I love this picture of my friend Josh, which I snapped while in Mexico a couple of years ago. I was just cleaning out my hard drive and found it again. There’s two images here…on top, or underneath. I’m sure on any given day we find ourselves on opposite ends of the water….either desperately breathing for air, feeling like we are completely drowning, or on top safely enjoying the surface trying to avoid getting sucked back under again. Over the last seven months I’ve been trying to climb out from being under water. I have been musically very absent as I’ve been extremely sick with what has just recently been diagnosed with toxic mold poisoning. I’m one of the lucky ones, as it hasn’t taken years to diagnose my problems when others have not been so lucky, needless to say seven months is still a loooong time to feel like something is terribly wrong. I guess I’m writing this blog as a bit of a PSA in case some of you know someone who has been ill for unknown reasons and are spending thousands of dollars in the medical world with absolutely no luck. My symptoms started rather small…first foggy mind, loosing short-term memory which advanced to lack of sleep, dark circles under my eyes, restless leg, and then weight gain. When the major crash and burn happened in September I experienced a rather intense panic attack, followed by nausea, anxiety that would last all day, uncontrollable surges up my spine, hair loss, weight loss…(not a bad trade-off if you gotta go through it), all over malaise, headaches, mind loops with OCD thoughts, extreme fatigue, incredibly slow digestion, difficulty breathing, heart palpitations, etc. The trouble with some of these symptoms is that they closely look like thyroid issues, rheumatic, or neurological issues, so it can be easy to be misdiagnosed. I was just perplexed that all of a sudden I went from functioning to barely being able to go to the grocery store. My blood work said unexplained inflammation. My doctor at the time was thinking Lupus, or some other disease. Non of this made sense to me as it wasn’t in my family history, and because I was healthy and vibrant before moving homes. I’m so thankful today that I found Dr. Claire Riendeau, a Canadian Natural MD based out of Reno to help figure out my issues. You see I was concerned as to the “why” things were happening in my body. I guess that’s how I’ve always been since I was little…If you can tell me the why, I can buy into it. I don’t know how long recovery will take but I’m looking forward to it six months or so down the road. It’s an interesting world this mix between Western and Eastern Medicine. Unfortunately so many are either so pro one or the other. I was just talking with a friend the other day how necessary both forms of medicine really are. If I had only believed in Western medicine, I could have been improperly diagnosed with an auto immune disease and struggled my whole life with harsh medications that would slowly break down my body many auto immune patients have to take. I am so thankful for the people in my life who prepared me to look at other avenues for healing, as I feel that being open was exactly what I needed for healing. So if you have a friend or family member who’s been struggling with health I can’t say a Natural MD will solve the problem, but I do believe there are solutions to problems if we are willing to look, and don’t stop looking until you find it. I am fascinated with how many people I found on the web doing things with health, and their clients finding incredible results that are completely outside the box of the way we’ve been conditioned to think or believe. So that’s the end of that PSA…moving onto much more exciting things I hope.
Yesterday I saw Raiding The Rock Vault. Raiding the Rock Vault is a 2 hour classic rock concert experience that transports the audience from the 1960s to the 1980′s with classic anthems from The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Doors, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, The Eagles, Queen, AC/DC, Deep Purple, Van Halen, Journey, Free, Aerosmith and more. We spent a little time back stage with the guys, saw where Elvis used to hang, his bar that has been cut in half, his old lounge, and they still have a piece of the old stage saved as well. Here’s a picture of the cast….let me know who you recognize:
Another show I’d love to give a shout out to is the Scintas who are playing at the D Theater downtown in Las Vegas.
I really enjoyed this show…it had a lot of heart…a good ol’ Italian family vibe….funny. It’s just a good Italian laugh. When I’m in Vegas I think of Italians, so it makes you feel almost like these were the types of shows playing in Vegas back in the day. I’d go again for sure…and high fives guys for staying in the game so long. I don’t know how many shows can brag that they’ve run as long as you have in Vegas.
I’m working on a new show, in hopes that by the time the show comes I’m in shape to sing. I’ll fill you in once everything is nailed down. Til then my friends…eat cake for me, since I am the lucky recipient of a mold free diet. I know, you are jealous…stop it… I know! If you are curious how lucky I am just go look it up.