Hemoglobin and Ferritin … What?

  The range of normal hemoglobin levels is; 12-16.   The range of normal ferritin levels is; 15-205.     Hemoglobin and iron are proteins in the body. Hemoglobin is in your red blood cells and carries oxygen to your body’s organs. If your hemoglobin is low, this means you are anemic. Ferritin is a protein produced by the…

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“The Shadow Boxers” – Book Review and Giveaway!

Originally posted on Picnic with Ants:
My friend Kim Johnson over at I Tripped Over a Stone, got together with Karen Anderson and wrote a book to help others find how they can LIVE with fibromyalgia.  They know that with fibromyalgia every day can feel like you are fighting shadows. With over 50 years of…

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Three Days Without Zoloft.

Yes, I am on Zoloft. (Sertraline in its generic form.) I have been for almost 20 years. In conjunction with years of cognitive behavioral mental health therapy, this antidepressant has kept me sane. I’ve gone off it on my own several times, thinking I feel better and I don’t need to be on an anti-depressant!…

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I Just Want to Walk to the Bathroom.

(This is a topic that might make some of you squeamish but others will thank me and begin buying Cottonelle, the very best brand of toilet paper in my opinion.)     Magnesium! Many warn against taking magnesium because it may give you diarrhea! Once I heard that I couldn’t order mine fast enough! I am…

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Welcome to Fibro for a Day!

Many people have experienced being tired, exhausted even. But chronic fatigue is more than being tired. It is waking up after a full night of sleep and feeling like you never slept at all. There is no escape, no quick fix, you are in a fatigued state, always. Often you may not be able to…

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Charlottesville, A Red Herring?

I do not like writing about politics. I do not like writing about religion. But I’m sick of the wool being pulled over our eyes and I won’t stand by as Americans are led like lambs to the slaughter with false information and ignorant news casters reporting fallacies, not facts. Do you know what a red herring…

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You Have Always had the Power.

I recently read an article in The Mighty about a woman who wrote what her 5 worst symptoms of fibromyalgia are; Guilt Grief Anxiety Fatigue Brain Fog I do not disagree! These are all symptoms people experience with fibromyalgia and yes, they qualify as some of the worst. These happen to be hers. I see…

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Guest Post: I Tripped Over A Stone — Knocked Over By A Feather

I’ve had the idea stewing in my brain on having a few fellow bloggers contribute now and then on KOBAF. I’m currently undergoing a worsening of my fibro symptoms, as most of you guys are aware. My original goal of posting almost each day is just not possible right now. (I used to post twice.…

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I think I’m going to Snap!

It is Sunday, a beautiful Sunday morning! I am so tense, so anxiety-ridden, I feel like I am going to start screaming and not be able to stop!  This is what it feels like when you have gone through a fibro flare and are now returning to manageable pain. The rescue medications you took during…

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Who Made You the Leader?

The big buzz words; Kratom, Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN), hemp oil, and cannabis. Don’t know what they are? What the difference even is? All I can say is google away. There is information out there to boggle the mind! Good vs. Evil. Wrong vs. right. Legal vs. illegal. Natural vs. Synthetic. There is never-ending information…

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I am Tired.

I am honestly doubting myself tonight. Am I strong enough to get through the next week? Every thing I am trying to do is crumbling around me and I just keep smiling and saying “yes,” “yes,” “yes!” I’m trying to fix a line editor’s suggestions for my book, but I didn’t have the right program…

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