Sunday, 27 July 2008
Monday, 21 July 2008
One blogger friend told me that when she tried to get a new template, she lost ALL of her blog, including all of her comments and posts. I am so grateful I didn't lose those. It only took a couple of hours to get things back on my blog. Now I am just missing a few things that I need your help with.
I don't know how to find the blogs of my friends who visit often, so if you saw your blog listed here before, or if you visit me often, please leave a comment so I can find your blog and put it in my blog roll.
I also need to know how to find a sentence I had that said "Thanks for visiting my blog, have a great day in *lists your city here* ." I don't know what that's called or how to find it.
I also had a picture that was animated that said "I am a child of God", I hope I can find that again.
I wanted a 3 column template instead of 2, but I don't know how to back up my whole blog so I can change the template, then get all the information back in the new template.
I had a painting in the title area of my blog, and I don't know how to make it show up. When I go to "layout" and edit the title area, the painting is there, and it asks me if I want it to show up behind my title or instead of my title. I have tried it both ways, and the painting won't show up! Any suggestions?Thanks and blessings,
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Saturday, 19 July 2008
Friday, 18 July 2008
God Said No
I asked God to take away my habit .
God said, No.
It is not for me to take away, but for you to give it up .
I asked God to make my handicapped child whole ...
God said, No.
His spirit is whole, his body is only temporary
I asked God to grant me patience.
God said, No.
Patience is a by-product of tribulations;
it isn't granted, it is learned.
I asked God to give me happiness.
God said, No.
I give you blessings; Happiness is up to you.
I asked God to spare me pain.
God said, No.
Suffering draws you apart from worldly cares and brings you closer to me.
I asked God to make my spirit grow.
God said, No.
You must grow on your own! ,
but I will prune you to make you fruitful.
I asked God for all things that I might enjoy life.
God said, No.
I will give you life, so that you may enjoy all things.
I asked God to help me LOVE others, as much as He loves me.
God said...Ahhhh, finally you have the idea.
THIS DAY IS YOURS~ DON'T THROW IT AWAY.
Posted by Bluebirdy at 15:04
Tuesday, 15 July 2008
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Saturday, 12 July 2008
Chronic pain seen altering how brain works
CHICAGO (Reuters) Brain scans of people in chronic pain show a state of constant activity in areas that should be at rest, U.S. researchers said on Tuesday, a finding that could help explain why pain patients have higher rates of exhaustion, lack of concentration (often called pain fog), depression, anxiety and other disorders. They said chronic pain seems to alter the way people process information that is unrelated to pain.
Chronic Pain Harms Brain's Wiring
FRIDAY, Feb. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Chronic pain can disrupt brain function and cause problems such as disturbed sleep, depression, anxiety and difficulty making simple decisions, a U.S. study finds.
Researchers at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago used functional MRI to scan brain activity in people with chronic low back pain while they tracked a moving bar on a computer screen. They did the same thing with a control group of people with no pain.
In those with no pain, the brain regions displayed a state of equilibrium. When one region was active, the other regions calmed down. But in people with chronic pain, the front region of the cortex mostly associated with emotion "never shuts up," study author Dante Chialvo, an associate research professor of physiology, said in a prepared statement.
This region remains highly active, which wears out neurons and alters their connections to each other. This constant firing of neurons could cause permanent damage.
"We know when neurons fire too much they may change their connections with other neurons or even die, because they can't sustain high activity for so long," Chialvo said.
"If you are a chronic pain patient, you have pain 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every minute of your life. That permanent perception of pain in your brain makes these areas in your brain continuously active. This continuous dysfunction in the equilibrium of the brain can change the wiring forever and could hurt the brain," Chialvo explained.
These changes "may make it harder for you to make a decision or be in a good mood to get up in the morning. It could be that pain produces depression and the other reported abnormalities, because it disturbs the balance of the brain as a whole," he said.
The study was published in the Feb. 6 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience.
Chialvo said the findings show that, along with finding new ways to treat pain, it's also important to develop methods to evaluate and prevent disruption of brain function caused by chronic pain.
The American Academy of Family Physicians has more about chronic pain.
Posted by Bluebirdy at 11:54
Friday, 11 July 2008
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Tuesday, 8 July 2008
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Monday, 7 July 2008
"Hot & bothered" has long referred to romance & those sparks of chemistry between you & the one you love, but if you have a chronic illness, romance may be the last thing on your mind. Chronic illness can quickly redefine "hot" to mean the symptoms of a thyroid condition, night sweats, or a hot heating pad. "Bothered" is something you feel every night when you are annoyed you can't sleep. For example, achy joints, a dog who snores from his resting place on your pillow, and a spouse that can sleep through anything. Romantic evenings may be the last thing on your mind in your home! Most people don't realize that nearly 1 in 2 people live with a chronic illness in the U.S.A. And when it comes to marriages, chronic illness and mental illness, does not have a good impact! More than 75% of these marriages end in divorce. It takes more than Valentine's Day romance a few days a year to keep a marriage alive and romantic. So, how do you create that romantic environment when you are in physical pain? I've got some creative romantic ideas to get some of that spark back! Put forth some effort. No more excuses. "I'm so exhausted, I don't feel that great. My body feels like it was run over by a truck." I've said them all. But guess what? If you have an illness you'll probably always be tired in a way normal people aren't tired. So put on some music and relax. The distraction of romance can make you forget about a great deal of the pain! Make romance a priority. That means not spending the whole Saturday cleaning your house and then being exhausted. Rest up, even if it's just so you can have a conversation without falling asleep. Do whatever it takes to be enthusiastic for your romantic evening. If you go out for a nice dinner, don't tell him over the menu, "I actually feel pretty sick, so I don't know what to eat. I really am going out just as a favor for you." (That won't turn your loved one on in the least!) Even if your romance is just dinner out, enjoy talking about some dreams you still have or what your hopes are for the future. Avoid talking about your illness or how it could change them all at the drop of a hat. You don't have to write romantic love poems. Just put together a mini-album of your favorite photos and include notes about your memories and how much he means to you. Surely your spouse does some things for you without complaint. Does he bring home your favorite ice cream? Throw in a load of laundry? Never expect you to iron or serve a five course meal? Write down all of the things you notice he does that you don't usually thank him for and give it to him as a special appreciation note. Women, get out of the grandma section of underwear and buy something red, black or anything that doesn't have waist bands wider than an inch. Stop being so self-conscious. Learn to text message with your phone and send him a messge that says something out of character for you. Be outrageously romantic, just make sure you send it to the right person in your phone book! Design some simple home-made coupons for something he would enjoy but typically wouldn't do because he feel he needs to take care of you or just spend time with you. For example, "Good for 5 guilt-free hours with your friends watching baseball." Don't even make him feel badly for doing things you can't do like taking a hike or going for a roller coaster ride. Perfect marriages will never exist, but a even a marriage that has an illness can be a huge blessing and not just a state of survival. Romance comes in many ways. I remember loving my husband more than ever the night I couldn't move because of a rheumatoid arthritis flare. I "slept" sitting on the couch and he spent the night on the floor beside the couch to comfort me every time I screamed from the pain. Love comes in many forms. One of the books I've bought all the couples in my life is "Love & Respect: The Love She Most Desires, the Respect He Desperately Needs" by Emerson Eggerichs. Men often feel loved when they are respected, women want to feel loved. Usually we are offering our spouse what we want, not what they need. Being aware of all of the little things we do each day that give one another love and respect, add up to romance when you least expect it.
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Posted by Bluebirdy at 23:04
Sunday, 6 July 2008
- Slow metabolism
- Too many intense stresses over a long period.
- An especially bad accident or illness or trauma from which the patient never fully recovered.
- Environmental toxins and chemical overload.
- Leaky gut syndrome. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaky_Gut_Syndrome
- Electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs)-- (there was no fibro before microwaves, cell phones, home computers, etc. There was rheumatism that only made muscles hurt, it was not a full "syndrome" like fibro.)
- Nitric oxide dysfunction- http://www.geocities.com/tenthparadigm
- Solar Flares and CMEs (http://hesperia.gsfc.nasa.gov/sftheory/spaceweather.htm)
Posted by Bluebirdy at 15:30
Tuesday, 1 July 2008
Posted by Bluebirdy at 20:16