Sunday, July 19, 2009

A Glimpse of My Garden Produce

Here is what I picked out of the garden.
Royal Burgundy Bush Beans, Lazy Housewife Beans(these are horticultural), Cherokee Wax Bush Beans, a small Marketmore Cucumber, Yellow Crookneck Squash, Costata Romanesco and Golden Zucchini, and Five-Color Silverbeets(Rainbow Chard).

I'm cooking the chard now(boiling in small amount of water and plan to use a bit of cider vinegar and sugar when I serve it). I am also having the green beans, one of the Costata Romanesco zuchinni and the Yellow Crookneck, all fried in extra-virgin olive oil along with marjoram, parsley, basil and oregano from the herb garden and a clove of garlic and an onion from the store. Mmmmmmm....

I think I see Zucchini Brownies in my future!

Here's my dinner!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

BioAllergenix Protocol 4B

I just got back from being tested/treated for BioAllergenix Protocol 4B. It included various drugs(OTC, Rx, substances such as nicotine and caffeine... and ...not so legal stuff such as meth, cocaine and pot) as well as things having to with them, such as neurotransmitters that have to do with the whole body functioning properly.

The things that came up for me were:
Group 93 Trace Response-Calcium Channel (neurotransmitter)
Group 94 Trace Response-ADD (I've often wondered if I was borderline)
Group 103 Trace Response-ACT(Achetocholine inhibitor)

Same treatment as before, and nothing to avoid other than my calcium supplements. These aren't too hard to avoid.

I am feeling a LOT better lately. Sure, I have a few things I would like to see change still(who doesn't?), but I think I am almost to feeling NORMAL now! I have stopped making different meals for me and the family. I am still picky/careful about what we as a family eat, but we are all eating the same thing now. This is a BIG THING, and I'm sure others that have gone through this allergy thing or are going through it can truly understand.

Praise God!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

More Chick Pictures :)

I got out there and took a few more chick pictures to post. These were taken two days ago, about a week after the previous pics. They grow so fast!

The Cornish Rocks--look at the legs on these guys!

The Delawares.

BioAllergenix Update

I have made it through all 13 of the Groups I needed to have treated in Procedure 1.

I also went through Procedure 2 testing, which amounted to LOTS of foods and things pertaining to foods and ended up having Smell Balance and Red Beans treated. I was able to have them treated at the same time, 3 days ago. I had to stay away from pungent odors and beans until the next day. Fairly easy to do.

This morning, I went in and had Procedure 3 testing done and ---gasp!---NOTHING CAME UP! It included inhalants/environmental things. On each of the Procedures, there is just SO MUCH that it covers, that it is impossible to describe it in a few sentences. There have been 17-26 different categories in each test, and many of those categories have more than one page of things it checks for.

Since nothing came up on Procedure 3, I was able to move on to Procedure 4. This Procedure is broken down into two different tests, so I just did the first one today. It included many drugs, as well as some emotional things as well. What came up for me was Zincum Cyanatum(a homeopathic that, had I a homeopathic doctor to go to, would likely have been prescribed for me because of how I have been feeling lately), Norgesic(Orphenadrine) -which, interestingly, happens to be related to Benadryl(diphenhydramine), and Group 76 Trace Response, which was Anxiety.

So I was treated for these things and just do a 4 hour fast.

I am almost done with allergy treatments for the time being. Since Wednesday, when I had the rest of the foods tested/treated, I have been cautiously reintroducing foods here and there. I had cherries for the first time in a long time. The first time I had them, I had mild palate itching/runny nose, but it went away and hasn't happened since when I have had them. I went to eat at the Dairy Freeze yesterday(for the first time in 2 years!) and did not react to a thing!

I have gone off of the Claritin completely(although I might bring it with me when we go to my sister's wedding in CO--just in case). Last week I did react to something that made me reach for the Benadryl. I will probably keep the Benadryl around just in case for awhile. Just because. I'm not sure whether sagebrush was on the list of things I have had tested/treated, and I suspect that is one of my triggers in CO.

There is another half of Procedure 4, then there is an IgE scan. There is an update they are going to get next weekend that includes a Total Body Scan, so that will likely be my last one for awhile. After that, I will take a month or so to let my body mellow out or kind of get used to the new balance and see how I feel and go from there.

Things are lookin' up! :)

Thursday, July 9, 2009

The Great Update

It's been awhile since I posted, so here I go with a Big Update.

The Cornish Rocks are growing like crazy. Some of them too much, IMO. We have had to put a couple down because they seem to have lost the use of their legs. We now have 30 chicks left of the original 49 that made it to us alive on delivery. I don't believe we will be ordering this breed again. There are just too many health problems and I feel it's not humane to encourage their production in buying we just lose SO MANY! Our other batches of chicks we have only lost one or two due to health problems. With these, I have lost count of the number that have died unexplained deaths. :-/

Here's how big they were last week, and my kiddos too. :)

The Delawares are growing and are so alert and inquisitive. Every time I go in to check on them, a few of them are perched on the edge of the horse trough they are in. I know it's time to move them very soon. We were able to find a new home for our 4 adult chickens last night, so once I get the coop cleaned out and the pesky rat problem taken care of, we plan to move them to their new home. :)

Here is a pic of the Delawares and our daughter last week and boy the Delawares have grown in the last week! I need to take another pic!

The garden has been keeping us busy as well. Here is a pic of the main veggie garden. This is the first year it has looked this neat. I guess having more time to be outside, along with religious mulching, really makes a difference!