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The Migraine Experience

Excedrin has been working with Migraine sufferers like myself to put together a virtual reality to show their loved ones what a migraine “looks like” when one starts for them – its an interesting video – – when I saw the commercial on TV the first time I broke down crying – I have always looked for a way to do that…

2015 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,400 times in 2015. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

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2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,500 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 42 trips to carry that many people.

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energy drinks…

A 2013 report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration stated that the number of emergency department visits in the U.S. related to energy drinks increased from 10,068 in 2007 to 20,783 in 2011. Most of the patients were 18 to 25 years old, followed by individuals 26 to 39 years of age.

The following information is from

The FDA has posted adverse-event reports for two more energy drinks: 40 illnesses and five deaths linked to Monster Energy, and 13 illnesses and two lasting disabilities linked to Rockstar Energy.  The FDA reports linking 92 illnesses and 13 deaths to 5-Hour Energy shots. The FDA previously said it was investigating the deaths linked to Monster Energy.

These adverse-event reports (AERs) are filed by patients, families, or doctors. They simply warn that the products might have harmed someone — but they do not prove that the product caused harm. The FDA can remove a product from the market only when investigation shows that the product causes harm when used according to the product label.

“If we find a relationship between consumption of the product and harm, FDA will take appropriate action to reduce or eliminate the risk,”  FDA public information officer Shelly Burgess says.  Moreover, the reports do not offer details on any underlying medical conditions that may have led to product-related illnesses.

 The reports, some dating back to 2004, are not a complete inventory of all events that product users may have suffered. Most people, and many doctors, do not know how to file these reports or do not get around to filing them. And even when a product actually causes an illness, a user or doctor may not associate the product with the illness.

The new reports detail the events suffered by users of 5-Hour, Monster, and Rockstar energy drinks. These include:

  • Deaths due to heart attack or suicide linked to 5-Hour Energy
  • A miscarriage linked to 5-Hour Energy
  • Convulsions, life-threatening fear, deafness, and hemorrhage linked to 5-Hour Energy
  • Deaths due to heart attack or loss of consciousness linked to Monster Energy drink
  • Hospitalization due to irregular heartbeat, severe diarrhea, migraine, psychotic disorder, heart attack, and/or vomiting linked to Monster Energy drink
  • Disability from irregular heartbeat or stroke linked to Rockstar Energy drink
  • Hospitalization due to psychotic disorder, increased heart rate, or loss of consciousness linked to Rockstar Energy drink

All of these reports are collected by the product manufacturers. Because they market their products as nutritional supplements, they are required to submit them to the FDA.  A recent government report documented a sharp spike in the number of people who need emergency medical care after consuming energy drinks.

Living Essentials, the maker of 5-Hour Energy, said in a statement that the company “takes reports of any potential adverse event tied to our products very seriously.”  But the company maintains that its products are safe when used as directed. Rockstar and Monster Energy did not respond to interview requests by publication time.

Caffeine Levels in Energy Drinks

Caffeine is the main active ingredient in energy drinks, most of which also contain herbal supplements.

A recent test by Consumer Reports found that:

  • 5-Hour Energy contains 215 milligrams of caffeine per serving.
  • 5-Hour Energy Extra Strength contains 242 milligrams of caffeine per serving.
  • Monster Energy contains 92 milligrams of caffeine per serving.
  • Rockstar Energy Drink, Double Strength contains 80 milligrams of caffeine per serving.
  • Rockstar Energy Shot contains 229 milligrams of caffeine per serving.

An 8-ounce cup of coffee has about 100 milligrams of caffeine, although that varies according to how the coffee is brewed. For example, Consumer Reports finds that 8 ounces of Starbucks coffee has 165 milligrams of caffeine.  According to Consumer Reports, safe limits of caffeine are up to 400 milligrams per day for healthy adults, 200 milligrams a day for pregnant women, and up to 45 or 85 milligrams per day for children, depending on weight.  High doses of caffeine can result in restlessness, nervousness, insomnia, and tremors. High doses can also trigger seizures and unstable heart rhythm.

Ever walk into a room with some purpose in mind, only to completely forget what that purpose was? Turns out, doors themselves are to blame for these strange memory lapses.

Psychologists at the University of Notre Dame have discovered that passing through a doorway triggers what’s known as an Event Boundary in the mind, separating one set of thoughts and memories from the next. Your brain files away the thoughts you had in the previous room and prepares a blank slate for the new locale.

Thank goodness for studies like this. It’s not our age, it’s that damn door!

We are Official!!!

**Update** The 5mm Polyp they found was not cancerous!


So back in July I had a Dr appointment and it was brought to my attention that since my mother had Colon Cancer in her 30’s that it might be a good idea that I have a colonoscopy done since I just turned 30.  I was also diagnosed with IBS.  IBS and ulcerative colitis (what my mom and grandmother have) have very similar symptoms.

Ulcerative colitis (UL-sur-uh-tiv koe-LIE-tis) is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that causes long-lasting inflammation in part of your digestive tract.

What I have is IBS or Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a disorder of the intestines. It causes belly pain, cramping or bloating, and diarrhea or constipation. Irritable bowel syndrome is a long-term problem, but there are things you can do to reduce your symptoms.

so- last week Wed was the last day that week that I got to eat “normal” food.  I couldn’t eat lettuce, cabbage or corn for 3 days prior.  Thursday it was a clear liquid diet.

The following foods are allowed in a clear liquid diet:

  • Plain water
  • Fruit juices without pulp, such as apple juice, grape juice or cranberry juice
  • Strained lemonade or fruit punch
  • Clear, fat-free broth (bouillon or consomme)
  • Clear sodas
  • Plain gelatin
  • Honey
  • Ice pops without bits of fruit or fruit pulp
  • Tea or coffee without milk or cream

I had Jello, chicken and beef bouillon, apple juice, Gatorade, Sprite and water.  Then at 5pm I had to start my prep.  I am going to share with you what I went through just to help with any fears that you might have about this test or the prep.  I found a few blog post about it that helped me through.

5pm – Mix contents of one packet into 5 oz or water.  It tasted like warm Gatorade.  Wasn’t too bad and 5 oz was easy to drink fast.  I think had to drink 8 oz of clear liquid over the next 3 hours.  No Problem.

6pm – Still not having to go to the bathroom, but my stomach was talking to me.  I had that bubbly feeling like if you are very hungry and have gas.  But it didn’t hurt and wasn’t all that uncomfortable.

6:30pm – I had the good sense to stay close to the bathroom and was able to run in there when the feeling struck me.  I was not stuck in the bath room for quite a while.  I started with the bathroom door shut to have this time to myself and not have my husband have to share with this whole experience with me.

7pm – I have moved beyond having the door closed and am now asking hubby to bring me more things to drink, Dozer had been crying outside the bathroom door and now that he could come see me he was much better.

7:30pm – it was starting to slow down now and I feel as if I might be able to spend a few moments walking around and be in the kitchen for a little bit.  Have to mix up my next dose at 8pm.

7:45pm – back in the bathroom, I will go back to the kitchen shortly to make my 8pm dose and maybe have some jello.

8pm – Mixing the last dose and it was harder this time to drink down the 5 oz of hot Gatorade.  I was starting to not feel very well and my legs were hurting from sitting in the bathroom for this long.  I had some jello and went back to my cell for the next round.

8:15pm – I am feeling better again.  The sick feeling didn’t last for very long and I think the Jello helped my a little.

8:30pm – well we are back to it now, the second dose didn’t take as long to work its magic as the first one.

9pm – I am very tired and sore.  My back and legs are screaming at me.  Next time I am asking for a padded toilet seat.

9:30pm – I started asking google when it would be safe to go to bed after taking this prep.  I found most people were able to go to bed between 10pm and midnight.  I was now thinking that I should have also bought baby wipes.  All I can say is OUCH.

10pm – I make my way to bed, I get up about two more times to go to the bathroom before passing out for a little bit.  I was awake again at about 4am not able to sleep anymore.

5am – I started to get my mind ready for the day a head of me.

5:30am – alarm goes off like normal and we slowly get up and hubby takes the dogs out.  We had to time our bathroom breaks so we were not rushing the other person.

6:10am – on our way to the surgical center.  I don’t have to be there till 7:15am, but we have a bit of a far drive.

6:50am – we are super early, but that is ok with me.  I wanted to be somewhere that had a bathroom.

? – not sure what time it was when they took me back, my procedure was scheduled at 8am.

? – the nurse who started my IV and asked me all kids of questions turned out to be someone I knew since elementary school.  Kinda neat to see her.

? – they came and got me and took me to the room where it was going to be done.  they hooked me up to all sorts of wires and put oxygen tube in my nose.  Not sure I have ever had that before.  It smelled funny.

? – they then had me roll on my left side and get all comfy.  well as comfortable as I was going to get with tubes and wires everywhere.  I saw the monitor and freaked out.  I told them I didn’t want to be awake at all for any of it.

? – they gave me a shot in my IV and told me to take a deep breath of the oxygen.  It smelled sweet and very strong fora second, then blackness.

? – I woke up to someone talking to me about making sure I passed the gas they had filled my insides with and she gave me a box of apple juice.

? – I started to cry cause that’s what I always do after having anesthesia

? – Bryan was brought back to see me, they told him I was crying and asking for him.  He knew that I was OK and that it was normal for me.

8:45am – (I think that is what time it was) I was able to get dressed and wait for the Dr.  He said they found and removed a 5mm polyp.  It was the type that would have turned to cancer had they not found it.  I should hear back from the pathology test on Friday.

So there ya go and there ya have it folks.  It was not that bad and I get to look forward to having it again in 5 years.  I am just so thankful that I didn’t talk myself out of it.  Cause trust me, I had tried.  Also found out that my Great Grandmother on my mom’s side died from Colon cancer.

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