Archive for March, 2012

A Perspective of Wealth

The lottery jackpot is $500,000,000. I would just like to eat bread, spices, fruits, and veggies (besides green beans) without my throat swelling and my body itching. I have a whole new appreciation for the important things in life.

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Search Engine Oops

I googled for info on my itchy skin. What is causing it? Is it diet related? Allergy? I found a site that seemed to answer my questions, until I read that the itching is noticeable around the muzzle, ears, and underbelly. I looked at the title of the webpage:  Great Dane Lady. The article was about an itching dog! At least I got a laugh after being miserable with this itching.

I do have some idea what is causing it. One diagnosis could be a salicylate sensitivity. When I eat, sometimes my throat swells. Then, I itch a few hours later. Salicylates are found in all fruits, all spices, perfume, most vegetables, and beauty/cleansing products, etc. That might explain my scent sensitivity and ear trouble. The result is eating only beef, chicken (not injected with broth), peas, green beans, plain oatmeal, and eggs. As the levels lower in the body, the symptoms will hopefully decrease, letting me add some of the foods back into my diet. I am taking prednisone to help lower salicylates, to see if I can get off of this restricted diet quicker than 6 months.

For now, I will use more caution when surfing the web. No more canine treatment sites for me! Although, the laugh was healing, so the article wasn’t a total loss.

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Opposites Attract

When I was in the Air Force, my dearest friend liked dark meat and I liked white. This worked out wonderfully for the both of us. I don’t think we ever downed an entire chicken, though. Did we, Kim?

I have a best friend who dresses with style. We were going to a tea tasting, and I had on a blouse with stylish sweater, jeans, and running shoes. It didn’t look very cohesive, but I didn’t know how far we would have to walk, and I wanted comfortable feet. I asked her, “This doesn’t really go together, does it?” She replied, “Wear the running shoes and the running shoes will be fine.” Thanks for accepting me just as I am, Charlene.

I have a sweet friend with no sense of smell, and I have a hyper sense of smell. She sent me some candles via her husband. They were odor eating, and by order eating they must have meant their odor would eat up any other smell in the vicinity. It didn’t work out too well for the candles (gave them to another friend), but your kind gesture made me love you even more, Erin. Thanks for making me smile, once again!

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First Race of the Season

After several health related issues recently (bruised shoulder, bruised nose, some weird food sensitivity:  itching, swelling, etc.), I feel pretty darn good about finishing my first half marathon race of the spring yesterday in 2:21:24. I knew it would be somewhat painful, since I had only completed 8 miles in training. The weather wasn’t ideal. The temperature started in the 50s, but it was very humid, and there was a headwind during the second half of the race.

My recovery is going pretty well; I only feel a little soreness. It must have been the post-race play time with my grandson, Gavin, that helped work out the tight muscles. It doesn’t get any better of a day than that!

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Bring on the Darkness

Well, I have to say that dimming the lights and not watching the t.v. or computer screen for 30-60 minutes before bedtime has helped me to fall asleep quickly when my head hits the pillow. I did not wake up in the middle of the night last night, so that is an improvement. Kudos, Dr. Oz. Now, if I can get my head to the pillow earlier, I might actually start to feel well rested!

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