Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Where have I been?

My last post was January 3rd. That is 6 months ago. Wow, where have I been? Well, truth be known, I've been on a bit of a journey.  A health journey. A unplanned journey!  I wouldn't call this journey fun, nor exciting, nor adventurous. Simply put, it's kept me grounded. Grounded as in with my butt upon the couch.

It all started last fall. The middle of November was the last time I remember having energy. I had been diagnosed with anemia and assumed my malaise was due to the low iron. Despite taking iron supplement, after iron supplement I couldn't seem to get my iron level within a 'normal' range. I had a doctor's appointment the end of January and on that day, I simply felt like death warmed over. I had gone in to see what could be done to get my iron level up and working for me rather than against me. That day I sat in the doc's office with my head leaning against the wall, I had zero energy, a tummy so sore and inflamed I looked like I was five months pregnant. After lengthy questioning, my doctor sent me for a few tests and it was determined I had the Helicobacter Phylori Bacteria. It was apparent that I had developed an ulcer from this bacterial infection. The anemia, and inability to increase my iron level was likely due to the ulcer. Luckily there is a quick and simple solution to ridding my body of this damn bacteria. Prescribed was a triple dose of medications for 14 days. Simple fix! NOT!!

On day ten of the course of medication, I experienced an anaphylactic reaction to the meds. Holy Crapola! Anaphylaxis is scary stuff. This drug allergy triggered several other allergic reactions. I experienced nine anaphylactic reactions in total.  I had allergic reactions which included difficulty breathing, racing heart, coughing, vomiting, hives, itch, swelling, itch, itch, restricted airways, racing heart, hives, itch and more itch to just about everything I attempted to eat. The sensitivity was so high that a simple trip to a restaurant or the grocery store left me almost turned inside out from scratching and hives. Any social activity that should be enjoyable, became a chore if I encountered food, or by chance people that may have ate food. I left many a functions itchin and scratching, hivin and swellin! It didn't even matter if I ate the food, simply being in the same room as food or being near someone who had ate was enough to start a reaction. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh I thought I was going to scratch myself to pieces. Thankfully re-testing for the bacteria proved that it had been eradicated in those first ten days of treatment. Hallelujah!

I'd suffered from food allergies for years and had been doing a process of eliminating foods that I reacted to. Prior to the bacterial infection, I was down to a bare bones diet and did my best to eat only natural unprocessed foods. All of a sudden, my safe foods, were no longer safe. Ritz crackers became my best friend. I'm on the 'list' for allergy testing which could take 1 to 2 years. You read that right, 1 to 2 year wait list! Geesh! I had to find an other alternative. Luckily I happened upon a more natural treatment for allergies called NAET. NAET uses several modalities of healing including kiniesioligy and acupuncture. The therapist subjects you to the allergen then balances your body towards it. I was thankful to find someone who has dealt with severe allergies such as I was experiencing. Of the numerous allergens (thirty plus) I was tested for, I was severely sensitive to all but three. WOW! No wonder my tummy hurts, it's reacting to pretty much everything. My doctor explained that with the allergies being food, basically anything between the point of entry (mouth) and point of exit (I hope I don't need to explain) is subject to irritation from the allergen.  Another medical person explained that my allergies could be compared to an autoimmune disease, however instead of attacking an organ in my body, my body is attacking food, ingested or near.

I started NAET treatments the middle of April. There has been some adjusting and reaction after each treatment. Some Allergens have taken longer to balance than others. In May, I ended up with a severe sinus infection which knocked me out for eight days firmly planted on the couch. The sinuses just cleared up and then fluid from the lungs. Pneumonia? Perhaps! Thankfully, I believe . . . I'm through the worst and greatly look forward to working through these reactions and allergies.

This journey has been a definite test of my strength and the biggest lesson I've learned is keep your FAITH stronger than your fears! I'm always amazed or maybe a better word would be shocked at people's preaching abilities. I have heard more you should's through this experience than I care to mention. How often do we jump to judge someone, often knowing nothing about their experience or having ventured their path. I believe . . . LISTENING is a skill that has more power than any 'you should' a person can muster. I'm very thankful to have a medical doctor and a acupuncturist who although they haven't experienced my journey, have been available to listen and advise me based on my reality not my shoulds! I've a tendency to keep private and upon viewing my last post in January was reminded of my intentions of love and acceptance.   I'm a firm believer that we do not have to love what is going on in our life, but we must accept it.  I decided to share my journey based on loving and accepting my self.

"Fear of failure and fear of the unknown are always defeated by faith. Having faith in yourself, in the process of change, and in the new direction that change sets will reveal your own inner core of steel." ~Georgette Mosbacher

As the above quote reiterates, I believe . . . FAITH is key in my forward movement.  I look forward to revealing my own inner core of steel by the ability to eat more, cook more, and actually enjoy food!  My biggest chore through this journey has been ensuring my kiddos maintain a healthy diet.  Time will tell how successfull I've been in that endeavour!  In the meantime, my kiddos have become quick to accept any food based invitation from family or friends.  I'm thankful to all who have fed them and welcome anyone who wishes to feed them, as meals around our home have been dependent on reactions which translates to somewhat lackadaisical and unpredictable.  The following picture somewhat puts my thoughts and feelings of this journey into perspective:

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Welcome 2012

Another fresh new year is here . . .
Another year to live!
To banish worry, doubt, and fear,
To love and laugh and give!

This bright new year is given me
To live each day with zest . . .
To daily grow and try to be
My highest and my best!

I have the opportunity
Once more to right some wrongs,
To pray for peace, to plant a tree,
And sing more joyful songs!”
~William Arthur Ward

As another year draws to a close, and a brand new year begins I find my self tuning in to the world around me.  At the dawn of each and every day, I have the opportunity to focus on loving, laughing, and giving, that ought to make me sing more joyful songs!

I’m NOT a fan of should have, could have, or would have! What I have noticed lately is that, (in my humble opinion) toooo many people concentrate on what others are doing, or how others are behaving. Simply put, I believe you should focus on what you have control of and that is YOU! I honestly believe that each and every one of us is where we are, simply because that is where we need to be at this given moment. If you don’t like where you are at or what is ‘happening’ to you, I suggest you take a good hard look . . . in the mirror! I believe we are either ‘tuning in’ to the world around us or ‘zoning out’, which will it be for you?

My New Year’s Intention for 2012 . . . is to focus on LOVE and ACCEPTANCE!  Loving and accepting others exactly where they are, be it happy, grumpy, or sad! Gracious, jolly, or mad!  Imagine how wonderful the world would be, if we were free to BE . . . through unconditional love and acceptance.

Always remember . . . YOU is kind, YOU is smart, YOU is important! ~ The Help

“If you judge people, you have no time to love them.”  ~Mother Teresa