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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Winter pedicures, warm feet with PediSavers

Sixteen years ago I lived in Upstate New York where the winters were brutal. For the most part, during my seven years there, I did my own manicures and pedicures until one winter I decided I needed to treat myself. The weather was in the low double digits so I wore socks and sneakers to the nail salon and pulled out my flip flops to wear home. Not only was it a precarious trek to my car across snow and ice, but my feet – albeit cute with newly painted toenails – were feeling the bite of the cold. I began to think a pedicure during the winter was not such a bright idea.

pedisavers PediSavers, which “protects pedicured piggies™,” has solved the problem of cold feet after a pedicure. These pedicure socks are available in black and white knee socks as well as black, white and pink anklets. You can use them whether you’re doing your own pedicure or enjoying one at a salon. Just slip them on right before it’s time to polish – they also serve as toe separators – and you’re all set to go. They’ll look and feel great with your favorite flip flops and, as an added benefit, they’ll help keep your newly pampered feet moisturized.

This would be the perfect time (Breast Cancer Awareness Month) to purchase a pink pair of the PediSavers because proceeds from each sale of them will be donated to Breast Cancer Research. Visit PediSavers.com to purchase, and while you’re there buy a pair for yourself too. Even as the weather continues to cool down you can still pamper your piggies and keep them warm.

What do you think? Are PediSavers a product you would use or buy for someone else?

Disclosure: I received a the PediSavers product to facilitate my review and did not receive payment for this post. Any opinions expressed here are my own. More information can be found by reading my complete disclosure policy.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Understanding pill addictions

‘I’m an addict waiting for my dealer to come through. I have the shakes, nausea, vomiting, pain and never-ending  headaches. I’ve got to get a fix.’

I didn’t hear that from someone else. It’s me. Sorta.

Background

In the past 30 to 45 days I’ve been feeling unwell more often than not. I’ve shared my health issues here before, but if you’re new please click the “health” link in this paragraph to catch up. My current issues started more than a month ago with just feeling a little off then I had an “attack,” which means my body shuts down and is bombarded by all-over pain (some throbbing, some constant), nausea, complete exhaustion, inability to concentrate, increased sun sensitivity… etcetera. That’s some of what I experience when dealing with sjogren’s syndrome and fibromyalgia.

That attack lasted a week, which I spent mostly in bed. The next week when I planned to catch up my grandbaby was born. The busyness of my daughter giving birth brought on a mild attack. Then one of my children had strep throat, which made me a little sick as well… All of this plus some (it would be TMI to continue). You can imagine, right?

You can also imagine how housework and paperwork can get behind. Now here’s where we get to the understanding of addictions: One of the worse things about these attacks and my prescribed medications are the side effects and residual effects.

Withdrawal

When I’m enduring an attack it’s difficult to understand the most rudimentary of tasks. For instance, understanding a brief letter or article can take 20 times longer than normal. That’s one of the reasons I didn’t realize a med was low and the renewed prescription hadn’t been processed. Had I noticed I would have driven the 40 minutes to pick it up instead of waiting for it to arrive from the Veteran’s Hospital.

Because I was recovering from the attack I didn’t realize right away what was happening. For more than a week, I was nauseated, agitated, had headaches, stomach pain as well as complete body pain, chills, mild sweats… After a week of feeling like death, another week of feeling like death revived and all the excitement in between, which is what happens when you have four children, I’m finally feeling normal. In fact, today I was scared to say, ‘I feel good.’ I’m detoxified… And, in the world’s craziest irony, the meds arrived yesterday.

Addiction

While the medication was getting out of my system, I had an overwhelming feeling of doing whatever it takes to never deal with that again. It helped me to intellectually understand how soccer moms and business executives can become addicted to pain medicine and the like.

According to DrugAbuse.com, prescription drug abuse means:

“… taking a prescription drug that is not prescribed for you, or taking it for reasons or in dosages other than as prescribed.”

This definition doesn’t apply to me because I was taking it as instructed, but I can understand and empathize with prescription drug abusers.

Five Cents

If you know someone who takes a lot of medication and often feels unwell give them a hand sometimes to help them stay on track. It’s no fun, and rather depressing, to deal with invisible illnesses alone.

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