If you’ve ever been in the hospital for any length of time, you know there are certain things you need. In March I spent over a week in the hospital when my colon ruptured. I had never been in the hospital for this length of time. Because this was completely unexpected I didn’t have any personal items other than my purse. As I lie there in the hospital bed waiting for the surgeon to come in to talk to me I began making a list. I came up with these 14 important things I needed while I was in the hospital.
At the end of March, I had emergency surgery to remove a large abscess and infection in my colon. Despite going to my local Emergency Room two days in a row with severe abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and low blood pressure, I was sent home rather than being admitted to the hospital. A week later in a different town and a different hospital, my life was changed and saved. My infection was so severe that part of my colon and intestines needed to be removed. I am now adjusting to life with a temporary colostomy.
When you’re suffering from physical pain and exhaustion the last thing on your mind is to get up and exercise, at least it was for me. Previously, I shared a post about the benefits of exercising when you have Chronic Illness, Why You Should Exercise When You Have Lyme. You can read that later but for now, let’s talk about options for exercising when you’re fatigued, in pain and you don’t have the motivation to stay consistent. [Read more…]
Recently, I posted a picture on social media exclaiming that I’ve been doing Yoga 5 days a week and have gotten stronger than I’ve been in years. A sweet friend asked me if I had any problems or felt uncomfortable with the Yoga that I was doing. We are Christians and typically Christians stay away far away from Yoga for reasons I’ll explain in this post.
Easter is just a hop away (sorry, I couldn’t resist) and when you have Lyme disease it’s super important to stay away from foods that might trigger inflammation as well as foods that might cause Candida. Sugar, food dyes, sugar alcohols, and GMO’s are super important to avoid and not just when you have Lyme disease. They’re just plain old bad for you, so why do we give this stuff to our kids?
Goodness, gracious, this is a really bad year for the flu! With the onslaught of reports on the news, I began to get a little worried. Honestly, I was ready to cancel all of our outside commitments and just put everyone in the safe bubble inside our home but that’s not at all practical and I think we would just get on each other’s nerves. Instead, I came up with a plan for how I would prevent and treat the flu naturally. [Read more…]
Christmastime is my favorite time of year to bake delectable treats. I really want to be able to make recipes for my family that everyone can enjoy. That means I must find recipes that are gluten-free and that don’t require refined sugar. I began my search online and then it dawned on me that I should share these great recipes with you. [Read more…]
Physical exercise is important to everyone but it is vitally important to those who have Lyme disease. You might know this intellectually but quite honestly you’re probably so miserable with your Lyme symptoms that exercising is the last thing on your mind. Maybe you want to get started but you have no idea how or what to do. Maybe you hated exercising before Lyme and you have no desire to start now.