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    Update on my But I Am Sick page …

    I currently have three autoimmune diseases and they are also invisible illnesses.

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    Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

    In 1994 when I was pregnant with my son I received my first autoimmune diagnosis for Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.  I saw an endocrinologist when I was pregnant and then he dismissed me after.  I’ve only been under my family doctor’s care for most of the time.

    Type 1.5 Diabetes or Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults or LADA

    In April of 2012, I received a diagnosis of Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults or LADA as a short form.  I was first diagnosed as a type 2 but when I saw my new endo I was then told I was a LADA or a type 1.5 or a progressing type one. I had never heard of it but it’s the adult version of diabetes it just takes everyone a different amount of time for the body to kill the pancreas. I am currently on three different pills to control diabetes and have been begging for insulin for about a year now.

    Lupus

    In November of 2014, I was finally diagnosed with Lupus SLE.  It had been three years of feeling like I have the flu. No one test or person is the same with Lupus and mine seems to not like my liver. I get only a faint butterfly rash on my face and it comes and goes.  I’ve had times where I’ve slept for two days straight and taking a shower means I have to nap afterwards sometimes. I’ve been delayed being put on Plaquenil because of the liver issue that isn’t an issue.

    Fibromyalgia

    This is my Rheumatologist’s catch-all for my other symptoms.

    Chronic Pain

    I have chronic pain in my whole body.  I have it really bad in my joints from lupus and fibromyalgia.  I’m currently undergoing some nerve therapy shots to my back, hips and SI joints.

    Chronic Migraines

    My migraines have plagued me since I was in my early 20’s.  I got my first one about a month after a bump to the back of my head.  To this day my migraines still occur in that spot.  I’ve written a blog about the story of my migraines.  My current treatment is receiving Botox.  You can view that here.

    But I am sick, a diary of my invisible illnesses …

     

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    The Total Protection Package by ImmunizeLABS Review

    The Total Protection Package by ImmunizeLABS Review

    “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. ”

    Before I was selected ImmunizeLABS had several questions for me about my health, what were my illnesses, what were my symptoms before I was selected to try the product.  I think that this in itself is a reason to trust in this company.  They didn’t want me trying a product that was not right for me.  ImmuizeLABS started out of trying to figure out what was wrong with Christine.  Like a lot of us, Christine had been diagnosed with  CFS/ME (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome / Myalgic Encephalomyelitis).  Her Husband Pascal set out to find a way to cure Christine and how their products were developed and you can read their story here: https://immunizelabs.com/pages/about-us

     

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    Once I was accepted, I was sent my sample package very quickly.  The bottles were packaged very well and all arrived safe and intact to me.  I received Kit 2 The Total Protection package, which included two bottles of Pain Relief, one bottle of Boost and Shield.  This is a 30-day supply.  The bottles did not need refrigeration.

     

    Total protection that includes:

    • pain and inflammation prevention
    • immune system boosting to fight infections and recover faster
    • cellular boosting for disease resistance and added energy
    • 1 Month supply of Pain and Inflammation protection (2 Bottles)
    • 1 Month supply of Shield immune boosting protection
    • 1 Month supply of Boost cellular health boosting protection
    • $30 discount
    • Free shipping
    • $250

    These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent or cure disease or illness.

    *Always consult with your healthcare professional before starting any supplementation program, before taking or stopping any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have any health problem.

    Source:  ImmunizeLABS

     

    I had been ill in that I was very nauseous as with most days of my illness so I waited to start taking the regimen.  The instructions were simple, take two tablespoons of Pain Relief and a tablespoon of Boost and Shield first thing in the morning with 4 ozs of water.  (Somehow I missed that I could take it with apple juice)  To start you only need to take a teaspoon and build up to the recommended dose over the first week.  The smell of Pain Relief turned my stomach more than it usually is in the morning.  I had to take just the Boost and Shield together.  None of the products I tried needed to be refrigerated and that is pretty awesome in a product that has no added sugar, no artificial ingredients, no GMO’s, no soy, no dairy, no nuts and the only added natural flavours are organic cocoa, stevia, cinnamon oil, and ginger oil.

    Did it work?  I really can’t say.  I’ve been taking Boost and Shield and I haven’t gotten whatever the nasty bug is that my family has been plagued with.  I have lupus and I catch everything and anything I catch can cause complications.  Did I not catch it because I’ve been supplementing with Boost and Shield?  I hope so.  Two of the three people in my home other than me have had to go get antibiotics for whatever the bug is they have.

    If ImmunizeLABS could come up with a caplet form of the formulas then I would be able to take all the formulas.  I think that once there are other flavours, as mine was chocolate, their products will appeal to wider range of people. As someone who has taken way too many prescription medications in my lifetime, a chance to try something that is natural and good for my body instead of synthetic and chemicals is an honor to try.

    If you are interested in trying any of ImmunizeLABS products yourself, please check them out and KRISTIN10 will get you a 10% discount on any purchase until June 1st, 2017.  Also, shipping is free on orders over $200. 

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    PillDrill a Fun New Medication Management System

    “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. ”

     

    PillDrill a Fun New Medication Management System

    Opening the Box

    I was never so excited to receive an acceptance from a campaign because I really really wanted to try the PillDrill.  It arrived very quickly from the time I was approved.  Due to illness, which is why a lot of my blog is about Chronic Invisible Illness, I didn’t pick up my mail for a few weeks.

    It was really easy to set up. Even my mom could set it up for herself if she wanted to.  I knew where I wanted to put the device portion and I had to clean up my nightstand in order to do so.  Nightstands and illness can be a dumping ground! Instead of plugging it into an outlet, I plugged it into my USB hub that has four ports in it.  Even with an iPhone, iPad, Fitbit all plugged in, the Pill Drill did not overload the hub.  The instructions said to let it charge for a couple hours so I left it alone and then set it up later in the day.

    Basic set up was EASY!  My mom is very technologically terrified and I know she could set it up. (Yes mom, you could!)  I downloaded the Pill Drill App to my iPhone.  It’s available for Android too.  I’ve just checked and you can download the app on your iPad as well.  I like to think I’m tech savvy and it was a breeze.

    Top: on my nightstand, Bottom Left: My previous mess of medications, Bottom Right: All organized for the week and all my morning pills showing in the pod

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    I was worried that all my pills wouldn’t fit into the pods but they do!  I take 12-15 in one full swoop first thing in the morning.  I didn’t put my nausea medications into the pods because I tend to take them earlier than my other medications most days.  I only used the one strip for a couple weeks and now I’m using one for the morning and one for bedtime.  I also have an alert set up for my bedtime medication more on that in a bit.

     

    Compatible with any type of health regimen.

    Keep your medication in its original packaging? Our scanning tags attach to pill bottles and irregularly shaped items alike. Use a weekly pill organizer? Ours was custom-built for superior ergonomics and compatibility.  There is no one size fits all with medication, so whatever the specifics of your regimen PillDrill has you covered.                                                                                source:  PillDrill

     

    There are a few things I’d like to see changed or upgraded somehow:

    • The light – there is no way to dim it completely
    • The Sound the unit makes to give you notifications – it gave me bad hospital memories.  I’d like to be able to change it somehow.  One of my two dogs absolutely went nuts at the sound, the other it didn’t bother her.
    • I think that the unit could be a bit smaller.
    • A way to keep the strips together for travel.

    What I loved:

    • Ease of use, unit, the app, the strips and pods.
    • The mood cube is seriously the best and a fun way to track your moods, how you’re feeling
    • The color is my favorite blue
    • The notifications on the app via my iPhone was perfect.

    What I didn’t use:

    • the scanning tags and holders

     

    Video courtesy of The PillDrill’s website

    Overall I loved the PillDrill and will keep on using it.  Its price is steep but with all inventions, you can hope if comes down. I didn’t travel anywhere so I don’t know how the strips and pods would fair in my hectic packing.  I happened to be at the hospital getting some tests done and my app let me know I needed my pills and I was able to pause them until I got home.  I can only think of what my poor dog Ranger was doing because he hated it and would let me know the second that it went off to turn it off.

    I hope you enjoyed my review of The PillDrill.

     

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