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If you but reach for it,
you can hold all the world with in the palm of your hand.
Not in the grabbing of power or things,
but in the letting go of things that do not matter
to make room for the essential self
which is already all the world with in.

Pill Organizers Come with Legal Risk

Most of us that are chronically ill are prescribed medications. The more of these medications you have, the more difficult it can be to manage them in a way that ensures you are taking them as they’ve been prescribed. Pill organizers are a common household item for us Spoonies and Zebras. I own a few of them myself and find them to be highly valuable. But there are times that these shouldn’t be used and could actually put us at risk for legal problems.

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Life Transitions

Hello my Zebras and Spoonies. Thank you for coming over and hanging out with me for a little while. I am really glad that you are here.

Something that we don’t tend to think of as a stressor in our lives is our life transitions. These are the times in our lives that we are having a role shift or a major change in the way that we are living. Some examples of these are marriage, the birth of a child, retiring, the death of a significant person in our life, a disabling accident, or having a chronic illness that develops to the point of disabling us, getting a new job, traveling to a new location, a new place of living, getting a new house or a new apartment, getting divorced, graduating from school (high school or college), empty nest syndrome, and many others. All of these are times in our lives where we change the roles that we’re playing. With that comes a shift in our identity and how we see ourselves.

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The Challenge of Eating

Hello my Zebras and Spoonies! Thanks for stopping by and visiting with me today!

Like many of us with chronic illness, I have challenges when trying to eat. I have to eat a special diet in order to keep my stomach happy and to avoid having flares. I eat a low glycemic index, high sodium, high fluid, pescatarian and low histamine diet. Which is to say: I eat within a really narrow range of “safe foods.” Does this sounds familiar? Maybe not the same diet, but the same struggle?

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Free Agency

The universe is infinite in both size and time. When compared to this incomprehensible immensity, we are beyond insignificant. It is rather like being a single cell within a human body. An essential working component to the whole, but inconceivably too small to ever be considered by that greater whole. So, whether or not the universe holds a consciousness has never seemed a relevant question to me. That is like asking if a human is paying attention to the individual cells making up their body. If the universe has a consciousness, it is unlikely that it would ever spend time in consideration of a single human individual given the context of the vastness of the universe as a whole. Especially when one considers the very real possibility of the multiverse.

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Medical Journaling

How do you make sure that the different pieces in your life all stay stable and well managed? The answer is that there’s no magical answer for everyone in doing this and that, unfortunately, it’s just a lot of trial and error. No matter how good of a regimen you have, no matter how good of a system, and no matter how good a support structure you have, there are always going to be flares and there’s always going to be difficult days that your symptoms are more pronounced than on other days. I think the key to focus on isn’t whether or not you’re having flares, but whether or not those flares are at a manageable level, and whether or not they’re staying at the same amount of frequencies.

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