My Favorite Things

  • writing
  • Needlework
  • Art
  • Reading
  • Roller Coasters and Amusement Parks
  • Cats!
  • Extreme History
  • Science Fiction
  • Firefly
  • BBC Sherlock

Monday, November 12, 2012

Hurry up and wait...

Here we are, hurry up and wait with SSI. They keep asking for more information by X date, then schedule MD appointments two weeks away. I must say, the guy handling my case is very polite and considerate for someone who will probably be declining my initial application for disability. After that, I'll have to get a lawyer involved who will then take 1/3 of the past income due for their services. Well, better 2/3 than nothing, but it still irks. How many people apply for disability or workman's comp who are really perfectly healthy and able to lead a normal life but who just want to sit on their butts and do nothing?

When I look back now, it's hard for me to believe that I used to be hyperactive. Now the closest I get is when  I empty out the dishwasher and restock it. After that I'm exhausted. I can't even contemplate working a 1 hour day, let alone 8. I've been told I shouldn't even worry about it but I fret nonetheless and have little else going on to keep me occupied. Did you notice how little good TV there is? That leaves the internet. I also recently got a device called Roku, which is supposed to allow you to project your internet stuff on your TV set. I'm going to give it a try and see what happens.

This past week I have been off all natural remedies because I spent the weekend before last sleeping about 12 to 20 hours a day and feeling crappy while I was awake. This was due to herxheimer, or die-off, reactions because, I think, I have been taking too much of the remedies without a break. I found out that natural remedies actually work better if you take time off from them periodically, unlike pharmaceutical meds which require you to continue taking them nonstop until the prescription runs out.  So I will be taking the remedies Monday through Friday and taking the weekends off so I'm not sick and exhausted all the time. This may mean that it will take longer to treat my conditions, but at least I won't be mistaken for a zombie in the apocalypse.

One good thing--even without the remedies, the skin parasites continue to die and come out of my skin. I would be more grossed out by it if I hadn't had to deal with it for years now and if I hadn't been a nurse and compelled to see all sorts of things that make this seem like small potatoes, relatively speaking. I can only assume that, if the parasites are dying, the lymes is also dying, since the same antibiotics that kill the parasite's vital bacteria also kills lymes. Also, my mental status and vision have been slowly improving over time and, while still not perfect, are much better than six years ago when I moved in with my elderly father who had to take care of ME instead of the other way around.

I have already started taking the teasel root, andrographis, and cat's claw elixers, along with a detox blend obtained from the same company. The teasel root and cat's claw are being tested for treatment of lymes and found to be promising. I am also taking Microlactin and Sea Buckthorne daily, with 4-8 ounces of colloidal silver twice a week. I think this is a potent cocktail.

It's funny--I've seen commercials for a special on the History Channel about the potential for pandemics to wipe out large segments of the world's population at one time. This makes me laugh because they talk about how any disease could be anywhere in the world in 8 to 24 hours. That is what I've been saying about the black fly that bit me and gave me the skin parasite. These flies are already in Africa, South America, Central America, the Carribean Islands, and the Middle East, so they're telling us that "we don't have that here"? BULLSH*T. The medical community doesn't want us to find out that it's here, it's in all our living and vacations spots, and anyone can get it. Remember how they denied HIV and AIDS for so long, calling it the "gay disease" or the "drug abuser's disease" until some hapless housewife acquired it from a roaming husband? It's the same thing here. Imagine the panic if people found out they could acquire a skin parasite that could potentially blind them over time and there is no cure for it? The only thing that helps is the same medication given to dogs to prevent heartworm and which I also used to keep the parasites from reproducing and spreading more than they already had.

Well, already tired and need to take a break from typing. I will continue later when I feel a little more alive.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Phew! Close one...

Phew! My area of the Northeast dodged a bullet with Superstorm/Hurricane Sandy and the Noreaster (why call it that when it comes down from the northwest to the southeast?) Looks like the Witch of November came early for the Great Lakes!

Here we had a lot of wind (must have been politicians nearby) and rain but no power outages and only one large tree limb fell but didn't hit anything. At least some of the nearby cities got a good washing. New York got flooded, of course, and the subways are full of water. Maybe if this happens a few more times they'll actually consider building monorails instead of trying to maintain a system that is going to suffer every time a superstorm+ hits. If you consider that hurricanes are the planet's air conditioning system, as things get warmer, we'll get more and more of them.

I was broken-hearted and horrified to see what happened to Seaside Heights
in New Jersey. I went there when I was a child with my family and the pictures are just stunning. Most of us who grew up in central NJ had Seaside as a part of our youth.

The Funtown Pier is just gone, the
rides in the drink, all except the
ferris wheel and a roller coaster. The carousel I'm used to is gone, along with its pavilion from the looks of things. It's so sad.

The Casino Pier broke
off and the roller coaster and a couple
of other rides are sitting on the bottom
of the ocean. Fortunately the 100 year old carousel survived the onslaught.
The mayor says they will rebuild, so we can only hope. Surprisingly, Wildwood piers survived without a burp, but they get rebuilt periodically. I don't think Seaside Heights piers are rebuilt that often.

My sister in NJ lost power for about 3-4 days but no problem here. However, I may still invest in a small battery generator just in case...