Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Chronic Illness & Everyday Worship

My physical therapist insisted that I have at least one massage per month.  Although it's expensive, I told her we would try for at least one thirty-minute massage per month.  She said that with my back and joint problems that I absolutely needed this for my health.

I haven't had a massage in a few years, because of the price.  I know that they are really beneficial to my health, but aren't covered by insurance.  All my other therapies are covered, so I don't hesitate to continue keep them up.  Today I had a 30 minute session and I was determined to make the most of it.

When I arrived, I was having a dizzy spell and could barely stand.  It was such a relief to get undressed and resting flat on the massage table.  The room was a little too warm and the essential oil scent was starting to make me nauseated.  After a few minutes the spell was over and I began to feel better.  The therapist used unscented oil on my back.  I made certain that she understood my conditions: Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, Scoliosis and that my shoulders were unstable.  I felt this was enough since she would only work on my back today.  She decided to not work too deep, which was just about perfect.

She did work on the knots in my neck and upper back area, though.  These knots are always present and even without severe rubbing, the knots were much better.  I began to feel better.  I usually have to remind myself to relax during massage.  Even with the new age music and dull lighting, my mind will spin with all of my problems or to-do list.

I thought I would pray, and thought about all my kid's prayer needs.  Then, I thought, "No, I'm going to pray for me."  I prayed for the massage to help me.  Then I started to meditate on Scripture verses.  All the verses that I could think of about thankfulness, salvation, everything.  I mediated on hymns that I love and I began to worship God.  Then I started focusing on the verse - I am fearfully and wonderfully made.  This brought tears to my eyes.  As I was laying there in pain, realizing that my body was so messed up and had so many health problems - and yet, I am fearfully and wonderfully made...just the way I'm designed to be.

I'm so thankful for God and for His wisdom.

 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.  Ps 139:14

@2016, copyright Lisa Ehrman

Monday, August 22, 2016

Together on Tuesdays Blog Hop #96

Welcome to

Together on Tuesdays Blog Hop #96

August 23- August 29th

I'm so glad you stopped by to post one or more of your favorites with us today.  Feel free to add any Family-friendly post: writing, photo, recipe, giveaway, linky party, review, whatever.  All posts will be shared on the Together on Tuesdays Pinterest Board.  I'll do my best to follow each of you and comment, too.  

Please visit each other and "Like" your favorites.  The post with the most Likes will be Featured the following week, with a shout-out in my newsletter, too!  Meet new friends and grow your blogs & Follow~

Well, come on and let's get....Together on Tuesdays!!!!

My Newest Hobby/Obsession

My newest hobby/obsession is tracing my family and my husband's ancestry.  It's another easy thing to do when you are chronically ill, because you can do it online.  Using my laptop, I can spend many hours on the couch searching for long-ago relatives.  I find that the days fly by when I'm seeing new ancestors pop-up on my computer screen.

I've actually found all 4 sides for both of us now back to before they immigrated to America.  One family line goes back to the 1100's.  This is just a blast!!!  Hubby loves all the new info that I find, too.

Have you spent time tracing your ancestors?  How was your experience?  What, if any service, did you use?  I'm using ancestor.com. and it's pretty easy to use (after you get used to it).
@2016, copyright Lisa Ehrman

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Together on Tuesdays Blog Hop #95

Welcome to 

Together on Tuesdays Blog Hop #95

What have you been up to this week?  I hope you're ready to share some of your wonderful posts with us!  My chronic migraines have slowed me down lately, but I hope to keep up with the Blog Hop a little better this week!

Come on and add as many as you want: giveaways, reviews, linky parties, and anything that is family-friendly!  All posts will be shared on Pinterest Together on Tuesdays Board, too.  Vote for your favorite, so that we can have a featured post!

Archie didn't like his rain jacket

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Content with a Stay-cation

Have you priced a vacation lately?  We did, and after we did, it had us looking for an alternative.  We decided that this was the year for a stay-cation.  Our original plans were to go to a beach somewhere and only go out during the early morning and around dusk.  We can't take the sun exposure, and I can't do anything except sit in a chair.

 Because of my chronic illness that keeps me from walking very far, I'm not able to do very much on a vacation.  So, we found that spending a huge amount of money on hotels didn't seem worth it right now.  And, who wants to pack all those suitcases?

We talked about staying home and just doing what we wanted around town or the area.  Everyone liked that idea.  We are all homebodies anyway.  It's much easier to keep the dog calm at home, too.  So, we decided that being able to try some new restaurants would be a super stay-cation for us.  And, then we could just be bums during the day if we wanted.  I know, that might be boring for some people.  Our family was very happy with it, because we rarely eat out.

We also are enjoying the Olympics and the beginnings of NFL pre-season.  I'm thankful to have the funds to eat out, have cable and (especially this time of year) air-conditioning!  What are you thankful for today?

Thursday, August 11, 2016

TheraSpecs Eyewear Review

"I have been given this product as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers Network.  Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own, and I was in no way influenced by the company."

I was judging my last group of piano students for the city music teachers association on a beautiful Saturday.  I had noticed the college studio we were in had a flickering florescent light in the right corner of the room.  I tried to avoid looking at it by turning my chair in the opposite direction, but it was too late.  I had been sitting there for an hour before I had seen the light, blinking constantly.  That is why my head was starting to hurt.

There were only three piano students left and the pain was getting worse.  My eyes were very sensitive to this florescent lighting and the rest is history.  It became my worst migraine ever!  I couldn't drive home and ended up in the doctor's office getting a shot two days later.  I've learned to RUN from flickering florescent lights.

When I heard about TheraSpecs, I wanted to try them.  I'm definitely photosensitive.  The story of TheraSpecs is a great one.  A wonderful husband (Hart Shafer) developed these for his wife, Kerrie, who suffered with chronic migraines.  When he wanted to help her with her light sensitivity problem, there were very few solutions.  She needed lightweight frames and precision-tinted eye wear.  He developed TheraSpecs  to filter  the light that studies have shown that trigger or worsen migraines, headaches, eyestrain, and many other health conditions.  There are 6 different styles to chose from and you can get indoor and outdoor lenses in each style.  TheraSpecs are also fully customizable.  They can be made prescription lenses and placed in any frame.  

Research has shown that TheraSpecs can:
  1. Reduce migraine attacks by 74%
  2. Bring relief to almost 90% of people who try them
  3. Filter nearly 80% of the most harmful wavelengths of blue-green light, including  those associated with the pulsing in florescent lighting
  4. Offer therapeutic relief without side effects or risk of medication overuse headache

My migraines are caused by numerous things (as much as I and my neurologist can tell): Florescent lights that flicker, bright sunlight, chemical smells, neck-aches, crying, etc.  I also get rebound headaches from medicines and also terrible side-effects from my migraine preventive medicines.  So, when I find TheraSpecs to knock out some or all of my migraine pain with NO side-effects, I am thrilled!  

When I received the TheraSpecs in the mail, I put them on immediately.  I already had a migraine that day.  I had been on the computer that day a lot.  Immediately, I noticed how my eyes felt "relaxed", because I am always squinting.  The light in the room seemed to be just right.  The computer light was great and my headache eased within 1 hour.  In two hours my headache was gone.

Now, my headache didn't disappear every day.  But, honestly with my severely damaged discs in my neck and Ehlers Danlos Syndrome pain, I can't expect these glasses to cure all of my headaches.  It certainly does take care and stop all of my eyestrain!  I would recommend them for everyone who has problems with photosensitivity, eyestrain, light sensitivity inducing migraines, etc.  It makes a huge difference!  

The glasses look, feel, and fit like high quality glasses.  I'm very pleased with my pair and plan to wear them daily.  I read that wearing them up to a month will give me the full effect of the therapy for my treatment for the migraine.  I'm hoping that I'll see even more improvement.  When you have numerous chronic illnesses, as I do, you take every bit of pain relief and rejoice.  Every amount of improvement from each pair of glasses (or other device, etc) adds up to a great deal of help.  
@2016, copyright Lisa Ehrman

Disclosure:  I'm not a medical expert.  All opinions are 100% my own.  If you need medical help, please consult your personal physician.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016


I love watching and cheering for the USA!  The Olympic games have always been a favorite for me and my family.  When the children were young we watched together and also learned a lot about the different countries.  We would get out the globe and find each country as well as study something about the country, too.  Some of the countries we studied would be more in depth.  We even had some evenings where we cooked meals from different countries that we would choose.  All of this was great fun!

Even when the kids no longer wanted to do this, we enjoyed watching our favorite sports.  It's great now with internet streaming, that you don't have to miss any event!  When you are chronically ill and have nothing to do but lie around, this can really cheer up your day.  I've had so many headaches lately that watching the Olympics has been a wonderful thing for me.  As a former (very competitive) person who always fed off the athletes spirit, I really got into the competition.  Now, I don't get so tense, but really cheer for all our athletes.  Their amazing lives must be respected for the dedication to the greatness they've achieved.

Many of us who are now so sick were at one time successful at something.  We may appear now to have nothing going for us, but at one time we had dedication to something.  I worked very hard at my goals before chronic illness stopped me.  Some people with chronic illness never even get any chances to meet any physical goals.  I'll have memories of an earlier life when I was physically strong and musically gifted.

I do enjoy watching others with great gifts: it's a fun escape to watch sports.  Many in the Olympics are very young and some are even older.  You sometimes hear stories of over-comers and that is encouraging.  What is your favorite part of the Olympics?
@2016, copyright Lisa Ehrman