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Medical Emergency

So, I know this blog is supposed to be about my kreative koncoctions that I like to try at home but I want to veer from that for this post to just talk about life. Sometimes we can cling to the idea of being our own “doctor” by coming up with and using our own home remedies but sometimes, in a real pinch, those don’t always work. Sometimes, we need an actual intervention with the good ol’ western doctors…which leads me to today’s post…

In the past few weeks, the BF (if you wonder why I don’t disclose his name, he’s VERY private – isn’t on social media or anything, so I respect his wishes and just refer to him as BF) has had some health issues that were really scary and needed some medical attention.

One day a few weeks ago, he started to feel a little “under the weather” , as if he might be coming down with the flu, except he didn’t really exhibit any flu-like symptoms other than feeling really weak and tired. So, he took a few days off work hoping some extra rest would get him back to normal but he just kept getting worse. One night, I tried to talk him into going to urgent care but he refused and said he’d call his doctor the next morning to schedule an appointment. We make it through the night only to find that his doctor didn’t have any availability that day and so I INSISTED on taking him to urgent care. BF is unbelievably stubborn and nearly refused to go but I think he realized things were NOT normal and he needed to see a professional.

By this point, he can barely stand, walk or get dressed on his own; his energy levels were too low and I’ve never seen him like this before so I’m staying strong and composed but secretly FREAKING out! He refuses to leave the house without a shower so he hops in only to realize that he can barely lift his arms to pick up his sponge and soap up, so I literally had to bathe him, help him get dressed and practically carry him to the car. Now, BF played football in HS and is really built like he belongs on a field; very strong and muscular but you wouldn’t have guessed it that morning; on a lite day he’s 225.

Anyways, I cart him over to our nearest urgent care, where we sit for an eternity in the waiting room (it wasn’t really that long of a wait, but in his state, it felt like forever!). He seems like he’s fading in and out of reality and can barely hold his head up. Finally they call us back, they take his vitals, we see a doc and he orders his sugar to be checked. The meter that they have only counts sugar levels up to 500; anything higher than that they get an “error” reading. Well, he got an error on his readings, which means he was waaaayyy above the normal range of between 70-110. The doctor briefly educated him on his new diagnosis of being a Type 2 Diabetic, gave him some pills and told me to make sure he drinks plenty of water because “he’s really dehydrated”. Looking back, (and other medical professionals have agreed) he should have sent us STRAIGHT to the ER…over 500 is a medical emergency and when we found out his actual numbers, he could have died!

Well, there was no keeping him hydrated that afternoon. When we got home, I tried to get him to drink some water, diet soda, suck on ice chips or anything to get fluid in his body but he couldn’t keep it down. I called urgent care back and the doctor told me, “Get him to an emergency room immediately. They are going to have to admit him for fluids. Tell me which hospital you’re going to and I’ll call ahead to make sure they’re ready for him.” YIKES! That was super scary! When a doctor is that persistent, you know it’s a serious situation.

So, I followed the doctors orders even though BF insisted “I’ll be fine…this is all a coincidence”. At this point, he’s barely lucid and I’m terrified he’s going to slip into a diabetic coma or something.  As soon as we got to the ER, they put in a room almost immediately, got him hooked up to fluids and an insulin drip and started him on the process to getting his sugar lowered. After taking some more precise tests, they found his sugar level to be 950!! As I said earlier, that is a serious situation and he could have died! Many have reminded him (us) that it’s a miracle he doesn’t have any permanent damage (he could have lost his vision, gone into a coma, had other organs shut down, etc.) Thank goodness he’s ok!

So, after the initial visit to the ER, they ended up moving him to ICU for 2-3 nights so his insulin drip could get monitored regularly. Then, he stayed in another room for 2 additional nights. By the time he left, his sugars were down under 250 (still high but not as worrisome as what they were initially). He’s been on some diabetic meds (no insulin at home for now, but we’ll see how much lower his numbers get on the pills; he may need to use insulin to regulate it a little more) as well as blood pressure and cholesterol pills. Slowly, by changing his diet, he’s gotten his numbers to around 150 or so. Hopefully, as he cuts back more and more on his carbs and sugars, he’ll get back to normal.

I share all of this with you guys because I know how some of us that prefer using “natural” remedies can be towards western medicine. I hate taking drugs and would rather make my own creams and ointments than purchase something in a tube that is filled with god-knows-what. But, there are times when a medical emergency arises and we are completely powerless. Nothing I could have done would have made the BF better in his hyperglycemic state; he needed insulin injections to get his sugar levels stabilized. He needed medical professionals to monitor his sugar, take blood samples, etc. to see exactly what was happening to him to make sure there wasn’t something more serious going on. Luckily for us, there wasn’t.

I also want to remind us to listen to our intuition. I mentioned that I wanted BF to go to urgent care the night before all of this happened but he was being stubborn. I wish I wouldn’t have listened. My gut was telling me something wasn’t right with him and that he needed  medical attention immediately. I don’t know what I would have done if he fell asleep that night and never woke (it happens!). We all have a god-given gut instinct that tells us when something isn’t right and I should have listened to mine. Thank goodness nothing worse happened to my sweetie pie. Next time, I will insist he goes to the ER or call an ambulance against his will, whether he agrees or not!

Thanks for listening. I hope that no one has to go through such a nightmare but I’m so glad BF is back home and trying to return to his healthy state. Now, we’re coping with a new diet and trying new recipes. I can’t honestly say that I’m excited about going low carb but hey, maybe it prevent me from becoming diabetic myself! Any recipes you guys swear by for new diabetics?

xoxo

Homemade Deodorant

Get ready for this. Brace yourself. Seriously.

Ok, so you all know I’ve been on an all-natural kick, thus sparking the idea for this blog. I have tried most of the neat tricks that I come across and have willingly shared them with my vast audience (all 5 of you!). Whenever I run out of a traditional, store-brought product, I research how I can make it myself. I’m looking for healthier alternatives, with fewer chemicals and if I can save a buck or two, even better!

I was leery when it came to deodorant, mostly because I can seriously start to stink. Living in Southeast Louisiana in the middle of the summer, the whole city is musty at one point or another. Something about the thick air that you have to eat your way through and the blazing temperatures—the combination does NOT make for pleasant aromas. But, I also know that deodorants and antiperspirants are SO bad for you, so it was worth a shot at possibly stinking a little to prolong my life! (A lot of the mainstream deodorants that are advertised come filled with aluminum and zinc, not to mention they are pumped full of parabens and sulfates galore—all of which are potential carcinogens! How is this stuff still on the market??!!) So, I researched some of my favorite sites and on the first try, found a complete and total winner! (Thanks, as always to Crunchy Betty!)

It really works!

I have to start by saying that y’all should feel blessed that I’m sharing this recipe with you and not patenting it myself to make MILLIONS. But, alas, someone shared it with me, so it’s not really mine to hoard and profit from. I could make a killing off of this stuff because it works better than ANY deodorant I have EVER tried!! For the past few years, I’ve been using natural deodorants, like Tom’s or Crystal, but they’ve always left that faint B.O. smell, if for no one else to smell but myself.  And I’ve also tried going without it completely, which pretty much ends in the same result of using said natural brands. I’d wanted to make my own, but didn’t have an empty deodorant jar to use, so when I finished mine last week, I was ready for the plunge.

Oh my GOSH!! This is BY FAR the BEST kreative koncoction I have experienced! Works amazing!! I put a small amount of it on in the morning, go to work, hit the gym and by the time I get home, sweaty from a crazy workout, there is NO stinky smell AT ALL!! Even my boyfriend was surprised. Bless his heart. He always has to try my koncoctions or suffer through smelling mine. I often have him do a smell test when I’m feeling a little musty myself, with my armpit waving in the air. This usually ends in him crinkling his nose and saying, “You may want to powder that down”. This time was different. There were no words, no funny faces, no moment where he was thinking to himself, “Why do I love this stinky woman?” None of that. When I uttered the words, waiting with bated breath, hoping for the best, “Babe, how do I smell”, he says, “Fine.” “Fine? Like, you don’t smell any odor?” “Nope. Nothing!” I jump up and down and say, “How do you like me now, baby!? How do you like me now?!” It really was more of a victory, more so because he has put up with me going all hippie on him.  But, trust me, he’ll be trying this koncoction as soon as his deodorant runs out, no doubt!

Here’s what you need:

  • An empty deodorant container or jar to store finished product
  • 1/4 c. baking soda
  • 1/4 c. cornstarch or arrowroot powder
  • 5 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • Essential oils (optional – I used 4 drops of Tea Tree Oil (TTO) and 4 drops of Lavender)

In a small bowl, I mixed all the ingredients together until smooth. If you have never used coconut oil before, it is solid at room temperature and starts to soften when mixed with other ingredients, but still stays pretty solid. I also chose to use arrowroot powder because cornstarch can cause irritation on sensitive skin types. I often have reactions to regular deodorants, so I figured better safe than sorry. Once everything was blended, just spoon it into your deodorant container. Make sure if you’re using an old deodorant container, you clean it out really well and that the dial is turned as low as it will go, so you can fill it up to the maximum capacity. By the time I mixed everything up, the coconut oil was kind of soft, so I just put in the fridge for a few minutes and it hardened right up. Now I just keep it in my medicine cabinet like I did my old deodorant and it works great!!

The next time I make this, I would probably cut down a little bit on the ingredients. It made more than my old deodorant container would hold, so I had to store some in another container and just massage it in with my fingers. No big deal, but I’d probably use 4 tablespoons of coconut oil and less than a ¼ cup for each baking soda and arrowroot powder. It really just depends on the size of your container. I used TTO with lavender, but TTO can also cause sensitivity, so if you are unfamiliar with how your skin reacts to it, you may want to try something else to start off.

Don’t knock it. Try it.

Seriously, guys, if there’s one kreative koncoction that you try, I hope it’s this one. I was pleasantly surprised that 1) it was so easy and 2) it worked so well!! It kind of infuriates me that I’ve been spending my money on JUNK for so many years and I could have been making a FAR superior product right at home.

I know I definitely won my boyfriend over when he got a whiff of, well, nothing but the faint scent of coconut, TTO and lavender from my armpits. Guess I’ll be smelling mighty fine from here on out! Sweet!

Oil Pulling Follow up

I think I have been doing my oil pulling for about three weeks now and unfortunately, not much has changed for me and I’m not sure if that’s a good or bad thing. I’ve been pulling daily, first thing in the morning before I eat or drink anything for about 15-20 minutes. After I spit, I still feel my sinuses drain pretty quickly but my sinuses and allergies are still bothering me pretty regularly. (I was hoping to find a quick cure that would get me away from using my neti pot because Ihatethat feeling of saline in my nose, but I may need to go back to that because it is SO effective!) My boyfriend, who suffers from migraine headaches has also been oil pulling the same amount of time that I have and he is still getting his migraines pretty regularly. I had read previously that oil pulling can help with our particular ailments, but maybe not. We’re now even more skeptical that this may not work for us, but again, we’re going to keep at it for a while longer to see if our bodies “detox” and things start to go better for us.

A curious post by Dr. Andrew Weil that I came across today seems to stomp what I’ve read elsewhere by stating:

On the Internet, oil pulling is promoted as a cure for a long list of disorders including headache, bronchitis, toothache, thrombosis, eczema, ulcers and other diseases of the stomach, intestines, heart, blood, kidney, liver, lungs and female reproductive organs. I’ve also seen claims that oil pulling can prevent the growth of malignant tumors. I know of no evidence to support any of these claims. (Emphasis mine. Read Dr. Weil’s Q&A about Oil Pulling here.)

Well, that kinda makes me rethink this process. However, one thing I can attest to—my mouth feels and looks cleaner. My teeth are nice and white and it’s also helped with the pain from a cavity I have in one of my molars. If you’re anything like me, you hate going to the dentist, so I keep putting off getting it filled. It had been bothering me for a while and since oil pulling regularly, I’m not feeling any pain. So, maybe oil pulling won’t cure all of my ailments and maybe I need to go back to that darn neti pot, but I’ll probably keep the oil pulling up just to see what happens. From what I’ve read, the effects of oil pulling on internal organs and issues could take several months to clear up. I’ll let you know the outcome! 🙂

I did find a couple other websites related to oil pulling that you may find helpful if you have more questions. Happy swishing!

A Personal Experience with Oil Pulling

The Benefits of Oil Pulling

Dr Weil’s Q&A

Oil Pulling for Detoxing

Dangers of Soy

I think this is great article. Because soy is portrayed as a healthy alternative to those who are lactose intolerant or who may have other food allergies, I have never thought about how bad it could be for you. Glad to be more informed about the topic! Dangers of Soy.