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Gout: Manage Your Symptoms

Kidney Disease (4)0

I have two dear friends who suffer from gout. I have seen their pain.  Sometimes it occurs as a result of eating foods that trigger the inflammatory process. Often flare-ups seem to occur for no particular reason. One thing is certain — their suffering is real!

What is Gout

Gout is loosely considered another type of arthritis. It is an inflammatory disease that mainly affects the joints. The initial complaint seems to be the pain of an unknown origin usually in the great toe. As the disease progresses it affects other joints and seems to increase in severity.

Persons who suffer from gout have a build-up of uric acid in their blood. Uric acid is produced when certain foods are metabolized by the body. It happens in people with too much uric acid accumulated in the blood. Uric acid is a chemical that is produced when the body breaks down certain foods.

The uric acid crystals usually remain between the joints where they form sharp needle-like crystals. These crystals are the cause of much pain. Uric acid crystals can also form on the inside of your ureters (the tubes that carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder). These crystals can sometimes evolve into kidney stones and may remain in the ureters, blocking them and stopping the flow of urine. 

Patients have described the pain of kidney stones as similar to “giving birth”. I have seen both men and women double over in agony from the pain of kidney stones as well as gout.

What are the symptoms of gout? 

People complain of sudden “flares” or attacks of severe pain, most often in the area of the big toe, ankle, or knee. Sometimes the joint becomes red and swollen. Only one joint is generally affected at any given time,  though some people can present with pain in multiple joints simultaneously.

Gout flares tend to happen more often during the night.

The pain from gout can be extreme. The pain and swelling are worst at the beginning of a gout flare. The symptoms then get better within a few days to weeks. It is not clear how the body “turns off” a gout flare.

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Is there a test for gout?

Yes. To be tested for gout, your doctor or nurse will take a sample of fluid from the affected joint. If he or she finds typical gout crystals in the fluid, then you are diagnosed with gout. A simple blood test can also confirm the presence of gout.

The doctor may suspect gout:

● If you have had pain and swelling in one joint, especially the joint at the base of the big toe

●If your symptoms completely go away between flares, at least when you first start having them

●If your blood tests show high levels of uric acid

How is gout treated?

There are a few medicines that can reduce the pain and swelling caused by gout. When you find one that works for you, make sure to keep it on hand at all times. That way you can take it as soon as you feel a flare-up coming on. The medicines work best if you take them as soon as symptoms start.

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Medicines used for Gout

NSAIDs Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs — This group of medicines are anti-inflammatory medicines but do not contain steroids.  Examples are ibuprofen aka Advil, Motrin, and indomethacin aka  Indocin. NSAIDs may not be safe for those with kidney or liver disease or have bleeding problems.

Colchicine – This medicine helps with gout but it can also cause diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and stomach pain.

Steroids –Steroids are by nature anti-inflammatory but long-term use can have unpleasant side effects, like weight gain, increasing blood glucose, etc. They reduce swelling and pain and may be taken as pills or injectables.

Medications for gout management

Yes, there are medicines that can reduce the chances of having future gout flares. Most people who have repeated or severe flares of gout need to take these medicines. In general, they all work by reducing the amount of uric acid in the blood. Examples of these medicines include allopurinol aka Aloprim, Zyloprim, febuxostat or Uloric, and probenecid.

Those with severe gout may also be prescribed a medicine called pegloticase, which is administered intravenously. If you are currently taking one of the medicines due to gout, your doctor will need to check that your uric acid levels are low enough to dissolve the gout crystals.

A word of caution!

Allopurinol, febuxostat, and probenecid can actually increase gout flares when you initially begin taking them. To prevent this, your healthcare provider may suggest that you take low doses of colchicine when you initiate these medicines. This will give the gout crystals time to dissolve and should help to stop the new flare-ups over time.

You may prevent gout flares by:

  1. Losing weight.
  2. Be mindful of foods that contain uric acid.
  3. Avoid alcohol and sugars.
  4. Keep hydrated.

I cannot stress the importance of staying hydrated, Being properly hydrated will keep a steady stream of urine production while preventing new crystals from forming.

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Avoid high purine foods such as:

  • Red meats, hamburgers, beef.
  • Organ meats, eg: liver, kidneys, tripe.
  • Wild meat, eg; rabbit, venison.
  • Bacon, anchovies, sardines.
  • Seafood and shellfish.
  • Alcohol including wine.
  • Beans and peas.
  • Few vegetables, eg: spinach, asparagus, mushrooms.

Avoid foods high in sugar such as sweet drinks and juices, foods with added fructose or corn syrup. Also foods such as sodas, enriched fruit drinks, cereals, ice creams, and candy.

Left unchecked Gout could lead to:

  • Kidney stones and other kidney problems
  • Long-lasting joint problem
  • Ongoing very bad pain

What steps you can take.

  • Keep a healthy weight. Lose weight slowly. Rapid weight loss may actually initiate an attack.
  • Avoid beer, wine, and mixed drinks (alcohol).
  • Tell your doctor if you are taking drugs for heart and kidney problems. Tell your doctor about all the drugs, vitamins, herbal supplements, and any over-the-counter drugs you are taking.
  • If you need to stop taking your prescribed medications, speak to your medical provider first.
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Tips to manage your disease

Some of the factors that influence an increase of uric acid levels in your body may include:

  • Diet. If you consume a diet rich in meats, seafood, alcohol, high fructose beverages you are at an increased risk for high uric acid. 
  • Obesity. With an increased body mass index (BMI), your kidneys are working harder and your body produces an increased amount of uric acid. So losing weight will help lower the risk factor.
  • Medical conditions. High blood pressure, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and heart and kidney diseases influence the production and elimination of uric crystals.
  • Certain medications. Thiazide diuretics used for high blood pressure, a low-dose aspirin may also increase your uric acid levels. 
  • Your genetics. If your immediate family members have suffered from gout, you’re at an increased risk for the disease. 
  • Age and sex. Males are more susceptible to gout. Women generally produce lower levels of uric acid until after menopause, then their levels compare to those of males. primarily because women tend to have lower uric acid levels. 
  • Recent trauma. Experiencing recent surgery or trauma has been associated with an increased risk of developing a gout attack.
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Managing your disease at home

There are some simple and effective home remedies for a gout flare-up. Along with your prescribed medications, you may try:

  • Resting the affected joint
  • Elevating the limb to allow for venous return thereby reducing swelling and pain.
  • Use an ice pack to reduce swelling, (never use ice on one area for greater than 20 mins any one time).
  • Try consuming vitamin C products, e.g., cherry juice

Cherry juice is high in vitamin C, which aids the excretion of uric acid in the urine, but the effect is mild compared to some of the available medicines for gout attacks. Cherry juice may also increase the risk of kidney stones, so do not use this if you are predisposed to stones.

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Conclusion:

Gout is an inflammatory arthritic disease. It is chronic in nature and requires stringent management to be at your optimum. There are several proven ways you can manage your disease. Follow the advice of your medical provider and make every effort to lose weight and avoid “gout-triggering” foods. 

While some home remedies help to relieve gout pain. Do not rely solely on this if you are not experiencing relief as the longer you wait the longer it will take for your symptoms to get better. If you record no significant improvement within 24 hours of using your home remedies, consult with your doctor.

As much as possible, try to consume a healthy diet, exercise, stay hydrated by utilizing water, and reducing the consumption of mild diuretics such as sodas, teas, and coffee. A healthy diet includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products. 

Know what purine-rich foods are and how to avoid them. Remember in everything moderation is key. 

Be safe and be well!

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Update on Dangers of Vapes & E-Cigs

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The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the US Food and Drug Administration Act (FDA), has been eyeing a common key chemical in the lung injuries caused by the use of vaping products.

What are Vaping Products?

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Some examples of vaping products and its duplicitous packaging, they look like harmless scented air fresheners.
  • Electronic cigarettes aka e-cigarettes, vapes, e-hookahs, vape pens, tank systems, mods, and electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS).
  • The use of e-cig products is also known as vaping.
  • E-cigs contraptions heat the liquid in the aerosol producing the vapes which are then inhaled into the lungs.
  • The liquid used may contain; nicotine, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabinoid (CBD) oils, and other substances and additives. THC is the psychoactive mind-altering compound in marijuana that produces the “high”.

Fluid samples collected from the lungs of some 29 injured persons found vitamin E acetate in all samples.

While vitamin E is often used in the production of e-cigarette, or vaping, products. No one substance has emerged as the causative culprit.

What is Vitamin E Acetate? 

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Vitamin E is of course a vitamin we all eat/use every day. It is a component of many foods such as vegetable oils, cereals, meat, fruits, and vegetables.

  • It is also used as a dietary supplement and for skincare.
  • Does not cause harm when ingested or used topically.
  • Vitamin E inhaled directly into the lungs interferes with its normal functions.
  • Is often substituted for THC.
  • Used as a thickening agent in the liquids used for vaping.

Several other product sources are still being tested.

Per the CDC and FDA, this is the first time that this chemical has been detected and there appears to be much cause for concern.

As always whenever possible the best practice is to stay away from cigarettes or other related inhaled substances.

What the CDC Recommends

CDC continues to caution against the use of e-cigarette and/or vaping products that contain THC, particularly from non-regulated suppliers, such as friends or family and face to face or online dealers. Updated information can be found on their website as it becomes available.

To contact the CDC call 1-800-232-4636. Web: https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/

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Smoking Hot…!

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Recently the dangers associated with the use of vaping, e-cigarettes, pens, or Juuls (pronounced jewels) have been highlighted with an injury of some 530 persons across 38 US States and territories. Is reported that seven (7) persons have lost their lives resulting from the use of inhaled substances.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), almost three-fourths of those affected are males with the prevalent age range being 18 to 34 years old. And what is even more alarming is the fact that 16% of the total cases are among young persons under the age of 18 years.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), some 3.6 million middle and high school kids used e-cigarettes in 2018, an increase of 1.5 million or greater than in 2017. There seems to be a common misconception among teenagers and even many adults that e-cigarettes are benign and harmless.

Nothing could be further from the truth! It is estimated that using one pod of e-cigarette liquid is equivalent to smoking 20 cigarettes. Furthermore, it is also possible for e-cigarettes to be outfitted with pods that hold THC, the psychoactive chemical found in marijuana. The vapes may also contain a hallucinogenic like Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) or Cannabidiol (CBD) oils or nicotine-containing products.

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Of the affected cases all have reported a history of e-cigarette or vape use in the past but no evidence of respiratory diseases or other related comorbidities. There is not yet a specific cause of these lung injuries/deaths.

Some recommendations from the CDC are;

  • Persons using these products should consider refraining from using e-cigarettes/vaping products until further information becomes available.
  • If you are using e-cigarette products in an effort to quit smoking, please do not revert to smoking actual cigarettes at this time.
  • Please see your healthcare provider if you or someone you know have used these products and have had any abnormal symptoms, such as shortness of breath, palpitations, dizziness, chest pains, etc.
  • Pregnant and nursing women, youths, and young adults should refrain from the use of cigarettes, e-cigs., vapes and all tobacco/nicotine-containing products if at all possible.

References:

  1. https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco
  2. https://www.fda.gov/tobacco-products

Until later, please be well, be aware, and take care.

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Life’s Journey

A dear friend sent this to me many months ago. It made a very deep impact on me at the time and I feel obliged to share it with you my dear friends.

The words ring with so much truth for me. I do not know the origins of this piece but I love its life lessons.

I pray that we d not vacate our seats unnoticed but leave the best memories in our wake.

I am thankful for this life’s journey and am especially grateful to be on this train ride with you all.

Please enjoy and do tell what emotions / memories it evokes for you.

God bless you all. Amen!

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Visiting New York During Pandemic

What is it like to travel during COVID?

We left Texas yesterday Thursday, August 06. The children and I are here to visit Gee. We decided to renew his contract for another 13 weeks. We figured New York was a safer option than Texas at this time. We made some goals and were working towards those, but recently we are attacking them with even more urgency than ever.

My Snookums was so excited to visit his dad, he agreed to keep his mask on the whole trip. Usually the kids complain that they cannot breathe with the mask on…I understand completely. But he kept his word and except for munching on some cherries, it stayed in place.

 

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The three musketeers with our masks on

The check-in process went smoothly, we stayed six feet apart and placed my drivers license to be read. I was asked to remove my face mask to confirm identity with my DL. We passed security with the usual checks. There were not that many persons so all in all the process went off without a hitch. We arrived at our gate and waited until it was time to board.

We were notified that persons flying to new York from states of interest i.e., Texas and other high infection areas we would have to fill out a form. The questions on the health information form were:

  • Name, telephone number and address where you were staying
  • Did you have a fever or a cough in the past 24 hours
  • How long were you planning to stay in New York
  • Were you a frontline worker travelling to help with the pandemic
  • Flight number, airlines, where you originated from and final destination

I thought the questions were all reasonable and we were advised (told) that we must have face covering and must keep them on for the duration of the flight.

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The plane was pretty empty and seating was great as we were all seated fairly far away from each other and could even move to other empty rows.

Currently it is hurricane season and the ride had its few bumps along the way but all in all it was actually fairly uneventful all things considered.

When we landed in NY we gave the health form to someone at a desk and we were excited to see the big city. the hurricane had passed through two nights before and it wrought some damage along the way. Lots of trees were lining the roadways. But New Yorkers will always survive. I felt shortness of breath walking up the ramps to our exit, so I am still on the road to rebuilding.

Hurricane Isaias torn up parts of New York.

This is a video my cousin sent me of some of the damage to her block by hurricane Isaias. As we rode along yesterday we saw downed trees everywhere. Huge old trees uprooted by the winds.

Our day one in my old stomping grounds is over. Now that I am here to visit I realize I miss it so much. There will never be another city like NY for me. I did all my growing up there and it will always hold a special place in my heart.

Stay safe and blessed my friends!

 

 

 

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My Current Situation

Copy of Social Distancing (3)

Menopause is an evil most of us could do without. This is my current situation today. As if everything else in the universe and social distancing is not enough!!

This rabid evil has me so hot today I could tear my hair out and dive into a pool. Bear in mind that I CANNOT swim and am deathly afraid of large bodies of water.

It will not let you be, I cannot get my hormone replacement therapy.

Hyperhidrosis and hot flashes are NOT a good combination, coupled with Texas today @

Dallas, TX
Monday 3:00 PM
Mostly sunny
Mostly sunny

71
°F | °C
Precipitation: 0%
Humidity: 62%
Wind: 7 mph
That may not be hot to most people but to me ….. RED HOT!!!
Keep me dear Jesus!
Any relief suggestions is eagerly accepted … 🙄
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Cholesterol & Your Eyes: Xanthelasmas

Cholesterol Deposits on Your Eyes: Xanthelasmas

Much of our lives we hear talk about cholesterol and about keeping our cholesterol in check. We are constantly cautioned against eating certain foods and encouraged to consume the foods that will help to lower our cholesterol.

But did you know that high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia) can make itself known on our faces, around our eyes! They can gradually become larger over time and cause discomfort.

You may have seen these raised “bumps” on and around the eyelids of people and wondered what they were and how they got there.

Yellow raised deposits can form on and around your eyelids as a side effect of having high levels of lipids in your blood. The scientific name for these deposits is xanthelasma.

These yellow spots may not be harmful initially, but they can gradually worsen, cause pain and detract from your good looks!!

They may also signal a more serious underlying health problem.

Xanthelasmas

They are raised yellowish papules caused by the localized accumulation of lipid deposits commonly seen on the eyelids.

They occur in approximately 4% of the population. Xanthelasmas are prevalent in 1.1% in females and 0.3% in males www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov.

These eye deposits can begin to make their appearance between the ages of 15 and 73 years, although an increased appearance is usually seen during the fortieth and sixtieth years.

More than 50% of these cases are associated with underlying hyperlipidemia.

If cholesterol deposits present prior to the age of 40 years, it requires a prompt screening by your physician to rule out underlying inherited disorders of lipoprotein metabolism.

The Role of Genetics

Genes are powerful, they play a major role in who, how and why we function the way we do.

Another huge component is the nurturing we receive, we learn to habits that may not always be beneficial.

Familial hypercholesterolemia is an inherited trait characterized by very high levels of cholesterol in the blood.

In the case of hypercholesterolemia, the foods we eat along with our genetic predisposition can wreak havoc on our physical bodies and our mind.

Cholesterol & Our Circulatory System

High cholesterol can predispose us to develop a form of heart disease called Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) at a young age.

Coronary Artery Disease develops when excess cholesterol is in the bloodstream and deposits in the walls of our blood vessels, particularly the arteries that supply blood to the heart (coronary arteries).

This buildup of cholesterol forms clumps (plaques) that narrow and harden the arterial walls. This, of course, presents issues when these vessels need to be pliable and malleable to allow blood and nutrients and the elimination of waste.

If the vessels harden a myriad of health issues will follow.

Causes of Xanthelasmas

Anyone may get cholesterol deposits around their eyes. But this condition is most common in people with a lipid disorder called dyslipidemia.

People with this disorder have too many lipids in their bloodstreams, such as triglycerides and certain forms of cholesterol.

You may have dyslipidemia if you have any of the following conditions:

  • hypercholesterolemia, identified by total cholesterol greater than 200 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL)
  • hypertriglyceridemia, identified by triglycerides above 150 mg/dL
  • high levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL), also known as bad cholesterol, identified by LDL above 100 mg/dL
  • high levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL), also known as good cholesterol, identified by HDL above 40 mg/dL

There are various other factors that can cause you to have too many lipids in your bloodstream, and in turn, you can develop xanthelasma around your eyes.

Some causes are genetic, meaning you can’t do much to prevent them. Other causes are the result of lifestyle choices or the side effects of some medications.

Genetic causes may include:

  • deficiency of familial lipoprotein lipase, the enzyme that breaks down lipids
  • familial hypertriglyceridemia, a genetic condition that causes people to have higher amounts of triglycerides in their blood
  • familial dyslipoproteinemia, a genetic condition that causes people to have higher amounts of lipids in their blood

Foods to Eat in Moderation

Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that is produced in the body and obtained from foods that come from animals (particularly egg yolks, meat, poultry, fish, and dairy products). The body needs this substance to build cell membranes, make certain hormones, and produce compounds that aid in fat digestion. In people with familial hypercholesterolemia, the body is unable to get rid of extra cholesterol, and it builds up in the blood. Too much cholesterol increases a person’s risk of developing heart disease.

Lifestyle factors may include:

  • diets high in saturated fats and low in unsaturated fats
  • excess alcohol consumption
  • lack of cardiovascular exercise
  • weight gain
  • a diet low in fibre
  • smoking

Medications that may increase your risk for developing cholesterol deposits around your eye include:

  • beta-blockers
  • oral contraceptives
  • estrogen-containing medications
  • corticosteroids
  • retinoids
  • thiazide diuretics
  • protease inhibitors
  • anabolic steroids
  • antiepileptic drugs

Some conditions such as kidney disease, hypothyroidism, and diabetes mellitus can also contribute to the development of cholesterol deposits. That’s because these conditions can increase lipid concentration in your blood. Sometimes the cause of dyslipidemia is unknown.

How is it Diagnosed

Your doctor will ask you when you first noticed the yellow spots and whether they’ve changed since you noticed them. They may be able to make a diagnosis from a visual exam because xanthelasma has a distinctive appearance.

Your doctor may also want to know if you have a medical history for dyslipidemia. They may look for risk factors of the condition such as diet and genetics. They may also do a blood panel test to determine your lipid levels.

Treatment for cholesterol deposits around your eyes

Your doctor may be able to remove the cholesterol deposits. There are a few different methods they may use:

  • Surgical excision using a very small blade is typically the first option to remove one of these growths. Recovery is at least four weeks.
  • Chemical cauterization uses chlorinated acetic acids and can remove the deposits without leaving much scarring.
  • Cryotherapy used repeatedly can destroy xanthelasma. This carries the risk of scarring and changes to the pigment of your skin.
  • Carbon dioxide and argon laser ablation is less invasive than surgery and has a reasonable success rate. It carries the risk of pigmentation changes.
  • Electrodessication can be used with cryotherapy.

For any procedure, it’s important to monitor your recovery. Note any side effects you experience, and let your doctor know about them at your next appointment.

Xanthelasma has a high recurrence rate, especially in cases of surgical excision or severe hyperlipidemia. So watch that cholesterol!

The underlying cause of xanthelasma may be dyslipidemia, so your doctor may also recommend lifestyle changes to help manage lipids in your bloodstream. That’s because the underlying cause of xanthelasma may be dyslipidemia. Controlling the number of lipids in your blood may help reduce your risk for developing future deposits.

  • Work with a dietitian to evaluate your diet and come up with a plan for any changes you may need to make.
  • Limit the number of saturated fats you eat to fewer than 9 per cent of your daily calorie intake.
  • Increase your intake of fibre.
  • Eat more protein, especially plant protein that contains fewer calories, lower fat, and more fibre. Some types of plant-based protein include tofu or beans.
  • Reduce alcohol intake. Women should have no more than one drink per day, and men should have no more than two. A drink is defined as 5 ounces of wine or 12 ounces of beer.
  • If you smoke or chew tobacco, quit. Talk to your doctor about programs for quitting smoking if you need help breaking the habit.
  • Eat a moderate number of calories from monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats.
  • Participate in 30 minutes of moderate-intensity cardiovascular exercises three times per week.
  • Do resistance exercises twice per week.

Your doctor may also prescribe medication that manages triglycerides or cholesterol.

Outlook

Xanthelasma result from fatty deposits that build up around your eye. It can occur in people of all ages, but most often occurs in middle-aged and older adults. Xanthelasma are generally not painful, but they can gradually build up and cause more discomfort if left untreated.

Xanthelasma can be treated through a variety of techniques. Your doctor may also recommend creating a plan that addresses the underlying cause of it, which is often dyslipidemia.

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Spider Web: Used to Heal Wounds in My Childhood.

Intricate and amazing work

Spider webs a life-saver of my childhood.

As a child, we ran and played all day long during the summers and holidays. Life was good and life was fun. We grew up in a real village community with the knowledge that we were all responsible for each other.

And we lived life with the abandon only kids know.

With that abandon came many many wounds. So off we would go to find one adult or another, every female was addressed as aunty and every male as an uncle.

So a bleeding child presents for help usually accompanied by a lot of wailing and a trail of the other kids following in the wake, lol.

The ‘aunt’ would clean the wound grab some spiderweb aka cobweb to contain the bleeding, wrap it up, and in little time, the sound of childhood peals of laughter and delight would be the music of the day.

How & Why Spiders Make Webs

Spider’s’ web is made of silk. They have seven pairs of silk-spinning organs or glands called “spinnerets” located either in the middle or at the end of their abdomen. 

A spider’s silk is produced as a liquid but emerges from the glands as solid silk fibres when the spider moves away from the attachment point. 

The spider’s silk line is only .001-.004 mm thick.  Amino acids and protein crystals help the silk maintain its stretchy quality, stiffness and strength.  

Spider’s web is created in a zigzag pattern that gives it tensile strength.

The web is used for catching prey, storing food, escaping from danger, making egg sacs, sending and receiving vibrating signals.

Medical uses for Spiderweb

It was common for the adults to use spiderweb to staunch the flow of blood, but then I became “an American” and put such unsophisticated behaviours behind me, after all, I was a student of the sciences…

Well, I am older and wiser now with a desire to understand how this knowledge came about. So I did some research.

Spider web or cobweb had been used to heal wounds since ancient days.

Cobwebs have anti-fungal and antiseptic properties that keep bacteria away from the open wound and minimizes the chances of an infection.

It is very high in vitamin K, an important catalyst in blood clotting!

As long as the cobweb is harvested from a clean area, it will not cause any secondary infection or aggravate the wound at all. Try to get a piece free of any dead insects or other critters.

Place spider web over the wound gently pressing some into the wound if possible ensuring the wound is completely covered.

Place clean cloth or dressing over the wound.

If the spider web has hardened on the wound and is hard to remove, dampen it with or pour come clean warmed water over it. This will loosen it right up and makes removing it easier.

I wanted to share a few tidbits from life in other spaces and how people got by, survive and even thrive.

So tell me, is the use of spider webs or cobwebs in wound care familiar to you?

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The Way We Write

Somedays I get many writing ideas, other times not one!

Often in dreams and sometimes while awake. Upon awakening, if I do not write the ideas down quickly I forget.

Other days I must get up to go to work or begin my day and really have no time for the idea at all, so the thought is simply left in yesterday, forgotten.

If time and space permits, I am obedient and answer the call.

When I operate in obedience the post almost writes itself. I do it fluidly, quickly and efficiently.

Sometimes, when I do not take heed to the prompting, it will not leave me alone. It will stay and whisper in my ear until from sheer aggravation, I acquiesce.

So my friends, my question to you is…how do your ideas come?

And what steps do you take if you are not in a position to record it?

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Introducing: Gee’s Cooking Corner – Oven Roasted Chicken Wings

Oven Roasted Chicken Wings

So my Gabe aka Gee is a man who LOVES to cook!

I was a lot smaller and younger when we met, but between growing older, life-changes and his excellent food. I have blossomed … some may say into the woman I am today.

I will be featuring mostly his recipes on my blog.

I want him to feel little included in my blogging thing… plus his food is so good.

So here goes… a recipe for oven-roasted chicken

  • 2 lbs chicken wings (approx 6-8 wings depending on size)
  • 1 TBSP seasoning salt
  • 1 TSP onion powder (not onion salt)
  • 1 TSP garlic powder (use 1/2 TSP if you don’t like much garlic)
  • 1/4 TSP cumin
  • 1/2 TSP oregano
  • 1 TBSP Maggi Seasoning Sauce
  • 2 TBSP White Cooking Wine
  • 1/2 TBSP Soy Sauce (substitute Lite if you need to)
  • 1/2 TSP toasted Sesame Seed Oil
  • 1/4 TSP fresh cracked black pepper (fresh is best for potency)
  • Marine for 2 hours
  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • Bake for 1 hour turning wings after 30 mins so that both sides crisp.
  • Cool on a baking rack and serve.

Please remember recipes are always a dynamic process and can be tweaked according to your tastes. You may also add 2 cloves of fresh garlic crushed or chopped and 1 TBSP of fresh chopped ginger to the marinade if you appreciate these tastes.

He cooks his wings with the tips on because those are his favourite parts of the chicken wings…but feel free to cut them off.

I think this recipe is great as it uses no added fats and is cooked in the oven and you can add seasonings to suit your taste or health status.

So if you decide to give it a try, please give feedback and feel free to post your recipe.

As always, stay well and be blessed!