted: He said he was our uncle (a true story)

Runaway Nuns and Leprechauns

When we were old enough to attend school, our parents sent us to what I can only describe as “the little schoolhouse on the hill”. Seriously, it was a big white building that sat on top of a hill. Thinking back, it truly looked like something from “Little House on the Prairie”. Lunch was the same thing every day… English peas, with an orange slice and a piece of cornbread. I can vividly recall the teacher constantly saying “Ro- Shellllll, don’t fork your bread”. As if spending your day in a hauntingly scary looking house wasn’t enough, we had to look at and listen to “Mrs. Congeniality” all day, too. Luckily, my brother and I were in the same classroom since she was the only teacher.

I’ve mentioned before that I followed my brother everywhere. One day, just before dismissal, the sky turned dark and a torrential rainstorm pummeled the…

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Should you fear the cleaners in your home?

Essential Living with Dakota

I’ve made it my mission to make people aware of the toxins surrounding us. What they choose to do with that information is entirely their choice! But – are you aware of the toxins lurking in your home?

What’s your favorite cleaner? Below is a list of the cleaners I used to keep on hand in my home. I’m a bit mortified at the information I found on the Environmental Working Group website.

Pine Sol – http://www.ewg.org/guides/cleaners/2852-PineSolAllPurposeCleanerOriginal#.WbqWNsiGOM8

Murphy Oil Soap Original Formula- http://www.ewg.org/guides/cleaners/349-MurphyOilSoapOriginalFormula#.WbqWcMiGOM8

Murphy Oil Soap All Purpose Cleaner – http://www.ewg.org/guides/cleaners/3328-MurphyOilSoapMurphyAllPurposeMultiSurfaceCleaner#.WbqWg8iGOM8

Clorox Bleach – http://www.ewg.org/guides/cleaners/2576-CloroxBleachRegular#.WbqW2ciGOM8

Windex – http://www.ewg.org/guides/cleaners/1418-WindexAdvancedGlassMultiSurfaceCleaner#.WbqXFMiGOM8

Lysol Disinfectant Wipes – http://www.ewg.org/guides/cleaners/1216-LYSOLICDisinfectantWipes#.WbqXSMiGOM8

Comet Powder – http://www.ewg.org/guides/cleaners/2228-CometDisinfectantCleanserPowderwithBleach#.WbqYBsiGOM8

Kaboom Toilet Cleaner – http://www.ewg.org/guides/cleaners/2285-KaboomFoamTasticToiletCleaner#.WbqYSsiGOM8

All of the above listed cleaners are linked to a health concern of some kind. Endocrine (hormone) disruptions, reproductive disruptions, respiratory disruptions, cancer, etc.

Most, if not all, of the above listed cleaners have poor ingredient disclosures. It…

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A Little Blog Advice I’ve Found Useful

Danny's iphone 022You may have heard bloggers talk about adding a Featured Image or you may have noticed blog posts show up in your Reader feed with vivid, bright and eye-catching photos.  Featured images are in my top-3 most important aspects of creating a post, but why do so many bloggers not use a Featured Image?

I use FIs for a couple of basic reasons.

  1.  A Featured Image is going to draw eyes to your post.  Without an image you post will show as a text-based post and text based advertising simply is invisible.  I try to use my own images when I can and I try to use the same 3 images so readers recognize my posts from everyone else.
  2. A Featured Image is going to stick with your post regardless of where it goes.  Meaning if someone reblogs your post, your image is always present and constantly advertising your content.

It is a simple practice that can make a big difference.  When using FIs try not to use other people’s images unless you have permission.  Flickr, Shutterstock and others offer free images you can use if you don’t own your own.  But don’t go to Google and use images as it is a form of theft.

Sometimes it’s the simple things that can make big differences in your page.

I’m In A Bit Of a Blog Slump

A Blog to Inspire and Challenge You!I am in a bit of a blog slump.  I guess it’s bound to happen eventually if you do this blog thing for any length of time.  I’m approaching 3 years and I find myself struggling to produce content and feel as though my page has become somewhat repetitious.  I guess the real feeling is that I’m simply going through the motions.  Ever felt like that?

What have some of you done to break out of this type of funk?

Danny’s World: This Weekend Should Be Fun

Danny's iphone 1805This weekend should be fun because I think I am going to play some golf.  The temps in Charlotte have been comfortable so I shouldn’t have issues with fatigue.  Also, fall brings with it less humidity and for that I am grateful.  I’ll try to remember to take pics for the blog.

On another note my fantasy football team lost last week by the slimmest margin I have ever seen: 139.18 to 139.19!!  One, one-hundredth of a point.  I’ve never seen a margin that low.  I would rather lose by 40 than by .01.

I have an old friend coming into town on Sunday and we are going to find a place to watch some football.  It has been quite a few years since I went out to watch a game so it should be fun to catch up.

Got any big plans this weekend?  I’d love to hear about them!