Saturday, October 22, 2016

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

October 22, 2016

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Today is a national day to help rid your home of old, out-of-date prescription medicines.  The National Day was started to also help get dangerous drugs away from those who shouldn't have them (such as opioids getting into the hands of children).  In the past, many people just flushed old pills down the toilet.  We now know that this isn't the best way to keep our waterways clean.  I don't like to throw mine in the trash, because I don't want anyone to take them who shouldn't.

As a patient with many chronic illnesses, I have many bottles of medicines that haven't been used.  This is because doctors have tried me out on numerous medicines that made me quickly sick.  I had to give up on these pills after one or two doses.  These trial-and-error techniques that are sometimes used on us leave us with lots of pills.  We don't want them, and they need to go.

I've never taken opioids or drugs that were addictive, so I didn't have to worry that anyone would want to abuse them.  But, this is a good idea to have a Drug Take-Back Day.  I'll be digging out some old and unused pills and taking them to a drop-off location.  To find a place near you to dispose of your old medicine, you can check HERE.
@2016, copyright Lisa Ehrman

Friday, October 21, 2016

Chronic Illness: Little Changes In My Head

My second day without Topamax brings me to a positive place.  Even though it's only two mornings, those mornings were met with a clear head.  A clear head is hard to describe, but it is something that is very different from a drugged feeling.  This isn't to say that I feel great.  I still have Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and the pain that goes with it.  I still have headaches and the vision that goes with it.  I still have Orthostatic Hypotension.  In fact, I've almost fainted a few times lately.  My heart rate is irregular and this makes my fatigue even worse.

The relief of being off Topamax is worth all the withdrawal symptoms.  I will pray that my memory gets better.  Topamax made me so stupid and unreliable.  I hope that my typing will stop being dyslexic, too.  At least we have spell check, which saves me.  Hubby can tell that I'm different.  I certainly hope I'm returning to normal.

Spending so many months, basically in bed, makes me feel like I've missed entire chunks of my life.  In a way, being over-medicated, does take away your life.  I hope and pray that this change will help me to function a little better.  
@2016, copyright Lisa Ehrman

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chunk Scone Recipe

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chunk Scones

2 Cups Almond Flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 Cup Chocolate Chunks
1 Egg
3 Tablespoons Honey

Mix flour, baking powder and chocolate in large bowl.  Mix 1 egg and honey in small bowl.  Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients.  Form dough into triangle shapes (scone shape).  Place on parchment lined cookie sheet or stoneware.  Bake at 350 for about 10 minutes or until light brown.

This recipe was found on ElanasPantry.  I changed it to fit my tastes.  I think you'll find that it's delicious, and will want to make more!
@2016, copyright Lisa Ehrman

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Topamax Withdrawal: The Last Pill

Today's the day!  This morning I take my last pill.  I'll take 1/2 of a Topamax pill and that will be the last one.  What an exciting day!  I've been counting down the days on my calendar on the refrigerator, because I don't trust my memory.  Of course, this makes it easy to be anxious about the end date.

My side-effects have been most centered around headaches and digestion.   Both were written as possible withdrawal side-effects.  I have headaches everyday anyway.  I also have nausea everyday.  I've had some actual stomach pain and bloating the last week.  I've tried to drink more water.  I did start drinking Gatorade, and hope that's not the cause of the problem.  But, with my mast-cell issues, it could be?

Whatever happens after today with side-effects, I'm expecting to have more trouble.  But, I'll be celebrating (minus the happy dance) because the pills are gone!  Here's the last one.

@2016, copyright Lisa Ehrman

Monday, October 17, 2016

Together on Tuesdays Blog Hop #104 & Giveaway

Welcome to Together on Tuesdays Blog Hop #104 & Giveaway

We're offering a Free One-Month Blog Ad Giveaway

Great Opportunity for Bloggers to Spread the News About Their Blog

The  dates for our Blog Hop and Giveaway will be Now through Sunday the 23rd.  This gives you lots of time to add your posts here, as well as visit other wonderful bloggers posts, too!  After you visit around, please "Like" your favorite post.  The post with the most "like" votes will be featured next week.  

I hope you're having a wonderful week and have many great things to share!  Last weeks posts were super!  They'll all be posted on our Together on Tuesdays Pinterest Board!  You may enter any of your posts as long as they are Family-friendly (G-rated).  You may add as many as you like!  ....this includes: posts, reviews, giveaways, linky parties, DIYs, recipes, etc. 

So, let's get Together on Tuesdays :)

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@2016, copyright Lisa Ehrman

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Being Discontent About Some Things

There's one thing about my chronic illnesses that I can't and shouldn't be content about.  This is the issue of being overweight.  As we all know, being overweight is bad for our health, especially after menopause.  I've gained 30 pounds since my hysterectomy.  Of course, during this time, I've not been able to exercise at all.  Because of my illness, I have spent most of my time on the couch.  

I haven't given up hope on exercising.  I know that it's never too late to start.  As I'm nearing the end of my Topamax withdrawal, I feel that my dizziness will soon be better.  If I'm not dizzy, I know that I can return to walking and attending my physical therapy sessions.  These two things will most certainly help with weight control and overall pain reduction.  I have hope that this will happen.

I hate being overweight!  It makes me feel terrible.  There is not much that I can do about it right now.  I won't be content to be overweight.  My goal is before me.  My plan is made.  I'm just waiting for the ability to get started.  So, I guess it's alright to be discontent about some things.
@2016, copyright Lisa Ehrman

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day

Today is a day of remembrance for those of us who have suffered the loss of a pregnancy or infant.  As a mother who has experienced three miscarriages, I can say that these memories never go away.  Thinking back on the pregnancies, I can still feel the love and expectation for each baby.  Each baby was loved and planned for.  I thought of them as my child and dreamed of the day when they would be born.  I thought of names for each child and wondered if they would look like me.  

Having a miscarriage was a sudden death to the dream.  It was an abrupt death of my baby.  Just as they were growing, but before they could be held in my arms, they were lost.  The loss is so deep that it can't be explained in words.  I have never felt such grief!  It's a lonely grief, because most people don't acknowledge the loss in the way you feel it.  It's a loss that is held in and pondered for a life-time.  

My heart was lovingly healed over time by God.  His love healed my deep hurt and comforted me.  I know I will see my three children someday.  He also blessed me with three children here, after risky pregnancies.  I still feel the sadness of miscarriage, but I have hope.  I can certainly grieve with others who have lost pregnancies or infants.  It is an indescribable pain.  
@2016, copyright Lisa Ehrman