Sunday, September 11, 2016

September 2016

Happy September. It is still warm here in Florida but the Gulf is turning slightly too cold for our liking. Could we celebrate Labor Day and then just fast forward to Memorial Day? I like when it is humid, sunny and 90 degrees out.

 We didn't do anything special for Labor Day. My husband sang at a retirement community and I'm sure I was in bed for most of the day. But honestly I don't mind.

 We also had a hurricane make its way through FL. We thankfully only lost power for several hours and it was late at night anyway.

 Our front yard turned into a shallow pool and we had some water come into our lanai. We are thankful it wasn't anything more.

 I have made it to the grocery store twice in the last three weeks. My husband is getting MUCH better at choosing fruit since we are both still eating quite healthy. Fruit, veggies, seeds, nuts, local raw honey and organic chicken. The hubby also eats eggs and grass fed beef. I have absolutely seen a difference in the level of pain in my body. I still have that searing nerve pain but the pressure in my joints has been better.

I'm so thankful for this electric stimulus machine.
 I have been playing around with adding a food back into my diet about once a week and seeing how my body responds. Grapes were a major no. They caused pain. Cashew butter was absolutely a YES! Holy cow, how amazing is cashew butter? I eat it straight out of the jar. Potatoes were a yes and caused no pain. Except without butter or cheese, potatoes are quite dry. I'd rather eat pecans which is what I'm doing. But it is good to know that I could eat a potato without adding pain if I wanted to. I tried wheat this week and that was a no as well.
Headed to Wal-Mart in my new (to me) sweater that cost just 33 cents- score!
My husband doesn't have too many more projects at our home which is fine by him. I added this little sign "We are all broken" to the top of my dresser. I collect broken shells and swap them out every once in awhile.

And now for some dog photos from the last month or so.

We are checking into a new(ish) treatment for CRPS called Neridronate. After Ketamine in January, I'm leery to try anything. However I will speak to someone this coming week who has had Neridronate. It is being used in Italy and has been used for 4 years to treat CRPS.

Past that there really isn't anything too thrilling to report. I have only had two panic attacks in the last several weeks though they were back to back.

Every once in awhile I take myself off narcotics when I feel they aren't helping as much as they should. I have my doctor's permission to do this and it will be this week for as many days as I can stand it. I have a doctor's appointment tomorrow but then the week is open which means I can stay in bed while my body hates me.

Thank you all for your encouragement & prayers.


  1. I can't have butter either but love potatoes. If you can have olive oil or another type of oil you may like pan frying them. I cut them up into small pieces and add them to some heated oil and cook until soft. One of my favorite sides :) I hope your doctor's appointment goes well.

  2. Thanks Theresa! My husband used your idea and put some olive oil into a baggie and then added the cut potatoes. He roasted them. They are better but are still too bland for my liking. I'm sure a lot of salt & cheese would help ;)

    Thanks for the suggestion! :)

  3. Mellissa, I pray for you every time I read your blog. I pray the pain goes away, and I am praying this treatment helps you. I love your sign... we are all broken, its a good reminder that everyone goes through something. We are all broken in one way or another.

  4. Hi Melissa my name is Danielle, i sure am praying for u! I would love any info u have for Dr Malanova. A phone number or email to get into direct contact. Time is of the essence. My email is
    I am trying to possibly avoid the 3rd party route if possible to save some money & just go directly to the source. I've got to get this neridronate in Verona & see how it works. Thank u and will keep u in my prayers :)

  5. Hi Mellissa, how are you? I’m wondering are you still writing about CRPS?


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