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Happy September

Journal Entry: Thu Aug 28, 2014, 5:30 PM

I just wanted to post an update about what I've been up too.

Most people know I've had some problems with weakness.   Weakness to the point that there have been days I have not been able to stand up once during the course of the day.  It has been frustrating to have test after test run and be told I'm in perfect health.   I now know why I am weak, my cortisol hormones are not producing properly and my levels are severely low.

Cortisol basically runs the body, when it goes out of control the body goes into a shutdown sort of mode.  No cortisol, no energy.  My blood pressure at it's lowest was 90/60 but when you stand with low cortisol the blood pressure plummets and stays low. I haven't been able to stand without blacking out.  So my muscles have atrophied for the most part and I've very been weak.
Through my own note taking, personal health tests and logs, I figured this out.  
I had a feeling back when I was doing radiation therapy and I felt great on the steroid hormone until they pulled it.  Have been extremely weak since.   So being the suspicious sort I had the cortisol tests run on my own recently. 
I am lucky to live near Phoenix, so I have been able to find a special doctor who knows about adrenal dysfunction.  And I'm now learning about it myself so I can get stronger. 

I've accumulated quite an extensive knowledge over time about nutrition, vitamins, herbs, oils and the like.  When your body is deficient in something, no amount of healthy eating, good thoughts, oils and herbs and vitamins will help.  You have to correct the imbalance of the chemistry or it remains a problem.  

This isn't an easy fix problem and I'm not sure how long it'll take to even see improvements.  I do know that today, I stood up 4 times and I'm going to get up and put some boiled eggs from the farmer's market into the fridge and that's a great feeling.  Standing, walking, and movement.  Nothing is better.  For me, tomorrow looks brighter.

I hope all your tomorrows are brighter as well.  :heart:

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Artist | Professional | Traditional Art
United States
I grew up in rural Mississippi in indiscriminate poverty. I have always been one part dreamer, one part do-er. So I spent my childhood chasing the sun through the trees and drawing unicorns and bugs and birds with colored jewels in their foreheads. I managed to work through a Bachelor's degree in art but by my graduation my health was failing. I took a detour from grad school and managed with teaching and making art in the field until I finally got the news.

The spinal cord injury I have as an adult likely came from the bad decision of an anesthesiologist when I had surgery at age 20. I went 10 years before a neurologist discovered the mass in my spine. It is inoperable, but life threatening if it continues to grow. I went through radiation to chance stopping the growth. Afterwards, I've lost most of my ability to walk and constantly deal with severe chronic nerve pain. Every day is a struggle to stay on my feet.

In many ways I'm tremendously reclusive. I don't think I made a conscious decision to start making art that was extremely personal but it somehow became my means of communication and conversation. Making a beautiful piece is part of my perfectionist personality, making a piece that says something personal is my way of connecting. I do that through a formula of one part reality, one part fantasy.


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LEVIATAN-666 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014
Lovely work,bonito trabajo.Hug 
lavonia Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Muchas gracias, mi amigo.  :hug:
LEVIATAN-666 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
Sherlock Holmes Hug 
justcallmemike Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Absolutely amazing workks ... :D
lavonia Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :hug:
Imaginata Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014
Your work is really lovely :)
lavonia Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for stopping by to say such kind words.  :hug:
Imaginata Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
No problem :)
ImRandall Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Student Photographer

Thank you so much for the fav.. If you can coment I aprecciate even more. Anyway, thank you again :dummy: 

Lore-Studio Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Just so you know, your art is beautiful. :)
lavonia Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :huggle:
BrianMPhotography Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thanks for the FAVE!
skylite-compass Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Student General Artist
Thanks for the watch and favs!
Yassnuts Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014
wow, beautiful work!
thank you for the favourite (:
lavonia Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
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