You guys I've been so busy adding sections to the website, writing reviews and organizing an upcoming endometriosis awareness event (more about that later) that I've been forgetting about adding my weekly songs!
Help- Papa Roach
Young and menace- Fall Out Boy
We Were Here- Lights
New Fears- Lights
IDGAF- Dua Lipa
Blow Your Mind- Dua Lipa
No Mercy- PVRIS
Young Dumb and Broke- Khalid
Never Be The Same Again- Camila Cabello
Party On Apocalypse- New Found Glory
Sexy Dirty Love- Demi Lovato
The Middle- Zedd
Let Me Rock- Empire Cast
I've seen so many posts and questions about www.speakendo.com. This campaign is run by a pharmaceutical company. Below you see the list of Products they develop (I think you'll notice Lurpon on that list). It is totally fine if that's an option you want to take but you should know what you're signing up for. Research, Research , Research! Make sure you have all the information.
AbbVie is a pharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and markets both biopharmaceuticals and small molecule drugs. It originated in 2013 as a spin-off of Abbott Laboratories.
AbbVie Products List
Endometriosis affects an estimated 176 million women worldwide. It's a complex disease that takes a toll on so many aspects of our lives. Endometriosis is a chronic illness without a cure and limited treatment.
So, how can our partner, family and friends help support us?
Know The Facts
Understand what endometriosis is, look into options with together, just be informed! Know what medications she's on and what they are for.
Know What She Needs
Understand her pain
Pain is very different for everyone. Learn what triggers a flare up and what to do to help in that situation.
Understand her feeling
Endometriosis is usually a cause of anxiety and depression. Hormone imbalance may cause mood swings. Dealing with infertility can be extremely emotional.
Understand when she can't meet all of your sexual needs
Painful sex is one of the most common symptoms of endometriosis. Be open about sex and ask what hurts and what doesn't.
Understand her limits
Be prepared to help sometimes. Endometriosis often comes with chronic fatigue. A day that would have been a regular day for her may now seem overwhelming.
Stand By Her
Support her choices
There are so many decisions that need to be made in a medical journey. Hep her make these hard choices and support her when she does.
Just be there for her!
What is Arnica Used For?
Arnica montana is one of the most beneficial substances available in nature’s pharmacopeia, with the power to relieve many of the common aches, pains, and injuries that arise in our daily lives. The main uses of Arnica include bruising, swelling, pain relief, arthritis, and injuries.
Why Choose Natural Pain Relief?
Arnica offers a natural alternative to conventional pain medicines, which often mask the experience of pain. Arnica addresses the underlying conditions that cause pain (particularly inflammation), stimulating the body to heal itself.1
And Arnica works without the risks and side effects of conventional pain medications! Common over-the-counter painkillers can pose serious health risks, especially when overused. These include damage to the gastrointestinal system, kidney damage, high blood pressure, increased risk of heart attack and stroke, and severe allergic reactions.2 Prescription painkillers carry additional risks, including the risk of addiction.
By contrast, homeopathic Arnica has no known side effects, except that topical Arnica can occasionally cause a mild allergic reaction. If this happens to you, simply stop using the Arnica product. One word of caution: it is important to avoid applying Arnica to an open wound or broken skin.
I was invited to participate in another study at Queen's University's Psychology Department. Queen's believes that the "kind of person" you are may be possible to predict through a detailed understanding your memory capabilities that may contribute to a broad assortment of your non-memory traits and abilities. They are also interested in the biological and neural underpinnings of this link and whether they can predict your particular memory abilities based on the structure of memory regions in your brain, the presence of memory linked genes in your DNA and evidence of antibodies to memory linked biological agents in your blood.
Mnemonic device, or memory device, is any learning technique that aids information retention or retrieval (remembering) in the human memory. Mnemonics make use of elaborative encoding, retrieval cues, and imagery as specific tools to encode any given information in a way that allows for efficient storage and retrieval. Mnemonics aid original information in becoming associated with something more accessible or meaningful—which, in turn, provides better retention of the information. Commonly encountered mnemonics are often used for lists and in auditory form, such as short poems, acronyms, or memorable phrases, but mnemonics can also be used for other types of information and in visual or kinesthetic forms. Their use is based on the observation that the human mind more easily remembers spatial, personal, surprising, physical, sexual, humorous, or otherwise "relatable" information, rather than more abstract or impersonal forms of information. - Wikipedia
I was asked to do a number of memory activities that included a wide variety of tests measuring traits, cognitive abilities and personality characteristics over many sessions. This testing is performed to understand the traits and abilities in relation to one another. The data from these tasks will be stored on a server that is maintained by professional information technology staff at Queen's Center for Neuroscience and a secure analysis server operated by the High Performance Computing Virtual Laboratory supercomputer. I had to complete phrases that I had read earlier, I had to determine whether or not an object belonged in a scene, did the objects have any colors in common and then I was asked what object was with what picture. During this study I learned that my short term memory is worst than I thought.
This study is to explore the barriers, facilitators and strategies to promote participation in physical activity and exercise among adults experiencing chronic pain (pain lasting more than 3 months). The information gathered in this study will all health care providers to better meet the needs if adults in chronic pain.
My interviewer was Kyle Vader who is a physiotherapist at the chronic pain clinic I attend and the Principle Investigator on this study. I was asked questions about what prevents me from exercising, what would help and in participating in physical activity and what health care professionals could do to help encourage patients. I believe that we need work out classes geared at chronic pain sufferers to have a network of people that are at the same fitness level and provide the proper resources to access such classes and the information about what things they could do in their own home.
Research suggests physical activity/exercise can be helpful parts of self management for people with chronic pain. It’s often difficult for chronic pain sufferers to do much physical activity. Results of this study will be presented at conferences and published in a scientific journal.
I participated in a research study about depression run by Queen's University here in Kingston, Ontario. Depression affects 2,000,000 Canadians every year. Depression doesn't affect just one sex, ethic background or social group. Depression can affect anyone at anytime. The goal of this study is to identify bio marker that can help treat depression.
Learn more about CAN-BIND here.
The Mood Research Lab is run by Kate Harkness. They are looking to better understand depression in adolescents and adults. The SARA Project is conducting research on Major Depressive Disorders that affect 3.7 million people in Canada.
Learn more about The Mood Research Lab here.
For this study I completed a 3 part assessment and repeat the same assessment in 6 months. The purpose of the follow up is to see if the variables that may be related to your clinical status after the first assessment change over time. At each time I will participate in two 2.5-3.5 hour clinical sessions and a 1 hour neuroimaging session (MRI).
During the first clinical session I will be asked to complete a package of questionnaires about mood and take part in an interview about my mood, medications, drug use and any other symptoms. I will also be asked about relationships with my parents. I will complete a task on a computer that involves looking at cartoon faces and making decisions about what emotion they are showing. There will be a blood sample collected to assess genomic, proteomic and inflammatory markers that distinguish between depressed and non depressed people.
During the second clinical session you will give a brief speech about yourself and to complete a brief math test. The purpose of this is to measure hormones that are secreted during stress. Therefore, over the course of this second session (the speech, test, and relaxation periods) I will be asked to provide eight saliva samples. For each sample I will be given a small test tube to spit 1ml of liquid into.
During the neuroimaging session I will undergo an fMRI scan while looking at cartoon faces on a computer screen. This scan shows images of blood flow to areas in the brain associated with depression. Each scan will take an hour.
This data is being collected as part of an Ontario collaborative study on depression and will be used in conjunction with data collected from persons with the same and different conditions. This will allow researchers to study the causes of depression, improve diagnoses and develop treatments and interventions.
All information will be entered into a database called Brain-CODE. This database can be accessed by researchers and organizations outside the study. My information will be entered in under a number and my identification will be unknown. Access to data by outside researchers or organizations will require a detailed plan for the use of the data and approval from a research ethics board.
I'm used to being asked a bunch of questions and being asked for samples of this and that from me so for me it was basically like going to doctors appointments. At the first session I was asked questions about my mood, emotions and feelings over the last week or within the last month. I was asked a little about my childhood and my history with depression. I was asked to draw a line graph of my depression through my life and another on for my depression over the last year. Then they took me to draw what looked like 10 tubes of blood but it was actually only 67ml or 13 teaspoons. I was also asked to identify emotions on cartoon faces on a computer.
The second session consisted of me sitting in a room reading magazines and relaxing. I gave a saliva sample when I first got to the appointment. I smoked marijuana before my appointment which wasn't a good idea. I had such a hard time spitting after that. At first, while reading magazines, I gave saliva samples every 20 minutes then was left to chill and read some more. I was asked for saliva samples every 45 minutes or so. I was given a stress test where I was asked an interview question. I was given 5 minutes to write down why I should be hired even though I was fired from my last job. I am not a fa of interviews so I completely froze up and couldn't think of what to say. I kept saying I was a quick learner and a team player. It definitely worked, I was stressed. Then they wanted me to count backwards by 13 starting at 2040. I'm awful with numbers so I freeze up even more trying to count backward in my head and every time I got it wrong I had to start back from the last correct answer. Anytime I looked away they told me to keep eye contact. Of course after trying to give a speech and having to do math my mouth was very, very dry and they wanted a saliva sample right away. I relaxed with the magazines a little longer and they took one last saliva sample.
At the last appointment I was given an fMRI. I was placed into a tube that uses magnets to measures blood flow to areas of the brain associated with depression. The fMRI machine is kind of small and I'm not so I felt like it was a tight squeeze. I had to stay still and hold my arm to my chest so I could hold a button. I had to look at a small screen above my head. The first image was a field with a tree, this was to look at my brain when it is relaxed, and I was to keep my brain flowing and not focus on any subject. I was then asked to do two different activities. The first, I was supposed to click the button when I saw the circle and not click it when there was a square on the faces shown on the screen. The second, I was staring at a black screen and was to click the button when I see the red circle. I'm sure they got some good readings from me that day because it was the first day of snow and we didn't get as much as I thought so I'm walking way too far in winter boots. I could totally feel a bluster forming on my foot but of course I keep walking. I get to the appointment and have to take of my boots and half of my foot is bloody....embarrassing. It was a very awkward, sweaty, painful and bloody MRI.
I get to do it all again in 6 months. I think next time I'll not smoke before my appointment and wear proper foot wear.
My name is Kristen McRobie, I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Endometriosis when I was 21.