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Virginia Passes Lyme Law

Posted on Feb 19, 2013 in Blog |

The VA Lyme Bill just passed in Richmond by a Vote of 56 yes and 40 no. This is now the LAW in the state of Virginia!!!!!!!!!!!!!! A. Every licensee or his in-office designee who orders a laboratory test for the presence of Lyme disease shall provide to the patient or his legal representative the following written information: ”ACCORDING TO THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION, AS OF 2011 LYME DISEASE IS THE SIXTH FASTEST GROWING DISEASE IN THE UNITED STATES. YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER HAS ORDERED A LABORATORY TEST FOR THE PRESENCE OF LYME DISEASE FOR YOU. CURRENT LABORATORY TESTING FOR LYME DISEASE CAN BE PROBLEMATIC AND STANDARD LABORATORY TESTS OFTEN RESULT IN FALSE NEGATIVE AND FALSE POSITIVE RESULTS, AND IF DONE TOO EARLY, YOU MAY NOT HAVE PRODUCED ENOUGH ANTIBODIES TO BE CONSIDERED POSITIVE BECAUSE YOUR IMMUNE RESPONSE REQUIRES TIME TO DEVELOP ANTIBODIES. IF YOU ARE TESTED FOR LYME DISEASE, AND THE RESULTS ARE NEGATIVE, THIS DOES NOT NECESSARILY MEAN YOU DO NOT HAVE LYME DISEASE. IF YOU CONTINUE TO EXPERIENCE SYMPTOMS, YOU SHOULD CONTACT YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER AND INQUIRE ABOUT THE APPROPRIATENESS OF RETESTING OR ADDITIONAL TREATMENT.” B. Licensees shall be immune from civil liability for the provision of the written information required by this section absent gross negligence or willful misconduct. 2. That the provisions of this act shall expire on July 1, 2018. Share...

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Toys on the Pillow

Posted on Feb 5, 2013 in Blog |

I took Reagan, our remaining Cavalier, to the office today – six walks in 4 hours . . . he likes to walk when he is there. I figured it was good for me to be up and moving. Most of the walks were our usual routine, once around the buildings, along the tree line, up and down the three parking islands. At one point, Reagan found Riley’s poop and just went berserk, barking and running and sniffing and looking and going in circles and this way and that and going back to the poop. . . every step, every bark, every strained look in each direction broke my heart . . . I miss Riley most in bed. He was my companion, especially when the ”lyme” fatigue hit. He would spend hours in bed with me. He liked to rest his head on my shoulder, the rest of him on the pillow beside me. His soft breath on my collarbone. He knew I didn’t have the energy to throw all the time, so we played a lot of tug of war on the bed . . .i wake up now and the pillow is empty and there is no breath on my shoulder. Reagan lies on the floor at the end of our bed, his head facing the hallway. He waits for Riley to come bounding down the hall, whether to catch a flying tennis ball, or to come wrap himself in my arms. But Riley isn’t coming. So Reagan just keeps waiting. He still waits at the end of the driveway when he goes out to pee. Waiting for Riley to meet up. When I spent time with our niece Brittany a week ago, we talked about heaven. Preston comes to her in her dreams. They don’t talk about his suicide. They just go do things together and they laugh a lot. She doesn’t seem him as he last was. She sees him as she wants to and it’s not necessarily in a physical sense. It’s an emotional connection. We decided that Heaven is hearts connecting; a connection that never stops. For those of us with chronic...

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Riley – A Day Later

Posted on Feb 4, 2013 in Blog |

It has been just a little over 24 hours since our beloved dog’s death. I feel a bit of an obligation to update everyone for a few reasons: 1. You have lifted our family in prayer so high and so strongly that I want you to know it is helping. Prayer makes a difference for me. And I thank you for this gift. 2. I have been writing as a therapy to get through this grief, but some of my writing has actually created more pain for some of you. So I need you to see how I am working my way through my grief to the other side so you can as well. 3. I do not want you to think your words have gone unnoticed. I need to validate that everything everyone has said has made a difference and aided in our healing. No matter what it was, it has helped and is appreciated. 4. I also want to answer some of the questions asked and to address some of the suggestions. First off, THANK YOU. For every note, flower, card, text, cupcake (coming tomorrow), candy bar, cup of tea, weepy phonecall, instant message, email, hug, and personal visit brought to us in just this short amount of time. Literally, hundreds of people have connected to us and I am in complete awe of the strength of our friends and family. I have not responded to each one and I simply cannot. It reminds me of Preston’s death almost two years ago. I still have copies of every email, note, and text sent back then. Riley’s death is not on the same level as our nephew’s suicide. But the emotions are similar and I simply am overcome by emotion sometimes and literally don’t have the emotional or physical energy to respond. Some of you have said things that literally touch my heart so strongly that I cannot yet respond. I know I SHOULD respond to give you that validation individually, but I just can’t reach out yet in some cases. So please know your words and deeds are intensely appreciated. Some of you have been asking about...

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Spirit and Spunk

Posted on Feb 3, 2013 in Blog |

Riley Rainey, February 3, 2013 Earlier today, our beloved Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Riley escaped from the invisible fence again and was hit by a car and killed. The driver did not stop. Fortunately, a Neighbor (Cindy Elkin) stopped, wrapped Riley in a towel and brought him into her garage and called us. Thank you, Cindy, for not letting me find my sweet babydoll in the road. For now, I am trying to focus on breathing. It’s all I can do right no Just hours ago, we were snuggled in bed, him on his back enjoying his tummy rub. He licked my nose in appreciation and adoration. Like he did every day, every opportunity. Riley told me how much he loved me with his eyes and his tongue every single chance he could. Every morning, every night, every meal, every chance he got. Riley brought me sheer, unadulterated, magical joy; unrelenting, unconditional love. He loved me with a full heart 24/7. That was his job here on earth. And I guess his job was complete in these past short ten months. I loved Riley like I have loved no other animal. He was my heart. I took him errand running with me yesterday. We spent two hours in the car together (getting the voltage turned up on his invisible fence collar and a tighter collar, going to pet smart for treats and a new harness, going to the office, getting Stephen’s birthday presents ready – yes, Stephen’s birthday is today). A little bit of me has questioned God about being punished for something to have Riley taken from me now. I can’t go there right now. And really, I don’t believe God punishes us this way. But when my heart aches extra, that questions comes up. For now, I want to focus on Riley. He gave me utter joy. There is no other way to describe his affection for me, and mine for him. In just the hours since it has happened and I posted it on Facebook, we have received hundreds, literally hundreds of messages, texts, emails, phonecalls, and even a few visitors to the house. We are...

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Overcome Fatigue in 5 Easy Steps

Posted on Feb 1, 2013 in Blog |

From Sharon – I don’t usually repost what other people write, but Robin Shirley has so many valid points and she says it concisely. I just think it is worthy of passing on to all . . . Dear friends, I think the toughest part of incorporating a healthier lifestyle is that it takes energy to make the change and follow through with it. And, if you’re wanting a healthier lifestyle because you want more energy, then you might not have the energy in the first place to implement the healthy changes! Accepting chronic fatigue and low energy levels does not have to be your reality. I have had weeks where I couldn’t lift myself off of the couch, quite literally. I can now actually jump right out of bed upon waking if I needed to. About 12 years ago I realized that I was the only one who could change my reality, so I chose to learn how to take care of my body in a way that was never taught to me, and I’ve never looked back. I wish this for you and I hope that taking these steps below will give you more energy so that you can experience life on your own terms! Have more home-made superfood shakes and smoothies. Consuming nutrients in this form is very effective because smoothies are much easier to digest than other meals and they can be packed with more nutrients per calorie than most other foods. I always use whole fruits and vegetables, either frozen or fresh. I never use white/off-white, powdered supplements in my smoothie. They are bleached, preserved and stripped of co-nutrients that help your body assimilate the actual nutrients that the powder claims to contain. I always add superfoods such as bee pollen, sprouts, cacao nibs, hemp seeds, camu camu berry, coconut oil and spirulina. Sleep more, please. There are so many differing opinions on how much sleep one should get. The truth is that the amount of necessary sleep is different for everyone because everyone has a different metabolism, activity level, stress level, dietary habit, geographic location, etc. All of these factors affect how much...

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