Philips Respironics for Sleep Apnea

About a month ago, I wrote about Jesse having to get an AutoPAP for his sleep apnea. I was worried that the machine noise would keep me awake at night, and I would never get a good night’s sleep again. I’m so glad I was wrong about that… I love the machine now!


Not only does he sleep much better, but he sleeps so soundly that he never wakes me up anymore. I was not realizing how much his non-sleeping was affecting my sleep quality and quantity. He coughs less, and when he does cough it’s quieter with the mask over his mouth. He also used to move around a lot in his sleep and now he is perfectly still. I’m never woken up in the night anymore, and I am able to sleep in longer in the mornings!

If you’re interested, you can find more information on this machine here.

Gastrocrom for Food Allergies

I have had quite a week trying to figure out how this new medicine, Gastrocrom, works.  There is a bit of a learning curve on how much to take depending on what food I’m eating and how much I’m eating.  Overall it works fairly well… if I take the right amount.

It comes in these individual ampules of 5mL, and you mix them into water (plain water only) and drink it immediately.  It has no taste so it’s not at all unpleasant.  Then you have to wait half an hour before eating so that it has time to take effect.  I’ve figured out by trial and error that I need to take two doses before eating and then one dose about an hour after eating.Medicine with water

Gastrocrom works by preventing the release of inflammatory chemicals such as histamines from mast cells.  So while the medicine is in my system, my body doesn’t react to the foods I’m allergic to.  The problem I was having this week was that the medicine was wearing off while the food was still in my stomach.  I ate a huge meal (our anniversary dinner at Outback) and was fine perfectly fine for about two hours.  Then it hit me… hard.  I got the super bad headache (from the soy), and overwhelming nausea (from the wheat).  So that’s when I added the second half-dose after eating, while the food was still in my stomach.  I was able to eat my Outback leftovers with no problems.

I think I’ve got it mostly figured out now.  However, I am still experiencing some of the lasting effects of the foods such as needing my inhaler more often again and more ear/throat aggravations.  I think I still need to be avoiding the foods for the most part, but this week we’ve been enjoying lots of the foods we had been missing out on the last couple of weeks.Medicine box

Movie Review: Like Dandelion Dust

Like Dandelion DustThis morning we went to see Like Dandelion Dust.  The movie was made from Karen Kingsbury’s book.  She is my favorite author!  I have read many of her books.  Once you start one, you cannot put it down.

The movie was scheduled to open a couple weeks ago, but the theater we found it at took it off their list right before the opening day.  The closest theater it is showing at is about a forty-five minute drive from our house.  But I had really been looking forward to seeing it for a while now, so it was worth the drive.

I really loved the book, so I had high expectations of what the movie would be like.  I think they did a really good job.  It had great actors and, of course, a great story line.  The only thing was you could tell it was a lower budget film.  But I’m still glad we saw it and would for sure recommend it to someone.  It was a good and wholesome family movie!

However, after you enjoy the movie, you definitely need to read the book for some of the details that the movie left out.  I have a full shelf of Karen Kingsbury books and I always look forward to starting the next one.Kingsbury