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  1. I can't give much details, but a dear friend really needs prayers right now for a medical issue. Serious symptoms and the doctors are stumped. They've ruled out what they were considering {a potentially fatal parasite} and are starting back at square one yet again.
  2. I'm one of the 70 as well - twice over. First from losing over 50lbs in the first trimester due to Hyperemesis Gravidarum that was incredibly poorly treated. Secondly from a complication in delivery - turns out I'm one of the rare few who cannot take demerol and phenergen together without it causing me to lose the breathing reflex. But if they'd read my charts...they'd have known I had issues with Phenergen already. And I didn't even ASK for nausea meds in labor! All I asked for was to change postitions because my back {spinal issues} was killing me from laying flat.
  3. hmm. That makes things complicated. I need to keep the Vit. D high or I suffer from joint pain and weakness to the point of being bedridden. And it also is a huge factor in helping my mental status - when my levels get low, I'm not someone I'd want to be around. So just dropping the D, even for a while to work on the Methyls probably isn't going to work either. I'll try backing down on the dose some and see what happens - I can tell pretty quickly when the mood issues start usually. It's intriguing that the effect is similar to Niacin. When I started the Methylfolate, the first week or so I was "warm". Amazing after having been chronically cold for most of my life. I'm still warmer than I was before, but I've gotten used to it. I haven't tried with k2 yet. From what I understood - k2 is for clotting, right? I figured with my family history of clots and strokes that having thinner blood would be a good thing. And I'm excited about my next set of labs. By then I'll have been on Methylfolate and Methylcycobalamin for nearly 3 months. I am very interested to see how it affects my Vit D and thyroid levels.
  4. I take 15,000 to 25,000 iu daily. That brings me up to low 50's usually. I've tried taking higher doses yet to see if I can get it to a better range {My endo would like to see me be 85+ for levels} but my body simply won't.
  5. If anyone can elaborate on this scenario, I'd appreciate it. That's me, plus the Vit D deficiency genes mentioned upthread too {I'm ++ for multiple ones of those, which explains why even though I live in the south, am outside a ton, and never use sunscreen my vit. D level without supplementation is about 5}. I've been through the Ben Lynch website but it's so confusing tbh. I've been taking Pink Stork brand 1mg Methylfolate for a month now, along with 1000mcg of Methylcobalamin {Nature's Bounty brand}. I can say I do feel better and the mental fog is markedly improved....but still not well. And I periodically have arm aches that seem to be tied to the methylfolate - I don't know if that means I need to go higher or lower or what exactly. I'm stuck figuring it out myself - my doctor says "just take a regular multivitamin and you'll be fine". And my insurance won't cover a ND.
  6. I'm trying to work less on academics this year and more on school habits. One of this things I've done is to {with DD's input} switch to more workbook based programs. We've found Spectrum workbooks to be a good fit for Language Arts and Science - but they don't have history! We were doing lifepac....but it's just not working. it's too much, too biased, and just not a good fit. Does anyone know of something similar to spectrum workbooks, for either US, Texas or World history? Geared towards middle school -ish?
  7. I wish I'd pushed more on math. DD was such a good reader that I figured the math would come in time....it hasn't.
  8. https://www.amazon.com/l/16256994011?ms3_c=0068becfbce7f03fe37940b01a5da309 I think that should take you to it. Otherwise, try prime > see more plans > do you have a EBT/medicaid card
  9. Don't forget if you get some types of assistance - you can get prime for $6 a month. I think it's SNAP, Medicaid, and maybe WIC? It's been a god-send for us. Anything heavy - I get shipped or primenow. We stream a ton.
  10. Saw this and wanted to share - I know there are others here who did DNA for health reasons. Promethease DNA upload FREE until May 10, 2018 DNA day sale at Promethease where you upload your raw file and get EXTENDED results for FREE until May 10, 2018
  11. I've a big pack of beef stew meat that needs used. No idea what to do with it - I was thinking stew, but it's warmed up and I don't feel like stew / chili / soup. It's decently big chunks, and a big pack so would probably be several meals once I prep and portion, so whatever I do needs to reheat well. Any ideas?
  12. It's my understanding that all DNA tests are pretty much the same. Some give access to selected health results, but it's iffy. I'd do the lowest cost test, then take the raw data and run it through websites like Codegen and Promethese - they are better for medical I've been told.
  13. Okay here goes. I'm making a big batch of fruit leather today in my dehydrator. I'm using a bunch of odds and ends of things - pureed strawberries, applesauce pouches, random baby food fruits, etc. I have some blueberry pouches. Just pureed organic blueberry. But they are for made for dogs - would you use them? I don't see any reason not to per say, but something seems off about using them too. The website says "Our products are grown and processed in the same facility as our human grade products and since there are no additional ingredients, it’s also safe for human consumption."
  14. I went with a twin until DD and I moved here 5 years ago. Then I upped to a full. I could go either way now, but I like having room to have my laptop on the bed
  15. The only themes I see are "Default" aka very bright and "Well Trained Mind Default" aka still very bright, but now with more blue. I'm talking full white on black type dark theme. Something like this.
  16. I need ideas please. I have a bunch of Queso Fresco and some Panela. Gluten free is a plus.
  17. Please please please make a "Dark" theme. Soon. My eyes are begging you. I can only handle about 5 minutes of this bright white, even with brightness down, before I have to stop.
  18. Testing to see if mine is right ETA: Everything works!
  19. Got my genes for good DNA results back today. As I strongly suspected...I'm homozygous for C677T MTHFR. 2 copies. What now? What, if anything, should I do? I presume I need different vitamins - which ones?
  20. I saw this earlier. I'm excited because I should have my DNA results back from GenesForGood any day now and I'll be able to check for this gene. I also agree there are probably other causes as well. I know personally there was doubt if it was actual HG or HG like symptoms caused by an underlying thyroid issue.
  21. TV dinners {and other quick fix meals}. Uber or Lyft vs the bus. Online friends. Good Bubble Bath {I like the honest co ones} ANd gosh darn it....an occasional drink, usually jack and coke or similar. It just helps melt the stress off.
  22. I was told it was contra-indicated because I'm hyper thyoid {controlled with medication} which causes mal-absorbtion of nutrients already. WLS surgery would worsen that and potentially cause issues. I'll double check again though. I'm so sick of trying things only for them to not work.
  23. I'm struggling here. I need to lose at minimum 100lbs for both physical and mental health reasons. My metabolism is shot {two rounds of long term near starvation due to illness, thyroid issues, etc}. Dealing with joint issues caused by a mystery illness, but also in part due to {suspected} celiac and a Vit. D deficiency. And of course add in high stress and we all know that affects weight too. I've tried several diets over the last 2 years - and I'm still within a pound of where I started. I give up - it doesn't seem to matter if I binge on chocolate and chips or eat super healthy - my weight remains within a 15lb window! I'm willing to try just about anything. Here's what I have tried so far: Weight Watchers - worked well for me back in 2004, but the last 3 times I've tried it I either maintained or gained {new programs}. Paleo / Whole30 - I lost about 20-ish {not entirely sure it was actually the diet, tbh} Nutrisystem - of everything I've tried over the last 2 years, this was easiest imo. I loved the ease of just grabbing my food and not having to worry about weighing or measuring or anything. I lost maybe 15lbs over a few months. But now with celiac, I can't do nutrisystem because everything contains wheat. Calorie Counting {myfitnesspal / sparkpeople} - there's something about the numbers that just doesn't work for me. I start off tracking...and then grab the first candy in sight, and say forget it. Then rinse and repeat the next day. IF I do manage to stick to it....I usually just maintain. and I'm painfully hungry, which leads to falling off the diet etc. Weight loss surgery - I looked into it and am not a canidate due to the thyroid causing issues. Nutritionist - they can't figure out WHY I'm the weight I am, and never have been able to. My diet is usually healthy, I eat balanced most of the time, I get exercise....
  24. I explained it pretty much the same, with the additional bit of "sometimes you can have a special love for more than one person, and that's poly which is less common, but still okay." I think dd was about 8 or 9 at the time.
  25. Yup. I deal with this every 6 months. My income is not a traditional job {mix of rebates, compensation for surveys, etc}. Caseworkers never know what to do with it - half just ignore it and put no income, half want handwritten letters explaining it in minute detail. There's no rhyme or reason as to which they decide either.
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