The Wiggles: Apples and Bananas

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
We just got The Wiggles: Apples and Bananas. So much fun! My 4 year old girl loves it! She loves the apples and bananas song. She sings it all the time. We watched it while house sitting for a friend. She was thoroughly involved. My 2 year old son, on the other hand, watched it for maybe 10 minutes and then ran off trying to find something else to do.

It's more than just the apples and bananas song.  It also includes 22 other songs like "the itsy bitsy spider".  The DVD is a little over an hour long, clocking in at 65 minutes.

So I would say the older toddlers will probably like it more than the younger ones. It's preschool-preK age. As a mom, I like it a lot because it's entertaining as well as teaching.  They work on numbers, problem solving, and communication.  I would really recommend this DVD, if you're looking into finding something for your kiddos to watch!

What's Eating You?

Friday, March 14, 2014
It has been forever since I've written a post for my blog. I have actually been missing it, and am ready to get back on the saddle!  A lot has been happening with my help, so you know that means great posts to come.

For now though, I ran across an interesting article that deals with having more, than just one thing, wrong with your health at a time.  This is how it seems to be with me! There is never just one things wrong, it's always two or three.

So back to the point, I saw this article and thought it was really interesting.  I want to pass it along to you.

What’s Eating You?
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          It’s a jungle out there.Humans can be infected by more than 1,400 parasites – viruses, bacteria, fungi, etc. It can be bad enough when one nasty parasite takes hold – it’s certainly no fun to be stricken with tuberculosis – but what happens if you have two simultaneous infections? If one infection is diagnosed and treated with a regimen of drugs, will the other infection go away by itself? What if you take the drugs and the other infection gets worse?
“We don’t understand enough about many of these relationships to know if treating one infection can also curb another simultaneous infection – whether it may figuratively kill two birds with one stone – or if treatment of one infection hampers healing of the other,” says Emily Griffiths, an NC State post-doctoral researcher and lead author of a new study examining parasite-human relationships.
Emily Griffiths and colleagues created a "food web" to show how groups of parasites interact in humans.Emily Griffiths and colleagues created a “food web” to show how groups of parasites interact in humans.
Griffiths and colleagues from the United Kingdom and Switzerland provide the first glimpse at how multiple parasites interact within humans. Using data from more than 300 published studies, the researchers compiled a list of many of the parasites that infect humans, a list of the parts of the body consumed by each parasite, and the ways the immune system responds to each parasite.
The information was used to construct a large network of multiple infections in humans, a veritable “food web” of infections inside the human body.
Building this network revealed some previously unknown infection patterns and suggests treatment strategies for multiple infections, Griffiths says. For example, groups of parasites often share similar parts of their host, and these groups are prime candidates for coordinated treatment.
Future research aims to understand better how and why multiple infections occur in humans, and the consequences for mortality, Griffiths adds.
study describing the work was published this week in Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Griffiths also studies a particular infection – dengue fever. She is currently working with colleagues at NC State on models for the four different types of dengue fever and the mosquitoes that transmit them.


You know you have a chronic illness when...

Tuesday, September 24, 2013
OH MY GOODNESS! 
I just ran into the funniest post.  I think most of these describe me :) Please read, enjoy, and most of all, laugh!

P.S. This post was original on Chronic Mom's blog.  Thanks to her for writing this post, she's A.W.E.S.O.M.E.  I just had to pass this along!

You know you have a chronic illness when...
  • You lost your keys and after searching for two hours you finally find them in the freezer
  • Your medication doesn't fit in your medicine cabinet
  • Your medical files have to be carried around in a box
  • You often hear the phrase "I've never seen anything like this before" when you go to the doctor
  • Your doctors' phone numbers are programmed into your phone
  • You're on first name terms with your pharmacist
  • Every spare penny you have goes to paying off your medical bills
  • You find yourself watching Lifetime movies
  • You laugh hysterically when someone invites you to participate in a 5k
  • Your emotions can go up down so much people think you are bi polar
  • You have to ask for help when opening your pill bottles-those child proof caps don't stop children, but they sure stop you
  • You have sweat pants in every color of the rainbow
  • You know where the elevators are in every building you go to
  • When you are used to being told you need a psychiatrist
  • When someone asks "what do you do for a living," you just laugh 
  • You carry around prescription medication in your purse
  • You try to explain to your friends and family the "spoon theory."
  • You forget how to spell your name and have to ask someone else for help

Home Remedies for Restless Leg Syndrome

Thursday, September 5, 2013
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Have you ever been so frustrated in the middle of the night because it seems like your legs won't stop moving?  Been there! Done that!

I never really had an issue with Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) until more recently.  It probably started within the past 2 years.  All of the sudden I would wake up in the middle of the night with this feeling that my legs wouldn't be still.  Like, if I didn't move them I might explode.  At times it would get worse and I wouldn't even be able to fall asleep at night because of this feeling.

I would end up walking around the house, kicking my legs on the bed, tossing and turning, going to get a snack, trying to run in place, jumping jacks, you name it...I tried it. RLS ended up causing many sleepless nights and lots of stress. I became so frustrated.

According to the RLS.org website ( a whole site dedicated just to understanding RLS!):
  • Willis-Ekbom disease (WED), also known as restless legs syndrome or RLS, is a common and treatable neurologic disorder. WED/RLS results in an irresistible urge to move the legs or other parts of the body, often accompanied by unusual or unpleasant sensations that may be described as creeping, tugging or pulling. Because symptoms most often occurs in the evening, they can severely disrupt sleep and reduce quality of life.
  • If you have WED/RLS, you are not alone. Up to 7–10 percent of the U.S. population is living with the disease. Although many people have a mild form, WED/RLS severely affects the lives of millions of individuals.
These five essential features must be present for a diagnosis of Willis-Ekbom disease (restless legs syndrome):
  • You have a strong urge to move your legs (sometimes arms and trunk), usually accompanied or caused by uncomfortable and unpleasant sensations in the legs. 
  • Your symptoms begin or become worse when you are resting or inactive, such as when lying down or sitting. 
  • Your symptoms get better when you move, such as when you walk or stretch, at least as long as the activity continues. 
  • Your symptoms are worse in the evening or night than during the day, or only occur in the evening or nighttime hours. 
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  • Your symptoms are not solely accounted for by another condition such as leg cramps, positional discomfort, leg swelling or arthritis. WED/RLS often causes difficulty in falling or staying asleep, one of the chief complaints of the syndrome. Many people who have the disease also have periodic limb movements (PLMs)—jerking of the arms or legs that is often associated with sleep disruption.
There's actually quite a few different options for one suffering with RLS.
  • Checking to see if you have an iron deficiency, and possibly supplementing your diet with iron.
  • Examining other prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications or herbal remedies you may be taking. For example, drugs commonly used to treat high blood pressure, nausea, colds, allergies and depression can trigger WED/RLS symptoms.
  • Identifying any habits or activities that worsen your symptoms.
  • Reviewing your diet to ensure it is healthy and balanced.
  • Eliminating your alcohol intake after 6:00 p.m.
  • Finding activities that help you cope. These might include walking, stretching, taking hot or cold baths, massage, acupressure or relaxation techniques.
  • Finding ways to keep your mind engaged while you are sitting, with activities like discussions, needlework or video games.
  • Eliminating caffeine from your diet to help you sleep better.
  • Implementing a program of good sleep habits and coping strategies.
Here's the thing though, I tried medication, I tried getting up and walking around, I tried shutting off my mind, but nothing worked! I tried figuring out what made it worse or better and could never really pinpoint anything.

Now I usually try home remedies, but in my case, nothing usually works.  I get to the point where I'll try anything, but usually with no luck.  But, would you believe I found a weird but true remedy for RLS!?  It's SOAP!  I was reading the other day about RLS and some stuff to try.  One remedy that got rave reviews was to put some soap under your sheets.  Just pull up your fitted sheet and place a bar of soap at your toes.  Place it in a spot where you can touch it with your feet.  Re-make your bed and you are on your way!

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Ok, so my husband, the kids, and I were at Trader Joe's the other day.  My husband remembered I mentioned this soap idea, and when he came across a bar of lavender soap he put it in the cart.  We got home, put the kids to bed, put the soap at my toes (under the sheets) and went to sleep.  5 days later...NO PROBLEMS! I have been sleeping so well! I seriously am astonished and excited! It's not often that random home remedies work, let alone consistently.  I seriously have had no RLS signs or symptoms since we've put the soap at my feet.  Who knows, it may be chalked up to the placebo effect. But, you know, I'll take it! Sometimes your mind can play tricks on you, you kind of have to find a way to reset your brain.  Like I said, I did try other things, and this was the only one that worked for me.  It's ridiculous, but true! 

There's different reasons to hypothesize why the soap would work, but nothing really concrete.  Don't worry about it! It's not harmful to you, it makes your bed smell good, and you are only out $3 if it doesn't work!

Good luck!

Is there hope?

Sunday, September 1, 2013
Wow, has it been FOREVER since I've written a post! I actually do have a lot to say, but life lately has been so busy.  I'm sure so many of you can relate.

My daughter (first child!) started preschool this last week.  CRAZY! I have mixed emotions of excitement for her and feeling old!  She absolutely loves school.  Boy is she ever a little social butterfly! I found an old progress report of mine in a scrapbook.  You know what it said?  Hehehe...I think it was first or second grade.  I was doing well in school..woo hoo! Under teachers notes "Social butterfly.  Shauna still hasn't figured out where her seat is yet, or how to stay in it."  Yup, that about sums me up in those days!  It seems that my little preschooler has taken after me.  The first day I dropped her off she was off like there was no tomorrow.  She didn't even bother to say goodbye!  I had to call her back to me to give me a hug!  Like I said though, she loves it.  I'm so glad.  She is so smart, so I'm glad she is able to socialize and learn in a good environment.

Now on to some great reading.  I ran across two articles that I really like:
 
Finding Hope in Acceptance. It talks about pain and dealing with chronic pain.  I know, just like many others dealing with chronic pain, that it's hard to accept that it will be apart of your everyday life.  This is a great article to read through.  (On a side note, sometimes you don't have to accept that is how life is going to be.  If anyone is going to fight for you to get better and find an answer, it is going to be yourself.  There's a fine line between finding hope and fighting for an answer.)

7 Ways to Fight Chronic Pain. This article talks about some practical ways to fight chronic pain in your life.  Depending on what type of pain you have, they can be very helpful.  No matter what you're going through, it's important to keep living your life and not give up!

You're amazing.  Be well.