Off that bitter note, the rest of me is doing well. It's looking like I have early onset arthritis, not RA, but osteoarthritis. I'll take that over fibromyalgia. No one is still 100% sure, but since therapy has gone so well for me, that's what they think. I'm down to every 3-4 weeks of therapy and manipulation. I went 6 weeks between December and January due to Husband going out of town, and that was definitely too long.
I am off all medications, other than migraine medications, which I try not to take unless I absolutely have to. I'm trying to use mostly essential oils for my migraines. They get so bad sometimes, that essential oils just don't cut it. I have found that Rosemary oil works best for me for migraines.
Several weeks ago, I did have a large health scare. I thought I was having a heart attack. It was an anxiety attack. An anxiety attack that triggered such a bad asthma attack that I couldn't breathe for about 3 weeks. A friend of mine suggested RC oil, and that made all the difference. It smells horrible, in my opinion (and hers), but man, it opened my airways right up. The anxiety attacks were most likely triggered by coming off medication and stressful situations going on at home. Everything is good now. I have to say that was the scariest thing I've ever experienced. I had sharp shooting pains on my left side with tingles down my arm. I even went over emergency procedures with Monster to make sure he knew what to do if something happened to me.
Funny thing is, I'm really an extremely healthy person. No colds. No flu. No other sicknesses. *Knock on wood*. My health issues all have to do with pain and stress. Not sure if that's better or worse...
As for everyone else, Husband has had the never ending cough. I logged it this time. He never believes me that this happens every year, so I wrote it down this year. November 6 is when his cough started. December 20 is when he started taking medication for it. This is February 4 and he still has it. Now it's out there for the world to see so next winter he can't say he never gets sick or has a cough. The kids are great, *knock on wood, again*. Sunshine had "snufflies" for about 2 days last month. Monster got glasses. I truly, 100% believe that's because of our use of essential oils as preventative "medicine". I started using Thieves daily on my kids at the beginning of September (I don't use it during the summer). When Sunshine got the sniffles, I immediately did eucalyptus and tea tree on her chest, which I believe is why it only lasted 2 days and didn't turn into more. At the first hint of Monster's ear feeling weird, this past October, I put tea tree on it (only because he can't handle the smell of basil). Apparently, a lot of kids in Monster's class are getting the flu and he asked me why. I told him because first, it happens, and second, their mommies don't use holistic medicine. Cue the bongos. I am not saying we will not get sick. I'm just saying that my use of essential oils helps us stay healthy and will help us through any illness we get faster.
So, there you have it. Rock family health update. I know everyone was dying to know.