Thursday, July 28, 2016

My Blood pressure is high, but I feel 200% better than before. !!!!!!!!!

So my new doctor and I have been trying all different types of medicines to figure out how to control my blood pressure, but.... what if having high blood pressure isn't the worse thing that could happen.

I mean.... it is very high right now, but I feel fantastic... so what?  At this point, I'd rather live with high blood pressure feeling great, then have lower blood pressure and feel deathly ill and actually believe that I was dying for YEARS....

The latest medicine my doctor gave me is spironolactonejust after I started taking it I started getting these terrible stomach aches, which have been getting progressively worse. My blood pressure doesn't seem to be improving at all. I looked up today the common side effects of Spironolactone and it says stomach pain, stomach cramps, and nausea. Well... I really take this seriously. Before, for some ignorant reason I would never think my illness was first from the medication, but now.. I do.

I'm also feeling better and I think looking better.

Music Video I made for my nephew a young music producer - Luis C-D

Thursday, June 30, 2016

What was supposed to be making me better was making me sick. Are your prescriptions Killing you?

Hello Everyone, I just wanted to let everyone know that I'm doing way better. I think I'm back to my pre-2009 self. I'm ready to get back to work.

Just found this book - Are Your Prescriptions Killing You?: How to Prevent Dangerous Interactions, Avoid Deadly Side Effects, and Be Healthier with Fewer Drugs If you want my long BORING medical story, here it is: Maybe you didn't know or maybe you knew that in 2007 I started getting very ill (in Mexico). I developed hypertension, kidney stones, osteoarthritis, GERD, and a variety of other problems. In 2008 I started taking a hypertension medicine called Carvedilol aka Coreg. In 2010 I actually had a stroke. I was eating a can of chilli after coming home from college and I couldn't talk, my tongue just was not working. I thought maybe I was allergic to the preservatives. The nurse hotline told me to take a Benadryl and call back in the morning, but if it got worse to go into the hospital. It got worse and I was losing my speech and I felt a pulling on one side of my face. They couldn't figure out what was wrong with me and sent me to get an MRI and found that I had actually had a stroke. They also found that including that time, I had a total of 5 strokes. At that time Doctors added the medicine Amlodipine and aspirin. Ever since then I've been awfully sick, just getting more sick and more sick every year and gaining 5 to 10 lbs a year because I was too sick to be active, I guess. One doctor told me the fatigue was because of the strokes, that some people have permanent fatigue after a stroke, and that was a naturopath. My main doctor believed I just had anxiety and it was all in my head. I couldn't work. The doctors could not figure out what was wrong I had zillons of blood tests and other tests. Just kept getting worse and worse and unable to work because 1/3rd of my time was bed ridden and over half my time I was majorly ill, the rest of the time I was getting around, but ran out of energy at 3pm when I had to take a Tramadol just to have stamina to get through the day. Last year I was doing all these cleanses and it seemed like I got a little better but then I got worse, and then worse. This year new symptoms showed up, amoung the dozens of other symptoms, my liver enzymes were elevated, feet were swelling every day, they would only get better when I laid down. Then on Spring break I fell at Universal studios and got a big knot on my left shin. After that, my left foot was swelling to unrecognizable proportions.I came back from vacation and my doctor was basically ignoring my problems. I ended up seeing a Physician Assistant and he really tried to help me. He told me that Amlodipine could be causing the strange headaches and for sure the swelling. I was taking way too high of a dosage and for way too long, since it had long-term side effects. So we reduced my dosage and it helped a little with the swelling. But he increased the other medicine Carvedilol. Then one day I was talking to a pharmacist and she said that she was surprised that Amlodipine was causing fatigue, usually, people had fatigue with Carvedilol.

Oh really? Hmmmmm So I changed doctors and asked him to switch up my medication. And he did. I've now been on 2 new blood pressure medicines for about 4 -5 weeks. The traveling pain, weird headaches and fatigue have left. I still get normal problems but now the normal issues like common cold, allergy, random headaches, or PMS don't make me bed ridden like before. So there you have it. I've been taking Carvedilol since 2008 and Amlodipine since 2010. These medicines that were supposed to be helping me were making me terribly ill. Now I feel so much better. I'm ready to get going on my career, and all my ambitions.

The new Blood pressure medicine is Losartan without the diuretic and Diltiazem.

Diatomaceous Earth must have been helping because it helped get the bad medicines out of my system. But I stopped taking it on and off and it didn't seem to make a difference.

Another note: I've also been taking the following vitamins and supplements everyday. Once I started feeling better I have been scared to change a thing.

  • Vitam B Complex
  • Chewable Papya Enzyme with Chlorophyll
  • Probiotic
  • CoQ10
  • Artemisinin
  • Cloves
  • Green Magma (tablets)
  • Folic Acid
  • Milk Thistle
  • Ginger Root
  • Super Enzymes

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Where does my Chronic Illness Come from? An introspective look at possibilities.

I was carrying a tall, round, overflowing laundry basket through the living room and I thought, What got me here? What actually brought me to this point of  Chronic Fatigue and dissatisfaction with my life.  I am dissatisfied because I'm tired of being chronically ill.

I used to write in my journal almost every day and then in 2008 I started a blog and slowly after that my writing dwindled down and dwindled down. It is weird how we limit ourselves when we write out in the public.

In my research of illness, I've come across the ACE test, here is an article about it on NPR. I'm not sure where I originally came across it.  You can take the test here on an article on NPR and read more about it here

When I did the test just now I came up with a 3 it could be a 4 but the questions are sort of open for some interpretation.  It is because my mother was mentally ill and gone 2/3 rds of the time before I was 18.  We were often very poor, on an off. Once when I was 15 we were homeless for a few months when we moved to California.  My father was an alcoholic but it wasn't a problem alcoholic.  My father did cuss and yell about stuff but it generally was not directed at me.  Only if I was being a brat.  I was never abused physically, sexually, or mentally but those other things actually do add up.

Now, I wonder if that has something to with my chronic illness.

I used to think that what made me get sick was my IUD. I had a Mirena IUD put in in Fall 2006, I started getting very sick in mid-2007 in Mexico.  I developed Hypertension, kidney stones, back issues, stroke, etc etc.  But now I'm not so sure.  I've had the Mirena out since 2010.  One reason I thought it was the Mirena IUD was because through 3 pregnancies I never once got pregnancy Hypertension. One reason I'm doubting it now because since I got the Mirena out I haven't gotten better.

I've only gotten worse.

Also as far as the kidney stones something interesting happened, for my entire drinking life, the desire to drink hard alcohol and not being able to stop drinking was very strong before the kidney stone episode.  Not only was the desire to drink stronger but the hangovers were much worse. From the time I drank in my teens through that kidney stone surgery, I would have the most devastating hangovers. I could have a glass of wine and get a terrible hangover. I could drink 10 shots of tequila and have a terrible hangover. These hangovers were where I literally felt like I was dying. I'd puke all day long, turn green, be in complete agony until late the next day about 9pm.  After the Kidney stone surgery, I can drink and I don't really get a hangover. Now, it's like what people always told me hangovers were like, you just feel a little tired and groggy. But I rarely drink now anyway, because of the longer term health affects.

I'm always seeing this thing about forgiveness and people who don't forgive get chronic illness - here is the mayo clinic about it  But  honestly, I've forgiven everyone I can think of over and over again for years. I really don't feel like I have any grudges that I can recall.  Occasionally I get pissed off about things but who doesn't right?  Back in 1997 I went through this whole thing where I wrote letters to all the people in my life and physically spoke about any feelings I had about injustice done to me.  Any people I didn't talk to I mentally forgave them. I've even forgiven my first mother-in-law for all the nasty things she did. Wait I'm just thinking.... did I ever forgive my first husband?   Whoa.  hmm.  let's get back to that.  Ok. Fine, I'm going to go through the list of people I might want to forgive.
  • My mother, for being ill and not being able to be a mother to me.  I am re-forgiving her now, but I feel I've already done that.
  • My father, my one family member that really means something to me, for dying when I was only 27.  I mean who can blame him?  I am still sad about it now when I think about it. I mean, I don't think I'm feeling resentful. I am sad. But of course, I forgive him. Who can blame someone for dying when they are very very ill from cancer. 
  • Myself, for stupid things I say or do. I do forgive myself. For not being understanding enough with my children, I forgive myself. I mean I try as best I can to be the best mom I can, I forgive myself when I mess up.  
  • For my unrequited love in 1997, I think that part of my life was meant to happen so I could prepare for this marriage I have now. A growing entity of love and companionship.  
  • Mean people that I've worked with, there was once this lady named Joy Templeton, and I worked with her at Chicago Title in Portland Oregon. I was the newbie in this escrow office and she just made my life hell. I think it was some sort of jealousy. I've always thought that. The only reason I've thought of it now is because I was trying to think of people who were purposefully mean to me.  Ok, I forgive her. I just did it. But it has never been plaguing me.  
  • A guy who bullied me when I worked on Grimm.  I guess I haven't forgiven him in my mind but I will now. done.
  • My friend who messed up our friendship when I worked on Grimm. Adriana. Done forgiven. I feel like I'd already done that.
  • I've had many people who treated me sort of snottily in my life  and I forgive them.  I think being an empath I just feel weird emotions around and I can't put my finger on what it is.  Wait can that be part of it? 
I feel a little lighter thinking of people I had difficult interactions with and mentally forgiving them. But, I really can't think of any people I am holding grudges with. I often go through my mind and send out forgiveness and healing and bubbles of love to any person that crosses my mind. 

I know one thing is for sure and that is if you hold grudges or don't like someone you will continue to see that person over and over and over until you let go of those feelings. What you resist persists. So what I do is let go of any grudges I have, so I don't have to be faced with seeing people I don't care for, over and over. In a way, you could say forgiving is selfish.  Because it releases all that baggage. 

What about how I pick up other people's emotions?   

Here is an interesting article about how being an intuitive empath can affect you. Maybe it is time to finally take seriously healing my chakras, or doing acupuncture.

Last year, when I got a little better, I had been listening to the Abraham Hicks recordings on youtube.

Here is a link to some of my favorites.

At the beginning of Summer 2015, I had gone to a naturopath who threw me into a light depression, because he said there wasn't much he could do to help me.  I had all my hopes pinned on this naturopath and that appointment.  I had waited for a few months to see him.   I thought he was going to really put all the signs together of all my symptoms. He didn't he just gave me some suggestions about digestion.

So then in September 2015, my best friend Laura said I should try Diatomaceous Earth. I started taking it and almost immediately felt better.  Then I started learning about what Diatomaceous Earth was doing and it is supposed to be taking heavy metals and parasites out of your system.

Then I got obsessed with the fact that I might have parasites in me. I started to take the Now Foods Green Black Walnut Tincture.  I started getting better and better, and I felt like a normal person, I was certain it was because I was eradicating parasites our of my body. But then, I don't know what happened. I think I overwhelmed my liver. I started getting fatigued and I would stop taking the tincture because you are supposed to have a break. I would get worse and then start taking the Now Foods and feel a little better. But then nothing was making me get better like I did in December. 

And then since January, I have been getting worse and worse. In addition to all the things listed in this post:, I've developed new problems:

  • My liver enzymes are elevated.  I have Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver
  • I've had swollen feet constantly, and itchy.
  • I now have Dupuytren's Contracture, which developed this year. 

One doctor helped me figure out that Amlodipine, one of my blood pressure meds, was causing the feet swelling.

I got a Lyme Disease test and it was negative. Igenix Western dot.

Most recently I thought I needed to investigate into if I have Cushings Disease - So now I am waiting for my result of this 24-hour cortisol test.

I just want to know what is wrong with me.  But maybe I'm looking at it wrong maybe somehow it IS spiritual thing....?  Maybe that is the problem maybe I spend so much time trying to figure out what is wrong with me.  It really is chicken and egg though because if I don't have enough energy to do anything, how can I get out there.   

One thing that occurred to me is how I'm still working on the Near-Death Experience project and I think it is very important, but I'm also not expressing myself in other ways. I'm not being truly authentically, genuine about my life and writing about it, or creating from it.  

I do want to write. Maybe I should take some online creative writing classes? I'd like to write some fiction stories that are based on my life, or my memoir. 

I heard a spiritual interpretation of health problems on one Abraham Hicks recording and that was that if you are not doing the things your soul needs to do, and moving at the speed you need to be moving, your energy gets bottled up and can manifest as health problems.  

It is so hard because I know when I started on the Near-Death Experience project, now called Consciousness Continues, it was 200% what I was supposed to be doing and I am convinced I have to finish  it before I can move forward. But my health problems are making that difficult. With the strokes and fatigue, and tumor in my thyroid, and kidney stones, and hypertension and GERD, and all the things that make me sick I have thought that I would die before I finish.  I'm still alive and I'm almost done and then there is that part of me that thinks I might die as soon as I finish it.  That scares me a little bit. I didn't think I was scared of dying but I am only scared because I think my children need me. 

Right now, I live my life like a terminally ill person. I have good days and bad days. 

Thats all for now. 
Puerto Vallarta Girl in Portland

Friday, November 20, 2015

Low income programs , free stuff, and Couponing Portland Oregon (maybe similar offers in your area too if you search) - Part 4

after part of demo, before tub was changed
after remodel done. 
UNLIMITED CHOICES - So the thing that inspired me to write about low income programs in my area was this.  Unlimited Choices.   I had heard about a program listed in Part 2 of this series that was for critical plumbing assistance through the city. After a year or so of trying to get an answer from the city, I found out that I am not in the correct area to get that program.  The man at the city said I could try Unlimited Choices. Unlimited Choices does plumbing and other critical home repairs for low income and people in need.  I contacted them and they asked me some preliminary questions and about our issues. I said that when we bought the house we got an inspection and they said that the plumbling for the 1/2 bath was done wrong, that we have a leak under our tub, and in the shower wall, and other leaks.   They mailed me an application and I filled in the income requirements and mailed it back. A few months later they called me and said we qualified for the program and that they needed to come see the project.  A man from Unlimited Choices came out and checked out our issues and took photos.  He informed me that they could NOT do any preventative work but they could fix the current problems. Then about 3 weeks later a contractor contacted us and said they would start the following Monday. Then 3 days later we had a new tub, new surround, new shower faucet and plumbing, new kitchen faucet, and they made sure the plumbing underneath the house didn't leak anymore.  They also did all the safety testing for lead and everything.  No cost to us.  I forgot to get photos of the complete before remodel. What you can't see is that there was this thin tin tile that was falling off the wall, inside the wall was all moldy, the tub had a spot that was warn off and getting thinner by the year, the drain didn't hold water, and you can see in the first photo the faucet was the original 1963 faucet. Below is the after photo.   I feel so blessed.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Low income programs , free stuff, and Couponing Portland Oregon (maybe similar offers in your area too if you search) - Part 3

Oh my god - I'm so excited.  In Portland they have this thing that is called Arts for All, you can get discounted tickets to events for $5 using your Oregon Trail Card (Oregon's Snap card).  There is this huge lists of places you can get the $5 tickets at.

clipped from the Portland Center Stage Website
So I just got 2 tickets to the musical Ain't Misbehaving for $10.   Oh my gosh, so excited.

There are several more things I wanted to add but I ran out of time.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Low income programs , free stuff, and Couponing Portland Oregon (maybe similar offers in your area too if you search) - Part 2

THE ENTERTAINMENT BOOK can really be a good deal.  If you wait until the year is already underway you can buy these books for $10 if you get it at this discount it pays for itself on the first use. Last May I bought one of these books for my area and even got instant electronic access as well as free shipping.  Even if you just use it for events or Regal Cinemas you will make your money back pretty fast.

The reason we bought it is because last Mothers day had planned a trip to go to WAAM.WAAM or the Western Automobile and Airplane Museum and I knew it was too expensive so I was searching for a coupon, the only one I could find was in the entertainment book.  I knew it was expensive because one time a few years ago we went to go visit my mother in Hood River, who is in an advanced care center there. She wasn't doing well and didn't want visitors, so we decided to explore Hood River. We just happened across this museum.  We decided to go inside and just check to see how much entrance is, occasionally you will find a museum that is free or low cost. That was far from the case that time.

Here are the current prices - Adults: $14, Seniors: $12, Veterans: $12, Kids 5-18: $6, 4 & Under: Free. 

As we were checking out the gift shop and just chatting with the girl who worked there a couple came up and said they overheard our conversation about not being able to afford it and wanted to pay our way in.  I was a little embarrassed, but I know what it is like to offer help to someone and be rejected so I bit my tongue and just graciously accepted it.  We felt very very blessed.

Later on I knew that my mother and brother would really enjoy this, and the children liked it as well so I was just trying to find a way to save money. So I downloaded the app that said bogo, I called and double checked exactly how it worked. You can use it up to 4 times on one coupon.   So we basically got 50% off for Me, my husband, mother, brother, son, his girlfriend and 2 kids.  We split the costs with my brother and son and it was much more economical.

It would  have been
Me and E = $28
Bryan and Mom = $24
Teal and Sarah = $28
June and Jimi = $12
Total = $92
It ended up costing $46 instead of $92, and the cool thing is we still have the paper coupon to do it again, well until 12/31/2015.

If you decide to go by there keep in mind that there is the entire warehouse museum, but once a month you can actually ride in the cars. Check their website for details. Meanwhile, I recommend buying the Entertainment book in the spring when it is 75% off.

PLAY IT FORWARD / Snowman foundation   There is a local community organization called the Rosewood Initiative which is close to my house. I often see flyers posted on the window or just sitting inside for the community.  I came accross this information and I applied for a piano for my children because the deal also comes with free online piano lessons. But I think my story was not compelling enough because we never heard back. If you have a child with an established aptitude for music you may be able to get a free instrument or piano for them. Check it out.

MULTNOMAH COUNTY WEATHERIZATION PROGRAM   First off you have to be a homeowner for this, I think. Years ago we did this weatherization program. We had to wait a long time for this but we finally got it and they really did a lot of stuff. They added insulation put doors in. Closed air leaks.  It was pretty cool. I think I have an application in for this now. I had tried to apply for the plumbing assistance  in spring of 2014, they lost my application and then were really hard to pin down on my application and never called me back. But then I put in another application and they said I couldn't get the plumbing assistance for the pipe leaks under the house because out water is from Rockwood water. Our sewer is with Portland Water Bureau but it didn't qualify.  They did refer me to another low income program though.

FREE SMOKE ALARMS FROM THE FIRE BUREAU  This  is something that may be available all over the USA.  In Portland you have to be the homeowner, otherwise this is the responsibility of the Landlord, and is required.  But I am always excited for free help so I called them.  They came the very next day with a fire truck and full crew of fire men. Oh and they weren't very hot, and a little cranky, but maybe your luck will be better. They installed new smoke alarms with a 10 year battery. If you have existing smoke alarms all they will do is check them. The put one in the hall and one in each bedroom. And oh now the joy, every time I cook they go off. But were safe and I like the idea of a 10 year battery.

FAMILY FUN PASS  This is an article about the family fun pass. Since they only run from March to September 20th or so the page is not updated.  But come next spring search it up.  This is an amazing deal.It did cost $75 but it is entrance for 4 into 11 places. My favorites are - the Oregon Zoo, G6 (this is where you immediately get your money back, all day jump for 4 people. I adde di tup and it is valued at $80 per kid so this all day jump is worth $320 dollars alone.) North Clackamas pool, Portland Childrens Museum, Oregon Film Museum, Pittock Mansion, Chinese gardens, Gorge Discovery center in the Dalles, Oregon Garden in Siliverton, The Portland Art Museum, and the Oregon Historical Society.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Low income programs , free stuff, and Couponing Portland Oregon - Part 1

Since I have not been able to work for awhile due to my unpredictable health we are still in the income bracket of low income.  Being so, when I feel well I am seriously the master at finding  free stuff or awesome programs to help low-income families. So even though we only live on my husbands wages we are super lucky.

PORTLAND HOUSING CENTER: First off we started going through this home buyer program in 2011, through Portland Housing Center.  They help you improve your credit, and make you take classes about home ownership. At the time it cost $65 per couple. Since we hadn't owned a home in over 3 years we qualified as a first time home owner again. We got into the program with perfect timing because of the Oregon IDA, which is a savings account that you can use for specific purposes. When we got into it we somehow got the higher match rate where when we saved $100 and they gave us $400. So in the end we saved $2000, over about 2 years and they gave us $10,000.  So we had $12,000 for a down payment.   We also got into this low-interest rate program where our interest rate is only 3.125 .  We had to pick from the realtors that were listed on the program at the time Tyson Bolster was available. A really nice, funny, attractive guy who absolutely has integrity and he follows through Tyson Bolster at Georgetown Realty He really encouraged us and helped us find the best deal for our money.

DEQ - CAPS PROGRAM: :  My car wasn't running correctly for a few years, which started when my husband and cousins did some work on it and it never ran the same after that. I did a lot of research and I was sure it was the timing belt because according to the internet, PT Cruisers were notoriously difficult to get the timing right on. I told my husband about what I had found but they didn't believe me.   When it came time to renew our plates it would not get through DEQ.  I found on the back of the DEQ paperwork this program called CAPS, for low-income people to get help  fixing their car to get tags.  As always there was a thorough screening process and a pretty long wait which was about 4 months. But after that they fixed our car, it was the timing after all, there was a limit of I think $650 dollars worth of mechanic work.  Because it was a special program I think that the dealership charged less than normal. My car passed DEQ and they even waived part of the Fee.  We have used this for both food banks, Harvest Share programs,  and energy assistance. There has been several times when food banks have helped us a lot because after bills we could not afford food for the whole month even with the small amount of snap we get. My very good friend said to me one time, "Why on earth did you buy that house if you can't afford food." Well now especially we are lucky because rental prices have jumped far beyond what our house payment is. We pay $1200 a month for a mortgage and sometimes after all the bills there is barely anything left for food. With our house at least we are building our own equity rather than someone else's and our payment will only rise with taxes, and is not in the hands of the real estate boom that is happening in Portland.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY RE-STORE: The reason I bring this up is because our local ReStore has a free pile, look what we got for free. Last summer I was looking for cabinets for my little office and I kept checking out the free pile for cabinets and what not.  One time they got this huge shipment of furniture and cabinets. This particular dresser was to be sold for $175.  but because the back was all busted up it was in the free pile. There were multiple dressers like this that had damaged drawers. One was severely damaged on the front, so I switched one of the drawers with the damaged drawer on this one and voila, beautiful dresser. We brought it home, my husband fixed the broken parts on the back that no one will see anyway and I got a brand new piece of furniture.

EXTREME COUPONING WORKSHOP:  I saw an advertisement for this event in the local newspaper. I used to be really into couponing but it was just so much work so I stopped doing it.   My children like watching that extreme couponing show so when I saw this event and it was summer time I asked my kids if they wanted to go.   We went there and it was sort of misleading, they show you  the idea about how to get stuff for free like the extreme couponing show. But it just doesn't really work out the way they try to sell it to you.  They have this website called Oregon coupon matchups  The theory is this you order the newspapers in at least quantity of 5 for a Sunday and you get the Wednesday too. It costs you $20 a month, so it is very discounted considering it would cost about $20 a month for just 1 Sunday and Wednesday newspaper. They give you a $40 coupon for Oil Can Henry's so it is essentially free for a few months.  Then you only buy stuff when they are much cheaper than their normal retail price for example 50% cheaper.  The next step is  when you get your coupons you just mark the front of each pack with date and file it away into the box.  The abbreviations for the coupons are:  Smart Source = SS,  Red Plum= RP, and Proctor and Gamble = PG.

File sized filing box you get if you order the newspaper
 At the workshop they give you a filing box if you order the newspaper deal.  To pull it all together this is what they teach you, each week you go to their coupon matchups website, check off what you want and see where the corresponding coupon is (SS 11/1 for example), print your list (that you can reduce to only the items you are planning to buy), go to your filing box for the corresponding coupon,  clip them,  put them in a small ziplock bag,  go to the store and buy only the stuff on your list. Another note is that they say prices cycle through the sale price and coupon combo for items come around on a cycle which is every 3 to 6 months. That is why it is good to buy 5 at a time at the lower price.   I've tried to use the program how they explain but I've found that it doesn't bring the best savings for me. Since I'm at home I put a little more time into it and work a little harder than they proposed.

First  I check these websites for deals as well  and I usually check by store I'm planning to go to.  I also do coupons the old fashioned way, each week I clip only the coupons for products that I buy on a normal basis.
 I have  a little coupon box which is the size of index cards that I carry with me when I go to do normal shopping. I keep bogo and high valued coupons in the very front  so at any store I'm going to I can check to see if it is a good deal. Then when I am really trying to save money and plan a trip, I make my list of what I need and I search coupons on this coupon database website (note occasionally there will be coupons listed that must not be available in my area.)Please note this website also references the system of SS 11/1 or RP 11/1 etc..  Sometimes Safeway has double coupons where I end up with 5 of them, so I just make multiple trips for just a few items that are free. Like this one time I had a bogo coupon that was for beggin strips dog treats, up to 3.75 off and safeway had a deal bogo beggin strips, but it was 4.75 for one. I used the double coupon and it cost .50 for 2 beggin strips.

1 - Beggin Strips $4.75
1 - Beggin Strips $4.75
Subtotal = $9.50

Safeway bogo - $4.75
Manufactured Coupon - 3.75
double coupon -.50
Total discount = $9.00

Balance = .50 for 2 beggin strips

These websites refer to mobi, and ibotta, and I usually don't use those, I sometimes use the Riteaide Plenti points, and Walgreens points. You will see on the Krazy coupon lady where they will have money makers, that means you actually get paid money to buy stuff. But the way she does it is usually with ibotta and it feels like a lot of work to me. I prefer to use the newspaper coupons, but sometimes I'll also do printed coupons when I find them on one of the sites coupon database website.

Here is the stockpile I've collected, not including what I have in my house for use. Please note I did not get much of this for free, but in many cases I paid $1 ea or less than $1 for each item.  Sometimes I paid just cents but so far I only buy stuff I'm going to use at some point. I like to stock up if it is at least 50% off.
Britta water faucet filter systems for 9.99 ea (3)finish dishwasher soap for $2 ea. palmolive full size dish soap $1 ea. glad ziplock bags $1, swiffer refills $2. ea. Probiotics $1 ea. Magnesium $1 ea. 

small toothpaste .33 ea, large size toothpast .75 ea. edge shaving cream large la hairgel .75 ea. other hair-gel $1 ea. shampoos $1 ea. 

cheerios $1 ea, saltinee crackers $.88 ea, spicy vlassic pickles $88. ea. teriyaki sauce .$50

small tide bottles $2 ea, snuggle dryer sheets, $1. ea, febreeze $1 ea. garbage bags $1

Friday, October 30, 2015

I'm getting tested for Lyme Disease

I mean that is I'm going to see if the Naturopath will run the Western Dot test from Igenex on me. That is the test I've read that is the most accurate.   I hate, hate, hate, to be a whiner and complainer so it is always hard for me to write about my own problems. But I just saw this clip of someone who was talking about how their life was with Lyme disease and it was awful and hopeless and I began to cry. The courage it takes to talk about how hard things are moves me, and no one really knows how hard it is unless they have been in your shoes.

Lately, I've been having a few bad days, with the weird neurological symptoms. Since I started taking DE I think I've noticed connections from various pains, twitching, and numbness to my digestion and how my stomach feels. I've heard that digestion is the root of many problems.

Earlier this week I started searching "Lyme disease worse during menstrual cycle" and found a lot of interesting information. Ever since my cycle was getting prepared last week, to this week of having it, I have felt TERRIBLE.  I know I feel better than before DE but it is very disappointing because I was so hoping that DE was going to be my cure. My worst day was yesterday where I just didn't have the energy to do anything all day. This morning  I noticed that I felt like this pain or humming in my stomach and then I felt this weird numbness sensation on the extremities of my body. So something is going on in my digestion that causes me to get worse. Being chronically ill is like always having this mystery you are trying to solve.  Even in my blog I've been through so many trial and errors. One thing that has definitely helped is the Diatomaceous Earth. It  has also been helping my family a lot. My son has so much more energy, and my good days are way better than they used to be. But if I do have Lyme disease I've been told that Diatomaceous Earth is not strong enough to get rid of it.

Here is a link to one article about the documentary

It says

By Dr. Mercola
Unrelenting pain. Headaches, muscle aches, swollen joints, rashes. Loss of coordination and muscle spasms. Intermittent paralysis. Cycles of disabling symptoms that persist for years, causing ceaseless suffering and frustration for patients and their families.
This is the picture of chronic Lyme disease. And yet, many physicians tell their patients there is "no such thing," referring them to psychiatrists, misdiagnosing them, or even accusing them of fabricating an illness or simply seeking attention.
"Under Our Skin," a critically acclaimed documentary and Oscar semi-finalist exposes the hidden story of Lyme disease, one of the most serious and controversial epidemics of our time. Slant Magazine calls it "head-spinning...riveting...a rigorously researched and highly thorough piece of investigative reporting."
Each year, thousands go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, often told their symptoms are all in their heads. "Under Our Skin" brings into focus a troubling picture of a health care system that is far too willing to put profits ahead of patients. The Chicago Daily Herald calls it "a ripping indictment of the medical establishment's failure to uphold its oath."

UPDATED: I was tested and it was negative.  I still don't know what is wrong with me.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Diatomaceous Earth - Day 35 - Little by little I'm doing better and better

So I'm going to get checked to see if I have Lyme Disease. According to a few people on various FB forums my symptoms listed back in my First Diatomaceous Earth post  seem like I may have Lyme Disease. I asked my medical Dr. to run the western dot test on me, which I had read is an accurate one. He responded, that it would be a waste of time and that there is a high likelihood of a false positive result. So I have an appointment to go back to the Naturopath to see if he will run the Igenex test for Lyme on November 11, 2015.   

My husband thinks I'm crazy searching up things trying to find the answer to my health problems. But the thing is when he has 1 or 2 days where he doesn't feel good he seems really confused as to why.  Try years of feeling like shit not wanting to get up most of the time. I've had plenty of good days the last few years but the truth that no one knows is I had to take a pain reliever called Tramadol to get through the day. A medication that says do not drive or operate heavy machinery while you are on it.

I'm proud to announce that in the past 34 days I've only had to take Tramadol 1 time and that is when I went out with my oldest son for an adventure.

My cycle has come back after 33 days I'm hoping it will start to be normal. It has been so irregular ranging from 24 days to 49 days in between. So this is interest that since I started DE it is 33 days.

Right now I consider myself in recovery of Chronic Fatigue, because I am getting better, but I am not fully cured.  My attitude is better and my energy is better. My patience is back.   I'm sleeping better, and my skin is clearer. The list goes on and on.