24 Aug
2009
Posted in: Behcet's Disease
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Behcet’s Flare Ups, What are Behcet’s Flare Ups, What Do Flare Ups Feel Like?

Flare-Ups are a common with Behcet’s Disease. The Flare-Ups can come and go in a series of attacks throughout life brought on by high stress levels, and a lowered immune system. Flare Ups will come and go, sometimes every few weeks or months, while others may go for years without problems. In my case I find that Flare Ups are directly related to a combination of the amount of stress I am under over the course of a few days, the amount of rest I get, and what my diet is.

Flare Ups can cause a fever and fatigue, and most common for me is swelling, arthritic pain throughout my muscles and joints.The feeling is like severe growing pains and flu-like aches and pains. Flare ups can also feel as if  someone lit a match and all my joints were on fire. Sometimes in a specific spot, like my knees, or hands, and others throughout my whole body, causing headaches and fevers due to the swelling.

When a flare up begins for me, there is not a whole lot that can be done, other than take some anti-inflammatory medicine and wait in agony for the pain to go away. Thank God for Advil! It is best to try to catch the flare ups before they begin. Sometimes I can notice that my body is starting to shut down, and I will feel more fatigued than I should. When I feel this way, I try my best to make sure to get enough sleep, eat healthy meals, and not do anything too stressful on my body or mind. It is also important to drink lots of fluids.

I am in the process of trying some all natural supplements to help control my Behcet’s Flare-Ups, and I will be posting the results of those within the next month. As of right now, Advil is the only thing that really seems to help me when I have a flare up and I don’t want be reliant on a pain medicine my whole life. I am hoping that some natural supplements, and the right lifestyle and diet will help lay this disease dormant and not bother me in the future.

Please post any comments if you have found an alternative to anti-inflammatory medicine, like Advil. Or if you would just like to share anything else.

23 Aug
2009

Trying to Get By in Today’s Economy By Blogging, Pay Per Post Denied My Blog

So far our attempts to make a little extra money by starting this website and blogging haven’t gone very far. We signed up for Google adsense, but we wont see any real income through that until we get a good amount of traffic coming through our site. So we tried to sign up for payperpost.com, thinking we could write a few articles throughout the week and earn a few bucks that way. After submitting our site, we learned to much disappointment that we were rejected from PayPerPost because of the following reasons.

This is the email that i received from them –

Unfortunately, blogs must be active for at least 90 days in order to participate, as per our terms of service.   Remember, a blog must have at least 20 pre-existing original clearly written posts in the last 90 days prior to using our service. Please re-submit when the requirements are met.  In the meantime, feel free to use PPP Direct and Affiliate tools while you work on meeting the requirements of our Marketplace!

This was kind of a bummer to find out. We are just trying to make a little side income, and if we want to use Pay Per Post, we will have to wait 90 days, and have at least 20 posts up. The 20 posts in 90 won’t be a problem, I think we are about half way there after a week of having our blog up, it’s just the time limit that is unfortunate. I think Pay Per Post should allow bloggers with over 20 posts to participate in their service, even if their site is not over 90 days old. If they can get 20 legitimate posts up before 90 days, that shows more determination and drive than you will see on most sites. There isn’t much we can do about that now, so I guess we will just try again in 90 days and hope we get accepted then. And in the meantime search for some other ways to make money by blogging.

Check back for updates and reviews on our attempts at other money making blog opportunities!

23 Aug
2009
Posted in: Pets & Animals
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My Dog is Sneezing and Coughing Because of the Dog Park, Did My Dog Get Kennel Cough at the Dog Park?

Over the summer I had been noticing that my dog started sneezing a lot, and inhaling strangely at night and just while resting around the house during the day.  It seemed to be much worse on days after I had taken him to the dog park. I was starting to think he had a Kennel Cough, which would not be that unlikely.

Kennel Cough is a very contagious disease for dogs. It is also referred to as tracheobronchitis, canine infectious tracheobronchitis, Bordetellosis, or Bordetella. Just coming in contact with other dogs, kennel cough can be transferred from one dog to the other.

Symptoms of Kennel Cough –
Symptoms of kennel cough usually develop about a week or less after a your dog is exposed to it. Common symptoms are dry, hacking cough and coughing up a white foamy throw up substance. Sometimes dogs also develop pick eye (medical term “conjunctivitis”), and nasal discharge. In mild cases, your dog may not seem like anything is wrong, just some sneezing or light coughing. In severe cases, your dog can develop a  fever, become depressed, excrete yellow/green nasal discharge. Some very severe cases of kennel cough can be fatal.

Most of the time, dogs get kennel cough when they are in close contact with many other dogs. Most of the time from a large group of dogs that are in kennels, hence the name “Kennel Cough.” But it is not only found in dogs that are in kennels. Due to the highly contagious nature of the disease, I figured, one of the dogs at the dog park must have had it and gave it to my dog. There are hundreds of different dogs there everyday, so I wouldn’t have been surprised if my dog got kennel cough from one of them. Even though my dog was up to date on all his shots, can he still get kennel cough?

After hearing what kennel cough was, I thought for sure my dog had got it from another dog at the dog park, but he just hadn’t developed all the really bad symptoms yet, other than sneezing and occasionally coughing. I decided to just keep an eye on him and not take him out for a few days to see if it went away, and to not spread anything in-case he had kennel cough.

After a couple days at home he had stopped sneezing. So I started taking him out to the dog park again, but the sneezing started again that night after taking him. This continued for a couple weeks, where he would be fine at home for a couple days, then after taking him out, he would be sneezing and coughing a little.

After doing a little more research, I found out that my dog was allergic to a lot of the plants and grass that are at the dog park. I was amazed to find out that dogs can have allergies just like humans. The symptoms of my dogs allergies closely resembled a mild form of kennel cough, so it was a little scary at first. His allergies seem fine now, it just seems to be the worst for him in the Spring, and early part of summer. I found out that dogs that have allergies are usually due to pollen and other plant fibers, which in the spring and summer there is more pollen in the air, and blooming plants than any other time of the year.

Now it seems as if my dog has started to build up an immunity to the plants and pollen, because he is not sneezing at all anymore. Either that, or maybe it’s because summer is coming to an end and there isn’t as much pollen in the air. If that’s the case ill know next year what is going on when he starts sneezing again.

Our dog Captain

Our dog Captain

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