Naturally Fighting a Flare

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I have been trying to flare. Blisters in my mouth, gums and nose. Earache. Fever. Yep, it sure is not good. However, I decided to try holistic healing this time before calling the doctor. Walking the walk, kind of. I looked up natural treatments for earache and how to stop an infection. I found olive oil infused with garlic is antibacterial and can stop an infection. I tried it. I had garlic from my garden that I had peeled and I used olive oil to stabilize it. I had it in the fridge. Yay me!

I put a few drops in my ear and it worked overnight. I mean seriously. My earache was gone by morning. I also looked up blisters and saw that peppermint oil works. Tried it. It worked. I seriously had energy return and blisters healing up and no more earache.

I really am happy that I feel better and saved money that I would have used for the doctor. I see results happening all the time by using the natural medicinals. I have tinctures making right now and a salve inthe works for my son and his psoriatic arthritis.

I hope you are all enjoying your summer. I am canning today, I canned a total of 9 jars of salsa, five more jars of pumpkin, and two jars of green beans. My garden is beginning to get harvested. I love this time of year!

I also was gifted 8 dozen canning jars from a sweet 82 year lady who has stopped canning. She gave them to me for free! What a blessing!

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We All Know Someone

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We all know that someone. You know, the ones who are so much smarter than everyone else. The know it alls. The ones who jump in quickly to put another person down. The ones who think they are perfect but everyone else is not. Yes, THOSE people.

I am addressing this because it happened yet again today to me. I am finally feeling better. I have had some issues with those nasty mouth and nose blisters again and add in an earache and dizziness. Not been a great week for me. I am finally feeling better and decided to look at my facebook page from my phone. Now, for those who do not have a phone like mine, my phone does not tell me when a post was done. It just shows me the posts. Since my tablet is busted and my computer is in Ohio, I have to wait and share the laptop with my husband. So, I am not online much right now.

I decided to look at my facebook page from my phone. I see a post from my cousin. It was a game and you had to put in 6 numbers. I did. Imagine my surprise when I got a message. The message was not from my cousin, the person who posted it, it was from another person who read my post. I quote her message here, “this post is from yesterday…the game is over!!”.  Now, call me sensitive but I see ugliness there. For starters, it is none of her business. Also, she could have been a little nicer to say the least. I mean, really?

Do you think I was a little sensitive? I just get tired of this person always trying to control or boss people around like it is her world and we peons are here to serve her. Ok, got that off my chest. I sincerely hope you are all doing well. Drop me a comment and let me know how things are in your world.

 

Summer Time Happenings

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Hey there everyone! I hope this finds you all enjoying your summer. We have had a very busy summer here. I thought I would update you on our happenings.

Garden is going great. I have harvested the beets, radishes, potatoes, peas, and more. My tomatoes are on the vine but not red yet. Lots of them happening though. My peppers are going really well as are all my squash plants, Pumpkins, watermelons, butternut squash, cantaloupe and bottle gourds and thriving. I have harvest green beans from my first plant. I sowed my beans a few weeks apart for three plantings. One down, two to go. I have a ton of garlic already harvested and the onions are beginning to need to be harvested. The spinach did great and I am planting more soon for a fall harvest.

My medicinal plants are doing great too. The calendulas are flowering and I am dehydrating the blossoms to use in medicines later. The nasturtium are blooming too. My catnip, lemon balm and horehound are producing really well too. My lavender has not grown much but I did not expect it to this year. Same for the yarrow. Marigolds are hopping. I have been out foraging and have a bunch of elder flowers dehydrated and I am waiting for the berries to form so I can get them too. My sister in law has a bunch of stuff to forage at her place (they have 30 acres, mostly overgrown) At her house I got spearmint and elder flowers, blackberries, purple clover and white clover. She has other interesting things but I do not know what they are so until I find out, not picking them.

I have canned 24 jars so far of potatoes and green beans. I cannot store the potatoes over the winter like most so I am canning them to use later. I am dehydrating some of the garlic and onions to grind into powders for use, plus dehydrating onions to use in soups and stuff later. I have had three zucchinis picked so far. Oh! I am growing yellow squash as well.

We have traveled to Ohio several times this summer already. We went up the first time and husband ended up in the hospital the whole visit. Our granddaughter graduated that visit. I ended up driving home to Kentucky, back to Ohio, back to Kentucky and back to Ohio once more to get him when discharged from hospital. That was my undoing for a week or so. It was the first time I felt lupusy, you know, totally worn out and in pain. However, I got better.

I have been cleaning my mother in laws home every two weeks. She is more or less housebound now and needs someone to do it so I volunteered. She has never gotten her strength back since her colon cancer and treatment. She is also beginning to forget things as well. It is sad seeing those older ones declining in their advanced years.

We went back to Ohio this week. I saw my mom and she is declining as well. She seems fragile and weak. She speaks like it is hard for her to form words. Her voice is soft and breathy. Her memory is going too. Her mother had Alzheimer’s, and I believe she does too but no one will confirm it. In my family, everything has to be kept BIG SECRETS. I do not understand why but it drives me crazy. I asked my sister what was going on and she would not tell me, just insisted I visit mom. I did so my thoughts are she also has it.

In some ways, I have been made to feel like I am not helping my mother out enough. My mom lives in Ohio, I live in Kentucky. I help my mother in law because she has two kids, my husband and sister in law, and she is a widow so she needs help. She lives in Kentucky, same town we do. My mother has a husband, as well as two of my sisters live near her and quite a few grandkids live close too. She should have enough help without me being there. Oh well, it is what it is.

This trip to Ohio had so much stress it was palpable. On the way home, I decompressed and I am so glad I do live here. I like living in the country and having things I enjoy. I like the more safe area here. In Ohio, I and husband are vigilant and make sure we are on guard because it is really bad up there now. Heroin is rampant and with that goes thievery. I felt vulnerable up there. I do not know how I lived there now. Each visit is stressful overall. My kids are so sweet and I am glad to see them but seriously, it is a city and too many people,, too much crime, and too much stress.

Our other adventure involved a sweet little stray cat that had kittens and we found them and took them in until they could get homes. We did not know that mom and babies had fleas. I am not talking about a few either. Our home has been infested and we are still trying to rid our home and cats of the fleas. Our poor kitties have patchy fur where they have scratched so much. Before anyone thinks we are not good pet parents, please know that we treated with ditamacious earth, and wondercide as well as vet flea medicine. I think we are finally getting progress but we have bombe our house three times, heavily, (like three bombs per room) and as I said, used various meds on the cats along with baths. We are winning a little bit daily but now our cats are finally not scratching and the numbers have dwindled in our home. Soon, we hope the fleas are all gone. We seriously used everything we could, chemicals and natural, and still fight each day.  I have had to wash every single piece of clothing and bedding too. It was worth it for the strays but bad for us.

This week we are in the high 90’s temperature wise. High humidity too. It reminds me of Georgia in the summer. I have found that since I am off most of my meds now, and using natural, homemade deodorant, I sweat pretty profusely. I think some of the old meds were hampering my body’s ability to sweat. Our bodies need to sweat so the toxins in our body can be expelled. Other wise, they build up and then we get sick.  I just did not realize how much I sweat though. It surprised me actually.

We have our hot tub up but it has been so hot that we decided not to turn the heater on and use it as a soaking pool on these hot days. Instead of hot tub, we have a cold tub. Trust me, it is wonderful after working in the garden on a 90 degree day. I do not mind getting hot if I know I am getting into the cold tub immediately after.

We are planning on going back to Ohio in September for my 40th Class Reunion. I am pretty sure we will not be going up until then. We have so much to get done here so I do not see us going up anytime soon.

Share your summer activities by commenting. I love the feedback and comments.

 

 

 

 

 

Just Today…

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Today, I took it easy. I have been going nonstop for a few weeks now and it caught up with me. I must be truthful that this reminded me of how I used to feel before I changed my routine.

So, for today, I rested. I rested by watering my garden, harvesting garlic, harvesting beets and peas, and canned beets and beet greens. There are some who would see this as not resting, but for me, being in my garden is resting. It gives me solace, comfort and makes me feel like I can control a few things in life. It amazes me to see the food growing each day and to be able to watch the glory of a garden in full regalia is wonderful. You see, I see not my handiwork, but God’s. I plant it, but it is God who makes it grow.

Today, I relaxed and enjoyed sitting on the porch, shelling peas. I watched as later this afternoon a storm moved in. We needed the rain. I am thankful for neighbors driving by and waving. It has been a good day.

Tomorrow, lots to do, but today, I rested. It felt wonderful! I hope you take the time to stop and relax and enjoy something for yourself. It is life affirming and can go a long way to getting through more things later. Enjoy!

 

Road Trip!

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This weekend I am on a solo road trip. I am heading north to Ohio! I cannot wait! I get to see my new great grandbaby for the first time and attend my granddaughter’s high school graduation. I get to see my kids, grandkids and great grandbaby in one whole day. I can only stay for one day so I am leaving after the graduation. I am so excited to see everyone. Are you all planning any road trips this weekend?

Sun Sensitivity

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Do you react when you have been in the sun? Do you flare whenever you get sun? Do you itch and get a rash when in the sun? Or, are you like a tiny number of folks who have no reaction at all?

With lupus, it is important to know your risks when you are int he sun. Just wearing sunscreen may not be enough. You might need sunscreen, a hat, long sleeves, and pants during outdoor activities. Why?

Many lupus patients need to be aware that unprotected sun can cause a major flare to start. Yes, being in the sun can cause a flare, sometimes not a bad one but someetimes it can be a bad one.  I have a step sister who is albino. I see what all she has to do to be in the sun, and so I used her medically approved things to do mine. I do not have to be as vigilant as she does, but for a lupus patient, it is vital we do something!!

I know for myself, it is hit and miss. Some days I can be in the sun and have nothing happen. Other days I am in the sun briefly and I get rashes, itching and feeling a flare coming. My body will ache, I run low grade fevers, and I feel like a bad flu is hitting me. It is a crap shoot which it will be but I have learned over the years to try to err ont he side of caution because who wants to feel bad in the summer, right?

I garden, so I try to get in the garden early in the morning or late in the evening. I wear these big floppy hats and sunscreen. I sit while I garden. It is finding my coping technique that gave me my summer back. By following a few simple rules, I can have fun and enjoy the warm weather and my garden.

Do you have things you have to do to enjoy summer weather? Please share! We are all in this together and can learn from others. I hope you are enjoying the day of life you are having.

 

It was not Diverticulitis at all

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Ok, I thought this second round of diverticulitis was different. I was right. It seems I passed a kidney stone. Well, it is down in my bladder but has not passed out yet. Not to be gross, but when I go to the restroom, I only go a little then it stops, even though I need to go. Sometimes I go normally, others barely at all. I certainly hope it passes soon. However, I am glad I figured it out. I thought it was strange that the pain was different and that it was in a different, although similar, location. If it does not pass soon, I don’t know what can be done.  Here’s to hoping it passes soon!