Saturday, December 21, 2019

Journal It Out

One of the ways that I contend, so to speak, with my pain and my overall health and what all it keeps me from is by journaling. I started journaling about 20 years ago.  I was seeing a counselor at the seminary where I attended and it was suggested to me to start a journal. I thought that it was the dumbest idea I had ever hear of. I'm not even sure why I thought that was a dumb idea but it turns out that without journaling I would have not survived this long.

Journaling helped me in several major ways and really I think that the most important way was to allow me to calm my mind. What I mean is that I would worry about so many things, we all do that, and then I would get frustrated because I would worry that I would forget what I was worried about and that would cause more worry because I knew that if I didn't know what all I was worrying about that I wouldn't be able to work through those worries. Whew, I think I'm worried now that I worried so much back then. Just kidding, I did worry a lot but I'm not worried that I worried. OK, enough of the worry business.  How journaling helped me not worry so much is that I found that if I would just jot down my thoughts that I could get them out of my head but I knew that the thoughts were right there on a piece of paper, or in my journal, right where I left them and that I could go back and read them as often and as long as I wanted to then I could let go of those thoughts. No longer did I have to carry all of those thoughts around in my head. I could rest and not only rest but having these thoughts written down allowed me to see that there were not too many things that I needed to do and if there were more things than I could have handled in one day, all I had to do was organized my day by the most important tasks and what could wait until another time. It gave me the freedom to be organized and rest my mind and free up energy sources that were being drained by trying to remember everything that I needed to worry about.

Justs writing down my worries were not the only way that I used journaling to help me. I also did work with my counselor that involved looking at my past and learning how to heal emotionally from those things so journaling was a big tool for me in that process. I was able to express feelings and upsets that I had inside of me that I never knew how to talk about or get out of my mind.

At first, I didn't have a clue how to get started journaling. It was suggested to me to cut out pictures and words from a magazine and make a collage using the pictures or words to help me express how I was feeling or what those pictures and words stirred up in me. I still thought this was a dumb idea but I gave it a try and to be honest, I was shocked at my very first journal entry. This first journal entry said what I had felt from everyone I knew my whole life and how I felt about what I believed was happening to me.
Here is a picture of that journal entry.




Well, I won't go into what it all meant to me, but I will say that because I felt a bit of sadness lift from me after I finished that first journal that I had to admit that I no longer thought that journaling was the dumbest thing I had ever heard of, as a matter of fact, I fell in love with it.

Fast forward to 2019, almost 2020, and I am still journaling but not as often as I once had. With my EDS and other chronic disorders, I still need to journal to get too many thoughts out of my head, to express frustration about dr visits, new symptoms that come up, friends and family that don't understand, trouble with everyday tasks, and how much I am not happy about my body and all of its ailments I'm thankful that I know how to journal. Journaling saves me that precious energy of spending time being upset and worrying. I still use the rule that I can always go back to my journal and read all the things that I have written and it still gives me comfort to know that I don't have to carry those things I've written in my journal in my head because if I need to know about them there are all in a safe place.

I encourage as many people as I can to journal because we all deal with things that are "too much" at times and we all need a way to get things out of our space and mind. The comment that I get the most is "I want to journal but I have not idea how to start."  Journaling is, for me, the perfect way to help me keep track of my emotions and my stress levels and my energy in a way that protects me from myself.

Have you wanted to start journaling and don’t know how to start or when you try to journal do you get stuck and find yourself at a loss of what to actually put in the journal?

Sometimes all we need is a little prompt to get us going so the journal that I created will help you start your journaling journey.

 In my journal "Journaling It Out",  there are questions to answer that will help you organize some of your thoughts for the day and from there you can write about other thoughts that you have from your day.  This journal is 8x10 so it gives you lots of room to journal your thoughts.

 Y’all. Go check out my new journaling book. It’s pretty cool and I love using it to help me journal when I can’t get my journaling on.

 https://www.amazon.com/dp/1673460860













Saturday, December 14, 2019

How I keep from dislocating my joints so often!

As it goes with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome there are lots of times that we experience dislocations and subluxations when people without EDS would never consider this happening. It's the same with POTS. When you have POTS and do the most normal thing you are always at risk of being dizzy and unable to function. This makes life difficult at times and it seems like we are never able to get things accomplished, or at least accomplished without injury to ourselves. Simple things like picking up things that are dropped on the floor or on the floor of the car can cause great damage to our EDS bodies.
One of the ways that I dislocate my joints the most is reaching for things that are out of my reach. My car is a place where this happens a lot. Of course, bending overreaching for things on the floor or near where I'm sitting also causes a dislocation or two and for sure a few subluxted ribs.  Instead of spending my time talking with you about how to treat these injuries I want to share with you about how I can reach the things that are out of my reach without injuring myself as much.

My solution is my favorite new tool!


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I love knowing that I have a tool that lets me get a few things done without injuring myself. I do have to be careful not to use my new tool for too long at a time because my hands cramp and ache, but overall, I'm so glad that I have found this and that I can share it with you.

So I used to have one that folded in half so it was smaller to store but it also broke very quickly. 

This one is solid and doesn't fold. The gripping part at the end twists so that you don't have to turn your arm and wrist around to reach things.  I was pleasantly surprised by the shorter of the two.  I decided to keep it in my car for all of the things that end up on the front passenger floor. I use this grabber to reach it without overstretching my fingers, wrists, shoulders, or my ribs and hips. I use the longer one in the house to pick up almost everything that is below my knee height. This has saved me the above problems plus the dizziness that I get when I'm bending over.  

I urge you to check this out because I know it will change how you are able to do things that often cause injury while you are reaching just that bit too far.  

I am not selling these but I am encouraging you to take a look at them. 


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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Holiday Stuff Is Here!

Hi and Happy Holidays to you all!

It's a good day to have some fun even if you don't feel like getting out and doing much you can at least look good staying home. Here's how!

Whether you celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah or something else during this time of year, it's a great time to buy a gift for others or branch out and treat yourself.
I have lots of fun products in my store. You can go check them out at
https://teespring.com/stores/wear-it-out-loud-amys-theory Be sure to look around the site for all the colors and products that are available. 

and at https://amy-hosp.pixels.com/ to find Christmas cards.

Here are the Holiday items I have:

At my store https://amy-hosp.pixels.com/ there are lots and lots of things to choose from. Take your time to scroll through the collection of things!
We have Prints of Photos, Greeting Cards, Tee-shirts, Coffee Mugs, Notebooks, Tapestry, Bath Towels, Round Beach Towel, Shower curtains, Phone Covers, Portable phone charger, Tote Bags, Carry-All Pouch, Weekender Bag, Duvet Cover, Throw Pillow, Fleece Blanket, and more!






Buy 1 card or a pack of 10 or 25 cards.
Description
Our greeting cards are 5x7 in size and produced on digital offset printers using 100 lb. paper stock.
Each card is coated with a UV protectant on the outside surface which produces a semi-gloss finish.
The inside of each card has a matte white finish and can be customized with your own message up to 500 characters in length.
Each card comes with a white envelope for mailing or
gift-giving.
The cards ship within 1-2 business days.
Any photos on my site can be turned into a greeting card so have a look around while you are there!
Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!















In my TeeSpring store: https://teespring.com/stores/wear-it-out-loud-amys-theory
we have: T-shirts, Hoodies, Tanks, Pocket Tees, Baby Onesies, Leggings, Canvas Prints, Pillows, Posters, Tapestries, Phone Cases, Beach Towels, Flags, Tote Bags, Mugs, Stickers


Randolph is the Texas Rudolph
from Wear It Out Loud Amy's Theory



Randolph the bow-legged cowboy is the Texas version of Rudolph. He's a legend that you need to know about and spread around. You'll be a legend when you wear this shirt!

If you don't know this song then here are the words. Sing it to the tune of Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer.

Randolph, the bow-legged cowboy
Had a very shiny gun
And if you ever saw it
You would drop your pants and run
All of the other cowboys
Used to laugh and call him names
They never let poor Randolph
Join in any cowboy games
Then one foggy Saturday night,
The Sheriff came to say:
"Randolph, with your gun so bright,
Won't you shoot my wife tonight?"
Then how the cowboys loved him
As they shouted out with glee:
"Randolph, the bow-legged cowboy,
You'll go down in history!"


Here are just a few of the selections: Go to https://teespring.com/randolph-is-the-texas-rudolph to see all of the items.















Check out these products with Santa's picture of them.

Santa Brings a Bible
from Wear It Out Loud Amy's Theory

This is my Dad, one of Santa's best helpers! My Dad helped Santa out as the Town Santa in Frisco TX for more than 45 years. It was one of his favorite jobs ever!
https://teespring.com/santa-sees
















Hanukkah Lama
from Wear It Out Loud Amy's Theory
Hanukkah is a wonderful time of year also known as the Festival of Lights. This Hanukkah Lama is wishing you his best during this Hanukkah Holiday season.

https://teespring.com/hanukkah-lama