Monday, April 30, 2012

Ramblings about Happiness and Gratitude...

In putting my rambling thoughts down in type, my hope is that others can learn from what I have experienced,and learned throughout my life. Tonight was especially filled with learning moments. I was watching the season finale of Oprah's LifeClass Tour. During the show which was about Gratitude, Oprah teamed up with all four teachers—Iyanla Vanzant, Tony Robbins, Bishop T.D. Jakes and Deepak Chopra. The show was on mastering the art of gratitude. I thought I was doing pretty good in this area of my life. Well, as the show continued I could feel a wetness well up in my eyes and later it went further down my cheek. I allowed myself to feel what ever came and then after the show I began what I always do...analyze it. I realized that I had forgotten to be grateful for many things. I was only focusing on those things that were right in front of my face, but what about the memories of good things, relationships, important times in my life? I have been so focused on my aches, pains and trials that I had pushed them to the deep recesses of my brain. The show brought them out and I am so grateful for that. I came to the conclusion that I have to remind myself daily that what I am going through in my life right now does not define me nor my happiness. As I was surfing the web I found a Happiness test through the OWN site. You can find it here: I took it and realized that there are areas that I need to work at to improve my score. (As a teacher, I think best in terms of I then found an article by Dr. Robert Holden titled: "10 Ways to Increase Your Happiness." I found it at You can bet that I am going to be working on improving my happiness and spending less time focusing on the pain from all my illnesses. I then found quotes about Gratitude and found the following two to be most striking to me.
In having rambled on long enough, I will close by simply saying "Thank You." Love, Darla

Sunday, April 29, 2012


Sopapillas Recipe
Photo by: Taste of Home Sopapillas Recipe These deep-fried breads were a hit when I made them for out daughter's birthday party. They're a fun way to round out a Mexican-theme meal.—Glenda Jarboe, Oroville, California Sopapillas Recipe Prep/Total Time: 30 min. Yield: 12 Servings Ingredients •1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour •2 teaspoons baking powder •1 teaspoon salt •2 tablespoons shortening •2/3 cup water •Oil for deep-fat frying •Honey Directions •In a small bowl, combine the dry ingredients; cut in shortening until crumbly. Gradually add water, tossing with a fork until mixture holds together. • On a lightly floured surface, knead dough for 1-2 minutes or until smooth. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Roll out to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with a 2-1/2-in. star cookie cutter or into 2-1/2-in. triangles. • In an electric skillet or deep

Peach/Mango Salsa

Fresh Peach Mango Salsa Recipe
Photo by: Taste of HomeFresh Peach Mango Salsa Recipe Rate recipe This colorful, freshly-made salsa tastes wonderful on fish tacos. The garlic and veggies nicely complement the peach and mango flavors. This Recipe is Quick and Diabetic Friendly Fresh Peach Mango Salsa Recipe Prep/Total Time: 20 min. Yield: 16 Servings Ingredients •1-1/2 cups chopped fresh tomatoes •3/4 cup chopped peeled fresh peaches •1/2 cup chopped red onion •1/2 cup chopped sweet yellow pepper •1/2 cup chopped peeled mango •2 tablespoons chopped seeded jalapeno pepper •3 garlic cloves, minced •1-1/2 teaspoons lime juice •1/2 teaspoon minced fresh cilantro •Tortilla chips Directions •In a large bowl, combine the first nine ingredients. Cover and refrigerate until serving. Serve with tortilla chips. Yield: 4 cups. Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face. Nutritional Facts 1/4 cup (calculated without chips) equals 14 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 2 mg sodium, 3 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, trace protein. Diabetic Exchange: Free food. Originally published as Fresh Peach Mango Salsa in Taste of Home June/July 2006

Amish Breakfast Casserole

Amish Breakfast Casserole Recipe
Photo by: Taste of Home Amish Breakfast Casserole Recipe "We enjoyed a hearty breakfast bake during a visit to an Amish inn," recalls Beth Notaro of Kokomo, Indiana. "When I asked for the recipe, one of the ladies told me the ingredients right off the top of her head. I modified it to create this version my family loves. Try breakfast sausage in place of bacon." Amish Breakfast Casserole Recipe Prep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min. + standing Yield: 12 Servings Ingredients •1 pound sliced bacon, diced •1 medium sweet onion, chopped •6 eggs, lightly beaten •4 cups frozen shredded hash brown potatoes, thawed •2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese •1-1/2 cups (12 ounces) 4% cottage cheese •1-1/4 cups shredded Swiss cheese Directions •In a large skillet, cook bacon and onion until bacon is crisp; drain. In a large bowl, combine the remaining ingredients; stir in bacon mixture. Transfer to a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. • Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Let stand for 10 minutes before cutting. Yield: 12 servings. Nutritional Facts 1 serving (1 piece) equals 273 calories, 18 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 153 mg cholesterol, 477 mg sodium, 8 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 18 g protein. Originally published as Amish Breakfast Casserole in Quick Cooking May/June 2002, p12

Mother's Day Breakfast Pizza

Breakfast Pizza Recipe
Photo by: Taste of HomeBreakfast Pizza Recipe Read reviews (5) “I used to make this for my morning drivers when I worked at a pizza delivery place, " recalls Cathy Shortall of Easton, Maryland. "And they just loved it. It's a quick and easy eye-opener that appeals to all ages.” Breakfast Pizza Recipe Prep/Total Time: 25 min. Yield: 8 Servings 20 5 25 Ingredients •1 tube (13.8 ounces) refrigerated pizza crust •2 tablespoons olive oil, divided •6 eggs •2 tablespoons water •1 package (3 ounces) real bacon bits or 1 lbs of bacon cooked crisp and crumbled •1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese •1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese Directions •Unroll crust into a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan; flatten dough and build up edges slightly. Brush with 1 tablespoon oil. Prick dough thoroughly with a fork. Bake at 400° for 7-8 minutes or until lightly browned. • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk eggs and water. In a small skillet, heat remaining oil until hot. Add eggs; cook and stir over medium heat until completely set. • Spoon eggs over crust. Sprinkle with bacon and cheeses. Bake 5-7 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Yield: 8 slices. Nutritional Facts 1 slice equals 354 calories, 19 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 195 mg cholesterol, 874 mg sodium, 25 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 20 g protein. Originally published as Breakfast Pizza in Simple & Delicious March/April 2008, p35

Mothers Day Recipe: Chocolate-Fruit Crepes

Chocolate-Fruit Crepes Recipe
Photo by: Taste of Home Chocolate-Fruit Crepes Recipe These pretty dessert crepes are delicate, delightful and as simple to make as they are special! Nice for a fancy brunch, too. Laura McDowell - Lake Villa, Illinois Chocolate-Fruit Crepes Recipe Prep: 30 min. + chilling Cook: 5 min./batch Yield: 10 Servings Ingredients •1-1/2 cups buttermilk •3 eggs •3 tablespoons butter, melted •1 cup all-purpose flour •2 tablespoons sugar •2 tablespoons baking cocoa •FILLING: •1 can (21 ounces) cherry pie filling •1 can (8-1/2 ounces) sliced peaches, drained and chopped •1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon •1/8 teaspoon almond extract •1/3 cup hot fudge ice cream topping, warmed •Whipped cream, optional Directions •In a large bowl, combine the buttermilk, eggs and butter. Combine the flour, sugar and cocoa; add to buttermilk mixture and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour. • Heat a lightly greased 8-in. nonstick skillet over medium heat; pour 2 tablespoons batter into the center of skillet. Lift and tilt pan to coat bottom evenly. Cook until top appears dry; turn and cook 15-20 seconds longer. Remove to a wire rack. Repeat with remaining batter, greasing skillet as needed. When cool, stack crepes with waxed paper or paper towels in between. • In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the pie filling, peaches and cinnamon. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 3-4 minutes or until heated through, stirring once. Stir in extract. Spoon 2 tablespoons filling down the center of each crepe. Fold sides of crepe over filling. Drizzle with ice cream topping and garnish with whipped cream if desired. Yield: 10 servings. Nutritional Facts 2 filled crepes (calculated without whipped cream) equals 241 calories, 6 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 74 mg cholesterol, 109 mg sodium, 41 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein. Originally published as Chocolate-Fruit Crepes in Simple & Delicious March/April 2010, p57

Mother's Day Mushroom Quiche Lorraine Breakfast/Brunch Recipe 1

Mushroom Quiche Lorraine Recipe
Photo by: Taste of Home Mushroom Quiche Lorraine Recipe Family and friends will delight in this savory quiche from Michelle Fincher of Lyman, South Carolina. Mushrooms and green onions bring fresh flavor, while cheese and bacon lend a touch of decadence. Mushroom Quiche Lorraine RecipePrep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min. Yield: 6 Servings 15 30 45 Ingredients •1 unbaked pastry shell (9 inches) •1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms •1/2 cup chopped green onions •2 tablespoons butter •4 eggs •1-1/4 cups half-and-half cream •1/8 teaspoon pepper •1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Swiss cheese •4 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled Directions •Line unpricked pastry shell with a double thickness of heavy-duty foil. Bake at 450° for 8 minutes. Remove foil; bake 5 minutes longer. Remove from the oven; reduce heat to 375°. • Meanwhile, in a small skillet, saute mushrooms and onions in butter until tender. In a large bowl, beat the eggs, cream and pepper. Using a slotted spoon, transfer mushrooms and onions to egg mixture. Stir in cheese and bacon. • Pour into crust. Cover edges loosely with foil. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Let stand for 5 minutes before cutting. Yield: 6 servings. Nutritional Facts 1 piece equals 404 calories, 28 g fat (15 g saturated fat), 204 mg cholesterol, 378 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 14 g protein. Originally published as Mushroom Quiche Lorraine in Simple & Delicious March/April 2008, p55

Mother's Day Homemade Spa Recipes

Treat mom (or yourself!) to a spa day at home with these made-from-scratch salt scrub and face mask recipes. Save money by making your own spa treatments at home. Here are some recipes and tips from Michelle Naylor, volunteer for the American Cancer Society's Look Good…Feel Better program:
Avocado Facial mask Avocados make a moisturizing mask that's nourishing for dry or sun-exposed skin. •1 avocado, peeled and seeded •2 tsp. sweet almond oil or virgin olive oil 1.Mash avocado and add oil. 2.Apply mixture to face and leave on 15 to 20 minutes. 3.Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry with towel. Salt Glow Salt scrubs are among my favorite home spa treatments. This one leaves your skin soft and glowing. •1/4 cup coarse salt (sea salt or kosher salt) •2 Tbsp. virgin olive oil •3-4 Tbsp. lemon juice 1.Mix salt and oil. 2.Add lemon juice. 3.Massage into skin while you shower. 4.Rinse, pat dry and apply a natural moisturizer. Gentle Oatmeal Mask This is a good face mask for oily skin. The recipe makes enough for one treatment and should be applied as soon as it's mixed. •1 Tbsp. honey (runny) •1 egg yolk •4 Tbsp. fine oatmeal 1.Mix honey and egg yolk together in a small bowl. 2.Slowly stir in enough oatmeal to make a soft paste. 3.Smooth mask across face and neck and keep on for 15 minutes. 4.Rinse off with lukewarm water and pat dry with towel. Eye Brighteners •Place a slice of cucumber over each eye. Lie back and relax for 15 minutes while cucumber tones and soothes skin around the eyes. •Take two tea bags and make tea. Gently squeeze out the brewed tea bag and let cool. Place one slightly damp bag over each eye. Chamomile is good for tired eyes, while Indian tea (such as Darjeeling), an astringent, will firm the skin. Source: Country Woman April/May 2010 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- From the Pantry These two easy spa treatments are made entirely from pantry staples, cost just pennies, and will leave your skin silky-soft. Enjoy the scrub in the shower or fill the tub for the oatmeal mix. Either way, you'll soak up some much-needed "me time." Almond Exfoliating Body Scrub Stir 1/4 cup coarse sea salt and 1/4 cup baby oil until the oil is thoroughly incorporated. Add 1/2 tsp. almond or vanilla extract or lightly scented perfume oil; stir until combined. Cinnamon Oatmeal Milk Bath Place 1 cup powdered milk, 1/2 cup baking soda, 1/2 cup finely ground oatmeal, 2 tsp. cornstarch, 1 tsp. cream of tartar and 1 tsp. cinnamon in a food processor and process to combine. Put in a clean, tightly covered, moisture-proof container. It will keep indefinitely. To Use: Add about 1/2 cup of the Cinnamon Oatmeal Milk Bath to a full tub of warm water, and enjoy the soak. Source: Simple & Delicious February/March 2012

Saturday, April 28, 2012

The Cholesterol-Heart Disease Connection

The Cholesterol-Heart Disease Connection
Though the number of people with high cholesterol is decreasing, millions of Americans have the condition — and with it a higher risk of heart disease. By Lynn Yoffee Medically reviewed by Pat F. Bass III, MD, MPH Having high cholesterol puts you at increased risk of developing coronary heart disease. Combine high cholesterol with other risk factors, such as diabetes and high blood pressure, and your risk of heart disease increases even more. Many factors can cause high cholesterol, some of which you can do something about and others you cannot. Cholesterol is a fatty substance that can harden and stick to your artery walls, causing them to narrow and result in a condition known as atherosclerosis. Clots can then form, further blocking the narrowed arteries, and causing a heart attack when blood can no longer pass through the narrowed arteries to supply oxygen to the heart muscle. The National Institutes of Health reports that more than 34 million American adults have high cholesterol (higher than 240 mg/dL), about 8 percent of the population. Who gets high cholesterol? According to the American Heart Association, both white and African American women over age 20 actually have higher rates of total cholesterol levels above 240 mg/dL than men. And it's not just in adults. High cholesterol may also be a problem in children. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends cholesterol management for some children as young as 8 years of age and low-fat dairy products starting at age 2. Most children with high cholesterol have a parent with high cholesterol. High Cholesterol Risk Factors Heredity, having a family history of high cholesterol and heart disease, your age, and gender are all things that may put you at risk for developing high cholesterol. But a number of lifestyle choices that are within your control can increase your risk: The food you eat. Many foods can drive up your low-density lipoprotein or LDL cholesterol (the "bad" cholesterol). Eating too much saturated fat, trans fatty acids (trans fats), and animal-based cholesterol found in meats, cheeses, and egg yolks contribute to high cholesterol and heart disease. Being overweight or obese. Having an unhealthy weight can increase LDL levels, reduce high-density lipoprotein or HDL cholesterol (the "good" cholesterol), and increase your total cholesterol level. Not exercising. A lack of exercise also contributes to your risk for high cholesterol and cardiovascular disease. Types of Cholesterol: Assessing Your Levels When you have a blood test to check your cholesterol level, doctors look at four scores: Total blood cholesterol LDL cholesterol HDL cholesterol Triglycerides If your total cholesterol score is less than 200 mg/dL and you have none of the above-mentioned risk factors, you are at low risk for heart disease. A total cholesterol score of 200-239 mg/dL is considered borderline high and anything above that is considered high. But you can also look at the LDL and HDL cholesterol level counts individually for more specific information about your risk for heart disease. For example, higher HDL or good cholesterol levels are better. A low good cholesterol score (less than 40 mg/dL for men and less than 50 mg/dL for women) puts you at an increased risk for heart disease. When you look at LDL or bad cholesterol, lower scores are better. The American Heart Association reports that LDL cholesterol is a better gauge of your risk for heart disease than the total cholesterol number. An LDL of less than 100 mg/dL is considered optimal. Another part of the blood cholesterol test takes a look at triglycerides, which is another type of fat. If you have a high triglyceride level, you're also likely to have a high total cholesterol level. A normal triglyceride level is less than 150 mg/dL. Some health care providers use a ratio of total cholesterol to HDL cholesterol instead of the total blood cholesterol. That cholesterol ratio is found by dividing the HDL cholesterol level by the total cholesterol. But the American Heart Association recommends using the absolute numbers for total blood cholesterol and HDL cholesterol levels instead because they are a better tool to help guide your doctor in developing an appropriate treatment plan, if needed. Lowering Your High Cholesterol: Ideas to Treat Naturally Now that you know how to assess your cholesterol-heart disease risk, you can start thinking about how to reduce your risk and lower your cholesterol level. For most people, the best plan for reducing cholesterol involves lifestyle remedies that include a diet with the right foods, weight loss, and exercise. These changes are known as therapeutic lifestyle changes (TLC). What to eat? Foods for reducing high cholesterol are low in saturated fat and cholesterol. Recipes should include 0 or 1 percent dairy products, lean meats, whole grains, and plenty of fruits and vegetables. Use soft margarine in place of butter in your diet menu. Limit foods high in cholesterol such as organ meats, shrimp, and egg yolks. For people who cannot lower their cholesterol enough with a TLC diet, medication may be needed as well. Statin drugs are the most commonly used cholesterol lowering drugs. These drugs are safe for most people and are very good at lowering LDL cholesterol. Natural remedies for high cholesterol that show some promise include diet supplements like flaxseed, garlic, and soy. Flaxseed and flaxseed oil contain a substance that may benefit heart disease. Some studies have shown that flaxseed may lower cholesterol in post menopausal women. Garlic can be used as a food or a diet supplement and studies suggest it may slow the development of coronary heart disease. Soy foods and soy supplements have been shown to lower LDL cholesterol. Natural remedies are not a cure for high cholesterol or heart disease and should never take the place of TLC or prescribed medications. People using any diet supplements or other natural remedies should always consult with their doctors first. Important Related Conditions Some medical conditions increase your risk for heart disease, especially when combined with high cholesterol, another reason to keep cholesterol in check. These include: Diabetes. People who have diabetes have high blood sugar, also called "high glucose." You can be born with diabetes or develop it later in life. Diabetes is caused by a shortage of, or a poor response to, insulin, the hormone that moves blood glucose out of the blood and into the muscles, fat, and liver cells where it is needed for fuel. Untreated high blood sugar is a major cause of heart disease. Hypertension. High blood pressure often goes along with high cholesterol and heart disease. High blood pressure means that there is too much pressure pushing on the inside of the blood vessels of the body. This can lead to many problems, including increasing the work load of the heart. Too much salt or high sodium in the diet is one of the important risk factors for high blood pressure. Familial combined hyperlipidemia. High blood cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia) and high blood triglycerides can be an inherited genetic disease. People who have this condition have a high rate of heart disease at an early age and begin to develop high levels of blood fats (hyperlipidemia) in their teenage years. While the American Heart Association reports that from 1995 to 2005 death rates from cardiovascular disease actually declined 26.4 percent and that total cholesterol levels in men over age 40 and women over age 60 declined between 1999 – 2000 and 2005 – 2006, other age groups shown no improvement. African American men and women have a greater risk of death as a result of heart disease than Caucasian men and women, probably as a result of genetics and lifestyle factors. It's important that you understand the basics about cholesterol and its implications for heart disease. Know your own cholesterol levels, and if you do have high cholesterol, talk to your doctor about ways you can lower your cholesterol and reduce your risk of heart disease. Last Updated: 06/14/2011

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Sweet Sticky Rice with Mangoes
Photo By: Ezara Submitted By: u812gosh Prep Time: 15 Minutes Cook Time: 20 Minutes Ready In: 1 Hour 35 Minutes Servings: 6 "This delicious traditional Thai dessert combines coconut-scented sticky rice with a sweet coconut sauce and a topping of fresh, ripe mangoes." Ingredients: 370 g uncooked glutinous (sticky) white rice, rinsed 1 (13.5 ounce) can coconut milk, divided 200 g white sugar 10 g white sugar 2 g salt 2 g cornstarch 2 ripe mangoes, peeled and cubed Directions: 1.Cover the rice with several inches of fresh water. Allow rice to stand for 30 minutes. Drain off water so that rice is covered by 1/4 inch of water. 2.Place the rice in a microwave oven, cover, and cook on High until the water has mostly absorbed but the rice is still wet, about 10 minutes; stir and cook until almost dry, an additional 4 minutes. 3.Mix half the coconut milk and 1 cup of sugar in a bowl, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Pour the mixture over the rice and stir to coat rice with the mixture. Cover and allow the rice to stand at room temperature for 20 minutes. 4.Pour the remaining 1/2 can of coconut milk into a saucepan and whisk in 1 tablespoon of sugar, salt, and cornstarch until smooth. Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium heat, whisking constantly, and simmer until thickened, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool. 5.To serve, scoop the rice into individual serving bowls and top each serving with about 2 tablespoons of the coconut sauce and several pieces of mango. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED © 2012 Printed from 4/26/2012

Friday, April 13, 2012

Chronic Fatigue invisible illness.

Chronic Fatigue an Invisible Illness

Along with the Fibromyalgia Darla has Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). She is always tired. Some days to the point of pure bone crushing exhaustion. She wonders what causes the fatigue to occur since she didn't go hiking, or clean and scrub the entire house. However, this kind of fatigue is different. No matter how much sleep she gets Darla awakes more tired than ever before. She also has muscle pain and an aching throughout her body. In addition to that, there are times that she cannot concentrate. When she tries to focus on one thing she describes a fog like feeling that comes on and she only gets a part of what she is trying to concentrate on. This further affects her ability to remember things. Chronic Fatigue shares many symptoms with Fibromyalgia and Irritable Bowel, both of which Darla has been diagnosed with (there are others too.) These illnesses have interfered in her ability to work outside the home as well as in her home. It took ten years for Darla to find a doctor that would diagnosis her with CFS and Fibromyalgia. She and her doctors have tried many different things to deal with the symptoms. Some of which have helped and others did nothing. Each person is an individual and along with that comes different symptoms for different people. This makes it hard for some to believe that Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is truly real. . It is an invisible illness. People have called Darla lazy, slob, hypochondriac, and a slew of other names. She does not allow others' opinions affect her because she knows how she feels. Darla believes that it is necessary to speak about these invisible illnesses so that the general public can educate those that do not believe Chronic Fatigue Syndrome along with other invisible illnesses are real.

But what exactly is the cause of Chronic Fatigue?

There is no research to state exactly what causes CFS. Scientist theorize that it can be from an infection, many different viruses including Epstein Bar , and several different herpes viruses, genetics as some may be more susceptible, and neuroendocrinology meaning the interaction between neurotransmitters and hormones. Some scientist also believe that it could be the result of physical trauma. If one has tried everything to help themselves feel better and nothing works, it is time to visit the doctor. Early diagnosis helps one to maintain and live with the invisible illness better.

What does it take to be diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue?

When one is diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue he or she must have severe fatigue that lasts more than six months. Doctors will check for other causes such as hypothyroidism, sleep disorders and other illnesses that fatigue is a symptom. In addition of having severe fatigue that lasts more than six months a person must have at least four of the following symptoms:

"Sore throat
Difficulty with concentration or short-term memory
Sore-to-the-touch lymph nodes
 Muscle pain
 Pain in more than one joint, but without redness or swelling
 Unusual (for you) headaches
 Sleep that fails to refresh you
 A feeling of being more unwell than usual — malaise— for about 24 hours after exercise."
 (Vann :Everyday Health: Beyond Exhaustion-Thompson:Everyday Health: Chronic Fatigue      Syndrome; Is It Real?)

For those diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue the majority of individuals struggle at fifty percent energy levels (E. H. Vann.) and trudge their way though the day. Darla stated that she would work all day and as soon as she got home she would take a three or four hour nap and wake up just as tired.

individuals struggle at fifty percent energy levels (E. H. Vann.) and trudge their way though the day. Darla stated that she would work all day and as soon as she got home she would take a three or four hour nap and wake up just as tired.

Most patients will feel flu-like symptoms before the fatigue, however the fatigue is usually the first complaint most patients will report. . "CFS can be associated with other diseases, such as,hypothyroidism, irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, Lupus, Lyme Disease, or anxiety." These other diseases must be ruled out before diagnosing CFS.” (E. H.-Thompsona & Vann)

As stated above, an early diagnosis means a better chance of improving your symptoms. (Vann: Everyday Health: What Chronic Fatigue Feels Like


1.a condition of general bodily weakness or discomfort, often marking the onset of a disease.
2. a vague or unfocused feeling of mental uneasiness, lethargy, or discomfort. []

1. Thompson Dennis, Jr.:Everyday Health:Chronic Fatigue Syndrome ; Is It Real? (Medically reviewed by Pat F. Bass III, MD, MPH.) 9/22/2010.
2. Vann, Madeline, MPH: Everyday Health: What Chronic Fatigue Feels Like.
(Medically reviewed by Lindsey Marcellin, MD, MPH, 03/03/2010) Copyright 2012.
3. Vann, Madeline, MPH: Everyday Health:Diagnosing Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & A Complicated But Important Process. (Medically reviewed by Pat F. Bass III, MD, MPH), 03/04/2010.

1.   Beamon, Darla. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Invisible Illnesses. 4/12/12.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Why...does the TRUTH really set you FREE????

me as a wee one
The older I get the more I realize how gullible people think I am...or I have been.  I think back to the  things some people have told me and wonder if they really think I am stupid, or if they can just play me.  Because I chose not to say anything even though along the way I have known when I am being lied to.  I have chosen to not say anything, because of two reasons...first I did not want to get into a huge confrontation, and second because I have had a hard time with the fact that the people who have done the lieing have been able to do so without any remorse...I have come to realize that though the people love me they do not have respect for me. This saddens me, but I can honestly say that I have done my absolute best being a daughter, sister, mother, wife, and friend. I don't hold ill will toward anyone and have asked God to forgive me for the part I have played in the deciptions.  I ask that he [God] would bring wisdom and forgiveness to those that have continually lied to me.
me as senior

Sometimes it becomes difficult to think back, especially when you see the person...I can say that I will no longer allow people to treat me as such...I don't know if I have just gotten more cynical or if because I am turning 50 this year and finally have just had enough. 

I know that being treated like I have, through work and the problems and effects of my illnesses have come to recent life has taught me to think about me or I cannot be a good daughter, sister, mother or wife and grandmother.  I am focusing on those people who want to spend time with me and are positive...and I feel sad for the others because they will be missing out on the awesome person I am...not being concieted, I  just know how I feel about people] and that I always want to treat them the way I want to be treated.

me now with ken, branden, romeo, and priscilla...
I will live my life with passion and purpose...Praise God!
TD Jakes and Oprah Life Class tour

This is awesome...learned a lot and will not let others get in my way of my purpose...

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

How do I get my posts to go in the correct page category?

I cannot seem to get my posts to go in the page category that I have created.  Can someone please tell me how to get them to post under the category that I want?  I am frustrated.  I tried to find it in the forums but couldn't.  Please help. Thanks

"Spoonie" Small Print from butyoudon'tlooksick

I agree with this fits my life perfectly! What about you?

 The “spoonie” Small Print

Batteries not included. Shipping and handling extra. Minimum purchase required. Small print is everywhere and on just about everything. I come with a Spoonie version of small print: if I feel up to it. Whenever I make plans, I always have to add “if I feel up to it.”
I never know how I will feel from day to day; what illness will be flaring or what body part will be hurting. If I don’t add it, my friends or family will add it. It’s been going on for so long that it’s become an unspoken disclaimer. It’s understood by all involved that I might have to cancel any and all plans, or adapt them, because of what my body is doing that particular day.
Sometimes the small print feels like a ball and chain around my ankle—I can’t go anywhere without my supply of medications, pain relievers, and anything else I would need to nurse my body. I walk slowly to accommodate my body. Other times it is merely a piece of toilet paper stuck to my shoe—a minor annoyance that I just can’t seem to get rid of.
The ball and chain feeling sometimes makes me cautious about making plans at all. Why get excited about something that I might have to cancel? With the toilet paper stuck to my shoe, I am more optimistic as I go about my activities even thought I may still have a bottle of meds on hand. I need to be cautious, however: overexertion can rapidly lead to spoon loss. I may not like my small Spoonie print, but it is there. That’s how I come. There are no refunds or exchanges, and restrictions usually apply. I must abide by the small print. But wait, there’s more! Once I respect the small print and understand it, I can learn to live with it and make my life as satisfactory as possible. Guaranteed.

Article written by staff writer, Sonja K. Peterson Sonja is a cat mom with endometriosis and fibromyalgia. She also had a hysterectomy for adenomyosis. She blogs about her experiences at The Mud and the Lotus Follow her on Twitter @sonjathegreat.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

My Illnesses

About fifteen years ago[around 1998], I was an highly qualified teacher, who was doing staff development, training in special projects, and had some of the highest test scores around.   I stayed as late as needed to help students, putting my family off, and not taking time for myself.  There was an unbalance to my life.  During all this, I first had my hypothyroidism diagnoised. I was put on thyroid medication.   Also during this time I began having panic attacks so I was put on antidepressant.  Then I had ischemic colitis I was put on a bland diet and lost some weight. My doctor said I had a lazy esphosgus and had to take very small bites.   I would choke easily.  I was also diagnoised with acid reflux.   Then the disc between my neck and upper back blew and I had to have surgery.  I was off work for three months I tried to find someone that would diagnois me with fibromyalgia. I had researched the syndrome and knew that I fit all the criteria, however it took me another four years to find the doctor that I think of as a friend. My Rheumatoid doctor,  diagnoised me with fibromyalgia, restless leg syndrome, and chronic fatigue syndrome. This was in 2002-2003.  The next year, then the neurocardiogenic syncope hit. In 2005, I had to go on medical leave because it was not safe to be in class and fainting.  It took my cardiologist a year to determine what the cause was to my fainting all the time.  I would go down about 5 times a day. Each time I went down, there was a chance I would not get back up.  In 2006,  almost 7 years to the date,  I had to have a pacemaker put in.  That pacemaker stopped me from fainting.  The fall of 2006 I went back to work. I applied for a new position, Literacy Coach.  I got that position and was in it for two years before the moeny ran out and they closed the position. While I was coaching teachers, I was diagnoised with diabetes.  Then I had been diagnoised with gastroneuropathy and neuropathy of my hands and feet. I then went back into the classroom and that is when I began having difficulty with my job.  I had never had a bad preformance review. The next year I did.  Work has gone downhill ever since then.  I am now on admin leave and trying to come to some resolution that doesn't mean firing me. I cannot say more than that, since the case is still open.  I can say that my fibroymyalgia is worse from the last four years and I have been having really bad dizzy spells since then too. My health deterioated during the last four years and I am adjusting to not being able to do things I used to with ease. Such as, spelling, remembering things, being focused, etc...I will blog again, but right now my hands are hurting and I need to stop!  

Acrostic Poem ~ Fibromyalgia

Whenever anyone asks me about my illnesses, or makes the comment "what's wrong with you?" I give them the story of "The Spoon Theory," and I ask that they read it. Once they have read it I am happy to explain in more detail what is going on with me.  "Why?" might you ask do I give the story. The first reason is because I don't look sick.  You cannot "see" my illnesses. I don't walk with any support devices, sometimes I might limp, but not always. What illnesses do I have? I have neurocardogenic syncope, diabetes, fibromyalgia, arthritis, hypothyroidism, chronic fatigue syndrome, ....there are others but no need to list them all.  These are all illnesses that you cannot openly see. It takes a lot to get through the day, which is the second reason I give the story!  If you saw my medicine list you would be in shock...well unless you have more illnesses than I do.
I do my best to stay active, but it is difficult and I am learning to take things as they come.  Because stress is a huge factor in how I feel.  Otherwise I would run out of spoons...where can you read the story? will find it: 

After you have read it, come back and leave me a comment on what your thoughts are....


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