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You may have this bacteria, and you don’t even know it.  You may, like myself, have this bacteria and know it.  To know that you have it, you’ve had to gone to a Dr. and had your blood drawn and tested specifically for this bacteria.  There are other means of testing according to other web sites, but I only know about the testing I’ve personally gone through.

Definition

Wikipedia defines Helicobacter Pylori as a bacterium that can inhabit various areas of the stomach, particularly the antrum.  It causes a chronic low level inflamation of the stomach lining and is strongly linked to the development of duodenal and gastric ulcers and stomach cancer.  Over 80 percent of individuals infected with the bacterium are asymptomatic.

Back to Me

I was diagnosed with this ugly bacteria after visiting my Dr. with some pain I was having in the upper right side of stomach.  The pain was kinda pinchy when I stretched, or sneezed.  Nothing too awful, and as a result I lived with the pain for about a month before seeking medical advice.  I’m not one to run right down to the Dr.  I strongly believe in medical advice, but I also strongly believe that through healthy choices we can help ourselves be our healthiest self.

To Date

After the blood tests showed that this bacteria was indeed running around in my stomach, I followed my Docs advice and started down the road to treatment.  This was a 14 day course of 2 different antibiotics and prevacid 2x a day.  I swallowed 3,000 mg of antibiotics daily.  I won’t go into the details, but imagine if you will what this did to my digestive tract, my urinary tract, and my colon.  The first 5 days were pure hell.  Apparently,  H Pylori does not like it when you attempt treatment.  With 5 days left of this treatment regimen I developed a bladder/urinary tract infection.  I was given yet another antibiotic, Cipro.  Just picture your life being lived from the bathroom.

Decisions I’m Making

At this moment I’m fighting off a cold.  I know, we’re NOT in the middle of cold and flu season.  I am taking measures into my own hands.  I’m taking probiotics, multi vitamins, cranberry and extra vitamin C.  I feel myself getting stronger and actually fighting this thing off.  I’m making choices regarding daily eating (more on this later).  My digestive tract is getting stronger and I think healthier.

I’m not for one minute suggesting that I made a mistake in following my Docs advice.  I’m just letting those that read this know what I am going through.  I strongly believe I made the right choice following the prescribed treatment, and I would not hesitate in doing it again.  I also firmly believe that I can make wise choices going forward to improve the condition of my body.

let me know if you or someone you know has any experience with H pylori bacteria.

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Quilt Talk

A current project (one that has lasted for at least the last year, due to other quilt projects getting in the way) is on my design wall.  It and I are having a discussion.  The would be quilt is happiest it seems the way I have the blocks placed right now.  I, on the other hand am having difficulty with the completed size.

I bought yards and yards of fabric for this project, only to make blocks that I don’t like because there wasn’t enough variety in fabric.  The yards and yards I bought were only of about 8 or 10 different fabrics.  Not a  mistake I will easily make again.  Don’t get me wrong, I like to buy a lot of fabric, but give me fat quarters!  More choices in color and variety of texture the sure fire way to please the artist in me.

The block is a paper pieced New York Beauty and I have made scores of them.  So many in fact, I doubt I will use them all.  Herein lies the problem.  All that work and I might not use what it took so long to make.  My husband, bless his heart, thinks the idea of all that work going to waste is a shame.  He also thinks if you’re making a quilt, make the biggest one you can so they can go on any bed in the house.  Really?  I don’t want to make bedspreads I want to make quilts.  Quilts of varying sizes and patterns.

The layout on my design wall of  this current project is small, very pretty, but smaller than I was hoping for.  There will not be borders on this quilt, which makes it and I very happy, but doesn’t give me a chance to make it any larger.  At this point any border seems only to be a distraction.

Also, if I add more rows of blocks the current design will be lost.  I guess I could try different layouts, but the quilt top doesn’t like that and I stop myself after adjusting only a few to rearrange them back to the position they are now in.  Maybe with all the extra blocks I have I could make a second quilt at the same time, but I’m not sure I can work on two projects at the same time that so closely resemble one another.  Currently I have about 5 projects in different stages and the best part is how different they are.

Funny thing, I love it when my project starts to have a voice of it’s own and I can hear it.  I only wish this quilt hadn’t started talking so soon.

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Time Flies

An absolutely beautiful day. Unofficially the end of summer as tomorrow brings the first day of the new school year, 8th grade. Wasn’t I just last week following the bus on it’s route to elementary school for the first day of kindergarten? We have enjoyed wonderful experiences this summer and they won’t be forgotten fast.

Travels to Europe, expanded my son’s horizons beyond anything imaginable. He was very fortunate to take this trip and he gained many new insights because of it.

Our family spent the majority of our summer in relaxed splendor at our summer cabin. We fished, explored new places, dined exquisitely (at home mostly), learned new carpentry skills, and built a young boy’s fancy – his very own backyard cabin.

We did not take one minute for granted and realized on a daily basis how blessed we are. Being together to enjoy life and all that comes our way is blessing enough.

Autumn will be bringing it’s own rewards as our family will be deer hunting and elk hunting. Wonderful meat to help carry us through the winter. I’m filled with anticipation for the warmth of a wood fire. My heart sinks at the thought of one belch of smoke touching my newly painted walls. The heat, that’s the thing and the beauty that fills my home when it is burning.

As the chapter closes on this season of summer, quietly turning to autumn my soul is filled once again with melancholy. I’m not exactly sad, but more the realization of just how precious time is.

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