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battle dwarf
Wednesday, April 21, 2010, 7:58pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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what an image! don't you worry they will get shoved up there and damage something?


nothing to do? who has that!?
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Battle Dwarf, that comment, being on the top of the page, can lead to confusion.  

With the reader supplying the missing context, what you are saying can seem to be quite different.  


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when i posted i did not know it was going on a new page. i was talking about those straws. up the nose that sounds more dangerous that wearing your neclace to sleep.


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no the straws do not rise up but knocked out by inadvertantly touching..  getting air anyway you can is a good one..   haha funny what can happen here.. and I cantt hink of a better use for straws..


Being here is invaluable, but not enough. We need ALL the Doctors. I needed them for a very small cancer spot-I could never feel!!! Please do your mammograms! Doing so saved me from cancer later on. I am grateful! Thanks for learning from my experience! I was lucky! I wish the same for YOU!
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Print out Dr. D' Adamo's recommendations.  Multiple copies.  Paste one on a wall at eye level in an out-of-the-way place where you will be forced to read it everyday.

Try to get some Gregorian chant to listen to ......

Your combined pathologies make tons of sense to me.  I know that this is little help, but eating and treating as Dr. D' Adamo recommends is your best way to tackle the load!


Oh, my goodness!  That was so funny!  I'll have to go listen to it again.  I know you and I have talked before about chants, and I have yet to look up an online station to listen to.  

I did finally get a hold of the Atlanta Tomatis center (after repeated calls and e-mails) and the very friendly secretary (who I wanted to hug through the phone because she was so nice) said they've never treated an adult and she doesn't know if it's available at all.  I asked her if she'd be willing to look into it, and she readily agreed and said she'd get back to me.

Funny that you mention hanging Dr. D's suggestions at eye level.  I'm the queen of notes and lists and hanging things at eye level so I'll see them.  I'm just on the verge of realizing that to survive adulthood I have to reorganize my life totally differently from most people.  "They" say it takes 7 days or 21 days or (whatever the newest studies prove) to create a habit.  But not for me.  If it's not right in front of me where I can see it, I won't remember it.  See, THAT sort of input is helpful.  Thanks, Paul.

I'm eating well.  Because of my new digestive problems, I can't eat meat and I have to eat lots of soft, mushy veggies.  That works fine for me.



Thank you all for your sweet words.  Yes, Goldie, your inbox is full, based on my inability to send you a p.m.   If you click the little box to the left of the messages, and then click Delete, they'll go away.  

TJ, glad to hear you're doing better.  We've had the discussion about coffee before.  I understand what you're saying and if I had nothing to do all day but to sleep and heal my adrenals, I'd do that for sure.  Because I know what it's doing to me.

Being a couple days off the adrenal/thyroid supplement is....well....odd.  The first day I felt sort of relieved.  It was interesting.  But since then, I've been so incredibly tired, even with coffee, that I can't think.  I was stumbling all over my words and kept mixing them up.  So embarrassing.  I know it can be fixed, and I know it's physiological.  

It's better since I ate dinner and got the children in bed (which was no small feat).  It's like herding cats.  Or putting crickets in a bucket.  Again, though, it's not that they're awful, it's just that I can't organize my brain enough to organize them.  My 7 y.o.-going-on-18 y.o. thinks she's the mother.  She's really got it all together.  She's everything I always wished I was.  I try to work with that.  She'll be the CEO of a great company one day.

Our vacuum is broken and a friend came over today to clean my carpets with her fantastic vacuum.  It needed it.  The little ones had spilled cat food, rice and flax seeds on the carpet.  Imagine.

We played board games this afternoon and I wore headphones (the sound-deafening kind).  I could still hear them, but the noise didn't hurt my ears.  I'm considering trying one little foam ear plug in my left ear.  


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Oh, and I will give some more thought to the ear/sinus/migraine/everything else idea.  All my troubles are on the left side of my body.  


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Good to hear about headphones and checking for some help!  I'm thinking of getting full on noise cancelling ear muffs, but headphones do in a pinch. ahhr peace .  

I have that not being about to remember names of things thing as well, what was it called again?    I'm also the queen of lists and never keep habits, it's like life is irregular always with me and if I did have a routine it would be boring anyway.   Rushing around too much, lost my lists today and was bereft as if I couldn't be organised without those.  

You're not the only one!  Working in circles flitting from thing to thing, I get along the strait lines (literal world) eventually!  

Hope you get used to no adrenal supps, maybe your body will feel relieved because we aren't supposed to take herbs too long and herbs stop working anyway once the body gets used to them I read after six weeks or so.  Guess it may be different with everyone.  Wonder if there are other adaptogens you could take and alternate them?  Like Korean or Chinese ginseng, Ashwaghanda, and Ginkgo biloba etc.  


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Ditto with Symbi especially for adaptogens plus Vit C.


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Our vacuum is broken and a friend came over today to clean my carpets with her fantastic vacuum.  It needed it.  The little ones had spilled cat food, rice and flax seeds on the carpet.  Imagine.
Aah...maybe you could have let the cats & the chickens in to clean it up... Nice that someone came to help you by doing the vacuuming

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Wonder if there are other adaptogens you could take and alternate them?  Like Korean or Chinese ginseng, Ashwaghanda, and Ginkgo biloba etc.  


Not while I'm nursing a baby.

Welcome to the nonnie world, Symbi.

Possum, we're still waiting to get chickens.  I asked DH when the coops were going to be ready and he said, "They're basically ready.  Almost."  And I said, "Well, when they're ready, I'll order chickens.  I'm waiting on you to finish."  And he said, "If you order the chickens, it forces me to finish."  Ah-ha! I thought. It's motivation he needs.  He said, "Give me a deadline and I'll have them finished.  So.  I'll be ordering chickens soon.  A fellow homeschooling family nearby said they were interested in ordering some too, and they'd be willing to take all the roosters (to eat) if we make a bulk order and split it.  I don't want roosters for several reasons, and certainly not to eat.


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How much work are chickens? I thought having a hamster was too much work!

It's great that your oldest is such a helper, but it's a mixed blessing. You have to be careful not to rely on her too much so she doesn't get resentful of her younger siblings. I have the same thing going on with my oldest, and now that the "little sister" is a teenager (and still not doing as many chores as the older one) there's a lot of resentment going around. DD1 at 12 did more housework than DD2 does at nearly 14. But both were extremely helpful when DS was an infant (and they were 5 and 7).

As long as  they're enjoying their siblings, it's fine to rely on them for help, especially at stressful times such as bedtime. Just make sure it's balanced with plenty of free play at other times of day.


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Hey I emptied my mailbox.. could not figure out how to keep the info.. I wanted to keep.. so I emailed the info to my self..  

I read your not about listening and then I followed the thread until I found this... IT is funnyy.. and so fitting..    something I keep just so I can hear it again some later date..

so here is the link agin..

http://andrewplus.blogspot.com/2008/12/by-popular-demand-highway-code-part-i.html

and another for clicking on the world globe for inspiering music..    

http://ondamedworld.com/  

I play it when I need to get on with stuff I don't care to do..

Ribbit..

all you issues are on the left side.. ???? above the shoulders or below also??  the left side of the brain is the logical side.. so if that needs changes then maybe there is a clue..

but if its the whole body on the left than  its another thing..


What are you calling your chickens??

I had a chicken that was meant for th pot.. then it layed on egg and so made all the difference in it's own life.. for 16 years.. I could diaper it and I could put it in the baby carrige and take it for a walk but----- I could never teach it to stay out of the neighbors yard.. they complaint bitterly.. but the worms over there where so much better.. must have been on O type chicken.. Its geno Na,e was Züsex.. beige and white feathers.. it killed any other bird we tried to add to the coop.. by morning it was time for a funeral.. but every sunday morning that chicken layed on egg on my soft quilt.. and not a spot on it.. WOW!!!! so much fun to remember.. we used to put a date on the eggs so udse them up in succession.. they where brown eggs..      



Being here is invaluable, but not enough. We need ALL the Doctors. I needed them for a very small cancer spot-I could never feel!!! Please do your mammograms! Doing so saved me from cancer later on. I am grateful! Thanks for learning from my experience! I was lucky! I wish the same for YOU!
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no work at all .. place paper in the bottom.. easy clean up of the stall .. feed them corn or I used to feed it fresh thin sliced lungs and livers.. and fresh greens in winter.. it liked fruit and nearly everything fresh.. did I say that MY chicken was BTD O???     


Being here is invaluable, but not enough. We need ALL the Doctors. I needed them for a very small cancer spot-I could never feel!!! Please do your mammograms! Doing so saved me from cancer later on. I am grateful! Thanks for learning from my experience! I was lucky! I wish the same for YOU!
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I don't want roosters for several reasons, and certainly not to eat.


make sure you stay with a cock s comb from time to time for your chicken broth!!!
chuck full of CLA!


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I did finally get a hold of the Atlanta Tomatis center (after repeated calls and e-mails) and the very friendly secretary (who I wanted to hug through the phone because she was so nice) said they've never treated an adult and she doesn't know if it's available at all.  I asked her if she'd be willing to look into it, and she readily agreed and said she'd get back to me.
It sounds like they have very little expertise with the therapy.  The therapist who was originally trained might well have moved on and "left notes" on how to work the system.  I know that the system works on adults my therapist was 18 when he received his therapy and Gerard Depardieu was an adult as well.  The system is useful for adults who want to be completely fluent in another language, as therapy in the language literally opens the ear to the new frequencies used.

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Funny that you mention hanging Dr. D's suggestions at eye level.  I'm the queen of notes and lists and hanging things at eye level so I'll see them.  I'm just on the verge of realizing that to survive adulthood I have to reorganize my life totally differently from most people.  "They" say it takes 7 days or 21 days or (whatever the newest studies prove) to create a habit.  But not for me.  If it's not right in front of me where I can see it, I won't remember it.  See, THAT sort of input is helpful.  Thanks, Paul.
It works and it is necessary.  I stopped taking recommended medication for my blood pressure because I lacked that kind of reinforcement.  

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We played board games this afternoon and I wore headphones (the sound-deafening kind).  I could still hear them, but the noise didn't hurt my ears.  I'm considering trying one little foam ear plug in my left ear.  
Please do not even consider the wax ear plugs - that is how I scratched my ear canals!  The skin inside your ears cannot heal; there are not seven layers of skin with lots of blood and lymph to repair physical trauma.  

Foam will not scratch.


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Thank you, MG.

Arlene, check this out:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Misophonia

People who have misophonia are most commonly annoyed, or even enraged, by the sound of other people eating or breathing. Oddly, they are not normally annoyed by sounds that they themselves make. Reactions to these sounds are not limited however to just loud eating noises, people with Misophonia find themselves affected by all kinds of noises.

Often, people who have misophonia are also annoyed by other people's repetitive movements, such as leg-tapping, nail-biting and typing.

Sensitivity to these sounds tends to be exacerbated by stress or feeling tired/run down.


Sounds like your father???  Sounds like me too, except I don't get angry, I just want to run away.  Fight or flight.  Your dad had the "fight" and I have the "flight".


You’re right it sounded just like my Dad.  It is nice to have a name for it.

I knew my father loved me, but just like all children I wanted to please him and NOT make him angry.   Children are flexible and adjustable.  Your children will love you and adjust to your quirks.  

Hopefully following Dr. D’s advice you’ll find some peace.


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all you issues are on the left side.. ???? above the shoulders or below also??  the left side of the brain is the logical side.. so if that needs changes then maybe there is a clue..

but if its the whole body on the left than  its another thing..



Below too.  It's my left arm that goes to sleep at night (very annoying), my left clavicle that always needs a chiropractic adjustment, my left wrist that pops, my left hip that gives me a good deal of trouble (since the baby's birth), the left leg that lost its ability to walk after the baby's birth (it slowly healed, over the course of a few weeks).....


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I had a chicken that was meant for th pot.. then it layed on egg and so made all the difference in it's own life.. for 16 years.. I could diaper it and I could put it in the baby carrige and take it for a walk but----- I could never teach it to stay out of the neighbors yard.. they complaint bitterly.. but the worms over there where so much better.. must have been on O type chicken.. Its geno Na,e was Züsex.. beige and white feathers.. it killed any other bird we tried to add to the coop.. by morning it was time for a funeral.. but every sunday morning that chicken layed on egg on my soft quilt.. and not a spot on it.. WOW!!!! so much fun to remember.. we used to put a date on the eggs so udse them up in succession.. they where brown eggs..      

Very funny story!!
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Possum, we're still waiting to get chickens.  I asked DH when the coops were going to be ready and he said, "They're basically ready.  Almost."  And I said, "Well, when they're ready, I'll order chickens.  I'm waiting on you to finish."  And he said, "If you order the chickens, it forces me to finish."  Ah-ha! I thought. It's motivation he needs.  He said, "Give me a deadline and I'll have them finished.  So.  I'll be ordering chickens soon.  A fellow homeschooling family nearby said they were interested in ordering some too, and they'd be willing to take all the roosters (to eat) if we make a bulk order and split it.  I don't want roosters for several reasons, and certainly not to eat.
Yeah my man needs that sort of motivation too...as do I It just works that way for some of us... Happy chicken farming I can well imagine one of the reasons why you don't want a rooster... One lived quite a way from us but it woke the whole neighbourhood up at 5.30am (& sometimes in the night too - how the heck does that work??!! )

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I know.  We raised several batches of chickens in my teenage years and I quickly learned to despise those roosters.  Daddy said I'd get used to them crowing and wouldn't hear them after a while, but I'm a light enough sleeper that I always heard them, even though he put the pen way down in the woods.  And then one attacked my leg one day and that was the end for me.  I'll stick with hens, thankyouverymuch.


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Did it think you were a chicken?? Do you have skinny legs
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I know.  We raised several batches of chickens in my teenage years and I quickly learned to despise those roosters.  Daddy said I'd get used to them crowing and wouldn't hear them after a while, but I'm a light enough sleeper that I always heard them, even though he put the pen way down in the woods.  And then one attacked my leg one day and that was the end for me.  I'll stick with hens, thankyouverymuch.

I got a laugh out of it when a rooster attacked me one day.  I knew they had a pecking order in the coop, but didn't know it carried over to the caretakers until I entered the house to feed them and there was this little cluck and all of the chickens cleared a path between the top rooster and me.  He ruffled his feathers and scratched the floor a bit, then came at me.  I picked him up on my toe and set him back on the other side of the house.  he came again, so I put him up the wall a bit and let him slide down.  He came a third time, so I planted him about half-way up the wall.  He shook that one off and went and reaffirmed his dominance with the highest underling.

It was about a month later when I had the last laugh, though, because he became Thanksgiving dinner.


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we have only ever had one that i remember as bad (and we have had alot of chickens). he had a thing for attacking you from behind when you took away the eggs. one day he tried that and i was within reach of a short 2x4. that was the end of that roster. i kept his tail feathers as a trophy...i still have them.
mother came up with a much better way however, she dicovered that they realy do not like being sprayed with the water hose. after i moved out she got another upity roster and she would squirt him with the water hose when ever he raised his hackles at her. eventuly she was bale to only carry a nossles with her and point it threatningly and after a while she did not even have to do that. she like a roster becuse it changes the taste of the eggs. with out him the eggs will always be yellow and tastless just like the store bought eggs. letting them out for bugs and seeds also adds to the health of chicken and egg.


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Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Age: 36
Well, we spent the weekend with my parents and we talked for hours and hours about family history.  My mother said that when my sister was evaluated, they ask if there was a family history of bipolar.  I've e-mailed my sister asking for more info about that and I'm waiting to hear back. I finally got my mother to admit that she had postpartum depression after all of us.  I asked her when the depression lifted and she said she didn't think it ever did.     This is the first time she has ever mentioned that she had an issue.  It was always everybody else.  My mother also said prolapse and neuropathy run in the family.  All sorts of foot trouble and nerve trouble in the hands and pelvic area.  I wish she'd told me all this before.

I'm losing the mobility in my left middle finger.  It hasn't been normal since the birth.  It tingles and hurts and it doesn't get better after the chiropractor does his thing.

I feel like my whole body is just falling apart.  I'm too young for this.  I  know this is a middle-age Warrior thing, but nobody else in the family is a Warrior, and I'm not middle-age yet.  

I talked for a couple of hours yesterday with my aunt, who is a former nurse.  She worked in rehab.  She wondered if, based on my left-side troubles and mental confusion, if I had a mild stroke during the birth.  I said, "Don't you think my midwife would have noticed if I'd had a stroke?"  "No," she said, "She was down at your other end."   Then she reminded me that her son, my cousin, had a stroke a couple of years ago.  He was about the age I am now.  He lost most of the vision in one eye from it.  She said in her years as a stroke-victim rehab nurse, it's entirely possible.

I'm totally reliant on spell check now.  I can't remember how to spell things.  Which is annoying because I've always been a pretty good speller (thank you very much, visual memory).  My short-term memory hasn't ever been real strong, but it's very poor now.  I had to reread this entire thread because I couldn't remember any of it.

While I was planting cucumbers yesterday I realized something, and DH said it sounded very reasonable to him.  I've always been very project-oriented.  I can't keep a routine or schedule (having children helps, because they sort of make their on routine, and it works fine for us).  I told DH this: "If there's nothing on my calendar or nothing to look forward to, I lose my way.  The depression sets in.  If I have some project or event to look forward to, it keep my adrenaline up and I can keep going.  When there's nothing to do, I fall apart.  I think that keeping projects going all the time helps pull me out of the depression.  I always enjoy my garden.  There's always stuff I can do.  Even if my mind and body say, "I don't want to garden.  I just want to go lay in bed and cry," if I go distract myself in the garden, I'll perk up.

My mom told me when she was growing up nobody was allowed to use the word "crazy" or "nervous".  Grandmother would get very upset.  "We are not CRAZY!" she'd holler.  My mom and her dad were both jittery from asthma meds and too much coffee, respectively, and Grandmother would slam doors just to see them jump, and then berate them for jumping.  "You're acting nervous!  We aren't nervous people!"     She would never talk about her family to my mother, but my mother found out eventually that Grandmother's niece was in and out of asylums, and there were at least two suicides and a good bit of alcoholism to try to deal with "whatever" it is that we've all got.  (Sorry, Isa, but telling myself it's not real is simply denial, and I've been denying long enough now.) Grandmother told me some of it a few years ago when I asked.  Mama doesn't understand why she'd tell me but not her.     I asked Mama if I could contact extended relatives to ask what that distant cousin was diagnosed with and she said, "NOOOOOO! We don't ever talk about stuff like this.  Everybody's very touchy and in denial."  And then I got to thinking that it was a while back anyway, and what they diagnosed her with then would be different from what they'd call it now.  My paternal aunt said she thinks the "bipolar" thing is reasonable.  She said she remembers when they'd go to church (both parents' families knew each other growing up) and her own parents would wonder out loud how my mother's mother would be that week.  She said she'd be happy and talkative and sweet one week and then for weeks after that she would barely mutter a greeting and sit there silently, all spaced-out.  I understand that.  She said it was obvious enough that everybody sort of knew to steer clear of her when she was in one of her moods.  But it wasn't just simply the normal mood swings everybody has.  It was extreme and prolonged.

Oh.  I also asked my aunt about the MRI (which I was supposed to have today but we canceled because we're going to find a cheaper place to do it).  She said I needed to have one done of my upper body as well, to check on lung scarring from asthma and check on my brain to see if there's evidence of stroke.  I said, "Well, should I get this all done at the same time?"  "No," she advised.  "Just start at the bottom and work your way up."

Where can I find adaptogens?


ISTJ, BTD since 5/05.  Battling chronic Lyme disease since ~1985.

"Everything is permissible for me, but not everything is beneficial..."  I Corinthians 6:12

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