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14 August 2014 @ 07:35 pm
I'm so very relieved. I hope that he stays ok, and doesn't get sick again.
He's back to work and really doing well, now.
No health issues anymore.

And Leila has a thyroid nodule and she's getting a biopsy next week. I hope they are careful and I hope it's ok. Pretty scary, really. It came up really fast and it's growing quickly. Send prayers...

I'm doing better on this AIP diet. I'm not completely back to myself, yet, but it took me decades to get this sick. If you have a chronic condition, it may be worth looking into. I'm quite surprised at what I seem to react to. One is canola oil.
25 July 2014 @ 06:41 pm
Ronnie just had minor surgery in the doctor's office, to remove a lipoma.
It was so lovely that his daughter showed up to go with him.
I was going to, but it was nice to have her there when he needed her. I think that was healing for them.
But the doc ordered an antibiotic that Ronnie seems to be allergic to.
I gave him 50 of benedryl as soon as the hives started popping up, but his breathing is ok and he won't go to the ER. ugh...
I'm watching him closely. They were coming up pretty fast but seem to have slowed down, now, so the benedryl is kicking in, finally.

*** Update - He's fine. Welts are gone. He's finally sleeping. Scared me to death and I'm watching him like a hawk. Gave him another dose an hour or so ago.

No more antibiotics for him!
10 July 2014 @ 08:49 pm
I got a wonderful gift from someone... and I have no idea who it was.
A copy of Wahl's protocol, from Amazon.
I tried searching for the giver's wish list and it did not show up. 
03 July 2014 @ 10:48 pm
It's part of the Autoimmune Paleo diet. Organ meat. Liver. Kidneys. Hearts.

I like Liver ok. I don't have a problem with it, at all. As for the others, well... I can do without them, but I can't, now. Trying to find alternative ways to fix them.

Someone posted something in one of my AIP groups, about mixing ground liver and organ meats, with other meats, the other day. I did used to do that with hamburger and liver, but I never tried it with pork, also. I did, tonight, and added lots of sausagey-herbs like rosemary, sage, thyme and savory. It is SO good. I chopped the liver in my food processor, because I don't have a grinder anymore... Just a thanks to whoever it was that posted about that because I will be doing this a lot, in the future. My son, Raud, loves it, too.

I won't even try offering it to Ronnie. I know him. He will say, "Yum!" and when i tell him it's liver, he'll gag.

Read an article about how psyillium can actually cause grain allergies. I used to take it. I tossed it, tonight. I haven't had any of it since I started on the AIP, anyway, and I'd found I had reactions to it when I took it several months ago, but I had a bag of it in there, just in case. It's gone, now.
02 July 2014 @ 02:23 am
The diet intensity is really levelling up, but it's worth it.

I have very little joint pain, now. It's amazing! Seriously... I have had times I could barely make it down the hallway, because of pain.

I started the Autoimmune Paleo Protocol nearly a month ago. It's really difficult. But it's working and worth it. Even the old pain I had from where my gallbladder was is almost gone. And the gastritis is healing, finally. It's been years...  and I was told it would get better and that I should get used to it. Well...

Baby steps, still. I actually have not gotten even halfway through the book. It's intense, even with a science background.

I've joined a group on Facebook that is really helping me understand how to do this. It seems superficially simple, and is simple - albeit difficult, if you just start with the food list dos and don'ts... but there are layers and depth to the extent of involvement, and one has to really keep on it for several months before reintroducing foods. It's not an easy thing, but it works very well for some.

I'm meeting people with Lupus, RA, Diabetes, Myesthesia Gravis, with Crohn's or Fibromyalgia or MS, who are in remission. Serious diseases, all. Life threatening... Some have been in remission for four years or more.

Going without tomatoes is hard. No peppers. No potatoes. No chilis. No wheat nor corn nor soy. Giving up paprika was hard. So was giving up green bell peppers and jalapenos. But I am getting to the point where I don't miss them so much anymore.

I'm trying to learn fermentation.

I bought the gelatin today, which is made from bone and not hooves, from grass fed beef. It's supposed to be a huge part of the protocol. I'm making bone broth, or stock. I just bought some plantains. I have a recipe for Nomato Sauce to go on my spaghetti squash that I plan to try soon. I have liver. I have sardines. I'm doing pretty well.

I did loose a bit more weight, but not much. I've not been active. I ran out of D-Mannose and it took awhile to get more, ordering it. I ended up with a heck of a UTI. I'm finally getting better, a bit, but slowly. It's been a humdinger. On the other hand, I actually ran a fever for the first time in years. Probably shows that my immune system is actually starting to work normally, a bit?

There's a bunch of information about histamine cascades that is being sorted. I found that MSM is one thing that helps. I used to take a lot of it because it helped my stomach pain. Now I know why. It's nice learning why these things work.

There's still an awful lot to learn. Baby steps. Hopefully I'll start losing more weight again, soon,, too. I am down a few and holding steady and not bloating with water weight 10+ lbs every other day or two, which is a huge improvement. And, yes, I do eat salt. Himalayan. It's pink and pretty, too.

Ronnie's still doing swing shifts. It's difficult sometimes but we adapt. He's building a new computer. Finally gave away enough of them to make room for a new one. Keeps him off the streets... ;)
25 June 2014 @ 02:52 pm
I think more of us should be aware of the impact of spraying on our enviornment.
Last week, my garden was full of bees. I had at least 20 hummingbirds visiting one of my two feeders.
Three days ago, I had two hummingbirds, and no bees.
The last two days, nada. None. Nothing is visiting but ants and house finches. Not even a goldfinch.
It really grieves me.
Think before you spray.
10 June 2014 @ 02:27 pm
Coffee needs to be a no no. I did have a reaction, waking up with hives last night, and having to resort to benedryl, so back to the beginning. No seeds means NO SEEDS! Though isn't coconut a seed? But I digress.... I wonder, too, if it would be so bad if this were organic coffee? Because the pesticides and such in most coffees is insane, now. And I do react to a lot of the pesticides and herbicides. I am going to miss coffee for a couple of weeks, at least, before I get some organic to test my theory.

Not sure what to do about energy, though. It's still low. I take CoQ10 and B complex, already. Suggestions?

Did shop at our local ROOTS and got several things that I need for this, and it was kind of expensive, but Ronnie was really supportive. They are very pricey with supplements, but getting reasonable with some locally grown fruits and veggies, which we did take advantage of. Used to be outrageous, but they are getting more fresh things in, now, and they have several items one cannot find elsewhere. On the other hand, their "natural" version of Colace - normally quite cheap - was ridiculously expensive!!! And "natural" means nothing. It was just the same chemical compound you see anywhere. Maybe without the FD&C red.

Got the plain coconut yogurt, which was ridiculously pricey for a small container. Surprise! It's delicious! I will check into making my own. They have coconut ice cream, too!

Got some nightshade-free, pepper-less purple cabbage Kimchee. I need to make that myself, too. It was good, but bland. I miss chilis!

Got chicken livers and bones, (which were ridiculously expensive), and whole chicken.

Got some Kumbucha tea. I should look into making that, too.

Refilled my Bragg's list, too. I was out of the vinegar and also aminos.

It was expensive, but I need to do this, and what we have will last for a bit. I will try to find alternative sources for a few things.
09 June 2014 @ 11:20 am
Still on autoimmune protocol, though I am cheating a wee bit, as I had a cup of coffee this morning.
Really need to move today. Have a lot to do, and my energy is still very low.
That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it!
But I did turn down chocolate, yesterday.

I miss eggs, and peppers, and almonds, most of all.

I'm going to try to find or make coconut yogurt today. I have never had it but with no dairy, I miss yogurt, and I'm supposed to eat more fermented foods and probiotic sources. I do love Bragg vinegar and I do like making pickles with it, but no hot pepper in them is boring. Thank goodness I can have garlic!

No joint pain, which is something that I've not been without for a couple of decades. Gastritis is really under control, for the first time in many years. I don't need pain meds anymore, except for migraines, which I am still getting even though I do take magnesium. They're better than they were, though.

I happen to be down six pounds, too, despite the extra fat which is in the diet.
05 June 2014 @ 10:10 pm
I don't post regularly at all, here, and I should. I feel so much safer posting here than on Facebook.

Food allergies are really getting off the chain. I am getting to where I can hardly eat anything. Started taking a lot of benedryl, which probably poses many problems in and of itself, but it's helped on a temporary basis. The pain has been horrific...

But with a few days of benedryl, most of my pain is under control - until I miss a dose and eat something. Then I'm back to square one for hours. Ugh.

But, I actually am getting off that plateau I've been on for about 8 months. I had given up. I'm losing about half a pound a day, so far, without counting calories or exercising, since I'm pretty much flattened by this benedryl and discomfort, and my stomach is not all bloated and hard and painful. I feel better. Just really wiped. I hope I can stop the benedryl soon.

Started this protocol today
It's hard. I am missing almond milk, and nuts in general, and peppers, and anise, and COFFEE.

More on that is here

If this is not enough I'll go for low FODMAP. That will kill me.
15 May 2014 @ 04:04 pm
Someone is setting fires all over San Diego County and parts of Riverside.

On the way home from picking up Zola from the groomers, in the middle of the day, Ronnie saw a small fire on Dealer's Row, where there are several car lots. How could people get away with setting fires in midday in plain sight with all the traffic and people working on the lots????

Fallbrook is surrounded by fires, again.

I have the A/C on so we can breathe. Even Paws won't go outside.

El Jay has mandated my switching to the new style, which does not please me.