Exciting News For This Blog! Please Read

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Hi everyone!

This blog has been my heart and soul for years. I love it because it helps me to deal with my lupus while helping others on their journey as well. I have tried to incorporate lots of information about lupus so it can help those who are newly diagnosed as well as those in their journey for a long time. I share my own experiences with lupus from the good to the bad, the drug trial I was in, and how I have come off of most of my meds and started using food as medicine.

You may have noticed that the name of the blog has changed. I have changed it to “My Old Kentucky Homestead”, which is my domain name. While this blog is a work in progress,  trust me, it is still the same blog, it is just a name change.

I will still be posting about lupus and all that comes with that. The same posts are here for you. The only difference is that I am upgrading the blog and making it much easier to navigate. I am also making it more professional. I finally made the decision to upgrade so I can receive passive revenue from all my hard work. This decision has been a long time in the making but I finally am pulling the trigger so to speak.

I also plan on going through the existing lupus posts to update them as many of them have changed through the years. For example, many medications are now not being used or the use has changed. I plan on bringing those posts up to date with current information on the subject.

I hope you will remain with me. I am going to be posting lupus related content as well as my homesteading journey, recipes, herbal remedies, and much more now. You will still have the lupus content as before, but you may find a new recipe you want to try, or learn a bit about the herbal medicines I use. It is going to be a true labor of love for me to combine the two things near and dear to my heart.

I originally started this way and then made a new blog just for my homesteading. This was too difficult to keep up with two blogs so instead, I used my domain name on this one and am combining the two back again. As I said, you will still have the same lupus articles but with added content now.

I know most of you may not be interested in homesteading, but I hope you will welcome the new direction and stick with me here. I really am so excited about this whole big change and I hope you are too.

I want to personally thank each and every one of you for being a follower and for enjoying my passion of sharing our lupus journeys together. Stay with me and we can continue to grow together.

I have plans for merchandise as well. I will be working hard to make this site much more easy to navigate, and new graphics and more personal content too. This is going to be a great change for our family and I hope you enjoy it. Please send me feedback as it grows on what topics you would like to see. I am also going to be working on a few instructional courses to help those interested in a variety of subjects.

Again, thank each and every one of you for being on this ride with me. I hope I do not disappoint you.

Making Maple Sugar At Home

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Making Maple Sugar

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I want to share with you something that I found and cannot wait to try to make myself. The title gives it away here. I took a course from a friend and fellow blogger named Michelle Visser. Her blog is at https://soulyrested.com.

I mention this because I feel sure many of you out there have thought about or already make your own maple syrup. I finally have all the supplies to do my own this coming year. I cannot wait!

Do you like maple syrup? Are you looking to learn more about making it yourself? Do you want to learn how to make maple sugar from all natural maple syrup? Would you like recipes that use maple syrup and/or sugar as a different flavored sweetener?

I have a secret which I am sharing with you all. I took her course on making maple sugar! I was so excited, and I still am, about making this for myself. Michelle is an excellent teacher who knows her stuff. She is a published author of the book called, “Sweet Maple” and you can preorder it now. She and her family make their own syrup and use it in many recipes. She also has online courses about making maple sugar and DIY kombucha. This lady is very knowledgeable about the subject. She has a group on Facebook called Maple Syrup Making as well. She helps you to know what you are doing, and what you can use it for.

I have found her course to be encouraging and informative. It is simple enough that I can follow it and yet she is imparting a wealth of knowledge in the course. If you can, please take it for yourself. I did, and I am so glad I got to do it. It has made me see that something I am interested in (making maple syrup) has facets of use I never knew.

As a newbie in syrup making, ok, I have never made it yet but have all the supplies to finally do it this coming season, Michelle gives encouragement and is a mentor of sorts to those of us who want to do this too. Her family has many trees, but mine only has two, so I may not get to make a lot, but I still want to.

Please, check out her blog at https://soulyrested.com. I am telling you this, if you even are thinking of maple syrup making, please learn all about it by checking her blog out. I did, and trust me, the course is excellent. https://soulyrested.com

Why Do I Blog About Lupus?

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Why I Do This

I am a lupus warrior. I am an advocate for educating others. I have seen many other “lupies”, as we call ourselves, pass away from this disease. I have also seen lupies who committed suicide because of the pain in their bodies and the depression that results from it.

I have 15 grandchildren (a new one arrives in December making it 16) and soon will become a great grandmother of three. I participated in a drug trial because of them. They have a higher risk of developing an autoimmune disease because of genetic markers. If I can help so they do not suffer as I have at times, then it is worth it. The drug trial I was in? Benlysta. It has since been approved by the FDA and is the first new drug in over fifty years that was developed for lupus.

I have participated in lupus walks for years. I have not in the last few years but while participating I have helped raise several thousands of dollars towards research. Yes, I am an advocate. Not in the sense of as my job, but in the sense of living a meaningful life and doing what I can to prevent others walking this path. Walking the walk not just talking the talk.

I am not trying to toot my own horn here or get some glory. You see, there are good days and bad days. I have seen the abyss, and felt like giving up many times. The pull is great when you feel defeated. I always come back feeling more committed and battle tested to face a new day with its set of new challenges. I am a fighter. A warrior. I have seen apathy and judgment from others who think I am lazy and just want attention. Somehow they think I am just pretending to be sick. If they only knew. I actually pretend to be well more than not. Their perceptions used to depress me but now I use it to make me stronger.

The way I fight is different each day and depends on the day and how it unfolds. Each new day is a gift to me. I unwrap the most wonderful present every day when I open my eyes. We are not promised another day. I find that if I look at each day and think that if this were the last time I did this or that, I put myself in the moment and feel the joy, savoring the experiences.

For example, when my grandkids visit, I used to take lots of pictures to scrapbook later. Today, I take one or two pictures and sit and enjoy the time with them, as if it could be the last time I get to see them. I’m not saying that to be maudlin here, but if one of them enjoyed cheer leading, for example, and I went to watch her, then if later she chooses not to do it anymore, I will have beautiful memories of when she DID do it. Enjoy your moments!

So in conclusion, I have just given a few reasons why I advocate about autoimmune diseases in general, and lupus in particular. I feel that if I can help just one person in some small way, then I have had a good day. I will continue to be present each day I am given. I hope I can teach more people about living with lupus and having a full and rich life. It can be done!

What is Goldenrod?

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Goldenrod and its Many Medicinal Uses

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Have you heard of goldenrod? Do you think of it as an allergy cause? This is simply not true. Let me explain.

Goldenrod is one of those beautiful “weeds” that for years has gotten a bad rap as being blamed for autumn allergies. It is even mistaken for ragweed. However, the pollen from goldenrod is not carried through the air like ragweed, in fact, it is quite heavy and sticky and requires pollinators to move the pollen around. It is part of the daisy family of plants (Asteraceae). It is also full of medicinal qualities.

Medicinally speaking, goldenrod has qualities that are antifungal, diuretic, diaphoretic, anti-inflammatory, expectorant, astringent, antiseptic and carminative.

The aerial parts are what is used when in full bloom. You prepare it by making tea, tincture, infused oil, poultices and can powder it as well.

What are some of the medicinal uses?

1. Bladder, Urinary Tract and Kidneys It’s astringent and antiseptic qualities help to tone the urinary tract to fight infection. It nourishes the kidneys and restores balance for them.

2. Skin The leaves and flowers can be infused into oil and used as a poultice for wounds or burns. You can also make a healing salve for your skin with it too.

3. Seasonal Allergies and Colds The astringent quality calms runny eyes, runny nose and sneezing. The antiseptic and antimicrobial qualities helps sore throats. It can also help clear mucus from the lungs (expectorant).

4. Antioxidant Goldenrod is a great source for rutin, a flavonoid that is quite powerful in its benefits for the cardiovascular system. It increases the capillary strength and circulation of the cardiovascular system. It is said to be higher in antioxidants than green tea even!

5. Antifungal It contains saponins so it is a nice alternative to treat candida yeast infections.

As you can see, it has many medicinal qualities that can be used to help in a variety of issues. Goldenrod is quite the plant! Let’s stop blaming it for those allergies and start using it to help the allergies instead! Have you used it? Please share how you use it.

Raw Milk?

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Raw milk is so good for you and can be used in so many ways to make delicious foods. It is filled with the natural goodness and beneficial for our gut. So why can we not buy it from the store? Well, read on my friend.

The problem is that unless you have a goat or cow, raw milk is not available to consumers. The FDA says that this product is fraught with danger because of the harmful bacteria that is present in it in the raw form. However, the truth is that raw milk is much more suited for us than the pasteurized and homogenized product at our local grocery. Why?

First, let’s define what is raw milk? It’s milk that comes from grass-fed cows, is unpasteurized and unhomogenized. This means raw milk contains all of its natural enzymes, fatty acids, vitamins and minerals — making it what many refer to as a “complete food.” In other words, we have been lied to by the FDA about milk, raw milk that is, being bad for us. They make it better for us by removing these beneficial vitamins and minerals and all and leave us with an inferior product.

So, in looking around about this, I found that Dr. Axe had excellent information out there. I will add it here to this post because I think he explains it way better than I could. Please enjoy reading all the fascinating information and then make your own decisions for you and your family. From Dr. Josh Axe website:

“But can’t raw milk cause problems due to the risk of consuming bacteria?

The risk of this happening is very, very low. In fact, according to medical researcher Dr. Ted Beals, M.D., you are 35,000 times more likely to get sick from other foods than you are from raw milk. (1) The CDC reports that there are an estimated 48 million foodborne illnesses diagnosed each year. Of these 48 million illnesses, only about 42 (about 0.0005 percent!) each year are due to consumption of fresh, unprocessed (raw) milk.

As you can see, most accusations and concerns over raw milk have been overstated, and therefore its heath benefits remain underrated. Raw milk benefits are numerous and can help address a large number of nutritional deficiencies that millions of people, especially those eating the standard American diet, are currently experiencing. For instance, raw milk benefits allergies and skin, all while containing beneficial nutrients without the processing dangers.

5 Raw Milk Benefits

1. Reduces Allergies

Studies now suggest that children who drink raw milk are 50 percent less likely to develop allergies and 41 percent less likely to develop asthma compared to children who don’t.  A study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology involved 8,000 children with various diets, and one of the conclusions that researchers made was that by drinking raw milk, children experienced “naturally immunizing” effects.
As documented on the Real Milk website, many other studies carried out over the past century have shown that raw milk benefits and supports children’s growth and development in other ways too, including increasing immunity against infections, boosting dental health and supporting skeletal growth, for example.

You might be wondering: How can raw milk reduce allergies, and isn’t dairy tied to high rates of intolerance or sensitivities? Nutrients like probiotics, vitamin D and immunoglobulins (antibodies) found in raw milk naturally boost the immune system and reduce the risk of allergies in both children and adults. Enzymes found in raw milk help with digestion but are often reduced or destroyed during pasteurization, which can contribute to lactose intolerance.

2. Helps Improve Skin Health

Dairy might have a bad reputation when it comes to causing or worsening acne and skin inflammation, but this is far from the case with raw milk. As we’ve seen, the benefits of raw milk are numerous, but surprisingly one of the most common reasons that people consume it is to benefit their skin. The success stories of people consuming raw milk to improve conditions such as psoriasis, eczema and acne are very widely reported.

Raw milk benefits the skin for the following reasons:

It contains healthy fats: Because raw milk contains large amounts of healthy saturated fats and omega-3 fats, it supports skin hydration. In fact, some people don’t only consume raw milk, but they use raw milk as a moisturizer topically. Today, goat milk soap bars are popular around Europe and making their way to the U.S. more often, and recipes for homemade moisturizing face creams using raw milk can be found all over the Internet.
It supplies probiotics: Probiotics in raw milk can kill off or balance bad bacteria in your gut, which can dramatically affect the health of your skin. Research shows that inflammation and unbalanced gut flora contribute to skin issues such as acne and eczema.

3. Helps Prevent Nutrient Deficiencies

According to the USDA, nearly 1,000 calories a day in the average American’s diet (out of a total 2,775 calories) can be attributed to added fats and added sugars or sweeteners. In comparison, nutrient-rich foods like raw dairy, fruits and vegetables only contribute about 424 calories.  You can see why deficiencies in nutrients like magnesium, potassium, vitamin A and vitamin K are so common.

One serving of raw milk contains about 400 milligrams of calcium, 50 milligrams of magnesium and 500 milligrams of potassium.  These minerals are vitally important for cellular function, hydration, building bone density, blood circulation, detoxification, muscle health and metabolism. These happen to be three minerals many children and adults are deficient in, which is especially problematic considering most people have a high sodium intake.

4. Can Be Used to Make Probiotic Foods

Probiotics are microorganisms that line your gut and support nutrient absorption. They also help protect you from foreign invaders like E. coli and parasites. The best way to include probiotics in your diet is to get them in their most natural state, which includes raw milk products, such as cheese, kefir and yogurt. Real, raw and organic probiotic yogurt, cheeses and kefir have been consumed by some of the healthiest populations living around the world for thousands of years (such as those who call the famous Blue Zones home).

Some disorders probiotic foods are known to help with include:

Colon cancer
Diarrhea
Inflammatory bowel disease
Intestinal infections
Irritable bowel syndrome
Skin infections
Weakened immune system
Urinary track infections
Vaginal yeast infection

5. Doesn’t Contain Added Sugar or Synthetic Ingredients

In addition to pasteurization, conventional milk also usually undergoes a homogenization process. Homogenization is a high-pressure process that breaks down fat into tiny particles — however, fat subjected to high heat and pressure becomes oxidized and rancid. Many low-fat dairy products also have thickening agents added to make up for lost texture, and some have even been tied to rising rates of inflammatory diseases like cancer. Raw milk needs no added thickeners or shelf-stabilizers and also doesn’t contain added sugar or flavors.

Most foods have some levels of natural sugar, including raw dairy, which has the type called lactose. The natural sugar in dairy is balanced with other nutrients and therefore not a concern (even healthy for you in moderation). However, many dairy products now contain multiple added ingredients, including extra sugar or artificial sweeteners, to boost taste. Added sugars come in many forms (for example, cane juice, corn sweetener, dextrose, fructose and high fructose corn syrup) and are unnecessary and harmful in excess.

Raw Milk Nutrition Facts
Raw milk is truly one of the most nutrient-dense foods in the world and has a nutritional profile unlike any other food. I understand if you’ve been cautious in the past about drinking raw milk because of all the negative media it might have earned, but I’m sure you’ll change your mind once you learn why more and more people are drinking raw milk every day.

Some of the main reasons that over 10 million Americans now drink raw milk on a regular basis include:

Healthier skin, hair and nails
Nutrient absorption
Stronger immune system
Reduced allergies
Increased bone density
Neurological support
Weight loss
Help building lean muscle mass
Better digestion

What exactly makes raw milk such an incredible superfood? Let’s take a look at its unique nutritional profile, and it will become clear.

Nutritional Profile of Raw Milk

Fat-Soluble Vitamins A, D and K2

Because raw milk comes from cows or goats grazing on grass, research studies have shown that it contains a higher level of heart-healthy, cancer-killing, fat-soluble vitamins than milk that comes from factory-farm cows. (8) Studies have shown that one of the most common deficiencies in children is a lack of fat-soluble vitamins. These vitamins support the brain and nervous system and are crucial for development, focus and brain function. Fat-soluble vitamins also support bone density and help naturally balance hormones, however they’re significantly decreased following pasteurization.
Short Chain Fatty Acids, CLA and Omega-3s

In addition to being high in anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids, raw milk from grass-fed animals is a rich source of butyrate, a short chain fatty acid that’s widely known to control health issues related to inflammation, slow metabolism and stress resistance.  In fact, researchers in Japan conducted a study on mice that suggests that butyrate can be used to treat inflammatory bowel diseases, such as Crohn’s disease.  Additionally, raw, grass-fed milk is packed with conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which according to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Cancer has been tied to cancer prevention, healthier cholesterol levels and can even help reduce body fat.

Essential Minerals and Electrolytes: Calcium, Magnesium and Potassium

Raw milk is one of the highest sources of minerals and electrolytes, which many people don’t get enough of. Unfortunately, a significant percentage of these minerals is lost during high-heat pasteurization.

Whey Protein and Immunoglobulins

far, the best-tasting curds and whey protein come from raw milk. Whey protein is fantastic for anyone who’s looking to burn fat and build or retain lean muscle. Whey is high in the following enzymes and proteins (amino acids) and the best way to get these immunity boosters is in their natural forms: alpha-lactalbumin, beta-lactoglobulin, bovine serum albumin and immunoglobulin.

Probiotics: Kefir, Cheese and Yogurt

Probiotics are only found in small amounts in raw milk, but when you ferment raw milk to make foods like kefir, yogurt or cheese, the good bacteria dramatically increase. In fact, there are no other foods in the world as naturally high in probiotics as cultured dairy products.

And these are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to raw milk benefits. One thing to clear up here is that raw milk doesn’t just come from cows. Researchers have carried out comparative studies on the properties of goat milk compared to those of cow milk and have found reason to believe that goat milk can help prevent diseases, such as anemia and bone demineralization, sometimes better than cow milk can. Goat milk has been linked with special benefits for digestive and metabolic utilization of minerals, such as iron, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium.

Raw Milk vs. Conventional Milk

Dairy products have gotten a bad rap over the years, but this is actually mostly due to the pasteurization process. When milk is pasteurized, it destroys many of the nutrients that make raw milk beneficial. Why is pasteurization even performed in the first place then? Because it exposes milk to very high temperatures, it can also kill harmful bacteria that are possibly able to make their way into the milk. However, as mentioned above, it’s very rare for these types of bacteria to be found in milk to begin with.

Key nutrients and enzymes are greatly reduced during the pasteurization process. If you consider the fact that many of these nutrients are not only reduced, but altered from their original states, you can understand that some of these nutrients are completely unavailable for your body to use and very difficult to digest.

Vitamin B and C levels are decreased as well. In multiple studies, it’s been found low-temperature pasteurization decreases vitamin C content by up to 25 percent, along with the content of B vitamins, iron and calcium. Further reductions in nutritional value takes place when milk sits on supermarket shelves sometimes for weeks where it’s kept until sold.  Some have found that following pasteurization, vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is oxidized into dehydroascorbic acid, which is an inactive, degraded form of vitamin C that does not have the same benefits as natural vitamin C. Other studies have found that pasteurization in other food products reduces overall antioxidant activities by about 55 percent to 60 percent and reduces vitamin B2 concentrations by up 48 percent.

Allergies and lactose intolerance are higher with pasteurization as well. Another major negative of pasteurization is that it destroys the digestive enzymes needed to break down and absorb certain nutrients. In the previously mentioned study, researchers found lactase (the enzyme in dairy) levels are greatly reduced with pasteurization, which is one explanation as to why so many people are lactose-intolerant. A survey conducted by the Weston A. Price Foundation found that of 700 families interviewed, amazingly about 80 percent of those diagnosed with lactose intolerance stopped having symptoms when they switched to raw milk.

To put things into perspective, according to certain medical studies, the following nutrients are destroyed or altered during pasteurization include:

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How to Purchase and Use Raw Milk

Where to Buy Raw Milk

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Raw dairy isn’t always easy to find, since laws differ from state to state regarding consumers’ rights to buy raw milk. There are three main places you can look for raw dairy products:

Local farmers market — I go to my local farmers market and buy raw goat’s milk kefir, raw cheeses and plain raw milk. In the state I live it’s labeled “for pet consumption only,” and while I do give raw milk to my dog, my whole family enjoys the benefits of raw milk from the farmers market.

Whole Foods Market — I buy a lot of “raw” cheeses at health food stores. Whole Foods has a large selection of raw cheeses, including raw sheep cheese, which is my absolute favorite. For a healthy and delicious appetizer or dessert, my family will dip our cheese in raw local honey.

Online — There are certain online companies that sell raw dairy products directly to consumers, including Beyond Organic, Wise Choice Market and Real Milk. These retailers will have raw cheeses shipped right to your front door.

You will likely come to find that there are different kinds of raw milks or raw dairy products available from these retailers, including those from cows and also from sheep or goats. Raw goat milk can be a great alternative to cow milk, since for many people it’s even easier to digest. It can be beneficial to experiment with different types of raw dairy products to see which you enjoy most and benefit most from.

Raw Milk Recipe Ideas

Concerned about how raw milk will taste and if you will need to add a sweetener to achieve the results you want?

If you’re accustomed to eating sweetened dairy products, such as fruit-flavored yogurt or chocolate milk, then the taste of unsweetened raw dairy might not be what you’re used to. However, you’ll be happy to know that most people absolutely love the flavor of raw dairy, and many claim that it tastes much, much better than the store-bought kinds. Instead of buying sweetened dairy, try sweetening your own raw dairy when needed with small amounts of natural sweeteners, such as raw honey, coconut sugar, dates and organic stevia leaf.

How to Use Raw Milk on Your Skin

To benefit from raw milk’s skin-soothing nutrients, you can easily make your own raw milk face cream. Simply mix the ingredients below, then put the mixture onto freshly washed skin and leave for two to five minutes before rinsing off.

2 tablespoons of raw cream
2 tablespoons of raw honey
2 teaspoons of lemon juice

If you can’t find raw cream, try using raw kefir instead, which is quite possibly the highest probiotic-rich food on the planet. Using kefir as a face wash and also consuming it internally can kill off bad bacteria on both your skin and within your GI tract that are the main cause of dry, flaking skin and acne.

Potential Side Effects/Cautions of Drinking Raw Milk

Although millions of people can attest that raw milk is safe to consume, delicious and beneficial in many ways, there are always still risks to be aware of. According to the CDC, past cases of foodborne illnesses associated with raw milk consumption have been due to bacteria (such as Brucella, Listeria, Mycobacterium bovis), salmonella, shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (E. coli), and certain parasites or viruses. The risk is highest among infants and young children, the elderly, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems due to other medical problems.

Keep in mind that the nutritional/mineral content of milk varies depending on conditions where it was produced, soil quality, geographical location, species of cow, health of the animal, how fresh it is and more. Buy raw dairy products from a reputable distributor, read customer reviews, ask your local farmers market for recommendations, store products in the refrigerator and consume within a short period of time for the safest and best results.

Final Thoughts on Raw Milk Benefits
Raw milk comes from cows, goats, sheep or other animals that have usually been grass-fed and raised in humane conditions. The milk is unpasteurized and therefore retains more of its natural nutrients and benefits.

Raw milk benefits include improved immunity, healthier skin, reduced allergies, healthier growth and development, lower risk for nutrient deficiencies, and much more.
Real milk has been consumed safely for many centuries, can be found online or at farmers markets, and can also be obtained from raw cheeses, yogurt or kefir.

Post surgery update part 2

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Thankful and Blessed
I put some personal stuff on my blog and this is going to be one of those posts. I mentioned that I had surgery in May. Well, I was still having pain in one small area and when I had my post op visit, I told my surgeon about it. She said if it continued, let her know the following week and she would order tests. It continued to hurt so she ordered a CT scan of my abdomen and pelvis to see what the issue could be.
Now, I knew something was wrong because of all the pain I was in. So, a friend offered to drive us to Lexington for the test. Knowing the pain was real and it had to be something, packed an overnight “hospital” bag with clothes and necessities I might need “just in case”.
At the CT scan, I told the nurse that I live pretty far from Lexington and if something is amiss, I knew she could not tell me but if she could indicate should we hang out in Lexington for a bit. She told me that if she sees something important, she marks the test “STAT” so the doctor gets it right away. Once the scans were done (have I mentioned how awful the drinking contrast is?), she sat me up and this is what she said, “Why don’t you get a bite to eat right now. I am marking this STAT.” So, I knew she saw something but not what it was.
We went to Wendy’s, where I got a junior cheeseburger and water. Before I was done eating, my surgeon called me herself. Again, this was not good news. When the doctor calls you pretty quickly after a test, it is never good news.
What was the verdict? She told me I have a PVT or portal vein thrombosis. Basically, a big blood clot in the large vein going to the liver. Yikes! My doctor said while it sounds scary, and to be fair she was a little anxious too I could tell, I needed to go back to the hospital where I had my surgery and go to the ER. Right now. Do not pass GO, do not collect $200. So, off to the ER we went.
At the ER, they studied the CT from the facility, and decided to do another one. Afterwards, they admitted me overnight for “observation”. I got to my room a little before midnight. Once I knew I was being admitted, I sent hubs and our friend home. It had been a VERY long day.
I was admitted and in my room finally got some rest, but not before getting that lovely belly injection of lovenox. Around 3 am, they came for blood, and various other things each hour until 7 am. I was taken for an unltrasound at that point.
The doctors did rounds and came in to see me. Here is the irony of this whole shebang. I was checked out and told that my pain is from my back nerves. It was not from the blood clot at all. However, because of this pain, they discovered this clot. The good news is they found it. It had not completely blocked the vein yet. If it did that, the consequences were not good at all and since I was having no symptoms of the clot, it could have been really bad indeed. Basically, the pain was my saving grace. I am so thankful and blessed that I had the pain (and still do) because it helped find the clot would could have caused liver failure and even death.
This was all explained to me in detail by the doctors. In the end, I am home now and on treatment for the clot. Thankful and blessed? Absolutely. God is good all the time!
My advice is this…know the risks that could occur when you have surgery. Clots are a common thing that can occur with abdominal surgery of any type. If you feel like something is wrong, tell your doctor. Do not feel like you are a whiner. These things are real and can cause a lot of harm. Your doctor does not want you to suffer in pain because you are too scared or proud to call them with an issue.
I have had four abdominal surgeries and this is the only time I have had complications like this. It pays to listen to your body and check it out if in doubt. If you don’t, you might find the outcome not good.
I am so thankful for my pain that helped find this silent issue. I am also thankful for my doctors who did their due diligence and figured out the cause of my pain and the treatment for my clot. They did not think I was crazy. They genuinely listened and because of their concern, they checked it out. I am blessed because I am alive and able to enjoy a new day. Now, back to homesteading and recipes. Thanks for listening.

Post surgery update part 1

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Hello! I am Back!
Hello all…I am back. Yes, I was missing for a time there but now I have returned. I have surgery behind me now, I am healing nicely, and I am really happy to be back in the saddle. Did you miss me?
Surgery went well. I had such a diseased colon that they removed a little over 18 inches of it. I also had a partial hysterectomy and my appendix removed. I had a coupon for a free tummy tuck but they forgot to do that. Just as well.
My surgery was done laproscopically so I have four tiny incisions and one big one. The big one still hurts like the dickens but the other four are healing nicely. I have lost weight but I am not sure how much. I will find out next week at the doctors office.
I am on a soft diet, transitioning from a liquid diet. I miss eating real food but for now this is good. My GI tract is learning its new reality so I need to do this properly. I am on weight restrictions as far as lifting goes too. Oh joy!
The hardest thing for me to do, or not do, is my garden. It is growing so fast and I need to get out there and do a few things like pick peas, and such. I need dirt on my hands and to feel the plants as they grow.
I knew this would be difficult, although I played it down. Each day my focus is on getting stronger and doing it by recuperating and laying off the things I cannot do but focusing on the things I can do. I have found I enjoy watching my husband do housework. I mean, he does it at times, but for now he is the sole cleaner. I think he has a new respect for what all I do daily.
As for the blog here, I plan to begin posting starting today with this post. I am officially back and have some cool topics coming up for you. Please stick around and let’s see if we can learn new things together!
Thanks for your patience while I have been missing. I am back and ready to roll. Do you have any topics you wish to see here? Please let me know! I hope you have a great day!