Monday, April 12, 2010

Kleenex's... A No Go!

For years I've wondered if I'm allergic to kleenex's - tissues of any kind, not just the brand.  My typical allergies would flare up, I'd blow my nose... and then it would feel like I had a tickle in my nose so I'd try to blow more and more and more.  But, the tickle would never go away.  I wondered if the tissues were triggering it.  I mean, tissues are made from paper and paper has dust - so it's not out of the question to wonder.  So today I asked Dr. Ames.  I tested positive to Puffs Plus Lotion and the generic tissues she has at her office.  Although I wish I had been wrong, I'm not surprised. 

Not gonna go on and on...

I'm not going to go on and on about this topic.  So, I'll keep it brief.  The other day I came across an article about Third-Hand Smoke in the latest American Baby magazine.  I'd always wondered if there was such a thing as third-hand smoke - you know, the toxins left on objects and the atmosphere after someone smokes - particularly on their clothes, hair, or in their home.  I mean, you can smell a smoker a mile away - well, you know what I mean - so wouldn't this mean there could be cigarette toxin remains on the person?  The article suggested having smokers change their clothes after smoking if they're going to hold a baby.  This article got me interested and I went on to research the topic a little more. 

I came across an article from the Scientific American.  It did a good job of summing up the facts and making sense of it all.  I found it extremely informative and urge you to read it.  You'll likely be surprised with the findings. 

"...the cocktail of toxins that linger in carpets, sofas, clothes and other materials hours or even days after a cigarette is put out—is a health hazard for infants and children."

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Unorthodoxed Treatment

If you know me personally - or if you read my blog much, you probably realize that I'm pretty opinionated - especially, if I'm particularly passionate about something.  So, here goes! 

I will admit that at first I was very skeptical of Dr. Ames' unorthodoxed medical treatment methods.  I'm a logical type of girl and need to see and understand something to believe in it - usually.  This is the exception.  I don't understand how her treatments work, but they just do - or atleast they have for me and several other people I know. 

I started going to see Dr. Ames a couple years ago for my intense seasonal allergies.  I've been known to have to call in sick to work in the past because of allergies - they were that bad.  She did a series of non-invasive treatments on me and - Voilla - allergies were gone.  So far, I'm cured of my pollen and tree allergies.  I'm still allergic to grass, which we're working on now.  Each Spring I go to her for 3-6 treatments over a short period of time and then I don't have allergies.  It works for me.  No more medicine! 

Tuesday as I was driving Calvin to his appointment with Dr. Ames.  My right eye was practically swollen shut from my allergies.  Vision in my left eye was iffy.  Guess I probably shouldn't have been driving - but I knew if I got to her office, she'd get me in and I'd feel better.  I was thrilled to walk out of her office with NO eye irritations and absolutely no swelling! 

Calvin is another success story.  I took him for an issue - but turns out that can't be treated... however, while she was trying... she got his right and left brain to communicate and got his comprehension and focus on the right track.  I had no idea she could do this stuff.  I was skeptical to say the least.  But, after only TWO visits, he started SPELLING on his own!  I'll be honest, I'm kind of a lazy Mom that doesn't work on his academics much - he goes to pre-k.  So the fact that he picked up on spelling from a video game and retained the information is wondrous to me! 

The kind of treatment she did for Calvin is the same treatment she does for children with ADD, ADHD, and other similar disorders.  Although these appointments aren't free - I think she's a better alternative to medicine for children and worth every penny. 

Dr. Ames and Dr. Andrea can treat lots of different issues.  And if they can't, well - from what I've seen, they'll sure try!  Some issues I know they help with:  allergies, to quit smoking, to get pregnant, depression, chronic colds, stomach/digestive problems, and learning hold-backs. 

I don't expect you to be a believer just from reading my post.  All I gotta say is, Don't Knock It Till You Try It!  If you're looking for an alternative treatment or if you think you're out of options, consider giving them a try:  (217) 347-5455.   

Tuesday, April 6, 2010


  • I haven't had the energy or focus to blog lately.  Sorry if you've been waiting for some profound post. 
  • Spring Break flew by! 
    • Now that I only have 1 more day, I'm rushing to get all of my homework finished! 
  • Easter was nice.  We got to see a lot of family - which is a blessing. 
    • The Easter Bunny brought lots of Woo-hoo bars a.k.a. Reese's Eggs - Yummy! 
    • Pix aren't posted yet... soon. 
  • Spring's here! 
    • I'm enjoying the beautiful weather from inside my house.  Allergies suck! 
  • My heart is breaking for Dawn and her family. 
    • Marilyn was an amazing woman that put up an admirable fight against lung cancer.  Still, I can't believe her fight is over. 
    • Please send hugs and prayers Dawn's way. 
  • My Mom's father-in-law passed away last week. 
    • We have 2 funerals this week. 
  • We've made it to the official half way mark!  20 weeks! 
    • I said we were half way at 19 - Calvin came 3 1/2 weeks early on his own and the doc was going to induce me 3 weeks early if he didn't come by then.  So, I'm expecting similar with Peanut. 
    • I'm up 1 pound from pre-prego weight! 
    • I think I have a diaper bag picked out!  That's uber important! 
    • We have her name narrowed down to two. 
      • Her name is a secret. 
  • Chris is quite possibly the best husband in the world! 
    • I've been craving fried eggs - and since he makes the world's best eggs, I only eat ones he makes. 
    • Never once has he complained about the daily egg routine right before we go to bed.  He doesn't even complain that I eat them in bed! 
  • Bridget gave me a fantastic cut & color - I'm a blonde again! 
    • Last week she gave me a mani & pedi!  I feel so pampered! 
    • Become a fan of The French Quarter Salon and Day Spa on Facebook for chances to win free services! 
      • If you call on April 6th to schedule a pedi, you'll get $5.00 off!