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    Where Oh Where I Have I Been?


    Where Oh Where I Have I Been?

    I haven’t written a proper blog since December.  I can only think that I haven’t felt like writing because of my depression.  I have always loved Christmas and the holiday season but since I’ve been battling with all these illnesses is the reason that I haven’t found my new normal.  I’m trying to find the balance but I don’t feel like I’m there yet. Christmas was an amazing time with my family.  We spent Christmas Eve at my mother-in-law’s and Christmas my mom, gram and mother-in-law came to our house.  I spent the next few days recovering because I should have napped both days but I pushed my body too much.

    I finally saw a neurologist just before Christmas.  He spent almost an hour doing the check up and prescribed a medication that I had to try before my insurance would pay for the botox.  The botox will be in three spots on my head.  I’ve also been referred for two MRI’s of my head, back and hips.  The hope is that they can do both of the MRI’s together so I don’t have to go into the machine twice.  I am claustrophobic so two tests won’t be fun for me. March 6th will mark the first and hopefully my only MRI but I know I can handle two being mildly sedated for them at the very least.

     

     

    I posted this on my New Year’s Post but I don’t make “resolutions” as I will always break them.  I will list some things I’m going to work on doing better, (working on) though:

    • budgeting – meal planning, cut back on spending (subscription boxes)
    • blog on a sort of set schedule for me – sponsored blogs yeah they get done but personal ones go on the back burner
    • walking and yoga – again it’s not something that I can schedule but I’d like to have someone walk with me with the pupalups and get to yoga once a week
    • keep getting better rest and sleep – it has improved but the painsomnia can’t be helped
    • not feel guilty for what I can’t do – that’s a hard one but working on it every day
    • try to get my nails in order, take medications on time (more on that in a couple months)
    • get to the dentist to get the work the work that needs to be done.

     

    Today is Family Day in my province of Ontario, Canada.  It’s a relatively new holiday created so there was a day off between Christmas and Easter.  It’s February 20th and it’s already 48 degrees out.  My dogs aren’t complaining about wanting back in after two seconds outside.  We had record high temperatures on Saturday.

    On Saturday, I finally received the call from the pain clinic.  I have my two appointments. The first is approximately 1.5 hours with twelve pages of documents to fill out.  The second appointment is about two hours.  She asked if the dates would work and I said, no matter what I’d work it out because I’ve been waiting for these for almost a year.

    I hope you’ll grab a cuppa tea and continue on this journey with me.

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    What’s A Flare Day Kit?  Huge Contest Sponsored by Chronic Illness Bloggers

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    What’s A Flare Day Kit?  A Huge Contest Sponsored by Chronic Illness Bloggers

    CIB Holiday Giveaway

    The giveaway runs November 23rd to December 3rd!  Please share with all your family and friends!  I hope you enjoy the blog and find some new blogs and products!

    Flare Day Kit or ER and Hospital Must Haves

    When I found myself going to the ER more frequently I threw a few things into a bag so that I’d have a more comfortable wait.  I can’t do anything about the horrible chairs that my ER’s have but I like being comfortable.

    • Baggu bag because it’s canvass and can be washed when I go home.  I always bring bottles of water and a bottle of ginger ale.  I have even had a juice box at times.  I know that if I have stomach problems that I can’t eat or drink but my caregiver can and the wait can be really long in my area.  I always have my S’well 25 oz bottle because it’s large and keeps my water cold.  Hydration is a problem for me because of constant nausea.
    • Colouring book and pencils in a pouch. I find it relaxing
    • Some hard candies because my mouth is dry and hospital air is brutal on dry mouth
    • A light blanket (sometimes two)
    • My Mophie Juice Pack – I keep it charged on my nightstand.  It powers my iPad, my iPhone and both of my hubby’s too.
    • A long cord for the iDevices and the wall plug for the iPad because the regular one only charges the phone and not the iPad.
    • Book because I like reading real books and I usually have a couple on the go
    • Earplugs – I get overwhelmed with sounds
    • Chapstick – back to the dry mouth and hospitals are dry
    • Moisturizer because you use so much hand sanitizer at the hospital
    • Sunglasses on migraine visits but now I’d bring my Axon glasses because well they’re amazing.

    My contribution is part of Prize pack 8 and I’ve listed what I’m including below this photo.  Later on, there is two photos with all the prize packs listed.  There are Eight prize packs, a Fibro prize pack and two packs that are just for the US entrants.  We have over 50 bloggers and sponsors participating in this cross blog promotion for the Chronic Illness Bloggers.  No purchase necessary.  But check out the list of bloggers and sponsors as there is something for everyone.

     

    Prize Pack 8 including mini2z

     

    What is in my part of Chronic Illness Bloggers Holiday Giveaway – Prize Pack 8?

    Everything here will keep you busy at the hospital (when you can) if you’re there for a few hours or a few days. Also good for a flare day or days because we chronic illness people have days when getting out of bed is very difficult.  So here is what’s in the portion of Prize Pack 8…

    • Tote bag – it’s washable!
    • Light blue plaid scarf that can be used as a light blanket by American Colors
    • Colouring book with Staedleter coloured pencils, Staedleter markers and pouch to put them in.
    • Chapstick
    • Power bank for a cell phone
    • Lavender hand cream
    • Fuzzy reading socks
    • Plastic Tumbler with a straw
    • Lemon Face mask
    • Green Tea and Tea (or any beverage) cup
    • Ice Pops mold maker and the recipe for nausea pops
    • Some candies
    • I could add extras before it gets mailed out!

    I’ve had fun getting the goodies for this gift pack and there is well over $150 in products for the lucky recipient of Prize Pack 8.

    What is in my part of Chronic Illness Bloggers Holiday Giveaway - Prize Pack 8? @ChronicBlogs… Click To Tweet

     

    Flare Day - Hospital Must Haves

    Flare Day – Hospital Must Haves


    **”This giveaway is sponsored by Chronic Illness Bloggers. Prizes have been donated by the following:”**

     

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    Good luck!  Hope you enjoy checking out the Chronic Illness Bloggers and our sponsors!  Chronic Illness Bloggers Network have become my friends in my journey of Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain, Migraines, LADA, Hashimoto’s, Gastritis, Depression, Anxiety and more important, I’ve got a great group of friends that are a keystroke away for support.

     

    Invisible illness sucks but having friends along the journey makes it more tolerable.   mini2z 

     

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    My Experience With Honey Colony’s Superior CBD Oil

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     “I have been given this product as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company. “

     


    Sunflower and Honey Colony CBD Oil

     

    Honey Colony Superior Cannabinoid Rich Hemp Formula – Herbal Supplement 

    What is it?  The definition from Honey Colony:

    Cannabidiol (CBD) is extracted from the Cannabis plant and has no euphoric properties whatsoever. This formulation offers all the health benefits of CBD without the feeling of being “high”.                Source:  Honey Colony

     

    Honey Colony Stock Photo of Superior CBD

    The Superior Six

    1. Sichuan Teasel Root (Dipsacus asperoides):    In China, Sichuan is named Xu Duan and translates to, restore what is broken. The sichuan teasel root has been used historically to tonify the liver and kidneys, promote blood circulation, and strengthen the bones and tendons.

    2. Dang Shen Root:    The dang shen root is a traditional Qi tonic and is notorious for offering the numerous therapeutic benefits ginseng offers. It is widely known for its energy, mood enhancing, and restorative support. When combined with astragalus, dang shen root is called The King of Combinations.

    3. Astragalus Root (Astragalus membranaceus):  In Chinese, Huangi Qi translates to Yellow Leader. This is due the yellow color of the root and it also being considered the leader of tonic herbs in traditional chinese medicine.
    4. White Peony / Bai Shao Yao root:    Bai Shao Yao root is widely cultivated throughout China for its numerous health benefits.

    5. Propolis:   In Greek, the name translates to Defense of the City, referencing its use in maintaining the integrity of the hive. Propolis is used by bees to repair and protect their hive. Typically, propolis is comprised of resin (50%), which is composed of flavonoids and related phenolic acids, generally called as the polyphenolic fraction, waxes (30%), essential oil (10%), pollen (5%), and other organic compounds (5%). However, this chemical composition may change according to the plant source and season; hence, quality sourcing of propolis is important

    6. Bitter Orange Peel (Citrus aurantium):     Bitter orange is grown in various varieties throughout the country. The citrus aurantium variation is native to southern Vietnam.

     

    Honey Colony Superior CBD Oil review from mini2z for Chronic Illness Bloggers

    Label of Superior CBD from Honey Colony

     

    I received this a few weeks ago and I read it as to take the drops altogether so I decided bedtime was best for me.  I learned later that I could take it three times a day as four drops three times a day.  The first night, oh my, it is a weird taste.  You need to leave it under your tongue for the best effectiveness.  As the nights progressed, I was able to take the drops with no issue with the taste.  As I’m writing, I am realizing that my night time pain has decreased since I’ve been using the Honey Colony.  I’ve been getting searing pain in my back and hips and I can honestly say that the CBD Oil has helped my pain.  It’s natural, made with Non-GMO, certified organic botanicals
    Soil used to grow cannabis is free of pesticides, herbicides, or artificial fertilizers.  At this point in my illness and health, I’m trying to keep food as natural and healthy.

    CONS:

    • the label is so tiny writing that even with my glasses off I have a hard time reading it.
    • The taste but you can actually get used to it.  Although, my daughter has left the room twice when I took it because it was, “oh my god you’re going to oh my put that in your mouth?”  Yeah, teen girls are a wee bet dramatic.
    • It is only available in the US (all 50 states), Germany, Italy, Spain, Israel, Australia and the UK.  You need to check that you’re able to get it shipped to you!
    • Price:  It’s $92.55 for a single bottle and a 3-pack is $262.65 which is currently a sale price.
    • CBD and Drug Tests:  Unfortunately, it is possible for CBD to result in a positive for THC— much like eating a poppy seed bagel can cause a positive for opiates depending on the type of test. Our products contain .03% THC, well below the federal limit of .3%, but you should use discretion if planning to be tested.  Sourced from Honey Colony

    PROS:

    • It’s completely botanical
    • Cannabidiol (CBD) is extracted from the Cannabis plant and has no euphoric properties whatsoever.  It does NOT make you HIGH or funny feeling.  From Honey Colony:  Due to our CBD containing .03% THC, the legal amount of THC and only the potent health support without the psychoactive effects.
    • It has a shelf life of 2-3 years and no refrigeration needed!
    • It’s not an OIL but instead its the only water soluble CBD in the market currently.
    • The. Superior Six: Sichuan Teasel Root, Dang Shen Root, Astragalus Root, White Peony / Bai Shao Yao root, Propolis,
      Bitter Orange Pee they all have SO many ingredients that are great for your health!

    I actually find that for me the benefits outweigh the cons because ANYTHING that helps my searing pain due to my lupus SLE and fibromyalgia is just AMAZING in my book!

    I actually find that for me the benefits outweigh the cons because ANYTHING that helps my searing pain… Click To Tweet

    The Honey Colony Superior CBD Oil (not really oil) is the second product I’ve tried from Honey Colony and I love this so much more.  Honey Colony have given me some pretty awesome products to try and they’re awesome in my book!  I even signed up to be an affiliate with them because I believe in their products.  So go check out Honey Colony yourself at https://www.honeycolony.com/ If you want to use my link, that is on the right side of my blog.

    Sunflower and Honey Colony CBD Oil

    I hope you enjoyed my review.  Don’t forget to go check out Honey Colony on their website as they have all the information on the ingredients for you to check out yourself.  The price may be high but it’s a high quality product!

    Journey with me … mini2z

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