Bullet Journal Helpful For People With Chronic Illness

Bullet Journal Helpful for people with Chronic Illness, ChronicallyHopeful

If you are anything like me, you collect lovely journals and have a stack of them just waiting to be used. You never know when the need will arise to use a notebook, but when that moment comes, you'll be ready!

I've started and restarted many of them. Giving up on one purpose and then assigning another a few months later. I'm not good at being consistent with things, I seem to have trouble with religiously sitting down with a journal to write thoughts, feelings or prayers. And the same thing applies to my art journals.

The only journal I have had success in maintaining over extended periods of time is the bullet journal. I believe this is because of the way my bujo was designed: by me, as needed, and it's super flexible.

Have you ever tried using a bullet journal?

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Enjoying Nature when you’re Housebound with Chronic Illness

Enjoying Nature while housebound BLOG

Living with a chronic illness like ME/CFS often means that you are housebound and unable to enjoy the outdoor activities you once loved. You might be like me, love nature and going exploring, but your condition has left you stranded in your home.

Although there is no magic cure to get you out and about, there are a few things I have done to help me enjoy nature while I remain indoors. There is a calm and peace that comes from being around trees and plants. Lets see how you might bring some of that nature indoors.

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Allergic reaction: hives and itching

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I went to the doctor again this week. This is the fourth doctor I’ve seen about my itching. She was lovely and also thinks it’s an allergic reaction after examining the bumps with a magnifying tool. She initially thought folliculitis, but changed her mind upon inspection.

So I’m taking Fexofenadine and Ranitidine daily for the allergic reactions I’m having constantly. They don’t go away anymore. They used to just last about an hour then go away, this week has been non-stop.

Hives, rashes and insane itching and burning. It’s now all over my body. It calms down at times and then flares up after meals and with heat and stress. So if I’m in bed it flares, and dressed too warmly, sit in the sun, argue with somebody or eat certain foods, etc.

Doctors seem to be certain it’s allergies, but haven’t sent me for any tests yet. So still unsure what’s causing it, though the low histamine diet did provide some relief for a few weeks.

The current flare started after reintroducing a couple of things last week. Going to have to stop them again and see if it subsides.

This morning the hives and itching woke me at 4.20 and I was scratching non-stop for about 2 hours before I fell back asleep. The sun was already rising.

I then woke again with another flare around 9. It’s past noon now and it’s still quite itchy and the hives are not subsiding yet.

It’s super debilitating. Being so itchy that you can’t think straight or do anything but rub or scratch your skin all over because you need relief, even if it causes pain, the pain is a distraction from the itching. I now have bruises all over too from scratching so hard.

This of course means I’m exhausted because scratching requires physical exertion which causes payback for anybody with ME/CFS. So as you can imagine, I’ve not been very productive for the past week. Spending most of my energy on scratching, digesting a meal and then scratching again…

Distraction is my best weapon at this point as the pills aren’t really taking it away yet. So I’ve been watching a lot of Netflix and TV this week. It does help to keep my mind off it.

I added apples and sweet potato to my diet in small quantities this past week, although they’re not Keto friendly, but they contain quercetin which is a natural anti-histamine. I’ve also added thyme which apparently helps prevent anaphylaxis.

Have you ever gone through anything like this? How did you relieve the itching? Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.

UPDATE: find out how I’m reducing the itching as well as the rashes and hives that later appeared, here.

The Paleo-ketogenic Cookbook, by Dr Sarah Myhill

PK cookbook

Dr Myhill's latest book arrived in the mail today! It's a Paleo-ketogenic cookbook called "The PK Cookbook - Go Paleo-Keto and get the best of both worlds". I managed to get a copy on early release and love what I've seen so far.

I've been so excited to get this book and have already skimmed through it today, highlighting and sticking post-it notes all over the place! So far I like all the information I've seen, explanations about both the Paleo and the Keto ways of eating and why they would benefit us.

There are lots of charts, lists and scientific explanations sprinkled throughout the book as well as some jokes and quotes. Dr Myhill's personality comes through in her writing and makes her books fun to read. There are no coloured photographs or glossy pages, just the good stuff, the stuff that matters.

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