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Sharon’s Public Service Announcement Regarding Blood Clots

Posted on Jan 1, 2016 in Blog |

I’m here to remind you of signs to look for in a deep vein thrombosis. I want to be that earworm that you think about when you are on a long car ride or plane ride and you probably aren’t moving your legs enough. On May 8th of 2015, I was admitted to the hospital with a DVT in my left leg, starting at my ankle and coming up to my femoral vein. I had waited two weeks to see a physician. My leg was so swollen I couldn’t fit a shoe on anymore. That is the only reason I went to a doctor. I had no pain, no specific tenderness, no red spots, no veins suddenly appearing. I had just a swollen leg. I also had pulmonary emboli. I couldn’t catch my breath. But I didn’t realize how bad that breathlessness was until it started to resolve. My aunt died of a pulmonary embolism while being treated for Lyme disease. I should have known better. What could be more incredible than surviving two weeks of an untreated blood clot the length of my leg? Finding out that two years prior, I had survived another significant “pulmonary event” – I THOUGHT I had a Baker cyst in the back of my other leg that had exploded. I had a swollen leg that was tender. I never went to see a physician for it. I was busy taking care of our niece who had just had her tonsils out. The Doppler study that I had in May showed it was definitely a DVT that resolved on its own. The vascular surgeon kept telling me how lucky I am. Having these co-infections of Lyme disease tends to make our blood thicker. Inflammation can do nasty things to us that we aren’t even aware of. When you are sitting at your desk, on in a car, or on a plane, make your feet do the Happy Dance. Pump your legs, get the blood flowing and moving. Remember, it can happen anywhere to anyone. And if you have a swollen leg or swollen arm and can’t figure out why, get it checked out....

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Healing from the Cellular Level and Up

Posted on Jan 1, 2016 in Blog |

I’m not a fan of resolutions. I found this on a few people’s blogs and so I am stealing it! I started the list but then my thoughts started to wander . . . A new skill I would like to learn: Well, I would like to learn how to quilt, but I think that would be the start of a new obsession/addiction. I think I have enough skills that I have learned; I just need to hone them a bit more. I hope to have two of my books published in 2016 and I have ideas for two more, so writing is what I really want to do more of. A person I hope to be more like: maybe because it is the anniversary of his death, but I want to be more like Jim Rainey b/c he was a man who exuded pure kindness. I want that. A bad habit I would like to break: Biting my nails? I wouldn’t put money on this one though. A place I would like to visit: Turks and Caicos – going there very soon! A book I would like to read: https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/2152254-sharon-rainey I have about 150 on my Want to Read list . . . I don’t think it will ever reduce to below 50. A letter I am going to write: I already wrote it. I thanked Brightview Senior Living for the care they gave my father in law during his last three months of life. It has been a year, but I wanted them to know we still appreciate all they did for him. A food I am going to try: Hmm . . . I am pretty open to trying new foods, so I guess I will have to see what comes up. Jeff is the best chef ever, so I have already tried many, many things. I am going to do better at: being patient with the healing process. Ok, I really don’t think my patience level is going to improve, but that’s what I want to improve. I will remember: That just because I can help someone doesn’t mean I have to.   Especially when it...

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Best Health Blogs of 2015

Posted on Jan 1, 2016 in Blog |

If you have found my blog helpful in your healing journey, will you vote for Lyme Savvy as one of the Best Health Blogs of 2015?http://www.healthline.com/health/best-health-blogs-contest Look up the word Lyme, then wait for the options to show up underneath.  Lyme Savvy should be in that list. You can vote one time each and every day from Twitter and from Facebook until January 21st! Thank you! Share...

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