Saturday, May 28, 2011

Med update and gratitude

Well, I have been on the medication and supplement treatment for over 1 week now. Apparently it takes longer to feel the effects and make me all better so I will wait... A little advice when you are taking thousands of mg over the recommended dosage and it says to take with food... take with A LOT of food. I need to eat enough for a football player or sumo wrestler, not just a couple of scrambled eggs.
The shot glass has a pretty nasty tasting liquid in it and it was recommended to add to an 8 oz glass of juice... couldn't handle choking down 8 oz but anyone can handle a shot right? The tea even has something added to it. Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day and always has been. I enjoy sitting down and taking my time eating a great meal.

In the search of health I find I am now also in the search of what made me sick. Mitochondrial myopathy is a genetic disorder but no one in my family has it. They may be carriers and it has just lied dormant but still I wonder if I did something to cause it. Was it the processed food I was eating? Was it the teflon cookware I use? At first I accepted that I was handed this illness and that was fine. But if it is something that I can prevent my children from getting, I will continue to search. My husband and his awesome co-workers started a very healthy diet at work which he has brought home. I will admit that I was VERY reluctant at first. No way was I going to give up my loaf of bread I ate daily or my passion for baking (and eating) cookies and cakes. However, after many talks of, "Why won't you just try it? It can't hurt you, only help! Why are you so stubborn?" I decided to listen to him. And not just to show him I wasn't stubborn. Wow, bad food really does make you feel like crap. I eliminated all sweets from my diet, added lots of protein and eat a ton of fruit and vegetables all day long. My afternoon smoothies are amazing! The kids LOVE them. I even got my dad to drink it and he loves it. My mom... she thinks it tasted like grass but you have to know that anything without chocolate to her is a waste. She did drink the whole thing though. Sorry for calling you out mom.
This pic was taken when I first started making them, I now fill 3/4 of the blender with spinach, chard, kale, wheat grass (all from my garden that my amazing husband made) flax, handful of blueberries, a few strawberries, 1 banana and orange juice. Sometimes I add raw local honey. Mix and enjoy. I always make way too much so if you live close come by for one.

On another note:
I am so grateful for the love and support that surrounds me. I want to thank you all so much for being right here while we take this journey. God has placed the perfect people in my life at the most perfect time. I recently reconnected with a beautiful soul and spirit, someone I haven't seen since high school. When we spoke I felt so full of light and love. A feeling that I have more and more often these days.
I started writing journals to my kids to tell them all the hopes and wishes I have for them. Each journal entry has something about them following their heart. If they do that, they can't make the wrong choice. I want them to be filled with happiness and joy forever and ever. I leave quotes like this one:

"When special feelings come your way, let them flow into your heart. When miracles try to find you, don't hide. When special people come along, let them know what a blessing they are. Let your smiles begin way down, deep inside"
~ Collin McCarty
Thank you for the love!!!!!


  1. Karen
    Please know how much we love you and care about you. We will take this ride with you. Someone shared this saying with me once when I was very low and it really has made a difference in my life. " if HE brings you to it....HE will see you through it". Not sure why, but it brings me comfort.
    I also think you it is a great idea for you to saves you from having to keep explain to everyone individually, helps you to make sense of your thoughts and it kinda let's you "give away" the intense emotions.
    You just keep that positive attitude and outlook on life. It will take you far.
    Much, much love,
    Jeanne and John DeMeules

  2. Thank you Jeanne! You are right, I know I can get through anything with Him by my side! I love you guys! Thank you for your love and support :)

  3. I hope the diet changes benefit your health. If anything, it is just healthy for you regardless. Keep the updates coming.

  4. Thank you Katie! I've got the whole family eating healthy now which is making everyone feel so great.

  5. <3 <3 <3 great testimony of faith in Jesus. keep it up! praying this new diet helps


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