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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Traveling with Chronic Pain

Traveling with Chronic Pain

Schools out and it's time to visit family!  I was so excited to hit the road to see loved ones that I have missed.  The trip was so much less stressful with Archie.

 He made the trip seem shorter.  It seemed like a miracle that I didn't have a headache!  I did ache everywhere else, though.  My shoulder Lidocaine patches helped a good bit.  I always use them on car trips.  I use everything possible on car trips to help with pain!

The main thing we do before and during car trips is pray.  We pray together before we pull out of the driveway.  We ask other's to pray for us, too.  I pray along the way.  And, we're all thankful when we make it to our destination safely.

What do you do to travel with less pain when you have Chronic Illness?
I take all my pain medication.  I stop and  move around every two hours.  I stay hydrated.  I consciously try to relax my muscles as much as possible.  

Friday, May 20, 2016

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Together on Tuesdays Blog Hop #83

Together on Tuesdays
Blog Hop #83

Our Featured Blogger from last week is:

who shared

I hope you'll click on her link, head on over to her blog and visit!  KT will LOVE for you to come by!

I hope you will all share lots of Family-Friendly posts this week.  They will all be shared on the Together on Tuesdays Pinterest Board.  If you will PLEASE vote for your favorite (by "Liking" that post with a click) then we will have a featured post next week, too.  Thank you!  

So, let's all get.....Together on Tuesdays!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Great Sale on Books

Christianbook.com is having a Closeout Sale!  Don't Miss It
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Saturday, May 14, 2016

Celebrating with Chronic Illness

Thursday and Friday have been one big party and today is Crash Day!  These two days have been two very special days in our family, though.  Thursday night my youngest had his community college graduation.  The graduation was held at a busy local university with limited parking, so Hubby drove him to the rehearsal.  We all went two hours early to the commencement for the line-up and to get good seats.  There were plenty of good seats and the ceremony was very nice.  We have snap-shots and video for memories.  The college was also taking professional photos to purchase.  We were very proud parents of our Summa Cum Laude graduate.  He'll continue on in the fall at a four-year university to earn a degree in Math.  I'm certainly glad that he got his math abilities from his Dad.

Yesterday was my 54th birthday and I awoke to Hubby bringing a box of fresh donuts, balloons, and a box of candy!  I really thinks he wants me to get fatter....just kidding.  After breakfast and lots of coffee, we just relaxed most of the day.  He wanted to take me to an English Tea Room place, but I asked for a rain-check because I really can't eat two "special" meals in one day without getting sick.  He understood what I meant, and wasn't offended.  My sad stomach really can't deal with new and unusual foods very well....ugh.  But, we'll enjoy that for another date-night :)

When our oldest and his wife got off work, Hubby had prepared a delicious meal for dinner!  We all stuffed ourselves with grilled salmon steaks and the works.  I had asked for him to buy a special lemon-blueberry cake from our local restaurant, which was delicious.  We didn't know, but our daughter had also sent a gift from a local bakery of spectacular cupcakes!  So, we had multiple sweet choices for dessert.  We were all miserably full, but happy and enjoyed the night together.  I was presented with the famous funny-Mom cards and sweet gifts.

The visits with family bring the memories that I will always treasure.  Each year, the visits are more and more valuable.  I treasure them more than ever.  Even when I don't feel well, I try to squeeze every drop of joy out of them.  They don't come as often as you think they will.

Today, I'm paying for all the celebrating, the walking up and down the stairs, eating the heavy sweets, etc.  I also experienced some sort of event this morning (maybe seizure or migraine); it was very weird.  Whatever it was, the dog knew something was wrong and came and stayed right with me and didn't move.  Having Hubby here made me feel better, especially when he prayed for me.  No matter if I'm celebrating or fearful, I know God is here and He cares.

Psalms 56:3-4 - What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. 

@2016, copyright Lisa Ehrman

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Can You Home School When You're Living With Chronic Illness?

My chronic illness didn't become severe until my last homeschooled child was a junior in high school.  By this time in his education, he was very good at self-directed learning.  Because I don't have the expertise to handle high-school math or science, we were already using DVD learning as well as tutors (when necessary).  He and I were sailing along smoothly with a Classical/Charlotte Mason mix of homeschooling.  I must confess that he has been the easiest child to teach I've had!

By the time my children were in 9th grade, they were in charge of their own assignment book.  I would record the assignment, and they were to keep it up and  check off their work.  I would check their work and grade their homework and quizzes/tests.  We had a system for making flashcards and other drills, etc.  Other study skills were taught so that the goal was to be ready for college classes.  I'm glad he was prepared, because by the 11th grade I was very unwell.  He took my plans and took over his education.  He was very driven and diligent and things went well.  We hit a few bumps, but his sister tutored him a little.

He took a heavy load his junior and senior year.  He was able to join a homeschool book club, debate club and an informal chess club.  His senior year was tough, but he did have a wonderful math tutor for Calculus.  Although I spent much of the time in bed, he was very hard-working and worked around my sickness.  The Charlotte Mason approach was very good because he did a lot of writing/summaries.  This is wonderful for college preparation and he was ready for his English classes.  He just finished 4 of them with all A's.

I think having a sick mom helped him to learn to be compassionate and put other's first.  He always was a person who was caring, but this probably made him more sensitive to the needs of others.  So, don't let your chronic illness stop you from homeschooling.  Pray for God's direction.  Find a curriculum plan that won't wear you out.  Be flexible with your plan and your time.  Love your kids!
@2016, copyright Lisa Ehrman

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Comparing the Histamine Diet to the Ehlers Danlos Diet

Even though I'm taking many medications for Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and Mast Cell Disorder, I still suffer with symptoms from both.  Changing my diet could possibly improve my life with these health problems.  It has been something worth looking into.  I've been reading on the internet about the research done to help those of us who are willing to change our diets.  Some foods can cause reactions to those of us with Mast Cell Disorder.  This is pretty obvious when it leads to allergic reaction or anaphylaxis.

One of the books written about EDS and diet is authored by Dr. Heidi A. Collins.  She has a website where I found some of these "Diet" recommendations.  You can learn more there and purchase her books if you are interested.  She also recommends supplements that help EDS patients.  Here are the foods that she says must be omitted from the diet:
fermented foods
Nightshades: Tomato, potatoes
Grilled, fried, toasted

There are many websites for Histamine diets on the internet.  This list is from FoodAllergyTalk.com  The foods to be omitted include:
Soy Beans
Red Beans

With the Histamine diet the list is much smaller.  The foods are recommended to be fresh and prepared from scratch with fresh ingredients.  Leftovers are not to be eaten.  Artificial ingredients and processed foods are forbidden.  I would need to bake my own bread, all snacks, treats, complete meals, everything!  This doesn't sound too horrible except that I usually don't have the energy to cook every day, much less three meals a day + snacks!

Should I combine the two?  I think the EDS diet sounds impossible, but maybe I can work very hard to find some recipes that will taste good.  I'm sure there are some.

I will try to work on this, realizing that it won't ever be perfect. But, it might help me feel better.  That would be worth the extra effort, if we can pull it off.   Hubby said he would help :)
@2016, copyright Lisa Ehrman

Disclaimer: I'm not a medical expert.  All medical information is only my opinion.  If you need medical help, please contact your personal physician.