First I did a dusting for practice, and then trimmed my ends. I had to look this up to find out what it was called and what to do about my ends to prevent this from happening again.
I am going to do hot oil treatments every two weeks with a pre poo before. This method works great for my hair in it’s best condition ever.
I have my hair braided in a design in the front just past my ears so I can keep the ends moist with OGX Renewing Argan Oil of Morocco Extra Penetrating Oil Dry & Course Hair.
Fairy knots are a huge problem with my hair and I am trying to prevent them. I will do a product review of OGX in the up coming weeks. I am also trying the conditioner.
A good look for Mother’s Day. I am thinking about getting this done or some feeder braids on a curve. Now that my hair is becoming more healthy, I may just have my real hair braided and colored. This would be the most expensive and I like the idea of having one made. I have never had a wig made and do not want to use glue.
The African American Trades & Goods received its first goods this month. We have been busy spreading the word locally and building a customer base. I invested some money in the oils that I wanted to blend with great success. I wasn’t able to make a whole lot of oil but I was able to make enough for me and my family and have some leftover. I love making the oil blends. My first client was Tom Wilson, my husband and the Founder of African American Trades & Goods. I made him a special blend of oils to help relieve an itchy and dry scalp from eczema. I also made a massage oil for us which relieves stress and a blend of oils for my hair and scalp. I bought some essential oils and carrier oils. Some of the cheaper brands of essential oils did not smell like they should and I lost about $14 at the most. All the other oils that I bought worked out well and I have blended different types which I intend on selling as soon as we get a logo and some labels unless it’s by request.
This website is still undergoing changes. I haven’t been posting as often because I have been busy trying to figure out what direction I want this website to go in. I was raising Dystonia Awareness when I started but now I am not even sure if I have it. Seeing a Movement Disorder Specialist was my goal but learning to live with whatever I have and being able to function on an everyday basis became more important than appointments. Once I got the papers for my medical marijuana license, I started eliminating medication that I either was tired of taking, wasn’t working, or caused some form of dependence. I have went from 15 or more pills a day to 3 or 4 a day over the course of the last six months. I am starting to stray away from Pepsi altogether but I have started drinking iced coffee from Tim Hortons, water when it is purified, and more tea.
I have purchased two vape pens. One for nicotine because I have grown tired of Lex 12 Nappa Night Cigars and Lex 12 Cigars period. In fact, I am tired of all the cigars I normally smoke including those Black & Mild’s I have been smoking since high school and can no longer smoke. They make me develop a chronic cough. I have not smoked one in quite some time. I have a Tru Blu vape pen for now and I like it but, they don’t make the type of flavors I like. I also was able to find a different type of Al Capone Cigar which I have fell in love with. Al Capone filtered Jamaican Blaze Cigars. I will be transitioning to them next month. They have a great flavor that pairs well with my vape pens and medical marijuana. I had to learn how to roll up all over again. I no longer use Swishers. I use tobacco less, vegan, CBD, GMO free wraps by High Hemp. They come in quite a few flavors or you can get the plain kind. I get them according to what I am smoking on that day.
My compression stockings are in the drawer and I haven’t worn them in over a week. All that swelling and pain for all that time was from a very simple problem that the doctors never considered but I did. What if the swelling is coming from wearing the wrong shoes? I mean literally. Nothing more. Nothing less. No need to have any testing done which makes less trips to the doctor. Not one doctor that I am seeing considered that. Not one doctor asked me what type of shoes do I wear when I am at home. Instead, they switched my blood pressure medication to one that acts as a water pill and a blood pressure all at once. Lets just say that there is no way in the world I was going to keep taking a medication that makes me have to go to the bathroom that many times in a few hours unless it is absolutely necessary. So I stopped taking the water pills and put me some shoes on. What swelling?
My ankles stopped swelling up after I put on the most comfortable shoes that I have and limited the amount of time I spent in house shoes. I was walking around the house in shower or boat shoes. The kind of shoes that you can get wet, take off, and drain the water out by rolling the shoes up into their selves. They have drainage holes and are worn like socks with a rubber bottom. I walked all over in those shoes for at least eight months. One day after the swelling had finally went down, I put on some LeBron James Basketball shoes and was in bliss and still am. How comfortable basketball shoes are is amazing. I don’t know how other people feel about them but they have always got me threw a day in comfort. I have on some brand new old LeBron James shoes in the daytime and I put on the house shoes in the evening. Oh what a relief this was. I am going to wear these shoes until I tear them up. By that time, I should be able to afford some more. I also found that Sperry shoes and baseball shoes also work. I still need to wear the in lays with them but not the compression stockings.
I wear a lot of scarves. All different colors and designs. I also keep my Natural Hair braided during the night. I made this in 5 minutes using Google photos. Everyone liked my hair in that picture but it is too cold to wear it like that. Just wanted to share. I am using my phone to post while the AT&T Primetime tablet is on charge. It still hasn’t ran out of energy. I put it on charge twice now. For shorter post, I just use my Galaxy Note 5. I love my phone but it is old and the battery will not stay charged even if I am not even using it. I can file an insurance claim but it would be a waste of money at this point. Almost time to upgrade to the Note 8. I can’t wait.
I have been trying to raise Dystonia Awareness but most people are not really interested in learning what it is and how it would affect their health. How many people see the word Dystonia and actually look up the meaning or wonder what it is. Most doctors can not diagnose it and you end up being diagnosed with other illnesses by mistake. I was diagnosed with MS which everyone has heard of but even I can’t remember how to spell it. Probably because I took the shots to treat it for two years and was then told by the Neurologist at the time that I didn’t have it. 7 years later, I am diagnosed with Myoclonic Dystonia and Occasional Tremors. Makes good sense to me. I have less control of my muscles than I did 10 years ago which means whatever I have is progressing along very slow.
I decided not to go to the Urgent Care because of the weather and my ride simply didn’t want to drive in this snow just so they could tell me the same thing the doctor said. Rest and elevate my feet. Watch what I eat and go light on the salt. I am not monitoring my blood pressure yet and I haven’t started any new medications. The soaking brought the swelling down a lot plus not being on my feet today or yesterday. I am not really even supposed to be sitting here typing this because the swelling can be caused by sitting to long. As far as Dystonia Awareness goes, I am raising a bit of awareness everyday but I do take a break from all the medical problems to focus on other things. Like raising my child and keeping our appearances up to the best of my ability.
I am using the laptop right now because he is gone and I only needed to use it for a hour before I play Mortal Kombat XL. I can prop myself up in the bed to play. It is cold with fresh snow on the ground. I don’t have to go to another appointment until Friday so it gives me plenty of time to rest, soak, and elevate through out each day and maybe by the time of my appointment, I can get my feet in them boots. I am the type of person who exercises by doing the stairs all day and I still am but not as much as normal and I am using half my speed making sure that I don’t step the wrong way and fall on the stairs again. I fell and twisted my ankle on the stairs last year and that hurt more than this does. This is more of an uncomfortable feeling and they seem to leave stuff in the walk ways as if they don’t remember that I can trip over it.
I am not focusing on the Dystonia right now because of the constant swelling in my feet, ankles, and part of my legs. It only really hurts when I try to bend the ankles or someone steps on my foot. There is no more swelling anywhere. Not even in my eyes right now. The marijuana helps with the pain and also helps with sleep. Some types work better than others. I am currently using THC instead of CBD for now and I am still using my pipe to smoke it. Such an easy way to do it and helps me dose myself. I am not really a recreational smoker or social. I am learning but I am aware that if it is not grown right or they use chemicals on it, it could have a negative affect on my muscles. It has happened in the past before I started to go get everything from a grower or the dispensary.
Nothing from that dispensary taste good or like it should but they keep the prices low since they are in the neighborhood. I am going somewhere else with better quality than them soon. I am also looking for something to help me sleep or relax the muscles. No more attacks since my last post about them which means that the cannabis is working. If I do have another attack, I know I don’t have to travel far for relief and on a good day, I can go a little bit father away to get better quality. And better tasting clean smoking marijuana. You can not imagine how many people try to sell me something through Twitter but they don’t have real pictures. If I was and I am going to sell something like that to anyone, I would definitely have a picture that is current and that I just didn’t do a Google search to find an image off it to trick someone into buying. So called weed men on Twitter seem to not understand this and they just grab an image off Google and DM you that waste of time picture that I can download myself. I sure hope when doing business on Twitter of this nature that you are being careful because these people are only out to get your money and once they get it, all you can do is complain. After all, they are not really using their real name. Some don’t even have enough sense to hold a conversation with a potential client but they love to spit that game like they can suck the credit card number out your pocket. I just have learned to ignore those DM’s now.
The laptop is more fun to use because of the keyboard. I can also see a lot better what I am typing on here than the new tablet. That AT&T Primetime tablet is really nice. Especially since it was free and you only have to pay $10 a month to have one of your own. It has the speakers on the front instead of the back which is a plus and it takes amazing pictures. The battery life is good fresh out the box and all you do is sign in to your Google account to get all your apps on the new device and then connect it to or discover other devices. It was an easy set up. It came by delivery in a timely manner. I have switched from the laptop to the tablet but I am able to continue where I left off. The prediction of the next word you might type is good and it has auto correct already on it. There really isn’t much that I had to do to set it up and I was able to turn the tablet into a phone just by following the very simple instructions on the screen. I fixed the settings for the keyboard and found what I was looking for. I wish this tablet would automatically put a period at the end of a sentence but my phone can’t even do that. I am using G Board by Google. You can really customize the way it looks and feels when you type. 👍
I can’t take it anymore. I need to go to the Urgent Care and have them look at my feet and ankles. The swelling is worse than it was. The picture was just me playing with the camera on this ATT Primetime tablet. It takes great pictures and I like it so far. When you just basically on bed rest, you find things to do while in the bed. Of course you can watch movies and use your devices but you can’t sit or stand too long. Walking is even worse and I may not be able to put my boots on and go out in the snow.
I don’t know how much snow we have because I was resting all day yesterday. I had an appointment with the doctor but she was sick. I have to reschedule but I need medical evaluation right now. I am not scared but do wonder all day long what the cause of the swelling is. Rather than laying around and resting all day, I need to go see about my feet. They feel almost numb. I soaked them in hot water this morning really early and put some Peppermint oil on my feet and ankles. They feel better right now but you can’t deny something is wrong.
There are a lot of post here but like I said, trying to keep new content is easier if you schedule your post. I can even schedule a good morning post to Twitter everyday. I haven’t really been able to change all the settings on this tablet yet. I was so tired that when it arrived, they opened it and took a peek. I was sleeping so well again that they tried not to disturb me. This swelling got worse again when I braided my hair. I had to wash it and blow dry it first. The next day I braided it and haven’t did anything else. My daughter immediately looked at my feet and told me I needed to go somewhere soon. I am going to the Urgent Care that she goes to. I don’t think this is an emergency but I can’t keep wondering what is going on. I need to know something right away.
If I don’t post for a few days or so, it’s because I am getting more rest and my only excercise is going up and down the stairs for water and food if they are sleep of gone somewhere. I would have took a better picture but I need to relax for a minute. I have to get up with my daughter every morning before school. I am exhausted from trying to fix me some breakfast and soaking my feet downstairs in really hot water and Dawn dish washing liquid. They look a little better. Need another pedicure. Hopefully we go early enough this morning so I can get back home and get in the bed. That NordVPN is what was causing all the devices to run slow. I did a test without a VPN and one with a new VPN. The devices worked much better for me. I am using a VPN on all my devices except one which is his laptop. That is how I figured it out. It wasn’t the internet speed so no need to call Customer Service. Just needed to completely uninstall that NordVPN app from everything. I will tell you which VPN I am using now soon as I get a chance.
It really hurts to even move my right ankle. It feels like a strain or like I twisted it which I didn’t do. Because he is at home more now, we fighting over space and the PlayStation. We don’t have to fight about the laptop anymore now that I have the tablet running smoothly. I actually fixed all the devices before I went to sleep. I woke up at 6:30 in the evening. And still felt tired. I think I may need to eat something else because I am still hungry. Maybe he will cook us some bacon and eggs for breakfast if he is feeling okay. He is an insulin diabetic. His sugar has been high the last few days but he does check it regularly which makes me feel better about it. But it also makes him tired sometimes. Depending on what he has been eating or if he really ate at all.
My seven year old daughter is now reading as much of what I write as she can which is good sometimes but bad at others. I realize now that we can’t share a tablet which is why I had to get another one. She bores easily. From the Switch, Netflix, PlayStation 4, and Cordy 2 on the other tablet. This one didn’t come with those stock games which is also good. I managed to take a look outside and there is quite a bit of snow. He said that it snowed all day while I was sleeping. He was right. My feet are going to be really cold in house shoes. I may do what they used to even though it looks tacky. Cover my house shoes with a plastic bag or two so my feet stay warm and don’t get wet. There is no possibility that I can get any other pair of shoes on. It would hurt too much. I have what I am going to wear already picked out. All I need is some food and a quick nap, and I will be ready to go.
We absolutely love this app and are currently using it on all our devices. You have to check it out in the Google Playstore and it is called Alfred. It even has night vision and a microphone.