10/17/18 - Mind blowing Information about histamine and MS

Can’t remember if I shared that most every day I suffer from pruritus (chronic itching). My neurologist gave me a script (hydroxyzine) to relieve my symptoms. I have also tried topical creams and sprays and also the normal ones like Benadryl and Zyrtec. None of these things have completely relieved my symptoms. Last night I was thinking that all of these are antihistamines so why do I have so many histamines? I started my research and my mind went *poof*, blown. Having more histamines than average may be the cause of not only MS but fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue of which I have all three. One of the things I’ve read is that MS patients may have 60% more histamines than average. Once again *poof*, mind blown. This is so exciting for me. Please pray that I can get all my research together for my doctors and get some relief.
While I’m talking about MS I will be starting a new DMT (disease-modifying therapy), Aubagio. It has a lot of harsh side effects but it’s in pill form instead of an injection. So the next time you see me I might be bald. 😬
I will be posting links that I find here as this is more accessible wherever I am. Keep an eye out for *updates* in the title when I’ve added more content.

10/16/2018 - Views from the Home 1

Sometimes I wake myself up with my arm or elbow raised.

You know I can’t blame all this crap on MS, my body is just weird.

4/30/18 - Roadtrip 2018

Five weeks.
3900 miles.
Some mishaps.
Lots of fun.
Excellent weather (in Texas).
Beautiful US of A.

We left Millsboro March 23, 2018 on our exciting adventure. Little did I know by the end of the day I wanted to kill David and sell the blasted trailer. Needless to say things got better, well for most days.

So not to dwell on the negative, I'll move on to the good stuff.  After all, we all get sick of the negative, right?

David did the lion share of the driving, ok, he drove 3800 miles. I drove a little over 100 miles on I-10 and wasn't that scared.  I even passed a few 18-wheelers! I didn't do any backing up as the few times I tried around here I failed miserably.

Max, the happy traveler, loves camping! He gets to smell new pee sites and gets to deposit some of his own. I think the best time Max had was when we were still in Terlingua, TX and he got to run in the desert off-leash and even did some rock climbing with me.

Here he is in Boerne, TX
 On our way south we had to stop to see this guy for some gasoline.
Pedro says...

We did quite a few nights of boondocking.  P.S. I don't like it.  One night we stayed at a Pilot/Flying J and saw how them Georgia boys go muddin'.
That's some red Georgia clay right there
I got to eat some mudbugs in Loooosiana. They were pretty good too. David would not. He doesn't know what's good!
Mudbugs from Hammond, LA

We got to see Meghan quite a few times whilst we were in Texas. She came to camp out with us in Terlingua and Boerne. More about our adventure in Big Bend in another post.  Boerne (pronounced Bernie) isn't far from her apartment.
We spent a few nights in Uvalde, TX. It's the start (or end, depending on your perspective) of the Texas Hill Country. We went for a ride out in their country, beautiful!

 Then we got to the Pecos. These photographs were taken from the east so we didn't see Yosemite Sam.

On the west bank of the Pecos was my first sighting of a Chupacabra, it was after a goat. By the time I got my phone up to take its picture, it vanished.  More about the Chupacabra in my upcoming blog of Meghan and my adventure in Big Bend.

And finally...west Texas! I get serious ranch envy when we go out there. I love that beautiful area of Texas.

Temperature in the 90's.
5-10% humidity.
Sunny, sunny, sunny only interrupted by darkness.

I love this place!! Can you tell?

I got to spend the day with Meghan on her birthday. I hadn't seen her on her birthday in quite a few years.  We even got our hairs cut!

It was a sad time for me to leave her and to leave Texas. We had a blast together and you'll see that in a future post.

David, Max and I had a wonderful vacation. My bed felt so good when we got home. Here's hoping the next trip will be soon.

3/13/18 - Rhyme time with AARP

You probably already know that I, at times, have problems with TV advertising. AARP, you know, the "old" folks gang has come out with advertising that rhymes. The dude in the ad is "rapping" without the music. First off - Are you trying to get people to join AARP by rapping? Second - I HATE rhyming things that aren't poems or songs. Third - What are we? Kindergarteners?

Rhyme time by AARP

More on the rhyming thing...

I don't know if it's the dots on my brain, I'm turning into a curmudgeon OR both but certain things really, really bother me. One of the many things is rhyming, especially business slogans. Business slogans that don't rhyme don't bother me. WTH?

"Where Courtesy Dwells and Service Excels" btw, if you check out that link, it's for a funeral home but you have to look at the name of the cemetery. What do you think when you see that?

Yeah, after reading this I'm leaning towards curmudgeon.

We are leaving next Thursday, can't wait!

#allthehashtags #keepDawnsnarky #iamacerbic

3/10/18 - In 12 days

In 12 days we will be headed south on our maiden voyage of RV lifestyle. The end of January we purchased a small tow-behind trailer. We had originally thought this was going to have to wait until I received social security. I found a new, 2017 Coleman trailer half price in Manassas, VA, it couldn't be passed up.

I'm hoping I'll be able to take you with us where we go.


1/8/18 - 2018 Baby!

I wanted to do an end-of-year post to recap the fun that was 2017 but...stuff happens. Here it is, 2018 Baby! I kept my resolution for 2017 by not killing anyone and will once again resolve to not kill anyone in 2018. I am also adding one more resolution for 2018, no broken bones.

2017 was not a good year for broken bones.  I broke my pinky toe on my left foot three times, the first time was the day before I went to San Antonio, TX to visit Meghan. I broke the pinky toe on my right foot once and broke the pinky finger of my left hand on Christmas Day, not cool. My finger is still pretty swollen and still hurts, two weeks later.

My visit with Meghan in SATX was awesome. We ate good, saw a lot of cool stuff and had a great time just her and I. This year I plan on visiting around Thanksgiving. It's hard going through the holidays without her. Of all the states she could have moved to, I'm glad she picked Texas. If I ever move away from Delaware, that's where I'll be.

2017 I spent the summer with Cali. She turned 7 in March and Nash turned 3 in August. They are my joy!

David had spinal surgery on his neck, removing and replacing three discs and then fusing them together, in August 2017.  His recovery was slow and then he got pneumonia. That poor guy went through a lot.

I am blessed to have Richard, Kristin and my grandbabies so close. When I need help they are right here. It's nice to be able to just walk over and get some baby love.

David's brother Mike came from Illinois for a visit. It was very nice to have him after David had recovered from surgery.

All in all, 2017 wasn't all that bad.

Now...2018 Baby!

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