Prepare to enter the wild and wooly world of an adult with Aspergers Syndrome, a form of autism characterized by intellignce, quirks, social difficulties and downright strange and oddish behaviours.

People with Aspergers generally are high functioning in everyday life but have great difficulty connecting with others due to the inability to read faces, body language and subtle verbal clues. They also tend to take words literally and have a hard time multi-tasking.

Oversensitivity to touch (clothing has to be soft and often the tags removed), light (do not leave home without the sunglasses), sound (loud noises and noisey places are avoided), taste (many Aspies have quite a limited diet and are frequently very picky eaters) and smells makes the everyday existence more of a challenge.

Fasten your seatbelts and come on in...
To find out more about what Aspergers is..please check out my earliest blog entries

Monday, May 25, 2015

Lyme Diary entry #104 Chlorella

My latest weapon in my arsenal battling Lyme is Chlorella. I spent some time researching it today and here are my findings:
Chlorella is a super food composed of single-cell freshwater algae. They call it a super food because it is one of two foods that you could live on Exclusively. If enough Chlorella is ingested, there is no need for any other nutrients and you can be healthy.
Chlorella is composed of 60% protein, 16% carbohydrates, 5% fats and 19% fiber. Yes, that's a lot of fiber. The one big issue, if you take too much too often is digestive cleansing in excess of comfort otherwise known as cramps, diarrhea and gas.
Healing with Chlorella is a marathon, not a sprint. You start off slow and gradually work your system up to 5-10 grams a day, divided throughout the day. Real progress is seen in 3-6 months.
Benefits of Chlorella: improved digestion as the algae causes the good intestinal bacteria, Lactobacilli, to multiply 4 fold, 4x. Also helps eliminate bad breath and excess body odor. The main benefit of taking Chlorella is for its heavy-metal detoxifixation, notably mercury along with lead, aluminum, etc. Mercury is found in dental amalgam fillings (of which the average adult has 8, thus the body absorbs approximately up to 120 micrograms of mercury every single day.) and seafood. All fish have some degree of mercury.
I had all my old amalgram, mercury-ridden fillings removed about 5 years ago, one or two at a time, by my certified dentist. The new porcelain fillings are expensive but I figured my health was worth it.
Chlorella is grown only in approved freshwater ponds in Taiwan. In its natural state, it has a sturdy cell wall which would prevent absorption. Thus, only "broken cell wall" Chlorella is absorbed and utilized in the body. If it doesn't say those three words, the product is completely useless.

 In regards to Lyme and the neurotoxin build up from dying off Borrelia parasites, I have to wonder if the big C would, does remove some of those toxins as well. I need to do more research.

 I started taking 500mg once daily to see what effect it had on my system. No issues so I moved up to 1gm/ 1000 MG daily. After a week then it became 2 gm daily. I did notice healthy intestinal. ..cleansing and some stomach cramps the first couple days. Now, I am comfortable at 2 gm a day. In another week or two, I will move up to 2 1/2 and so on, until I hit a maintenance dose of 5-7 grams daily.

 I read that for people with chronic illnesses that15-20 grams is okay, ideal. I am not a doctor but due to my cathartic intestinal cleansing, I would highly advise working up to this max dose slowly, noting if any distressing side effects occurr. The average time frame in which positive effects are readily seen is 3-6 months. You cannot overdose on Chlorella, or so I read, really I am not a doctor and am not prescribing this supplement or what dose you should take. That is completely your decision.

 I take mine in divided doses throughout the day. The one big rule I read was to avoid any and all caffeine, coffee and soda around pill taking time as it is detrimental.

 Chlorella can assist with repairing nerve tissue, increasing energy level, enhances the immune system, big detoxification, promotes healthy ph, normalizes blood sugar, improves digestion, and helps with weight loss. I kid you not, my appetite has gone down tremendously since I started taking 2gm per day. I simply feel full.

 After 1 year, there will be an increase in healing time. The soft pill shaped supplement can be crushed and applied to cuts, scrapes, rash and wounds. I'd really like to try this!

  It is safe for children at low daily doses of 1- 1 1/2 gram. 

 I am quite intrigued by this super food and the positive effects that I feel taking it for a couple weeks.This is a new Daily addition to my cupboard! I really wanted to share.

  

One great thing about owning a Boston Terrier

Ah, one thing I forgot to mention...Bostons don't smell like a dog. I read it somewhere recently and it is true.
Rosebud has very, very little odour de dog.

The Boston Terrier, Rosebud, Best Puppy Ever & Fun Facts

This is my first puppy! She is a Boston Terrier. I named her after a "character" in my favorite movie, Citizen Kane.
I knew very little about the breed, so I did some research and then figured out a whole lot on my own.
 Fun Facts:
1) Bostons are one of the exclusively American breeds.
2) Boston Terriers have only 2 speeds; asleep and hyper.
3) They are all eyes and ears and have ADHD because they have to stop and look at or listen to every little thing. She reminds me of the detail oriented, high sensory autistic me!
4) Housebreaking is tough...see #3. Rosebud is so curious that she has to watch every leaf blow by, chase snowflakes, listen to airplanes instead of "taking care of business."
5) Bostons do not like snow, cold (note short fur coat), getting their dainty feet and fur wet, too much sun & heat. Typically, Rosebud goes outside, note harness as opposed to collar, soooo much easier, looks around, eats dandelion seeds, grabs a stick or two then romps back into the house where she promptly "does her business" on the linoleum.
6) Rosebud Always has to be in harness and leashed before I even open the door to go outside. Boston Terriers are extremely fast runners, I kid you not. Once or twice an evening she "rip snorts" running at full speed throughout the house, doing laps.
Outside she will chase anything and everything. If she sees a person walking in the distance, she takes off after them. I've seen her try and run to cars. She is a very social animal and loves all people, animals and yes, autos.
7) BT's snore, often loudly. Because of their square head shape and short nose, snoring is,a hallmark. Too funny, too cute.
8) Bostons rarely bark, seriously, but they make up for it with a wide variety of little whines, snorts and whimpers.
9) The funnest fact, Bostons...are gassy. It's ideal to have one around in case you are lactose intolerant or have been eating too much fiber. Blame it on the dog! Silent but deadly.
10) Rosebud loves affection, day and night and can never get enough. Our vet said they are "clinging", whereas I call it affectionate and the ideal companion.
11) BT's love snuggling and sleeping with someone. I was a little nervous at first, when Rosebud only fit in my two hands and was under 3 pounds, but I'd sleep with her up on my chest and cradled her with both hands.
Now that she's older, she loves sleeping under the covers in my lap or tucked in the nook of my elbow.
12) At around 5 months, they don't have to go to the bathroom every hour And can sleep throughout the night!
13) Rosebud is no shrieking violet...she has a mind of her own and rarely comes when called. When she wants to do something it's hard to change her mind.
14) Bostons miss you when you're gone and welcome you home with laid back ears, wiggles, whimpers and adoration.
15) Nail trimming is best done while they are asleep! Because she is in constant motion when awake, she gets all comfy in my blanket with me around 10pm. I keep the puppy toenail clippers nearby and snip here and there. If she awakes, I just wait a few more minutes. See photo of her on her back..easiest night of nail clipping ever.
16) Bostons have very strong jaws and like to feel everything with their mouth. Each day as Rosebud mouths my hand, I say "ouch" if her teeth even touch my skin. Everyday, our morning routine is rub the belly and mouth my hand. She has never broken the skin. It's one of those daily things that must be monitored and done.
17) I love it when Rosebud sleeps with me. I can pet her all night long and she doesn't mind a single bit! I took her to my son's school with just her head sticking out of my winter coat. Just adorable and she greeted and licked every kids hand. She loves everyone.
18) I'm getting her spayed at 7 months, next week. I've also asked the vet to install a microchip, in case she does get lose and runs into the arms of the nearest stranger.
I could not have made a better choice for a friendly, intelligent, affectionate companion!!!!!

 

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Running out of medication, Generic vs Non-generic

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So, I ran out of 2 anti anxiety meds on a three day, holiday weekend. The first one, I had transferred to a new pharmacy. They gave me a generic. Being Aspie I'm leery of anything that looks different, but I bucked up and gave it a try. Nada, nothing, zilch, absolutely no effect. I'm aware that generics are required to do the same job as non-gens, but, obviously the ingredients vary. I have yet to find a generic that has the same effect on my body as non-gens. This pill, this little bugger felt like nothing but a sugar pill, I kid you not.
I took the sugar pills back to the pharmacy where they refused to switch them to my known brand. Thus, I had to figure out my next course of action.  I went down to my doctors office and explained the deal. The receptionists know me there and are very helpful in trying to appease the "PTSD lady who routinely bolts if left alone in tiny, claustrophobic offices for more than 10 minutes." Ah, they know me well, as I presented a similar situation...wait for it...last month.
Okay, options all used up. That med has to either wait to be picked up in 20 days or I have to talk, sputter and plead with the pharmacy. EH, wrong answer, not gonna happen. Chalk it up. Murphy down by 1.
Secondly, I erroneously thought my other anti-anxiety / anti-depressant had refills.
EH, wrong again. Back to the doctors office to once again hear that...well, they'd leave a message for the doctor and keep my fingers crossed that she will call it in before she leaves for her...yes...three day weekend!!! Yay, so happy for the bitch, lol.
So, I'm double screwed. Murphy down by 2. My anxiety is starting to amp up. Those meds are the only things that soften the edges of this abrasive, harsh, non-autistically friendly existence.
The meds definitely have worn off. Sounds, smells and sights are edgier, louder, more pungent and too bright. The usually quiet patter in my head is turning into a not-so-dull roar.
I've already warned my housemates lest they think I'm having a nervous breakdown or fits of anger and rage followed by isolation and lots of ice cream.
Argh, trying to find some mellow via the other prescription meds to hold me semi-steady until this wretched 3 day weekend is Over.
Thus my sorry plight....lol, there are now 5 or 6 meds that require daily intake and consistent refilling, each on a different day, different week, once every single month. Somehow, please God, help me to figure out how to get them all refillable within the same week preferably upon the same day, and hey, how about a two or three month supply? It's these little things...okay, big things that can really upset my precarious peace & tranquility.
I'm just sayin'.

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