A little over a year ago an idea for migraine relief was given to me by a friend at church (read about that here). I have referred to it since then as the “Gatorade Diet,” and I have since discovered more tips for easing the trauma that most migraines bring. To just say the gist of what that post was about, it mainly suggests that some migraine sufferers might find a little relief if they drink Gatorade at the onset of a migraine.
Since I don’t tend to drink a lot of fluids, and I feel fairly certain that may be part of the problem, I also drink Gatorade whenever I do drink anything during the day and evening. With meals, while taking meds, just whenever I get thirsty, and, of course, at the onset of migraines. Since I don’t drink fluids that often, it’s not as if I down gallons a day. A large can of Gatorade powder will last me awhile.
Since starting this routine a year ago, I have suffered four migraines. Since I was having rounds of them that would trigger migraines every other day, I find that four times a year is quite an improvement! Not only that, but the migraines I did have only brought minor pain or none at all.
The migraines I did have this past year were in the beginning couple of months after I started drinking Gatorade. I am guessing that it may take one or two weeks of regular Gatorade drinking to start seeing some effects. Since I was going around dehydrated most of the time, it probably took awhile to build things back up in my system.
So, here are a few tips for getting the most out of your migraine experience (eye roll):
- Take migraine meds and drink Gatorade at first suspicion of the onset of a migraine.
- Before the pain begins, right after taking your meds, put an ice pack on your head. I’m not sure why it works for me to put it on even before the pain starts, but when I have done it, there was a marked decrease in overall migraine pain. The flexible kind of ice packs that are used in coolers to keep things cold will work for this. I keep two in the fridge — I can plop one on my head without having to put a towel around it first, and also I can switch to the extra ice pack when the one on my head warms up. Again, what works for me may not for someone else, and may not always even work for me, but it can’t hurt.
- If you do not drink many liquids during the course of a day, incorporate Gatorade into your daily routine.
One blogger friend (Bob) pointed out to me that Gatorade contains a lot of salt, and mentioned an alternative that has the same things in it that Gatorade does, only minus the salt. I will have to look back and see what the name of it is and update it to this post. It may have been Powerade, but I’m unsure.
The problem with trying substitutes is that the salt may be what makes the Gatorade effective. But I’m willing to give the alternative a try and see what happens. I’ll post about that here, too.
Note: Bob has since confirmed in a comment below that it is, indeed, Powerade that he was talking about. I will get brave and try it to see what happens. If it works it will certainly be more healthy. Thanks Bob!
At any rate, if you feel like trying these tips, give it a few weeks and see if you notice an improvement. After a month you should see marked improvement if it is working for you at all. As I’ve said in my previous post, this does not work for everybody — it depends largely on what is causing your migraines.
I hope this helps. As for me, I am virtually migraine-free at this point, so if it turns out that drinking salty Gatorade is the only way to go, it’s just a choice I will have to make. Migraines every day is not the way I want to live.
Update: Since I made this post, my daughter, who had insisted that Gatorade did not help her migraines, went to see a neurologist who specialized in migraines. He told her that migraines really never go totally away, and that they are genetic. Then he put her on a regimen of (here it comes, you’ll never guess) Gatorade! I’m guessing from this that it’s been confirmed by at least some of the medical profession that it helps with migraines, at least in part. That makes it even more worth a try if you suffer from these horrible, debilitating trials of the body.
Whatever you do today and in days to come to make your life and the lives of others better, I hope you receive blessings. Have a glorious weekend, no matter what your weather is — you deserve it!
- Here’s why I care about your migraines (ladybitsnp.wordpress.com)
- “Leading Edge” with Host Jimmy Johnson Creates Segments On Migraines (prweb.com)
- Benefits of Botox for Migraines and Tension Headaches (laser-clinique.com)
- Study finds men and women are affected differently by migraines (westernherbal.com)
- Block migraine pain with a back-of-the-head injection (today.com)
- New Migraine Treatment Provides Hope for Patients with Hemiplegic… (prweb.com)
- How To: Stop Migraine Part I: Medication (cphinheels.wordpress.com)
- Younger Migraine Sufferers More Likely to Have Depression: Study (medindia.net)
Up to now, this blog has been leaning more and more toward my growing interest in amateur photography, although it didn’t start out that way. My original intention when I started this blog was to highlight the down-home Ozarks lifestyle. And my photographs, however inexperienced and crude, do highlight that.
As I learn photography and become somewhat better at it (I still have LOTS to learn), I want to also highlight some of the bloggers who are really talented at their photography and for whom it is a passion. I have learned a great deal and a multitude of skills from these bloggers.
The photographs in this post are taken by Robin, whose blog is Breezes At Dawn. Robin recently moved to her home on the Eastern shore of Maryland with her husband, who she calls M, and lives on some acreage with a lake and a dock, plenty of flowers and foliage and a multitude of animals and insects.
Robin refers to her home as the Wabi Sabi Ranch, and it is fertile ground for many photographic opportunities, which she takes full advantage of. Robin has a good eye for picking out things that will make a picture beautiful, stunning, interesting, and/or just plain neat.
Robin is about to enter her first Fall and Winter seasons there at Wabi Sabi ranch, so it will be so interesting to see the photographs in her future blog posts during these upcoming seasons.
Last Fall and Winter Robin was at her former home she calls Breezy Acres. For those of you who would like look at Robin’s stunning pictures from there, her other blog is Life In the Bogs.
Robin also has a tutorial or two included in Life In the Bogs and Breezes At Dawn, which help us have a clue to a few of the ways she gets the fantastic results she does with her photographs.
A place to purchase some of Robin’s wonderful work can be found on her page at Redbubble Portfolio. These photographs would look wonderful adorning any home.
For now, Robin has given me permission to feature some of her work from her blog, so sit back, admire, and enjoy!
Check out Robin at Breezes At Dawn for your daily dose of inspiration, fun and loveliness. I’ll end this post to you wonderful bloggers with her own sign-off:
“Be good, be kind, be loving. Just be.” — Robin
- Creating Epic Photography: Lessons from #PhotoWeekLive (photobyakiliblog.wordpress.com)
- A Detailed Guide to Photographing Fall Foliage (ifancyphoto.wordpress.com)
- House at the Lake – A Work in Black and White (hwilliam.wordpress.com)
- Meanwhile, back at the ranch Part 2 (breezesatdawn.wordpress.com)
- Meanwhile, back at the ranch (breezesatdawn.wordpress.com)
- Amateur Photography (christinebotha15.wordpress.com)
Well, pneumonia has reared its ugly head in my life lately, so I needed to take advantage of the scarce amount of time I can be in anything but a laying-down position. Doctors have always told me to try and be up and moving during times of chest congestion, but I don’t have the stamina to be up for very long periods of time. Because I don’t like being a whiner, that’s all I’ll say about my sparse posts the last few days.
Have you ever noticed some of the media gallery recommendations that pop up as you are typing a new post? Some of them have absolutely nothing to do with what your post is about!
For instance, while typing the first paragraph of this post, a picture of a bunch of motorcycles racing on a dirt track came up. Seriously, sometimes it gives me a laugh.
It is still helpful to have that feature, and I use it quite a bit when I am not posting pictures of my own.
Another feature that causes the occasional snicker is the suggested tags. For this post so far, the tag suggestions are “Abortion,” “United States,” “Fox News Channel,” “Essays,” “Organizations,” among others. A few of these can be very loosely related to the first paragraph (emphasis on loosely) — a lot of abortion pictures and tag suggestions came up after the first paragraph — they may have come up because I used the word “life” in the first paragraph, but if that’s what WordPress is suggesting might relate to this post it’s kind of a stretch.
Sometimes it’s not the pictures themselves, but the titles of the pictures that may relate to a word in a post even when the pictures don’t. And, if you type and then change your mind and erase, the pictures and tag suggestions from the first try will still be there.
A little leeway is given by me to the Related Articles section of the New Post page. The pool of information WordPress has to draw from is only the articles from other WordPress posts, and so the pool of selection is somewhat smaller.
Other than occasionally going down the wrong track, these tools can be very useful in posting. Some people have told me that they have never used them, but they can help out a great deal with the content of your post. They aren’t for everybody, but they’re there if a person wants to add a little something to a post.
- Writing a Descriptive Paragraph: More Than Just Adjectives (english.answers.com)
- Blogging: The Technical Side (InsuranceFiles.com)
- Paragraph styles (aanetsen.wordpress.com)
- Simple Ways to Make Your Blog Posts More Readable (business2community.com)
- Visual Organization: a friendly post (triangulations.wordpress.com)
- Writing the Perfect Paragraph: Understanding the Topic, Body, and Conclusion (english.answers.com)
Lately there has been a lot of talk about privacy and invasion of privacy, especially in the tech world. It ranges all the way from people thinking it isn’t even a problem to being paranoid that our every move is being scrutinized.
Really, all it amounts to is just being a little more careful about the information we put into things like computers, smart phones, etc.
My blogger friend, Steve Mattison, came across some information that gives some tips on keeping your internet use a little more private. This post is not a scare tactic, but just some common sense measures for those of us who would rather keep our internet use more to ourselves.
This link has tips that I was already aware of and had been doing, but also includes information that was new to me. Give it a look-see and if you can glean some new information from it that helps you out, fabulous! If there is nothing new to you there, all you have spent is a few minutes of your time.
What would you think if you came home from vacation, stepped out onto the driveway of home sweet home, looked around and reveled at how wonderful it was to be back, unlocked the front door and went in, and then slowly began to realize that someone, without your knowledge, had been living in your house the whole time you’d been gone?
Nothing is missing. You call all of your friends and relatives, asking, “Say, Aunt Marcie, did cousin Bubba stay at our house for a bit while we were gone? No problem, we were just wondering.” or “Hey, Flo, did your daughter and her friends happen to tell you they were crashing here with our daughter sometime in the last few weeks?”
No, no, no and no are the answers.
Vacation squatters. This scenario is happening much more often than we think. With social media and internet hacking, it’s easier than we sometimes think for a stranger to find out when we are going on vacation and how long we’ll be gone. They know when to show up, and they know when to leave.
When I clicked the link that fellow Ozarkian, blogger and real estate agent Steve Mattison posted on his blog, here, I was simply appalled after watching the video. Check out his post and link to the video — squatters may not take any valuables, but you won’t believe what some of these “guests” WILL do in your home while you’re gone.
- Squatters inhabit homes while owners vacation – TODAY.com (ozarksagent.wordpress.com)
- Residents convinced cat killer on the loose (stuff.co.nz)
- Masked squatters barricade themselves inside pub to avoid eviction (walesonline.co.uk)
- Squatter Rights | eLocal (elocallawyers.com)
- 2 Top Complaints Reviewed by Island Trader Vacations (prweb.com)
- VIDEO: Squatters take over home while family vacations (axsysmag.com)
- Do You Recognize the 5 Early Warning Signs of Weak Home Security? (besthomesecuritycompanys.com)
- Georgia On My Mind: 5 Reasons Why I Loved My 1st Vacation Rental! (flipkey.com)
This morning I ran across this interesting article in Yahoo Health about what makes a person attractive to mosquitoes. The little critters don’t bother me much at all, but they eat City Boy alive if he’s only outside for a minute, so I was curious about why that might be. Frank was too, because when I sent the article to him he had already read it.
Anyway, with Summer in full swing and mosquitoes lining up outside our doors seeking whom they may devour, I thought this article might be worth a read to somebody else. We all have to share this world with the bugs, and some of us hate bug spray, so these hints might help make outings a bit more comfortable.
Hope it helps!
Never thought about doing this, but it’s such a good idea for nice, evenly baked, moist cupcakes and muffins!
- Yummy Blackberry muffins with a hint of lemon. (kouzounaskitchen.com)
- Magic of muffins (totallyaddictedtobake.wordpress.com)
- Blueberry Muffins – Might just be my new obsession (paleoinpractice.wordpress.com)
- Banana Espresso Chocolate Chip Muffins (fermentalot.wordpress.com)
A quick, easy way to add seasonal or holiday cheer to the decor of any room is to have a constant base to the decoration — in other wards, a perpetual decoration that can be changed-out according to the theme.
When I began doing a little decorating for the 4th of July a few weeks ago, the first thing I did was change out the pictures in my dining room. I have several picture frames (six, actually) that match, and each season or holiday I change out the pictures that are in them. I actually only use three of the frames — since we’re planning on putting a family photo wall there I didn’t want to hang all six and have extra nail holes in the wall to fill later.
When I found these patriotic napkins at a discount store ($.50 a package!), I scooped them up and decided that I’d use a few for the picture frames before I put the rest out to use as napkins. The first problem I had to tackle….
…were the fold marks going two directions on each napkin, and they would show once they were in the frames. So I figured if I got the fold marks wet and then flattened them with my finger or a spoon, the fold marks would be gone when they dried.
So, I gathered some things to make the fold marks wet…
This is one of those “Don’t try this at home (or anywhere else)” cautions.
I have an abundance of syringes — I promise I’m not a drug addict — and I thought that would work to wet just the fold marks of the napkins. Again, wetting the fold marks using the syringe method was a total waste of time, and I must have had a screw loose to even consider it. But, at any rate, it went like this:
I put the napkins on plastic so I wouldn’t get the table really wet…
…then began wetting the fold marks.
And it worked! But there was a problem…
The fold marks were wrinkled up and the rest of the napkin was smooth. Yeah, no one would notice that, right? So, although the fold marks couldn’t really be seen as well, I had to get the napkin uniform all over. That meant getting the whole napkin wet. And I didn’t have the patience to dribble water all over three napkins from a syringe. So, I pulled out something that would make the job faster.
And, there they were.
They all looked very uniform all over, so I set them outside on the front porch and the summer heat dried them in no time.
The napkins dried with this beautiful wavy, wrinkly thing going on, and I began to like it.
I gathered my frames and removed the Spring/early Summer pictures I’d slapped haphazardly in the frames earlier in the year.
They would have looked better had I been able to find my mat boards, but they didn’t turn up, so I had just thrown the pictures in the frames without mat boards. Lovely.
I took the 8×10 paper backing out of the frames and used them as a template to cut the napkins to the right size. If you use anything with a pattern, care has to be taken to center the template over the part of the picture, painting or material that you want to use in the frames. That is the part everyone will be seeing.
Once you have the pictures cut to size, you can then put them in the frames, close the back of the frames, and hang them up. It was easy for me, since I hang them back in the same place every time.
The wavy texture of the wrinkled napkins actually has a good effect. It would look much better with all six frames filled and hanging there, but again, we are planning on changing the whole wall soon. I would like to eventually rip off those annoying pieces on the backs of the frames that make it so you can stand the picture on a table, but the frames do not belong to me, and I try to respect City Boy’s things.
So, that’s an inexpensive, quick, easy way to add a little seasonal/holiday decor to a room. For Christmas I had pictures of candy canes in the frames, and for Easter I had a big egg of a different color in each, and so on. And changing the pictures out is a snap.
You can buy anything from fancy frames to dollar store frames, bigger or smaller frames, or even one huge poster-size frame — then just keep changing the pictures. It’s one way to fill a bare wall and make it pop for any occasion.
Here’s hoping everyone is gearing up for a fantastic July 4th celebration!
This very thing happens all through the summer — this is good advice on what to watch out for.
In many child drownings, adults are nearby but have no idea the victim is dying. Here’s what to look for.
Children playing in the water make noise. When they get quiet, you get to them and find out why.
Drowning is not the violent, splashing call for help that most people expect. Many of us have learned what drowning looks like by watching television. If you spend time on or near the water (hint: that’s all of us) then you should make sure that you know what to look for whenever people enter the water. Usually a child will drown without making a sound. Drowning is almost always a deceptively quiet event. The waving, splashing, and yelling that dramatic conditioning (television) prepares us to look for is rarely seen in real life.
The Instinctive Drowning Response—so named by Francesco A. Pie, Ph.D., is what people do to avoid actual or…
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