Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Tea Cup Day 2

Here is another Toyal Albert Old Country Roses Trio Set I have for sale.


Royal Albert Old Country Roses Bone China 
Tea Cup, Saucer and Dessert Plate Trio in the Pattern 

Blue Damask

in Excellent Condition, having only been used once.

There are no utensil marks, cracks, chips, crazing, flea bites or damage to the gold edging on each piece.  Every piece retains it's original Bright and Shiny condition.  Make sure you enlarge the photos and check out the Lovely Tea Cup Trio.


Stamp on Bottom states 2002


The Measurements are:

Tea Cup:
 4 3/4" from handle to rim 
(3 3/4" opening at top of cup)
by 2 7/8" high

Saucer:  5 1/2"

Dessert Plate:  8 1/2"


Please review the photos, as they are the biggest part of this description.


Price

$39.99 for the 3 piece Trio Set, Plus Shipping (see Note below)

Shipping

NOTE:  Please send me your city, state and zip code so that I can determine your shipping rates BEFORE YOU PURCHASE. 

 I only ship in the USA, excluding Alaska & Hawaii.  Insurance and Tracking number is included.  I will securely package your purchase for safe delivery to your door...I wrap items the way I would want someone to wrap things I would purchase, hoping for a safe and secure delivery.

Payment

You will need a PayPal account, so that I can send you an invoice for you to pay.


The TeaCup Trios shown in the collage photo are available - you can contact me to inquire.


Thanks for visiting today.

Doctors & Bell's Palsy...the Things They Say

Earlier today, I posted the following as an answer to someone's question on the Bell's Palsy Support Group page on Facebook. Everyone with BP, knows someone with BP or might some day know someone with BP  needs to know...

Most doctors don't know much about Bell's Palsy. They really aren't certain what causes it. They don't know or understand all the symptoms that one person can get. They don't know really how long it can last, or how quickly one can recover from it. Basically, BP is as much a mystery to them, as is a person getting it for the first time.


Doctors do know how to dispense the steroids and anti-viral pills, which Mayo clinic says patients don't really need to get better, because most do with or without the pills. Doctors know how to scare pts too, with things like "If you're not better in a couple 2-3 weeks, don't plan on recovering" or "right now you're a 6 on the BP scale with total paralysis, you're over 60 (I was 62), you can't take the pills...You will NOT recover at all" or "Let's see, there's a CT, an MRI, you need to see a neurologist" or "Start trying to excercise those muscles...go to PT".

The ER doctor I saw in May 2012, with my 1st BP bout, looked at me, had me stand, close my eyes, put my arms out in front of me, parallel to the floor and stay standing for about a minute. He then said, you haven't had a stroke. I KNEW THAT - and I'd already told him that & that I'd already done that "test"! I had told him too, that I knew it was Bell's Palsy, but my husband wanted me to be seen. So, he said - "You have Bell's Palsy". He then mentioned the prescription meds, the fact that I was a 6 on their BP scale with full paralysis of the right side of my face, head and neck...and that I was over 60. I told him I wasn't going to take the meds, because of a previous reaction to steroids that had landed me in the hospital. That's when he got up off his stool, walked towards the doorway, turned and looked at me and repeated "right now you're a 6 on the BP scale with total paralysis, you're over 60, you can't take the pills...You will NOT recover at all"! I jumped off the table, walked over to him, got into his personal space and said WATCH ME! After waiting 84 days for the first tiny movement...I DID RECOVER! I recovered to the point that others couldn't tell I'd had it - even those who saw me early on in my BP journey. I wish I'd had his name - because I would have gone back to that ER and told him to LOOK AT ME NOW.


My spunk, prayers and God is what's getting me through this bout (double-sided, bi-lateral) of BP which started on August 17, 2014. It was devastating to get again...but I'm doing okay. I'm once again a 6 on the left side and about a 3 on the right. I'm doing the things that got me better the first time...the things that felt good to me. I'm not taking drugs - not the ones for BP or anything else. I use healthy methods that don't have any side affects and don't cost me a ton of money. Right now, the worst thing is the PAIN! But, I have Young Living Essential Oils for that and they're working. And they can be used AS NEEDED.

AND GUESS WHAT? I'm also OLDER! I'm going to be 65 in October! HUH! Like age really has any basis on whether you recover from BP or NOT - crazy ER doctor!

So, as I've said before don't believe everything a doctor tells you about BP or about your healing schedule. That's why I post here about BP...to keep you informed. That's why I do my videos, too.

I am praying we all experience total healing from BP...and soon!!

Have a blessed day!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Tea Cup Day 1

Since I've been so busy with my Etsy Shop Closing Sale, not being able to sell these on Etsy and after receiving some questions about them, I thought I would show you what I still have available in Royal Albert Old Country Roses TeaCup Trio Sets.


Old Country Roses Golden Pearl Royal Albert Tea Cup Saucer & Dessert Plate Trio

Excellent Used Condition - Raised Golden Pearl Dots

This Beautiful Royal Albert Old Country Roses Bone China 
Tea Cup, Saucer and Dessert Plate Trio in the Pattern 

Golden Pearl

is in Excellent Condition, having only been used once.  As of today, there are 3 of the Golden Pearl Trios Available.  There are no utensil marks, cracks, chips, crazing, flea bites or damage to the gold edging on each piece.  Every piece retains it's original Bright and Shiny condition.  Make sure you enlarge the photos and check out the Lovely Tea Cup Trio.


The Measurements are:

Tea Cup:
 4 3/4" from handle to rim 
(3 3/4" opening at top of cup)
by 2 7/8" high


Stamp on Bottom states 2002
Saucer:  5 1/2"
Dessert Plate:  8 1/2"

Price

$39.99 for the 3 piece Trio Set, Plus Shipping (see Note below)

Shipping

NOTE:  Please send me your city, state and zip code so that I can determine your shipping rates BEFORE YOU PURCHASE. 

 I only ship in the USA, excluding Alaska & Hawaii.  Insurance and Tracking number is included.  I will securely package your purchase for safe delivery to your door...I wrap items the way I would want someone to wrap things I would purchase, hoping for a safe and secure delivery.

Payment

You will need a PayPal account, so that I can send you an invoice for you to pay.




Here is a Collage of the Tea Cup Trios that are still available.  If you have any questions about the other 3 sets, please let me know...otherwise I will be posting separate informative listings for each.


Thanks for stopping in today.

I'll be serving Homemade Angel Food Cake and Ice Cream with Strawberry Sauce & Iced Tea, after all, it's expected to be 94° outside today. 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Still Not 100%...but On The Way


SweetieGirl Angel is getting her BioMat treatment this morning - tail wagging the entire time (15 minutes she spent on it).  When she's finished (and she decides when she's finished) on the BioMat, she jumps down and goes on about her day.  Throughout the day, any of my 3 Pups can jump up on the BioMat (covered with a flannel sheet and waterproof pad underneath and get a treatment.  All I have to do is turn on the Mat.

I just want to thank all of you who have sent emails and commented on my blog posts about Angel, Our Pup and me.  We appreciate the prayers.  We've both had a rough week and are hoping the week ahead will be better.


On Friday, hubby took Angel to the Vet, to be seen.  She got a shot and some meds she needs to take, to get rid of the diarrhea (colitis, most likely stress related) that she's been suffering with.  It's gotten better...the diarrhea stopped on Friday night...and now we're waiting.  Saturday she went back to the Vet and ended up with more meds and an additional shot, special food and subcutaneous fluids.  That's where they lift the skin at the back of her shoulders, insert a needle and put fluids in.  So, there was this water filled furry pad of skin that felt very cool to the touch.  They didn't want her to get dehydrated.  She continues to want "up" on my massage table with the BioMat for her treatments.  She just loves them.

Hopefully, this week, she'll get back to totally being herself - tonight was the first night in a week that she was interested in playing with her toys and she had them all over the office and living room!  Yeah!  She had a good time with all of her toys!

As for me, today is my 9th day with bi-lateral Bell's Palsy.  I thought having it on one side of my face was bad enough last time...now I know how much worse it can be.  Since my video last week {seen here}, the Bell's Palsy did get worse, which I anticipated.  That had happened last time and occurs in most people who get Bell's Palsy.  Usually in the first 48 hours, is when that happens, but Thursday was actually my worst day.  The small movements I had in my eyebrow and corner of my mouth, disappeared and things felt more sore.  That was on the left side of my face, which was the worst to begin with.  The right side seems to have improved a tiny bit.  It moves a bit more easily...but isn't normal.  I know in time, this too, shall pass.  I pray for complete healing of my Pup, Angel and myself.  And I know many of you are praying the same thing for us.

I just wanted to provide this update for all of you...because I've not felt good enough to be on the computer much at all.  When I am, it's difficult to see, with blurred vision and heavily watering eyes.  Plus, the light hurts my eyes...and gives me headaches.

I hope to have some good things happening soon for us...so I can report that to you...until then,

~Blessings...

Friday, August 22, 2014

Diagnosis for Angel

STRESS 
Our Pup, Angel was just diagnosed with stress-induced Colitis.

Stress does not only affect humans. It seems to affect pets as well. It seems Angel & I have both been the suffering the aftermath of stress.  I have Bell's Palsy, which is sometimes brought on and definitely aggravated by stress - this is my 6th day with it...on both sides of my face.  About the same time I was experiencing small symptoms of it...Angel was experiencing stress of her own. She was either stressing over what was happening to me or something else. Angel, our poor little PuppyKid, she's been suffering the entire last week, right along with me. 
The effects of stress on our body and our dog's body can vary ; however, one of the most common effects of stress in a dog, is an abrupt bout of acute diarrhea. 


Definition of Stress Induced Diarrhea
  • Stress is an emotional state of mind that causes physical and mental tension. A dog with stress induced diarrhea therefore, presents diarrhea as a result of stress.
How Stress Induced Diarrhea Arises
  • When a dog undergoes a stressful event, its intestinal tract will contract more than usual causing the formation of more bowel movements than normal. Food may not be processed as usual, ultimately causing loose stools.
  • Causes of Diarrhea Due to Stress
    • Dogs may undergo stress for different reasons, the most common entailing some sort of change. Dogs whose owners are ill, dogs that are boarding, left at a friend's house, in the process of moving, newly adopted or qualifying at a dog show may easily become victims of diarrhea.
    Treatment of Diarrhea Due to Stress
    • Once the dog is withdrawn from the stressful event, the diarrhea should gradually subside. A short-term fast ranging from 12 hours for puppies to 24 for adult dogs followed by a bland diet may help the dog recover.
    Treatment
COLITIS IN DOGS
What is colitis?
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Colitis simply refers to inflammation of the large intestine or colon. Colitis is most commonly used to describe diarrhea or loose stools associated with the large bowel. Large bowel diarrhea is also used synonymously with colitis.

What are the clinical signs of colitis?
Most dog owners report seeing frequent, small volumes of semi-formed to liquid feces. Many dogs will exhibit straining during and after defecation, and small amounts of bright red blood will often be passed near the end of defecation. Mucus or fat is seen in many cases of chronic colitis. Vomiting occurs in less than a third of the cases of colitis or large bowel diarrhea. Weight loss is rare.
What causes colitis?
The causes of colitis include stress, infections (including Salmonella, Clostridium, and E. coli), and parasites (including, GiardiaCryptosporidium and whipworms), trauma, allergic colitis and primary inflammatory bowel disease (lymphoplasmacytic, eosinophilic, granulomatous and histiocytic types). Colitis may also occur after ingesting contaminated food, being in contact with infected dogs or after chronic exposure to a wet environment.
"Inflammation in the colon results in reduced water absorption and decreased ability to store feces in the colon."
Whatever the cause, the inflammation in the colon results in reduced water absorption and decreased ability to store feces in the colon. This causes the classic symptom of frequent small amounts of diarrhea, often with mucus or blood.
If your pet is showing these symptoms or is in pain do not wait. It's better to contact your local VCA Veterinarian.
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How is colitis diagnosed?

The diagnosis of colitis is based on your pet's clinical signs and istory, microscopic evaluation of the feces, rectal examination, cytology and blood tests. Additional testing such as radiographs to examine the colon and intestinal tract, colonoscopy and colon biopsies, fecal cultures, barium enemas or ultrasound evaluation of the abdomen may be necessary. These tests are important to rule out conditions such as colonic tumors or polyps, irritable bowel syndrome, cecal inversion and ileocecocolic intussusception (a condition in which the intestines 'telescope' or fold into themselves).

How is colitis treated?
The specific cause of colitis will dictate the appropriate treatment. Non-specific treatment includes fasting for 24-48 hours, feeding a low residue or hypoallergenic diet, increasing dietary fiber content, and adding fermentable fiber such as psyllium, beet pulp or fructooligosaccharides (FOS) to the food. Antimicrobial drugs may be indicated, depending on your dog's diagnosis. Anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive drugs may be used in cases of inflammatory or immune-mediated colitis. Drugs that modify the colon's motility may provide symptomatic relief.
What is the prognosis if my dog has colitis?
"For most dogs diagnosed with colitis, the prognosis is excellent for a speedy recovery."
For most dogs diagnosed with colitis, the prognosis is excellent for a speedy recovery. Stress colitis is one of the leading causes of colitis in dogs and with a simple change in diet and medication to resolve the inflammation or infection in the colon most dogs are back to normal within three to five days. Chronic, severe or recurrent cases should have further diagnostic tests performed to determine the exact cause and proper treatment. For many dogs with chronic colitis, strict dietary control and judiciously used medications keep the condition under control.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Gluten and Bell's Palsy Connection?

Somewhere, somehow, I ran across this Gluten/Bell's Palsy connection story this morning.  I don't even remember HOW I found this article, but I did.  Believe me, I will checking it out in-depth!



I know there are some of you who are on Gluten-Free Diets...and I'm wondering now, what prompted you to go on them...and how is the diet working for you?  What was the most difficult part about getting started on a Gluten Free Diet?  Give me all ya' got!!  I'm ready for information.  I really have to do something - and something DIFFERENT!  NOW!!

Health & Wellness

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© Glutenfreesociety.org
For years scientists have been investigating the detrimental effects of gluten on brain and nerve tissue. A recent study published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry is just one more piece of evidence pointing to this overwhelming connection...
"Patients with established coeliac disease referred for neurological opinion show significant brain abnormality on MR imaging."
These "brain abnormalities" consisted of white matter lesions and loss of gray matter in multiple areas of the brain. The symptoms in these patients were balance disturbance, headache and sensory loss. It has been well documented that gluten contributes to autoimmune nerve damage. Some of the most common medical conditions include (click on the links below to learn more):
Sources

J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 2012 Aug 20.

Rev Neurol. 2011 Sep 1;53(5):287-300. 
What To Do If you Have Suspected Gluten Induced Nerve Damage
  1. Go on a TRUE gluten free diet. That means cutting out the gluten free (highly processed, non organic, genetically modified) bread, pasta, and cereal.
  2. Remember that gluten causes inflammation. This can cause your body to lose nutrients as it tries to heal the food induced damage. Additionally, gluten can damage the digestive organs and contribute to both digestion and absorption problems. Consider a digestive enzyme and a strong probiotic to help your body recover. Have your doctor check your vitamin and mineral levels with functional testing (serum tests are not accurate - don't settle for them). You can learn more about this here
  3. Consider the fact that many medications used to treat nerve disease can cause vitamin and mineral deficiencies. This means that a multivitamin may not be enough to counteract the effects of the medications. Talk with your doctor about the possibility of drug induced nutritional deficiencies. (Vitamin B12, Folate, Magnesium, and CoQ10 are most often effected)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Have You Gone Gluten Free? Help!

After the events of the past few days - namely, my getting Bell's Palsy AGAIN, making it twice in 27 months - I have been doing some more BP research and have found a connection between Bell's Palsy and Gluten Sensitivity.  Didn't see that post?  Click Here to view!

Now, I'm looking for answers...and information.



What was the most surprising reason that led you to check out whether you were Gluten Sensitive?
What  made you decide to try a Gluten Free Diet?
What was the most difficult part about getting started on the diet?
What types of things can you EAT on a Gluten free diet?
Are Gluten Free Recipes readily available?
What kinds of Desserts/Sweets can you eat on a Gluten Free Diet?
Has the diet been hard to stay on?
Is it a satisfying diet?
Are food products difficult to find?
Any places you found gluten that you weren't expecting it to be? 
Have you lost weight on this diet?
What is the most noticeable change in yourself since being on this diet?

Please, just go ahead and share EVERYTHING with me!
I need to know!!

I'm In a Video...

In my last post, I mentioned that I would perhaps be making another You Tube Video of my continuing Journey With Bell's Palsy, which began on May 28, 2012.  As anyone who has suffered through one episode of it, we hope that it never comes back.  Well, unfortunately, on Sunday morning, August 17, 2014, I was quite aware that it had returned.  So, here I am with my update video...August 19, 2014.


What are the symptoms of Bell's palsy? 

The facial nerves control blinking, opening and closing of the eyes, smiling, salivation, lacrimation (production of tears), and frowning. They also supply the stapes muscles with nerves. The stapes is a bone in the ear which is involved in our ability to hear. When the facial muscle malfunctions, the following symptoms may emerge - symptoms of Bell's palsy: 
· Sudden paralysis/weakness in one side of the face. 
· It may be difficult or impossible to close one of the eyelids. 
· Irritation in the eye because it does not blink and becomes too dry. Changes in the amount of tears the eye produces. 
· Parts of the face may droop, such as one side of the mouth. 
· Drooling from one side of the mouth. The amount of saliva produced changes. 
· Difficulty with facial expressions. 
· Sense of taste may become altered. 
· An affected ear may lead to sensitivity to sound (hyperacusis). Sounds seem louder. 
· Pain in front or behind the ear on the affected side. 
· Headache


This photo of me is on my Side-bar and it's a photo from BEFORE I got BP in 2012.  I look quite different in the video - complete with "frosted" hair!!  I even commented on it in the video.  I don't have make-up on in the video either.  So...

Be prepared, it ain't pretty! 
  

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Angel Is Doing a Bit Better...

I've put 2 and 2 together and came up with the answer of 4...perhaps I'm right, what do you think?

First, I want to say thank you to all of you who have posted comments and prayers on my posts.  I just haven't felt up to replying to them all individually.  They are much appreciated.  Both Angel and I love you for them!!

Now...back to Angel...


Here's what I think has been going on with Angel.  She has ALWAYS been this momma's sweetiepie...going everywhere with me...checking on me when I was in another room, whimpering when I wasn't...and crying when I was gone and she and her furry brothers were at home alone with daddy.

It just so happened that on Thursday (last week), I decided it was time to start her on the Benadryl the Vet had recommended the week before for a skin allergy, which caused her to lick or chew at certain spots on her body, which when she finished (or got caught), were left hairless.

Thursday was also the day when my Bell's Palsy symptoms began to appear.  As I said earlier, when I felt a slight numbness on the non-BP side (at least before this attack), I never thought my Bell's Palsy is coming back!  It didn't occur to me until Sunday FOR SURE, that I was getting BP.

Being as intune to me as she is, I think she knew that something was going on with me, that I was getting sick and it made her nervous.  She wouldn't snuggle with me, wouldn't give me kisses...nothing that entailed sitting near me.  Then Saturday night...she even took to hiding behind the sofa when I came near her.  Once she did that, she continued to do it.  And she wouldn't come out for me.  And it's not like we have a sofa that's easily moved to get at her.  Our sofa is a heavy La-Z Boy Reclining Sofa!

I think she was in escape from the situation mode - sleeping, appearing lethargic, growling, hiding, not eating, not drinking...maybe wanting attention but definitely NOT from me!!  She sat with hubby on the sofa, all sprawled out...she played with him...she ran outside all around the place with him...but wouldn't do a thing with me.

So, do you think I hit the nail on the head with this theory?  Let me know.

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As for me, I am tired, sleepy, in pain, have 2 watering eyes, not able to chew food, look awful and feel as bad as I look.  Doing what I can to help my body heal from this latest attack of Bell's Palsy. When I feel up to it, perhaps I'll do another video...of this journey, meanwhile hoping that this journey will be shorter than the last one.