For two weeks in February I was completely inactive on social media and in life. The first week was because of a horrible gout flare that had me bedridden, crying, in a lot of pain, and only able to walk 5 feet in 6 minutes to my bathroom. The second week was because the first week left me physically and emotionally drained, and with very little hope for my future. My biggest fear is not dying, but living an unfulfilled life due to circumstances beyond my control.  I’m not going to say that I’m in a totally different place now, but I am willing myself, with the help of family, friends and my therapist, to a place of action.  Faith is action and although my faith is in shambles it’s not completely gone.  Right now I’m really going to have to fake it till I make it.

I have to continue to work towards my goals, which include good health, even if it seems like it’s not coming.  I have to remind myself of these things EVERY minute of EVERYDAY! So today is my first day of action! –

“I prayed for 20 years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs”~ Frederick Douglas.



Lupus and Other Diseases:

I know that one of the horrible things about Lupus is that it usually comes with other diseases. Some people are diagnosed with another autoimmune disorder or a disease related to one of the organs Lupus has damaged. One of the things I have been dealing with for the past two years is gout. Gout is an acute form of inflammatory arthritis that occurs in joints and their surrounding tendons. It affects only one joint initially, and usually the metatarsalphalangeal joint of the foot. (This is the joint between the great toe and the rest of the foot.)

Gout results from hyperuricaemia, a condition of increased levels of uric acid crystals in the blood that develops unrealized over years. The crystals literally cut through the synovial fluid sacks surrounding the joints, releasing the synovial fluid, and leaving the joint unprotected.

It is a pain that cannot be described with words, only with crying and screaming. The first year I dealt with gout flares every month. Last year I didn’t have one flare because I started to use some things that help with my flares. Reflexology was a part of that process. Here is an article that explains the benefits of reflexology to help manage some of the pain from gout. Also check out my Instagram video where I talk about all of the things I use to help control the flares.

The Benefits of Reflexology:

Reflexology can decrease the pain associated with inflammation, support the taxed adrenal glands, help to flush the body of excess uric acid crystals and relax a hyper-stimulated body fighting an attack.

During a bout of gout, the individual will not want you near the inflamed joint. So, if the foot is affected, work the hands. Work the adrenal, kidney and all the lymphatic reflexes thoroughly. Following the Law of Similars, work the metacarpalphalangeal joint on the corresponding hand, including range-of-motion movements. If gout is present in joints other than in the feet or hands, work the reflex for that area of the body. Between attacks, work the affected extremity.

Please note that reflexology will assist in the recovery of gout. It is not a substitute for the lifestyle changes necessary to overcome this painful condition. Read the entire article here.