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Coping with Chronic Illness

The trouble with chronic illness is you never know from one hour to the next whether it will hammer you. Should I start a blog and try to sell stuff on it for an income? Do people really want to read about misery? Is there any experience, strength and hope within our silly saga of chronic coping?

Yesterday, we decided to do a little easy ride. It shouldn’t have been a big deal. Starting slow really helps my feet — I did a normal pace. Noticing Rick was no where near me, I figured he was just taking photos or just giving me some space. He’s usually way the heck out in front, and I can’t keep up. I stopped several times and he was no where to be seen. I asked a guy riding past if he’d seen him. The man said there was a guy sitting on a bench taking a break. I thought, hmm, weird. Well, Rick will surely call me if he’s in trouble. No call, no text, no problem, right?

Turns out the illness had hit again.

He muscled through a really rough ride. I had no idea. It was the kind of pain that would send a normal person off to the urgent care or hospital. He could easily have called me and said he couldn’t do it and needed me to turn around.

At any point last night, your average person would have headed off to the hospital. Be we don’t because we don’t get any help, nor any answers.

It happens so often that I don’t know when it’s bad or killer bad or just uncomfortable. The doctors shrug their shoulders, have no remedy, no solution, no cause and no cure. Nor do the naturalists, the foodies, acupuncturists, the whosis and the whatsis…..

We don’t like going on and on and on about Haggis — the destroyer of life. We are both generous, active, interested, loving, and happy people. We used to go all out to help friends and family. We were happy to drop whatever we were doing to help a friend in need. I know it seems self absorbed to always be complaining about days destroyed by Haggis or my flippin foot.

I don’t know how to fix this. I don’t know who to call. I’m completely out of ideas. I only know that one very strong man is struggling and I can’t help him. The harder I try, the more I research, the more I suggest going to a different doctor, trying a different dietary approach — it just makes him miserable.

And every time I reach what I think is my wit’s end, the end of my rope, the last bit of hope drained out of me, my guy rallies once again.

Today, I hope that’s the case. It’s 9 AM. Last night he was in pain. This morning, I type and wonder if he is just sleeping after a hard night. I am always worried that he didn’t make it through the night.

Praying for a cure.

Natural Anti Inflammatory

It’s working for me. Turmeric or Curcumin —

Some foods just help. Eating the Anti Inflammatory diet means eating foods that promote healing internally. Naturally. Our friends over at Natural News address this well.

I tell my clients that I don’t necessarily sell pills and potions. I can sell, I can close — it’s not that. I don’t believe in pressuring friends to do what works for me. I prefer to offer ideas and solutions that might help, without that sense of pressure that comes when a new friend wants me to join their down line. I even tell people that they are usually best off to do their own research and learn for themselves.  That’s why I love to share not just what I learned but how they can become knowledgeable themselves.  (thus my links to IIN, AWAI and other great programs.)  But this stuff, it’s worth keeping around. Zyflamend by New Chapter

So I ran into turmeric at my local coop. I was asking the expert about inflammation because I have two things going on.  First, my left foot. It’s been nothing but a major problem.  I’ve been doing contrast baths, but it’s just so hard to keep my foot in a bucket of ice.  I’m a wimp, I guess. Anyway, I also have a new condition called rosacea. Some say it’s all about inflammation. Internal inflammation.  So what they heck!  When the gal at the store suggested two different curcumin products, I decided to give it a shot. 

Results are in: Zyflamend by New Chapter has helped to heal both situations fairly well.  I’m still working on it, but in 2 weeks I’ve noticed my foot barely hurts and my face is no where near as red or inflamed.  I can’t say it’s the end solution, but happy feet are well, happy feet!  

Zyflamend by New Chapter — find it at your health food store or here: Zyflamend by New Chapter

Chia Seeds: Magical little beads

All I did was add some chia to my Mean Green drink three days in a row. In my quest to try new things, find out what all the buzz is about, and maybe amp up my energy. Read More→

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