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Why I am trying Essential Oils

Hereditary fructose intolerance
Hereditary fructose intolerance (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I thought I would share why I’m interested in learning about essential oils. Warning it’s going to be long. Professionally I am a critical care nurse, so I’m steeped in American BIG medicine. My thought is that the American medical community is that it tries to fix everything with the equivalent of a sledgehammer. Sometimes it’s needed (like my ICU patients who have multiple organ systems failing and are on the verge of dying), sometimes its not. Do we really need EVERYONE on a cholesterol reducing medication? When most of the time it could be corrected with proper diet & exercise?

Anyway my big personal issue for the last 11 years has been Irritable Bowel Syndrome. I’ve been through 2 colonoscopies and I’m not even 40 yet. I have had episodes of so much pain from the abdominal cramping that I have passed out and been taken to the ER. I was supposed to take a mega dose of Fiber and a Proton Pump Inhibitor medication daily with an Antispasmotic as I needed it. Both the PPI & Antispasmotic were prescriptive medications. In February of 2014, I was doing some literature search again. It lead me to Lactose Intolerance which sounded right symptom wise, but I knew the cause was wrong. This lead me to Fructose Intolerance, same problems but a different sugar as the culprit. It fit because the foods I knew set my IBS off was naturally high in fructose. So more literature reading into fructose intolerance and I discovered the low-FODMAP diet. This actually was researched and brought to the medical community in 2004 (year I was first diagnosed with IBS) by Monash University outside of Melborune, Australia. The Aussies & Brits are much more likely than Americans to recommend dietary changes and research them. It’s a highly restrictive diet, but has a 75% compliance rating along with it because IT WORKS. Within a week of starting I was feeling much better than had felt in years. I even was able to advance to a low-FODMAP with lactose reintegrated. In September, when i was hospitalized for Pneumonia, the hospital didn’t have a category for that diet in the dietary orders. The nurse practitioner who did my admission had never heard of low-FODMAP. The hospitalist who was on duty the first 2 days had never heard of the diet. The day I was discharged (day 3), the hospitalist on duty knew about the diet, but I think she was the only one in the hospital who had.

My hospitalization in September with pneumonia left me with a cough and basically bronchitis induced asthma. I was obviously over the infection, but couldn’t shake the cough. I was allowed to go back to work because you can’t give anyone asthma, but I had a nebulizer, breathing treatments and I did 2 rounds of steroids without it helping. What helped was the nurse who was orienting me had a roll on of Breathe in her bag and she let me use it. It helped the coughing almost immediately. Of course I had to find out what it was. It was DoTerra’s blend of Essential Oils. I did sign up for Doterra so I could get it, but a lot of my literature reviews since then have shown the research being done as using Young Living oils so with the Black Friday special I decided to sign up.

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Panic because I over slept

Today Murphy’s Law seemed to be in full swing for me. First one of my patients woke up confused. Pulling off things that were needed. So a lot of work at work. I get done about 45 minutes late & go to get my lunch box from the break room. There is an Ebola PPE in service happening. So I have to do it. So at 9:30am I get to clock out (my shift technically ends at 7:15). I go home. I pack. I check the cat’s water and food and liter. I decided to take a nap until 3pm. I normally have my alarm set for 3pm. I needed to leave by 3:40 pm to get there for the flight the recommended 2 hours ahead. I have my alarm set for 2:30 pm & 3 pm. And I lay down with my phone beside me and I have it charging.

A FaceTime call woke me up. The call could not connect when I tried to answer it. But I quickly realized that it was 4:30 pm. I was probably out the door in under 10 minutes. I regret I did not have time to say bye to the boys. Anyway drive from Las Cruces to El Paso. I figure an hour and I will be there by 5:30 for my 6:40 flight. Tight but plenty of time. Before I even get out of New Mexico I hit traffic. Of course there was construction. Down from 3 lanes to one. So I lost half an hour there. Now something some of my non-flying family may not realize is a 6:40 flight starts boarding at 6:10, closes the door around 6:30 and is in the air by 6:40. And they ain’t gonna wait on you. So my GPS past the construction says estimated time of arrival at parking is 6:10 and I know I will hit rush hour traffic. But Waze claims another route will get me there by 5:55. So I take it. I got to dreading the security line and how long the shuttle would take. I thought I would not make it,but I was giving it a good effort. Now remember a lot of my airport experience deals with Hartsfield-Jackson in Atlanta. Then I thought of Manchester,NH. The airport had just a few gates. Parking was quick and very close to the terminal. Lines were short. I was desperately hoping for a smaller airport that could do things quick. I get to the airport’s long term parking at 5:50. I find the shuttle stop and really hope one is coming soon. I was in luck. One was by in under a minute. And I got a speed demon of shuttle drivers. He wasn’t in danger of turning the shuttle over but you could tell he was turning. So by 6:00 PM I am at the ticketing counter to pickup my boarding pass. No line. Go through security in about 5 minutes. Maybe a little less. I have time for the 1 minute dash into a store for a bottled water. And I made it to the gate at 6:10. When I heard the boarding announcement.

I was still riding the panic through the El Paso to Phoenix flight. The layover didn’t calm me. The flight from Phoenix to Long Beach I was still riding the panic. Long Beach airport calmed me down. It is lovely and serene. Half of the airport is out side. There’s a building for security. Then you go outside (there’s an awning for rainy days) and to another building where you board or depart. I love it.

I priced the shuttle. $35 to my hotel. I knew Uber a few days ago was $20-27 so I checked and that was still the price. So I picked Uber instead of the shuttle. Got to the hotel. Ordered Chinese delivery. It was really good. Not greasy.