The Year is Half Gone…Where?

Today I’ve been thinking about this blog, and in so doing I’ve been reviewing the blogs that I am following as well as blogs that are suggested by others, and I have come to the realization that I need to be more open and willing to share myself with all of you. I’m very guarded and jaded. It is a difficult path for me to attempt to travel, but I am committed and travel it I will, dag- namit.

So this year I have been trying to be better about the foods I eat in order to better my health and overall fitness. To that end I was encouraged to watch a film which I talked about here earlier titled “What the Health”. This film made me take a look at what I’ve really been eating (most of which I knew better than to do).

This past April I decided to go to the extreme end of the spectrum and try living an all Vegan lifestyle. I love vegetables, beans (except lima), lentils, nuts, Avacado , olives, I could go on but probably shouldn’t. I try to keep an open mind about things and I want to be better about Animal product use.

After about a month, I found that it really wasn’t that hard especially when we used the meat alternatives offered by Boca, Morning Star and the like. I did have one area of difficulty that has been something I’m just not ready to let go of and that my friends is cheese. I appreciate the attempt by Diya, and we even tried a cashew “cheese” sauce when we made vegan nachos. Did I mention I love cheese?

Needless to say some alterations and modifications have occured over the last couple of months to the plan. First, I have eaten meat…Ugh, second, I’ve not given up cheese, third I am committed to a predominately plant based diet so I am eating more towards a vegitarian life choice. Rome wasn’t built in a day right?

The point I want to encourage is that as long as you keep trying, one foot in front of the other, to improve who you are, any needed and wanted alterations or modifications are acceptable, always.

I hope everyone is enjoying their short work week, and that your tomorrows are joyous.

Heidi

 

 

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Just a quick Hello

Hey everybody I hope all is well with each of you and yours. I have been a bit lax of late with this blog, unfortunately as far too many of you know sometimes chronic disease can derail you.

That is just a fact that has to be lived with at this point. I am working to improve my reactions to the pain and find a way to battle through.

I want you to know that for the longest time it was difficult for me to even want to wake up let alone actually do something productive, (not that I was able to anyway) however over the course of the last three years I have actually found a desire within myself to try to find me again. To realize that I may actually have a purpose and that there is a way to get what needs gotten and maybe even what isn’t needed once in a while.

So today as I approach my One year Blogaversary (6/19) I just want to say thank you for your patience and for your time.

“Your Pregnant!” Let’s talk about depression…

Symptoms of depression can be marked by strong negative emotions that affect a person’s day to day life for a prolonged period of time. Women who are pregnant are at an increased risk for depression. The cultural expectations when a women is pregnant can be intense, everyone assumes that your going to be over the moon excited, or expecting that it is one of the most Blissful times in a woman’s life. There is a lot of pressure with pregnancy, and for a woman who has battled Major Depression her developing Antepartum depression is greater still.

Postpartum depression is a subject that a lot of us are aware of due to the courage of women who have lived through it and shared their experiences. There is another form of depression that isn’t as widely known or talked about. Depression DURING pregnancy or Antepartum depression, is rarely discussed unlike Postpartum depression. A little know fact about depression and pregnancy is that approximately 14 to 23 percent of pregnant women experience Antepartum depression, while 5 to 25 percent experience Postpartum depression after delivery. Thankfully public health experts are becoming more focused on the high incidence of Antepartum depression and are incorporating screening for depression into a routine healthy pregnancy exam. Encouraged as a first step to discovering any potential problem for both pregnant women and new mothers.

What are potential risk factors with Antepartum depression? Many women have never experienced any type of real depression so pregnancy depression is their first. As with most things in life if a woman has a history of Major Depression this could be a catalyst to Antepartum depression. It is generally believed that Antepartum depression is a result of the accumulative physical, hormonal and behavioral changes one goes through during the course of pregnancy. Risk factors besides a history of depression can be

  • Maternal Anxiety
  • Everyday life stress
  • Lack of family and friends support
  • Pregnancy was not planned
  • Domestic Violence
  • Single or poor relationship

just to name a few. Please remember everyone is different, not everything you and your body go through while pregnant is going to lead to depression of any kind.

How can a woman know if she is experiencing depression or just the typical changes? Fatigue and decreased energy, trouble sleeping, changes in eating habits and appetite, are all routine aspects of pregnancy which is where and why identifying depression becomes challenging. Take time to examine yourself, ask questions like ‘How are you today?’ Persistent, intense feelings of sadness, hopelessness, guilt, emptiness are not what most would feel is normal.  ‘Am I?’ Anxious, angry or frustrated. ‘Do I still enjoy?’ Activities, hobbies, spending time with family and friends. Your response to these questions if concerning to you should be brought to your healthcare provider and together you can find a solution.

Once you know what you are dealing with an answer is generally available that can enable you to make beneficial choices and enjoy this glorious time in your life.

New developements

Hi Everybody;

I’m writing today totally winging it. I’ve been dealing with a bad period of late with my mobility. So I decided to speak about it with my Dr. and she ordered X Rays. I was able to read the report yesterday and found that I have severe Osteoarthritis with nodules in both knees, right worse than left. Yaaaay me.

Prior to receiving this information I went out of the house for the first time in over a week and felt really self conscious because I’m now using the aid of two canes instead of just one, I chose this route as opposed to a walker, it is easier to maneuver the canes in and out of the car then it is to deal with the walker. I’m just very disappointed with everything right now.

The information from my doc is that of course treatment options are very limited with Arthritis. We can try PT and water therapy, exercise, weight loss (more on this later), injections which cause my blood sugar levels to skyrocket, and if all else fails a referral to an Orthopedic doc for possible surgical options. Boy the overwhelming feelings of total defeat are like a boulder setting in the middle of my chest.

You see I have really been trying to get out of the pit I’ve dug around myself over the last few years. I’ve been more proactive in trying to make things better even just a little breathing room would be awesome. It never fails for every step forward it seems I have to take 20 back.

I’m going to survive this, I am simply taking a moment of self indulgence and venting. I hope you all don’t mind.

Will CBD eventually be a primary treatment of Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury?

Concussions have been brought to the forefront recently with a number of former Professional Athletes publicly addressing the Health issues they face as a result of repeated concussions throughout their careers, most notably Mohammed Ali. Lets not forget the blockbuster movie starring Will Smith aptly titled “Concussion”. As a nation we are also facing staggering numbers of Military personnel that have sustained Traumatic Brain Injuries defending our country.

Fearnot for there is hope on the horizon in the form of a research study being conducted with funding by Scythian BioSciences in the treatment of Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury in partnership with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Gillian Hotz is the Lead researcher, and she has been the Co-Director of the Miller school of Medicines Concussion program since 1995. Dr. Hotz is a nationally recognized expert in behavioral neuroscience as well as pediatric and adult neurotrauma, concussion management and Neuro rehabilitation.

Scythian Bioscience has invested $16 million into the 5 year grant with the process beginning in January of 2017. The research is being conducted in the hopes of developing a currently non-existent drug treatment plan utilizing cannabinoid-based medication. The first of its kind, that indicates a course of therapy to inhibit the immune response to concussions and also deter the accompanying inflammation which has shown itself to worsen brain injury by further pushing the brain against the bones of the skull.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be able to treat and hopefully improve the often catastrophic effects of head trauma with the wonderful minimal side effect component of Cannabis and Hemp?

I’ll continue to follow this study and update as possible.