Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Getting Tired of Being Tired?

Fibromyalgia is a tricky thing for me.  I can feel really good some days and really lousy the next.  The pain can be tough during a flare, but I honestly think the fatigue is the worst.  My exhaustion is worse during the winter months, the price I pay for living in New England.  This exhaustion has gotten me quite tired of being tired.

During one struggle of wanting to retire at 2 PM this week, I got fed up and went to the grocery store, hell bent on finding something to add to my diet that would boost my energy.  I found it in the produce section.  Kale, also known as borecole, is a form of cabbage that packs quite a punch. 

Kale contains a lot of antioxidants, is high in beta carotene, vitamin K, C, and calcium.  It has a good source of magnesium, a vitamin believed to help with chronic fatigue and Fibromyalgia, and is also a good veggie to help alleviate inflammation because it's considered anti-inflammatory.

Kale is great with pasta, but I decided to try something new with it.  I added turkey bacon and red quinoa to spice things up and it tastes really good!  I made it as a side to compliment some fish.  You can see a picture of it here.

And now, drum roll please, the recipe!

Kale and Quinoa

Ingredients:
1 cup of prepared red quinoa (one to try is Trader Joe's)

10-15 Kale leaves washed, drained, and cut up into bite sized pieces

5 strips of cooked turkey bacon cut up into bite sized pieces

1 tablespoon of olive oil

1 clove of garlic diced

1 shallot diced

1 teaspoon of sea salt

1/2 cup of water

Directions:

Sautee kale, garlic, and shallot in olive oil and water for about 3-4 minutes or until Kale is wilted.  Add prepared quinoa, bacon, and sea salt, toss and enjoy.

I also have a great drink recipe for Kale too, but I'll save that for another blog entry.

Stay fabulous!
Love and friendship,

Kimberley

Monday, December 27, 2010

Detox the Natural Way


There is new talk out there about detoxing the body of heavy metals and other impurities. A lot of Fibro sufferers like this because they can remove heavy metals from the body that may be causing their symptoms to flare. I find some of these methods horrifying, however, some are not all that scary. A natural detox can be found right at the local grocery store.

Cilantro is one of the herbs that can be used for this purpose, it aids in restoring the normal functions of body cells. Cilantro is great with salads and also can be added to soups. Others like it in drink form, Dr. Oz is one of them.  He explains that chewing our green veggies and herbs, even finitely, will not allow the body the same benefits as the liquid version.

Milk thistle is another herb that helps detoxify the body of heavy metals. It aids the liver and also protects red blood cells. Milk thistle can be found in tea form in grocery and health food stores.  There are also many other herbal teas one can use for detox.  Some popular ones are dandelion and burdock, lemon and jasmine, as well as raspberry.

The popular herb known as garlic can make mercury, cadmium, and lead water-soluble to detoxify the body. Garlic can be taken in pill form or used fresh while cooking most dishes. Garlic salt can also be used in place of table salt to achieve these same benefits.

Any kind of juice can be used to detox the body.  Putting fruits and vegetables in juice form retains the antioxidants and vitamins better.  The best fruits and vegetables for detox purposes are celery, cucumber, carrot, apple, pineapple, lemon and ginger.

Mineral or bottled spring water is also good for detox because it aides in flushing out the system of heavy metals.  Just make sure that the water is low in aluminum since that is one of the heavy metals you will want to eliminate from your system.

Stay fabulous!
Love and friendship,

Kimberley


Monday, December 13, 2010

Tired of Being Tired


Fibromyalgia is a tough disease because the symptoms are vast.  Some people experience IBS, where others do not, however, a good majority of people, about 90%, suffer from fatigue of some sort while dealing with the condition of Fibromyalgia.  The fatigue can be moderate to severe.

A new explanation of this fatigue which is closely related to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is that Fibro sufferers have dysfunctional mitochondria.  Mitochondria are something inside our cells that convert nutrients and oxygen into energy for our body.  If there is a break down with our mitochondria, we don’t have enough energy being produced.

I’m not sure what side of the fence I’m on as far as explanations go for the source of all of my exhaustion.  I’ve read about this finding along with many others that are all closely connected to some type of deficiency in the body.  To be honest, though, I’m so tired of being tired that I’d rather have some solutions for my exhaustion.

What I’ve found that works:

Regular Bedtimes

Mom was right you have to have a regular bedtime every night.  I was never a huge stickler for regular bedtimes.  I would burn the midnight oil if I needed to work on an article or chapter of a book.  I wound up paying for it the next day every time I did this, though.  2:30 in the afternoon would come and I needed to sleep.  I put myself through sheer torture trying to stay awake by drinking a pot (yes you read it right) of coffee before dinner.  Once I ate I’d drink another cup or two just to keep myself moving until the kids were in bed.

Plan a Bedtime Ritual

Mom was also right here.  Setting a routine for yourself eases your body into getting ready for sleep.  You see, I realized quickly that coffee drinking the day and night away wasn’t working well for me. I wasn’t a college kid anymore and I needed something in place to help long term.  I set out to keep a regular bedtime schedule.  I now stop my computer and house work about a half an hour before bedtime so I can get my body into relaxation.  I enjoy a cup of caffeine-free tea and then brush my teeth before bed.
I also make it a point to change into sleepwear.  I know this might sound strange to some of you, but I’ve gotten so tired that I’ve slept in my day clothes.  This is not the best of ideas because day clothes can be very constricting and also too hot for bedtime.  I’ve awoken from sleep because I got tangled in the bed sheets or became too hot.  Waking up in the middle of the night doesn’t bode well for Fibro sufferers that deal with insomnia.

Vitamins

It also appears that Hulk Hogan was right too.  Taking your vitamins is a good idea for Fibromites.  A good multi-vitamin with a great absorption rate can help give you the energy you need.  This will help alleviate some of your tiredness during the day. 
Multi-vitamins are not all created equal.  There are some with better absorption rates than others.  You can find the best ones by consulting with your health care provider and/or nutritionist.  It’s also a good idea to take them with a meal because that may double the chance of absorption.

Same Wakeup Time
 
Yeah this one may be difficult because everyone likes to sleep in on the weekend.  This isn’t the best idea for Fibro sufferers.  Your body needs to get used to a daily wake up just like it needs to get used to a nightly bedtime.  Waking up at the same time every day helps your internal to stay on track.

Warm Baths 

A warm bath can help reduce your stress if you take one right before bed.  Soaking in Epsom salt will help too.  Epsom salt eliminates toxins from the body and relieves muscle soreness.  The properties in Epsom salt have also helped Chronic Fatigue Sufferers.

Teas and Supplements
 
Teas containing chamomile, passion flower, or valerian will help to calm nerves and aid you in sleep.  They don’t make you feel groggy the next morning but I have found myself waking up in the middle of the night for a bathroom trip.  This can spell disaster for me because I have just as much of a problem staying asleep as I do falling asleep.

A supplement like Melatonin taken 30 minutes before bed is another option.  It is non-habit forming and it won’t make you feel groggy because it’s not like a sleep aid drug.  A drug or even alcohol may allow you a few zzz’s but you won’t be able to achieve deep sleep. 

Melatonin is naturally occurring in the body and supplementing it will help to restore your internal clock for insomnia.  However, there can be side effects.  Some include headaches, nausea, depression, nightmares and vivid dreams, irritablility, abdominal cramps, dizziness and decreased sex drive.  A low dose of .3mg to 5mg is suggested.  Most of the ones I’ve seen on the market adhere to this dosage.  But it is best to consult your physician before using any teas or supplements.   

In my experience, Melatonin works wonderfully and will allow me deep sleep.  I do not take it as part of my daily regimen, however.  I only use it when necessary and I never mix it with prescription drugs, other sleeping aids, or alcohol.  

Hope these tips help you achieve dream state tonight.

Stay Fabulous!
Love and friendship,

Kimberley

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Stress Busters for the Holidays

Stress is one of those things that seems to creep up on you during this time of the year.  Sometimes we see it head on and other times we won't see it until we are completely overwhelmed.  When it comes to myself, I tend not to notice things until I'm completely overwhelmed.  Having said that, I try to find ways where I can eliminate stress so I don't have a complete meltdown in the baking isle at the supermarket because I forgot to write down on my list whether I needed baking powder or baking soda. 

Here's my 4 top picks for the holidays:


  1. Trim your time on the trimmings by making it a family affair.  I used to be the one decorating the house every year.  It wasn't because I was the only one who was in the spirit, it was just that I tended to do it late at night when the kids were in bed.  Taking out the storage boxes with no children around was easier, but it got frustrating when I'd have to play find the fuse at 3 am.  Now I enlist the help of my husband to help me put up the lights, and the kids help put on the ornaments.
  2. Clean by rooms.  Maintaining a house with little ones, both furry and not, is hard enough without adding in the stress of having company.  I try and break up the load by cleaning one room a day and I delegate out what I can't get to. The kids' rooms are always part of the delegation.  I don't count on their rooms ever being perfect, but they do well and that's all that's needed.
  3. Loving from the oven doesn't have to take all day (or month for that matter).  There are many prepared cookie doughs you can buy at your local markets for less than the price it would cost to make them from scratch.  They are still baked by you, but your kitchen time is cut in half.
  4. Early birds catch less crowds.  It's true that the early bird catches the worm and when it comes to holiday shopping, an early bird can catch less crowds during the week. The best day of the week to do this is a Tuesday.  It's no secret to anyone that the busiest day for a retail store is a Saturday, but did you know that the slowest is a Tuesday?  Try shopping early on that day if you don't want to feel rushed or stressed.
Hope these tips help you to decompress for the holidays.

Stay fabulous!
Love and friendship,

Kimberley

Sunday, November 7, 2010

October May Be Over But...

October is over and now everyone's stress levels run rampant due to holiday cheer.  There's turkeys to be cooked, pie to be baked, and calendars booked solid with appointments and get-togethers.  I've been in such a rush that with holiday planning, moving into a new home, and care giving that I plum forgot to stop the discounts I'd been running on my books. 

But that turned out to be a good thing.  Due to the popularity of this book sale, I've decided to extend it.  You can get huge discounts on all of my printed books, anywhere from 30-50 percent off.  This offer is only available through my storefront at Lulu.com.


I hope you all enjoy the extended discount sale and I'll be back later in the week to post another Fibro and Fabulous installment. 

Stay Fabulous!
Love and friendship,

Kimberley

Friday, October 22, 2010

The Positive Side to Negativity

I must say that I have never really liked negative people.  You know the type, they complain about everything.  They are the type of people that would complain about a bright, sunny day because it could make their eyes hurt.  I've come across many of these types of people.  Some of them have even emailed me or left a rather nasty comment every now and again.  I usually make it a point to try and turn that negativity into something positive because I've made it a mission in life to do so. 

The worst thing I've found about negative people is that some of them are doctors or physical therapists.  They will look at you and tell you that they can't work miracles and that you will have to deal with your immobility or pain, or worse, some will give you an expiration date.  I really hated these people up until now.  I think I've found a positive purpose for them.

My Grandmother had a therapist come in to help her get some more strength to walk a little better than she has been.  My Grandma had polio as a young child and has been dealing with limited mobility all of her life.  She has an extremely positive attitude and has always persevered.  I admire her outlook on life and have always tried my best to emulate it.

The therapist took one look at my Grandmother and said that her leg was becoming too deteriorated to have her walk on it.  In her opinion, she felt my Grandmother should be in a wheelchair.  She said there was little she could do for her because she was not a miracle worker.

My Grandmother got a little perturbed with her to say the least.  She did all of the exercises the woman recommended and then when the woman came back for the follow-up, my Grandmother politely told her off by getting up from the bed, walking to the staircase, went down the lift, and then walked into the kitchen with the aid of her walker and canes.

My Grandma is tough and never wants to be told that she can't do something.  She will prove you wrong if she has to.  The therapist?  She was happy that my Grandma could do it and said she'd be back for one more visit before she released my Grandmother from therapy.

My opinion?  I think there was some reverse psychology going on here.  My Grandmother and I may not have known it at the time, but it became clear once we saw the reaction on her face to my Grandmother's progress.  I truly believe this therapist was trying to put a positive spin on some negativity just so my Grandmother could get better.

So my question to all of you is, has this ever happened to you?  Has some Negative Nelly pissed you off so much that you turned it into something positive with your chronic condition?  Do you like this kind of tactic or do you thing it's deceitful?

I know some people tend to think that the ends justify the means.  It doesn't make you a bad person for feeling this way, but to me it's a pretty crappy way of going about things.  We all have an amazing power and I think Emily Dickinson said it best, "A word is dead when it is said some say, I say it just begins to live that day."  Our words can make a person's day or break it.  I'd rather be the bright sun.

Stay fabulous!
Love and friendship,

Kimberley

Monday, October 11, 2010

October

October is my favorite month.  I love walking outside and see the beautiful colored leaves on the trees.  I get an itch for baking again because the weather is cooler.  Hayrides to pumpkin patches are fun, as well as, carving pumpkins.  The month ends with one of my favorite holidays, Halloween.

Having said all of this, I thought I share some of the joy that this month brings me by offering huge discounts on all of my books until the end of the month.  You can get anywhere from a 30-50% discount on all of my books and this includes the latest, Fibro and Fabulous

The discount will only be offered through my Storefront on Lulu.com.  You will not find these discounts at Amazon or anywhere else.  

I hope that some of you will be able to take advantage of this discount.  If not, don't fret.  I will try to do another before Christmas.

Happy Shopping and Stay fabulous!

Kimberley

Saturday, October 2, 2010

"Do What You Love"

The title of this blog entry is a quote from one of my favorite people in the whole wide world.  He is a wonderful singer and entertainer who has been around for many, many years and has given me a lot of inspiration to keep on keeping on because he's such a New Yorker.  I may be from Connecticut but my whole family came from New York-- right off the banana boat, in fact.  I love New York for many reasons, but for today, let's keep this post about loving New York because of Barry.

Barry loves the fact that people love his music.  He also stresses that you should do what you love to do in life because that makes all the difference in the world...

He's right you know...

You should do what you love because settling can make your life miserable.  I know about this all too well.  You see I settled for a job that paid the bills.  It was a safe job that didn't involve the uncertainty of a writing career.  It was a 9 to whatever- job that most people have and it made me sad, depressed, and out of sorts.  It also exacerbated my fibro symptoms.

I always thought that Somewhere Down the Road, life would be different and I'd have something come together before I reached the age of 40, but it hasn't yet.  I was too scared to let my life just be.  I needed the comfort of a classic job to get me by. 

I'm not saying the job I chose itself was bad-- please don't get me wrong.  The job itself was okay, but it just wasn't me.  I needed the creativity writing would give me.  I did write manuals for the store and even newspaper happenings, but it wasn't the same.  I longed for the late night inspiration that poems, stories, novels, and even articles and blog entries gave me.

This blog entry may sound like a preaching session, and I hope it really doesn't, because that's not what I intended it to be.  In this day and age many of us are settling for what we can find for work, just like I did right out of school.  I just want you all to remember that settling doesn't have to be a sacrifice for your whole life.  You don't have to spend years at a job you hate.  Life will change and you don't have to get comfortable in a job you hate.

You really should do what you love.  Barry is right about this.  Learn from Barry's advice he gives in his music from Read and Weep, to Brooklyn Blues, to JoeyWas it so long ago where we stopped to remember our life was more than about punching a time clock for a business?

Let's all try to remember what it was like to be a young kid fresh out of school, eager for life.  It may make our flairs a little less of a pain and a little more to bare.  You never know.

When you do what you love, your stress level drops, you enjoy working, and your life can be as fibro free as it can be.  I know this can be hard to do right now.  The economy is not what any of us thought it would be, but it will change and when it does, don't settle like I did.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Meet an author Monday!




Here's how it works:

READERS:

  • Follow as many authors as you like. Just follow the Linky list and hop from author to author. The idea is to find as many "new to you" authors as you can, and hopefully some great new reading material as well. Leave a comment as you hop from blog to blog! We'd love to chat with you!


AUTHORS:


  • Follow the Meet an author Monday host (Cali Cheer Mom) along with any of the wonderfully talented authors on the list.
  • You will need to enter your name and blog url into the Linky tool.
  • Grab our super cute button and place it in a post. (THIS IS IMPORTANT!) If you don't create a post for the hop, your readers won't have a place to comment, and the hop will stop with you. So create a post, paste in the Linky code and start hopping!
  • The purpose of the hop is to meet "new to you" authors and discover great new reads. Follow as many authors as you can. Leave a comment and introduce yourself!
  • If you'd like to share the Linky list in a post on your blog ( Please do!) just follow the link and grab the code.

If you have a WordPress blog, feel free to email me for the code.
This is a Blog Hop! 18 entries so far... you're next!



Saturday, September 25, 2010

Taking Care

Care takers are a strange breed.  They seem to have a bountiful amount of energy, are always cheerful, and can do just about anything when it comes to taking care of the sick.  They are amazing and truly can't be thanked enough for what they do.

My life has blessed me with the understandings of both sides of the fence, I am a care taker and I receive care taking for myself on occasions.  This understanding gives me great perspective when it comes to asking for help when I need it.  I never used to ask for help.  I always thought that if I couldn't handle something it was a sign of weakness on my part.  Even if the job over powered my physical strength, like lifting a compact washer on top of a compact dryer, I still thought that I should be able to do it when asked.

As a side note... Anyone can lift a compact washer on top of a compact dryer, all on their own, (even if they are 100 pounds soaking wet) if they are pissed off enough at their boss for asking such a stupid thing.

I guess I thought this way because I was trained to at my job.  People there just assumed I would do anything and everything for them because I never said no.  Okay, well, that's only partly true.  I said no, but it wasn't heard.  Why?  It was because I didn't set any boundaries.

Boundaries are important when it comes to care taking.  If you are the care taker you have the responsibility to set limits for yourself because contrary to popular belief, you aren't Superman.  In fact, I know you aren't because my Daddy told me he was when I was three.  Oops!  That was supposed to be a secret LOL!

And if you are on the receiving end, you also have a responsibility.  It's just that your responsibility is a little different.  You need to make sure that there is open dialogue between you and your care taker.  This way you know if the boundaries that were set are still valid.  I know this may sound weird, but things really can change day to day without you or your care taker realizing it.

My life has been pretty regular this past year.  I was at my Grandparents' house every day, all day, for the past year.  It worked out well because my oldest, Brittanny, was in school until 6 pm due to an after school program at a local college around here.  It was easy for me to be there, cook their meals and then go home to tend to my own...

This year, though, is a little different.  Brittanny is in a different school because we moved to be closer to my my Grandparents and Parents' houses.  This school is a private one and the school system wants active parents.  It's no surprise because all Catholic schools need all the funding they can get, but I'm finding that I need to set a few limits, and not just with the Grandparents.

Life can be pretty complicated when you add every aspect in, even religion.  I'm not saying all of you should go and proclaim that you are atheists.  Please!  Even they have social gatherings.  I'm just saying that you need to find a way to allow yourself some boundaries, even when it comes to your family and your faith.  You can only do so much.  Really.  And no one can decide when enough is enough except you. 

Stay fabulous!
Love and friendship,

Kimberley

Friday, September 17, 2010

Lisa's Story

There is no doubt that Fibromyalgia is a real disease and there is real pain associated with it.  People deal with this pain differently.  Some keep it to themselves, others talk about it.  I hope that no one else out there deals with it like Lisa did, though. 

I came across her story this evening and it was sad.  Those that read my blog regularly know that I like to keep things upbeat on here because there is too much negativity in the world, especially for Fibro sufferers.  But this one got to me and I have to share it.  It's terrible that this poor gal had to suffer on her own for so long without a loving support system in place.  I wish Lisa never had to go through that type of pain, it's an awful thing to feel like you are totally alone.

My heart goes out to her husband and I hope this story helps others.


Stay fabulous!
Love and friendship,

Kimberley

Lisa's Story

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Fall Cleanup and Fibromyalgia

I've always loved fall because the trees look like an artist spilled oil paints all over them.  It makes hikes during this time of year so worthwhile because the scenery is really rich with color.  Wearing bulky sweaters, boots, and stylish hats due to the cool weather is a nice bonus too.

Fall can be fun for many wonderful activities, but some fall activities can be, well, a pain in the neck.  Fall cleanup is one of those activities and so is any type of home improvement.  If any of you had the kind of weather we had over the summer, chances are you didn't get much done due to the extreme heat.  Hot temperatures don't let you get much painting or cleaning done.  It's even hard to mow your lawn in hot temperatures because you can scorch your grass if you cut it too low.

Having said that, some may think that the Fall is the best time of year to catch up.  It is, but if you have Fibro, remember to pace yourself.  Rome was not built in a day so your house doesn't need to be painted in one either.

Sure, that paint guy at the store says to keep going until you come to a natural break because that will make your painting job look professional, but natural breaks don't have to be one whole side of the house.  You can easily finish a paint job up to a window and then finish the job at a later time.  The window in this case can be used as a natural break.  This same technique can be used inside too and no one will know the difference.

One thing I always do when I'm painting an interior room is to give myself a week, yes, you heard me, one week to finish a room.  I start the prep work on the first day by filling holes with spackle, fine sanding the rough and uneven spots, and then cleaning the walls.  The next day, I move only the furniture needed to do one wall and then I start to tape.  After that, I paint.

There are a ton of paints out there today and they are most definitely more high tech than the kinds I used to sell way back when you had to prime your wall first.  Today there are paints that have a primer added right to the paint and that's a great choice for us Fibromites because it cuts down on the time you hold a brush or a roller.  These paints are a little pricey per gallon (or even quart) but in all honesty, they are less than the cost of both a primer and a paint combined.  One to try is Behr Premium Plus Ultra.  It's ranked number one in Consumer Reports.  I liked it very much.

And I'm not just saying this because I just bought some for my kitchen, which came out rather nice, I might add.  You can see a picture of it here...



I used to be a Sears kinda gal and booed and hissed when Behr surpassed Sears in paint greatness.  Sears paint used to be the best out there eons ago when I sold it.  It was a very thick paint, had great hiding in one coat, was extremely washable, low odor, and didn't fade.  Those were the days...

One may think I'm jumping ship now that I'm no longer a Sears sales associate, but that's not the case.  I like Sears, I really do, but Sears isn't focusing on paint (or anything else that made them great for that matter) anymore.  It's sad really and something I just don't like.

Okay, my tangent is over.  Let's get back to painting!  Once you are done painting the one wall with the first coat, step back and marvel at what you accomplished.  It's not often that ordinary people get to play interior designer and you should feel proud of what you did.

Once you have completed your happy dance, check the wall to make sure the paint covered evenly, if it didn't in spots, touch up the spots only.  You don't have redo the whole wall because it's still not dry yet, hence, the touch up work won't make the wall paint look unevenly matched.  After that, wash out your brush and other materials, close up your gallon, and then put your furniture back once the wall is dry to the touch.  Just make sure your prized Victorian couch isn't right up against the freshly painted wall-- you wouldn't want marks on either.  YIKES! 

I like doing my painting one wall at a time because it makes my life less stressful.  My room isn't in a shambles for too long and the room isn't smelly from the paint fumes either.  The added bonus is that I don't have to scramble looking for the switch plate screws when it comes time to put them back on.  Even on a Fibro Foggy day, I can remember where I put things if it's only been an hour or two.  An afternoon or a few days is a whole other story!

Another project people do in the Fall is yard cleanup.  Some just do leaves and others go all out by pruning trees and planting spring bulbs.  Leaves will pile up quickly in the fall and this can be back breaking and time consuming work-- no matter which way you slice it-- but there are ways to cut corners here too.  Firstly, focus on the part of the yard your neighbors can see.

Why?  Well, some neighbors are nice, but there are some that aren't.  I think that's why Frost preferred fences.  If you have one of those not so nice neighbors, save yourself some grief, aggravation, and stress by making sure the yard looks neat to them.  I've accomplished this many times by focusing on the front yard at both my place and my Grandmother's.  I've fooled many a people doing this hehe!

The other important thing to focus on is your gutters.  I know there are great contraptions you can put on your gutters to block out the leaves, and I'm sure they are worth it in the long run, but for those that don't have the luxury of buying them, this section is for you...

Work a section at a time and make sure you are not overly stressing out your body by holding onto the ladder too hard.  Try and shift your weight from one side to the other every so often when on the ladder.  Your knees will thank you for this.

Another helpful trick is make sure your gardening gloves fit properly.  Some gloves are great for heavy work, like pruning, but I find they are too stiff for weeding.  This can hurt your already tired hands.  Try and choose gloves that allow your fingers to move freely for your finite work, and yet, be thick enough for the task at hand.

Lastly, ask for help with the big stuff.  Pruning a bonsai is one thing, but using the chain saw for the big old maple out back is something totally different.  There is no shame in asking someone to help you, especially if the chain saw seems to weigh more than you do.  Don't laugh, I've seen (and held) some big ones LOL!

Stay fabulous!
Love and friendship,

Kimberley

P.S. As a side note, the hubs and I recently celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary.  We went out to Bobby Flay's for burgers.  Those are the best I tell ya!  Anyway, I had my oldest take a picture of us, now that was near a picture of us, then.  And it just goes to show that not much changes in 10 years... including hairstyles!  YIKES!  LOL! 


Sunday, September 5, 2010

Fibromyalgia, Pregnancy, and the Pain of Finding Information

I came across a rather upsetting article last night.  It upset me so much that it's the topic for today...

Fibromyalgia, Pregnancy, and the absolute pain of trying to find correct information on it.

A long while back I decided that my goal in life would be to put as much of a positive spin as I could on any negative subject matter that I find appalling.  Finding insufficient or down right incorrect information that is slanted towards the negative side of life due to Fibromyalgia is most definitely a subject that requires a positive and informative spin.

Now don't get me wrong, people are entitled to their opinions but when it comes to writing articles or blog entries that are out there for the public to see, I'm sorry, your opinion cannot count.  As a writer it is your duty to inform people-- period.  You can put your own words into it, you can say how you feel, but by NO means should you write an article stating that there is only one way to look at things.  Nor should you write out and out lies about a subject.

The article I came across was about Fibromyalgia and Pregnancy.  It stated that it may be difficult for a woman with Fibro to conceive a child.  I'm sorry, but this just isn't true.  There is absolutely no link between the two in any article or study I've ever come across in the 5 years I've researched this disease.

The article further states some findings about Fibro symptoms being far worse during the last trimester of pregnancy.  I know of these findings.  They were done by a professional doctor, however, the study was done with only a handful of participants and doesn't really prove much.  Further more, the article states that Fibromyalgia prohibits mothers from breast feeding!  It says that right in the title of the article on Science Daily!  Again, this is just not true.

With all of this negative misinformation, it's no wonder Fibro sufferers are in pain!  I'm in pain every time I surf the web because I know that I'll have to look for the pearls of info through all the crappy sea weed of negative article writing.  It's very disheartening and time consuming-- hence the stiffness and pain LOL!

Fibro is painful and it can make you cranky due to lack of sleep.  In fact, it can make you feel like a bitch and you want to bitch about it.  That's fine.  Call your friends, family, or the hubs and bitch all you want, but by no means should you bitch so much that you wind up becoming jaded in your journal to the world.  Society is filled with enough negative crap.  No one on this planet needs more garbage...


Okay, now that I've stepped down from my soap box, let's talk about some helpful information, shall we?  There are many things a woman can do before she conceives to better her chances of having a wonderful pregnancy.

The first thing to do is to find the best OB/GYN for yourself.  There are a lot out there that are very good, kind, and considerate that listen to your concerns.  I find that this is the best kind of doctor to have when you are concerned with Fibromyalgia.  In my condition, Fibromyalgia was not considered a high risk pregnancy so I did not need specialized care.  However, this might not be the case for you if you are taking certain medications.  It is important that you disclose any and all medications to your OB/GYN and this should also include herbals because there are many things that can harm a growing fetus.

Your OB/GYN may suggest weaning yourself from certain medications before conceiving.  This is something that you should most definitely discuss with your primary doctor that aides you in your Fibro pain management care.  Though I was not on any medication at the time, I was in constant contact with both during my entire pregnancy because a healthy mom equals a healthy child.

Another thing to consider is prenatal vitamins.  These not only help baby, they help you too.  I felt much better and had more energy on the days that I remembered to take my vitamins.  Not all vitamins are created equal.  Your doctor can suggest some.  I was lucky and happened to come across some great ones and can offer more information to anyone interested if you email me.  But always remember to check with your doctor before you start anything.

Energy can be hard to come by during pregnancy because feeling sleepy is an actual symptom of pregnancy-- not just Fibromyalgia.  Some pregnancy books suggest that an expectant mother should nap when needed or go to bed earlier than normal.  I napped most afternoons during my second pregnancy and it helped me have more energy when my oldest came home from school.  During my first pregnancy, I went to bed early.  I couldn't nap because I was working most afternoons.

And also remember one VERY important thing...

Wonder Woman, though gorgeous, was just a character.  She's not real and you should not think that you can do laundry, vacuum, dust your house, write 10 articles, bake 100 cupcakes for the next school bake sale, make dinner, and fight crime all in one day.  Relax and give yourself a break.  And as a side note, a non-Fibro friend once told me that even a healthy person couldn't possibly do all that in one day, so relax.  Remember, Rome wasn't built in a day and your nursery doesn't need to be either.

The last thing I'd like to remind every women out there about is actually an old saying it takes a village to raise a child.  Now I know some of you might be reading this and saying, well gee, Kim, that's nice and all, but I'm single.  Or you might be feeling that your husband won't contribute his fair share.  These are very valid feelings and should not be ignored.  In fact, they should be explored.

Every woman needs a support system when they have kids, every woman, even ones without Fibro.  Moms know what I mean because they get calls from their girlfriends with children all the time asking them to either pick up their kid at school due to car trouble or they need a last minute babysitter.  Life happens and sometimes hubby can't get to you in time to change your tire on the highway so you can pick up junior from soccer practice.  This is where you support system comes in.

A support system is anyone and everyone that loves you and your baby.  Some of them will help you with your laundry, some of them will be a shoulder to cry on, and some of them will help you with midnight feedings, but all of them will help if you ask them.  The key here, though, is communication.  They can't help you if you don't talk to them, so express your fears and some of your needs before the baby comes so they can help.  Your needs may change once baby comes and that's okay, just express yourself once your changes arise.

And don't rule out Dad.  You might be surprised as to how helpful he really is.  Dads today are very different than they were even a couple of decades ago.  Some of them would kill for a chance to be a stay-at-home dad because they crave that close connection with their kids.  Others, like my beautiful hubby, step into their Dad role the minute they come home.  Scott mostly does bath time because I find it difficult to kneel down on the tiled floor.  I'm also usually exhausted by then too and he knows this so he gladly steps in.

Pregnancy and the child rearing years are not extremely difficult for Fibromyalgia sufferers.  You just have to be a little creative, have a lot of patience with yourself, and enjoy the times you have with your growing family.  I'm not saying it won't be challenging, but anything that's worth it in life always is. 

Stay fabulous!
Love and friendship,


Kimberley

Friday, September 3, 2010

Best Fibromyalgia Blogs and Websites - fibromyalgia - Health.com

This was something very exciting for me to come across and I want to thank each and every one of my loyal readers for this honor. I'm not sure how I got nominated for this wonderful list, but I'm truly touched. This is a great honor, but it could have never happened without all of you, my dear readers. So, as you read up on the Best Fibro blogs, give yourself a pat on the back too! Thank you all again!

Stay fabulous!
Love and friendship,

Kimberley

Best Fibromyalgia Blogs and Websites - fibromyalgia - Health.com

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

If It's All In Our Heads... Then Let's Plug In

I recently joined a new online community on Fibromyalgia.  I like to join communities for many reasons, there's great support and sometimes you can find out something new-- be that a new healing method or a new perspective on the disease.

This particular site is not geared especially towards disease, on the contrary, it's geared towards bloggers.  None the less, a new buddy recommended a site for me to look at.  This site contains free mp3 downloads of music and sounds that are intended to help with brainwave entertainment.  The particular site she referred me to is one strictly meant for mental health.  Fibromyalgia is considered one of the mental health issues they have downloads for.

Brainwave Entrainment put simply is using stimuli such as sound, light, or EM fields to influence the rate of our brainwaves, which in the process affects our mental state.  This therapy is becoming quite popular over the internet and there are many, many sites that offer free downloads.

I'm always a skeptic about downloads, especially ones of a musical nature.  For  some reason, I tend to be one of these people that always seems to pick up a virus with a download.

It's funny because that seems to match my life.  I was always the one who caught everyone's cold, flu, bug, or whatever else was going around.  I once caught something that a doctor didn't even have a name for-- pretty bad-- wouldn't you say?

All kidding aside, I really used to catch everything.  I'm better now-- partly because I don't have much contact with people aside from my Grandma and Mom, and partly because I'm now immune since I think I had ever single bug, cold, and flu known to man.

Even though I hate viruses of any kind, including computer viruses, (I'm a little more Monkish than I'd like to admit) I decided to throw caution to the wind and download a few of these puppies onto my computer.  I figured I could always run a virus scan, or two, or forty.  I have probably more anti-virus software than most people do.  It's so much that I take an entire day just to run them all.  Crazy, maybe a little, but I do have a relatively smooth running laptop.

Getting back to the music, it was very enjoyable.  It also seems to help.  It helped so much that I decided to download it to my Blackberry so I could listen to it any time.  The site name is mentallion and I think it's worth a look.

Stay fabulous!
Love and friendship,

Kimberley



Monday, July 26, 2010

Gardening: The Good, The Bad, and The Pain

Gardening is something I enjoy.  I even like to pull up weeds!  I know, there's something wrong with me, I'd have to be really sick to like weeding.  For most, weeding is their least favorite thing to do in the garden.  I think that's why weed killing chemicals are so popular.

I'm different, though.  I like to kneel, bend, and pull out those suckers by hand.  In fact, I enjoy it so much that I go over to relatives' houses (yes that's plural) to weed.

My Grandmother and Mother In-Law have small gardens and they are quite easy to maintain, a great plus for me and my Fibro.  But even if you have a large garden or landscape, you can still weed without killing your lungs with chemicals or your body with Fibro pain.

In today's day and age, society landscapes their property and this can cause a bit of stress for the meticulously inclined person because weeds will take up residence in an open landscape.





If Monk had a garden he'd probably go crazy trying to pull out every little corn flower and buttercup that graced its presence on his lawn.  Weeds grow because the wind and animals carry their seeds.  A lot of plants that we consider a weed today, were actually utilized by our ancestors.  Dandelions, for instance, were used in soups and as an herb for a bath.

Property was also used differently because people didn't have the luxury of going to a store to buy produce.  Their gardens looked more like a farm than anything else and those properties had very little weed growth.  Why?  Because there wasn't much room for them because produce can take up a lot of land.

Does this mean that you have to become Farmer Jane in order to have some weeding relief?  No, it certainly doesn't.  Some weeds are easy because they show up on the lawn and can be mowed.  Others will show up in the cracks and crevices of the sidewalk which can either be pulled every couple of weeks or dug up with a trowel.

Taking your garden on in sections also helps along with frequent rest periods.  You don't have to clean it all up at once, Rome wasn't built in a day and neither was your garden.  You can start with the front of your house and then leave the sides and the back for another day.  Taking frequent rest periods is also a must.  I only work for an hour at a time, but I still take a short rest in that short time.

Another thing that I also do is garden in the early evening.  I find that around 5 or 6 o'clock in the evening is the best time for me because it's still early enough where the exercise won't disturb my sleep and late enough where I won't get bothered by many bees.

I'm rather terrified of bees.  Hornets, wasps, and the like are the worst.  I've learned to like honey bees because they aren't bad.  They only sting once and if they only do it if they need to.  Hornets and wasps are all together different and they terrify me.  Sometimes just looking at them can gives me nightmares... Wait that's with all bugs LOL!

Okay, maybe it's more so bees and hissing roaches, yeah, don't like those either, especially after watching The Mummy.  All kidding aside, my fear has something to do with my Mom being attacked by a hive when I was little.  I'll always remember her running into the house with the bees swarming around her and yelling "Run to Grandma's!"  I froze for a second and then ran upstairs into the bathroom.  My brother, having a little more sense than me said, "We have to get out of here because the bees could crawl through the crack in the door."  He was only 3 at the time and a lot more wise than me at 4.  He darted out of the bathroom first and then I reluctantly followed in fear.  Everyone was fine, even my Mom, though sore from the ordeal.

The fear has taught me to pick my battles, however, and I choose to be a night time gardener because of it.  But the thing you can learn from me is to find the right time for you to garden. Pain is just as much of a factor as fear is.

Of course, I could totally give into my fear and do indoor gardening instead.  It's another past time of mine and has a lot of perks.  The air quality is better in my home, I can garden sitting down if I so choose, and there's less of a mess because the plants are in pots.  Three big pluses for Fibro sufferers.

No matter what you choose, I hope you give gardening a try.  It's good for the heart, the soul, and even your pain.  Okay, well not the pain of weeds, but your Fibro pain.  Gardening is great exercise and can give you just as much of a workout as a treadmill or weights, maybe even more.


Stay Fabulous!
Love and friendship,

Kimberley

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

It'll Keep

When I was younger I always remembered those words being uttered from my Grandmother, It'll keep.  The reference was always in regards to a household chore or errand that had to be run.  Her thought was simple, if it wasn't needed at that very second, it could wait to be done.  She was right.

The only problem with It'll keep is the when.  When can be a big problem for Fibro sufferers because our pain determines the when at times. I can't tell you how often I hear from my family the words, "Do we have to do that now?"  The that usually refers to me cleaning the one and only bathroom or the kitchen floor, two very important areas of the house that seem to be needed 24 hours a day in my home.  I find it comical that no one seems to need anything until I start to clean.

It is then, of course, that I have to stop what I'm doing and pray to God that I don't get too stiff or tired while waiting to finish the job.  There are some occasions where this does happen to me, especially recently since I'm caring for my Grandparents too.  It is during those times that I use the It'll keep mantra.

I'm a perfectionist and I absolutely HATE to leave any job unfinished.  Caring for my grandparents this year, however, has taught me that it's okay to do things good enough.  I now mop my floor good enough instead of moving EVERYTHING in the kitchen so I can get all the cracks and crevices so it's perfect.  I now reserve perfect for those special occasions when I'm having company.

Good enough also works for meals, dusting, and all around straightening up.  Simple and quick meals like grilled cheese on 12 grain bread, tomato salad, or chicken sausage with apples over jasmine rice can all be prepared in about 20 minutes, are healthy, and save you from slaving over a hot stove in the summer.

Dusting a room can be taxing if you have a lot of what we call chochkeys (knicknacks).  I used to have MANY of those things because I'm such a sentimental Taurus.  I kept every little card and token someone gave me.  I still have some things from friends that were given to me in middle school and I just can't part with them because they are special to me.  But what I've learned over the years is that I don't have to put EVERYTHING out on display.  I now have scrapbooks to put cherished cards and photos in and I've consolidated my holiday and home decorations to a minimum so I don't have dust as much.

I also straighten up rooms quickly too by putting toys to one side.  The kids can see them better and that makes the chances of getting them back into their rooms easier.  I also try to organize where I can.  I have a pot lid organizer on my kitchen wall, an office dry and push-pin board by the entrance, and magazine racks on my bookshelves.  These little things make my life a little less messy because I can keep my pots, bills and important mail, and writers magazines within reach and within order.

The rest, well, It'll keep.

Stay Fabulous!
Love and Friendship,

Kimberley

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The Facts about Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue! Some things on the web just aren't true.

In this post I will share an article I wrote in this month's The People's Press News .  This article was written after seeing a shocking Twitter post.  I wanted to set the record straight and let people know that not everything that's posted out there on the World Wide Web is true.  The article appears as the third on the page entitled The Facts about Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue! Some things on the web just aren't true.  


Stay Fabulous!

Love and Friendship,



Kimberley

Saturday, June 12, 2010

True Balance and Fibromyalgia

I don't share too many books in this blog.  It's usually because I don't get much of a chance to read books that have words in them too often.  Little kids tend to find words pretty boring, you know.  But this book has me sneaking the flashlight into the bedroom because it's that good!

I'll admit that the subject matter is geared towards the New Age crowd because it deals with chakras, but this book is really great for Fibromyalgia sufferers.  It doesn't go into great detail about the history of chakras and it isn't filled with a bunch of meditative exercises that you need to do when you have a quiet moment.  I like to meditate-- don't get me wrong, however, I'd probably be old and gray if I waited for a quiet moment to practice any new form of meditation.

There is nothing wrong with meditation.  It's a great way to relax.  I've used it many times during my B.C. (Before Children) years.  I was able to keep my chakras in line and even fix weakened ones back then all through meditation.  The A.D. years (After Daughters) really don't lend me to meditate far beyond the contemplation of my name.  I don't get a lot of spare time to do much besides these posts so finding a book that is down-to-earth without all the new age tree hugging is very refreshing.

True Balance: A Commonsense Guide for Renewing Your Spirit by Sonia Choquette, PH.D. explains each region of the body and what it governs.  She then explains what you may or may not be lacking in that particular chakra.  There are questions to answer after each section making it easy for the common person to see if that particular body region is weak. 

Illnesses may also factor into a weak chakra, even a chronic one like Fibromyalgia.  For instance the root chakra or base chakra governs our bones, blood, immune system, colon, rectum, legs, and feet.  Fibromyalgia in some cases is considered an auto immune disease.  Having said that, it may mean one's first chakra is imbalanced and we can follow any of the suggestions listed once we go through a series of detailed questions geared towards seeing just how imbalanced our first chakra is. 

The questions are set up as yes, no, or sometimes, and are easy to answer.  Questions like, are you preoccupied with food, money, control? dawn the page at the end of each chapter.  The suggestions are also not only easy to follow but fun too.  One suggestion is go and get a monthly pedicure!  I never really thought about it before I read this book, but I always seemed to feel more calm and relaxed about life in the summer months.  That might have a lot to do with my home pedicures. 

You see, I, like a lot of other people (I hope) only think about my feet when it's sandal season.  During that time I go to the local Walmart and treat myself to a new nail polish color so I can paint my toes all summer long.  I really splurged this year and went with the french manicure because it was on clearance.  Yep, that's the cheap me talking-- no wonder my base chakra is low LOL!

Creative slumps, which are a symptom of a weak second chakra, have plagued me from time to time too.  I once had writer's block that lasted 10 years.  It lasted so long that I started using my laptop as a paper weight for my bills.  Sad, yes, but a reality for me.  My Sears retail job literally sucked the life out of me and it's no wonder that I used to have nightmares about the floor breaking apart underneath my feet, leading me to Hell.

I recently felt a slump because I felt trapped again due to lack of time.  It's unfortunate but sometimes our busy lives can suck the life out of us too.  I've been feeling a bit stressed because Brittanny is nearing the end of another school year and that means a lot of spring concerts, picnics, and fundraisers that we have to attend.  I normally take it in stride and try to tackle one event at a time but caring for two households is putting a damper on that stress free solution.  There are days when I'm driving back and forth at least 4 times a day and that translates to 2 hours in the car alone.  It can be a tough juggling act, but not impossible.


On those days I carve out some time right after dinner and take a 30 minute walk with the kids.  It's a great low impact exercise and I can do it even when my back is hurting from a long extended sitting period.  I also like to get a glimpse of the robins and the occasional ground hog that inhabit the densely wooded apartment complex with us.  Nature walks have always been a favorite past time of mine.

Another quick pick me up that Sonia suggests in the book is to buy some fresh cut flowers.  I actually did that the other day and you can see a picture of them here.

I can tell you that it's made a world of difference, or at least enough to manage 2 blog entries in one night.  I'll take it as an accomplishment none the less. 

Stay fabulous!
Love and friendship,

Kimberley

Life Interrupted | It's Not All About Me...

I met Chris recently at a social book marketing network on the net and became instantly intrigued by his message. He does not have Fibromyalgia, however, he understands what can happen in a marriage when one has a chronic illness. Chris has MS and it unfortunately destroyed his first marriage. He, like all sufferers at one point in the life of their disease, took on the poor me outlook. This outlook usually does not bode well for relationships. In fact, it usually makes them short-lived. That was the case for Chris.

Since then, Mr. Tatevosian has written a book about relationships and chronic illness entitled Life Interrupted, It's Not All About Me. He also does motivational speaking events around the Mass area and even hosts his own radio show called Winning Life Through Pain. All are geared towards relationships and chronic illness.

Chris's message really hits home for all chronic sufferers, including fibromites. I encourage you all to take a look at his site. He is a wonderful person to talk to, is very giving of his time, and is really upbeat.

Life Interrupted | It's Not All About Me...: The Website

Bizymoms.com: The Interview

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

dBusinessNews :: Daily Business News Delivered to Your Desktop

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This is something worth looking into. Something that mimics a human thumb to massage trigger points of Fibromyalgia. This sounds great!


Stay fabulous,
Love and friendship,


Kimberley

Friday, June 4, 2010

Remembrance of Foods Past

Remembrance of Foods Past

I thought I'd discuss Comfort Foods today because it's a topic I haven't done in a long time. Above is an article dedicated to comfort foods for Senior Citizens. The writer makes a lot of good points that I've been expressing to my family and friends. I just haven't discussed them here since Senior care is a little off topic.

However, the idea of comfort foods also applies to Fibro sufferers. I went on an elimination diet when I was first diagnosed because I was convinced that a lot of the foods I was eating at the time were, put simply, killing me. I started with easy things, like eliminating boxed foods, such as mac & cheese. This was a great help. I started feeling a lot better and didn't want to look back, but I had this nagging feeling that would creep up on me from time to time. I couldn't help but feel like I was missing something. It was an awful feeling that at times left me depressed.

The reason why I felt this way wasn't from the Fibro, it ran much deeper. The problem with the elimination diet, at least to the newly diagnosed, is that it's hard to part with some comfort foods. I'm not into sweets, but I love salty foods like frozen pizza bites and mac & cheese. These foods were hard to give up because they really meant a lot more to me than sustenance. They were like a home coming that brought me back to the days when my mom was cooking. We'd talk while she prepared cut up, boiled hot dogs with mac & cheese and a dash of salt. The smell and the taste of that dish brings me back to a carefree time when both my mother and I weren't sick.

I may not be able to get that time back with my mom due to her Alzheimer's, but I can get back my memory of her cooking away with some comfort food every now and again. You might wonder how this could be possible since the food store isles are over stocked with products containing MSG and other chemicals they disguise as "additives". Well, it is possible if you are willing to do a little research while shopping. There are products, even hot dogs that are friendly to Fibro sufferers. Cookouts no longer have to be feared-- YEAH!!! All you have to do is look for a hot dog that doesn't contain fillers, in other words, a kosher product.

Boxed mac & cheese is another favorite of mine and I don't have to miss it either because I have substituted an organic one in it's place. The organic ones, which can usually be found right next to the chemically processed ones, don't contain any dyes that color your pasta an orange, yellow. These boxed products have actual real cheese that doesn't glow in the dark, a welcome change for this food lover.

It's been refreshing to see food stores changing with the times and stock wholesome products. Food stores have a long way to go before any of us can zip through the isles without having to scrutinize labels, but it's comforting to see some major changes none the less.

Stay fabulous!
Love and friendship,

Kimberley

Friday, May 28, 2010

Another Autographed Book for Winner...

Jewel has won an autographed copy of my latest book based on this blog!  Congrats Jewel!  Please email me (kimberley@kimberleylinstruth-beckom.com) with an address to send the book out to along with your one of a kind book mark (made especially by me of course!)

Friday, May 21, 2010

The Power of Word Persuation

Classic rock music is a favorite of mine and I tend to listen to a station from Springfield Mass called Rock 102 on the way to Grandma's every morning.  In between sets of Areosmith and The Stones, I heard a commercial for something I thought was rather obscure.  It was an add for hypnosis.

Now, being the cynical consumer that I am, I normally chalk ads up as a form of selling propaganda.  However, I'm also a bit optimistic and will generally listen with an open mind if the ad is something worth while.  This particular ad was pretty straight forward and talked about using hypnosis to aid in loosing weight and quitting smoking-- something I normally hear for hypnosis, but then it went into aiding in chronic pain.

Chronic pain?  Could it be possible that something that was once used as a pallor trick to get people to cluck like chickens really help with chronic pain?  The answer is yes, it can according to magazines like Psychology Today.

A particular article published in October of 2008 discusses the power of suggestion.  It explains that some doctors and patients have been lead to believe that only expensive medication pushed onto them by drug companies are the know all and be all cure for your aliments.  Jacob Teitelbaum MD, the author of the article goes further into explaining that what doctors seem to think of as science in an article or convention is really just nothing more than a drug company's infomercial.  I'd have to say that I agree with him after seeing more and more drug representatives at the doctor's office over the past few years. 

Teitelbaum also makes another interesting point about the power of suggestion in that if a doctor says things like "no one can get you well", your subconscious just might start to believe it.  It's disheartening enough that most doctors until recently thought Fibromyalgia was nothing more than a made up pain in the mind of the afflicted.  But when a doctor who supposedly took a medical oath, uses negative comments against an already disheartened individual because he/she can't see past a drug price tag, it's just disgusting.

I know not every doctor is brain washed by drug companies, but lately while in the waiting room, it has seemed like they are.  There are holistic doctors making their mark in the medical community and this helps with the changing idea that medicines are not the magic bullet people need. 

I've yet to go to a holistic doctor myself, but I just might have to in order to check out hypnosis.  Even before I do that, however, I may check out this site that has self hypnosis downloads for an extremely reasonable price.  If something like this works, why go to a doctor for a $170 supply of Tremodol?  $13 is a heck of a lot cheaper, in fact, that's even less than the now grossly over-priced ($30/ month) herbal supplement sam-E. 

Oh listen to silly old me, I sound like a commercial!  Let me set the record straight-- I'm NOT endorsing the site, I just think it's worth looking into if you fell hypnosis is right for you.  Hypnosis is something that most people can do, in fact, some of us do it every day while driving in our cars (a scary thought I know, but would explain A LOT LOL!).  If you've ever driven somewhere and you can't remember the drive, you were probably hypnotized.  Hypnosis, though, is not for everyone.  Some people can't be hypnotized and that is something you can find out during a consultation. 

Stay fabulous!
Love and friendship,

Kimberley

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