Tagged: medical

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.

1bladder 5.22.17

Apprentice – Daily Prompt

Couldn’t we all use an apprentice? Someone to take over our chores where we leave off, or learn from our verbal instructions. Not just a house keeper that comes in and cleans once a week, because they do the same thing each time, the things that I can keep up with.

I’m talking about someone who can follow my instructions and reach the high areas that have not been touched in a long time. The top of shelves in the kitchen, that I can not reach without getting on a step stool, which is dangerous for me with my illnesses.

I have had a house keeper. She did the normal chores, but would not do the extra work I wanted done, even with an offer of extra money. She did not want to get on the step stool either.

Being chronically ill really drags me down and my housework suffers. Having someone help me reach the areas that have gone untouched for way too long would be wonderful. As I am sure it would be great for all of us that are chronically ill.

I will reach that area of the kitchen one day, those shelves will get cleaned and I will rejoice, probably with a nap. Until then, I just try not to think about it, knowing my limitations, I will have to have someone here when I do tackle that chore. Apprentice or husband, someone will be here.

~Peace

Roots – Daily Prompt

How many of you dye your hair? You can’t let those roots show. You must run to the salon or do it yourself to keep your hair that nice bottled color.

Hair dye is a carcinogen.

Researchers have been studying a possible link between hair dye use and cancer for many years. Studies have looked most closely at the risks of blood cancers (leukemias and lymphomas) and bladder cancer. While some studies have suggested possible links, others have not

Most of the studies looking at whether hair dye products increase the risk of cancer have focused on certain cancers such as bladder cancer, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, leukemia, and breast cancer. These studies have looked at 2 groups of people:

  • People who use hair dyes regularly
  • People who are exposed to them at work

Bladder cancer: Most studies of people exposed to hair dyes at work, such as hairdressers and barbers, have found a small but fairly consistent increased risk of bladder cancer. However, studies looking at people who have their hair dyed have not found a consistent increase in bladder cancer risk.

Leukemias and lymphomas: Studies looking at a possible link between personal hair dye use and the risk of blood-related cancers such as leukemia and lymphoma have had mixed results. For example, some studies have found an increased risk of certain types of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (but not others) in women who use hair dyes, especially if they began use before 1980 and/or use darker colors. The same types of results have been found in some studies of leukemia risk. However, other studies have not found an increased risk. If there is an effect of hair dye use on blood-related cancers, it is likely to be small.

Breast and other cancers: Most studies looking at hair dye use and breast cancer have not found an increased risk. For other types of cancer, too few studies have been done to be able to draw any firm conclusions.

Many people use hair dyes, so it is important that more studies are done to get a better idea if these dyes affect cancer risk.

In my earlier years, I dyed my hair regularly. Once I was diagnosed with IC, I was told that there might be a link between hair dye and bladder cancer so I stopped dying my hair for a while. But eventually I had to give it one more try to see if it had any affect on my IC bladder. I must say, I will not be dying my hair again! I went into a horrible flare almost immediately after the dye was applied. I guess I’m doomed to be a brunette, instead of a red-head. Oh well, it’s all good.

https://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancer-causes/hair-dyes.html

My Theory About Stress & Invisible Illnesses

I have read through many blogs about people having chronic illnesses, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis and many other invisible illnesses. I have talked to people over the years of my time dealing with invisible illnesses and came to notice that most people with chronic pain, fibromyalgia, interstitial cystitis, and other illnesses, have had trauma in their lives before developing symptoms of these illnesses.

I have the theory that pure traumatic stress has caused our bodies to develop these illnesses or syndromes. And once one illness develops, the body becomes weakened, leading to more stress, leaving the body free to develop more illnesses which leads to even  more stress.

It wasn’t until after PTSD, that I developed any of my invisible illnesses. I had a migraine occasionally, but they were not an issue until after the traumatic event. I had never heard of interstitial cystitis or fibromyalgia until after the PTSD.

I wonder how many of you, have had trauma in your past, or have been so overly stressed for a long period of time that your body weakened and chronic illness developed.

Please leave a comment if you think this theory holds any merit.

Affiliates Help Pay Bills

I’ve learned about affiliate marketing and how to earn money through it’s various methods. I can earn cash, rebates, and gift cards with the affiliates I am associated.

It gives me the ability to contribute to the household budget. This alone makes me feel a little less  useless.

Most are listed at the bottom of my posts, but I wanted to introduce them in a blog post all their own. Many of which I am interested in and purchase from, or know are good for mental illnesses…always helps to have a hobby.

Thanks for looking.

Take surveys to earn points then cash those in for gift cards.

Visit to get your gardening needs. Gardening is known to help with depression, and anxiety.

Start Your Own Salad Garden with Herb Kits’ Starter Kit!

Buy one Get one Sale at Inspired Silver – I got my diabetes bracelet for less than $10.

Wholesale essential oils, natural ingredients, coconut oil. Everything you need for aromatherapy, soap and candle making.

Earn rebates every time you shop online.

Here is the aromatherapy diffuser I use at my home and I love it.

The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, Revised and Expanded is the book I use to learn about aromatherapy and essential oils.

Good ole Wal-mart, for all your shopping needs.

Plant Therapy offers great essential oils too.

OZ Naturals

Big savings on fun gift ideas, new arrivals at ThingsYouNeverKnewExisted

Shop to fight Diabetes.  Every purchase funds diabetes research.

The Animal Rescue Site – near and dear to my heart.

Support our Veterans by purchasing from their site.

Tractor Supply – has everything you need to get the job done.

Month Club Store – Tea of the Month, Hot Sauce of the Month, etc.

Shoes and Accessories. Men, Women and Children.

Mountainside Medical Equipment Inc. 

2017 Book of the year is Jesus Always

Great deals on outdoor gear!

Self Help Books

The New Amazon Fire Stick with Alexa Voice Remote. I love mine!

Head Massager – A friend of mine bought me one of these for my migraines and it really relaxes me.

Green Tea CR is the culmination of many years of investigative science and captures the power of Green Tea, Curcumin and Resveratrol. Shop Green Tea CR at Purity Products! 

Fashion Forward performance apparel for sizes 14W-24W at Lola Getts!

For those that need a little help in the bedroom Adam & Eve offer a variety of items to make it more pleasurable.

I take the surveys and earn gift cards, then use those gift cards for online shopping and get back rebate money via a check in the mail. It’s a win win situation. So if you don’t do anything else, do these things for yourself.

Thanks for looking and helping me and yourself to some great merchandise.

~Peace