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Thanks Bizi ...We always did elderberry growing up soon as one of us coughed sideways my mom went for a drive that stuff grew along sides of the road in Florida lol she also made a wonderful jelly with them. I also have ACV , honey, ginger on hand from when steve was last sick.
yes! My grandmother taught me to use ACV, honey, garlic and, sometimes, ginger. When I know I am starting a rather severe respiratory viral infection, I use that mixture AND I peel garlic cloves and either chew them, slice them or swallow them whole.

A Dr, Jarvis, from Vermont (USA), wrote on the usefulness of ACV-based mixtures used for various health conditions with both people and with large animals ( esp. dairy cattle). I recall my grandfather, a dairy farmer, pouring ACV on the hay/feed in the winter when the cattle were coughing, noses dripping, etc.

D. C. Jarvis - Wikipedia

Now ACV is also used to stabilize blood sugar, according to a couple of my friends living with diabetes. (They take it in tablet form.)

My grandmother always added approx. a tablespoon or less of raw ACV to a glass of water just before meals. She had said this helped her to easily digest her food.

I could go on about the uses in folk medicine, but won't. I am getting too far OT! My maternal great- grandmother was the region's "doctor"/midwife until a trained physician came to the region much later in her life. So my grandmother was well-trained in " Folk Medicine."

I use the raw ACV (Bragg's).

Just a brief note of caution: Anyone with serious immune deficiency issues should check with their doctor prior to ingesting raw ACV and/or raw honey.
I'd be very cautious about using these two ingredients in their raw form with young children, as well.

I hope anyone feeling unwell in any way can rest up and will recover asap!
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Snow day. I took a bubble bath, and now I am baking. Still stuck in this depression, but at least I am trying to do little things.
Nice! Sounds very inviting and relaxing!
The little things count, too!
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I'm giving my dog away! I love her but i've always felt guilty about the inconsistent schedule i have her on. This is due to my bipolar cycles, being manic in the Spring and Fall and up at dawn and depressed in the Summer and Winter and up at noon. That has to be hard on her. Dogs need routine. Also, due to being so rundown physically due to bipolar i haven't been walking her. I've just been taking her to a dogpark, which isn't ideal either.

So my neighbor's dog died recently and she is a superb dogmom, you can set your clock by her, she was out three times a day walking her dog and she's going to take my dog! That way my dog's environment stays the same and i can still see her occasionally. My neighbor already loves my dog and my dog loves her and i know she is going to a good home.

My neighbor is going away to Florida for a week soon so we'll just try and transition my dog for now. My neighbor's going to be taking her out for walks and i'm so glad i don't have to face that anymore! I love my dog but i won't miss the crushing guilt i've felt about her inconsistent schedule. I'm just soooooooooo pleased! It's best for all of us.
Wow!

I often think of us as "guardians" of our pets more than "owning" them.
Your love story about your dog demonstrates your role as a truly outstanding guardian! I hope, if ever in a similar position, I'd have a heart as big and as strong as yours.

I am grateful there are people like you and like your neighbor, too, taking excellent care of the dog you share.
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Iíve spent the last few days laying low due to a Fibromyalgia flare-up. Feeling better this morning which is great because I have my cousinís Engagement party this evening. Big event, 150 people, so Iím both excited, and a little worried Iíll have to leave early due to exhaustion, or anxiety. Overall, Iím positive it will be fun.

Things arenít going so well between my partner (ex-husband) and I. We just seem to annoy each other. I can see all the reasons we split in the first place and they are mostly problems that canít be fixed. Long story. I love him dearly but he has no insight into his contribution to our issues, and never takes responsibility for anything. Iím too attached right now to end it, and also heís in a dark place so Iíd hate to abandon him, but it is also not good for my health. It seems we are going in different directions now. The relationship feels doomed. There are many positives. This is just where Iím at right now.

Apart from resting Iíve been planning, and organising my year. It all hangs on my health both physical, and mental. I plan to do all I can to have a successful year, and end it employed.
Fibro exacerbations can be so incredibly painful, so distressing in many ways. I go through this and am sorry you do, as well.

Relationships are rather notoriously challenging, for sure. it certainly seems as though you both care deeply for one another. Of course, we also need to consider whether the differences/difficulties are weighing upon us too heavily, affecting any aspect of our well-being to any degree.

Any chance a couple's counselor might assist him with some insight and/or help him to take responsibilities? I'm not second-guessing you. In thinking about what you've written, I am reminded of relationships I've seriously had to end. I am also reminded of a couple of others where I am sorry I did not try even short-term counseling.

it's fantastic you are proactively addressing your goals for your future!
This reminds me that I need to better adjust and clarify mine!

You are sounding good!

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Went to a dermatologist yesterday and left with several prescriptions. I was mostly going for the rash I have had on my wrist for over 2 months, but it would be nice to get rid of the acne and red splotches on my face. Also, I think I am way less likely to skin pick if my skin is cleared up, so might be an easy way to help with that, too. I also will be getting glasses soon, I picked out a pair in a light tortoise.
I am feeling pretty down and lacking energy. I guess I am depressed, but don't even know. I am also just weirded out by my cognitive issues when I really think about them, but am trying not to dwell. Like, I don't remember faces of people I know sometimes, get lost/disoriented in familiar places, my memory is terrible, my executive function and attention are not good. Add in the sensory issues and I am just confused as to what is wrong with the way my brain is working. Is this really all anxiety/depression related? My gut tells me no, yet maybe I am just underestimating the effects of anxiety. Anyways, really hope that my psychiatry appointment is useful.
I am going to try to work on my paper today. Got to get out of bed first and shower.
Wishing everyone a nice weekend.
hi!

As I read your post, I had started to wonder if some of your cognitive challenges might be med-related?

I have seen anxiety and depression also cause some rather severe impairments, as well.

I hope you'll gain some clarification on this and I hope the symptoms are transitory.
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