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Thursday, August 1, 2019

Diabetes Docu-Series, Eye-Opening

Hello from the hills! 

I'm interrupting my normally irregular posting schedule to tell you I'm watching a docu-series on the black plague of the 21st century, diabetes.   It's free now but will not be free after this airing.  I have to tell you I'm only into the second video, and I'm very concerned by what I've learned.  If you or anyone you know has diabetes this series will help you understand the disease from a totally different perspective as there are interviews with health professionals that will surprise you.   Most patients think as long as they have diabetes under "control" with insulin they're okay.  Not so.   I don't have it myself, but I have family members who do, so I'm all in to help them.

Go here and request a link to watch, but hurry as each episode airs for only 24 hours.

Our plain white Rose of Sharons finally opened up.

This will be our second heirloom cantaloupe, that is if the night critters don't take a shine to it first.  ;)   Did you know raccoons and coyotes poke holes in them and scoop out the juice?  Ask me how I know, lol.

I don't think I've ever posted about my Mulberry trees.  They're 1 1/2 years old and already 5 feet high growing in pots on the deck.  We're hoping for a small berry harvest next year.

I'll leave you with these sleepy looking hydrangea blossoms.  They were blue last month, but the color has turned to fallish hues.   Have a great weekend y'all!

Thursday, July 25, 2019

The Rosy Red Runaround

Howdy from the hills!

A few weeks ago all the Carolina Wrens left the nests. This lil fellow was one of the brood in my wreath on the porch.   He's adorable.

We've had a ton of rain so our Rose of Sharon trees are bursting with blossoms.  This pink one was a volunteer from our neighbor's tree.

I was at a moving sale three years ago when I spotted a gorgeous double pink Rose of Sharon near their mailbox.  I asked if they'd mind me taking a few cuttings as they were moving, and they kindly offered me clippers to cut them.  I rooted this one below from a 6 in. cutting.

Goodman thinks this white one that is lightly tinged with pink is the result of cross pollination.  We had several of the white ones pop up in our yard that are also from the neighbor's white one.  Neighbors can be handy at times. ;)

This purple Rose of Sharon is a volunteer from one we got from Goodman's old home place in Virginia.  It's purple-er in person.

Lastly on the flowers, our white Crape Myrtle has giant blooms this year.  They're so heavy they nearly touch the ground.

The rosy red runaround:

Three years ago my face began to break out with bumps that I knew were not regular, middle-aged or any other type of acne.  I noticed it was a lot worse when I knitted with wool yarn so I attributed the rash to wool.  I put all my yarn in storage and waited for the rash to disappear.  It didn't.  So, my assumption that the wool was the culprit was wrong.  

A lady at church advised me to see a doctor because she thought I had rosacea.   Turns out that's exactly what it was, and I was given some cream to control it.   I asked my (then) doctor if the cream would make the condition go away.  She just smiled, and said to call if there were any problems.  0.0

A month later the rash reappeared.  I called and was told to come back to the office.  I did and was given a prescription for a second cream.  Again, the cream stopped working after a month.  I called and was told to come in AGAIN.  This time I was prescribed an antibiotic that was "supposed" to get rid of the rosacea once and for all.  It didn't.  

That was three office visits ($$$) and three prescriptions ($$$), and I was in the same predicament as I was before I saw the doctor.  I was finally over it and began my own research on rosacea.  I've tried a lot of different things, all of which worked only for a month or so to calm the rash.  Currently, I'm taking a supplement high in polyphenols that I'm hoping will correct the problem as some online experts think the problem originates in the stomach.  I'll let you know how that goes.   

My opinion is this:   Doctors either don't know or won't tell what causes rosacea since it has created a revolving door of office visits and drug company benefits flowing into their offices.  In either case, the right thing to do is to just be honest.  No, she's not my doctor anymore.

If you or someone you know has had rosacea and gotten rid of it for good, please leave a comment letting me know what you did.  I'd be forever grateful.  :)

Have a great rest o' the week y'all!

p.s.  After this post was published I became aware of the latest leftist policy at Ravelry so I deleted my account.  It's sad,and I'll miss it, but I cannot be a member of any group that seeks to stifle the First Amendment to our Constitution by banning legal, patriotic Americans from referring to our president or his administration while allowing all and often profanity laced liberal references.  My question to the owners is:  What does politics have to do with knitting, crocheting, spinning or anything else related to the fiber arts anyway?  Methinks you have lost your liberal minds.  :)

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Happy Summer, Y'all

Greetings from the hills!

We had a week or two of sweltering days when the temperature hit 90°F then last week we had rain and very pleasant days.  Not so this week...come back to me, springtime weather!
Bee Balm
 My favorite lilies are blooming.
Burgundy Day Lily, my favorite
The Carolina Wren family in the fuchsia basket is coming along nicely.  There were eight eggs in all, and it's a tight squeeze in the nest now that the hatchlings are growing.   

Have I mentioned that I LOVE homegrown tomatoes?  My earliest memories of them were when I was 8 years old and stayed at my grandmother's farm for a week.  I watched her milk the Jersey, helped peel fruit from the trees and gather garden produce.   One afternoon she handed me a salt shaker and told me to go into the garden and eat all the tomatoes I wanted.  I obeyed to the fullest extent my stomach could handle.  I've never been the same since that day.   They do taste better outside.

After tomatoes I think cantaloupes are a close runner up.  It will be a few weeks on those.

The hydrangeas are beginning to fade, now, after blooming for a full month, but they're still beautiful.  I highly recommend them for your garden.  They can easily be started with a cutting from a friend or bought from nurseries, of course.

Some time ago I was in a medical office for a routine visit when a health professional asked me a question:  "Your not taking any drugs for osteoporosis, are you? "   (Whaaaa?? was blasting my brain,  I'm not old enough....but I managed to recover before I actually spoke. :)  They continued,  "I was asking because they cause more harm than good and don't help with osteoporosis." 

Now, this was a doctor, a real doctor (that doesn't take bribes (perks) in exchange for prescribing drugs to patients) telling me that legally prescribed drugs for osteoporosis do the patient more harm than good. 

Happily, the Be Your Own Doctor II book offers four pages of things we can do to prevent osteoporosis.  I recommend both books in the series as they are invaluable to me, and I've said before, I have no affiliation with them.

Hope y'all are enjoying the beginnings of summer.
Stay cool!

Shared at Saturday's Critters

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Surrounded by Birds

Hello, again, from the hills!

Thank you to all who left a comment to let me know I was missed over the past year, and that there is interest in hearing our experience with modern healthcare. We'll get to that in a minute.
Our hydrangeas have been glorious this year due to the abundance of rain we've had.

Last time I told you about the feisty Carolina Wren that built her nest in the fuchsia basket hanging under the back deck.  Here is the best photo I could get of her...on the first deck step.  She's a flighty little thing so it's not easy to get a photo of any kind.  Click here if you'd like to see a video of one from my favorite bird site.

We discovered another Carolina Wren nest in the wreath on the front porch.  She has relatives out front now!  I was tempted to tear the nest out, but instead decided I'd just throw away the wreath when all the babies fly away.

On the right side of this photo you can see eggs in the deep-set nest.

Now, before you read the rest of this post, I encourage you to click here to read an excellent/personal story blog post about the food supply in our country and what they do about it.  I'll be waiting...

I want to make it clearly understood that a good doctor in my opinion is a gift from the Lord.  I'd simply like to share bits of my experiences in hopes that it will inspire others to take their healthcare so seriously that they lay blind trust aside and begin to ask more questions of their doctors and themselves.  One excellent question might be:  Who will benefit the most from what we term as conventional medicine?  The patient or health professional?

Several years ago I worked in a medical office so I witnessed firsthand the buying, selling and selling out of the profession through the drug companies' reps, who dangled high dollar perks in front of doctors' noses in exchange for prescribing their (sometimes untested) drugs to patients.  Yes, that's exactly how that works.  Let that sink in for a moment.  Goodman, who is diabetic was once prescribed the Byetta pen to help control his blood sugar.
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After he used it, he became excessively agitated and very irritable.  He gave it a couple of weeks to get used to it, but he never did so he asked for something else and was prescribed a drug that has since been the subject of several court cases.  He asked for something different, again...  He finally was given a drug he could tolerate and still uses in a low dosage.  (These days he watches his food intake much closer and hopes to reverse the diabetes completely.  That is possible through a diet of vegetables and fruit. )  Back to the Byetta pen....  Several years after he tried it we found out it had not been tested at the time he used it.

The group of doctors that I worked for were very nice, well-respected folks.  However, they scheduled patients in five/ten minute time slots (at the time totaling upwards of $500/hr.) often resulting in the patients feeling as though they'd been left holding their bag as a fast moving train whizzed by them. Imagine how they felt when charged a hefty fare for the ride they felt they never really took.  I was told more than once by patients that they didn't have enough time with the doctor and were overcharged, too, but at least they got a prescription...

Whew!  That was heavy on the writer and the reader, too, I'm sure.  The one thing I want to leave you with is we must be careful what we eat because a good diet will serve our bodies well, but a bad one will definitely cause real health problems.

 Have a lovely rest o' the week, y'all!
I'll be waiting around for these heirloom beefsteak tomatoes to ripen...

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Hollering from the Hills

Sorry I had to holler, otherwise, you may not have noticed my post.  ;)
It's been just over a year since I posted, and I have spent some time considering if I would continue or if I had completed that phase of my journey here.  I am, yet, undecided but am here today to share a few pictures and thoughts with you.
Tuberose Begonia
 A feisty, little Carolina Wren has built a nest in this hanging basket of fuchsia.

 There are six eggs, and she is now in set-mode.  I didn't want to start her screeching at me so you'll have to imagine her on the nest.

There's been a lot on my mind during the last year, and I've been encouraged to share a bit of it by several of my readers. (Thank you to all who've contacted me with inquiries as to my health, etc.  You are much appreciated and already know that Goodman and I are in good health, thank the Lord.)

We all have different points of view as we all have different experiences, but some things are just too obvious to ignore, and they are troubling to me, at best.  Healthcare in our country is in a state of glaring change and has been for many years.  It's just a well-paying business to far too many "health professionals."  There are good doctors, yes, but many are not, and the good are too few in number to serve the masses in my opinion.
We dug up several of these little trees from a section of the pasture next to our neighbors' pine tree, but it doesn't smell or appear to be a pine sapling.   We shall see...
We've witnessed unnecessary operations performed for monetary gain many times.  I have personally had a few of those myself, but when I realized what was going on I came fully awake and decided there had to be a change.  Mind you, even though I make & use herbal preparations for myself and my family members, I'm no doctor and am likely as not to misdiagnose an illness that I am unfamiliar with.

  I began searching for help with diagnosing non-life-threatening illnesses, and that search led me to a wonderfully helpful set of books titled Be Your Own Doctor & Be Your Own Doctor II.  The books contain a series of easy-to-read stories that are engaging to read and very handy to have at hand in time of need.  Also, there are recipes and recommendations so readers may, confidently, begin to "doctor" themselves when a professional is not required.

* Disclaimer: The only interest I have in these books is the wealth of information.  I am in no way connected to nor do I receive any monetary gain in any form for anything I say about them.  I'm just one who knows they are worth their weight in gold to me and my family.  If there is any interest I may be back here to share a bit of the instances where they have saved us from the surgeon's scalpel.

Have a lovely rest of the week, y'all!