About me -Narcolepsy and Other Maladies
My health was impacted by Narcolepsy as a teenager and throughout my 20’s. It was through an EEG at the age of 17 that I was diagnosed, and the narcolepsy definition was pronounced upon me. Of course, the usual narcolepsy drug treatment, Dexedrine was prescribed. Ritalin was the generic name, or so they told me.
By the age of 26, I was losing my memory and that was not promising. By about the age of 28, I read a magazine article about HYPOGLYCEMIA and got tested for it. (Every letter had a woman’s name attached. Helen, Yolynda, Pauline, etc.) Yep, there was an L for me too. Sure enough, I had it.
The diagnosis was made after a 6 hour fasting blood sugar test was performed. If I would have had a 3 hour Glucose test, the diagnosis would have been Diabetes with a Glucose reading of 259. But in the 4th hour my veins collapsed, and by hour 6 my Glucose count was 49.
NOTE: Absolutely always take a 6 hour Glucose Tolerance Test if you are checking for Hypoglycemia.
Until this point, I had depended upon Dexedrine to help keep me awake. If I failed to take it, I would hear my two young sons, (in my slumber,) saying “Is she asleep yet?” as they were peeking around the corner of the room. They lived for the moment I fell asleep because they could raid the recently purchased groceries that I was often too tired to put away.
Never say anything about me however, when you think I’m asleep because I hear every word. =) My husband warns people about that as they start talking about me as I slumber. And of course, I answer “You better believe it!”
I knew I had to get off the Dexedrine when my memory started failing me at the young age of 25.. I attributed the memory loss to the drug itself. So when I found the article HYPOGLYCEMIA, I went on the diet described in the magazine. For an entire year, my family of 5 only consumed (5) five pounds of sugar and a large can of honey for sweetening kool-aid, cookies, breads, cakes, etc. Indeed, I was able to eliminate my narcotic drug Dexedrine. Little did I know that low blood sugar would eventually lead to Diabetes and all the complications it brings with it.
If Narcolepsy were the only health issue I had
I always said if Narcolepsy was the only malady I ever had, then I could live with it. But, with marriage and childbearing also came weight gain. hypoglycemia, blood pressure, and finally diabetes. Of course, with Diabetes comes the breakdown of major organs beginning with the eyes for me, then heart, and gallbladder.
My drug allergies
It has been my misfortune to have several allergies to several prescription drugs, and even some over-the-counter meds. Consequently, I am one who believes in taking charge of my own health. I use the doctor for diagnosis and his advice and then look for alternative solutions unless it is critical, like a heart attack or a broken bone.
How that works for me
Most people who have Diabetes, have a whole page of meds they take. This covers everything from blood pressure, to heart, to cholesterol, to kidney and liver, to diabetes, and the list goes on and on. But In the prescriptive drug arena I only take a regular Insulin for my Insulin pump, and an occasional Lasix (furosemide-generic) when I am retaining water.
Today I take nothing for Narcolepsy. On the other hand, I have found several nutritional supplements that are advantageous for BP, Immune health, Heart Health, memory and things like this.
As an overweight individual of 250+ pounds, I am quite healthy, and when everyone else is getting sick, I can usually ward off the flu and colds, thanks to my supplements. That is probably quite surprising considering all the breakdown of my body’s organs.
Family life vs Entrepreneur
My life has been full of family, having 9 children and 25 grandchildren and 9 great grands. I preferred to stay home during those years the children were at home. Consequently, I became an entrepreneur, earning a car in one of my company experiences while all 9 children were at home, and before the internet.
Recently, I have been studying affiliate marketing using SEO websites and Affiliate Marketing. I have felt there must be a way to use the internet to make money, but until now have not known how to actually make money using the Internet. I feel it is imperative for me to share this newfound knowledge with others, to possibly save some people the time and horrible expense that it has cost me.
I enjoy helping others and sharing my experiences and expertise with others. At the NewYou, I help you discover solutions to both health and wealth challenges. I hope you will follow my blog and read other articles I post about health and wealth issues and possibly find the “NewYou”.
Thank you for reading about me. If you have comments or questions please leave them below and I will answer them.
DISCLAIMER: I remind you that I am not a medical professional. I am not saying that you will have the same results as I. Nothing I have said should be misconstrued to mean I give any medical advice. Should you have unresolved pain or other problems you should always contact your doctor for professional care.