Tranquility Salt Cave for allergies and stress relief

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I have had a ton of response about my Himalayan Salt lamp post.  The main question being, “Did it help your migraines?”  The simple answer is no.  With long term benefits, possibly yes?!

After I found that it wasn’t giving me particular relief, I placed it in my son’s room.  My son suffers from seasonal allergies, coughs, congestion, sinus infections and ear infections.    Within 2 nights I noticed that he was coughing less.  I was shocked!!!  My husband (who tends to medicate over natural therapies) saw a difference also.  I leave it on in his room next to his bed and feel that the purifying salt is helping him breathe better and have less congestion throughout the night! YEA!

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After this, I had renewed faith in my Himalayan salt lamp.  After reading the benefits, I realized that it doesn’t help with inflammation which is most likely what is triggering my migraines.  What it does help with is

  • Asthma
  • Seasonal allergies
  • Coughs and chest congestion
  • Exzema and dermatitis
  • Improves lung functioning
  • Sleep disorders
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Depression

 

With this knowledge, I found Tranquility Salt Cave of Columbus, Ohio.  I had a trip planned to visit a friend in Columbus and I always get sick when I travel.  My friend was traveling from Denver and under stress with a new baby, preschooler, her job and running on little sleep.  I knew I would be suffering from allergies, was experiencing stress and anxiety from my last migraine attack and was ready to try it.

“Tranquility Salt Cave is not your average spa. With the powerful use of salt from the Himalayas, only 45 minutes are needed to feel cleansed, inside and out. With pure salt lining the walls, ceiling, and floor, you’ll experience an effortless and pain-free total-body cleanse.”

Our experience was quite relaxing.  The owners are extremely nice and have a daughter who suffers from migraines also.  They were happy and eager to help me with my issues and hopeful that I would feel benefits from their beautiful facility.

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The salt cave is a beautiful place.  You enter through a grand wooden door walking onto warm salt at your feet.  The ceiling is twinkling with lights in a cave like surrounding. 

“The salt cave is lined with Himalayan rock salt boulders, and literally tons of granulated salt rest on the floor of the cave.  The Himalayan rock salt is millions of years old and it contains over 84 trace minerals which are readily absorbed by the human body. As pure salt is diffused into the salt cave, the healing begins.  Negative ions are released into the air, helping to promote calmness and toxins begin to be removed from the air which you breathe. The salt is anti-bacterial and begins to clear clogged mucous and debris from the lungs.  Skin conditions may even improve after repeated salt sessions.” 

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You find a chair with a blanket, turn off your phone and relax for 45 minutes with meditative music.

My friend and I both found it easy to relax yet difficult with the person snoring next to us.  Next time I think I’ll book the room with more friends and less strangers.  With that being said, it obviously was relaxing.  My friend had been up with a preschooler and baby all night and enjoyed the quiet time.  I used my time to relax from the stressful snowy drive and breathe in the salt to help my allergies from the change of climate.

Overall, it was a time for us to relax, recover and just breathe.  It was a great way to treat ourselves to a spa experience while reaping the benefit of Halotherapy. 

Thank you Tranquility Salt Cave for showing us a spa day can be so much more!

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*I was not paid or given my services for free.  I am writing this review with my own opinions in hopes of shedding light on the benefits of Halotherapy.  Please see a doctor for any guidance in your medical needs and be advised that my experiences are my own.

National puppy day 

It’s #nationalpuppyday

 2 weeks ago my dog spent 10 hours in bed with me while I was violently sick with a migraine. She heard my kids snacking and playing down stairs & my husband in and out. She never moved. She never leaves my side when I’m sick. That’s love!!!!🐾🐶❤ 

Here’s one of my favorite posts about my dog!

https://mymigrainelife.wordpress.com/2014/06/26/my-dog-my-nurse-my-love/

Axon Optics Migraine Glasses, natural relief

*This post contains affiliate links.  This means if you buy and click from this post I will be compensated by the  affiliate.  This in no way alters my opinion and I only recommend things I use.  I use these often!  I was given a pair to review and have used them often since.

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Before I had children I was a special education teacher.  The years after college; I was teaching, coaching, tutoring, and getting my Master’s degree.  That was all? ha.  At this point my migraines became chronic and pretty much elevated to a new level.  Stress, lack of sleep, noise levels and inconsistent diet triggered me daily.

Along with these were the lights!  I taught in very harsh florescent lighting during the day, coached in a bright gym and sat in front of a computer doing homework or lesson plans.  My eyes were so stressed that I sat in the dark during my free period and had the monitor brightness turned as low as possible.  I didn’t have a smart board at that time but if I had worked with one, I know I would have been pained every time I used it.

This was all before I was given a pair of Axon Optics to review.

I wish so desperately that at that time I had Axon Optics migraine glasses.  They have FL-41 lenses that block  blue-green light which was developed to reduce sensitivity to fluorescent lighting.  They sell a range of products that can fit many eyewear needs.  I found working with the Axon Optics staff easy and simple.  I appreciate this greatly!

I now use them to blog (I’m wearing them now!) and when my photophobia is heightened (which is everywhere!).  I use them everyday.  I wear them making lunches and dinner, doing homework, reading books, doing computer work, going into stores, starting my day (anywhere) and more.  If you see me, I’m wearing them!

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What’s your diagnosis and where does that lead you with Migraine?

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Millions of people are diagnosed with migraine and every case is different.  So what’s your diagnosis?  What’s my diagnosis?  What does it mean to be diagnosed and how does that help?  Here’s my non-medical opinion.

I have my Master’s degree in special education.  It has been really helpful in understanding how the brain works, fails and where diagnosis and treatment can lead.  I think an example that I can best use to describe the migraine spectrum is comparing Autism to Migraine.  

If you have ever met someone diagnosed with Autism, you understand that that person is an individual and like no one else (and aren’t we all?).  Although, these individuals possess some similar factors that place them onto the Autism spectrum.  Does every person with Autism look the same, act the same, react the same, learn the same way, and have the same health and reactions to treatment?  The answer is an obvious no.  Where one person may seem to have some slight social issues and not much more, another individual may need 100% care for various extreme behaviors.  You may have a full conversation with one person and another may be completely nonverbal and ambivalent to personal interactions.  While one person may see improvement with dietary and behavioral therapy others may require heavy medications and need full time care with little improvement.  Everyone is different!

I have seen my neurologist for many years and I decided to ask her what my diagnosis was recently.  I knew the answer was a Chronic Migraine sufferer with neck and shoulder issues caused from migraines which is called Torticollis.  At the beginning, it was important to be diagnosed with something.  It gave me great relief that I, indeed, was sick and not making it up issues as I was led to believe by so many.  With my diagnosis I felt vindicated and believed since I was diagnosed, I would be cured.  Years and years later, I know better.  My diagnosis is no longer as important as my journey.   I have been through so many medications, therapies, and procedures that I’m not as concerned about my diagnosis versus my treatment now.

So why ask about my diagnosis?  Like I said, at the beginning it was huge!  It provided me a starting point and that is what seems to be the best place to start.  Just like people diagnosed with Autism, it’s only the beginning and an idea of where to begin with therapies, tests, treatments and more.  It puts me into a category that I need to find where I fit.  I no longer go into my neurologist to look for a cure.  I don’t think she is going to hand me a script for a pill that will make my disease go away.  I was stuck in this mindset for years! 

I now know it takes work!  Just like in teaching,  I know I can help  at school but work needs to be done at home.  They can’t come to me to solve their shortcomings like I can’t expect my doctor to help me without putting in the work myself.  My diagnosis has become the place I started and the road that I have travelled. 

I helped with the process of diagnosing students and I had parents fight putting a label on their child.  All of us have labels. My diagnosis doesn’t define me.   I think it’s what you do with knowledge of your label and what you do with it.  You have a choice to ignore it, to get more opinions, follow your path, and problem solve along the way.  Once I realized I wasn’t going to be cured and that I needed to fight with a well-rounded approach of many therapies and life style changes, I was empowered.  My label is just part of who I am.  I am a mom, a wife, a daughter, a sister, an aunt, a friend, a teacher, a blogger, a dog and chocolate lover, a travel enthusiast, a Chronic Migraine sufferer and so much more.

What’s your diagnosis? 

How do you feel it defines your journey? 

Bright Snow Glare Triggers Migraine

Braving the blistery winter and snow glare

Braving the blistery winter and snow glare

bright sun and bright snow makes me want to hibernate

bright sun and bright snow makes me want to hibernate

I live in the snow belt of Cleveland.  We currently have mass amounts of snow.  It’s crazy cold out but oh well……I’m used to it.  So we hibernate.  But unlike those cozy, dozy bears, in a dark cave, I am forced to face the dreaded snow glare.  I have windows all over my house.  While they look beautiful, they torture me.  The windows frame a world of gleaming light reflecting bright white snow.  This week we ordered blinds for our windows because when I walk in our kitchen I feel like someone is stabbing me with an ice pick through my eyes extending out the back of my head.   I wear sunglasses in the house most of the time but it still doesn’t touch the nausea and aura the glare forces upon me.  When my children nap I am forced to retire to my room which has blackout shades and curtains over them to provide me the cave I require.

Leaving the house is obviously torturous.  I’m prepared, as always, with sunglasses and a big hood to block out peripheral light.  Driving escalates my pain instantly and without fail.  There’s nothing more I know to do.  I am not a bear and need to take my daughter to school, buy food for my family and do other humanly tasks.  It’s not realistic for me to hibernate.  I’m counting the days until I can make my castle a bit more cave like and for this snow to melt.  Cloudy days, at this point, are my friends and this is not a statement I make often.  It’s a difficult situation when it’s best to stay home yet my home and the snow’s glare make me sick.  This has been a very difficult winter, migraine wise, and this snow needs to go.  Snow, No!  You need to go.

Wondering what my favorite indoor and outdoor glasses are?

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Migraine cravings: chocolate and salty foods

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Sugar!

Do you crave chocolate or salty foods before a migraine?  I do!!!!  I have an addiction to sugar Sugar seems to be a trigger for me, but the more I have documented my cravings, I have come to realize the cravings are a symptom of my migraine.

I crave chocolate before a migraine.  I crave sugar, I crave comfort desserts and I crave something to take the edge off the impending doom….Migraine hell.    I used to eat dessert then wake up with a migraine thinking the chocolate was my trigger.  The more research I’ve done, the more I come to find out that cravings before a migraine are not the trigger but the symptom for what is coming.

Yet again, I’m not alone, I’m not crazy, I’m just a living migraine.  I’m either feeling the effects of a migraine coming, a migraine in full force, or come down after a migraine.  And the cycle continues.

During an attack, I mostly dry heave and am so nauseous I have to force myself to eat.  After an attack, I am worn down and cautious with what I eat.  But before a migraine, it’s a total chocolate and sometimes salty food extravaganza.  I understand that I should be fueling myself with anti-inflammatory foods and things that will prevent an attack.  Understanding what my body needs and what my body craves is a mental battle.

I already have given up alcohol and many foods so when I crave chocolate I eat it.  I find that battling my thoughts about food while knowing that my body will be facing physical pain soon is something I don’t want to do.  I am gentle with myself.  If I want to eat a bag of candy, I do.  I have never been much of a guilty eater.  I love food too much to be sad about what I ate.  I make choices with my foods and give into my cravings.  I allow myself some deep breathes, some dark chocolate, and some peace before my migraine takes me  away.

Do you get pre migraine cravings?  Do you give into them or stop yourself from indulging?

Pilldrill: daily medication management (sponsor)

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This is a sponsored post. I have been compensated through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. All opinions remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company.

What is PillDrill?

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“PillDrill is the smartest, simplest way to manage any daily pill routine. Whether you manage your own medication regimen or help a loved one manage theirs, PillDrill’s intuitive scanning system keeps you on track with ease, elegance, and intelligence.

PillDrill was designed to be the first truly user-friendly medication management tool: simple enough for everyone to use, flexible enough to help anyone, and dignified because health products don’t need to be scary to work well.” http://www.pilldrill.com

It is easy to set up. Plug in the PillDrill Hub, connect the Hub to a Wi-Fi network and create your medication schedule using the app or website.

How does it work?

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Each kit includes the PillDrill Hub, 2 weekly pill strips, 12 scanning tags, and the Mood Cube.   Well-being can be logged to track mood or pain level.  You can track the income of medication by scanning the pill container to mark it as taken.

pilldrill_pillstrip2AM/PM boxes provide weekly organization.  Each ergonomic pod is advanced and individually removable, easy to open, and has a built-in scanning tag on its base. The strips themselves snap together, so you can connect as many as you need to accommodate your schedule

 

The app keeps you up to speed at all times.  The PillDrill app can create and edit your med schedule, get reminders and log doses on the go.  You can be notified about a loved one’s adherence and mood in real-time throughout the day. The app is compatible with iOS and Android and provides the fullest experience, but a smartphone is not required

For more information visit: https://www.pilldrill.com/how-it-works

Who is it for?

PillDrill works for managing your own routine or a loved one’s.

For individual use, the app can be used to get reminders and log doses on the go. If you need to log a dose on the go, simply open the app and “mark as taken” with a single tap. You can also set reminders to alert you directly on your smartphone when you’re not at home. If you use PillDrill to manage your own routine, you will get reminders that help you stay on schedule when you’re on the go.

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For family care, the app will send you real-time adherence and mood updates throughout the day so you can always know how the user is doing – without nagging. Your loved one doesn’t even need to use a smartphone at all. “If you use PillDrill to manage a loved one’s routine, you will get status updates so you can stay in the loop throughout the day.”

Why use PillDrill?

It is compatible with any type of health regimen.  There is no one size fits all with medication, so whatever the specifics of your regimen PillDrill has you covered.

PillDrill’s combination of adherence data, wellness tracking, and a dynamic reporting interface helps you better understand the effect that medications are having on your body and make more informed health decisions.

For more information visit: https://www.pilldrill.com/why-pilldrill

Where do I buy it?

“PillDrill is being sold exclusively through our website for $199.00 plus shipping and handling. Each PillDrill kit includes the PillDrill Hub, 12 Scanning Tags, 2 Weekly Pill Strips, and the Mood Cube.”  There is no subscription cost and it is a one time payment.

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