Monday, 31 December 2012

A witch arriving in 6 days time !..More children and more traditions to celebrate ..

We all know many a story about St Nic and the many origins of Santa , so here are some other traditions..which we have adopted into our American/Italian/Spanish/German/English family LOL!

 When I was little the idea of being left a lump of coal on the 6th of January was inevitable as I knew that along with my orange and sweets and nuts for being a good girl I also would get the traditional coal If I had been naughty , I was always relieved when I had no coal. My children come home from Italy tomorrow having celebrated missed Santa and having celebrated  La Befana early as they have to be back in school on the 6th of January on our traditional day of celebration in both Italy and Spain. The similarities now are overwhelming as each culture alters the traditions to make them more appealing and to make more money, Coal is now available in an edible candy as seen above and is now almost expected in every childs stocking!

Father Christmas now hangs in the market stalls along side La Befana for sale and they even have stickers with La Befana on. The idea of the old hag flying around on her broomstick dropping sweets down the chimney into your socks along with the now more appealing edible coal is just not as appealing now that I have older children. The image of the old Shaman entering via the chimney in the snow cloaked in deep red and green also still springs to mind and we still see the red and white mushrooms to hang up as decorations too!Red and white proving to be far popular than winter greens.

 Whilst you can see the Befana is indeed often depicted as what we would recognise as a witch she has now been softened into a sweet old lady wearing warm reds carrying the gifts in her back sack - no pointy hat and no broomstick in sight on this one.. in fact she reminds me of good old St Nick!
 Meanwhile in Spain my family prepare for the wild street party which will begin with the three kings parade and lots of throwing of confetti and sweets into the crowd. The three Kings are eagerly awaited and they too bring coal to the naughty. Now in one story La Befana met the Three Kings and was asked the way by the Magi who were following the star , she regretted not going and supposedly has been delivery presents ever since , there is a more sinister version but you can look that up.
The Rosca on the left is a traditional cake for Reyes (the three kings) and in my opinion is far nicer than the grown up Christmas cake we get in the Uk and far easier to bake and decorate with the kids too . The Panettone on the right  is now pretty much available everywhere and is the Italian cake . I tend to buy ready made ones as this recipe is my favourite one to burn as I get side tracked playing with the kids lol. One thing I have learned to appreciate over the years of combining my heritage and traditions for the sake of my children is that as the decades go by the differences between them are softening around the edges and it makes it easier to combine and blend them to suit or rather large family.  For those of you celebrating Reyes or La Befana I wish you 'Felices Fiestas' xx

Friday, 28 December 2012

The end of an era a Happy Chirstmas & Happy New year to you all!

 My website for encouraging natural beauty finally came to the end of it's free subscription and it was time to make the move to set up another page this time with Envirowealth and weebly allowing me to conitinue my efforts to help other do the best they can to try greener products by shopping with local and small businesses across the UK. Starting with a new mission statement to reflect the changes ahead for 2013 and closing the first leg of the journey for 2012.

I do hope you all had a very merry Christmas, for us it was a very quiet one, time to reflect and time to consider some huge changes for 2013. My 3 eldest children left to go to Italy to visit their dad and my middle two went to Canada with their half brother and Dad too . Leaving my husband and I to enjoy some time alone with our youngest daughter. We stayed home, let he build and decorate her own tree and decorated some biscuits. We popped out for some last minute shopping and then relaxed on Christmas day and did not bother with turkey and trimmings opting for enchiladas and cheesy wraps and ice cream tubs instead , far more relaxing. Hopefully by the time my older children return we should have news on my health and on our impending move , in the meantime I wish you all a Happy New Year !

Monday, 17 December 2012

Reflecting on 60 seconds networking intro and the memorable dipping coin .

You may remember when I was actively networking that my favourite whilst doing my 60 seconds introduction was to dip a coin in the cleaner only to surprise everyone that during that time one half was clean and shiny with no scrubbing - with that in mind I share with you the following tips .No Chlorine no bleach , not a parlour trick just something I tried and tested!

My  mum came to visit recently and said how annoying it was to open the dishwasher and find that the tea stained cups still looked grotty, she set about spraying each of them with another of the cleaners you can see the 3 steps here - fresh from dishwasher yuck !-one quick spray- then rinse well!
 Of course for me the biggest challenge this year was eliminating bleach and chlorine from the house some of you know that my sister encouraged me to switch to a brand called Ecosense and became a Melaleuca marketing executive and had a go at starting my own little business to help my sister. It proved to be great fun as I learned a lot about labels and safety of products. I discovered a whole new range of products  that although I no longer run a business would never give up. I thought I would blog a little about what I love about the products and why for me it is a pleasure being a preferred customer but also why I chose not to continue with the business.

I was able to  buy 35 pts worth of products quite easily , which as many of you may know is the amount you are asked to purchase once a month to become a preferred customer and get not only a 30-40% discount but also 10% cashback advantage pounds.  In fact on average with a family of 8 I probably use around 100 pts but I like to budget so I do try and stick around the 35pts as this equates to approx £38-£50 worth of products.  One of the nice things is that it made me stream line my bathroom as you can see we have a his and hers set - how many excess products are cluttering up your shelves?
In my lower cabinet I have my first aid box , reusable cloth pads and just 2 cleaning products undiluted. So by the time I add them to 5 parts water into a spray bottle they go a long way to saving me time money and space.

 Of course with 6 children their bathroom tells a slightly different story but again we manage with the koala pals range for my 8 year old, the original melaleuca shampoos for my boys and the affinia range for my older daughters who have very long hair . No aerosols even though we get hairspray and even deoderant and antiperspirant from them too . We have all 3 toothpastes in a multipack with the dental floss, gum and mouthwash .

In the laundry room we have one shelf with super concentrated products , I fell in love with the fresh scent although I met many customers wh preferred the scent free range . I love the smell as I empty 3-4 loads of laundry a day onto my washing line and when I had a tumble dryer I used to add a bit of melasoft to a hand towel and throw it in as an anti static. Now I just add it into the wash as a fabric softener along with a small cap of eat prespot  into where I used to add a spot of bleach. I also mix up a spray with water 1/4 parts cleaner to pre spray any dried in stubborn stains and have been surprised as my girls use washable pads how clean they come out of the machine. Even socks with grass stains have retained their colour which was quite a challenge for any detergent to be honest.  Of course I have had the chance to try these products over the last year as their ethos is that anyone can build a business but to build one you need to truelly know the value of the products. I can tell you that whilst the products are not the cheapest on the market they are certainly good value for money.
So you may ask why I gave up recruiting and selling the membership ? -  The difficulty I had  is that I am a consumer and a mystery shopper by nature, not a sales lady. When you start the business you are not selling the products , the customer like you buys them direct from the company but what you are selling is the same  membership that you purchase with the exact same benefits which even now is hard to believe. There are a complex set of rules and earnings which if you want to know more about I would suggest you get in touch and I can introduce you to another business builder who I am sure will happily tell you more.
 I was happy to trust my sister and purchase the membership with their money back guarantee but I soon learned that many people mistrusted the concept and misguidedly thought I was selling products either as a party plan or an MLM style. The hardest thing for me was explaining that I did not host parties, I did not sell products . I could recommend based upon my personal experience but that at the time I was selling membership. Despite this I did well and soon became a Director , meanwhile my sister and her team grew in phenominal numbers across Canada and the USA and I saw their posts as they clearly could and would sell membership to anyone. I hit several obstacles , first on a health level I was only devoting 5 hours a week to doing what they refer to as critical activities . I have no doubt had I invested more of my time I would have achieve more. But I was content and wrote an article all about how I had saved and earned . Chuffed with the results and chuffed to have found something that worked. I also struggled with the idea that many of the customers I approached preferred to be a direct customer buying at full price never fully understanding the value and savings they would make , perhaps seeing me with 6 children they thought they would never buy enough to save? However I had one single gentleman who joined who proved even in a household of 1 he benefited from being preferred , maybe it was just about timing .
 I have never been terribly patient , but I feel that as my health had to become a priority that my decision to stop marketing was the right one for me. Now the pressure is off and I can blog when I feel like it helping others and raising awareness. I am no longer a Director I am happy being a preferred customer and I suspect now that I have converted my children we will all be customers for a long while yet. We love the idea that the company prides itself on the over 250 natural products and that unlike other companies they are doing their best to keep our waters free of chlorine and bleach playing their part to protect the environment. For me it may not have been the right business but as for a wise decision to switch and save - it gets the thumbs up !

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

30 seconds ..seriously? and why I needed to find myself in my wardrobe !

I had to blog about my recent indulgence , I purchased an ebook , the latest one from colour me beautiful within it I was shocked to find that as a nation we really do judge a book by its cover . Quite often within the first 30 seconds we are looking at how well groomed you are, what your style says about you and we begin to formulate ideas based upon what we perceive from the superficial information gained at first sight!
 This idea came as a bit of a shock , I have to say that over the years I have been known to have what some might call a throw away wardrobe. That is to say I literally keep the bare minimum in my closet , make sure it is pretty much colour co ordinated , seasonal and then I willingly had it over to charity. I have had times in the past when my obseccion for a certain pair of shoes or a hat has driven my family crazy as I have changed the colour of my hair , tried nail extensions, hair extensions all to satisfy a craving to be accepted in society and more importantly by the ones I love.

In the past I have been very submissive to both style magazines, even branding but when my financial situation changed over night I had to consider how best to continue to fuel my OCD without spending too much. I was doing pretty good right up until I had my stroke and became dependant on others to wash and dress me. Suddenly I had no choice or desire to shop for clothes , I was greatful if someone could just get me something on without causing me too much pain in the process. I hid under my large waterproof cape all winter long and even on ocassion got away with wearing my comfy PJs underneath. So it was very exciting when I finally got out of my chair and naturally I shopped where I was volunteering at a charity shop and later picked up a few bargains whilst doing some visual merchandising. I was awarded for my window display and complimented on achieving such a seasonal co ordinated look , but at this point what I wanted was to be the mannequin not dress them every day .

 As my health took one more sharp turn I also lost 5 1/2 stone in weight taking me from 20/22 down to 16/18 with  a bump and then right down to 10/12 .
The funny thing was instead of rushing out to buy a new wardrobe I suddenly felt I had a chance to re invent myself . I asked my children what should mummy look like in her 40s , they each gave me odd bits of advice. I turned to my husband who said he wanted me to be me . This proved frustrating as I was suddenly faced with a very differently proportioned me who I did not know how to dress.

I sought help from several sources, first I had to tackle my perception of who I was and learn to look at myself in the mirror. Once I had accepted I moved on to seeing a wonderful lady called Jane Cooke who had complimented me on my coat of all things and despite my terrible memory I recalled how well she was dressed and how effortlessly she moved within the room . She had more than a fashion sense , her clothes did not wear her she wore them, her colours made her stand out , radiant and confident . I later had the chance to attend an open house with my daughters and we purchased some stunning jewellery . At this stage I was still to shy to even glance at the colours or the clothes. I delved back into my book shelves peering over cut outs of shapes and colours and laughed as I had kept just about every   reference I would need for a larger bust , wider calves and wide hips and nothing on what to do with me now .

 I decided to visit a neighbour who does a colour me beautiful session and we had a lovely time over a cuppa as I explained my predicament. I was relieved to find that for the most part the clothes and colours I was most attracted to were the right balance for me. Renewed with confidence I popped out and spent £38 in 3 charity shops and was amazed at how many compliments I got over the next 3 days. I contacted Jane this time with a firm idea in my mind as to what I wanted to look like but little idea as to quite how to put it all together. This is where her talent comes in to play. She was able to send me pictures based upon some of the items I had already found on the kettlewell site so that  I would be able to extend my wardrobe making it the perfect eco friendly capsule that I was after. I would have those all essential key pieces and a few fashionable 'throw aways ' to fuel my mood.

The tips she has given me and the advice in general has seriously made me think very differently about clothes. My perception of who I am has also softened, I have regained a femininity which I thought I had lost with my curves. I have regained a youthful glow which I am complimented on even with my current jaundice as I can now cleverly distract people with some tricks up my sleeve . I cannot thank Jane enough and I am so looking forward to taking my daughter down pre prom as her ultimate indulgence. She is hoping to find her dream dress and feel like a princess for the day , and I have every confidence that Jane will ensure my Cinderella goes to the ball in style .

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Timing is everything

 I have not blogged in a while as I have been rather unaware of one day blending into the next. I had a follow up appointment with my psychiatrist as they had doubled my fluoxetine dose and instead of feeling better I began to feel much worse. Originally I was placed on fluoxetine as it is an ideal medication for fibromyalgia as it helps with mood but sadly the wrong dosage can as it turns out have quite a negative effect. I was rapid cycling and literally up and down within minutes let alone hours or days . He could only apologise once more as yet again I need to be weaned from one drug to another . The last one Seroquel had me suffering with tachycardia , breathless and caused double vision and it would seem that my body for a short while improves on the medication and then suddenly it takes a nasty swing in the opposite direction causing more side effects than benefits . So I was nervous of yet another change . I am now two weeks in and feeling a little more able to sit and write now and then . So my ramblings continue ..
 I have linked a new facebook page to my blog and am continueing to support the many talented local businesses who I met during my toe dipping experience into networking. There are a hug number of fantastic groups and community pages and websites devoted to networking and yet I am pleased to see that a few people are beginning to come on over and like the new page and are sharing what they are doing . It is nice to keep in touch and whilst I may not be well enough to network in real life the virtual world is still easy to access as is online shopping . So I hope you will find the page a useful free resource as well as an extension to mummy ramblings it will highlight those businesses which are making a difference to the environment and our wealth . It is my personal way of thanking everyone who supported me through my journey this year .
In my house we celebrate Christmas every other year, this year my children are off to Italy and Canada with their Dads and extended family so the usual baking and decorating is on hold. We are all boxed up awaiting news of our move to a new home. Something which came rather unexpectedly but which we are all adjusting to and now dare I say it even looking forward to. For us it will mean a new lifestyle, one we can just about afford. A smaller eco friendly home , with less gas and electric bills and less wasted space. Two of my children are now full time boarders thanks to their dad and my eldest is moving out so many new changes for the new year.
 If there is one new thing I have learned this year is that for my family timing is everything.  None of us likes change and none of us likes the unexpected but in time we are adjusting and together we will move on to a new adjusted lifestyle in the new year . It is never to late to change and every day we spend together is more precious than the day before . Time passes all to quick and as I look back over the Christmases gone by I smile at the memories of happier times.  Now it is time for me to plan my next visit back to the hospital for further tests in the hopes of getting some answers as to my prognosis before the children come back from their Christmas holidays.

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Accept difference. Not indifference!

So tonight I returned to a group jointly run by my local Surrey Advocacy Group together with the National Autistic Society   (NAS). I have been a member of the National Autistic society for many years and found them incredibly supportive and I had stopped attending the meetings for personal reasons which I won;t go into. Inspired by the fact that the local NAS amabassador invited me back to try it as it is under new leadership I went along to see what it was like . So I thought I would blog a little in case any of you know anyone who may benefit from this mummy rambling :-)
Autism Alert card
This is the card I carry in my handbag , I even got one for a friend :-)
91p in every £1 goes directly to helping people affected by autism.
It takes £20 a month  give practical support to someone with autism who is looking for work. You will find lots of advice and details on their website if you want to know more about how they help people like me and my children on the spectrum.
Or how about buying some Xmas cards - check out next years competition for Adults and children alike and maybe enter your design here 
These meetings have proved invaluable for me as an undiagnosed adult with Aspergers. I discovered a likeness to my diagnosed children almost two decades ago . The NAS has been helping people like me for 50 years and yet as we discovered tonight there are still many of us who remain without a diagnosis. Sadly there is not enough funding for PR on local groups and the amazing contribution they make to our daily lives and to that end I leave you with some links to browse should you find the time . I have met some wonderful people through the NAS events .  I hope you can accept the difference too and not be Indifferent . Find out if there is a local support group near you , I host the ocassional coffee morning for newly diagnosed parents of children on the spectrum and I also atted meetings such as the one tonight to receive support as an adult . Let's spread the work we are not disabled , as Wendy Lawson one said we just want you to accept our differability - we are different and may of us have abilities if you take the time to get to know us . A label is only as good as what it can tell you about someone . If carrying a card , helps then do it .
'I know that I am alive; I breathe, move, talk and function just like any other Human Being. However, I understand (because it has been said to me) that other people perceive me as being different to them. My difference expresses itself in various ways, (egocentricity, eccentricity, and emotional immaturity) but, in particular, in my uneven skill ability. Life seems to me to be like a video that I can watch, but not partake in. I sense that I live my life 'Behind Glass'. However, at times I am completely taken up with an obsession or a perception that may dominate my existence and make it easy to stay focused. For me, such times mean that I feel 'connected' to life. Life, for me, takes on meaning and purpose.' Quote from Wendy Lawson a  dear friend of mine , who made me realise it was time to step beyond my gold fish bowl 
her poems speak straight to my heart - here is a copy of one that I simply had to share:
"Autism is: being present in this world,
But not entirely of it.
I am one step removed and curled,
The switch just doesn't click. I perform the role of my perception,
And play many parts so well.
But minus files for my redemption,
My part in life I cannot tell. Life is like a video,
I watch but cannot partake.
My uneven skills are but an echo,
Of the frustrations which I hate! However, my focused use of time and space,
I would not give away.
I know that I am especially placed,
For some developed career one day! " 

with thanks to Wendy Lawson for reminding me that I am indeed able x

Wendys Book  which first lead me to seek her out and meet her can still be found here ..

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Support Groups and the joys of social media and networking.

Hosting events and spreading the word via media and these days via internet ad social media .

Social networking from my scooter in 2009
 When I was 21 I had my first son . I read books on breastfeeding, watched a video on child birth and attended Lamaze classes and met up with my first ever mums-club for bumps and babes  in Florida. As a group we met and practiced breathing and relaxation classes and when our babies were born we met up at local play places like the Yellow Submarine in Old Town we also began a baby signing course and were amazed at how quickly our babies were keen to communicate their needs with us .
The support we gave each other made all the difference , we shared real emotions and helped each other and celebrated motherhood together. By the time I had my 15th pregnancy and 6th live birth I had already begun to write articles for media , continuing my plan to ensure others were supported and were given choices. I was met with adversity as I fed my children beyond a year , as I breastfed during labour, and tandem fed in public. I suggested people stand up and get moving during labour and tried all kinds of alternative therapies and oils writing about my experience as I discovered new things and wanting to share with others. I managed to maintain my choice of parenting style and whilst unconventional proved to be of interest to others and as time went on I hosted more events and became involved with several charities and organizations.  I think the reason support groups have extended onto the internet is simply because we are generally very busy as Mums.
We are also likely to be multi tasking as we bob on and off of twitter and Facebook . For me , with odd sleep patterns I could read and catch up on things at my own pace , I still host monthly meetings but these days they are for my friends with Fibromyalgia. Whilst I did manage a few outings when I was in my scooter, by the time I was in a mobility chair I pretty much relied on the internet and my virtual friends for support . These days I am out and about when I can be .
 I have met a lot of my virtual friends at a variety of events and hope to be able to continue to help Mums. Whilst I have made huge progress I have to face the fact that I am having to undergo further investigations on my health .
So I will be supporting as often as I can when I can. I would really like it if my blogs became more interactive so at this point I ask- what topic would you like to hear about ? Anyone that knows me will know I will blog on about anything - I would love to get some requests in so leave a question for me in the comment box x

Friday, 9 November 2012

TOP TIPS on Going green for 2013 - will you try some of them ?

I was recently asked what I did to go green and I made a list of just a few of the things and thought I would challenge you to try some of them - who will pledge to try and be green for 2013 - Comment and let me know how many of these tips you already do or plan to try !

Repair and reuse broken items (eg. toys, furniture) Upcycle and recycle it can be great fun to get the kids involved spray painting or covering pieces with fabric and glitter for that personal touch.
Donate your old computer/ mobile phones to charity
Use biodegradable bin bags especially in the food bin
Send unwanted furniture to a reuse scheme – freecylcle is handy and many charities like the BHF will collect your unwanted items for free and ensure they get recycled or sold again.
Buy, sell and swap online – networking is great for this, get online find out who will trade a service for something you have or can do – check to see if you have a local timebank in your area or start your own group.
Give services as presents, not products  
Buy antique or second-hand furniture
Write to retailers to complain about unethical products and supply chains - Boycott unethical products
Choose cardboard coffins and recyclable urns
Use rechargeable batteries not disposables -Only use disposable products when there is no reusable alternative
Use your kerbside recycling collection
Reject junk mail switch to paperless billing
Buy products with recyclable packaging or buy products in reusable containers
Use charity shops, and buy local; Buy your books/CDs/DVDs second hand
If you have to take carrier bags from the shop, make sure you reuse them

Fit a hippo or flush saver in your cistern
Take a 5 minute shower instead of a bath - Avoid power showers
Switch to a water meter
Buy a rainwater butt
Use rainwater (not tapwater) to water plants
Use a watering can rather than a hose or sprinkler
Use an energy saver plug on your fridge Run your fridge between 3-5 °C
Purchase energy efficient appliances eg. Choose an A+ or A++ fridge/freezer
Avoid plasma TVs and choose a more energy efficient style
Unplug appliances when not in use and avoid using stand-by

Draught proof the house / Draw your curtains at dusk/Keep internal doors closed- do you qualify for help with insulating your loft or upgrading your boiler? Can you afford to invest in solar panels?
Fit shelves above radiators under windows
Fix foil reflectors behind radiators on outside walls
Turn down the heating in rooms which you are not using; don’t heat your conservatory and put on a jumper instead of turning up heating

Take a trip to your local Farmers' Market
Get milk and more from your local milkman
Buy fairly traded food and drink
Plan a weekly food menu and make a shopping list
Waste less food
Avoid heavily-processed food and go for healthier alternatives
Drink tap water instead of bottled water
Reduce your food miles and avoid buying produce which has been air freighted to the UK
Buy more seasonal food
Use chemical-free laundry products I buy ecosense once a month for a family of 8 as it is 6 times concentrate and works out at 17 per load
Use the washing machine at 30 degrees - I use pre-spot which is 4 times concentrate on tough stains as it naturally lifts the stains and for tougher ones like grease ,chewing gum, blood I use a capful of solumel to freshen them up - I always use a cold wash on reusable feminewear products simply because I want them to remain clean and absorbable so that they will last and save me money.
Line-dry your clothes
Use natural cleaning products - for an easy clean up and spray with a mild solution of sol-u-mel for a tea tree fresh smell- banish bleach from your house – learn about alternatives. I love Tub n tile and use it as toilet cleaner and shower cleaner it has the power of 20 lemons and you do not need to wear gloves and it is safe around children and pets.
Avoid products tested on animals – none of the products I buy are tested on animals – and my vitamins and minerals are the only ones to have been trialled on a human gut!  Makes you wonder.
Buy one general-purpose cleaning product, not several Sol u mel tackles more than 30 different cleaning tasks and takes up less space in your cupboard, you add water to it according to the instructions and the spray is refillable, the bottle is fully recyclable saving on landfill space
Buy 'green' products many companies are going green, do your research, find a company that will let you try the products with a money back guarantee you may be surprised at how many products you can switch and save with. Take a look at on your blog hop to find out more .

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Travelling back down memory lane

I was taking a look back at some of the articles on the post ONE SHOW blog from 2009 in which I took part in an attempt to highlight the impact our choices make on the planet and came across my old carbon footprint score and thought I would post it in this evenings blog 
91. At 2:17pm on 14 May 2009, Mum0f6 wrote:Okay the show was very keen to show the average V my large family , I wonder how a family of two actually stack up. For those of you who have worked out your carbon footprint her is our full scores:

Average 4.53 V Large family 5.38 on HEATING EMISSIONS

Average 1.62 V Large family 4.38 which was used on the show on ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES

Average 3.81 V Large family 3.36 Which includes 5 of y children flying abroad once a year with their Dads.If we discounted that travel we are well under average!

How about the Governments overall target which again was not discussed the grand total TARGET is 10.48 per household and what do we add up to currently before I finish insulating my loft 13.12 and as soon as my loft is finished it drops to 11.62 !!

Try it for yourselves and see what kind of carbon footprint you are making . The overall result lead me to my conclusion that the small increase on my footprint did not out-way the pleasurable life we lead as a large family and as the eldest of 5 children myself I know things do average out . As amongst us there are only 7 grandkids with little hope for anymore - as one of my sisters has often argued I had my siblings share and as she herself has none she makes the most of mine whenever she can !!At the end of the day in her house they run 2 cars still run same amount of equipment and go away 4 - 8 times a year ...I think more information should be out there rather than the current rather bias views within this blog ..
I then looked to see what our carbon footprint is today and updated the scores - I would love to see a comparison so do post your scores x

Update Have you checked yours - ours has improved vastly since we took part in the show .

Your footprint is
1.85 planets

  • food 20%
  • travel 20%
  • Home 21%
  • stuff 39%
  • We've also calculated your carbon footprint, which is 6.97 tonnes per annum

    After going through and checking off the things we already do it adjusted our result  I am pretty impressed with that !

    Your footprint is
    1.26 planets

  • food 27%
  • travel 18%
  • Home 26%
  • stuff 29%
  • We've also calculated your carbon footprint, which is 4.27 tonnes per annum

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Testing ..testing and more testing..

For the last 8 years I have had a number of unusual tests checking on my autoimmune deficiency ,my fibromyalgia and my over all health. The amazing thing it that whilst the doctors are baffled at my relapse and remitting chronic infections I am still confident that one day they will give me the test result I long to hear - All tests are normal please go and enjoy the rest of your life !
This week I had my tumour marker results and thought I would add a link for those of you who follow my blogs to explain a little as to what the test is for ;

Carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) is a glycoprotein, which is present in normal mucosal cells but increased amounts are associated with adenocarcinoma, especially colorectal cancer. CEA therefore has a role as a tumour marker. Levels exceeding 10 μg/L are rarely due to benign disease.[1]
  • Less than 25% of patients with disease confined to the colon have an elevated CEA level. Sensitivity increases with advancing tumour stage. However, poorly differentiated tumours are less likely to produce CEA.[1]
  • CEA values are increased in approximately 50% of patients with lymph node disease. Values are elevated in 75% of patients with distant metastasis.[1

This week has passed by incredibly quickly with all 6 of us at home we have been busy carving pumpkins, making home made soup and baking home made pie. It has been wonderful having everyone home with me and I cannot believe the week has come to an end. On Monday we step back into the real world and I head back to hospital for more tests. But I just wanted to share some lovely photos from the last week and send some virtual hugs to all of you that follow my blogs and keep me company x