Saturday, 22 October 2016

Sudden Onset Illness Is For Real

Years ago when I worked for a real boss, in a real job, not that my job now isn't real - it is very real and the stress is very real too, but anyway when I was sick then ,there was no such thing as a one-day sickness. You always had to take off two days so your boss/es didn't think you were lying and taking off work for nothing. So whether I was just having a pretend sick day or I was genuinely ill it had to be two or more days, because there is no such thing as a one-day illness.

Well, I have proven over and over that one day, even half day illnesses are a thing, they are as real, they happen. I have proven that you can be perfectly healthy and full of the joys of the world and spring included and the next minute can be as sick as a dying donkey and then next day wake up as right as rain with no medical intervention. If you are in any way squeamish leave now as this is an overshare post.

In fact, I have been having far too many of these sudden onset illnesses even for my own liking. The most recent time was when I was almost crippled with a migraine and it felt like the worst pain ever, even though I know I have had far worse pain. Everything in the moment is always far worse than something from the past because the intensity of the feelings and pain have diminished with time.

So I was at work on Wednesday, working away, snacking on Peanuts, because we have no Cashews and I thought Peanuts may satisfy my Cashew Addiction {they don't}. Mark bought me a chicken prego roll for lunch, which we have quite often from a butcher/deli halfway between work and home. About 20 minutes after I had the roll, I started getting pains in my diaphragm. The same pains I alwaysget in my Solar Plexus region.

I was feeling uncomfortable and nauseous, but I plodded on. I went home and the plan was to have curry and roti for supper. We hadn't had it for ages and after the rain, we had the night before, it just felt like a good day to have curry. As I slaved over the stove and rolling out the rotis, I kept getting severe cramps and bouts of nausea. I tried Bicarb, my new natural remedy for tummy ailments. I had Chamomile Tea, which I sipped on (no milk or sugar) . Nothing helped. I was getting hot and cold and I was about to abandon the meal quite a few times and then it would go away, then come back with a vengence. I decided half way through cooking, if I am going to get this food cooked, my only option is to try taking a valoid which usually works. It didn't this time.

By the time I dished up I was barely managing the pain in my solar plexus and then shoved my food in the microwave and rushed to the bathroom where I was so sick. It was more bile than anything else. The cramping and the vice like grip around my back and solar plexus area was excruciating. I thought we had Buscopan in the house but we had nothing.

I couldn't lie down or sit or stand it was so sore. After several bouts of vomiting up bile, I had a bath because bathing cures everything, it didn't. I just lay in the bath and could not even really wash properly. Mark wanted to take me to the ER but I didn't want to go. I consulted Dr. Google instead, as one does... there is that convenience of not leaving home to pay ridiculous after hours consultation fees. Well, Dr. Google and I concurred that it was either Food poisoning (the Prego Roll) or Cholecystitis - Gall Stones from excessive fatty foods (peanuts). Dr. Google has diagnosed me with Cholysistis once before which I thought was from fatty lamb chops only this time the pain was so severe and throughout the night I would just doze off and then wake up in severe pain. I had another valoid and another cup of Chamomile tea before getting into bed, which I sipped on through out the night.

I eventually fell asleep and woke up the next morning at around 7 feeling almost as right as rain just a bit washed out from the vomiting and retching. I strained my Kefir, which I didn't manage to do the night before and chugged it down still warm, which is gross. I went about my daily chores and Mark sent a message to see if he must bring me some Lucozade and I said I am fine, I am coming to work.

So yes it is possible to suddenly get sick and recover just as quickly with no medical intervention and or medication. I can imagine if I did go to the Emergency rooms, I would have had hundreds of tests and piles of medication and would have thought the medication had worked. I do have a theory as to why this happened, but that is a post for another time. I have eaten Peanuts since then to test my theory and Mark had the same Prego roll, but it is possible the chicken on mine was from a bad batch.

I never got to eat the curry, I just could not face that after such excruciating pain. Chad said the curry was so good and I said he could have mine. There was also some left over in the pot which I told Sheila she could have this morning and she thought I said she could have mine in the fridge and ate that too. Needless to say, Chad was livid, so we were both looking forward to curry we didn't get to have, so I am going to make some more tomorrow night.

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Saturday, 1 October 2016

Password Protecting My Life

Wouldn't it be absolutely wonderful if we could password protect our lives. Password protect from the hurt and ugliness, the nasty bitchiness, the jealousy and vindictiveness. Imagine being able to put a password protection on untimely deaths, your children dying, child abuse and animal abuse. Just protecting your life completely and utterly with a single password. Only those that have the password can enter and interact and as soon as they start being trolls kick them out and change the password.

Sadly, we can't do that and life and the universe just throws punches our way and we either roll with the punches or roll into a ball and try and fend ourselves from them. Some get more hits than others. Sadly it is those that are closest to us that hurt us the most in most instances.

So as much as I would love to password protect my life I can't, but I did manage to password protect my blog. It is a bit weird to have a blog and then restrict people from reading it, but my blog is really just for me to indulge my slight love of getting words on paper or I should say words on a screen.

I enjoy "writing" but my blog is first and foremost an online journal, it is not a blog per say. I have gone through many stages of blogging and wanting to take it onto a different journey, but it is and always will be my personal journal. This year I faced many dilemmas and one being Chad getting older and the need to protect him from my online world.

The other dilemmas were on an even more personal level which you can read over here and here. I then decided to take a break from blogging and unpublished my blog, saying goodbye to my part of the Interwebs in this post.

I won't lie, I missed blogging/writing and sometimes took photos for one day in case I blogged again. Mark although he was one of the main reasons why I stopped blogging, would often say you should carry on with your blog - don't stop. I don't know why he would want me to carry on, it's not like he always read my bog, or was involved with it. Maybe whilst we were striving for peace and serenity in our lives, he had the excuse to go on Facebook or Whatsapp whilst I blogged. I don't know.

In July, our one budgie died and besides wanting to document her death, so I knew when she died, I felt an urge to write about my feelings regarding her and death and grief and wrote this post. It started me off on blogging again. Some posts not even published, just words hashed out in a blogger post unpublished, some published (in my unpublished blog) with so many typos and spelling errors, some with photos, some with no photos.

I then wrote this letter to Clint on his birthday and it was so much easier to write from the depth of my heart knowing no one would read it. It also helped ease the emotional hell I was going through and it was a reminder that writing does help from a therapy point of view.

I was typing up this post last Saturday and I told Chad I was blogging when I explained why I sounded less than enthusiastic with my greeting when he came home with Jade after our recent misunderstanding.  All the juicy details you will find over here. Chad said "I thought you deleted your blog? Me "I didn't delete it, I just unpublished it, so no one can read it, but I still blog" Chad "Well what is the point then?" Me "I don't know, I guess I enjoy writing" Chad his usual witty self " Well I guess you had zero followers so doesn't matter" Laugh Laugh walk off...

Well I then got a bee in my bonnet, because I did enjoy the interaction with the few followers I had. Although I still follow my favourite bloggers, it is not the same as their perspective and or opinion on my thoughts on my blog so I decided to visit the school of Google technology to get my blog Password Protected. I searched and searched how I could password protect my blogger blog, you can do it quite easily with Wordpress, but not Blogger/Blogspot. With Blogger blogs you can make them read only and give people with a Gmail account permission to read your blog, but that didn't seem practical because what if someone without a Gmail account wants to read my blog. OK, wishful thinking, because Chad is right, I don't have people falling over their PC's to get to my blog to read it, but I just didn't like the idea of making it invite only through Gmail. Also with making it read only, it didn't have an option to have a landing page to say this is an invite only blog with an option to contact the Owner (Me) to get screened and invited.

I discovered this post  by Blogs By Heather on how to password protect a page and a blog. It seemed pretty easy, but did I struggle. The biggest problem was getting the landing page to work and I almost (at 2 am) contacted Afrihost support to ask them to redirect my blog. That would have been a huge mistake. I found other sites with HTML codes to add to your header to make your blog password protected, but the html didn't work and at 2 am I was getting more and more frustrated and tired and eventually fell asleep. Just as a side note Blogs By Heather has so much blogging info and blogging help and links to templates as well as Social Media tips and help if you ever need help.

I can become like a dog with a bone and I just don't let go with some things. It was stupid, because the next day, I got everything to work - when my brain and eyes weren't flickering on and off like a fluorescent light about to blow. The only frustrating part is that, even when I log in to add a new post and every time you open a new page or post, you have to type in the password again, otherwise you get thrown out to the landing page over here.

I haven't given the password to anyone as yet, as I still want to fix a lot of posts. When I go into my posts to edit photos and or fix spelling errors, the post republishes and sends me an email to say that Chad Life Us has published a new post. If I do this 10 times, it will send out the email 10 times. I don't think it is related to the password protection issue, I think it is just a blogger issue. I don't want anyone to get even more annoyed with me and my blog by getting hundreds of duplicate emails. As soon as that is sorted, I will give the password out to those you want to read it.

I am also looking into changing my domain to .com, but I need to first find out how the parking of domains and redirecting works. My blog went from many .blogspot names, where I lost a lot of images and info to chadlifeus.blogspot to my own domain. Afrihost assisted me in redirecting the blogspot blog to my so that I didn't lose any info or images and I need to first make sure I won't lose anything before changing to .com. The reason for going .com is a personal one and I really should have gone .com from the very beginning.

If you have the password and you are reading this post, thank you for wanting to be part of my journey as frustrating as it is with this password protection. I really appreciate you reading my blog and for understanding that this is a Personal Blog and protecting Chad's Online presence whilst indulging my love for writing and the free therapy I derive from it, is of the utmost importance to me.

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