Some Common Ailments You May Have Suffered

Common ailments You may have suffered
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Fairly common ailments

There are so unbelievably many ailments that people have suffered through.  So, I thought I’d break it down to ones I’ve encountered personally.  I’ve had these medical conditions over the course of my life thus far.  And I will try to explain each one I experienced.  Please keep in mind 75% of these afflictions came about when I was a heavy meat and dairy eater.  I was morbidly obese weighing 240 lbs, when my ideal weight is 165 pounds.  Perhaps some of you can relate, and have gone through these yourself.  Read on to see.  I have a pain-o-meter scale for each from 1 to 10.  One is on the minor pain side and ten for the most critically severe pain.

1.  Bladder infections

I am the master of bladder infections.  The infections started when I was just a little girl and intermittently continued all the way into my thirties.  In fact, I had so many, that I became immune to any antibiotics prescribed to me.   The symptoms are painful urination,  stinging and burning, and the constant feeling you need to pee.  And, occasionally blood in the toilet.  You can read about bladder infections here.  Pain-O-Meter reading:  4

2.  Ringworm

This nice fungus I received as a child.  It showed up like a round “worm-like” (hence the name, ringworm) area on my arm.  I can only recall some major itching and Mom applying some sort of medicated cream.  You can read more about it here.  Pain-O-Meter reading:  1

3.  Poison Ivy Rash

This one I brought on myself.  My mother told me to wear pants when we went into the woods to hunt morel mushrooms.  I wore shorts like an idiot.  The itching will drive you insane.  More about this type of rash here.  Pain-O-Meter reading:  3

4.  Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis/Hypothyroidism

This disease is still currently haunting me.  But since I’ve lost a lot of weight since I was first diagnosed I’m managing.  In the beginning the symptoms were horrible.  I was fatigued beyond fatigued constantly.  My periods lasted 2 full weeks.  My hands and toes were numb.  I was fat as hell, and continuously lethargic.  My brain was in a serious fog, which led to all sorts of other things.  Hair was falling out, and I was always freezing!  To read more about these diseases, please click here.  Pain-O-Meter when first diagnosed:  9  Pain-O-Meter management now:  2

5.  Depression

Because I was so lethargic constantly, the only thing I ever wanted to do was lay down and sleep.  Had zero energy.  Didn’t want to talk to anyone.  Cried a lot.  Slept a lot.  Zombied around a lot.  Never went anywhere for a very long time.  Let me know what you think, but I think most depressed people don’t even know it when it arrives.  You can read more about this terrible condition here.  Pain-O-Meter reading:  Not sure

6.  Migraines

I’ve known countless individuals who have had migraines.  They are no fun at all, are they?  When they strike, you KNOW it!  If the phone rings it sounds like 20 children shrieking at the top of their lungs.  You can’t even manage to look out a window, because of extreme sensitivity to light.  You just want to lay down under the darkness of the covers.  Here you can read more.  Pain-O-meter reading:  Varies from 5-10

7.  sunburn with blisters

Again, my fault.  Rode bike all day long in sweltering heat and sun, in a bikini.  My entire back was beet red and within hours the blisters were everywhere.  It’s very difficult to want to put on clothes,and very hard to sleep or even move properly.  If I recall correctly, it took two to three weeks to get back to normal.  Read about sunburns here.  Pain-O-Meter 9

8.  strep throat

I’ve had strep throat many times in my life.  I recall one time, I was very broke, and had to walk six miles in 90 degree weather.  I was lethargic, super achy, and had to sit down quite often on the way there.  My body was on fire.  I had 103 temperature.  I could not swallow due to all the white patches and pus in my throat.  When I did swallow, each time is very painful.  It is exhausting.  More info on it here Pain-O-Meter reading 10

9.  whiplash

Everyone knows what whiplash is.  Got one in a car accident a few years back.  Not too much pain, but you’re wearing a neck brace for about 6 weeks along with meds.  Read more here.  Pain-O-Meter reading 2

10.  sciatica

This one definitely came about due to me being fiercely over weight.  This is a sharp, intense nerve pain that extends from your spine, buttock and down your leg.  It’s literally very difficult to walk with no substantial pain.  Just standing up is an accomplishment.  You can read more about sciatic nerve here Pain-O-Meter reading 9

11. seasonal Allergies

It’s scary when you find it difficult to breath.  The signs usually come about when there is high tree or grass pollen counts.  I feel terrible for those with asthma, as they deal with this hell, almost every day.  Learn more about seasonal allergies here.  Pain-O-Meter reading:  10 when rushed to the hospital cause you can’t breath.  A 2 otherwise.

12.  bronchitis

I chose bronchitis next, because it’s very similar to number eleven.  With bronchitis, you cough, and cough and cough and cough some more, without any relief.  It’s a deep cough that comes from your gut.  And the mucous that comes with it, is discolored and disgusting.  Read here about bronchitis.  Pain-O-Meter reading 3

13.  Pink eye

Pink eye is more uncomfortable than painful.  Your eye is red.  It itches, and mucous secrets.  Read about pink eye here.  Pain-O-Meter reading:  1

14.  Flared hemorrhoids/Proctitis

Hemorrhoids are super common, but I had no idea how painful they can be.  So, those who have them, I feel your suffering.  Proctitis is an inflammation of the rectum.  It’s difficult to explain.  It’s a terribly uncomfortable constant pressure in that area.  During and after a bowel movement, it takes all you got to get into a hot bath.  You can read about hemorrhoids here and proctitis here.  Pain-O-Meter reading 8-9

15.  broken elbow

I tripped over one of our doggies and came down real hard flat on my right hand.  After several therapy, doctor visits and casts, it finally healed.  The only difficult part is you can’t drive, and doing daily work is nearly impossible.  You have to type with one hand.  Also, it takes a couple months to heal properly.  Read about broken elbows here.  Pain-O-Meter reading:  10 initial fall,  4 for movement

16.  my all time favorite:  Anal Fissure

Anal fissures are extremely painful and I personally feel horrible for anyone whose had the joy to get them.  Sometimes they can heal themselves, and other’s, like mine, require surgery.  I recall laughing in the surgery room, because about 6 people had a direct view of my ass.  Instantly, I knew when it happened.  My constipation was like moving a watermelon through a pinhole.  Pushed hard taking a bm, and it hurt so bad, I thought I saw God looking at me.  When I was finally able to stand, there was a 1/2 inch line of blood on my stool.  This pain disables you completely.  Every single time you stool, it literally feels like you’re passing razor blades. You are completely terrified to use the bathroom, so you don’t eat.  My physician prescribed Nitroglycerin Cream to apply.  I lovingly called it my “bomb” ointment.  The cream helps you relax, but also gives you a massive headache, and dizziness.  It is difficult to focus on anything, but the pain.  Read here Pain-O-Meter reading:  25  Ouch!!!

In Conclusion

I wish I knew a long time ago, all about the ailments that came my way. Do you think pre-preventative measures can go a long way in stopping this pain from ravaging our bodies?  Most all of these problems could have been avoided.  And I truly believe  so many of them were due to eating dairy and dead animal carcasses, and being severely overweight.  I’m hoping this article helps you prevent them from happening to you.  Like so many posts I’ve read:  Be active/exercise,  eat tons of fruits and veggies,  and listen to what your body is telling you.

Until next time, much love and hope you have a great day!





Wishing You All An Amazing 2018

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Happy 2018

I would like to wish you a beautiful, happy and healthy 2018!  But, first, I’d like to give you an update on our little Ratatouille friend.  If you recall, he was perched up eating a french fry on our stove top.  Well,  I purchased some essential peppermint oil, and placed it strategically on cotton balls.  Haven’t seen him since, so hopefully he’s moved on to another safe place. 

goodbye 2017

Many of you may have experienced different amazing things.  Like a birth in your family.  Or, a newly married family member.  Perhaps you learned a new past time, or got a new career.  You might have traveled to your dream destination.  Or become more spiritual.  So many endless possibilities for good things that happened.  

On the other hand, maybe some of you experienced the loss of a loved one.  Or had some type of surgery, accident, or illness that caused a hospital stay, or ongoing treatments.  Others might have had a devastating fire in their living quarters.  Tragedy and pain strikes when we least expect it.  

A few things that stick out in my mind

Looking back at the year 2017, some of the things that impacted our lives personally are as follows:

1.  My dear sister Cathy, at the young age of 54, passed away.  It devastated me, and I was in “a fog” for several months.

2.  We needed to replace the entire roof of our home.  The 101 mile an hour Chinook wind gusts destroyed it within a few hours on January ninth.  

3.  My partner, Wayne, almost lost his right eye.  In June, he slept in his contacts one night, and therefore, received a corneal abrasion.  His eye specialist said had we not come in that day that he would have most likely gone blind.  He’s had to apply expensive eye drops, and his eye is STILL healing as I write this.

4.  I tripped over our dog Dolly in early March and broke my elbow.  I’m so grateful now to have both arms to use everyday.  After many hours of therapy, and casts,  I’m happy to say, it’s healed.  

So, happy 2018

It’s the start of an entirely new year.  Every minute of each day is important for all to be happy and in the moment.  We can’t always control those random, unexpected things in our lives.  But we can take the time to always try to stay positive,  and choose how to live happily in the present.  

So, Happy New Year 2018 everyone, and until next time, be safe and be happy!


The Cinnamon Roll Disaster

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Cinnamon Roll disaster

So, I’m always trying out new plant-based recipes but these cinnamon rolls were an astronomical disaster!   The rolls in the above photo are actually baked!!  They still look like raw dough.  Oh.  My.  God.  

Always searching for new recipes on the web

A lovely website I frequent often to get amazing plant based recipes is called Minimalist Baker.   John and Dana are a husband/wife team based in Oregon.  I’ve made several recipes from their site and all were delicious thus far.  I got this recipe for the cinnamon rolls from Dana here,  and her rolls look absolutely scrumptious.  And this is a vegan recipe, so I thought I’d give it a go.

What in the heck did I do wrong?

As you can see in the photo, I did something critically incorrect.  They look like globs of sick cinnamon fingers.  Little piles of tiny looking mountains, with melted, caramelized sugar all over the pan.  As a matter of fact,  my partner and I thought it was so funny, we gave them different mountain names.  The one in the center we named Pike’s Peak because it was big and leaning.  

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Pike’s Peak Cinnamon Roll

The one in the bottom right hand corner became Mount Everest.

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Mount Everest Cinnamon Roll

The ruins next to it became McClure Pass near Aspen in Colorado, because it’s know for it’s epic landslides.  

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McClure Pass Cinnamon Roll
Baked bads

My baked goods became baked bads.  These cinnamon buns truly an epic failure on my part.  But…..on the bright side,  after I frosted the ugly things, they actually tasted pretty decent.  So, Dana, I apologize for messing up your glorious, fluffy, tantalizing cinnamon rolls.  Hopefully, in the future,  I can reattempt your creative recipe and possibly get them to look exactly like yours.  

Until next time, have a beautiful day!  


Do You Have A Mouse In The House?

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The past few days……

The past few days, our dog Dolly has been doing some serious investigation in the kitchen.  Here is a photo of her doing just that.

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Our dog Dolly doing an investigation

We kept hearing tiny little scratching noises, and wondered if it might be a mouse.  Our other dog Joe really wasn’t interested in doing all the work.  But, Dolly’s Blue Tick Coon Hound nose was more than sufficient to seek out our secret little intruder.  

The plight of the fries

So,  my significant other baked up a huge batch of french fries.  Crunchy on the outside, and warm, soft and tender on the inside.  He let them cool under the light on the stove top while we continued watching the series Nurse Jackie.  

Then it happened…….

The mouse waited patiently until both our dogs were quietly snoozing.  We heard a little noise, and looked into the kitchen.  The little guy was perched up on the edge of the pizza pan like the edge of a diving board.  Standing, he clutched a long french fry upright in his tiny little fingers.  Our little buddy gnawed every savory bite like this stuff is way better than peanut butter!!   We appropriately named our new hungry friend, Ratatouille.

No kill zone

Before becoming vegan,  I used to get the traps, and sprays and all that other toxic stuff.  Now I am committed to making our home, a no kill zone.  There are lots of ways to deter little creatures without killing them.  Just google it and you’ll find tons of ways.  Mice can be prevented easily by peppermint oil, and or pepper.  And keeping your home relatively clean helps a lot too.  Looking back, I now think, “Who would want to kill these cute little emotional animals with magical pink ears?”  

Hoping you enjoyed this article, and until next time, have a beautiful day!

Thanks To Those Who Rescue Animals

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I Wanted To Thank The kind people who rescue animals

It’s Christmas time and another holiday for giving thanks.  When we see animals rescued it brings joy to our hearts.  I wanted to share 10 videos I love to watch.  I highly commend the kind, beautiful people who tirelessly rescue innocent animals from the meat and dairy industries.  And just rescue them from whatever harm they are being exposed to.  

1.  Rescued cow cuddles with his family

This is such a sweet story.  This is a male cow, named Elizabeth.  Enjoy this video by “The Dodo” here.

2.  Rescued dairy cow hides newborn because she thinks all humans steal calves.

Edgar’s Mission rescued Clairabelle (sorry…..I don’t know the spelling.)  You can watch this lovely story by b/60 here.

3.  My ex-battery hens/Rescue Chickens Before and after

English Vegan rescued four chickens named Effie, Mary, Eileen and Sybil and you can see the video  here.

4.  Rescued hens from Egg farm free for first time

3000 chickens saved and you can view this wonderful video by Animal Place here.

5.  Rescued bear’s shocking transformation

Poor Fifi spent 30 long agonizing years inside a cage.  It’s so wonderful to see this new, happy, fulfilling life, by watching Peta’s video here.

6. one of the most amazing horse starvation recoveries you will ever see

See this moving story of Scarlett by WV Horse here.

7.  Eight Pigs Rescued After Lifetime of torture

Helga Tacreiter from the Cow Sanctuary is a beautiful person, and these rescue pigs will make you smile.  Video by Peta, here.

8.  rescued goats jumping for joy at farm sanctuary

Nothing like seeing a bunch of happy and free goats!  You can see the video by Farm Sanctuary here.

9.  More than 80 rabbits rescued from backyard breeder

Wonderful story of rescued rabbits by Peta to be adopted out, you can see here.

10.  Beagles after a life in a laboratory

This video is very touching.  It’s by CA Opanheiro and you can see it here.

In conclusion,  I would like to say, there are thousands of people helping to rescue animals on a daily basis.  We want to say thank you for all your continuous efforts for saving countless animals.  You are the stars of the animal loving world.

Lastly,  I apologize for any mistakes or misspellings in this post.

Until next time,  have a great, beautiful and healthy day!


What Christmas Was One Of The Most Memorable?

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What Christmas sticks out in your mind?

Christmas was always a huge event in our home growing up as a kid.   Dad always took us to cut down that tree that would reach perfectly to the living room ceiling.  Mom would always make sure we were involved in decorating the tree.  And Dad would always lift the youngest of us so our tiny little fingers could place the star on top. 

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Larger Families

Back in the day, I remember huge family units.  Families consisting of five or more children.  Many of my cousins were from large families.  And, if I recall correctly,  one of them had 13 altogether.  I’m really not 100% sure why they were bigger back then.  Perhaps because of religious practices, and abortion was most likely illegal.  Or, maybe because birth control may not have been exercised.  Not sure why, but my siblings and I alone had 63 first cousins. 

So,  those of you who have grown up in a large family, knows what happens.   Clothing was usually sewn, and rarely bought.  Hand-me-downs were a rite of passage.  I thank my parents because they always made sure we never went hungry.  But, with that said, us kids would always fight for the last piece of food on the table.  Also,  there was always at least 2 siblings sleeping in the same bed.  Having bigger families means sacrificing things to make sure everyone gets something.

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One Memorable Christmas

I remember a Christmas when I was about 10 years old.  I still believed in Santa, and recall getting massively upset when I eventually learned the truth about the fat guy.  We always opened our presents on Christmas Eve.  That evening, I was wearing a Holly Hobby blue fabric dress my mother had sewn for me.  (Yes……Holly Hobby was my god at that time!  lol)  

As excited kids do,  I ripped open my present with a sweaty fury.  It was a suitcase similar to the one in the above photo, except it was blue.  I always had dreams of travelling, and Santa knew exactly what I wanted.  SCORE!!  (Upon thinking of it later in life,  maybe my parents wanted me to pack and leave! )

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The Miracle

Then the true miracle came.  I opened the vinyl blue suitcase, and OH-MY-GAWD…….there was a jar of green olives inside!  With jar in hand, I skipped next to the X-mas tree and cheered with pure joy.  I was truly in heaven.  Olives have been my favorite food my entire life, even as a child.  And olives were in our house on only very special occasions.  So,  getting an entire jar all by myself was probably the best thing that ever happened to me!  Thanks Santa for knowing what to bring me for Christmas!!

Hope you enjoyed this article, hope you have a great Christmas, and see you next time!