sleep is not overrated

Quick update for my fellow chronic pain sufferers and those who have someone dear to you who needs relief.  Searching the world wide web of confusion and potential answers can be frustrating and full of hope at once, right? I so very much want to be of help to some one.

So as I write this my feet are resting on my new Hummingbird. With nearly a week of using it two to three times each day, it is awesome to report that sleep is now a huge part of my nights! And I believe it is just the beginning of good things!

One more thing to share. I am back on a compounded prescription called LDN (low dose naltrexone). A friend recently brought it back to mind asking if I’d ever taken it. Wow, it rang a bell and my journal reminded me that two years ago my (then) Dr asked me to look at the above website on LDN and decide if I wanted to try it. I did and said Yes! He started me on a very low dose and within six months I was taking 4.5 mg. Soon I was no longer able to receive scripts from him. LDN was forgotten about as I moved on to try ‘new and better’ things. I’m now on a support page for LDN and have learned it can, in some cases, take longer than that to notice big changes or even get complete relief for some conditions. I strongly suggest anyone with an autoimmune issue to at least take a look at LDN. They use it at higher doses for MS very successfully. The list of uses is very impressive and it is NOT expensive. If you are on LDN, I’d love to hear from you.

Let’s keep on treadin’ on…healing can be right around the corner, down the road and most definitely when we see Jesus! Pray, and then pray more. I can’t do life…a day, a night, an hour or a moment…without it!

~ Kim

Habakkuk 3:19 says:

‘The Sovereign Lord is my strength;
    he makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
    he enables me to tread on the heights.’

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be it journey or quest

This journey, this quest, is not just for me. My goal has always been to share what is working for me on my way back to wellness. First, it is prayer. Why, after all these years, God hasn’t just ‘healed’ me instantly during my darkest hours…is a blog entry of its own. I would imagine many of you have asked that same question as well. The answer often takes me to Job in the Bible.

In the past few weeks I’ve switched up my plethora of supplements which includes nutrition, many herbals for pain and inflammation and sleep aids, as well as new topicals. There are a whole lot of good products out there to try, yes. But there are also many, many (did I say many?) companies that have jumped on this money-making bandwagon selling herbs and formulas (i.e. CBD, hemp, turmeric, magnesium, CoQ10, Corydalis, Cat’s Claw, the list goes on and on…) and it is because these things WORK! Yes, but quality and formulation is key! Unfortunately even in this industry of ‘alternative’ options, there are shortcuts and dishonesty. I say that because if a company sells a product for good health, they should be diligent enough to make sure theirs delivers on its claims.  If they take our good, hard-earned money to provide a bottle of wellness, it darn well better have the lab-tested quality, valid studies and even a Certificate of Analysis behind that batch. Too many do not.

So the new things I’m taking have been researched well (by my husband since that’s his thing) but mostly are not overnight sensations. During a consult with a Dr friend this week, he said sometimes we need to go on a ‘supplement holiday’.  Any kind of holiday sounds good right now, ha! Looking at my blood work, he did say that my heart is healthy (thank you Lord) though gotta bring down those RA numbers.

I am seeing little breakthroughs on most days, and being very analytical by nature, even more so in the past 15 years, it feels like a full-time job. Kinda sad that most of my waking moments are spent calculating movements. There are other things I’d rather be doing! When mid-day usually brings relief in some areas, it’s a good time to take a store trip, maybe go for a walk down the hill…or vacuum the house and do some laundry! Oh I do do those things at higher levels but it’s not as enjoyable, can do worse damage and it shows on my face usually…and we all want to look better than that out in public, right?

But that’s not all I have to report. Remember that I’m a big advocate for Ortho-Bionomy? With two great practitioners, I see one of them weekly. Ortho-Bionomy is really helping my central nervous system and autonomic nervous system perform as they should, and it does much more!  I had two really good days after last week’s O-B treatment! I also use ICES DigiCeutical Technology on targeted areas of my body almost daily for pain relief. Where I used to have weekly chiropractic adjustments and weekly massages to help manage pain, I’m doing those much less often, so that’s good progress! Occasionally I rebound and get on the vibration plate but my husband says it’s not nearly enough. I say…there’s that fine line again, haha!

Typical for autoimmune, some days are so much better than others. As these layers are peeling back, I’ve finally been able to see the difference that the coming rain has on me. I love rain but the changing pressure is not kind to my body and I know many of you can relate. Diet also does affect pain. Though I try to avoid known inflammatory foods, I fail slightly, but who wants to be perfect with food?

More good news…this coming week I’ll be getting a Hummingbird by Vital Motion. Look it up. Good reviews for Fibromyalgia! I’m excited to use it and report lower pain levels!  And I used an Ampcoil twice this past month. My husband talked with the founder and we are very impressed. There are answers out there for ALL of us who are not in perfect health.

One of the many things I learned while at the clinic in Arkansas this year is that not everyone gets well using all or even some of the same methods that helped someone else get well. We are each unique – in our fingerprints, our personalities – and in our sickness and our wellness!

Soooo many of my prayers are answered, daily! If God chooses to heal me this way, I’m good to go. If I can help even one person along the way, then even better! There’s much to be grateful for each day.

Gentle hugs and blog ya soon!

~ Kim

Habakkuk 3:19 says:

‘The Sovereign Lord is my strength;
    he makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
    he enables me to tread on the heights.’

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BreezeWay

Nighttime breezes come my way

Can’t sleep anyway

Breeze thru my windows

Can’t help but smile

I’ll lay awake all night

If you’ll just stay awhile

Breezes bringing tomorrow’s rain

Breezes saying I’m here again

Holy Spirit sending love

On breezes across my face

Intent to bring a smile

Gentle breezes in my hair

Yes Lord I know you’re there

You consume my thoughts

Bringing me to prayer

Thank you for my BreezeWay

~ Spring 2017

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unclog the blog fog

Lately, the idea of blogging, journaling and scribbling notes on my healthy journey has become more like a cool idea than a completed task. Similar to writer’s block I imagine. A combination of brain fog and drain clog…a sort of blog flog, hehe!

And when I make choices daily to fill my precious time with unworthy activities, it is me and me only who clogs my blog with fog. Fog is more than just a cloudiness. Plumbers know it as Fats, Oils and Grease, yuck!

So this will be a brief wave of my hand to say that I’m here, still working on this journey back to wellness. So very much has been happening, good and not as good some days. Lots of research by my husband, as well as his talking with several Dr’s and practitioners, manufacturers of therapies that can be purchased for home use, etc., etc…

My supplement regimen has changed drastically this past week – for the better. I can already see it. Stopping a couple of natural products has caused me to withdraw and I’m learning how to deal with that, again, naturally. One of them is an anti-inflammatory that I’ve used for many years to ease pain. This product is made in Mexico and now it is no longer allowed in our country, so I began to wean from it weeks ago but apparently not successfully enough, haha! It’s okay. I’m learning.

Ortho-Bionomy (bodywork) is still a highlight of my week. Also this week I will be receiving Ampcoil therapy for the second time. The next blog I will report on a few new things I just started. Pain levels are comfortably down today…even though there is rain in the air! Praise the Lord!

Thank you to friends and family praying for me and watching my results…and it is my hope and prayer to help others find answers that will help alleviate symptoms of RA, Fibromyalgia and Dysautonomia.

Finally, since good sleep has not been my friend for awhile, I found comfort today in the song Arms That Hold the Universe by Fee. I hope you will listen and be blessed by it.

“The Sovereign Lord is my strength;
    he makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
    he enables me to tread on the heights.” – Habakkuk 3:19

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BirdSong 4-17-17

BirdSong

Make my day

It’s not even dawn yet

And you’re ready to play

Open window season

Primavera, yes!

When I can’t sleep

God sends you to sing to me

I’m so grateful, for

A smile in the night

Gifts from the Giver, my Giver

So that’s why you’re not sleeping,

little feathery ones

Who needs beauty rest

When such beauty abounds

A symphony of sounds

Pre-dawn bird song

Who are you that you do his bidding?

A great example, that’s who

Thank you, Lord

For teaching me more each day

thru birds and song

Not just one

Now there’s more

You know they sing for me

They know they sing for You

Thank you, Papa

For sitting in the audience with me

“Let everything that has breath praise the Lord” (Psalm 150:6)

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what’s in a healing

Is this a question or the beginning of an answer? Hmmm.

What exactly IS in a healing? In my life (almost said at my age, ooops) I’ve both witnessed many and experienced several of my own. Whether physical, emotional, mental or spiritual…there are all kinds of healings.

Today I’m thinking of physical healing. Having chronic pain for 15 years, it’s safe to say it is on my mind. A lot! Too much! Even after much prayer for me and by me, where is the healing? God? Are you there? Of course he is! I experience Him daily and many of my prayers are answered…all the time.

Today I report that I’m actually getting better! Why this doesn’t happen all in one day, one instant, I don’t know. I do know there are things to learn along the way, friends we would not have met otherwise…a life to live!

So I encourage my friends, family and fellow bloggers who have prayed for, thought about and followed my healthy journey. Let’s never give up. God does have a plan. He’s always had a plan. And we have choices to make every day which may affect the timing, and even aspects, of our answers along the way. Sometimes an answer is right in front of us but we choose a different route that takes us on a detour. I believe God uses even the detours to bring about His purpose.

Some day we will know all of the answers to our questions. Some people say we won’t even care at that time. Again, hmmm. I think that my inquiring and analytical mind will still want to know. We may know in the instant we arrive at our eternal Home. Or He may allow us to discover these answers as we go, as we meet and visit with every person who has impacted our lives, in every direct and indirect way. Ohhh, this is a subject I love to think and talk about…how we will spend our time when we finally get to that completely perfect Destination!

So back to ‘what’s in a healing’. For me, it’s been…life! Here’s why I say life. Back in the early years of my dis-ease, there were moments – especially in the dark – I thought I might not make it through the night. My brain felt like it was moving inside my head. My world was upside down; pain was off the charts, indescribable. There were panic attacks. Tears. Dependency. Debilitation.

After those early days, weeks, a few months – I was on my path to wellness. My healthy journey had begun! And wow am I glad that it wasn’t revealed to me that nearly 15 years of choices and decisions, would affect my healing. Yet, maybe I would’ve welcomed the news that at least I’d live long enough to see my granddaughter become a teen and there’d be another granddaughter to enjoy. And not from a wheelchair or even pharmaceutically incarcerated!

Often I have described this as a roller coaster ride. Today I pictured it as a dance because it’s been one step forward, two steps back. Two steps forward and one or two steps back.  But always there is forward motion. Seeking and searching. Finding and applying. Knowing, yet not knowing. What I’ve come to believe is that there is no panacea. But there are so many good things that God has provided us in nature, as well as the intelligence, wisdom and knowledge of how the human body works and does not work. How it heals and does not heal. Through things that we consume and by using therapies and technologies that assist the body’s natural healing process. There are many things I do, but today I will share just a few. I consume CBD in different forms, kratom in multiple strains, Miror EPF…and I’m a big fan of my Ortho-Bionomy practitioners. Look it up, it may resonate and help someone you know or yourself! All of the things I do have good side effects.

Today there is less pain. I’m sleeping much better most nights. And mornings are easier – to know me is to know that this is HUGE!

So there’s been life and discovery and ideas for the plan that’s been there all along. All of the answers are not clear yet. I do know that my desire is to glorify God in my life. I have many opportunities to do that, every moment of every day.

And so do you, my friend! As we ask our questions, we need to expect answers! Have a little faith. When ‘stuck’ on the edge of our trek to higher places in life, know without a doubt that when you call on the name of Jesus, He will arrive immediately. Then link your arm in His and walk without fear. Know that Habakkuk 3:19 says this:

‘The Sovereign Lord is my strength;
    he makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
    he enables me to tread on the heights.’

 

 

 

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StormSense

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StormSense

Sense the storm

Brighter flashes

Louder rolls of thunder

Counting seconds in between

Come closer I say

I’m not scared

Memories of lawn chairs

Aluminum no less

Mom and me

Front porch

Heaven will be Heaven with mom and chairs again.

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