Sunday, August 31, 2014

Our Veterinarian and Staff Are the BEST!

 Several days fter I got Bell's Palsy and after one of Angel's Vet Visits, Our Veterinarian, Dr. Todd Smith, called to talk to me about Angel - he wanted to know how she was doing.  He's always so caring.  We talked about her a bit and then I asked what he thought about Angel possibly sensing that I was getting sick and thereby stressing about that...causing the stress related Colitis.

Dr. Todd Smith, DVM

He was surprised to hear that I got Bell's Palsy again - especially when I told him it was on BOTH sides of my face (called bi-lateral).  He agreed that she may have sensed something going on with me and then reacted by being stressed and doing the things she did and then got sick.  He said some dogs are very sensitive and in-tune to their owners.  (Our Benny was like that too.)

Then a couple of days later, there is an envelope addressed to me, with no return address.  Hmmmmmm.  I always wonder about envelopes without return addresses...LOL!!  I opened it up to find the cutest card - and if you guessed it was from the Vet's Office and Staff, you're right!  Signed by the Gang!!

Staying in bed, with the covers pulled up sounds like a good thing!  I'm so tired...all the time!

I don't know why Krystal wrote what she did above right corner at the bottom.  I know that the staff probably sends out hundreds of cards and I'd bet that alot of them are "I'm sorry for the loss of your Pet" Cards and she didn't read what this card was for! 

These are some special people - The Doctors & Staff of Temperance Animal Hospital!  They take the best care of our Pups every time they see them and it's so nice to know that they care about the humans in the Pups' Family too!!  Thanks TAH!!

I can't say that I'm feeling better.  This BP is just hammering at me...and tomorrow will be two weeks since I got it.  Still no movement on the left side.  Minimal movement on the right side...and pain that is driving me crazy.  As alot of you know, I haven't taken any prescription meds or over the counter meds in 2 1/2 years.  Well, the past 2 days, I just HAD TO, no ifs ands or buts about it, take one Aleve (naproxen sodium) each day.  The oils I take in capsules and the oils I use on my face, neck and ear were only working partially.  The nerve pain gets ridiculously piercing sometimes and I just couldn't handle it another minute!  And, this time with bilateral BP, the pain is on BOTH sides!!  My left lower jaw is particularly painful.  Thanks for your continued prayers.  I'll continue to post as I can - visit when I can read - and leave a comment when I'm able.  Just know that I'm thinking about all of you!

Friday, August 29, 2014

The Facts on Bell's Palsy

Bell's palsy is a sudden facial paralysis that usually strikes all or part of one side of the face. Men or women of any age can suffer Bell's palsy, but statistics suggest that people in their 40s are more likely to get it. Overall, your risk of experiencing Bell's palsy is 1 in 5,000 each year, or 1.7% over an average lifetime. Some people may have Bell's palsy more than once in their life.

Bell's palsy can be a frightening experience, appearing suddenly with symptoms that cause many people to think they're having a stroke. In reality, stroke symptoms are quite different, and Bell's palsy is a condition that usually clears up without treatment.

Update on My Condition

There hasn't been much change in my condition.  During the first 4 days after the onset of my bi-lateral BP (BP on both side of my face), the paralysis got worse, much as I had anticipated - from the first time I had BP in 2012.  It left my face totally paralyzed on the left side and nearly paralyzed totally on the right.  The right side, which is the side my 2012 bout of BP was on, has begun to see a touch of improvement.  As soon as I see something different on my Videos (which I do daily, but don't post daily), I will post it.  Thanks for your continued prayers and support.  It means alot to me during this difficult time.

Causes of Bell's Palsy

The exact cause of Bell's palsy is unknown, but most researchers believe that a viral infection that causes swelling and inflammation of the facial nerve is the most likely cause. Although research has found that the herpes simplex 1 virus (the virus that causes cold sores) is present, in many cases a direct link to the virus has not been proven.

Some people are more prone to Bell's palsy than others. Your risk is higher if you:
  • have a family history of Bell's palsy
  • have the common cold
  • have diabetes
  • have influenza
  • are pregnant (third trimester)

Symptoms and Complications of Bell's Palsy

Bell's palsy usually appears suddenly, often overnight. The primary symptom is weakness and paralysis on one side of the face. You may find that you can't make the same expressions as usual. Typically, you'll be unable to fully close one eye. Other possible symptoms include:
  • altered sense of taste
  • facial pain, or pain in or behind the ear (in fewer than 50% of cases)
  • no tears in one eye
  • sensitivity to noise on the affected side
  • numbness or heaviness in the face

Stroke is associated with other symptoms such as a severe headache, severe dizziness, difficulty speaking, numbness or weakness in the arm or legs, and blurred vision. You may have some trouble talking if you have Bell's palsy, but it's purely muscular and is not caused by bleeding or a blood clot in the brain.

Usually, the symptoms appear at once. Occasionally, they worsen over a few days. Steady, progressive paralysis over several weeks is not a sign of Bell's palsy.

The most serious complication seen in Bell's palsy is permanent mild facial paralysis.This is found in a minority of cases. Overall, about 80% recover completely over weeks to months, and most of the rest improve.

Incomplete recovery is more likely in people who are older than 60 or those experiencing weakness or paralysis on both sides of the face - this occurs in 1% of cases. People who don't recover completely may be left with one or more of the following symptoms:
  • abnormal blinking
  • asymmetrical smile
  • buccinator paralysis (food caught in cheek of paralyzed side)
  • corneal damage
  • drooling of liquids from the corner of paralyzed mouth
  • dry eye
  • frozen muscle in the nostril area
  • hyperacusis (perceiving sounds as unusually loud)
  • impaired taste
  • impaired speech
  • synkinesis (involuntary movement associated with a voluntary movement)

Diagnosing Bell's Palsy

Bell's palsy is diagnosed based on its symptoms and physical signs. There are no specific tests to diagnose Bell's palsy, but your doctor will perform a thorough physical examination and may order certain tests (e.g., blood tests) to rule out other medical conditions that can cause facial paralysis. Additional tests such as CAT scans or MRI scans are usually not necessary, but may be used to rule out other medical causes of facial paralysis.

Treating and Preventing Bell's Palsy

Although Bell's palsy usually resolves on its own without treatment, doctors usually recommend treatment with corticosteroids (e.g., prednisone*) and sometimes antiviral medications (acyclovir or valacyclovir). Corticosteroids are used to help reduce swelling around the nerve and are usually taken for about 7 to 10 days. Some evidence shows that antiviral medications are helpful when they are given along with prednisone, but when they are used alone, they are not very effective. More studies are needed to clarify the role of antiviral medications for the treatment of Bell's palsy.

Everyone with Bell's palsy needs special protection for his or her open eye. It will usually remain open for at least a week, and may not be producing tears. Eye drops, eye patches, and special lotions at night are used. These almost always prevent long-term damage to the surface of the eye (cornea).
In the past, a surgical technique called decompression of the seventh nerve was sometimes used. It's less common now, as many experts believe inflammation and not compression of the nerve is the root of the problem.

Your doctor may also recommend physical therapy (e.g., exercises for face muscles), but more studies are needed to assess its benefit.

There is no known way of preventing Bell's palsy. 

*All medications have both common (generic) and brand names. The brand name is what a specific manufacturer calls the product (e.g., Tylenol®). The common name is the medical name for the medication (e.g., acetaminophen). A medication may have many brand names, but only one common name. This article lists medications by their common names. For more information on brand names, speak with your doctor or pharmacist.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

I love Quinoa...This Salad is for Dinner

Smoky Quinoa and Bacon Salad

  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • Pinch of kosher or sea salt
  • 8 pieces of bacon
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon spicy brown mustard
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • Fresh cracked black pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup chopped Italian parsley
  • Combine the quinoa, water and salt in a medium saucepan. Bring the water to a boil, and after the water begins to boil, reduce the heat to low and cover the pan.  Gently simmer, covered, for 15 minutes (there may still be some water not yet absorbed). Remove from heat.  Keeping the pan covered, let it stand for 5 minutes, or until the remaining water is absorbed. Remove the lid and gently fluff the quinoa. Set aside to cool.  Crisp the bacon, drain and cut into 1-inch pieces. Set aside.
  • In a bowl, whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, mustard, brown sugar, smoked paprika, chipotle, salt and pepper. Set aside.  In a large bowl, toss together the cooked quinoa, bacon pieces, red onion and parsley. Toss with the dressing and serve at room temperature or chilled.

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.


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


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.


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 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"


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


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.


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 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 I can report that to you...until then,


Friday, August 22, 2014

Diagnosis for Angel

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.
What is colitis?
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.
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


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):

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)