Sunday, January 10, 2021

Seventeen Years!

Yes, it's hard to believe, but it was seventeen years ago that our lives changed drastically. 
Type 1 Diabetes. It will never go away. There is no cure. It is a daily battle. She can never take a vacation from it. She is on this roller coaster struggle for the rest of her life on this earth. How we look forward to Jesus' soon coming, so she can get a new body! No more pain. No more struggles. No more insulin.

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Pandemic 2020

We have survived the first half of 2020!! Congratulations, everyone!

Hasn't this been one crazy year?! These past four months or so have seemed more like four years! Social media is a really crazy place to be these days. Nearly everyone is polarized, one way or another.

I came across this on Facebook recently:


“Chicken pox is a virus. Lots of people have had it, and probably don't think about it much once the initial illness has passed. But it stays in your body and lives there forever, and maybe when you're older, you have debilitatingly painful outbreaks of shingles. You don't just get over this virus in a few weeks, never to have another health effect. We know this because it's been around for years, and has been studied medically for years.

"Herpes is also a virus. And once someone has it, it stays in your body and lives there forever, and anytime they get a little run down or stressed-out they're going to have an outbreak. Maybe every time you have a big event coming up (school pictures, job interview, big date) you're going to get a cold sore. For the rest of your life. You don't just get over it in a few weeks. We know this because it's been around for years, and been studied medically for years.

"HIV is a virus. It attacks the immune system, and makes the carrier far more vulnerable to other illnesses. It has a list of symptoms and negative health impacts that goes on and on. It was decades before viable treatments were developed that allowed people to live with a reasonable quality of life. Once you have it, it lives in your body forever and there is no cure. Over time, that takes a toll on the body, putting people living with HIV at greater risk for health conditions such as cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, diabetes, bone disease, liver disease, cognitive disorders, and some types of cancer. We know this because it has been around for years, and had been studied medically for years.

"Now, with COVID-19, we have a novel virus that spreads rapidly and easily. The full spectrum of symptoms and health effects is only just beginning to be cataloged, much less understood.

"So far the symptoms may include:

  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Coughing
  • Pneumonia
  • Chills/Trembling
  • Acute respiratory distress
  • Lung damage (potentially permanent)
  • Loss of taste (a neurological symptom)
  • Sore throat
  • Headaches
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Mental confusion
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Strokes have also been reported in some people who have COVID-19 (even in the relatively young)
  • Swollen eyes
  • Blood clots
  • Seizures
  • Liver damage
  • Kidney damage
  • Rash
  • COVID toes (weird, right?)

"People testing positive for COVID-19 have been documented to be sick even after 60 days. Many people are sick for weeks, get better, and then experience a rapid and sudden flare up and get sick all over again. A man in Seattle was hospitalized for 62 days, and while well enough to be released, still has a long road of recovery ahead of him. Not to mention a $1.1 million medical bill.

"Then there is MIS-C. Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children is a condition where different body parts can become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, or gastrointestinal organs. Children with MIS-C may have a fever and various symptoms, including abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, neck pain, rash, bloodshot eyes, or feeling extra tired. While rare, it has caused deaths.

"This disease has not been around for years. It has basically been 6 months. No one knows yet the long-term health effects, or how it may present itself years down the road for people who have been exposed. We literally *do not know* what we do not know.

"For those in our society who suggest that people being cautious are cowards, for people who refuse to take even the simplest of precautions to protect themselves and those around them, I want to ask, without hyperbole and in all sincerity:

"How dare you?

"How dare you risk the lives of others so cavalierly. How dare you decide for others that they should welcome exposure as "getting it over with", when literally no one knows who will be the lucky "mild symptoms" case, and who may fall ill and die. Because while we know that some people are more susceptible to suffering a more serious case, we also know that 20 and 30 year olds have died, marathon runners and fitness nuts have died, children and infants have died.

"How dare you behave as though you know more than medical experts, when those same experts acknowledge that there is so much we don't yet know, but with what we DO know, are smart enough to be scared of how easily this is spread, and recommend baseline precautions such as:

  • Frequent hand-washing
  • Physical distancing
  • Reduced social/public contact or interaction
  • Mask wearing
  • Covering your cough or sneeze
  • Avoiding touching your face
  • Sanitizing frequently touched surfaces

"The more things we can all do to mitigate our risk of exposure, the better off we all are, in my opinion. Not only does it flatten the curve and allow health care providers to maintain levels of service that aren't immediately and catastrophically overwhelmed; it also reduces unnecessary suffering and deaths, and buys time for the scientific community to study the virus in order to come to a more full understanding of the breadth of its impacts in both the short and long term.

"I reject the notion that it's 'just a virus' and we'll all get it eventually. What a careless, lazy, heartless stance.”

I copied this post and shared it.

And one of the main points I was trying to make by posting it:

My daughter, who has Type 1 Diabetes (!), is taking another medical leave of absence. She told me yesterday, in tears, that she has sensed vibes from people that they think she is a coward for taking leaves of absence! HOW DARE THEY!!!

It isn't an easy decision for her to make, to take a medical leave of absence from work, as an extra precaution to protect herself. She is otherwise a basically-healthy young adult! In fact, I may actually be more at-risk than she is...thanks to Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, being overweight...and my age. 😜 To make the decision-making even harder are our finances. Scary!!

All this time, we have been doing as much as we can to boost our immunity: Vitamins C and D, and an immune boosting essential oil blend.

It hurts, when I watch my daughter struggle every day to maintain some kind of control over her blood sugar levels, and face such callous attitudes from others. This beautiful young lady (both outwardly and inwardly) has a big, tender, forgiving heart. Tender hearts often cry in private.

Oh. One more thing. Do we like wearing masks? No. We don't. Frankly, I do feel like I can't breathe with the thing on. Plus, it's not convenient to put on (the one I use has ties rather than elastic). And I'll admit, I don't always have it with me, when I decide I need to run into the store to grab something.
Do we always wear them? No. But Jen and Steven do most of the time. And I rarely go into any stores, myself.

I hope you all are also doing what you can to protect yourselves, and those around you. Stay safe!

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Health Report...on Wendy!

Let me tell you about my weekend.

Due to some middle-of-the-night events, I had my daughter take me to the ER on Friday. When I mentioned chest discomfort, shortness of breath, headache and nausea, they immediately took me to a room and proceeded doing an EKG.

They admitted me for at least overnight, for observation. I was in a single-occupancy room, which was spacious!

They never put me in a gown, so I was in my street clothes the whole time!! Yay!

Due to the fact that I have been bleeding at least lightly and nearly continuously for over 6 years now, they did an ultrasound.

Of course, they also took vials of blood. And they did an echocardiogram. There was one mention of doing a scan on my brain (because of my lightheadedness and dizziness), but that never happened.

My heart monitor

My heart passes inspection. Apparently it's strong and healthy. But my blood pressure is high...And my A1C was 8.4. So now I am on meds for blood pressure and diabetes.

The gynecologist wants to do a D&C, or at least a biopsy, which is to be done outpatient.

I was discharged yesterday.

At least I had a nice view from my hospital room!

 And, hey, you know what?! The food wasn't too bad, either!
Friday supper
I didn't get to have Sabbath breakfast, since they had me NPO because they planned to do a stress test.

Lunch was a turkey sandwich, and fresh fruit.
Sabbath supper

Sunday breakfast

Sunday lunch

Sunday supper

Monday breakfast

(There was a thick slice of turkey and a slice of swiss cheese on that croissant. Those tater tots were way over cooked. This was the worst meal I had at the hospital)
Monday lunch
And I was there for Monday supper: beef stew, rice, broccoli spears, canned peaches.

I am mostly vegetarian, and I really want to get back to it, or even go vegan. But they served me meat 2 or 3 times a day while I was in the hospital, and I'm used to having nor more than that much in a week! It was hard to handle, in a way.

So, now I am definitely getting serious about my health. It is going to be a lot of hard work, I know, and I am going to need lots of encouragement. Won't you please become a part of my team of personal trainers and encouragers?!

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Diabetes Rears Its Ugly Head

Sometimes in the day-to-day of living life, tending to the routine of diabetes care, and so forth, one becomes somewhat complacent. Suddenly a speed bump or two rear up and shake things up a bit.

Last week a couple of those speed bumps came along.

First of all, the son of a friend of mine from where we lived in the northwest US, who had died nearly a year ago, I found out last Thursday he'd died from undiagnosed diabetes. He and my oldest son had been really good friends when they were very, very young.

The following day, when Jen went to get a refill of her insulin, she discovered that she no longer has insurance, because last month was her 26th birthday. Here she stands at the pharmacy, with one dose left at home, and finds out she simply can't afford to get more! It does freak us both out!

So prayers would be appreciated as we figure out how to process all of this: finding affordable insurance for her, that the other long-acting insulin she has on hand will stretch, etc.

Stay tuned for the next installment of the "saga."

Fourteen Years of Blogging!

Today marks the anniversary of my very first blog post! It currently resides over on my old blog, Life at Rossmont. Originally it was posted on Homeschool Blogger, which no longer exists.

I feel so sad that after this long blogging, I still have so few followers/readers of my blog. It gets discouraging sometimes, but I keep plugging away at it.

I've tried having multiple blogs going at once; right now I only have two: Life on Chickadee Lane, and The Kitchen on Chickadee Lane (which is sadly neglected, most of the time).

Well, we're off for another year. Next year will be a big 15 year anniversary! I'll have to plan something big! I hope you'll continue following along.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

And there they go...makes me sad

I've seen for months that Google+ was going away. This makes me very sad, because I've found and follow nearly 500 photographers through Google+. I enjoy scrolling through my feed, admiring the hundreds of amazing photos they share. (In case you don't know, photography is one of my passions! <grin>) Now I don't know where or how to find all those photographers, so I can continue gaining inspiration from their photography.
This morning when I logged on to my blog account, I saw this message posted at the top of my page. And I've lost 470 followers on my blogs. I hope you'll come follow along on Bloglovin' or Feedburner, or some other method.

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

Sad News

I don't know if this would really qualify as a health tip, but I am discussing health, mental health to be exact, in this post.

Yesterday I received a message from my 19 year old son, the one who lives with my brother and his family, off in another state. He told me that a friend of his had committed suicide. I've met this family, once.

Immediately my mama heart ached for this mother. The excruciating pain she is going through must be unbearable. The young man's sister must also be numb with pain.

My heart also immediately ached for my son, and I longed to be there to hold him in my arms. In addition, I am concerned, because his mental health is already fragile.

When I told someone about this young man's suicide, her response was: Why? Why would someone end their life like that? Why would someone give up on life?

Maybe someone is suffering such deep depression. Or perhaps that person feels totally betrayed by everyone in his/her life. Maybe he or she feels like a total failure, and thinks she or he cannot go on any longer. And maybe there is no way to actually know the answer. Then again, perhaps it is a physical health condition that triggers it.

This morning, the mother of the young man posted this on Facebook:

The following was written about my son, from one of the groups I am in for him on FB. I urge you to read it. Especially if you have questions about why he is gone.
Last night a Christian mom in the USA lost her son to PANS/PANDAS. She had just put him
on an SSRI a few weeks ago. He was 17. He lost his life at his own hands. His symptoms were the same that I see regularly. OCD, tics, autism. These are an illness of epic proportions and nothing to joke about. Infections trigger the immune system to attack the brain until the person is no longer themselves but a slave to the disease. Mental clarity and the ability to make good choices are just as dependent on healthy tissue as going up stairs or folding laundry or running. When tissue is inflamed it malfunctions and when it malfunctions the things it is supposed to do don't get done or get done incorrectly. When it's the brain that is inflamed, it cannot be relied on to protect us or think about things correctly. People who commit suicide are not selfish. They are not sinners. They are not damned. They are victims of fallen flesh the same as you are with your lower back pain or your osteoarthritis in your knees. My prayers are with this family and with every single person battling mental illness. They are our children, our mothers, our brothers and sisters. They are the homeless and the famous. Pray for them. Pray for the medical community to start treating mental illness for what it is. We know that most central nervous system degenerative diseases are autoimmune in nature. Why do we keep treating mental illness like it is a choice?

If you need to learn what PANS/PANDAS is, you can read about it here (yes, I had to look it up myself):  What is PANDAS/PANS?

Today I ask you to pray for this family. While you're praying, please pray for my son as well.