A Gift that Gives

Hey readers.  I hope you all will join me in helping my friend and fellow blogger Alecia raise awareness and funds for a rare disorder that her 9 month old niece suffers from called Food Protein-Induced Entercolitis Syndrome (FPIES).  Those suffering from this disorder cannot tolerate many of the proteins found in everyday foods, which can result in uncontrollable vomiting and diarrhea after eating and can lead to dehydration and even fatal shock.  I know it kills me every time my son is sick – I can hardly imagine how awful it is when food is the thing that makes your child sick.  If you’d like to help, there are several things you can do:

Please pass this information on and keep Alecia’s family in your thoughts!

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Truthiness Day 16: Misbehaving Brain

Day 16 → Someone or something you definitely could live without.

Migraines.  Oh man, if I could be migraineless!  They absolutely serve no purpose.  Sometimes I will go months without them and that is fabulous.  Other times I will get them several times a week.  I’ve had them since I was a kid – mind numbing headaches that wouldn’t go away with tylenol or ibuprofen.  I used to pound my head against the wall in agony.

I know that lack of sleep, dehydration, hormones, and red wine are issues for me.  I think that barometric pressure change is a problem, as well.  As far as I know, there is ONE prescription medication I can take and that is Midrin.  Other popular migraine medications contain sulfa, to which I am allergic.  The downside of Midrin is that it has LOADS of caffeine in it so I get super amped up after taking it and my heart pounds like crazy.  Several times it’s nearly made me faint because of how it affects my blood pressure.  It can also affect the liver, so when I get migraines a few times in a week, I start to worry.  I try to be conservative with taking my meds, but they work best when taken at the FIRST sign of a migraine.  Conundrum!

My migraines will result in a loss of eyesight out of my left eye sometimes and spots (“aura”) at others.  Because I experience aura with my migraines, I can’t take many types of birth control pills because I am at increased risk of stroke…

Luckily, I’ve never had to go to the ER for a migraine.  Let’s hope that trend continues (…my migraines seem to get worse and more resistant to treatment as I get older).

Also?  The occasional migraine I got while pregnant was even worse!  I couldn’t take *anything* for it…until I discovered (thanks to kellymom.com) that a homeopathic remedy is to snort cayenne pepper.  That relieves the migraine slightly so you only end up with a dull headache.  Better than a full on brain explosion!

Migraines have got to go!

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