Thyroid Support Group for Husbands…

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Well, it’s been three years since I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism, and it has NOT been a smooth and easy journey.  I’m finally at a point where I can say it’s being “managed” and not out of control like it has been throughout the three years, and that is a great feeling.

And for those who live with someone diagnosed with Hypothyroidism, life suddenly changes for them as well.

I often joke that there needs to be some sort of support group for husbands who have a Hypo wife–where they can get together and listen to stories and go, “REALLY?!  I THOUGHT MY WIFE WAS THE ONLY ONE!”

Here’s how I think it would go…

[dreamy music sequence here]

Leader:  “Good evening!  Let’s all rise and say the pledge.”

Group:  “We are husbands who love our wives.  Hypothyroidism has changed our lives.  We promised to love in sickness and when well.  But sometimes Hypothyroidism feels like our own little hell.  Play ball!”

Leader:  “Okay, who would like to begin?”

Bob:  “Uh, well, I guess I’ll go.  Hi, my name is Bob.”

Group:  “HI, BOB!”

Bob:  “And, uh, I live with a wife who has Hypothyroidism.  She was diagnosed six months ago.  Um, well, she’s just not the same wife I once knew.  We used to go running together–we even ran half-marathons together–and now she can’t even get out of bed on some days.”

Leader:  “Can I just interrupt here for a moment, Bob?  The not getting out of bed thing–what’s the longest anyone here has had a wife not get out of bed?  Do I hear one day?”

Man:  “Yep!  One day right here!”

Leader:  “One-day-I’ve-got-one-day-do-I-hear-two-days?  Two-days?  Anyone-out-there-with-two-days?”

Another man:  “TWO HERE!”

Leader:  “We’ve-got-two-right-there-can-I-hear-three-days?  Anyone?  Three-days”

Another man:  “THREE RIGHT HERE!”

Leader:  “We’ve-got-three-over-there-can-I-get-four-days?  Anyone-with-four-days?  No?  Three days–going once…twice…SOLD to Steve back in the corner!  You are the winner of this pain cream to rub on her joints when she can barely walk up the stairs due to the Hypothyroidism!”

[Applause]

Leader:  “Anyone else want to go?”

Mike:  “I’ll go.  Hi, my name is Mike.”

Group:  “HI, MIKE!”

Mike:  “Cindy was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism a year ago.  We’ve had issues getting her medication filled each month, she’s went without her medication for a few days, and that’s when the crying starts.  I mean, she just bawls.  She’s called me at work, and I’ve had to go home because she is just laying there in bed, bawling hysterically.  She’s incredibly depressed, too.  I would give anything to see her smile again.  And the brain fog!  She can’t remember ANYTHING anymore!  It’s like living with my grandma!  I’ve found her car keys in the refrigerator, she can’t remember where she put groceries she just unloaded five minutes ago–“

Jim:  “Wait–does she have trouble talking?”

Mike:  “YES!  She’ll be in the middle of sentence, and suddenly she can’t think of the word she wants to use!  And she can’t figure out an alternative word, either!  It’s like her mind went completely blank!”

Jim:  “Mm-hmm.  Sarah does that all the time.  I just want to yell, ‘SPIT IT OUT, WOMAN!'”

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Tom:  “Can we just all address the temperature issue?  Please?”

[Applause]

Leader:  “Tom? What’s on your mind?”

Tom:  “I am a man.  I work hard to provide for my family.  And when I come home, I want to come home to a house that is at a REASONABLE temperature.  It’s 80 degrees in our house in the middle of summer, and Janie has THREE quilts on the bed, and she goes to bed dressed like we live in the Alps!  Meanwhile, I’m sweating to death and wondering if I’m going to die of heat stroke in my sleep–and her TEETH are chattering!  WHAT IS UP WITH THEM BEING COLD ALL THE DANG TIME?!”

Group:  “YEAH!”

Carl:  “And what about the hair?  The hair that is all over the place?  Our shower looks like Chewbacca died, and the floors aren’t looking much better!  Tracy’s hair is all over the place!  Does it EVER stop falling out?!  And what happened to her eyebrows?  It was like one minute they were there, and then the next minute, her eyebrows were nearly GONE!”

Pete:  “Sharon’s eyebrows did the same thing!  I don’t get it!”

John:  “Um, excuse me–am I in the wrong group?  My wife talks like a rabid squirrel, is hot all the time, and can eat everything she wants while still losing weight…?”

Leader:  “That’s the HypERthyroidism group next door, John.  Room 102.”

John:  “Oh, okay–that makes more sense now!  Thanks!”

Leader:  “Before we close for the night, I think Dave has something exciting to share.  Dave?”

Dave:  “Yeah, well, I think you all know that Susan was diagnosed four years ago, and it has been one heck of a journey.  I listen to what you’re saying—the depression, the fatigue, the crying, the freezing.  We’ve been there, done that, bought the Synthroid, am I right?  Anyways, for the past year, Susan’s Hypothyroidism has been completely under control.  Her emotions, her body temperature—they have all been stable.  She’s smiling again.  She’s actually participating in life rather than sitting in the corner, staring off blankly—it’s like she was just watching life go by.  But now, the old Susan is back–she has energy again, and her memory is back!  We couldn’t be happier!”

[Applause.  Tears from Robert sitting in the corner, but he squeezes his temples to hide it like he has a headache.]

Leader:  “Well, unfortunately our group session is out of time for tonight.  Come back next week, guys, because we will be talking about how many hours of sleep a normal person needs (6-8) vs. how many hours of sleep a hypo patient needs (14 or more).  Hang in there, guys.  You’re not alone!  I know it can feel like you’re living with a completely different person than the woman you married, but it WILL get better.  Now, let’s all high-five and grab a beer.”

Our battle with eczema comes to a close…

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Well, we’ve entered the land of Eczema–a word I can’t remember how to spell, and a condition I don’t really understand.

Our 2 year-old started to develop little dry patches on his face.  They would flare up red, sometimes to the point of bleeding, and I had no idea what they were.

I even googled “ringworm” because apparently I thought a 2 year-old could get ringworm on his face.

Where my hypochondriacs at?!  HOLLA!

Anyways, I finally realized we were dealing with excema ezcema exzcema eczema, and I needed to figure out what was causing the eczema.

While I started looking at his diet, I started looking at–you guessed it–my essential oils that I had just received in my Premium Starter Kit.

Many many google searches would tell me that many a person had found success with lavender for eczema.  Well, what was the harm in trying?

I grabbed the lavender and the coconut oil, and every morning and evening I began applying a little bit to the patches on his face.  (This was after trying vaseline, Crisco, Crisco+vaseline, Aquaderm, other lotions, etc.)

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I was starting to see results.  The redness was fading, and the dryness was as well.

In the mix, I had let the child drink some almond milk one day because we were out of regular milk, and the child became an addict.

Have you ever dealt with an almond milk addict?  Those people are nuts. (HA!  NUTS?!  GET IT?!)

ANYways, the kid was addicted to almond milk and would seriously throw a fit if he saw the cow’s milk jug come out of the refrigerator.

But I noticed something:  every time he had cow’s milk, the eczema would flare up again bright red.

Hmmmm.

So, it was yesterday that I finally called the fight:  he’s off cow’s milk as well.  If dairy allergies are genetic, and I, myself, had issues with cow’s milk as a child (and it STILL causes me to have migraines if I drink cow’s milk!), and we’re dealing with a baby who can’t have cow’s milk and a 7 year-old who is FINALLY getting back to normal in the intestinal department because HE’S off cow’s milk–what are the odds that the 2 year-old might be battling a dairy allergy?

(By the way, run-on sentences are totally genetic, too, I think.  So, have fun with THAT one, kids.)

So, we officially took him off of cow’s milk yesterday.

Oh, but his face?  Let’s check out what the Young Living lavender essential oil did for the eczema:

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We’re not completely out of the woods yet, but we can definitely see the sunshine streaming in as we continue down this path!

Disclaimer:  I am not a doctor.  I am just a homeschooling stay-at-home mom.  The information contained on this website is not meant to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  The information represents what I, an Independent Distributor of Young Living Essential Oils, have chosen to do to take charge of my own personal health and that of my family.  Statements on this website have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Products on this site are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using these products.

FREE $20.00 off voucher for Essential Oils Premium Starter Kit!

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WOW! This is exciting!

If you have been thinking about enrolling as a wholesale member with Young Living Essential Oils, I have ONE $20.00 voucher available just for you! This would allow you to purchase the Premium Starter Kit for $20.00 off the everyday price! I only have ONE voucher, so this is going to be on a first come-first serve basis. Once it’s gone, it’s GONE!

The Premium Starter Kit is an excellent way to sample the “everyday” oils–oils you will find yourself using every day to help with everything from seasonal allergies to stress!  

The Premium Starter Kit includes the following:

5 ml bottle Lavender

5 ml bottle Lemon

5 ml bottle Peppermint

5 ml bottle PanAway

5 ml bottle Peace and Calming

5  ml bottle Purification*

5 ml bottle Thieves

5 ml bottle Valor

5 ml bottle Joy

5 ml bottle Frankincense*

5 ml bottle Stress Away

samples of Lemon, Lavender, Thieves, Peppermint, and Peace and Calming

2 sample packages of NingXia Red supplemental drink

(Due to supply constraints, Purification and Frankincense will temporarily be replaced with DiGize and Sacred Frankincense for a limited time.)

 

 

Let me know if you are interested in enrolling with Young Living Essential Oils and grabbing the Premium Starter Kit, and the $20.00 off voucher is YOURS!

Remember–enrolling with Young Living as a wholesale member allows you access to these essential oils at wholesale prices. You’re never required to sell them–you can just buy what you need and start your family down the road to better health instantly!

Helping Children Sleep with Essential Oils

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I’m a fan of sleep.

And I’m really good at it.

I almost went pro in college.

While pregnant with my first child, people would always say, “Sleep now–you won’t sleep for a LONG time!”

You don’t know what they mean until you’re living it.

And we’ve been living it for about five years now.

It all started when our second child was born–he was not a sleeper.  

At all.

There were nights I would stare at him and really wonder if he was part robot because seriously–how could a BABY not want to SLEEP?!  Isn’t that just what they DO for the first three months?!

He is now our most energetic child (with a heart of gold!), and it takes him a long time to wind down for bed every night.

It’s not uncommon for him to STILL be up at 10:00 at night–and he got up at 6:00 that morning!

So, when I received my Premium Starter Pack from Young Living, I immediately set about trying to figure out what would help him settle down a little earlier in the night.

It was one day, during lunch, when I decided to diffuse some lavender in the hopes that it would help lunch to be calmer and quieter than it was the day before that I noticed something:  we were all nodding off.

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We could all barely keep our eyes open!  I immediately threw some peppermint in the diffuser to wake us back up while I headed into the kitchen to whip up some “Sleepy Spray.”

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(If we only had one room with children in it, I would just turn the diffuser on at night in the room with lavender in it.  We have two rooms with kids in it, though, so this is not feasible at the moment.

I have a dream.  I have a dream that one day I will own diffusers in EVERY room of the house.)

I grabbed a spray bottle and the lavender essential oil.  After placing 20 drops of the lavender essential oil in the water, I gave the spray bottle a quick shake before whipping out my label maker.

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Boom.

Sleepy Spray–DONE!

Now to put it to the test!  

That night, as we were putting the kids to bed, I announced that I would be spraying the “Sleepy Spray” in their rooms to help them sleep.

I sprayed it in the room, on pillows, and on stuffed animals that they sleep with.

The kids?  Excited.  Loved it.

(You could also call this “Good Dreams Spray!”)

That night, three of them were out immediately, and our 5 year-old was out at 8:30 p.m.–which is HUGE in this house.  HUGE.

He now demands I spray HIM before bed.

But wait–there’s more!

When my Essential Rewards came this month, I had thrown a bottle of Cedarwood Essential Oil in the order.

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I had been reading a lot of testimonies about how Cedarwood was helping people go to sleep quickly.  Cedarwood is said to promote relaxation, balance, and increase mental focus while also regulating melatonin levels.

For $11.25 for a 15ml bottle since I’m a wholesale member, I decided to give it a shot!

I had read many a mom’s testimonies about how only one drop on the bottom of each big toe of their child helped them go to sleep quicker AND sleep through the night.

Take your socks off, kids!  We’re DOING this!

Results?  Our five year-old is out around 8:30 every night, sleeps through the night, and is waking up feeling rested.

Our 2 year-old, by the way, had started a fun game called “Let’s Wake Up Before the Sun Comes Up at 5:00 In the Morning!” and my husband I and I thought we were a bit too old for that game.

Cedarwood on his big toes before bed the last couple of nights seem to have helped him get back on his normal sleep schedule, and he’s waking up at 6:30 in the morning like normal.

What’s that?  Does it just work for kids, you say?

Funny story!  We just spent the weekend with my husband’s family.  My brother-in-law was watching me oil the kids before bed, and we were discussing Cedarwood oil.  I mentioned that it’s supposed to help induce sleep, and he grabbed the bottle and started dabbing it on his neck, behind the ears, and on his temples.  

Twenty minutes later, he started yawning and said he was going to bed.  

I held up the bottle of Cedarwood oil with a pointed look, and his eyes grew wide when he realized that the oil worked.

VICTORY IS MINE!

So, that’s our sleepy little story.  Mom is happy.  Kids are happy.

And they all lived sleepily ever after.

 

Disclaimer:  The information contained on this website is not meant to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  The information represents what I, an Independent Distributor of Young Living Essential Oils, have chosen to do to take charge of my own personal health and that of my family.  Statements on this website have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Products on this site are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using these products.

Non-toxic Cleaning

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My job right after college consisted of working with people with mental and physical disabilities.  My job was to take them to their places of employment (whether solo or in a group) and make sure they were doing their jobs correctly and efficiently or to implement new ideas to help them while they worked.

Guess what they had to clean with?  Industrial strength cleaners.

It drove me nuts, but it REALLY bothered me when I found out I was pregnant with our first son.  I went to my supervisor and told her that I wasn’t comfortable working around industrial strength cleaners being pregnant–I would need gloves and a mask.

Her response?

“Eh, when we were your age, we smoked and drank when we were pregnant, and our kids turned out fine.”

Ah, I see.

So…no on the mask and gloves then?

Anyways, after having our firstborn, I really made an effort to change a lot of things in my life.

Like, eating vegetables.  If I wanted HIM to eat them, I would have to, am I right?

But one of the main areas I really focused on was overall health in our home.

I started replacing chemical cleaning supplies with homemade cleaning supplies.  This can be read as “vinegar  and water.”

My husband was not too keen on the smell of vinegar, and we eventually went back to our Clorox wipes (which made my fingers numb after using them!), Windex, and other cleaners.

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So, when I read that Young Living offered a product called Thieves Household Cleaner, I was very excited.  You mean I could leave this under my sink without worrying someone was going to DIE AND boost our immunity while we cleaned?!

BRING.  IT.  ON.

Since I am a wholesale member, I was able to order the 14.4 fl. oz. bottle of Thieves Household Cleaner for $22.00.  

It only takes ONE capful of Thieves Household Cleaner for one 32 oz. bottle of water. 

Broken down, one 14.4 oz. bottle of Thieves Household Cleaner:

  • makes approximately 28 (32oz.) bottles of non-toxic cleaning spray
  • which is approximately $.79 per bottle of cleaning spray

There is no way I can walk into Target or Wal-mart and find a 32 oz. bottle of non-toxic, immune-boosting cleaner for only $.79 a bottle.

And I surely couldn’t find one at that price that I would be comfortable with my KIDS using.

So, we now have two bottles of Thieves cleaner in use in our home:  one for the kitchen and one for the bathroom–and I still have 26 refills left in my Thieves Household Cleaner bottle!

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Why, yes, I DO love my label maker–thanks so much for asking!

And because I was on a roll with the bottles and labels, I whipped up a little “Sleepy Spray” and “Room Deodorizer” while I was at it–shown to the left of the Thieves.

Perhaps I’ll post on those another time–I’m too busy cleaning cleaning my kitchen and bathroom at the moment!

 

On Purification…

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People, I would really like to blog again.

About something.

Anything.

Anything of substance, really.

But, newborns don’t allow that to happen, and I am SO not complaining because Baby H totally trumps this blog.

And school’s getting ready to start up again here in a few weeks, so expect either a.) no blogging or b.) post after post about nothing but school stuff.

Lucky. you.

Anyways–while I had five minutes where Baby H wasn’t chucking everything he ate right back at me (if love was measured in projectile vomiting, well, this kid is head over heels for me), I thought I’d post something that I thought was pretty neat.

Yesterday I took B and E on a walk. Well, B rode in the stroller while E and I walked. At some point, something either stung or bit me.

I don’t know what’s going on this summer, but I have had two really bad stings or bites (and never once saw the culprit!) that have puffed up way more than bites normally do on me.

My husband says the culprit is a mosquito. I, of course, jumped way down the panic line, and went straight for “ebola fly.”

I’m pretty sure that exists.

Anyways, here’s what the bite/sting looked like yesterday just minutes after receiving it.
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I thought to myself, “Hey. That really hurts. I do not care for the itching and burning sensation going on right now. Make it stahhhp.”

So, then I thought, “Hey! I’ve got an oil for that!” I grabbed some of my Young Living Purification Essential Oil and dabbed some of that right on the spot.

Purification essential oil is a blend of Lemongrass, Rosemary, Melaleuca Alternifolia (also known as “Tea Tree Oil”), Myrtle, Citronella, and Lavandin essential oils. While it has worked well for others as a bug repellant (which I did not think to apply before heading outdoors yesterday!), it has also worked great for me as a bug bite/sting remedy among so many other things.

I originally had been using it in my cleaning regiment with Thieves and Lemon.

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Immediately upon applying the oil, the stinging/burning sensation was gone.

This is what it looked like 15 minutes after applying the Purification Essential Oil.

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When I woke up this morning, there was no redness, no swelling, no bumps, no itching, no burning–nada!  I find this impressive since my kids still have mosquito bites from last summer.  I joke, but seriously–their bug bites seem to last forever!

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Purification is one of my favorite oils in the Premium Starter Kit  from Young Living because it makes the house smell AWESOME, and it purifies the air, but now I have another reason to love it.

Enough sharing.  Back to domesticating.

Happy Monday!

 Disclaimer:  The information contained on this website is not meant to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  The information represents what I, an Independent Distributor of Young Living Essential Oils, have chosen to do to take charge of my own personal health and that of my family.  Statements on this website have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Products on this site are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using these products.

Nine years later…

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Once upon a time, I met a guy.  In a bar.

WAIT!  Don’t leave–it gets better.  Promise.

We started dating.

He took me to dinner.

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I made him pay waaaaaay too much.

But he stuck around anyways.

And then one freezing cold night, he asked me to marry him.

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And I said, “YES!”

And then we got married in this church…

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in our little college town

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on this very day–nine years ago.

And we danced.

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And then we moved to Michigan.

And then moved to Missouri.

And had 1…

2…

3…

4…

5…

beautiful children.

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And it all started when a guy and a girl walked into a bar.

 

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