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Loop – Daily Prompt

Over the past week, post surgery, I am finally feeling relieved. My interstim is working, allowing me to visit the bathroom less times per day. But getting to this point was a challenge.

I was so sick after surgery. I have never been sick after surgery. What started out as a little dizziness changed to a blossom of chaos. I had my bottle of pain pills, but could not keep them down.

In my easy chair my husband had helped me create a comfortable sitting position with pillows around me, but the loop of throwing up would not subside.

I had to call my favorite paramedic, who always has a bag of necessary medications with him. He arrived and had to meddle into my medical history of the day, what they gave me, where they had the IV and then he voiced his opinion on how horrible a job the nurse did at placing the IV. Within seconds, he had a vein and administered the necessary medication to break the loop of throwing up episodes. I was able to rest easy for a few hours.

Now, nearly a week later, I’m feeling so much better. I am still weak and have to watch what I do, can’t lift, bend of stoop, but I can do for myself and that makes all the difference in the world.


Triumph – Daily Prompt

Come Thursday, I will be dressed in a natty hospital gown, going in for what I hope is my last surgery for along time. I like the hospital I will be in, the floors are always at a high gloss polish, the sheets always feel crisp and new. The nurses are tender and thoughtful. I will triumph over this surgery and begin my 6 weeks of healing. It will be a revelation of change from the other surgeries I have had recently because this one requires a scalpel.

The hospital may sound like it is a sterile place to go, with everything looking so spiffy. But it is not. It is a dangerous place, where nurses and doctors take risks every day, walking through blood, infection splatters, or other bodily fluids. These fluids stick to their shoes and carry on over the nicely polished floors, so never walk barefoot in a hospital. Wear the socks they give you, or take some slippers to wear. I always wear the same comfortable dress with a tank top underneath and some slip on sandals. I do not want to feel bound up by pants or elastic after surgery.

This particular surgery will be to replace my right interstim that I have had for 5 years. There will be scar tissue and unpleasantness involved  in this surgery so my pain management doctor was kind enough to increase my pain medication for the month ahead.

I work well with my doctors, and feel safe in their hands. I am beginning to look forward to the surgery as it will mean my bladder will feel better and I will stop going to the bathroom as often. Everything is going to come out positive.


I Posted a Page – Migraine

I just posted a page called Migraine. You can find it under “Invisible Illnesses”. I will be trying to add more pages in the near future.

My main focus, of late, has been on selling Avon. I needed to supplement the family income, but few have ordered. I may have to stop selling, as I am selling more to myself than to anyone else.

I suffer from migraines and have a page under “My Invisible Illnesses” titled My Migraines. There you will find out how I handle my migraines and what works best for me. Mine tend to radiate down my neck in most cases. I know that when I have a migraine I often times wish my head would detonate and remove itself from my body. But that is not going to happen, it just feels like it will.

These pages will remain on my website for all to read at your leisure.


I only need 8 more customers!

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I need 8 customers to place orders this campaign to reach the goal I have set for myself. I’m reaching out to all of my followers, facebook friends and family, twitter followers, and tumblr followers, I need YOU to place an order by Wednesday the 31st for me to reach my ultimate goal for this campaign.

So rush madly to my Avon estore and place those orders! I NEED you!


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Campaign 13 – Become My Customer!

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It is time for YOU to become my customer!

Shopping for Avon online is the new way to get your favorites and try some awesome products. I love being able to take my time and read about the products before placing them in my shopping cart.

I have tried the new Skin So Soft shave oil and it is marvelous. It moisturizes while youp93 shave! With shea butter extract, vitamins A and E for the closest most comfortable shave.

Great comfort in a lighter-than-shaving-cream formula that creates a silky smooth glide. Transforms into a creamy lather on wet skin.

• Moisturizes and leaves skin feeling soft
• Enriched with shea butter extract and vitamins A and E

• Massage a few drops onto wet skin before shaving and rinse off after shaving

On sale for $6.99

There are so many wonderful products, it is hard for me…

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An IC Bladder Image

Today I had a cystoscopy (a camera in my bladder) with hydrodistention (my bladder filled to capacity with medication) to help reset my bladder from being in a constricted state. The procedures always go together and are an actual surgery. I’ve had many of these done and they help with pain, frequency and urgency once the bladder settles down from the procedure.

I am in quite a bit of pain at this point in the day, the medications have worn off from the hospital and I’m back on my normal pain pills that are mild in comparison.

I write because I want people to see what an unhealthy bladder looks like. My doctor provided me with pictures of the inside of my bladder. All I can say is, no wonder I’m in pain!

Today was a bit trying, I was already nervous about being put under again so soon but almost instantly when they nurse started the antibiotic IV, my arm started turning red with an allergic reaction. It continued from the IV site to about 6 inches up my arm and around my arm, they stopped the antibiotic, gave me Benadryl and put ice on my arm until the redness subsided. Then they started it again and did the procedure.

When I woke up my arm was again wrapped in ice and whelped up worse than before. The nurse told me she could not believe they kept giving me the medication and she threw it in the trash and told me to write it on my allergy list. I had to stay in the hospital long enough for my arm to clear up, then I was allowed to leave, but there are still whelps on my arm, just not redness.

So when you look at this picture, notice the lighter spots, those are the color of a healthy bladder. A healthy bladder does not have any blood lines showing or blotches.

With no known cause or cure, it is very frustrating and painful to deal with this disease.

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Campaign 13 – Starts Today!

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Shopping for Avon online is so convenient. You can do it in your pajamas. You get freehugelipstick shipping on orders $40 and more. You do not have to wait until the end of the campaign to place your order. No matter when you place your order, it will ship out to you in two days time. So flip through the virtual brochure and find your favorites or try something new and remember Avon is guaranteed!

It is easy to set up an account and start a shopping cart and come back to it later if you need more time to make your selections. So start shopping now!

for your eyes only

There is a special for this campaign. Order $40 or more and get a “For Your Eyes Only” eye opening essential set for only $10.00. Limit one per order, while supplies last. A $46 value.

3-Piece Limited Edition Set Only…

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9 Easy Mascara Hacks for Amazing Lashes

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For beautiful lashes, swipe on mascara. Simple enough and it works, right? But if you really want to take your lashes to the next level, listen up. These nine little tricks are easy, quick, and guaranteed to score you the longest, thickest, most incredible lashes ever.

Get carded.

Lashes look their fattest when the mascara goes all the way down to the roots. Trouble is, it’s hard to get it there without getting black gunk all over your lids. To combat this, take a business card and hold it at the base of your lashes, then swipe on mascara. The excess will end up on the card, not on you.

Baby your lashes.

Just like the hair on your head, your lashes need to be conditioned. To do this, you can take the time to swipe on a special lash gel every night, or you can multitask by using…

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Blog Networking: 5/17/17

Dream Big, Dream Often


Here’s how to network your blog. The work is done for you, all you have to do is LIKE, COMMENT and FOLLOW others.  The more you network with other blogs, the more other blogs will network with you!

(click How to Network Your Blog to view yesterday’s post)

Not A Grouch

Kim Knight – Author

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The Bipolar Storyteller

My Loud Bipolar Whispers

Single Girls Rock

Blog of a Mad Black Woman

Aria-Bella Rises

Cyranny’s Cove

Life of a Busy Dad

Tripping Through Treacle

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Campaign 12 – Surprise offer worth $10.00

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I am personally offering a surprise item worth up to $10.00 to everyonethat places an order of $55 or moreby Wednesday May 17th, 2017 at 8:00 pm Central time.

The surprise item will not ship with your order. I will send it myself surpriseafter Wednesday May 24th, 2017. You must leave your email address to qualify, so I can contact you when your surprise gift has shipped.

This is not a contest, or bonus offer by Avon, it is solely my responsibility.

Remember shipping is free on orders $40 and more.

  • Order of $55 or more
  • Placed by Wed. May 17, 2017 at 8:00 pm Central Time
  • Must include email address
  • Surprise item will not ship with your order!
  • Item will ship after Wed. May 24th, 2017

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Campaign 12 – Surprise offer worth $10.00

Avon 365

I am personally offering a surprise item worth up to $10.00 to everyonethat places an order of $55 or moreby Wednesday May 17th, 2017 at 8:00 pm Central time.

The surprise item will not ship with your order. I will send it myself after Wednesday May 24th, 2017. You must leave your email address to qualify, so I can contact you when your surprise gift has shipped.

This is not a contest, or bonus offer by Avon, it is solely my responsibility.

Remember shipping is free on orders $40 and more.

  • Order of $55 or more
  • Placed by Wed. May 17, 2017 at 8:00 pm Central Time
  • Must include email address
  • Surprise item will not ship with your order!
  • Item will ship after Wed. May 24th, 2017

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Campaign 12 – Spring Set

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True Color Spring Set – Limited Edition!

Only $10 with any $40 brochure purchase — $30 value

Limited-edition set includes:

  • Glazewear Lip Gloss in Mocha Latte ($8 value)
  • Glimmersticks Eyeliner in Blackest Black ($7 value)
  • Cosmetic Bag ($15 value)

Product number 701-281
Only $10

One per customer, while supplies last. To order from or your Avon eStore, please refer to the eBrochures for Campaigns 11. (I put the product number in the search box of the estore page and found this item right away. But I have linked the picture and the product number to the item.)


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Avon – Speaking Out Against Domestic Violence

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Speak Out Against Domestic Violence


Domestic violence is an epidemic: one in four women worldwide will be a victim of domestic abuse in her lifetime. It does not discriminate and it can affect anyone, regardless of income, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or religion.


What’s more, domestic violence has historically been a taboo subject, but in 2004, the Avon Foundation for Women set out to change that, launching the Avon Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program. Speak Out builds awareness, educates, and develops and implements prevention and direct service programs. Some of these projects are global, focused on ending gender-based violence and strengthening domestic violence laws.

Avon and the Avon Foundation for Women have contributed more than $60 million globally to support these goals, which includes more than $40 million dedicated to U.S. programs.

tote-263x300Special Limited Edition Empowerment Tote

Through 2016, Avon and the Avon Foundation have contributed nearly $700,000 to Sanctuary for…

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Better – Daily Prompt

I’m feeling better today than I have all week. I think getting out of the house made all the difference. My husband suggested, out of the blue, that he thinks our house is a sick house because I always feel physically better when I’m out of it but not necessarily mentally better. He did not know what to call the house, as far as “sick house”, he just suggested that he thought it was making me feel worse. I’ve thought for a long time that it is a sick house, for me anyway. It has been the worst investment we have ever made and we will be so glad to get out of it once we get the mortgage paid down so we can sell it without a loss.

What is really strange is my friend that lives forever away from us, may also live in a sick house. She feels better when she is out of her house. They are remodeling theirs which could be exposing her to century old dust. I thought it strange anyway, that my husband mentioned it the way he did. And she and I talk about it all the time, concerning her health.

When we go camping in our travel trailer, I always feel better than I do when we are at home. That is what started our conversation. I mentioned I wanted to go camping again when we could. But it is getting too hot already to even think about it. It takes so much to load the travel trailer and then set it up when we get to the camp ground. And, though I love to fish, I can’t because I can’t get out in the heat. I do enjoy my quiet time in the travel trailer though, while my husband is fishing. And we always cook something on the camp fire. Good times!


Panicked – Daily Prompt

Have you ever woke from a nap and been in a full-blown panic attack? I have these types of occurrences often. I do not always remember the dream that put me in such a panicked stated, but I think I’m better off not remembering them. I wake with a pounding in my chest and a tightness, I’m breathing very hard, trying to catch my breath and wondering where I am.

Being ill brings on so many side effects, not just from medications, but from the actual illnesses. Panic attacks from anxiety disorders. Aches and pains from the various syndromes or diseases. It is a hard lifestyle, but it is one that anyone can adjust to if they are willing to be strong-minded about it and work to realize their limitations.

I, personally, try not to dwell on the negatives and look for a positive in everything around me. It helps keep the panic attacks down and it helps me get through a day. Recently, I had a bad bladder flare and was not able to be on the computer blogging away as much as I wanted to be, but I kept it in my mind that the flare would pass and I would again get to blog not to mention all the well wishers that were following my blog. It really gave me insight to stay strong and focused on the positive.

Let me thank each of you for your understanding and kindness during my bladder flare and my husband’s gallbladder surgery. I was a bit of a mess during that time, but I knew things would work out for the best and they have. He is doing great now and, well, I am still going to have bladder problems, but I have learned to life with it.



May 4th International Firefighters Day

My son is a firefighter/paramedic, so this is a very important day for his profession. It takes a very strong-minded person to go into a fire, put their life on the line to save, not only people, but pets and possessions. They are mentally prepared for what is on the inside of a burning building, where we are running to get out, they are running to get in. They do not fear fire, they respect it and live to control it. Imagine running into a fire for someone you do not know, could you put your life on the line? Whether anyone is in the house or not, they sometimes enter a house to find the hot-spots. They are my heroes. Thank one today! I say “Thank You!”

Today, May 4th, is International Firefighters Day.

May 4 is the feast day of St Florian, the patron saint of firefighters. St Florian was the first known commander of one firefighting squad in the Roman Empire. He lost his life, as well as those of his colleagues, for protecting the same humane ideas which firefighters all over the world share even today.

International Firefighters’ Day is a day to show support for all firefighters worldwide, remember those lost or injured in the line of duty, and say thank you to all of our firefighters!

“The role of a firefighter in today’s society – be it urban, rural, natural environment, volunteer, career, industrial, defense force, aviation, motor sport, or other is one of dedication, commitment and sacrifice – no matter what country we reside and work in. In the fire service we fight together against one common enemy – fire – no matter what country we come from, what uniform we wear or what language we speak.”
– Lt JJ Edmondson, 1999

Firefighters dedicate their lives to the protection of life and property. Sometimes that dedication is in the form of countless hours volunteered over many years, in others it is many selfless years working in the industry. In all cases it risks the ultimate sacrifice of a firefighter’s life.

International Firefighters’ Day (IFFD) is a time where the world’s community can recognize and honor the sacrifices that firefighters make to ensure that their communities and environment are as safe as possible. It is also a day in which current and past firefighters can be thanked for their contributions.

International Firefighters’ Day is observed each year on 4th May. On this date you are invited to remember the past firefighters who have died while serving our community or dedicated their lives to protecting the safety of us all. At the same time, we can show our support and appreciation to the firefighters world-wide who continue to protect us so well throughout the year.

By proudly wearing and displaying blue and red ribbons pinned together or by participating in a memorial or recognition event, we can show our gratitude to firefighters everywhere.

The IFFD ribbons are linked to colors symbolic of the main elements firefighters work with – red for fire and blue for water. These colors also are internationally recognized as representing emergency service.