Never A F**n Dull Moment

So today I went to see my radiologist all ready to hear the words that my bone marrow was full of cancer (because that’s what usually happens when I come back from having treatment in Germany).

But that wasn’t what he said.  He said everything is stable but your BRAIN IS BLEEDING!

Really?  Seriously?  WTF?

Do you have headaches?  Well, yes, actually I had one this morning.

I’m going to send you to have an urgent brain MRI.  Hopefully you will get one some time next week.  But if you have any more headaches, call me.

Forget that shit.  If I wake up and have another headache I’m going to check myself into Emergency where I will have a scan done right then and there.  And what if I don’t wake up?  Should I be telling my daughter that if I don’t wake up tomorrow, to call for an ambulance.  That will probably freak her out.

My radiation Dr. had me do some tests to see how coordinated I was.  Hey, this reminds me of when I had a stroke”, I told him.  “Let me guess, is the area I’m bleeding in happen to be in the right cerebellum?”  “Yes,” he answered, a bit shocked.  “Well, that’s where I have a hemangioma”, I told him.  “Where did you have that scan done?” he asked.  “Right here”, I told him, “In April 2010”.  He disappeared for a moment and found my scan on the computer and said that made him feel a little bit better.  But then he also asked why wasn’t this picked up before?

I sure don’t have the answer to that.  But here is my question. If my scan was done on December 23rd and it was now December 28, why the heck didn’t anyone phone me and tell me before now?  Honestly if my brain was bleeding all that time, I probably should have been dead by now.  But I’m not dead.  I am very much alive.  And therefore I am not going to panic about it because that serves no purpose.  When this passes, this is going on record as another time there was a mistake.   That will be mistake #6.  But who’s counting?

So is my brain bleeding or is this something that’s been there a while?  Tune in to the saga next week when I go for my MRI.

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How I Fried My Face

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Oh I did a really stupid thing yesterday.

After Christmas celebrations at my sister and then my brother-in-laws house’s, my daughter Frick decided she wanted to do something about the blackheads on her nose.  I said, “Oh Good, now look on the internet and see if you can find something natural to get rid of them”.  “Okay”, she said and quickly came up with a web-site with 12 different recipes.  I read them.  One treatment recommended making a baking soda paste, but she didn’t want to do that.  I thought the honey and cinnamon essential oil looked good.  I like the smell of cinnamon and wanted to try that.  She decided on just putting lemon juice on her nose for 10 minutes. 

Did I tell you I bought some essential oils for only $3 at the Christmas Markets on my recent travels to Germany.  That foreshadows what is yet to come.  They had a whole bunch of symbols on the bottle of Zimt (cinnamon) which I didn’t recognize, nor could read.

So I made a little concoction with some honey and my new German cinnamon oil and stuck it on my nose.  More drops came out than I expected, but I wasn’t worried.

Within 30 seconds of applying the paste on my face I was running around like a lunatic trying to sedate the GROWing Red, Red, REDNESS on my nose (and half my cheeks).  My face was on FIRE!  

I ran to the kitchen and started putting coconut oil on it to dilute it with carrier oil (that was a little trick I learned when I put peppermint oil on my temples to relieve a headache and my eyes were crying because I put it too close to them). 

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The oil helped my burning face a bit.  Then I kept washing my face with really cold water.  I was horrified at how red my face was getting.  I would never be able to leave my home and go out like this.  Was I scarred for life?  What if its permanent?  What have I done?  I need my face?  HELP!

I called my cousin in Australia.  She is my go to person when everyone else in sleeping on this side of the world. 

crazyShe calmed me down while Bobo and Frick went to Shoppers Drug Mart at 11:30 at night, (on Christmas), to find me some aloe moisturizer to calm my frying face down.  They could only find stuff with chemicals in them like dyes, parabens, phthalates, parfums, PEGS, etc, etc and I didn’t want to put that on my face.  So I put some calamine lotion on it which relieved some of the pain.  But then that white stuff was going inside my blackhead pores and it was looking kind of like white holes in a really red face.  Scary.  So I took it off and put on some more coconut oil.

Frick said later that next time we should read the instructions first.  You think?  A budding Einstein, I’ve got here.  She googled one of the words on the cinnamon bottle…  something about sensitive skin.  I need to learn German, really I do.

Here is my bottle of Zimt.

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Not sure what the Big X stands for.  Do you?

The other picture below the X looks like a dead fish. 

What is that suppose to mean.  The stuff in this bottle kills the environment?  How ‘bout my face?


The next day….

I’m glad to report that my red face is much better today, with very few visible blackheads.  Thats because the German cinnamon oil burned them to death. 

I would have taken a picture of my flushing face because I knew I would blog about it today, but I was too busy screaming to find my phone. 

I will never look at cinnamon the same again.

Everything Tastes Better When You Can’t Eat It

Friday, December 15 (Photos of Frankfurt, Germany)

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Nice Tie Sculpture!

I’m home now and we have had quite a bit of snow here in Toronto.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

My Lufthansa flight last week went as planned…wasn’t sure whether the pilots would still be on strike, but they must have settled because all was good.

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Bobo has been watching too many of those Border Patrol shows late at night, because when the declaration note came for us to write down what we were carrying, he told me to mark “YES” under “Are you carrying any type of food, dairy, seeds, nuts, blah, blah, blah.” He said they were going to confiscate my stuff anyway, but at least I wouldn’t get charged and go to jail.  Really?  Really?  Do ya really think I’m going to jail because of some cake?  I figured I could talk my way out of it, so I told him stay quiet behind me while I spoke to the customs officer. 

 

img_4542I think the customs guy got a kick out of dealing with me because he was laughing his head off after our brief little discussion about what I was bringing into the country (I think they are paid to look very mean with no hint of a smile so you’d crack under pressure).  I told him I bought some Christmas Cake (Stollen) and I was sure it had nuts and seeds in it and I also had a package of stuff for my Gluhwein.  With a twinkle in his eye, he asked, “And What Exactly is Gluhwein?”.   “Oh, it’s amazing,” I said.  It’s like mulled wine and you have to put some seasoning things in there like cinnamon, cloves, and cardamon seeds”.  It’s delicious.  Those are the seeds I brought back.  He chuckled and said, “Is that all you have to declare?”  I thought for a second and said, “Yup” and he let us go on our merry little way.  Was going to tell him we also hauled a big antique clock for my dad half way across the world in an extra suitcase, but thought better of it.  The less said, the better.  If he was going to let me keep my Christmas Stollen and Gluhwein kit, I was happy.

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If they took my Christmas Cake, I wouldn’t have been too upset ‘cause I can’t eat it anyway because it probably has wheat in it.  I am truly bummed out about all the foods I have to stay away from for 3 months.  It’s been a difficult week scrounging recipe books for things that have no dairy products, eggs, nuts, and is gluten free,  I made some muffins and cookies according to this new criteria and they tasted like shit.

Don’t you know, everything tastes better if you can’t eat it.  Sigh.

img_4560Two more things I wanted to tell you.  When I was hooked up to the Global Diagnostic Computer in Germany, it indicated that I have traces of Lyme Disease in my body.  May have been there for a long time.  Lyme Disease comes from a Deer Tick and screws up your hormone balance and immune system (so your body doesn’t recognize cancer is a threat).  Wondering if this could be the root cause of my problem.  Sent a blood test express post for analysis (which I was told may or may not be accurate…sometimes it reads a false negative).  Waiting for the results.  Dr. Mariann told me if it does come up as a positive reading, not to worry about it because she can cure it in two years.

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Going to have an MRI next Thursday and will be seeing my radiation doctor on the 28th.  That should be fun.  Especially when it will look like my bone marrow is completely full of cancer again and I tell him the thing in my neck is not cancer.  I’m not doing anything for at least 3 months until the dust settles and I have another MRI.  Then I will have a clear picture of whats going on, if anything.

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I’m reaching my limit on my free wordpress blog space.  I’m at 85% capacity.  Not sure what I want to do.  Don’t really want to pay $18 a year for my own domain, so I may open up a new blog soon.  We shall see.  

Hoping my followers will keep following me! 

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Ulm and Stuttgart

 

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img_4388Short day today. Five needles in the butt (stem cells + medicine to help liver, spleen etc). Did my bio photon machine and I was good to go.

Planning on visiting Ulm and hopefully Stuttgart. Ulm is where they make Teddy Bears so it’s going to be a unique Christmas market bonanza (I hope). Can’t say I’ve been disappointed in any of the places I have visited. Such a very beautiful country.

It’s snowed outside of Baden-Baden. Beginning to feel like Christmas. Already got my Christmas present this year…I’m not dying or have to get zapped! Nothing better than dat!

Dr Mariann said hopefully I will just have to come once a year for maintenance now. That is a good feeling. Just got to stop eating all the food that’s aggravating my intestine.

Discovered another thing I’m having difficulty tolerating and that’s CHICKEN. Holy. Like really? I always felt so sorry for my cousin Bru because she also had to stay away from fowl beasts. My report said the meat I need to stay away from includes chicken, duck, and lamb. Meanwhile I’ve been drinking chicken bone broth to help aid my gut and give me more nutrients! Damn! I hope that doesn’t mean no Christmas Turkey Dinner!!! No Stuffing? Bread? Mash potatoes with milk? Ahhhh life is over. No gravy either because of the flour?

Nope! Not doing it on Christmas Day or all I’ll be eating is beets! My intestines, lungs, neck will just have to suffer one day while I enjoy my food.

Crap if I’m only eating vegetables and fruit all day, I’m really going to become a skinny mini! On the other hand, maybe I’ll lose the rest of my Buddha belly.

Getting snowier as we get closer to Munich.

img_4382This is so funny. So when you are driving in Germany on the highway the overhead signs in each lane warn you about what’s coming up. If there is an accident it slows you down from 120 to 100, 80, 60 km and so on. We just saw a triangle sign with an exclamation mark inside that said, what looked like SHIT! 60. Bobo said does that mean that the next sign indicating a slower speed is going to say F*#k?

Long 2 hour drive to Ulm. I asked Bobo if I found a place in Toronto to do the colon cleanse if he would go to get the rest of the rocks out of there. He said no, they were his friends. How do you deal with that? Dr Mariam said his liver and cell metabolism needs help so they will be sending him home with injections.  Ha now I’m not the only one with needles every day!

Stopped for gas. It’s green on one side on the highway and snowy on the other.  Bizarre.

We then stopped off in Stuttgart but almost left because our GPS was giving us trouble again.  We passed the same circus  tent 3 or 4 times.  Maddening!

We have a nice walk meandering through the town.

St Nick Via Hot Air Balloon & My Results!

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St Nicolas came to Baden Baden today in a hot air balloon. Actually, it was a bit cloudy and probably dangerous to be flying in this weather, so they skipped him across the field.

img_4364Then all the kids sang Christmas carols to him and were rewarded with a dough boy and prize. I remember the last time we were here with my own kids two years ago and  I made them sing “Up on the Rooftop” in English.

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Didn’t get a chance to see the Christmas Angel on stilts because I had some gluhwein and needed some food in me pronto!

So today’s results are in. No cancer!  Liver is operating much better now.  However I now need to be vigilant about what I eat because some of the food I’m eating is toxic for me. This is what I have to stay away from for around 3-4 months

Bread
Dinkel (Spelt)
Wheat
Rye
Gluten (a bit)

Almonds. *highly Allergic (?) right now
Hazelnuts (crap!  bought lots of that at the chocolate market)
Casein *all milk and cheese products
Green beans

And I need to eat eggs sparingly

All of these food products are causing me grief/inflammation in my lungs, neck and intestines.  He said once things begin to improve, these problems will disappear.  There is no cancer evident at this time.

Ha!  Ha  ha!

Can’t wait to talk about this with my radiation dr who wants to zap my neck because “there is cancer” in there.

I talked to Christina today (naturopathic dr at my clinic who administers my injections/IVs) about how chemo stopped my heart, induced heart failure, and how I had a stroke on Tamoxifen.  I also told her that I was told I have cancer in my neck and needed radiation.   She told me about 80% of the time, they are wrong.  Pamela, my colon hydrotherapist thinks our Drs in Canada are barbarians.

Christina said that she has a 45 year old friend with breast cancer who went the allopathic route who had a double mastectomy and removed her ovaries.  Chemotherapy caused neuropathy in her feet and she is now deaf because of the treatment she endured.

Christina went to medical school and got out because all she was learning was how to administer drugs that didn’t help people.  She wanted to get to the root of the cause for patients medical conditions and help people get better.  Here she can make a difference.

I asked Dr Sommer about the problems with customs in Canada not allowing his medicine to go through.  He said the same thing has now happened in Italy and that the world is going insane.

Not sure if it’s a free trade problem or Big Pharma is stopping anyone from using anything that is not sanctioned by them.  I know there was literature about a petition signing at the Robert Shadd Naturopathic Clinic because Big Pharma wants to regulate supplements.  If I have to come here every three months to pick up my medicine, I’ll go broke.

Bobo said I should send the bill to Justin Trudeau or get him to pick up my medicine for me since he seems to love travelling so much.  How many countries has he been in signing free trade agreements?

Sigh.

Merry Christmas, Now Bend Over

Monday December 5

Got to sleep in until 10:00 today because I didn’t have an appointment until 11:00. My eyes and brain got the usual 8 minute dose of a bio photon machine. Then I had 5 shots in the butt (combination of stem cells and some things to help my liver, spleen, gallbladder, eyes and brain.

I also got retested (hand prints and nose & forehead prints on special dark room paper) to see how my systems are functioning. Results tomorrow.

Then I had to come back to the clinic at 3:30 for a colon hydrotherapy session.

Pamela told me I was getting better. As for Bobo, he needs about 4 more sessions to clean out all the years of ancient rocks of poo embedded in the pockets of his colon. The warm water cleans out the lower section first and the stuff stuck in the upper and middle part of the colon comes down. Unfortunately Pamela has no more times available to give him another hydrotherapy session and he isn’t exactly cooperating or chomping at the bit to bend over and do it again.  Every time I mention having a colon cleanse he says, “Merry Christmas, now bend over”.

Bobo and I went shopping in a mall that looks like a space ship close by. I found some really nice clothes.

Santa Claus is coming to town tomorrow in a hot air balloon! And an angel on stilts (Christkindel angel) will be there too giving out marbles!  Stay tuned!

I cracked my iPad screen today into a zillion pieces and doing these blogs on my phone might become an issue.  Just so ya know.

Berg Reichenstein and Mannheim

Woke up to a misty, foggy morning.  This is what it looked like from my castle room.  The Rhine River was “smoking”.

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img_4193Bobo and I went to the lovely dining where a beautiful table was set just for the two of us.

 

 

I think my treatments are working as Bobo told me I was sweating profusedly last night and appeared to have a fever.  That has happened to me each time I’ve come to Germany and means my immune system is working.

img_4209Tomorrow I will get retested to see if the treatment I had this week has helped.  If not, they send you home.  I get my results on Tuesday.  I’m not worried.  They tested  me in the beginning to see if I  was strong enough to do the treatment and if it would help.  I was.

After breakfast we explored the rest of the castle.  The man who made the castle had a business in ironworks.  Clearly it was a success as he could afford a castle.  He made iron stoves, fountains, and knight apparel.  Prosperous trade indeed.

The only thing that troubled me is that he had an unbelievable number of deer trophy heads all over the castle.  It was a bit unsettling to see so many Of Bambi’s friends!   There were over 1,500 of them in various sizes.  I think the hunter was very proud of himself.  They must have had venison every night.

The grounds were beautiful and it was fun taking pictures of the place.

We later headed towards Mannheim to see another Christmas market, but got lost (GPS sucks) and ended up in Bad Durkheim instead.  Saw an interesting tradition where you barbecue some dough and eat it!

We decided to get back in the car and find Mannheim shortly thereafter.

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Our GPS kept malfunctioning.  Piece of shit. Told us to keep driving straight… literally into the Bahnhofstrasse (train station).  That was fun.

We kept going in circles around the Christmas Market and the GPS took us to the opposite side of the city where there was no highway to get on to go back home.  So we turned on my phone and used up all the gigabytes I had just to get home. 😕

Adventures abroad.  What can I say?

 

Mainz and Berg Reichenstein

 

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Today is my short treatment day!  Hurray!  Only had my four shots in the butt and brain and eyes photon machine for 16 minutes.

Then we headed for Mainz’s Christmas Market and the chance to knock something else from my bucket list…overnight stay in a castle.  The place Berg Reichenstein near the Rhine River.

First Mainz.  I love these beautiful old towns.  The architecture is so  spectacular.  The buildings, the homes, and the churches are breath taking.

 

I love over love love the Castle we are staying at called Berg Reichenstein.  It was $5 more than one night stay at the Holiday Inn!

Paul was wearing his Sunday best…his 20 year old Donald Duck sweat shirt and pants.  Claims I should have notified him that we were going out for a dressed up dinner.  I told him we were going to go to stay at a castle.  I figured that good enough?  Apparently not.

Dinner was lovely.  Not the complimentary carrot starter soup which tasted like game broth, but the rest was quite good.  Especially the dessert!  And chocolates too!

 

Will get some better pics tomorrow morning of the castle and the grounds!

 

 

Tubingen (Chocolate Market)

Friday, Dec 2

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It’s Friday. Convinced Bobo that he needed to have a colon hydrotherapy session today given that he only goes to the bathroom once every 4 days and plugs up the toilet. I told Pamela, the lovely therapist from London to watch out, he may break the machine!

 

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Yesterday I had my colon washed out. My brain and eyes received an 8 minute photon treatment which I am getting every day. I think my eyesight is getting clearer. Four injections in the butt yesterday, one today plus two in the neck. Now that really hurts but if it prevents me from having neck radiation treatment at home, I will do it.

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Last night Bobo and I went to a Spanish tapas place called Monte Christo which I heard rave reviews about from two of the locals. We had a assortment of cold and hot food platter. Too much food! Wasn’t too crazy with the meat dishes (lamb and ox tail…blah!). Dessert was nice…almond cake and Vanilla Brûlée.

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We are going to attempt to go to Tublingen soon because they have a four day special chocolate market with vendors from all over the world. Thought Bobo, my chocolate affectionato would enjoy it.

Nuts!  The damn rental GPS took us for a ride….a very long one.  Through mountain back streets and a closed road.  What should have taken us 1 1/5 hours ended taking us over 3 hours.  We saw fog, rain, cows and sheep!

Finally got to Tubingen!  What a treat!

Stunning chocolate art!

This one looks like a chocolate turd!  Line up galore…price for one?  $8!

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And samples, samples everywhere!  Gotta go to bed now cause I have to get to the clinic by 8:30 a.m.  Taking Bobo somewhere special tomorrow for his birthday which was on the 28th.