Friday

Talking about our problems is our greatest addiction. Break the habit and talk about your joys instead.

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Tuesday

Learn to forgive people and release them. Life feeds back truth to its people, in its own way and time.

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Monday’s Agenda

🎶 Well how could we have known?

I’ll tell them it’s not so hard to tell

No no no

If you keep on adding stones

Soon the water will be lost in the well 🎶

He does this every morning waiting for me to scratch his belly. Then he grabs my arm and pulls my hand up to his mouth to give me a bite. I’ve learned over time that is his way of saying good morning.

After having a tough morning I came into work to find some kind soul had left me a surprise box of Oatmeal Creme Pies! God must have told them I needed it. Thanks anonymous friend.

Spent a good part of the day delivering these St Pat’s Day t-shirts Jason designed around the district to teachers. I ordered extras in case anyone wants one that didn’t get one. Let me know!

Saw this in the Performing Arts Center lobby and the more I looked at it the cooler it got!!

Stopped by Spirit Pack to pick up our Tiger Pride decals, designed by former Tiger Skyla Sullivan! I think they look grrrrrrreat!!!

Came home to find these cool cats hanging out!

Dropped by Grandma’s to see how she was getting along. I remember when there was a tree growing out of these windows! Love the look of revitalization.

Afternoon light casting shadows on the pavement makes me feel compelled to capture it for some reason.

Was amazed by all the students achievements that were recognized at tonight’s school board meeting! We have such talented and gifted students!

Cheeseburgers and fries night!

Officially calling off the state of emergency after picking up some creme eggs earlier today!

Monday

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, a kind compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all which have the potential to turn a life around.

Wednesday

Be brave enough to find the life you want and courageous enough to chase it!

Tuesday’s Agenda

It’s shocking but we’re nothing; We’re just moments; We’re clever but we’re clueless; We’re just human; Amusing and confusing; We’re tryin’ but where is this all leading; We’ll never know…

Monday’s Agenda

The words “Be Not Afraid” are written in the Bible 365 times. It’s no coincidence that God wants you to be reminded of that every single day of the year.

Monday

What you think about, you bring about!

International CVS Awareness Day

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Today is the International Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome Awareness Day. As someone who suffers from this rare chronic illness, I always make it a point to bring my audience’s attention to the fact that this illness even exists! I think it’s important that the sickness has more awareness brought to it, because so often the symptoms of the disease are misdiagnosed, sometimes leading to unnecessary procedures or surgeries.

Quoting from the Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome Association’s website: 

What Is Cyclical Vomiting Syndrome (CVS)?

CVS is an unexplained disorder of children and adults that was first described by Dr. S. Gee in 1882. The condition is characterized by recurrent, prolonged attacks of severe nausea, vomiting, prostration with no apparent cause. In some there is severe abdominal pain. Vomiting occurs at frequent intervals for hours or days (1-4 most commonly). The episodes tend to be similar to each other in symptoms and duration and are self-limited with return of normal health between episodes.

Occurrence

CVS begins at any age. It can persist for months, years or decades. Episodes may recur several times a month or several times a year. Females are affected slightly more than males. The person may be prone to motion sickness, and there is often a family history of migraine. There is a high likelihood that children’s episodes will be replaced by migraine headaches during adolescence.

Symptoms

Episodes may begin at any time, but often start during the early morning hours. There is relentless nausea with repeated bouts of vomiting or retching. The person is pale, listless and resists talking. They often drool or spit and have an extreme thirst. They may experience intense abdominal pain and less often headache, low-grade fever and diarrhea. Prolonged vomiting may cause mild bleeding from irritation of the esophagus. One mother aptly described her child’s state during the episode as a “conscious coma”. The symptoms are frightening to the person and family and can be life-threatening if delayed treatment leads to dehydration.

Diagnosis

CVS has been difficult to diagnose because it is infrequently recognized and is often misdiagnosed as stomach flu or food poisoning. There are as yet no blood tests, x-rays or other specific procedures used to diagnose the disorder. The diagnosis is made by careful review of the patient’s history, physical examination and lab studies to rule out other diseases that may cause vomiting similar to CVS.

Triggers

Although some patients know of nothing that triggers attacks, many identify specific circumstances that seem to bring on their episodes. Colds, flus and other infections, intense excitement (birthdays, holidays, vacations), emotional stress and menstrual periods are the most frequently reported triggers. Specific foods or anesthetics may also play a role.

Treatment

Treatment is generally supportive with much importance placed on early intervention. A dark quiet environment is critical for sleep. Hospitalizations and IV fluid replacement may be necessary. Medication trials sometimes succeed in finding something to prevent, shorten or abort episodes. It is important to work with a physician who does his/her best to understand CVS and is supportive.

Long-Term Treatment

The foundation of long-term management involves a responsive collaborative doctor-patient-family relationship, sensitive to stresses caused by the illness and to triggers such as feelings and attitudes that may pre-dispose to attacks. Consistent, accessible physician care by a care coordinator who understands and communicates the nature of CVS, regardless of specialty, is vital to the family’s well-being. Connections with the Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome Association, a family and professional network, does a great deal toward healing a family that has been in doubt and despair for years.

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For other articles I’ve posted on cyclic vomiting syndrome, see:

I have an invisible illness called cyclic vomiting syndrome

8 Things I do when in a CVS Episode

10 Things to prepare for the next CVS Episode

10 Things a CVS Patient Caretaker can do to Help

The Connection Between CVS and Migraines