Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Last day of Whole 30!

Today is my last day of doing Whole 30! It has been a challenge. Yes, I have cheated a couple times, but only very minor cheats. For example, I had a cupcake at a bridal shower (it gave me the worst headache ever), I had a lick of Charlotte's ice cream yesterday (divine), and I just ate a fig newton (starvation took over). So, I think it was successful, overall. I think it will be interesting reintroducing some foods and seeing what happens.

The way Whole30 works is that it is an elimination diet. You eliminate sugar, gluten, and dairy (plus some other stuff) and see how you feel, etc. after 30 days. I have felt better, actually! My doctor suggested I keep out gluten, sugar, and alcohol going forward because "Lyme likes those things." So I am going to try to do that - but I really want a drink and an ice cream! LOL. I also am really sick of two things: eggs and potatoes.

I am doing well with the herbs, too! I did not have a reaction to Biocidin, and other than the taste, it seems to be helping my joint pain and other symptoms. I have been tracking my symptoms and they have taken a big down turn this week - so that's good! My doctor asked me to add in iron, charcoal, and vitamin D - so I am waiting until school gets out to add those to my regimen. So far I am taking: Lexapro, Zyrtec, Bulbur/Pinella, and Biocidin. Next week I will add the Byron White formulas: A-Lyme and A-Bart as well as the supplements. I'm going to need a planner to keep track! 

Sunday, June 10, 2018

New week, new herb

It's Sunday! That means my doctor wants me to add a new herb. This week it is Biocidin LSF.
This stuff is an herbal mixture that has a buncha stuff in it (Proprietary Herbal Blend: Bilberry extract (25% anthocyanosides), Noni, Milk Thistle, Echinacea (purpurea & angustifolia), Goldenseal, Shiitake, White Willow (bark), Garlic, Grapeseed extract (min 90% polyphenols), Black Walnut (hull and leaf), Raspberry, Fumitory, Gentian, Tea Tree oil, Galbanum oil, Lavender oil (plant and flower), Oregano oil (plant and flower).Phospholipids (from purified Sunflower Seed lecithin)Other Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Ethanol, Vitamin E (d-alpha tocopheryl, polyethylene glycol 1000 succinate)
It tastes like you are drinking lavender, so it's not horrible. Day 1 the instructions were to mix it in 5 oz of water and take a sip every 30 minutes...and to stop if a reaction begins. So I am sitting here on my couch, watching "CBS Sunday Morning" and sipping Biocidin along with my coffee...

I think there is a day coming where I have to give up coffee...but I don't want to do it yet! 

5 more days of school left....the kids and I are more than ready.

Monday, June 04, 2018

Meme Monday!

Sunday I started Burbur/Pinella drops - 10 drops in 4 ounces of water. Doesn't taste like anything. I have felt immediately better right after drinking it, but then the nasty creeps back in an hour or so. Today's main issue is my ankles! OW! 

Anyway, I found some good Monday Memes for today! Enjoy!

Friday, June 01, 2018

The Last Five Years

It has been five long years since I posted here. That's crazy since I used to post almost daily. My children LOVE reading the book that was created from this blog. They say things like, "You said the f word!" and "Look how cute I was!" while reading it. I yell at them if they bend the pages or get food on it. It goes on the special shelf in the library. Here we are, sometime in the last year:

I have recently been searching for "Lyme blogs" to read about experiences of others. I have been struggling for the past 15 years, on and off, with random symptoms that all have no diagnosis. When my doctor suggested Lyme last month, I just *knew* that I had it. We have ruled out any major organ problems, deficiencies, and Lupus. And I have managed for 15 years because the "episodes" I have are few and far between - I went for many years without any problems, and know I can feel like that again! Unfortunately, in the past year or so, my symptoms have progressed and they just aren't cute anymore.

So, it's finally time to get my act together and figure this out. This week I met a new doctor of Internal Medicine, referred to me by my general practitioner, and she believes I have the clinical symptoms of Lyme and it's lovely cousin, Bartonella. She also diagnosed me with POTS, which can be a symptom of Lyme as well.

What the heck does all that mean?

OKKKKKKKK. So, now what?

My lovely doctor, who is young and kind and very soft-spoken (and probably overwhelmed with meeting her exact opposite in every way) has started me on an herbal protocol. I ordered the goods and the first bottle will arrive soon. It begins with one week of "detoxing" with a Burbur and Pinella tincture. Then, after a week, the real fun begins with "Biocidin." She advised me to start the latter at "1 sip at a time" in case a reaction occurs....

Which means:

This is going to be my motto for the summer: 
"Take a breath. Take a step. Take a chance. Take your time." 
- The Last Five Years, Schmuel Song

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Music in our schools month

March is music in our schools month! Yay! I spend the month of march doing a bunch of fun school-wide activities. We have a morning news show, so last week I went on the show each morning and played "name that tune" with my recorder. The kids did really well with their guessing! This week we are having "mystery singers" on the news. I prerecorded a few teachers singing a short excerpt of a song and put them in a PowerPoint. The news show plays a new one each day. I usually do this every year, it's so funny to hear the kid's guesses. The 3rd week of march will be "performance week" and different performances will be highlighted each morning. We will end the week with an all-singing news show. I will sit in with my colleague as the newscasters and we will sing all of the news for that day. Last year, it was a huge hit. Some years I have done music trivia, put music quotes around the whole school, played student performances on the news, had an all-school dance show, and presented "informances" for parent visitors. It's a fun month!!! Make sure you celebrate music this month!

Need some new music to listen to?? Here are some songs that are currently on my playlist:
- "This time" by John legend
- the soundtrack to "The Last Five Years"
- "butterfly" by rajaton
- "Between the Lines" by Sara Bareilles
- "Smooth Criminal" by MJ

Here's a cool picture of our last overtones reunion right before we were about to sing:

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

My kids are cute

Picture of Owen (taken by Henry) in the kitchen. This was followed by a few pictures of the toilet - flushing, not flushing, surrounding, etc. Lovely.

Here is a picture of Henry painting the snow blue. I was so hip and put some blue food dye in some water and they sprayed the snow blue. Hello, pinterest!

Cutie Char painting snow.

Owen, working hard shoveling.

This is a picture of the kids inside a teepee at Ticonderoga Farms meditating. I thought they were hilarious. "Ommmmm"

Charlotte portrait by Owen, on the porch last weekend. After our snowfall, we had lovely spring weather on Saturday and Sunday. Ready for real spring!!!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

It's been a very long while....

Every day I say, "I need to blog!" And every day, I don't. I just run out of time. Or, I spend too much time browsing Reddit snd don't generally use my time wisely. I'm going to try and be better. I had a good idea for some new blogging ideas, but then our work scanner broke and I can't upload what I wanted to. I took some new pictures of the kids but haven't looked for the camera cord to upload them. I want to come back and use my blog to help motivate me to lose those few pounds I've put back on and continue to work toward my ww goal, but people keep bringing me food and I'm so tirrreeedddddd. If I could take a day off and just sleep, you bet I would.

What is new? You know I love me some bullets:
- Boys are more than halfway through Kindergarten. They are starting to like it. Took them a while to get used to, but they have made some good friends and are learning a TON. They played soccer this fall, basketball in the winter, and are starting baseball this Saturday.

Owen's art - "Everybody likes presidents" and "A long time ago George Washington led the Revolutionary War."
Henry's art!
- Charlotte is doing well, too. She spends her mornings here at school with us in the preschool classroom. She is the "community peer" in the special education program. She is in a classroom of 8 boys and has a good time with her wonderful teachers. She spends her afternoons at a neighborhood mom's house with a couple babies that she loves. She is "learning" Arabic there and frequently gives us language demonstrations.
- Mom and Dad (thats us) are doing fine. Frequently day dreaming about moving to Bermuda, planning a non-hostile takeover of a local daycare, deciding what to get our PhD's in, and keeping the house from falling apart. We moved, too. And promptly painted the walls the brightest colors ever! (Over compensation?) We now have a 2 car garage, a big backyard, a wonderful front porch, and a comfy new couch. Plus we live just few blocks to our school. Which we still drive to every day. *sigh*
That's our update. Must. Do. Better. Maybe I can make a blog update part of my daily life like it used to be. Hm. We shall see. I know Mamere would enjoy it.
Hugs and kisses.

Monday, June 04, 2012


My poor, sweet Charlotte has our family's first broken bone. I was carrying her down the stairs when I slipped and fell and landed on her leg. She has a broken tibia and is pitiful and adorable and it's so sad.

Saturday, June 02, 2012

Charlotte's Birthday Weekend

Charlotte's birthday started off by checking out her many presents on the table. She got to open one that morning, a movie. Boys = jealous.
The cupcakes:
 Charlotte at her party, checking out the water balloons:
 Too shy to blow out her own candles!?
 Later that night, without the added pressure of friends, she did blow out her own:
 Mommy and Charby!
 Meanwhile, in boyland....
 Char's pretty ice cream dress!
 Sunday we went to see a play with gaga, here is Char in all her birthday glory - sunglasses, ice cream dress, necklace, bracelet, and fruit snacks.
 Getting ready for the play to start:

 Riding the merry go round:
 Lovely portrait taken by a boy:
 The rest of the pictures I downloaded (300 of them) all look similar to this one. Owen just snap-snap-snapped away the whole way home. I'll spare you.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Pacifier Woes

My birthday princess turns 3 in 4 days....we have been talking a long time about giving up her pacifier when she turns three. She only uses it at night, so this morning when she made her way to our bedroom without it, we stood our ground and wouldn't let her go back to her room to get it (unless she wanted to go back to bed, that was a choice). It was a rough 30 minutes of crying, hitting, and anger. But look how cute she is:

Last day of Whole 30!

Today is my last day of doing Whole 30! It has been a challenge. Yes, I have cheated a couple times, but only very minor cheats. For example...