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The blog is a good spot to get tips, tricks and tools to help you live a natural solutions lifestyle.  I've got educational posts to help you learn more about doTERRA essential oils - how to use them, what they're good for, DIY projects and lots of recipes too.  The blog is also where I share my personal life experiences.
 
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Essentials for Amputees

I had an online class last night - our topic was specifically for amputees. We covered the essential products an you can use to help navigate your health as an amputee. We wa...

Hives! Where'd those come from?

Let's start off by defining what in the world a hive really is. I turned to WebMD for their article about Hives and Your Skin to produce this answer: Urticaria, also known ...

Stump Treatment - Life as an Amputee

You have an amputation, you're fully healed from the surgery and you're ready to rock your first prosthetic. Now this may not be as applicable or relevant to someone with an arm o...

Follicular Sores Burn - Life as an Amputee

So lets chat. Last week we discussed using essential oils and related products over "the cream" to help with follicular sores, right? And we know that Steve decided to give it a ...

VagisilĀ® or Essential Oils!?! - Life as an Amputee

Ew! Gross right!?! Trust me, I know what you're thinking! What in the world does Vagisil® (moving forward I will refer to this as "the cream" because I don't want ...

Standing for the First Time - Life as an Amputee

The wound vacuum comes off, the wound heals, now what? It's time to wrap your brain around this new life. It's time to get off the couch. It's time to do physical therapy. ...

Intro to Essential Oils - Life as an Amputee

Steve had wound care coming the our home 3 days a week for several weeks to change the dressing on the wound vac and check on the healing progress. Eventually when Sports Authorit...

Wound Vac's Suck! - Life as an Amputee

So, of course, it would be too much to ask to have the hospital get things organized enough to ensure that Steve could go home on Monday. After surgery on Friday and having to spe...

Date Night at the Hospital - Life as an Amputee

Between 11/2 and 12/1 Steve was doing great. He had gotten his pain under control, was healing, going to his follow-ups every week and being told all was well. On Tues, 11/29 Ste...

DRUGS! - Life as an Amputee

How frustrating! From Sunday, 10/30 to Wednesday, 11/2 Steve spent more time back at the hospital in severe pain. What's worse, is them not being able to figure out why he was i...

Emergency Room Visit #4 - Life as an Amputee

Are you kidding me!?! So, just a reminder, Steve was released from the hospital as a new amputee on Thursday, 10/27. He was doing so good! On Sun, 10/30 we were over at Steve...

Life as an Amputee

Steve's amputation was on the evening of Monday, October 24th. By Thursday morning he was more than ready to leave the hospital and get back to the comforts of home. Thankfully h...

Amputation Day - Road to an Amputation

October 24, 2016 at 5:03 PM - They took Steve down to surgery. It took just over 2.5 hours and they let me down into the post-op area to visit with him before he was taken back to...

Pirate Steve - Road to an Amputation

It's Sunday, October 23, 2016 around 7:30 in the morning. One of the hardest things leading up to this point for me was hearing my husband declare to the 6 doctors and medical stu...

New Vehicle - Road to an Amputation

You know how when you're looking for a new vehicle you talk to people, do research, go look at and even give them a test drive? Well, that's kind of how we were treating this deci...

Forefoot or Below Knee - Road to an Amputation

We discussed the situation with several people from the vascular team. I asked them to provide us with all the results because we felt like Steve still wasn’t sure what caus...

Amputation!?! - Road to an Amputation

I'm sorry, did you say amputation!?! How does one receive that information, let alone process it? After speaking with the podiatrist (foot doc), he wasn't really being confident ...

Emergency Room Visit #3 - Road to an Amputation

Wait what!?! The last blog post just said that after being in the hospital for 9 days and 4 surgeries later that Steve was sent home. Yes, you are correct. If you recall Steve w...

Discharged...FINALLY - Road to an Amputation

After ICU the next few days is the hospital were pretty uneventful. Lot's of pain for Steve, no sleeping and anxiety to boot. And finally, the anticipated discharge day. Not sure...

A Cup of Coffee & Out of ICU - Road to an Amputation

It may seem silly to some to even mention a cup of coffee, but after the punishment that Steve's been through over the past week, a cup of coffee is a treat and a sign of some norm...