The Seagull Theory, or How Not to Be a Shit

I’ve come to the surprising conclusion that people can be categorized into two groups: The first group are seagulls. The second group are everyone else. Okay… So… Maybe my theory is a little askew and there are more categories inside the “not seagulls” group, but I’m not interested in those groups so like any good […]... Continue Reading →

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The Gift of Good Enough

When my son turned a year old, I made him a Choo Choo Train cake. It did not look like this. It kind of resembled a train “wreck” if you ask me. The frosting was kind of thick and it definitely did not have great wheels. I am not artistic but for some reason, since […]... Continue Reading →

Get a Clue, I’m Not Your Opinion.

I tripped over a Stone.

Everyone seems to have an opinion, but not all have a clue. Carefully and continuously decide who to surround your self with. Those who can influence your decisions and whose judgments you take to heart must be conscientiously chosen. The more public you become, the more vulnerable you become. Make good choices. You are the company you keep.

I like to think of myself as having a ‘force field’ that no one can cross unless I grant them entrance. Much like Wonder Woman! Yes, like Linda Carter as Wonder Woman, I stop people dead in their tracks with my ‘force field’. I can keep people at a distance, far away from my inner self. My personal life, hopes, fears, and dreams are not for the clueless … I will not share certain details that make me vulnerable with those I do not trust.

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The people I choose to let into my inner Wonder…

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Exit Strategy, The Three Day Rule.

I tripped over a Stone.

Recently, I have been going through a fibro flare. This flare has been brought on by a toothache, a damn toothache! I have a tooth that needs to be pulled. Since I don’t have dental insurance I go to the dental school. I am very happy with the dental school, but things take time and there is a month wait to get my dead tooth pulled.

I have been in agony. My body has turned on itself, leading to a need for antibiotics for an infection, pain pills for the fibro flare caused by the infection, and anti-nausea medication because I feel like I’m going to throw up ALL THE TIME because I am in full flare mode.

Now, the flare is ceasing. I am done with the antibiotics, decreasing the pain medication and the icky, empty, confused state of mind complete with an all over uncomfortable feeling is playing out. I know this feeling, and…

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Why Doesn’t God Heal Me?

Why doesn’t God heal me? Actually, I had never even asked that question until an unfortunate Facebook post made me start thinking about it. There was a meme going around that included a statement about healthcare. The statement, made at a prayer breakfast, was something along the lines of, “What we need isn’t more healthcare. […]... Continue Reading →

Beauty From Pain

I was talking with a friend this morning when something was said that hit a nerve I hadn’t realized could be hurt anymore, triggering a veritable tidal wave of the most unpleasant and wretched emotions, and when I shared a few of the events connected with that particular nerve and those feelings, the only word […]... Continue Reading →

The Blood Test for Fibromyalgia is Here!

I tripped over a Stone.

This is a joke, right? No! The FM/a blood test will put an end to the question, “How do I know if I have fibromyalgia?” In March 2016, the FM/a blood test was FDA approved and is covered by most health insurance. If you need proof, here is your blood test.

The FM/a blood test looks for fibromyalgia by finding specific abnormalities only in the white blood cells. The protein molecules called the chemokines and cytokines which are produced by the white blood cells are abnormally low in those who have fibromyalgia.

The genetic testing has not been approved by health insurances yet, the cost runs around $750. These genetic tests look for biomarkers specific to fibromyalgia in the white blood cells. Critics claim these same blood markers can be seen in lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, not true. Doctors can see the inflammation in the markers for lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. The biomarkers specific to fibromyalgia…

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Fibromyalgia and PTSD linked!

I tripped over a Stone.

Time to talk to your doctor!

If you have Fibromyalgia, you probably have posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

There is one group of individuals that seem not to test positive for PTSD and those are the individuals who suffer from fibro and stomach conditions like achalasia and dyspepsia. Those stomach conditions can be linked to fibro but rarely to fibro and  PTSD.

This discovery has also opened up new practical fibromyalgia testing for veterans, using the 18 point trigger point test. The medical field is beginning to diagnose many more men who have PTSD with fibromyalgia.

Serotonin is a neurotransmitter. This neurotransmitter plays a role as a regulator for mood, sleep, appetite, body temperature regulation and a few other processes but it is known primarily as regulating transmitter.

Low levels of serotonin present in the fibro brain are also present in PTSD brain. When tested for emotional reactions it was noted the neurochemical reactions changed…

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