Saturday, July 26, 2014
I fed Darren & Miranda dinner and got Miranda to bed. I remember not being able to sit down all evening. I was just pacing back and forth breathing. I decided this was the real deal, I was actually in labor. After Miranda & Darren went to bed I spent the next few hours going from shower, to bath, to my exercise ball. Finally around 3:30a.m. I woke up Darren and said it was time to go to the hospital. I called the midwife and she said "make sure you don't wait too long". I called my parents to come sit with Miranda. Around 4:00a.m. we were finally off to the hospital. The drive there was interesting. I was very uncomfortable sitting down and I kept thinking can't you go any faster. I knew we were running out of time.
We got to the hospital and they insisted that I sit in a wheelchair. I remembering yelling at them that I did NOT want to sit down. We got upstairs and they started doing the paperwork and checked me out. The midwife came in and immediately asked if they had checked to see how far I was. The nurse said they had just checked me. The midwife could tell by the look on my face and said you might want to check her again. Yep I was ready!! We didn't even get all the paperwork filled out.
Ethan started having a hard time and his blood pressure dropped. I remember going to the bathroom and hearing the nurse talking to Darren. They put oxygen on me and said we need to get him out. It only took a couple of pushes and a very blue little boy came flying out at 5:09a.m. weighing 5lbs 5oz and 19 inches long. I was later told that they were only giving me a few more minutes before they had to do an emergency C-section. Again, after the fact, my mom said as soon as I saw him I walked out of the room and called your dad and told him to start praying. Ethan had the umbilical cord wrapped around his neck and he had a bowl movement. His temperature was really low and so was his blood sugar. They took him to the nursery for observation for a couple of hours before I could have him back. Amazingly he did great and we went home after only 24 hours.
Sunday, July 6, 2014
Saturday, July 5, 2014
Thursday, June 5, 2014
I have a daughter who for those looking from the outside see a typically developing 11 year old. However, if you get to know her a little more you will discover that her social and play skills are that of a 6-7 year old. Her cognitive skills are at the same level but her decision making skills are even further behind.
Last year it was easy to hold her back a year in the children's program at church. Our church also has a great program for individuals with developmental disabilities. Here is where I struggle. Do I place her in the group for individuals with disabilities or send her to the middle school group with peers her age?
We have always taught our children to treat their siblings and others with respect and dignity. Our children are taught to help those that need help. They are taught that God created all people and each one has gifts and talents to share. (sometimes I need to listen to my own lesson)
Here is what I LOVE about my children. They really do care about each other and want to see each other succeed. My 12 year old daughter knows that my 11 year old really wants to do what everyone else is doing. She overheard a conversation between my husband and I and she volunteered to help her sister out if she goes up to middle school.
So in the fall I will take a big leap of faith and send her to the middle school group knowing she will have the wonderful church staff and a watchful big sister looking after her.
Sunday, January 26, 2014
Now I feel I need to clarify something at this point. None of the products I am using make the claim to cure or heal any diseases or illnesses. That being said I am giving personal testimony that I have had significant improvement in my auto-immune disease since beginning to use Isagenix.
Up to this point I have been vague about my skin disease, except to say that it is a skin disease called Psoriasis. For those who don't know much about Psoriasis let me tell you a little more. Many people may know Psoriasis as just a skin disease which creates lesions on your skin. There are several different types of lesions from small pimple like bumps to large patches of scaly skin. It causes painful itching and in some people arthritis of the joints affected. Psoriasis is NOT a skin irritation that can simply be cured by a topical treatment. Psoriasis is actually an auto-immune disease which affects the body's largest organ "the skin".
I have had Psoriasis since I was 10 years old but never equated it to an auto-immune disease. Maybe because as a child those terms where beyond my comprehension and as an adult I just followed along with the treatment set as a child and never did my own research. When I was first diagnosed my body was 90% covered by these nasty lesions. No one knew what it was. My skin would crack and bleed. My parents spent hours each day with regiments of ointments, oil baths, sun lamps, and making me into a mummy with saran wrap. My parents finally traveled with me to Nashville to see a specialist who diagnosed me with Psoriasis. He had developed a skin ointment that had made improvement in the lesions with other patients. This was no cure but did ease the pain, itching, and even put me into remission for a short time. However it was a time consuming task, spending hours putting ointment on each and every lesion on my skin. I used this ointment for years until one day it was no longer affective. I have since tried several different types of drugs. During a recent flare up I decided to start investigating alternative treatment and that is when the term "auto immune disease" really started to click with me. This is something that needs to be treated from the inside out, not just treatment of my external skin.
Auto-immune disease in simple terms - Basically your body thinks something is wrong with a part of your body but there is really nothing wrong, in my case it is the skin. So your body sends "help" to that part of the body. Your body is trying to "repair" or "fix" something when there is nothing wrong. In Psoriasis the body thinks there is something wrong with the skin so it sends a message to make more skin cells. In a healthy body when you get a scrape or injury to the skin your body heals itself and produces more skin cells to replace the ones that were damaged. In Psoriasis since there is not anything actually wrong with the skin cells already there, it just piles up skin cells making lesions. That is basically Psoriasis 101. Auto-immune diseases are not curable but can be managed and at times go into remission for a period of time.
After taking in the term auto-immune disease I started to do research on more natural ways to manage my disease. I read all about vitamins and eating natural foods. The most recommended was eating a Gluten-free diet. This seemed like a daunting task but I started a gluten-free diet. I also switched to using all natural products on my skin. I was a week into the diet but really wasn't feeling any better. I was a little frustrated and getting desperate for some relief. I had been seeing a few friends talk about Isagenix on social media so I inquired. Within 2 DAYS of beginning Isagenix products some other medical issues I had been dealing with completely RESOLVED!! Two weeks after starting Isagenix I began to see improvement in my skin. Now almost 3 weeks using the products and I am beginning to see signs of the lesions disappearing. I think of Isagenix this way. Isagenix helps get nasty toxins out of our bodies and good nutrition back in our bodies, which then allows our bodies to do what God created them to do.
I could go on and on but I won't. If you have additional questions about Psoriasis, auto-immune disease, or Isagenix please feel free to email me @ firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks for letting me share with you!
Monday, January 20, 2014
I am excited about the weight and inches lost but I got real excited when I went back and looked at a picture of my skin and compared. Also notice that the fat wrinkles are gone!
I used NO chemicals, NO medications!! All I did was get the TOXINS out of my body and replenish my body with NUTRIENTS with Isagenix products. I also switched to all natural skin care products. I was blown away!!
Isagenix works! Isagenix does not cure medical conditions but it does promote good nutrition in your body which helps your body to heal itself. If you want more information check out my website. http://rebeccamaas.isagenix.com
Friday, January 17, 2014
For the last six months I have just not been feeling well. My psoriasis was out of control. I was tired and scatterbrained. I was having increased intestinal issues. Pretty much just did not feel myself.
I did my research. I kept reading that a gluten free diet may help with psoriasis outbreaks. I was also looking for something to help with my overall health. Something to help me get back my energy. Oh and I was kinda hoping to loose about 10 pounds. It sounds like was asking for a lot right?
Believe it or not I found ONE product line that would help with ALL my concerns! A friend introduced me to Isagenix and the concept of cleansing.
I have been using Isagenix for 7 days now. Here are my results so far -
* Intestinal issues are GONE!! By the 2nd day using Isagenix I no longer had diarrhea. For the last couple of years I had been having terrible diarrhea every morning when I woke up. I have had regular bowel movements every day since.
*My energy level is amazing! I am up at 6:30 ready for the day. I can stay up past 10:00 at night easily. I have enough energy during the day to do just about anything. In fact last night I played Just Dance with my girls for an hour straight.
*Mental clarity is BACK!! By the 3-4 day using Isagenix I could tell the fogginess had been lifted. For so many years I have relied on my brain for everything. All my kids medical info., schedule, birthdays, phone number, etc. Recently I had been having to write down just about everything because I was forgetting. NOT ANY MORE!! It's like a switched was turned on in my brain.
*Weight loss. YES!! I have lost weight but I am keeping that under wraps for now. I will update in a few more days my total weight loss so far.
*Can not forget my skin. I am beginning to see some clearing of my Psoriasis. The verdict is still out on that. Although I had gotten rid of the toxin INSIDE my body I realized I was still putting toxins on the OUTSIDE of my body. Getting ready to make changes in my skin care products too.