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Fibromyalgia and a new way of eating.

So recently on a trip to Colorado to help my Dad, I got sick. I am always tired and have limited energy. Of course I know that being in my mid fifties is totally part of that!

I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia shortly after I returned to work, after my oldest daughter was born. Now there was not a lot of research back then. Mostly we were all told it was in our head.

Dad had a procedure on a Friday and I was in the emergency room by that Saturday. Of course because it all started with high fever, tightness in my chest and uncontrollable shakes, I was a Covid risk. I was given a thorough work over with chest X-ray and c t scan and blood work and the dreaded stick up my nose to my brain. Thankfully negative !

Some of the blood work though got me thinking it’s time to lose some weight gained after quitting smoking, and being home after retiring from the beauty shop.

I met a lady in Joann’s who had a sweet little service dog with her. We stroke up a conversation about how one obtains a service dog and what qualifies. She mentioned fibromyalgia. Well, I thought I knew quite a bit about it. However there has been a great deal more research done. There is now a test which is quite expensive. Dolores, the lady in Joann’s, mentioned a book. I ordered it from Amazon and it was waiting for me when I got home.

WHAT YOUR DOCTOR MAY NOT TELL YOU ABOUT (TM): FIBROMYALGIA: The Revolutionary Treatment That Can Reverse the Disease https://smile.amazon.com/dp/153871325X/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_wuUPFb793B1RG?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1

That’s the book.

I have started the protocol set out by this doctor. It has been a difficult week, with severe headaches and nausea and vomiting. I believe the worst was from coming off of caffeine and sugar. I am feeling better today and am getting the hang of how to cook differently.

Spinach and feta omelette with avocado and strawberries.
Beef stroganoff and salad with creamy homemade dressing.

I am struggling to get in enough water. And have to remember to eat several times a day to satisfy my blood sugar. But I have already lost 8 pounds! So not a bad start 🙂

I will have more about my journey. And I welcome any others who are fibro-warriors to leave me a comment and let me know what works for you!

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Secret Knitting and Dyslexia

I have started my secret knitting projects for Christmas. Yes I should I should have started sooner, but….

It took me a bit to find and get the yarn for them with the slower mail chain and less people in working in the warehouses. I am using bulky weight acrylic for these, to make them easy to care for.

This is also a slower process for me because I struggle with reading and understanding the patterns. I have had dyslexia my whole life. I don’t worry about it or talk about it much. It’s just something I have compensated for in my own ways.

When I was little my mom read with me every night no matter what. She was relentless! She and my Daddy moved once when I was younger so I could go to a school with a new reading program. It was a self motivated system with a type of phonics. I loved being able to pick the next story!

Now I have to read the pattern aloud to my husband who, even though he doesn’t know “the lingo” is very patient, he will look at me and say “ that’s not what it says “. That’s usually where it will stick and I can go on with the project

I will post more pictures of my secret knitting after Christmas 🎄

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Scraps Are For Broth!

Well my it’s been two weeks ago that my love pulled a “ dukes of hazard “ move and injured his back. He is doing well and I am so absolutely thankful that he was not hurt worse! The pickup is totaled but the engine is repairable. He is on the hunt for a pickup body, while his body is in repair and healing mode.

This has changed my schedule quite a bit as he has been home from work trying to recover. I am still cooking most of our daily meals to save money, and because we enjoy eating at home.

My youngest daughter has taught me a trick, ( as our children often do once they are out on their own), because she was frankly appalled that I was not saving my veggie scraps!

So here’s the trick. Wash all your veggies and fruits when you get them, and rinse them off before you cut them up. Place all the scraps in a large freezer bag, this means everything, end pieces and peels and insides. Throw away bad spots of course! Once the bag is full, just start a new one. And when you get ready to make home made broth you just throw a bag full in with the chicken, ham, or beef bones! So easy 😃.

I keep chicken bones and other meat scraps in a separate freezer bag. And here’s a trick from me.

I pour off any excess juice from the meat in their containers and throw the containers and the wrapper in my dish water. Rinsing them off before I throw them away helps slow down the stinky garbage smells. Living in the country means we take our garbage to town and we don’t store it outside because of animals.

Years ago when my mom painted she would save the foam meat package. She would wash and stack them on her craft table where she would use one every time she painted.

Mama, I have started my own stack 🙂