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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Big needles & big bodies

I began writing this post about three days ago and forgot to post it; since then I’ve been pretty sick. This post is about how I felt before that time… since then I’ve felt like a chewed up piece of gum that’s stuck to the bottom of a combat boot that’s being pounded into the sand every few seconds. …

I’ve been negligent in posting my health and weight loss journals – for a couple of reasons. On the one hand, I haven’t really had any new developments and there isn’t really a need to share my day-to-day pains all the time. On the other hand, I just haven’t felt like it.

If you’re new here, let me give you a brief update on my health: I suffer from sjogren’s disease and fibromyalgia. Together these issues cause a myriad of symptoms including  exhaustion, dry mouth and eyes and chronic pain. One of the tings I’ve dealt with is abnormal liver level readings that are monitored on a continuous basis. They’ve been abnormal for so long that I had a liver biopsy earlier this year.

I went to the oncologist yesterday and found out that I’m more anemic than I was the last time I had an office visit and my blood tests are a little suspicious (my word, not hers). My oncologist visits began years ago when I was [allegedly] misdiagnosed with multiple myeloma. Because of that diagnosis and the sjogren’s determination I’m monitored for the development of myeloma by getting bone surveys and scans. And, much to my dismay, bone marrow taken. That will be next week.

It’s been quite awhile since I’ve had bone marrow taken and it is the.most.painful.thing.in.the.entire.world! I’m not exaggerating. I always say it’s more painful than childbirth, but I guess it’s just a different kind of pain. It’s an awful pressure as they push a gigantically long needle into the area between the bones at my joints near my hips (they enter from near the top of the gluteus maximus). And I’ll have a bone survey this Friday – that’s not so bad, it’s just a long process.

That’s really all I’m going to say about that for now. I’m just numb to all of this. Of course, I don’t feel well each day and there are some new worrisome aches and pains, but it seems to be a “normal” part of my everyday life. I’m not going to bellyache about it and I’ll just focus on continuing to be proactive by taking my medications and making it to my doctor’s appointments. It’s really all I can do right now.

On the weight side of things, I hate to admit that I’m 186 pounds. I’ve been on a fairly steady gain since around September. I guess the beginning of the school year contributed, additional stress, a bout of emotional eating as well as a loss of self control are also culprits. I’m a little amazed that I’ve gained a lot of the 60 pounds back that I loss. I know “they” say most people gain the weight back, but I’ve never experienced this before. In the past it has taken me 10 years or so to gain this much weight (20 give or take) and now it takes a few months. Not cute and not cool.

I’ve begun to get my butt in gear a little, but I don’t think I’m making any promises. There is possibly a huge change in the near future that can effect this entire process. So, for now, I’m watching my calorie intake again, trying to move more and managing my health.

Consistency is the key… Uh, if you have some consistency, could you send it my way? LOL

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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Have you heard of the supplement glucosamine?

If you’re like me you’re interested in ways to improve and maintain your health. That’s why when I read about glucosamine I thought you’d like to read some information about it and share what you think.

Glucosamine is produced naturally in the body to assist with the repair and maintenance of cartilage. That’s why  Nature’s Best recommends this supplement and reports that it has had good results in clinical studies and with the millions of people who have tried it. The company, which sells glucosamine sulphate and glucosamine hydrochloride, recommends the sulphate version because it’s the form that has been used in the most clinical students and that research appears to reveal that it is more effective than the hydrochloride.

Because each person has different needs within their body as well as different mineral deficiencies  it is important to make a decision on what will work best for you by evaluating the information presented. In some individuals the supplement has been used to prevent cartilage degeneration, treat arthritis and has been used as a therapy for osteoarthritis.

Whatever supplements or minerals you decide to consume I always recommend talking it over with your physician. In my situation, I take about 12 pills a day and I am always cautious about adding anything without finding out the interaction between my medications and any supplements or minerals.

Are there any supplements or minerals you take on a regular basis? Have you heard of glucosamine?
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Stealing someone’s identity can be easy

This morning I was looking through my medical records from about 1988 to 1992, which is the time I served in the military. Not only did I find what I was looking for, but I found the social security numbers of every doctor who treated me during that time.

How easy would it be for me to take those social security numbers and get a credit card or do some other form of identity theft? Even as careful as some of us are today; it’s easy to find certain information if you know where to look and what you’re looking for.

identity theft chartIdentity theft is all over the place. I’ve recently come across a couple of blogs that spoke about someone stealing their online identity and spamming blogs with content using the innocent bloggers information. One lovely blogger went to a site that she reads on a regular basis and was shocked to see her picture plastered all over a post in association with the word SPAM. Needless to say, she was embarrassed even though she hadn’t left the spam comments. 

*Chart is from FTC.gov.

I discovered some statistics about identity theft and if you do a search you’ll be able to find even more information*:

  • According to a 2009 study by Javelin Strategy and Research, 1 in every 10 United States consumers have already experienced identity theft.
  • I was surprised to discover that 7 percent of identity theft victims had their information stolen for medical identity theft.
  • A lot of people (38 to 48 percent) find out their identity has been stolen within three months, but 9 to 18 percent don’t discover it until four or more years later, according to a 2004 Identity Theft Resource Center Aftermath Study.

*This information was taken from SpendOnLife.com.

Although I had a comedic moment of thought regarding what I would do with the found social security numbers, I’ve put the records that contain them away and know that it’s sensitive information that should not be shared. Hopefully, other individuals will think of the damage they can do to someone’s life before they steal someone’s identity.

Do you do anything specific to protect your identity?

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Monday, November 29, 2010

Cornucopia of Blog Hops…

 
 

To celebrate the Fall Season  a couple of fabulous bloggers are hosting The Cornucopia of Blogs Hop!

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I decided to join in. Visit the hostesses and make some new friends!

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Only 100 percent juice

I’m a juice snob. I can admit it. I’m a bit obsessed with ensuring my children only drink 100 percent juice, soymilk or water, and I normally shun all other so-called beverages. I just recently started to relax a little by letting them have a little lemonade, iced tea or soda on a very occasional basis. It was more because they were able to have these forbidden liquids while away from home so I thought instead of depriving them at home and being the “bad guy” I would be a little more lenient.

Lucky for me, even with the leniency, my children still prefer water or 100 percent juice so I knew they would be game to try Welch’s Healthy Start 100% Juice. It has no added sugar, contains two times the antioxidant vitamin C of the leading orange juice and drinking 8 ounces of the juice gives you two servings of fruit.

When I received the coupons from BzzAgent to try the juice, I wanted to taste the blueberry pomegranate concord grape, but the store where I was shopping wasn’t carrying it. I ended getting the grape juice and I didn’t expect to see any difference in the taste than the regular 100 percent grape juice I normally purchase

I poured a cup of the juice and my taste buds went wild. The grape taste was so fresh and pure that it is actually the most refreshing juice I’ve tasted in a long time.

This juice has natural antioxidant power straight from grapes and it’s an excellent source image of calcium. In addition to the  grape and blueberry pomegranate concord grape flavors, it also comes in white grape orange mango. Available in the refrigerated aisle at grocery stores and Walmarts everywhere, Welch’s Healthy Start retails for $3.79 for a 59 ounce carton.

To keep up with what’s going on at Welch’s visit their site, Welchs.com, and follow them on Facebook to learn about promotions, coupons and contests.

Disclosure: I received coupons from BzzAgent.com, of which I am a member, to purchase Welch’s Healthy Start 100% Juice for the purpose of sharing information about them with my friends and family. The opinions expressed here are my own and are in no way influenced by BzzAgent or Welch’s. More information can be found in my complete disclosure policy.

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Sunday, November 28, 2010

$25 Amazon.com gift card {giveaway}

GIVEAWAY CLOSED!

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You have 48 hours to respond. Merry Christmas!

It's a woman's world! is pleased to announce we are partnering with Crib Mattress Reviews to host one of their giveaways. We have a $25 Gift Certificate for Amazon.com to giveaway to one of our loyal readers. This is the ideal giveaway this time of year to help with holiday shopping.

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This giveaway runs from November 28th to  December 15th at 11:59 EST.

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Disclosure: No monetary compensation was received. Any opinions expressed here are my own. For more information review my complete policy.

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