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Health Update – April 2017

28 Apr
 It’s been a very rough month, full of reasons that I have to move, even when I’m working with no spoons. Ugh. As important as I know doctor appointments are, I admit to wishing many times that I could just stay home on my couch.
I wrote a post on pain keeping you up at night a few weeks ago, go check it out! If you want to follow me on instagram –  I do regular updates on how I’m doing and share lots of happy puppy pictures.

Fighting Lyme and Chronic Migraines

8 Jul

well, these two weeks have FLOWN by and now it’s time to update on how fabulously I’ve been feeling. Ha! Not fabulous, let me tell you that first off. Oy. But we were able to have a lot of fun over the 4th of July weekend! Thank you to everyone that came to our first BBQ! It was SO much fun and we had such a great turnout! OH (other half) and I look forward to hosting another one. We also got down to Bend to see family and friends for a few days and had an absolute blast. Family barbeque where the kids just couldn’t get any cuter. Abby learning to swim in the pond. Holding a sweet little baby. Line dancing at midnight. Dinner with my parents and Auntie and Uncle.  The fun continued right until we left!


Ok, I’ll quit playing with pictures and get to the update…. if you missed the first update, check it out!!


Overall Health: I seem to feel either really good or really awful, there hasn’t been much of an in between these last few weeks. My memory hasn’t improved, which makes remembering to take the treatment hard! Sleep hasn’t improved either. My skin has slowly started to clear up, thank heavens! The house is staying in pretty good shape , now I’m dreaming of working in the yard and cleaning my car!

Treatment: I’ve been back on the Samento for 10 days now and good grief, it’d be nice if I could remember to take all 3 drops each day. I’m doing good if I take 2. I’m thinking I’m gonna have to set alarms on my phone… Remember, I have to wait half an hr after taking it , to eat. AHEM. Not cool, because I tend to remember when I’m sitting down to eat. sigh. I Will get the hang of this because I’m not reacting near as strong as before. I have run out of Riboflavin though, so I’ve Got to get some today, remind me of that will you? hehe.

Migraines: This might be TMI for some of you reading this and I’m sorry… Due to it being that wonderful time of the month, my migraines have been predictably severe. This morning I don’t have one but that hasn’t been the norm the past week and a half. The pain has been severe, and stayed so most of the day this past week especially.

Digestion: This past week I seem to have gotten past my stomach freaking out at almost every meal I eat. Which is a wonderful change.

TMJ: I don’t seem to be clenching my jaw during the day as much – at least I haven’t caught myself doing it like I was. It’s been popping more the last few days, and is super tender in the mornings. Hard to chew harder foods sometimes.

Mood: I feel more myself although I still tend to overreact to the littlest things.

Sleep: hasn’t changed at all – still have to take Melatonin or Theanine every night. Still wake up at least twice. I’ve been taking a  lot more naps since I got back on the Samento.

Brain Fog/Memory : Fog hasn’t been as bad as in the past but memory is deplorable. I’m still struggling to remember things I’ve always known, and to find the right word. Still haven’t been able to write much on my novel. Focus has been a little better in some situations, (able to watch movies now)

Daily Vitamins :

Still averaging 2 Clonidine a day (it’s been 3 a day these past several days though)

I’ve been trying to up my intake of Fish oil to 2 a day without reaction.

I’ve run out of Riboflavin, getting more today! Need to up my intake though

Seem to be doing fine off the Cordyceps

And that’s it! I’m gonna start working on the list of symptoms, I want to get it up before I go on vacation next week. This blog has wonderful info on Lyme disease, I’ve been following her for a few years now.

Do you have any tips on remembering to take the Samento? Or do you have direct experience with Samento? I’d love any advice!

Thanks for stopping by!


A little bit of Whining and Migraine remedies

30 Dec

Now , this is not a normal day that i post – hopefully you’ll forgive me! But i feel the need to write write write right now.

I have spent the day either sleeping or feeling as weak as a newborn kitten. My OH has been so sweet and understanding – for some reason just hearing ‘i’m sorry you’re not feeling well. is there anything i can do?” makes me feel so treasured.This is the part of my health issues that leaves me a little baffled – while i am grateful that i do not have a horrendous migraine right now, my body is behaving as if i do. ? I have lived through many such days over the years and have come to ‘accept’ them – as much as one can accept a mouse gobbling up all the food in the cupboards at night – it still irks and leaves me wondering what else i should try on my journey to better health.

I heard recently – from a friends’ friend – that they were finally able to pinpoint the cause of their problems as being heavy metal toxicity and thyroid problems. Hmm, while i have certainly heard and read about thyroid issues i have never sought any steps to see if that is a problem of mine. And even in all the years of research, heavy metal toxicity has never come up. So now, it is on my list to study out. But adrenal fatigue also came up in the conversation – for what do two people with poor health talk about? the weather?? – and so i did a little reading on it today.    http://healthylivinghowto.com/1/post/2013/07/adrenal-fatigue-what-to-do-when-you-just-cant-do-it-any-more.html

  • Do you suffer from all day fatigue?  – ummm yes. 
  • Are you dizzy upon rising and have low blood pressure?  – yes to dizziness. 
  • Are you depressed and have a flat affect to life? – mm no not at all
  • Do you abuse the snooze button, only to then rely on caffeine and sugar to get you through your day? – no i just don’t have a snooze button! ha. 
  • Is exercise and recovery from exercise difficult for you?  – getting motivated to exercise is HARD. but i’m always glad i did i
  •        Do you crave carbs, salt and sugar?  – yes yes and yes! 


so , shrug. i don’t know. it has great advice whether or not one has adrenal fatigue.  aside from that though, i have been finding several great ideas on how to get rid of migraines, here are the ones that i use most often 

 ~ Advil ( don’t like to, but sometimes i just can’t take the pain anymore)

~Ginger tea (i peel, slice and add it to a mug of hot water)

~Turmeric tea  (drinking it now! small amount in a mug of hot water. helps to add some honey!)

~Essential Oils (frankincense, peppermint and lavendar helps lots to relieve)

~ Sleep! (this tends to be what i fight the most, i hate wasting my day, but at least the time goes by even if it doesn’t ease the pain)

~Hot bath with epsom salts and lavendar

There are several more that are recommended but like i said, those are what i tend to lean toward. Sometimes, of course, nothing seems to help other than crying and snuggling the OH. Here are some links for further natural remedies :





and here is the link to my pinterest board about health advice. (let me know if it doesn’t works!) 


So aside from adrenal fatigue and thyroid issues, i’m wondering what else might be the underlying reason behind my health problems. Reading in the blog, Empowered Sustenance – she has tried so many things in order to help heal her body. Now, i’m not as open to some of the things she has tried – call me scared or closed minded or what have you – but it keeps popping up in my mind that she has done it why can’t i? sigh. One day, one day i will be able to count myself among the healthy. For now, i better get ready for my parents coming over for dinner. 

Happy New Year,

Laura Starr


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