Before I get started, I need to say that I am an Amazon Vine reviewer and I received this bed-in-a-bag for free in exchange for an honest review.
If you are looking for elegance, this isn't for you. However, if you have dogs that like to sleep on your bed and you have to wash the comforter often, this may be exactly what you need at a perfectly affordable price
The red is almost a maroon and the color is beautiful. The material is so soft you'd think it was silk. The queen sheets fit perfectly and although I was leery of the color I am so happy with my choice. The comforter is exactly a queen size and fits as a queen should. Some may find it an inch or two too short, but if you are used to queen size you won't be disappointed.
First washing the set came out perfectly with no loss of color or wrinkling. I wouldn't trade this set for anything and I was leery to get it. Aside from the Amazon jewelry line I've never been more pleased.
I am completely happy with this set and have no problem recommending it to anyone.
Every since my sister-in-law was diagnosed with cancer my struggle with Crohn's disease has become progressively worse. My doctor told me that stress doesn't cause Crohn's disease, but you cannot tell me that stress doesn't exacerbate the disease. I keep telling myself that if it doesn't get better I will make an appointment with my gastro doc, but each week I never do. Frankly, I am terrified at going back on medication.
This morning, I decided to weigh myself as I've been staying away from the scale. If nothing else, the darn thing will tell the story and it did. I am down a full 5 pounds since I was at the doctor's office 3 weeks ago. While most people would jump for joy at losing some weight, this just depressed me. However, it also explains the severe muscle pain I've been experiencing since Crohn's affects your joints etc along with whatever autoimmune crap is going on in my body. As the muscle pain has eased off, the pain and exhaustion from Crohn's has gotten worse.
The pain this morning is pretty severe and I plan to head home and rest. After my sister-in-law was diagnosed, I had a severe flare, but then it improved. After I hurt my foot I flared, but then it improved, somewhat. Today, it's a full blown attack filled with everything that goes with Crohn's. Worst of all, I am so not hungry. I ate a little bit this morning but I really can't do food until I feel better.
I leave for Hawaii the week after next and I plan to enjoy myself with food or without it. When I come back, if I am not better, I will pull up this blog and make myself call the doctor. But seriously, the medications for Crohn's make me so sick. Methotrexate darn near killed my liver, Remicade gave me eczema and chronic hand infections for over one year, and prednisone makes me crazy. This new drug that has done absolutely nothing, is so damn expensive no one could afford it.
The flare today is without question moderate to severe. This is no mildly active disease and that just pisses me off. I did everything everyone told me to do from eating clean to limited carbohydrates and once again I believed that it would work even though time and again I have proven to myself that it doesn't. Frankly, I don't want to believe I have Crohn's disease so when the pain goes away, I forget about it.
On another level I am encouraged that I was able to stay off the heavy duty medications for 18 months without ending up in the hospital for a prolonged stay. So, in a way, I have shown myself that you can go on and then off the heavy stuff, even if the doc thinks I am nuts. I just don't understand why they make you go on those medications then refuse to wean you off when you are better. I am sure someone with more intelligence than me can explain why, other than how the chronic inflammation makes everything worse.
I shall attack this flare as usual, no food to let the digestive tract rest other than broth and maybe chicken soup. I dunno why it helps, but it does, and for that I am grateful.
These are the side effects of Remicade which was the best drug in the world for taking out my Crohn's disease:
Serious Side Effects of Remicade (Infliximab):
This what bothers me most about going back on Remicade:
Those who have been using Remicade for a long time, especially those whose disease is very active, may be more likely to develop lymphoma.
So there you go. As my doctor says, "There are no good options." I will go home, make myself rest, then finish the book I am editing. After that, I am going to go to the lake and maybe float on my air mattress. Then I will go home and rest some more. Hopefully, I can kick this flare's butt before it gets worse. Yet the other side of my brain says, "Who are you kidding?"
I am a Libertarian so my thoughts and opinions are not necessarily mainstream. When I was asked to add my voice to a news outlet, I was pretty shocked. While I love to write, I always kept my opinions to myself. Most people weren't interested in them anyway. Just because a person writes, doesn't mean they know what is going on in the world.
Except, politics has always interested me. Not for any particular belief system, but how commercials, news outlets, and even just people can influence someone else's opinion. People do not like to be seen as outside of normal. That is especially true today as the Liberals face off with the Conservatives and visa versa.
Isn't it about what is doing the right thing for our country? I never thought I'd see a day when half the country was at war with the other. Seriously, we've lived through rough times before, so why give up hope?
Everywhere I look people are hopeless. They form underground groups that they think are underground to talk about the resistance. Anyone with half a brain can hack into them. Trust me, it's not hard. And if you think it is secret, then you are mistaking.
It was then I decided that maybe I had something to say. Many of the things I write are tongue-in-cheek, but they are still news. Someone has to be a voice of reason or there will be a civil war. I decided to make up a new hash tag and call it #speakthetruth. Join me there and while you are at it, take a look at some of the articles I write. You won't be disappointed.
Louann Carroll, writer, author, blogger, journalist
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