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post #601 of 873
I gently scraped the stinger out when it happened. I'll look more closely--maybe I didn't get it all?

How much/often should I give the apis?

Thanks, Pat.
post #602 of 873
Crap. I just realized that the last 3 nights of crappy sleep directly correspond to when we started eating carrots at lunch instead of zucchini (the grocery store has been out of organic zuccs.) And of course I realized this as DD pops the last carrot in her mouth. hmmm... we'll have to skip carrots for a few days and then retrial tomatoes! Oh how I wish we could have tomatoes...

JR- how's your super productive day going? I didn't get enough sleep last night, so I've gotten pretty much nothing today. Well, one load of dishes. And I'm about to go make some applesauce and tapioca pudding. DP got his molars out yesterday, and they all ended up being surgical extractions... so I have to make him lots of mushy stuff.
post #603 of 873
Wow, Deditus, I would just cry!!! How immature. And wasteful.

CS, hoping tomatoes are a go!

So DS's hand is still swollen--should I be worried and dose benedryl or just wait it out?
post #604 of 873
Danni, is it painful, or does it just look swollen? DS's ant bites looked red and inflamed, but didn't itch or hurt after I dosed him up on lots of vitamin C and homeopathic ledum. Does the swelling seem to be getting better?

I wouldn't worry about overdosing on the apis, not in a day or two, given that you're dealing with a bee sting. I guess the normal guidelines are something like, you want to see improvement within about 3 doses of a homeopathic remedy (for acutes)? Did you see improvement, have you given 3 doses and no improvement for any of them?
post #605 of 873
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JR- how's your super productive day going? I didn't get enough sleep last night, so I've gotten pretty much nothing today. Well, one load of dishes. And I'm about to go make some applesauce and tapioca pudding. DP got his molars out yesterday, and they all ended up being surgical extractions... so I have to make him lots of mushy stuff.
on tomatoes.

Hah.
Estate issues with my father's house. Suffice it to say that something I've been asking my brothers and the executor about for the last year (without any of them giving me anything resembling an answer) has become "urgent" in the last month and now they're all ticked off at ME and the feeling's mutual- particularly since they didn't inform me there was any kind of timeline for this and expect me to pay for next day return postal service for something they sent extra-snail mail.

eta: Sorry for the total vent. The relevance of this to the question is that dealing with the fallout from this issue has totally derailed my entire day.
post #606 of 873
Thread Starter 
Had some blood tests done recently and my RBC magnesium is in normal range!

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Whoa. Sent it to DH, I think I need to start as well. Probably not actual sprints, but something that makes me (sedentary, quite overweight 35-year old woman) comparably worn out to those 21-year old somewhat overweight young men.

Kids have been shockingly happy today. I wonder if the way the kids run around is part of them dealing better with carbs? Mine have been shockingly happy today on our weird temporary ammonia-fix diet.
well the cool thing is that the sprints are only 30 seconds. You can do it if I can!! Last week DS had me running through the woods on our hike... scared the whole time he was going to trip over a tree root and face plant in some poison ivy or something! I think kids just naturally sprint.

What weird diet is this? Sorry I've been a turtle in my shell lately. Working on computer most of the day, now too wired to read or watch TV, so here I am.

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On another (SAD) note, our garden was vandalized last night.
OMG! That is so wrong!
post #607 of 873
jane that's great about your magnesium! I just got my blood work done so we will see where my RBC mag is. Was yours low before?

So ladies I started the Yasko enzymes 3 days ago and today DD has been way crankier than normal. She hasn't pooped today I've given her 165 mg of Mag and still nothing? Isn't 165mg a lot for a 2 year old? I need to get her to bed but really wanted her to have a BM first!
post #608 of 873
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Danni, is it painful, or does it just look swollen? DS's ant bites looked red and inflamed, but didn't itch or hurt after I dosed him up on lots of vitamin C and homeopathic ledum. Does the swelling seem to be getting better?

I wouldn't worry about overdosing on the apis, not in a day or two, given that you're dealing with a bee sting. I guess the normal guidelines are something like, you want to see improvement within about 3 doses of a homeopathic remedy (for acutes)? Did you see improvement, have you given 3 doses and no improvement for any of them?
It's not painful, just red and swollen. It stung the palm on the pads and the pads, the firs tbit of his fingers and knuckles are swollen. I gave him three doses of the apis about 15 minutes apart--I think it helped the redness. It's coming down a bit now. Around 2 pm I gave him one dose of histiminum.

On another note, my brother accidentally shut dd2's pinkie in the hinge of the door and it was badly mangled to the first knuckle. Gratefully, it just missed the bone. This was my first trip to the er as a parent and also since I was five, lol. I was really nervous because we don't have a primary care physician here and don't vax and are totally grunge today from working in the garden.
DD did so well. She is such a little trooper. My ds would have been freaking the entire time.
The dr said the hospital didn't have the correct tetanus for her and we would need to discuss it with our dr and that it was our decision--that she was required to tell us that.
The discharge nurse was much more adament--she needs the tetanus on Monday, if we couldn't get into a dr by then go the the health dept for it. All kids really need this shot. And gave me a list of dr's who are taking patients at this time.
I am so relieved. The finger looked so bad! She is doing so well. The only time she cried was when they numbed it with a shot. I put lavender eo on her on the way up and she fell asleep in my arms.
post #609 of 873
Sounds like a rough day over there, dannic. Sounds like you handled it incredibly well though. I wish I had your attitude.
post #610 of 873
dannic- that is a rough day. Not looking forward to our first ER visit (because I'm sure we'll have one at some point!)

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Had some blood tests done recently and my RBC magnesium is in normal range!
Cool! I was actually going to come on earlier today and ask if mag levels in blood are accurate. I thought I remembered someone saying that they weren't accurate unless you were really low?

I asked the ped for a huge list of stuff to test for DD, and I guess she missed half of what I said. So I keep having to call back and have them refax the orders to the lab... and we've already been there for 2 blood draws in the past 2 weeks, and we're still missing a few things. They misinterpreted the last orders as being all urine tests instead of a urine oxalate and a blood mag & zinc, so the extra blood we had taken last time (while waiting for the orders to be refaxed) got thrown out. I'm really wavering on whether I want to go back for a 3rd blood draw for the B12, mag, and zinc. DD is really good with blood draws, but I don't want to push my luck!! Decisions, decisions.... wwyd??

I'm going to a class tomorrow about herbal container gardening- I'm pretty excited! It's run by Seattle Tilth, an org that has really cool classes about gardening, rain harvesting, backyard chickens, stuff like that. Most of them are pretty expensive though, so I've just been looking at their calendar longingly... but this summer they're having some classes for free or $5, so I signed up for 4 of them!
post #611 of 873
Thread Starter 
The RBC mag. test is red blood cell testing, much more accurate than regular mag. blood test. Yep I was looooow when I last took it several years ago.
post #612 of 873
Danni, not fun, but it sounds like you both did well.

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well the cool thing is that the sprints are only 30 seconds. You can do it if I can!! Last week DS had me running through the woods on our hike... scared the whole time he was going to trip over a tree root and face plant in some poison ivy or something! I think kids just naturally sprint.

What weird diet is this? Sorry I've been a turtle in my shell lately. Working on computer most of the day, now too wired to read or watch TV, so here I am.
Didn't mean to delete the mag part, pretty cool given that oral supplementation doesn't work well for you. Still using mostly the mag oil? Have you considered cell salts for yourself? They rock, I'm guessing my carpal tunnel-like pains were magnesium related, and without changing mag or anything else, just starting the cell salts, the pains vastly reduced. Would your STBX be ok with homeopathic things? Since they're sugar pills, what can they hurt. But it could be useful if he sees them like this.

Um... oh yeah, the Yasko stuff for the kids (re: weird diet). Started DD on digestive enzymes because I wanted to fix her stomach aches (better than back in the early spring, but still non-zero). They lingered then DD started getting nosebleeds (and she's not prone to them like DS) and the stomach aches didn't go away... color me confused... til folks here suggested ammonia as a by-product of the meat, plus me supplementing too much B6 which also stimulated too much ammonia... so I'm giving the kids, esp DD, a fairly low protein diet (after trying to get us paleo-ish!) to reduce ammonia. I don't have the brainpower at the moment to do really high fat, low carb and low protein so I'm not.

Leaving on a long vacation on Monday so I'm leaning on convenience foods while I prep for a month away from home.

Oh, but both DH and DD seemed to jump up in dopamine (according to blink rate) when the digestive enzymes started, so I think they're good and helpful. And DH's mood improved!

Anyway, that's the condensed version. Very busy to be doing this right before a big trip (just me and the kids, so lots of responsibility all on me).

I read the whole article on the glucose/insulin/sprints thing. Whoa again. Sent it to DH, but I'm going to do it for my own benefit. Wowza, that's a lot of improvement in blood glucose and insulin. Not sure how much that may be an issue for me now, and I _really_ hope DH does it, I think it could be really helpful for him, along with these digestive enzymes. it's a good summer for all of us.
post #613 of 873
CS, I'd say, if you think she can tolerate it, get the info. You need more info to know where to go. Real bummer that they couldn't get it right the first time.
post #614 of 873
Thread Starter 
Yes the bulk of it is Mag oil and also epsom salts baths, alternating them. After my test I did get some mag. glycinate... that is, got it from shopping in my cabinet of rejects and that tested okay at low doses too. And sometimes I swig some Nutricology Mag Chloride which doesn't mess with my digestion unless I take a lot.

Hmmm... cell salts might be great for DS. I have no idea what his mag. level is, and feel like he needs some more. He's been a pincushion lately with testing. We are on hiatus from the RD and I think I may have gotten the green light to go back to the DAN/AAEM dr. by default for thyorid issues... so another (but more testing poor kid). MTHFR test here we come.

DS's free T3 and T4 are low. All other thyroid numbers ok and no antibodies. Not sure what to make of this yet. I'm really concerned its a pituitary issue and I'm obsessing a little about the bad bumps on his head he got from falling down stairs... head trauma can trigger pit issues. (Oh that makes me shudder everytime I think of it still.)

But yes I feel it will be a good summer lots of changes in the wind! Have a really great trip and I hope its relaxing for you at some point.
post #615 of 873
I had the impression that most people showed signs that their thyroids were off with free T3 and T4 before TSH. I never had antibodies, I figured it was because I'm not terribly prone to autoimmune stuff and my selenium was relatively better than the other minerals that were out of whack (or the supp I was taking before my antibody test made the antibodies go away--didn't realize at the time that pushing for the antibody test wasn't likely to show anything). that it's something very straightforward to deal with.

And um, take care of yourself too, eh? Cell salts all around. The booklet's only $4, I ordered extra last time I bought cell salts just to give them away.
post #616 of 873
It's possible that it's just the beginning of the thyroid not being able to keep up with production.
I'm just barely skimming things atm.
Oh! I finally got my 3lb weights!! Thinking of working out tonight.
post #617 of 873
CS, I wouldn't be excited about blood mag or zinc, they're unreliable (as opposed to rbc), but b12 (and mma) could be really helpful. But my take is to poke myself instead and figure dd's probably in a similar range.

Dh is in the sugar pills category - that the best homeopathic can do is psychological, and the worst is waste $$ on sugar.

I have no clue how to explain it, but dds been doing really well lately, mood-wise. Tonight we went to a friends house for dinner, and she happily played with the little girl her age, without getting upset or screaming at her at all! I don't know how much was the other girl maturing somewhat and not being so bossy, and how much was dh playing too to make sure things went smoothly, but dd played *with* her and they had fun together!
post #618 of 873
That's great, Shannon! for good moods!

I just did my first late night workout session in like a month. Not feeling bad. May feel it tomorrow.
post #619 of 873
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I read the whole article on the glucose/insulin/sprints thing. Whoa again. Sent it to DH, but I'm going to do it for my own benefit. Wowza, that's a lot of improvement in blood glucose and insulin. Not sure how much that may be an issue for me now, and I _really_ hope DH does it, I think it could be really helpful for him, along with these digestive enzymes. it's a good summer for all of us.
So I missed the article. Can you link again?
post #620 of 873
Tanya,

If I don't "see" you later, have a great trip. Hope its healing to be away from the computer. Good luck with food.
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