As I enter 51 in 1 day, I reflect on the past year and how little has helped me with my disease, Its scary when you finally have a diagnosis and waiting on insurance. When you are in chronic pain, chronic illness there are days when you are so tired, you just want to go to sleep and not wake up. I feel like the boy in the bubble, I have to be careful in knowing I can drive that day, medicines! I want to throw them all in the garbage, go on strike on Doctors, hospitals and curl up in a ball and just cry! it’s a year that I was diagnosed, but then another creeped up on me, but the pain is so much worse, I know in my heart the longer it takes to get the insurance to approve my treatment, I am so desperate I told them, If you want me to be in the hospital, I take it, anything to get me going. The pain is unbearable. They are going to give me injections in my legs, I don’t even know if this will work. Keep positive everyone says, eat this, eat that, try this and although I know its out of the goodness of there heart, It sends me to the moon. My gosh If I just ate a certain food I would be curried, Really? I find my peace in meditation and guided imagery. When I feel a attack coming on I immediately lay down, go somewhere in my mind. Practice, it didn’t come easy, helping others helps me, makes me feel like I still have a purpose. I know I can beat this!!!! I am one to not give up. So I have to promise next year at 52 I will have had my treatment, feeling better, maybe not perfect but right now who is perfect. I don’t care if they want me in St Louis at Washington university or NIH, frankly I don’t care where they treat me, Just getter done. And pay my veins don’t collapse, because I will be in the hospital. I guess I am just rambling, I didn’t realize the anniversary up ahead. What do I want for my Birthday, I want my treatment! I want my son to have a healthy baby. I can’t eat sugar or really eat right now, but my GI wants me eating protein shakes, so I will look one with low sugar. I really don’t miss it. I don’t miss food anymore. My taste is gone and that is common when your autonomic system isn’t working right. So At least I know everything now I am going through is normal. For not so normal person.
I have been told by so many people that I am a Empath, so I decided to find out. It’s it me no doubt. I was not aware there is a test. If you click on the left side of the post resource area click on Loner wolf. This site is amazing, so informative, its not voodoo or witch craft, its real I believe it because I am a Empath, I just need to learn how to live this way with out it draining me. This site has amazing information and book. Lonerwolf Click on the link and your there.
An empath is a person who absorbs other people’s emotions and experiences these emotions as if they were their own. Empathic people are highly sensitive to the emotional climates around them and often take on the psychological baggage of other people. This often leads to mental and physical sicknesses.
Common signs of being an empath include:
The tendency to soak up other’s emotions and even physical sensations, like a sponge
Strong intuitive abilities or claircognizance
Chaotic or fluctuating emotions
Inability to watch violence
Tendency towards anxiety and addiction
Tendency to attract wounded people
Gentle and caring nature
Drawn to healing professions
If you’re an empath, you might want to find out how to master your gifts in this overwhelming world. You might also like to discover what type of empath you are, as well as take our empath test.
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This quote is a great reminder that difficulties that may be center stage and all consuming today, will become a much smaller part of our story once we grow beyond them.
Let your wounds be your fuel- In the grand scheme of things, our darkest days always end up forcing us to find our inner light. …And often the light we gain, becomes a lamp for someone else.
Trust that if it hurts now…. it will serve later
I’m Sorry I am fascinated in our Brains, we can never have enough knowledge and to be able to understand might help people with neurological issues understand a little better.
We are addressing the different Lobes of the Brain.
Thalamus: relays the body’s sensory input cortex this regulates our sleep.
Frontal Lobes are the seat for memory, language, problem-solving, Emotions and personality.
Parietal lobe: converts sensory input into actionable understanding.
Temporal lobes: handle auditory processing and attaching long term memory.
Occipital lobe: Visual processing and related tasks, such as facial recognition
Cerebellum: Sensory inputs coordinates motor movement, posture and balance.
Medulla: regulates breathing, heart rate coughing, sneezing and other unconscious activity.
Amygdalae: There is one in each hemisphere helps decision making and emotional response.
Hippocampi: One in each hemisphere, helps form new memories and understanding.
Corpus Callosum: Nerve bundle that connects The right and left Hemisphere.
Basal Ganglia: helps with coordinating physical activity
Midbrain: Processes vision and hearing
Pons: involved in breathing, swallowing, and similar involuntary activities.
I thought if there was any time to speak about this issue it would be during the Holidays. Today I visited some one very special to me and he has been apart of my life for 20 years and when he became sick, I was so mortified how many people would not come see him. I visit every week, he was my Dad’s Doctor and my Doctor and I adore him. He has a heart of gold and held my hand when my dad was so sick. I can see in his eyes his disappointment on visitors. He looked at me and said “Those you expect to come, don’t” and those you don’t think you will see again, you do”.
I know for some people, they hate hospitals, well let me tell you I really hate Hospitals, I also hate going to Stanford. Not because they are not nice, it seems like they keep finding new things. So If that’s your reason “It’s not good enough”, If you don’t know what to say, how about “Hello” talk about work, family normal stuff, not sick stuff.
No one knows when there number is up and I have been at Stanford 21/2-3 weeks, had heart surgery and was scared, alone, felt unloved, I will never forget that feeling as long as I am on this earth, I will visit everyone sick, let them know they made a difference in my life and others. Its a part of closer. Every time I see him, he hugs me before and after and I know I have nothing left to say, I will still go see him and talk about life. Let them share what they want, I don’t intrude. But when I say goodbye and hug him, I cry every time, because I may never see him again. Its uncomfortable, difficult but There is not excuse to not visit someone. I have been bringing him my photo books to show him that he can meditate with my photos and pretend your there. You can’t buy that in a box of candy or flowers.
There is no excuse to not visit. You will regret never saying goodbye, a hug, a handshake a smile. He’s fighting for his life, friends, family love can make you fight a little harder.
A memory Jar is a awesome way for family to let them know how you feel, decorate a box, or a jar and everyone writes there favorite memory with that person, That’s what makes them happy, knowing they made a difference in your life.
I would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. I wish for you a wonderful time with your families, good food, good health and good friends. I apologize for not being writing daily but I have not been doing very well. I have been very sick. I am praying for the Doctors to get their offices to get the paper work going for treatment. I will give you more details, when I understand what it is that I have.
So please be patient I will write as often as I am able.
A GUIDE ON ALLERGY STATISTICS
Allergies are a major cause of illness worldwide. Worldwide, the rise in prevalence of allergic diseases has continued in the industrialized world for more than 50 years. About one in four people have or will have some type of allergy at some time of their lives. There are literally hundreds of different causes of allergies. Allergy symptoms may vary from mild to serious and life threatening.
WHAT IS ALLERGY?
Allergy is a reaction of a person’s immune system to substances in the environment that are normally harmless. Those substances are called allergens and most common are: dust mites, pollen, pets, moulds, some foods and medicines. The tendency to develop allergy is inherited and is called atopy. When atopic people come to contact with an allergen they develop an immune reaction which leads to allergic inflammation. This inflammation can occur in almost all part of the body, but it usually affects nose and/or eyes (e.g. hay fever), skin (e.g. eczema) and lungs (e.g. asthma).
A substance that’s an allergen for one person may not cause a reaction in another atopic person. And everyone reacts differently, even to the same substance.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING AN ALLERGIC REACTION?
When an allergic person comes to contact with the particular substance, an allergic reaction occurs. The allergen enters the body which triggers the person’s antibodies to respond. Those antibodies are special cells and part of the immune system. Triggered antibodies then attach themselves to the other type of cells called mast cells, which as a response release histamine. Histamine is a substance that causes all the symptoms of an allergy – swelling, itching and redness.
The most common causes of allergic reactions are:
Grass and tree pollen – causing allergic rhinitis (hay fever)
Some foods (usually nuts, shellfish, eggs, fruit, milk)
Insect bites (wasps and bees)
Some medications (ibuprofen, aspirin, antibiotics)
Latex (gloves and condoms)
Household chemicals (detergents, hair dyes)
SYMPTOMS OF AN ALLERGIC REACTION
An allergic reaction usually happens very quickly after the first contact with the allergen. It only takes a few minutes for the first symptoms to occur.
Symptoms depend on the allergen and where it enters the body. For example, pollen is airborne, so you will have symptoms affecting your nose, eyes and throat (allergic rhinitis). Food are causing stomach and bowel problems, but also hives (urticaria). Some allergic reaction can even involve several different parts of the body at the same time.
Most common allergic reactions are
Hay fever (allergic rhinitis, conjunctivitis): sneezing, runny and blocked nose, red itchy and watery eyes, wheezing and coughing
Asthma (allergic): breathing difficulties
Stomach upsets: vomiting, diarrhoea and cramps
Eczema (atopic dermatitis): itchy, dry and red skin
Urticaria (hives): itchy bumps that look like insect bites
Most reactions are mild to moderate, but some allergens can cause a severe reaction called anaphylaxis. It’s a life threatening condition that requires immediate medical help. A person in an anaphylactic shock needs to have a shot of epinephrine as soon as possible, which can reverse the symptoms within a few minutes. The first signs of anaphylaxis can look like a typical allergic reaction (e.g. hay fever), but within half an hour a person can develop more serious symptoms:
Coughing, wheezing and difficulty breathing
Dizziness, confusion and weakness
Swollen and itchy throat and tongue, trouble breathing and swallowing
Vomiting, diarrhoea and cramps
Paleness and weak pulse
A person who had an anaphylactic reaction has a higher risk of having another one. A good idea is to wear a wristband with information about the allergy, and to always have a dose or two of epinephrine at hand.
Allergic rhinitis is the most common type of allergic reaction, and it affects between 10 and 30% of population worldwide.
Allergens in this type of allergy are breathed in, and most common are: pollen, grass, dust mites, cigarette smoke and perfume. Pollen is the most common allergen in seasonal allergic rhinitis.
Symptoms include: stuffy and runny nose, sneezing, red and watery eyes (conjunctivitis), swollen eyelids, sore throat, dry cough, fatigue and headaches.
Drug allergies affect around 10% of the world’s population and up to 20% of hospitalized patients. Drugs are responsible for up to 20% of fatalities due to anaphylactic shock.
Most common drugs that cause allergies are antibiotics (amoxicillin, penicillin, tetracycline…), NSAIL drugs (ibuprofen), aspirin, chemotherapy drugs, HIV drugs (abacavir, nevirapine) , sulfa drugs, insulin, antiseizure drugs (carbamazepine, lamotrigine, phenytoine), monoclonal antibody therapy (rituximab, cetuximab), and IV muscle relaxers (atracurium).
The symptoms of drug allergies are may include: skin rash, hives, itching, fever, swelling, shortness of breath, wheezing, runny nose and itchy eyes. Drugs can even sometimes cause anaphylaxis. It’s important not to mistake an adverse reaction to a drug with drug allergy.
If you know that you’re allergic to a certain drug, always mention it to your doctor, and for times when you could be unconscious, it’s a good idea to wear a wristband with information about your allergy, as a message to the ER doctors and paramedics.
Some new statistics indicate that 8% of children have a food allergy and around 40% had a history of severe reactions. 30% have multiple food allergies.
Most common foods that cause allergies are: peanuts, milk, shellfish, eggs, tree nuts, soy, wheat and fish. Every food packaging must contain a warning if it contains any of the mentioned allergens, even traces.
Allergic reaction can happen within minutes, or it may happen hours later. Some symptoms can be mild like: hives or eczema, runny nose and sneezing, itchy mouth, weird taste in the mouth and upset stomach, but food like peanuts, shellfish and nuts can cause severe reactions: trouble breathing and swallowing, swollen lips, tongue and throat, dizziness, uneven heartbeat. Those food are the most prevalent allergens causing anaphylaxis.
It’s a good idea for children to wear wristband with the name of the food they’re allergic to, as a remainder what not to eat.
Stings from insects like honeybees, hornets, wasps, yellow jackets and fire ants are known to cause allergic reactions to the venom that is injected into the skin.
It’s important to recognize difference between normal reaction and allergic reaction to the bite. The reaction is usually seen only in the area of the bite as pain, redness, swelling and itching. Anaphylaxis rarely occurs, but up to 50% of people who experienced fatal reaction, there were no previous documented history of previous systemic reactions.
20% of population had some type of skin reaction, like urticaria (hives). Rashes can be caused by many things: plants (poison ivy), drugs, food, bites.
Eczema (atopic dermatitis) is a condition characterized by severe itching and redness of the skin. It’s usually seen in atopic people (having sensitive skin), and is triggered by many things: dust mites, pet dander, soaps, detergents, lotions and creams.
Hives (acute urticaria) are red, itchy bumps that appear on the body as a reaction to an allergen. Most common triggers are: foods, medications, insect bites, cold or heat and latex.
Contact dermatitis is a reaction that occurs when the skin comes in contact with an irritant or an allergen. Symptoms can include: rash, blisters, itching and burning. It’s usually caused by soaps, laundry detergents, softeners, metals, nail polish, plants, topical medications and latex.
PREVENTION AND TREATMENT
The most effective way of preventing an allergic reaction is to avoid the allergen that causes it. So, the important first step is to do allergy testing like skin prick test, blood testing, patch test, elimination diet and challenge testing. When you know you’re allergic to some food, avoid it and always check the label on the food packaging to see if it contains even traces of it. If you’re allergic to insect bites, try to avoid places with insects and always wear longs sleeves and use insect repellent.
For allergies that are known to cause anaphylactic reaction, it’s a good idea to wear a wristband as an indicator and a warning to other people and paramedics.
Medication used for treating allergies are:
Intranasal corticosteroid nasal sprays (INCS)
Combination therapies (INCS and antihistamine)
Medicated eye drops
Adrenaline (epinephrine) – as a first aid treatment in anaphylactic shock, usually administered using an epinephrine auto-injector.
Allergen immunotherapy (also known as desensitisation) is a long-term treatment which changes the immune system’s response to allergens. It involves the administration of regular, gradually increasing amounts of allergen extracts, by injections or by sublingual tablets, sprays or drops.
Remember, allergy can affect medical decisions in an emergency (regarding drugs to be given, or latex). It’s very important to let people (doctors, paramedics) know. Wearing a medical wristband with a warning about your allergy can save your life! Create your allergy wristband here.
You can prevent an allergic reaction in case of emergency or support allergy prevention in several ways, starting with awareness. There are several institutions that allergy awareness with silicone wristbands. Silicone wristbands are a popular way to raise awareness about a number of causes. Create your custom wristband here and help raise awareness of this growing problem.
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