Did You Know?

Did you know that Virgin Olive Oil is actually good for you? I did sorta…

There is so many things that you benefit from this. Also learned that there are many types of Olive Oil but we are going to focus on Virgin Olive Oil today.

Olive Oil basically means that it is a fat obtained from the olive, a traditional tree crop of the Mediterranean Basin.

Virgin Olive Oil was produced by the use of a mechanical means only, with no chemical treatment. Also it comes from Virgin oil production only, but it is of slightly lower quality, with free acidity of up to 1.5% and is judged to have a good taste. They are the least processed forms of olive oil, extra virgin and virgin olive oil have more monounsaturated fatty acids than other olive oils. They also contain more polyphenols, which may have benefits for the heart.

It can be used for many things such as cooking, baking, skin care, etc.

While talking to Miss Wendy last week, she had told me that it also contained Omega 3.  I thought this was great because that meant I didn’t have to eat fish to get that vitamin, score!

I did find out what Omega 3 means though:

-Are a polyunsatured fatty acids that are essential nutrients for health.

“The acid that is Omega 3 in Olive oil is α-Linolenic acid (ALA) is an essential omega-3 fatty acid and organic compound found in seeds (chia, flaxseed), nuts (notably walnuts), and many common vegetable oils.”

While it may be good for you to cook with more. It is not great to fry things with (learned that lesson last week, not a good feeling when it pops oil…)

Links for more information is here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olive_oil

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omega-3_fatty_acid

Until next time,

Megan

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Where Did I go?

Helllllllllloooooo everyone!!!! I have missed everyone! You’ll can put the pitchforks away.

I am deeply sorry for being away for so long. I don’t how many times I can say that I am sorry for neglecting this site. But I had to put it on the back burner for a little bit because of my health. I hope you all can forgive me. Let me give you a little history on what has been going on the past couple of months for me.

Anyways….. In the past posts I have mentioned that I might of needed surgery and an older post for my organizing one. I had mentioned that I was in a wheelchair. Let me briefly explain that and then I will explain everything else and yes, there will be links down below for more information.

I was born with Spina Bifida and what that basically means that I was born with my back open and I was also born paralyzed from the waist down. Which is why I need the wheelchair. With this condition comes with other problems. Such as Hydrocephalus (extra fluid on the brain.) and I have a shunt that goes from my head to my stomach draining the extra fluid. If left untreated people with this condition can have major problems and if gets real bad you can actually die from it.

I have been real lucky and have only had two shunts. Many people with this condition have to get replaced throughout life.

Now onto my reason for being gone for so long.

A couple months ago I woke up with a extreme headache and it just would not go away. A few days prior to that I had felt dizzy but it went away. Until I was out grocery shopping with my grandmother, I started to feel sick and dizzy. Throughout the week I would feel sick, constant headaches and dizziness. After a week my mother decided it was time to go to the ER because what I was describing to her was a shunt malfunction.

After a couple of hours one x-ray, one CT scan and an embarrassed person getting asked we need to take blood for a pregnancy test.. (that person would be me). We finally get the answer, my shunt had indeed malfunction. But the neurosurgeon on call no longer did patients with shunts. So we had to wait a few days to go see another doctor.

While waiting came the not so fun part. The phone tag between two hospitals. And people wonder why I hate phones so much lol.

Finally I get to see the doc, he informs me that my shunt had been broken for several years now and I have been functioning well. But he still wanted to do a MRI first before telling me if I needed surgery to replace my 20 yr old shunt or not.

While waiting for the insurance company to agree to the MRI, I got to play more phone tag between two hospitals again for old medical records. But while doing that I was seeing other docs and blood work. I hated it lol.

The good news while still waiting for the MRI that I am healthy the only problem I had was low vitamin for D and B12 but I am still working on that.

I also saw a allergist for my Latex Allergy. I wanted to get that documented so whenever I am able to find work, I have proof of that.  But they wanted me to get blood work done because come to find out there is latex in food and I did not know this. I get that done and still waiting for the MRI.

I then end up having a mild allergic reaction to the food I was eating (which was chicken and rice with Panda Express Orange Sauce. Turns out I am allergic to Xanthan Gum.

The day comes to where I finally get an answer to the MRI and allergist. Not allergic to any food other than Xanthan Gum and I am able to get the MRI done.

Get the MRI done (which sucked by the way) and seen the doc. I did not need surgery after all and I can continue on with my life.That does not mean I won’t have to have it in the future. He did explain that what I was experiencing was the flu.

After all that time, I just had the flu but it was great to get answers and to make sure I was 100% fine.

If you made it this far, you all deserve a cookie!

Have any questions please feel free to ask. I am going to post again in the next day or two. And the only clue you get is “Oil”, have any other suggestions on what to to do next, let us know.

Here are the links to learn more about Spina Bifida, Hydrocephalus, Latex and Xanthan Gum

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spina_bifida

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydrocephalus

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latex_allergy

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xanthan_gum

Until next time!

Megan