10. 2016 Arrives
Everything is in one room, except the bed. It is the breezeway between the house and the garage. It has been a month and a half since I broke my hip and ribs. Bob has me set up in a little corner so that I can 'work.' The table has the printer on it. The only decoration for Christmas is the Reindeer next to the printer. You can see my walker next to the empty red chair. I am not allowed to move unless I call Bob or my cousin. She and her daughter come and stay during the week to take care of me while Bob works on the house.
The living room, master bath and bedroom are still under construction. Vicky, Stormy and Bob tried to make the room as homey and natural as possible, since it was the only livable room. They could use the kitchen, bath and breezeway. He made the bathroom as accessible to me as possible, but it was awkward as could be and really hurt. It had a shower and we had a chair, but at first, sponge baths were all I could handle and those were with tears. Vicky and Stormy couldn't stand it, such soft hearts. They would put lotion on. So good with massages!
It took 8 months before I could get off the pain medicines. Bob would write down the times on a wipe-off board and Vicky would go by that faithfully! I don't know what we would have done during that year without them! They made me laugh! They also are ones who find humor in life when there should be tears.
As the year went on, I continued with the webpage and added a couple of assistants because it was too much with a broken hip! I continued with my marketing classes because I was learning so much and at least I felt like I was doing something. I wasn't earning much money, although I did earn some. I think one week I actually earned $97, wow, but I spent a lot more money than that to earn it. Still I was excited to earn it. I wasn't very good at what I was doing and I was spending a lot of money we didn't have, but I felt like I was learning something that I could use later, as soon as I learned it!
Bob continued on the bedroom and the bathroom and the I started being more active on the support group, Your Fibromyalgia, LLC on Facebook. It was growing fast. I was contacted by 2 Who's Who groups and they wanted to do Videos of me and they wanted me to write articles for them. I was shocked and honored! I wrote the articles for both and did the videos. I was really nervous doing the video and ended up doing it in the 5th wheel in the fall.
When I got a call from CUTV for an interview, to say I was surprised is an understatement! I had never done one before and boy can you tell! It is awful! LOL. He said he had watched the video.
Then because of the CUTV interview, I got a call from Empire Radio and ended up doing 5 interviews with them, each one was a little better as I got more used to actually talking to people and being interviewed. It was amazing. None of the people I had ever talked to had ever heard of RSD/CRPS or Fibromyalgia and so explaining these to people in a half an hour seemed impossible.
BBM Global Network called me next. They left a message. They wanted me to do my own show for an hour on Fibromyalgia. I thought someone was pulling my leg, so I didn't call them back. I mean really, who on earth would want ME to do a radio show of my own! ME, Deb Lundquist! They called again and had to leave another message. Again, I didn't call them back. After the 3rd call, I decided I would nip this in the bud and I called them back.
When they answered, I said, 'Someone named Eddie keeps calling me.' 'Oh, I'm sorry, they are all in a production meeting. Can I leave a message?' Now, I'm thinking, see it's some kind of prank, there isn't any Eddie. 'Sure, this is Deb Lundquist and . ' 'Hold on, did you say Deb Lundquist?' 'uh, yeah...' 'oh they are gonna want to talk to you, hold on...they are going to be so excited it's you!' Now, I'm thinking, what?' Next I hear a lot of excited voices. 'Is this Deb Lundquist? The Deb Lundquist with Your Fibromyalgia?' 'uh, yes' Then a different voice 'oh, we have been trying to get a hold of you..' 'yes, how would you like to do your own show..' 'yes we are really..'
They just kept talking over each other. Three different voices so excited and I really couldn't take it all in. Finally, I interrupted them. 'Excuse me, you really want me to do an hour online radio show weekly on Fibromyalgia?' 'YES!!!!' 'When?' 'As soon as we can get you prepared!' 'You get to name it, write your own bio, create your own shows every week, everything. It's yours.' So, I mean when someone says this to you and they seam to be so excited, but they are in New York, what is the next thing you ask. 'Where would I do this?' 'In your own home.' 'Really? I mean is this for real?' They all laughed, 'Yes, it is for real and we are very excited! This show is very needed and your are the very person to do it!' 'Why me?' 'Because we have heard your interviews and you have a lot more to say!' 'Yes, I do. Okay, why not!'
That is how Lives Changed came to exist. It is fun and exciting and coming up with ideas every week is challenging, but the group and the Holy Spirit keep me going.
In November, there was a summit for the marketing group I was in, Greg Gomez, III and I wanted to go so badly, so Bob said okay. My hip still wasn't healed, but the Doctor said I could go. I didn't quite realize it, but I ended up being a speaker about how to grow a Facebook group, and Greg was so excited to discover I hand landed a Radio Show. None of his students had ever done that.
Also, I met face to face someone who has turned into a great friend, Will Lince. One night during the Summit, he handed me a bottle of Limu and asked me to give it a try. I told him I would when I got home. I forgot about it for about a week until Will called and then I started drinking it, 2 oz twice a day.
Now you might ask, what is Limu and that is a good question. Limu is actually a seaweed extract that is mixed with mango juice, apple juice, pear juice and papaya juice. It has something in it called Fucoidan. It is actually a super powered nutritional drink and tastes like mango with a bit of pizzazz. It is not a medication and is not meant to replace a medication. However, within a week of drinking just 2 oz twice a day, I had a very gentle cleansing of my body which I badly, oh so badly needed. I was so constipated. TMI?
A week later, I not only ordered a case, but I became a promoter. I increased how much I was drinking to 4 oz twice a day and started noticing a slow change in my body. I stopped taking the doTERRA supplements because they were really irritating my stomach for some reason. (I now know from an endoscopy that I had a very irritated opening at the top of my stomach with a small hiatal hernia which has now healed. Not with medication. I actually stopped a medication and treated it holistically with aloe and some other things.) I find drinking my nutrients is so much easier on my tummy. Anyway, I was really enjoying what was happening to my body. You know that Fibromyalgia and the other diseases that we have steal nutrients from our bodies and if we don't replace them we will only get worse. This has been confirmed by Dr. Ginerva Lipkin. God made our bodies to be beautiful and marvelous machines. When we give them the right foods, they can function at top rate. However, in today's world, our food isn't what it was 100 years ago and we need to supplement it with top quality nutrients especially if we are ill.
Now, I keep the Limu in the frig because it tastes better chilled, it tastes like mango juice with a bit of a twang to it. I love it. At the end of the first month, I noticed that my IBS seemed to have gone bye bye. I have had it all my life! I told Bob and he said 'what is the change?' I said, 'the only difference I've made is the Limu' Now again, I am not making a medical claim here, all I am saying is that my body, being given the proper nutrition is acting like God intended.
A quiet Christmas came and went and before we knew it, it was the was the New Year. I would start working on the show after the new year when I got the microphone.