Hello Readers…

Wow, Its been since October 4th of 2016 since I posted anything – and I am so sorry for that! a lot has gone on since then…

  • We moved! That’s right we sold our house and moved finally! That was in Nov
  • I have been having lots of tests done and we have ruled things out but still no idea whats really the cause of my stuff
  • My awesome husband got my 1971 VW bus on the road! I had tears running down my face watching it roll out of the garage under its own power the first time – its been a long 3 years of working on it, but so worth it.
  • I am going to be an Auntie, my lil’ sister told us on mother’s day this year that she is due in Dec! on our mother’s birthday!

I have been winning lots of stuff off the amazon giveaways, and I have been getting lots and lots of samples that I have been slacking on getting on here – I know I have been a very bad blogger, but life got very busy with setting up house and the actual move.  And you guys all know that with my chronic fatigue, chronic pain and migraines…it takes a lot for me just to get up and go to work.  But I had to check in with you guys today, I felt the pull and the need to stop in and say HI!  I have also been doing really well on making and selling some homemade soaps, lotions, lip-balms, lip-gloss…Crochet items and soon I hope to be adding shirts with funny sayings on them.  I don’t make a killing, but just enough to buy more supplies and that keeps me happy.  a little play money and bringing joy to those I make the items for.

I recently made a crochet chicken from a kids movie for a foster agency in my home town that my work commissioned me to make.  It was part of our community outreach.  It brought me such joy to be able to do that.

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A little update…

Dear Readers,

So I took a little break – again – and I know I said I wasn’t going to do that but we have had a lot of changes going on in our home over the last few months.

First off on July 22nd I had a lumbar puncture done.  It’s also known as a spinal tap, they are testing for a number of things but most of all I wanted to be tested for a Pseudotumor cerebri (also known as idiopathic intracranial hypertension) It’s where there is too much pressure inside your skull from a build up of spinal fluid.  And I also wanted to be tested for MS.  What is MS? Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body.  You can live with it, with the help of medication, and with dedication from yourself, your support system and your medical staff you can live a full and happy life.

I have 90% of the symptoms for MS and it would be validating to be told that I was right.  That I finally stood up for myself and I was right!  On the MRI I had 2 years ago the Rad told me I would ask for the tests for MS, and I let it go when my Dr disagreed.  But I only have about 70% of the symptoms at that time.  Now, I am much worse and I feel that I need to be taken seriously.  And when I expressed my feelings she seemed hurt that I didn’t come to her.  Like I was afraid, and I realized that I wasn’t giving her a fair chance.

I have had doctors in the past who were, lets say, MEAN.  And they would almost place blame on me for my migraines, my high blood pressure, all of it – it was all my fault and they were almost punishing me for it – yet at the same time when I told them that my menstruation time was killing me, that my migraines felt like death warmed up and that I had no idea how they wanted me to go on living like this being told that I was “healthy” – I was labeled a drug seeker or someone who over dramatized her pain levels.

Back in 2004 when I expressed to my doctor at that time that I was having abdominal pain after eating in an area that was so bad I would be doubled over – and I pointed to where it hurt – she said it was impossible because there was nothing there to cause pain…..are you kidding me right now.  I am telling you I hurt and you are calling me a liar, to my face.  I have been treated this way my whole life and I finally have a neurologist and a primary care who believe me.

I am not someone who goes around liking the feeling that I am ill.  I don’t like to think that I have this illness or that illness – but when they cannot tell you whats wrong, and yet you KNOW there is – it makes you a little crazy some times.  I live in constant pain, I have heart palpitations, my muscles are stiff and sore – I have numbness and memory issues – I trip and fall over air – and did I mention I am only 33 years old.  and I have been this way for years.  I would have to say well over 10 years at this point.

I cry on my drive home sometimes, I even cry on my way to work too – I have a 45-60 min drive to work and so I have some time.  BUT – that will all be changing come January 2017 – more information to come on that later.  We will have a BIG change in our life soon that involves a location change and I cannot wait!

**September was full of Dr visits and more tests.  Turns out that the Lumbar puncture showed that I do not have the bands that they look for when diagnosing MS.  But I did have the restrictive bands used for diagnosing a rheumatoid condition.  So something like Lupus, sjogren’s syndrome, RA or many other things like that.  It is still an autoimmune disease like MS is, but a different kind.  Lupus does run in the family.  I had an MRI of my c-spine recently and awaiting blood work for the rheumatoid stuff now.  Then it’s off to see that doctor, early Nov its off to see my well women doctor for a well women check up that I have not had in 3 years.  We get to talk about taking out the nexplanon implant and what to do next.

When my Dr was reading the results and it wasn’t MS, I was a little shaken like well now what do we do, I have lost all my braveness, all my fight is gone.  But then she kept reading and she got to the part about lupus, and wouldn’t you know they are very similar to that of lupus and I match even better with those!  So now I have a new obsession – ME!  I started to cry and she told me – “you were right.”  Through my teats I managed to say it – “I knew it, I knew there was something wrong!  It’s still an autoimmune disease, and I was right!”  I had a good cry in her office and even she got a little emotional.  Its been a good walk her and I and I am going to further walk down this path with her.  Oh she also wants me to get a breast reduction, so I get to look forward to that too, yippy!

well, my dear readers – I will give you an update on my condition when I can, but for now  leave you with my regular sign off:

Peace, Love and Boxer Butts!

 

PS if you would like to I highly recommend that you check out Won’t stop Running – by A great Big World He wrote that song after being diagnosed with MS and it has become a bit of my own personal anthem.



Wild Foods Tea Sample Review 3

chamomile+#11-no-background-organic-fair-trade-loose-leaf-chamomile-peppermint-teaWild Tea #11 Crazy Chamomile | Organic Chamomile Flower Tea With Peppermint

Chamomile with our favorite tea-supporter: peppermint!

Prized for centuries in the Roman and Egyptian Empires and in Ancient Greece. Chamomile has a multitude of health benefits, which is why it was our most recent addition to the Wild Tea line.

  • Chamomile is antibacterial: Helps prevent and treat colds and a sore throat
  • Chamomile is a powerful way of promoting sleep via its mild sedative effect.
  • Chamomile is known to reduce inflammation and is known to help alleviate headaches, cramps, IBS, etc.
  • Full of antioxidants to help promote overall health
  • Effective for healing and keeping skin healthy through its anti-inflammatory and anti-septic properties
  • Peppermint is a powerful immune and respiratory booster that’s great tasting and great for you! (A potent cough and fever reducer!)
  • Steep 1 teaspoon in 8 ounces of water for 6-8 minutes.
  • INGREDIENTS: Organic Chamomile Flowers and Peppermint

*If you are allergic to ragweed, avoid chamomile. *Remember this can have a mild sedative effect, so be ready for a nap of sleep if you decide to down a whole mug!

 

Deleting My Posts

So – For Some reason WordPress felt the need to delete one of my posts without my knowledge.  I wonder how many other times the has occurred.  I have head of this from other writers and though there is no way that this can happen, they must be exaggerating.  I apologize to you now.  So very, very sorry and I am truly considering a move from Worpress now. But that would involve moving all 5 of my blogs to a new platform and I am not sure I really want to do that at this time.  I was just starting to get into the groove of writing again and you go and slap my in the face like this.

I can’t even at this point.  I am not in the mood to write a post ranting about it.  I feel broken and hurt.  So if my 3 posts about the amazing tea manage to stay up for more than a moment – then please stay tuned for some more exciting tid bits about Wild Foods Co and their amazing yummy teas.

Peace, Love, Boxer butts!

– GeekyHippieGirl-

 

Wild Foods Tea Sample Review 1

**Not sure why WordPress deleted my other post**

So let me start off by telling you that Wild Food Co  is an amazing company.  The founder Colin Stuckert will email you himself if you send them any questions.  As I have food allergies, I have had to email him a few times with questions.

This all started with a free sample request, they allowed you to pick one and then they would send you one random one.  I received an email from them because they were overwhelmed by the response to their samples. So I took that opportunity to ask them if they could NOT send me anything with Chocolate in it due to my allergy.  H wrote me back to confirm my allergy and that was all I heard.  When I received my 100% free sample (didn’t even pay for shipping) I saw on the shipping slip that he had made note of my allergy and said not to cross contaminate.  How thoughtful!

They included a bunch of guides and stickers (I am a sucker for swag) and the tea I picked was the review that follows.  I will do one on the tea they picked for me as well.

organic-red-rooibos-loose-leaf-green-chai-tea-rooibos-organic-fair-trade-premium-loose-leaf-tea-loose-teaWild Tea #1: Coconut Chai Rooibos

The Coconut Chai Rooibos is a killer way to finish your meal. It not only helps you curb fatigue after your meal (those annoying “crashes”), but also helps settle your stomach and aids in digestion. The cinnamon has a insulin-curbing effect, which helps to reduce the amount of calories that are stored as fat following your meal. The blend of ginger, coconut flakes, cloves, safflower, crushed chilis and a dash of organic flavorings, provides a dose of Wild nutrition while serving it’s purpose to help digest your calories.

We love Wild Tea #1 hot and immediately after a meal.

Tea has been linked to a multitude of health benefits. In fact, the areas of the world where people live the longest (like Ikaria, Greece and Okinawa japan), locals drink tea on a daily basis.

Most people don’t know this, but you can brew the same tea multiple times and get not only differently flavor profiles but even more nutrition! We recommend brewing for only 2 minutes when you are planning on multiple brews.

Get the Wild Edge today with Wild Tea #1!

What Is Rooibos Tea?

Rooibos tea is named after the South African plant it is harvested from. Rooibos is often referred to as “red” tea. It contains more antioxidants than tea from the Camellia sinensis plant (white, green, black, oolong, yellow, pu-erh) and has no caffeine. Rooibos tea is also thought to help with anxiety and allergies.

Rooibos Tea Benefits:

  • Full of antioxidants: high concentrations of aspalathin and nothofagin that prevent free radical damage.
  • Includes minerals: magnesium, calcium, manganese, zinc and iron
  • Improves circulation via a potent antioxidant Chrysoeriol.
  • Lowers blood pressure and cholesterol
  • Improves digestion and overall gut health via the high concentration of flavonoids–specifically one called quercetin.
  • Improves your skin: Rooibos tea contains phenylpyruvic acid, which improves your skin and can help reduce acne, psoriasis and eczema.

What You Get:

  • Loose Leaf Premium Rooibos Tea
  • Origin: South Africa
  • Ingredients: Rooibos, Saigon Cinnamon, Ginger-Coconut Flakes, Cloves, Safflower, Crushed Chili, Organic Flavoring

The tea is very flavorful and spicy.  My husband drank my entire first glass!

365 Days of Writing Prompts – 34

Writing room
A genie has granted your wish to build your perfect space for reading and writing. What’s it like?

My Ideal space to write would be on my sofa – so I would like a comfy sofa, with a strong wi-fi connection.  It would have to have a table so I could have a drink, or snacks, plenty of space for my furbabies, my TV for background noise and plenty of pillows to adjust to different positions.  I would also need a super fast laptop with a nice big screen and a nice keyboard.

Well, what are you waiting for genie, let’s make this happen!  🙂

Thus Endeth The Radio Silence….

So – my radio silence has been for a few reasons, #1 reason has been I have been one busy person!  After that the reasons involve health and life in general.

  • my potassium levels have gone up despite being on a restricted diet – means I retest in June and see where we stand.  Will also be tested for diabetes at that time.
  • Migraines have been so-so.  Getting adjusted to new medication and used to weather changes while on new medication.  This will be the first monsoon season I get to experience on this perticular medication.  Last year was the first for the botox so I am used to trying new medications during our rainy seasons.
  • trying to loose weight still is proving to be difficult.  As to that I have very bad fatigue and am very weak I really am having a hard time getting up and moving.  Plus its now 100+ outside – so YUCK!

We have been going camping about once a month here lately and its been amazing…I really have enjoyed the time with my husband, my in-laws and our fur kids.  The men did manage to even catch one small fish, that thye let go so he could grow up to become a bigger fish – but most of the time its just father son boding while “feeding the fish” as they have started to call it.  Alas I have yet to get them to take the gopro with them so I have yet to see any of their antics on video yet – but the stories they come back to camp with are very entertaining.

So I am looking forward to getting back to my writing, my sampling and my sharing with you all.  I have some things to write about so keep an eye out for some reviews to pop up here shortly…The next pinchme.com sample day is Tuesday the 14th at 12pm ET –  for those of you who have not signed up yet I highly recommend that you high tail it over there and go do that since you have some time left to do so.

I have received some tea samples that are super yummy and I will be sharing that with y’all along with a discount code and where to go order it on your own – they are an amazing company who know a thing or two when it comes to customer service so a big kudos to them.  I ordered a new tea pot just to brew the loose tea in because its so pretty as it brews – I know I am sucker for that kinda stuff, what can I say.  But I got it on sale with one day shipping on Amazon!  🙂

I will share with you as well as soon as I get new on my heath my dear readers, and I love hearing your words of encouragement and support as I go through all these times of uncertainty and change in my health and our lives.  I look forward to our next chance to share and I always look forward to hearing from you, my faithful readers.

Peace, Love and Boxer Butts!

 

Migraine Experience…

Excedrin has been working with Migraine sufferers like myself to put together a virtual reality to show their loved ones what a migraine “looks like” when one starts for them – it’s an interesting video – https://www.excedrin.com/migraine-experience/ – when I saw the commercial on TV the first time I broke down crying – I have always looked for a way to do that….

 

365 Days of Writing Prompts – 26, 27, 28

January 26
Musical
What role does music play in your life?

Some people might already know that it plays a pretty big role in my life, I have it on in the back ground a lot.  A song will speak to me with either just the melody or the words.  I currently use Spotify and Last.fm and I have included a little view into some of my listening habits below by sharing with you one of my play lists.

I also have a wide range of tastes from classic rock to dub-step.  I listen to a little bit of everything depending on my mood and its changed over the years.  When my husband got sober we stopped listening to a lot of country.  Why? Well, almost every song is about drinking, so we don’t have time for that in our lives.  I like a lot of Indy stuff or things not so “main stream” not sure if that makes me a “hipster” or not, but I don’t care 🙂  I listen to what I want, when I want and sometimes (like when in my car) as loud as I want.

I have a 16gb Flash drive in my car and well – Hubby and I don’t always agree on music, but he does both love and tease me for having such a wide listening range of music. We were at a car show recently and every song that the DJ played, my husband would tease me by saying “I am sure that is on your iPod” and it was.  What started as a joke turned out to be a fun little game for us that helped pass some time while we waited for trophies.

My dad is classic rock…Pink Floyd is one of my favorites and if I had to pick a song it would be “Sorrow.”  My mom is pop music all the way – but 80’s and 90’s not too much of today’s music.

This one speaks to me when I feel alone and I feel most alone when going through my migraines and when I found this song, I almost wept…finally someone gets me.  I know that I have friends who suffer and my husband understands.  But to see someone put this out there so publicly, I can even describe what it felt like.  Twenty One Pilots –“Migraine”


January 27
Sliced bread
Most of us have heard the saying, “That’s the best thing since sliced bread!” What do you think is actually the best thing since sliced bread?
Cheese – because you put it on the bread and now you have a grilled cheese sandwich… 🙂

January 28
Ode to a playground
A place from your past or childhood, one that you’re fond of, is destroyed. Write it a memorial.

We drove past my old Middle school not too long ago to get my husband’s VW bus.  And I saw that they had the place boarded up and all closed off.  I had heard at one time they were thinking of closing it down because the district is a mess and can’t maintain it’s budget.  So sadly to is boarded all up and closed off.  They can’t take away my memories, even though between my medication and migraines the memories of my youth slip away more and more it seems all the time.