Thursday, July 4, 2019

Down the Rabbit Hole

After the results we got from our functional doctor (I will always refer to that as I do not want you to think we are getting any help from any traditional doctor) we set off to see how we can help Mary with her adrenal glands as they seemed to be in such distress. Any help would be good for those little things, so off I was online looking for information.

As with everything else in this world today, I don't trust everything I hear and read, so in my research, if I find something that resonates with what I'm thinking I look for multiple opinions. I read through them all, note the similarities, throw out the absurdities, and form my questions to ask the doctor when we see him.

One of the things I was researching was cortisol (That's a link. Learn what it is if you want) and it's job with the adrenals. It raised many questions, so I started looking further.

At the same time I was watching a health symposium online, listening to many doctors and patients discussing autoimmune disorders. This term, autoimmune disease, was thrown at us a couple of times by traditional doctors as they threw their hands in the air and proclaimed they 'could do nothing because it's probably an autoimmune issue or it's all in your head'.

Because we are supposed to 'trust' our (so-called) doctors and that what they tell us is the truth and nothing but the truth, the term 'autoimmune' did not stay in the front of my brain to look into it further.

SUCH a long story in such a short time, but the gist of it is that while listening to this symposium, suddenly I heard a doctor list off all of Mary's symptoms. Not one of the symptoms, but ALL of the symptoms that she has been having for years.

  • Insomnia
  • Temperature dysregulation
  • Hormonal dysfunction
  • Vertigo and dizziness
  • Chronic sinus infections
  • Adrenal Fatigue
  • Multiple chemical sensitivities
  • Mold toxicity
  • Brain Fog (memory and concentration problems)
  • Migraine Headaches
  • Joint Pain
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Anxiety
  • Asthma
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Severe Allergies
These were all the things PLUS so many more that this doctor's wife had lived with. What started it?


It came back to me that Mary and I had been talking not too long ago about when she had found a tick on her side and Bill had removed it. We never thought another thing about it. That was about eight years ago. She didn't have a rash after that, as far as any of us can remember, but guess what? You don't have to have one. It is not always an occurrence.

Heavy Metal Toxicity can also exhibit many of the same things and there was an incident at a school in Georgia with mercury. The school was evacuated. The classroom closed. We had to take the clothes she was wearing to be destroyed. Yeah.

I called our functional doctor and made an appointment to see him so we could ask some questions.

When we told the nurse why we were there and I stated we wanted to know if we could get Mary tested for Lyme Disease, we got the standard, 'Was there a rash?' After 3 lengthy explanations to 3 people, including the doctor, he finally did his thing and, lo and behold, what he found lined up with Lyme Disease.

Now for more reading and searching. The common denominator in most everything I read, (except traditional medicine, which only wants to treat Lyme Disease with massive doses of antibiotics) is a compromised immune system. While we are following our functional doctor's advice, we are working on healing and boosting Mary's immune system.

Although we are following the doctor's advice as it pertains to Lyme Disease, we are not considering it a label and throwing our hands in the air declaring the this IS it. We going where the path leads us and any treatment for this label is beneficial to whatever else we find. Basically, Mary needs a healthy body and she does not have one.

It is NOT just that I did not know WHAT processed food was while I was raising the girls. It's all we knew. It's all anyone knew. We were told it was GOOD for us. (Trust us! We know what's good for you.)  It took me too long to figure it out for myself. It takes some research and really deep digging sometimes to find the truth about anything.

Our  traditional 'physicians' certainly aren't helping.

If you don't think so, consider the S.A.D.--- Standard American Diet = Standard American Disease

(won't step completely on my soap box. most people don't want to hear it)

Some links if you're interested:

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Adrenal Glands: They can use some love these days

Today I’m talking a bit about adrenal glands and the importance of what they do in your body.

But first:

I am not a doctor. I cannot diagnose or recommend any treatment for any illness or disease. My knowledge is from research and interaction with my physician. You must do your own research and consult your own physician. I will include links to websites I’ve used and provide notations as to where I have gathered my information.

I do not claim that essential oils can cure you of illness. Young Living Essential Oils can assist in supporting your body so it can do what it is made to do. They are not a cure.

With that said, have you ever thought about adrenal glands? I hadn’t until it was a glaring factor in the health of my daughter. Did I learn about it from our conventional physician? No.

It wasn’t until we moved here to Las Vegas and I found a functional medical practitioner.

‘Functional Medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. It is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century.                       

(You know, I was going to write here something about both kinds of medicine so as not to offend anyone, but... it's my blog! Make your own decisions. These are ours.)

The adrenal glands have a multi-functional role in the endocrine system. The two very different parts of these glands, the medulla and cortex, regulate and maintain many of your internal processes- from metabolism to the fight-or-flight response.                                 

Do I understand all this? No. That is why I consult a functional physician. What I DO know, is that my daughter is having so many issues. These issues have been getting worse. There are so many and we are finding out that the adrenal glands and their condition may be what is causing the problems. Most traditional doctors only treat a patient who is in adrenal failure. (as far as I can tell so far)

We don’t want it to come to that.

We started looking at functional medicine a couple of years ago, after Mary’s car accident. She has always had problems with allergies, but after the accident everything got worse. We started with her regular physician who just kept giving her every kind of allergy medicine, both prescription and over-the-counter. Nothing gave her any relief. (We found out later that she is allergic to the binding agents and dyes that they use in those products.)

We finally urged (insisted) that he refer us to an allergist. There we found she was allergic to SO much, it was ridiculous. I’d never seen a doctor actually afraid to leave the room because he was worried about an anaphylactic response to the scratch test he’d performed.

We ran the gambit of tests and doctors to no avail. No one knew why. No one had an opinion. Except the ENT. He ‘blamed’ us. (Want his name? He’s in Georgia. I would not recommend him. Message me)

Don’t get me wrong. There is room for both types of medicine! If I break a bone, have a heart attack, whatever, I’m heading to the emergency room. But why not try and get to the bottom of things instead of just taking a handful of pills? You have to engage in your health and the choices you are given. (I won’t go into the profit of traditional health care)

We have not reached any conclusions yet. We are focusing on bettering her health. We cannot FIX what is going on with a pill. We are working on diet and nutrition. We are supplementing our diets. We are using essential oils and supplements that we trust.

Key word: Trust.

If you want to learn what we are doing, jump over to my FaceBook page  (@SavannahOils2) and message me.

Let’s talk.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

So Thankful for digital photography; I hate you.

Well, it's true!
Back in the film days of photography, I wasn't too good at taking pictures and I didn't take too many. The cost of developing pictures was not in the budget much of the time. The pictures I do have from that time are precious, though, blurred, no real composition, just snaps of this and that.

The arrival of children changed my picture taking, but still, with film, I don't have as many pictures as I actually thought I had.

Then, here comes digital photography!

I still get my pictures printed. With the entrance of digital photography in my life came scrapbooking, too!

Oh, Lord.

I have SO many pictures.

Do you?

I had to come up with a way to really organize them so I knew what I had. I don't want them just sitting in boxes. My first few attempts were confusing, actually, and I had to do things differently until I figured out what worked best for me. (Especially, when I'd find I had printed events multiple times because I didn't realize I had already printed them.)

That's the key; what works for me. You need to figure out what works best for you.

First up is the process. From beginning to end; well, maybe not the end, but you'll see.

Here are the things I do with pictures.

1.Take the picture (or 100 pictures)

2. Edit the picture (or 100 pictures); this includes culling the bad pictures. You know, the accidental shot of you shoes on the pavement as you pull your phone out of your pocket. Yup. Those. Or picking one or two of the 100 shots of the dog playing because they're just so cute.

I have had a few different editing apps and programs over the years and struggled so much with most of them. These days I pretty much edit all my photos right on my iPhone. I also use the Pic-Tap-Go app. It's easy. It's awesome. I don't have to remember how to use it when I pull it up, because I forget that type of stuff so easily now.
This app is available for both Apple and Android phones.

3. Organizing and tagging photos/occasions.
     This is a multi-faceted step for me, because I really don't trust digital storage completely, so I have my photos online, on my photo organization program, and folders that I save on external hard drives. Yes, plural. One for archiving and one EHD to use when I'm actually working on photos. (Back it up! Back it up!)

I have an Excel spreadsheet that lists all my pictures by year.

I name the picture or group of pictures using the date first. 1.25.19 Anna & Bailey on the Porch is how I named the above photo. There will never be the same date again, so it is perfect to label them with the date and a description. 

On the back of the card I jot down what is going on in the pictures! 

4. Get the pictures in Albums. (Been really lax on that for quite a while! Getting back to it and it makes me happy!)

How you organize and display your pictures is all in what makes you happy! It can be a rather daunting task if you've never organized your 15 GB of pictures you have on your phone, but a few minutes at a time of reviewing and deleted some of those will get you on the right track.

I admit, I have a hard time deleting photos. Much harder to throw a printed one away, but I do more than I used to. (This is where the archive EHD comes in handy. If I just can't let it go forever, I can leave a copy of it there and delete it (them) off my phone or computer.)

These are the photo folders on my computer. They are all dated and named with what I gave them when I labeled the photo. If there are multiple photos, the folder is named and all the pix (sometimes 2, sometimes 50) from that event go in the folder. I don't use all the pictures and do go through and delete more as I choose what I want to print.

I use the Historian program by Forever, originally purchased from Creative Memories. There are many photo organization programs, but I've had this, well, forever, and it still works the best for me. You can also edit on this program. I can also mark each photo with it's print status; Not to print; Print; and Already Printed.

I upload my pictures into this program and label them the exact way that I did individually and the computer folders. The added benefit of this program is that I can tag them multiple ways; name, event, place. It also has facial recognition. I can look for all pictures with the tag 'Bailey' and I can see all the pictures of Bailey. (And there is a lot!)

 This is a screen shot of all the categories I have set up. It is primarily by year and, because we move a lot, by state.

This screen shot shows a single picture. You can see I've named the picture and also the highlighted tag on the left has the same name. I could also tag this with Bailey and Mary and it will come up in those categories.

Printed photos are in these boxes by year. I used to have them separated by people, travel and occasions, but that proved to be more confusing when working on my albums.

Here are printed pictures with my index cards separating things. I know it looks like a lot of work, but it has made it so much easier for me to find what I want. The cards are also there with details on the back ready to use on my scrapbook page. I'm not able to put the lid on this box, but they will be moved to a box that will close when I either empty one or order another one. 

In short, you can have as many or as few pictures as you want, but if you can't find them to view, scrapbook or share, what good are they?

I don't stress too much about editing every single picture. I use pictures that are a little blurry, where composition could be improved upon, and, every now and then, I've been know to use that 'head cut off' picture that happens more often than I'd like to admit.

Organize your photos the way it works best for you, even though you will find that you may have to switch up that process from time to time to really know what works best for you!

If you have a huge collection, start with your current photos and work your way backward. It doesn't have to be overwhelming if you take baby steps.

Thanks for looking in on me! I know it was a long post. I haven't written in so very long....

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

It's Time to Be Selfish

It's time to be Selfish.

Damn Right!

Take care of yourself.

Love yourself.

Reinvent yourself.

Question yourself.

Treat yourself.

You can still be kind, giving and caring to others and be Selfish.

You can still explore who you are and make changes; question all those lies you've been told and believed and be Selfish.

You can drag yourself out of the crap, slowly sometimes, still shaking off the stench of those that did not love you and still find things beautiful.

You can find joy through the pain.

Be Selfish.

You are important.

You are not what they believe.

You are not what they think.

You are not the shadow of their insecurities.

Be Selfish.

You are loved.

You are cared for.

You are admired.

By you.

Be Selfish.

Shut out the lies.

Shut out those who want to destroy you.

You didn't know it then, but you know it now.

Be Selfish.

The Power of the Month of May

May has always been a hard month for me. It is filled with memories; filled with horrible memories.

My birthday is in May, along with both my parents, a grandmother. It is also my wedding anniversary. It holds Mother's Day and Memorial Day.

It also holds the day my mother died.

My birthday was never my own as it is two days after my father's. I think the first time I had an actual celebration of my birthday was when I found my second mom, Pat. She could make anyone feel special just by being in the same room with her. She was the one who showed me that things could be special.

May has held me in it's grip of unresolved things my whole life. I've worked on it. It is not as horrible as it used to be, but it's ghost still hovers around me. I desperately try to ignore it, but sometimes it taps my shoulder ever so slightly to remind me that it's still there, ready to fill my mind with those things that affected me for ever so long.

A year ago May was exciting! We had finally sold the house in Savannah and, on the 9th, Mary and I, plus three dogs, were on a plane jetting west to Las Vegas where Bill had already been working for six months.  It had been a long, hard six months.

As the first anniversary of our arriving in Las Vegas approaches a new set of things that need to be let go crowds my mind.

Remembering the good things, especially this month, is my current goal.

Being grateful for the struggles I have gotten through.

Blessed with the good memories I have of the people that left my life too early.

Remembering that my parents did have good days separate from the bad, and that those bad memories I have do not make up the people that were my parents.

Surprised, grateful and blessed to have a man in my life for 31 years that has put up with all that is me for so long.

Proud, blessed and grateful for two daughters that brought life to me.

So bring it on, May. I'm ready for you.