Speaking of : #3

Speaking of; #1, #2.

 

I read the book, and realized I had to do this for my very life.

Then I went online, and researched the kidney diet.  Oh joy, more good news. NOT!

(Seriously, people, where’s that SARCASM font I’m always asking for??)

I had to bite the bullet, and go gluten-free. (Do you realize that means BREAD, (the very essence of life,) and

DOUGHNUTS??? ( the ambrosia of the gods???)

The very foundation of my life!

The very foundation of my life!

And sugar-free.  And salt-free.  And basically anything that made my life worthwhile, free.

So, I did a huge pantry purge.  I felt like my life was over already.

The first 2 days were hell.  I felt sick, had a headache, so tired I couldn’t even get outta bed, tired.

I began to wonder if I’d have any life to worry about.

But then,

as I ate more salads,

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and fruits, and vegetables,

and protein, and began to do the “C” word,

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funny things began to happen.

I lost weight.

I dropped pants sizes.

My moods stabilized.

I started having more energy.

I gained strength.  After 2 months, no more walker!!

In just 13 weeks, (3 months), I lost 44 lbs!!

Hallelujah!!

My Hope for life came back.

I had less stress, on my body, my joints, and my heart.

I gained a new home, and peace.

My Very First Place, All on my Own!

My Very First Place, All on my Own!

(Which had nothing to do with my new way of eating, just coincidentally came after I changed!)

My IBS cleared up,

AND MY kidney disease was reversed!!!!  God used that book, and my willingness to change, to heal me.  Thank You, God!!!

And I even had More money cuz of the free salads Sweet friend gave me.

And especially the Savings on t.p.!

Now I can finally afford that Ferrari I’ve been wanting!  Just waiting on them to come out with a purple one.  And all because I gave up doughnuts!
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Speaking of #2

The First Part of the Story.

(Sorry, just couldn’t help myself, with that title!!)

The Dr. told me I had:

Kidney disease.

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What??  I’d never had any kidney problems before….  Well, except the UTI  2 weeks ago.

Realization dawned on me, as I sat there in shock, crying.  I’m dying!!  Like, immediately!!

If your kidneys crap out, it’s dialysis then death!  A really grim picture!

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Visions of my quickly approaching death ran thru my mind.  Then, being me, I started to plan my funeral.  Would everybody wear purple, like I want them to???

I went out to the car, hobbling on my walker, and called Mama, still justa bawling.

Mama! I’m dying! Like right now!”

Of course, she was shocked, and tried to get down to the bottom of it.

Long story short, I made up my mind that I wanted to LIVE!!

And I knew that involved some BIG, and serious changes.  So, I decided to change.

Sweet friend had a Wheat Belly Cookbook.

(Don’t ask me why, he doesn’t eat Gluten-free.  But he usually has 1 of anything I ever say I need, packed away somewhere.  NO!!  He’s NOT a Hoarder!!  How dare you suggest that??  He’s just prepared!  😉  )

A life saver!

A life saver!

So, I read it, that night.

To Be Continued….

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speaking of #1…..

Speaking of toilet paper…(I know we weren’t, but I wanted to use a segue today, and that was the chosen one. Just go along with my little delusion, okay? I promise it won’t hurt. No pebbles in your shoes here.)

Lately in my physical recovery, I’ve been using less t.p.

My favorite brand of tp in the world!!

My favorite brand of t.p. in the world!!

This is a big deal to me.  All my life I’ve had IBS symptoms, even tho I was never diagnosed.  I remember as early as 8 years old, running to the bathroom immediately after every  meal. Mama thought I was just trying to get out of doing the dishes!  She really didn’t realize there was a real physical issue.  As I grew older, I began to realize that wasn’t how others reacted to eating. Why was I different?  What was wrong with me??

Learned about IBS, recognized symptoms, but just thought that’s how it was.

8 years ago, approximately, I found out I was allergic to wheat. Still, I made no change.

Then, in about March, my Counselor took me to see another counselor, Kelly.  She told me about GAPS, Guts and Pyschology Syndrome.

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She followed the diet, and her son also, who was having terrible times.  She lost lots of weight, and his symptoms cleared up entirely.  I was glad for her, but very skeptical for myself.  I know me, I DO NOT DO diets well, AT ALL.  (Kinda spoiled brattish, there.)

So, I chalked it up to, “Well, sounds okay, and I’m glad it’s working for her, BUT…..”

Now, mind you, I was already on a walker, from falling so much, last year.  And so weak, I was evaluated for a powerchair.  AND, I already KNEW I was allergic to wheat, which was one of the big things talked about in the book.

So, why didn’t I do something about all the information??

Because I’m a pig-headed, stubborn, mulish….. (You get the idea.)

Then, when I went to the Dr. on April 9th, and she told me my blood test results, I felt like I had been punched in the stomach.

To Be Continued…

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Strawberry Sessions

If you missed any of the story: go here:

Part 1, Strawberry City, part 2, Man Giant, part 3, Strawberry Banquet, part 4, Strawberry Love, part 5, Strawberry Slush, part 6, Strawberry Sickness, part 7 Strawberry Daiquiri, part 8, Strawberry School, part 9, Strawberry Struggles.

Strawberry Girl was in the hospital, flat of her back.  Her broken back.

After 5 days, she was moved into a rehab facility for therapy.  It was hard work!  She was in a wheelchair, because it hurt so bad to walk.

Wheel_chairTherapy was not fun.  But she made friends, and was as okay as she possibly could be, considering.

Strawberry Girl realized she would be nearly helpless, once she went home.  So, she decided to beg Ranch Man to forgive her, and come back to her.  Fortunately, he did.

So, now Ranch Man

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was doing all the work.  He took care of Strawberry Girl, in her wheelchair, and the Strawberry Grandbaby.  He and the Strawberry Grandbaby went on walks, and he took Strawberry Girl places, with the Strawberry Grandbaby on her lap.

Strawberry Girl was not doing well mentally, so back to the hospital she went, to the Ward again.

And again.  And again.  three times in 12 months, she went back to the Ward.  The nurses, and counselors, and her doctors knew her by name, and told her to “Get well!  Don’t come back here again!”

She began going to weekly counseling sessions.  That helped.

By this time, she had graduated to a walker, instead of the wheelchair.  So, she was able to get around better, and do stuff.

She decided to start…..

To Be Continued…..

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Recovery 3 Ways

My health recovery has been going well lately.  Since I have changed my way of eating, I’ve lost 1 pant size, and 20 lbs.  (Major cause of celebration!!) Way more than that now, I wrote this June 18.

I’m able to walk around my apartment without my walker now.

Need a pic of me on walker, but I couldn’t find one.  (You already know my bad habit of forgetting to take before pics.)

But I still take it outside, just to be on the safe side!  I have tripped over my own feet, and lint on the floor, even when I was young and healthy!  So much better safe than sorry!

My physical recovery seems to be coinciding with recovering my home from slobbery.  That is very interesting to me.  People have told me before that messes make you crazy, but I pooh-poohed them.  Since I was already crazy, what did it matter?  But I’m finding out, it does.

Also. my spiritual health is improving.  I have been more faithful about reading my Bible,

My latest, and newest favorite

My latest, and newest favorite

and I have more peace now.  That is something I never would have believed, if I hadn’t experienced it for myself.

I’m shooting for the goal of becoming a minimalist, I guess.  That is something I never would have imagined coming outta my mouth, or fingers rather.

But I am finding that the more stuff I let go, the lighter I feel.  And feeling lighter is translating to my actual body…  I’m becoming physically lighter.  And my home is so much more “homier”  when I can actually use all of it, without a major excavation everytime!

I’ve let go of stuff.  I’ve let go of bad things, that I used to put in my body.    I’ve let go of some attitudes, and sins that were weighing down my soul.

We are made up of 3 parts, body, soul, and spirit.  It’s amazing how working on one part, has me working on the other parts.

God is so good to me.  Don’t wait till your life is half over, to begin recovery.  It’s real work, but it’s really worth the effort.

Update:  July 9, 2015

I’m totally off my walker now.  I have 2 legs! not 6!

My total weight loss to date is 41 pounds!!  I’m so over the moon thrilled!!  And all because I quit eating doughnuts!  lol ( and all other gluten products, and most sugar, and corn, and ……)

But mostly doughnuts!  😉

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So Slobby Sewing Space

(Drats!  Couldn’t think of an alliterative title today.  Oh, the agony!  Guess I’m losing my touch.  sigh  { This was when I titled it Crafty Sewing Room.  Thank goodness I kept thinking!})

Comes from being old, plus losing half my mind over the years.  I did have 2 kids, you know. ( Someone told me insanity is inheirited, you get it from your kids!)

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My Fabric Stash

My Fabric Stash

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Long, long ago, this was my dining room, (before Nov. Yes, 6 months is a long time to me!  Every day’s a new day, when you’re insane.)  Now, it’s my craft/ sewing room. Not that much of either is being done in there right now.  Can you imagine if I tried to go in there with my walker?  I’d break more bones than just my back!

So annoying.  I know certainly can’t be responsible for all that chaos!  Why, I haven’t even been in there since Feb. 22.  So, I know I didn’t do it.

And, no, my fabric stash is NOT hoarding!  How dare you!!  I will use it all!  (Someday, in the future, before I die, provided I live to be a very old lady.)

Well, maybe I could organize it a little.  Just so it doesn’t become Hoarding Buried Alive, and strangle me in the night.

Some of those fabrics get very cranky when they feel under-appreciated.

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Carmen, if it’s about clothes, you have to be included!

Here’s my closet.

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Do I have too many clothes?

Just reading a blog the other day, (I think it was Nony from ASlobComesClean.com) about having too many clothes.

And how most of us wear only 20% of our clothes for 80% of the time.  What?? That sounds cray-cray!

I wear mine, all of them!  (As soon as they’re clean! And I can find them in the pile.)  But, I must admit, I do have favorites, and unfavorites.  I hate stuff up on my neck, so if it’s a crew neck, I try to avoid wearing that.

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( That’s how you’ll know it’s laundry day! )

And of course, purple(lavender) has precedence over ANY other color.

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But, my lavender jeans, that are long enough!!!! do not stay zipped.  And last time they did that, I was in church… walking in front of half the congregation, to get out the side door, on a walker, herding a screaming toddler…. Yeah, you can imagine how that went!  Thank God I was wearing purple undies!  And a long shirt!  So, maybe no one noticed…. Right…

(where’s that sarcasm font when you need it???)  At least I caught them every time before they hit my knees!!

Who needs hands on their walker??  I can use my forearm!

I needed several doughnuts to recover from THAT trek! ( In the pre-gluten free days!)

Any hoo… where was I?? Oh, yeah!  Too many clothes.

So, maybe, just maybe my favorite, lavender, long enough jeans need to go.  I’ll need support to handle this one, ladies!  Do you know how hard it is to find lavender jeans?? that are long enough???  in a size (mumble, mumble)??

Who cares if they don’t stay up??  Oh, I see, everyone who sees me. Oh, okay.

Well, drats.  I guess they go in the donate pile.  A moment of silence , please. (Taps plays softly in the background).

Brought Back In

 1 item,was brought back in a washing machine.  The one that was here belonged to DD1.

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My new washing machine

I’ve been washing out things in the sink for 2 weeks, and putting them in the dryer.  Ever tried that?? Not fun!

Thankfully I had enough towels, and pants and sheets to last me.  The horror of just THINKING about wringing out jeans by hand!!  Shudder

So, I think only 1 item being brought back in is okay.  I’m only replacing what was here.  And it’s a very necessary item!  Can you imagine me trying to carry a laundry hamper balanced on the handlebar of my walker?? Yeah, not so much! lol

I’m sure I can sell it when I move, because a lot of people use the laundry facilities here on site.  So, I’m positive someone will want a bargain washer.  Any takers? I’ll write your name down, and call you when I move.  Thanks!

In Case You Were Wondering…..

The reason I was gone so long was 2 falls in 2 weeks,and, an unrelated to the falls, 5 day hospital stay.

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Needless to say, I was busy not feeling well!

But all better now! Unless you count having to use a walker, then… not totally.

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(Wheelchair, walker, what’s the diff??  2 wheels and a seat!)

Anyhoo…..

Fortunately for you, my fingers still work fine!! (It’s my Internet connection that fades in and out…)