Feel Good Fridays

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Good morning and happy Friday! April is upon us! Already. I hope that you are doing well.

For today’s quote, I rummaged through the Quotationary book my mother gave me. And I found a wee quote that I really enjoyed.

“My body which my dungeon is, And yet my parks and palaces….” ~Robert Louis Stevenson; excerpt from the poem “My body which my dungeon is” from Underwoods, 1887

Our bodies can often be a source of torment and pain. Agony even. But they are also a thing of beauty and grace and splendor. If you’re having a bad pain day, try to remember that there is also beauty within your torture-racked body. Take a moment to breathe and focus. And have a good long cry or a shout.

And know that you are not alone.

If you need me, I’m right here.

Much love to you.

Lisa

Blogs I updated this week:

Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide: The journal of Critical Care Medicine published a January 2021 study of a 26-year-old woman who suffered from Endometriosis. She had previously undergone a partial bowel resection for Endometriosis causing a small bowel obstruction and had begun treating with naturopaths. Her treatments included IV infusions of vitamins, as well as ozone gas therapy and hydrogen peroxide enemas. She was instructed by her naturopaths to treat three times daily with 8 ounces of water and 15 drops of 35% hydrogen peroxide. After about 20 or so enemas, she developed severe abdominal pain and wasn’t able to insert the enema without pain and rectal bleeding. She also developed body aches and numbness and was hospitalized. A CT scan found gas in her portal vein system (Dr. Google informs me the portal venous system the GI tract’s capillary system) of her liver…which immediately landed her in a hypocritical chamber for an air embolism. She spent a total of four hours in that chamber, and a repeat CT scan found the embolism had resolved. A sigmoidoscopy was performed and found her colon tissue to be irritated due to the hydrogen peroxide enemas. Although IV ozone treatment can also be a source for air embolisms, the authors guess it was the enemas since symptoms occurred two weeks after her ozone therapy. Some air embolisms can result in fatalities…again. Please, be careful. Talk to your medical doctors. And do your own research.

Orilissa: Abbvie’s New Drug to Manage Endometriosis Symptoms: Dr. Sanjay Agarwal of San Diego co-authored a February 2021 study wherein data from two clinical trials was analyzed to see if there was any difference in pelvic pain and menstrual bleeding for patients on Elagolix. The results point toward patients on Elagolix for three to six months reported less painful periods. Pelvic pain while not on their periods were also reportedly reduced. However, it also states, “Additionally, women in the placebo-treated group also reported a decrease in pain during both bleeding and non-bleeding days. It can be suggested that women would be more likely to report pain if bleeding occurs; therefore, given that women in the placebo group are reporting less pain during bleeding, we can infer that the reduction of pain seen in the elagolix treatment groups compared with the placebo group during bleeding is more remarkable.” In other words, the way I read it, participants reported less painful periods and pelvic pain EVEN ON THE PLACEBO…am I reading that wrong? But the study concludes that there was a greater reduction of pain all-around for patients who received Elagolix. Oh, and this study was paid for by Abbvie (the manufacture of Elagolix) and published in the Journal of Pain Research.

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Good morning and happy Friday! March is over halfway through! What? Already? I swear, where does the time go?

How was your week? Any victories or pitfalls? Check-in: How’s your mental and physical health doing?

Today’s quote is to remind all of us to keep going!

“A large oak tree is just a little nut that refused to give up.”

― David McGee

I know the road may seem long, arduous, and dark ahead, but keep putting one foot in front of the other. Keep advocating for yourself. Keep fighting. And if you ever need someone to talk to or hold your hand along the way, I’m right here.

Much love,

Lisa.

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BLOGS I UPDATED THIS WEEK:

I added several visual representations of warriors describing their Endometriosis symptoms. If you haven’t already seen them, check out the additions…or even submit your own. It’s a wonderfully compelling addition to our awareness campaign.

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It’s another Friday! Again? Already?!?! I hope you’ve all had at least an okay week, if not better.

Tell me how things have been. Your ups, your downs, the victories, and pitfalls…

Today’s quote is brought to you by Pinterest:

“You are the CEO of your healthcare team. ~ Crystal Meadows

Crystal is a self-made patient advocate. If interested, you should check out her amazing webpage and follow her Instagram or Facebook accounts. Within moments of reading her IG posts, one hit me in the pit of my stomach. And it read, “Forgiveness for doctors who harmed me” as part of her therapy goals.

Guess what I’ll be doing tonight? Writing a list of all those doctors who dismissed me, failed to take my pain seriously, pushed me aside, or said I was weak…

Always, always, always remember that you are in charge of your body. You.

Empowered.

Love you guys. ~Lisa.

Blogs I Updated This Week:

I added several visual representations of warriors describing their Endometriosis symptoms. If you haven’t already seen them, check out the additions…or even submit your own. It’s a wonderfully compelling addition to our awareness campaign.

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Well, it’s the first Friday of March! Endometriosis Awareness Month is upon us!

How was your week? Mine was busy with work, yard work, and not enough sleep.

Which brings me to today’s quote:

“Respect your body when it’s asking you for a break. Respect your mind when it’s seeking rest. Honor yourself when you need a moment.” ~Unknown

I have searched and searched and cannot find who said this beautiful phrase.

But, take a moment to inhale deeply, and remind yourself that you are worth a break, a breather, a moment. Respect yourself as much as you respect others. Do not forget that you are wonderfully important…not just to you, but to others.

And I hope you have a beautiful weekend.

Love, Lisa

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Welcome to the last Friday of February 2020. I feel like it flew by…

Today’s quote is one we can always repeat as a little daily mantra. I, at least, need to!

“Plant positivity. Uproot negativity.”
― Lorin Morgan-Richards

Let’s see how much mental gardening I can do on a daily basis, eh? Want to join m? Let’s plop on a big floppy hat, some thick gloves, and get to weedin’ our thoughts!

Have a beautiful day and weekend.

Love, Lisa

Feel Good Fridays

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Good morning!

Wednesday afternoon I had a bit of oral surgery and had an implant placed within my gum line. I knew it’d be traumatic for me; I have a fear of dentists. But I have found one that I truly cherish, respect, and love, and feel she does the same of me. Still, even with all of that mutual respect and trust, I required nitrous for the procedure…

And yesterday? I took the day off to recover. Not only did I have a whopping laughing gas hangover, but my jaw hurt, my bone hurt, my face hurt. I took the day to rest, do nothing, sit on the couch with the kitties, try to get some reading done, and veg-out while my body healed.

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The first week of February is coming to a close. How was your week?

I have a lot of friends and readers who have recently been diagnosed with Endometriosis, or possibly had another surgery (or are facing the prospect of yet another one to be scheduled). I’ve been there. And every time, it gets me all worked up.

So today’s quote is for those Warriors. And for anyone going thruogh something that seems insurmountable:

“When life becomes scattered and completely a faction of what it once was, and everything you thought was once true, seems false. Your heart feels empty, as it leaves your chest. Your mind is blank. Your emotions become so overwhelming you can hardly speak. You’re thinking you have a broken heart when in reality you heart, body and soul are rearranging your inner thoughts, feelings and the way you’re going to except things from now on. You’ll become stronger then you ever imagined. All you need is time. Give yourself time.”

― Ron Baratono

We can get through this.
No…

We WILL get through this. Together.

Much love, Lisa.

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It’s FRIDAY!

Today I was reminded of a dream I had a lifetime ago. I was naked, bloodied, and at the bottom of a deep, wide pit in the earth. From above, dead and bloodied doves spiraled to the ground at my feet, littering the floor of this muddy hole. I couldn’t get out. It began to rain. I had no cover…so I sat down, hugged my knees and cried.

And then I woke up.

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Another week is over. January is almost over! Whew.

I miss these. I miss physical touch. And a long, meaningful hug.

“Hugging meditation is a combination of East and West. According to the practice, you have to really hug the person you are holding. You have to make him or her very real in your arms, not just for the sake of appearances, patting him on the back to pretend you are there, but breathing consciously and hugging with all your body, spirit, and heart. Hugging meditation is a practice of mindfulness. “Breathing in, I know my dear one is in my arms, alive. Breathing out, she is so precious to me.” If you breathe deeply like that, holding the person you love, the energy of your care and appreciation will penetrate into that person and she will be nourished and bloom like a flower.”

― Thich Nhat Hanh, How to Love

Consider yourself hugged from afar today.

(I originally had a typo: “consider yourself hugged from afart today.” It made me laugh too much not to include.)

Love, Lisa.