Saturday, 27 June 2009


On 22 June 2009, DEA Drug Enforcement Agency approval was received in the United States for a new pain drug called Tapentadol. The brand name is Nucynta. (noo-SIN-tah)
The new pain drug was especially approved for fibro and peripheral neuropathy because it affects opiate centers of brain and also noepinephrine in brain.
Another new drug  that is the same as Tapentadol but a different brand is called Levorphanol (Levo-Dromoran).
     It is because of the development of these 2 drugs that drugs such as vicodin, oxycontin, etc. are being considered to be taken off the market, because these control pain just as well but do not make a person high, especially a person who is not experiencing pain. They also have fewer side  affects. These are the first new pain medicines to be developed for  severe pain in 25+ years, since Tramadol (Ultram). It is considered to have a potency between morphine and tramadol (ultram).
      Its dual mode of action provides analgesia at similar levels of more potent narcotic analgesics such as hydrocodone, oxycodone and morphine with more tolerable side affects.
     So those of you who were worried about the other medicines being taken off the market, I don't think that will happen, but God always will help you find an alternative if something is taken away, and here is the new alternative. Trust your Heavenly Father who loves you. Hopefully soon we will all be healed or resurrected and not need to think about these things.
Blessings, Sheila

Wednesday, 17 June 2009


(revised June 18)

Dear Norma; (and to all others as well who have kept in touch with me)

Thanks for asking about me in the comments of the previous post. Sorry I have been silent. I was literally "out of it" and overwhelmed.

I have good news and bad news.

Good News: I found a remedy for the fibromyalgia that made me feel so good that I thought the good health would be taken away from me if I shared the good news right away. Kind of a superstition of being "jinxed" I guess. I didn't want Satan to know how good I felt, for fear he would try to ruin it. Even without telling people about it though, it feels like Satan DID see that I had a major improvement and healing, and it DID seem like he was trying to attack me with every other health problem I had in order to make me lose hope. I will expand more later about this incredible remedy is and how it might be a really important answer about one of the causes of this very difficult disease!. It is so significant, that if I continue to feel good, it IS a healing of one of my diseases, and with this bit of extra strength perhaps I can get up and work towards more healthy living to bring about a complete healing!!! Though this remedy only seems to help fibromyalgia, with continued efforts, and living healthy, I think all of my health can/will improve.

I am happy to even feel an improvement of even 30% or more. The remedy even helped my mom's other health issues, and she didn't even know she was getting a remedy until after one day she told me her allergies had not bothered her for a month, for the first time in 50 years!

This remedy does not take away any of my other illnesses, so I have been fighting with those, but I am happy to have even a little improvement, so I can work on gaining strength and improving quality of life. More about that remedy later.

Bad news: I had a few weeks where my diabetes was so uncontrollable that that I was semi-conscious up to for up to 20 hours a day. My blood sugar kept bouncing from too high to too low and I couldn't get it balanced, and you can pass out when it goes too low or too high.

Finally, one day I could stay awake long enough to get into a taxi and get to the Dr. I told her how sick I was and that I needed help urgently. I can't be inaccessible to my sick mother for 20 hours a day! I thought being so semi-conscious most of the time warranted urgent help. Instead, she said they don't put you in the hospital to regulate a person's blood sugar anymore, and that she wanted to test for some other problems. She made 9 appointments which will span over the next 2 months, and I just started crying. In the USA all 9 of those tests would have been done in 1 day, probably while I was in the E.R., not even waiting until I had been admitted. She sent me home to keep being blacking out! At that moment I didn't know how I was going to take care of myself and keep surviving.

I had just told her that I was semi-conscious most of the time, not able to dress myself or shower or even get up for a drink or something to eat, so did she expect me to stay conscious, get myself up and dressed and drive myself to these 9 tests? What if I was semi-conscious at the time of the test and couldn't even wake up at the time of the test?

Then because I was crying, she said "how's your mood"? I said "It's HORRIBLE because I am so sick! I need some help to survive until I can get feeling better, then my mood will be completely different!"

The stress of hubby's homecoming being delayed AGAIN so close to the time he was supposed to come, and worrying about him living like a refugee, just threw every health problem I have into overdrive. (Stress also raises blood sugar.)

All that time, when I DID wake up, in a half-stupor I would think "If this is how the rest of my life is going to be, I am in BIG trouble, and my husband should stay on his own or find a new wife or go back to his family instead of starting a life with me." Just that thought was enough stress to make my blood sugar raise so high that I passed out again. Satan likes to attack your hope when you are at your weakest.

After the days that I was passing out, I got a high fever, so probably it was the flu, which affects diabetes. I don't know if it was swine flu or not, but since there are more swine flu cases in Alberta than anywhere on earth than Mexico city. In a way it would be good if it was, because I would have built up immunity to it, so I wouldn't get it again. Canada has good anti-viral medicine, so it was actually one of the easier flues I went through.

My Mom is now in the hospital with another bowel blockage. They come regularly every 4-6 weeks now. It takes me so much strength to get up to the hospital a couple of times a day, that I get really sick after the visits, and go home and just collapse, too weak to change or eat until the next morning.

But, of course the Lord has strengthened me through it all, and carried me. That has been a hard lesson to learn, to lean on the Lord's Spiritual strength, when I really need another human being around to help with physical strength. I have adrenal exhaustion, (burned out adrenal gland) so I am tired right through to my spirit. (My 'get-up-and-go' and gotten up and left!! HAHA! )

Things will get better soon. I am so very thankful for my many luxuries and blessings and friends I know things could be so much worse.

Two days ago I woke up and the birds were singing, I was in NO pain, and the fresh air from the open window smelled like I was camping in the mountains. I thanked Heavenly Father before I even opened my eyes. It was so very magical. I appreciate the small pleasures of life so very much. I accomplished so very much that day. I think the Lord will continue to give me great days like that here and there to help me improve my quality of life, and to prepare for either my husband coming home or for other life changes that the Lord may be planning in the near future.

Thanks dear spirit-deep friends for being so patient with me. I pray for all of my online friends/readers daily.

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
-Jeremiah. 29:11

Be as kind as possible, for everyone is fighting
some kind of battle.
-Ian McLaren

Blessings, Bluebirdy/Sheila

Friday, 12 June 2009

He will be..... (WOWSERS!)



        hang in there!


Monday, 8 June 2009

Worthy of being on a poster!

This is something we should all read at least once a week
Written By Regina Brett, 90 years old, of The Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio, USA

"To celebrate growing older,
once wrote the 45 lessons life taught
Me... It is the most-requested column I've ever written.

My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone...

4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and

Parents will. Stay in touch.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.

8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first pay check.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.

12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their

Journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry;

God never blinks.

16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.

18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.

19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one

Is up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no
For an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie.

Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words
'In five years, w
ill this matter?'

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive everyone everything.

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you

Did or didn't do.

35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

36. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood.

38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's,

We'd grab ours back.

41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

42. The best is yet to come.

43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

44. Yield.

45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift.

Remember that I will always share my spoon with you! Friends are the

Family that we choose for ourselves."

Hi loved ones! Was so ill it was scary, but on the mend now!

Bless you all--

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