Pass Me The Pineapple Juice (Not Excederin)

pexels-photo-348523Among so many other weird brain issues, I have a problem with chronic headaches (Occipital neuralgia). . . and migraines.  Fabulous, right?

So, I have to prevent becoming dehydrated (not easy when you live on Dt. Mountain Dew and menthols), avoid stress (yeah, right) and get plenty of quality sleep.  All of this is on top of preventives, an enormous amount of Excederin Migraine Formula and the meds for the bipolar issues.

I have seen on the interwebs that pineapple juice is supposed to help with headaches and migraines.  Please note . . . I ALWAYS note a difference between the two.  One is not the other.  Don’t make me get up on the soapbox.

Anyway, I was going to make a ham last week and needed pineapple juice.  I bought some and, when I was dealing with my normal morning headache, I decided to have a glass.  I love pineapples and the juice from them.  So, it wasn’t hard to talk myself into giving it a try.

Guess what?  The headache went away (fairly quickly) without any meds for it!  I’ve been having a glass twice a day since then and it seems to get rid of them.  I can’t wait to give it a try for migraines!

On the bipolar front . . . people who are diagnosed as bipolar are at a higher risk for migraines.  Yes, genetics affect migraines.  But, it’s been found that bipolar people are more likely to suffer from migraines as opposed to the general population.  They’ve even determined that type II people are more likely to have them as opposed to type I.  Why not add to the fun of a crippling mental illness, right?

Peace, Love & Pineapples

Hoosier Barn Chick


Sidetracked With Reminder Reading

As I’ve said before (a lot recently), sometimes we need to be reminded that we are not the only people going through frustrating things.  For me, it helps to hear that I’m in good company when I struggle with being bipolar.

Although her final diagnosis was not bipolar, this author has AD(H)D, which many of us bipolar people DO have.  I find her hilariously funny . . . and comforting at the same time.

The author is Stacey Turis and her wonderful memoirs are included in her book Here’s To Not Catching Our Hair On Fire:  An Absent-Minded Tale of Life with Giftedness and Attention Deficit – Oh Look! A Chicken!


Love, Peace & Peace Of Mind

Hoosier Barn Chick


Quality Time With Dead Fish

pexels-photo-229789Yup, you read that right.

Relationship experts are always spewing forth the importance of quality time.  I don’t disagree with this.  But, the first go-to solution they have is usually date night.  That’s great . . . if you have the time and energy.

With The Day Job for me, our construction company, The Boy, Daisy Doodle, Dinky The Fierce & Walnut & His Girls, it’s sometimes hard for us to carve out time for a date night.  Even if it’s just having dinner with friends.

Yesterday, The Hubby went ice fishing with a cousin.  He was gone when I woke up and didn’t come home until around supper time.  We had dinner, he surfed his phone and then we headed to the garage. . . to a bucket of dead fish that needed tended to.

So, as he cut the meat from the fish and I deboned the meat, we got to have some quality time together.  The conversation wasn’t all that romantic . . . or really all that plentiful.  But, we enjoyed the time together.

I can’t begin to tell you how much meat we have processed together over the years.  It’s a good thing I’m not squeamish about it.  We’ve done probably a thousand fish, hundreds of deer and even some chickens over the course of the almost 15 years we’ve been married.

So, yeah, the experts may have advice . . . but I think the lesson here is to think outside the box with your relationship.  It doesn’t have to be a romantic dinner, or pizza and Netflix . . .or whatever.  Just do what works for you in that moment in time.  It’s a nugget of wisdom I need to remember.

Peace, Love & Little Moments

Hoosier Barn Chick

It’s On Me!

I decided this afternoon to do a little research on blog writing . . . you know, it’s that short attention span thing.

And, I decided that there must be tons of other people out there like me . . . trying to write a blog every day and always having those moments of self-doubt . . . and a not-so-solid plan as to how to go about it.

So, in honor of all of us trying to do something bigger than ourselves, I’m hosting a giveaway.


One person will be awarded a Kindle edition of The “5 P” Approach To Copy That Crushes It.  A random winner will be chosen from those who follow me on twitter @INBarnChick.

Enter for your chance to win it here!

Peace, Love & 5 P’s

Hoosier Barn Chick


Bipolar With A Side Of ADHD


For years I have lamented on my short attention span.  It can make life very frustrating.  I have problems finishing things . . . ok, it’s more than a problem.  And, I tend to lay stuff down while my thoughts are elsewhere and then I can’t find what I did with said stuff.

This morning I woke up feeling so very motivated.  I managed to give Daisy Doodle a bath (long overdue), pop in the refills for the Airwick warmers, cook dinner and start a load of laundry.

Then, the short attention span kicked in.  It started with thinking about changing the layout of my blog . . . which morphed into reading an article about apps that help organize your life . . . which morphed into knowing that I really needed to do today’s post.

As I cursed the ADHD, I realized that maybe it and my bipolar could somehow be related.  And guess what?  It very well could be.

ADHD and bipolar tend to share a lot of symptoms.  It’s the reason why a lot of people are not properly diagnosed as bipolar for quite some time.  And, up to 70% of people who are bipolar (diagnosed) are also diagnosed with ADHD.  That’s pretty intimidating.

When I first got the right diagnosis for bipolar, I was put on medication and sent to see a therapist.  I was clinically depressed.  I thought that the therapist would teach me how to navigate through life on a day-to-day basis with bipolar.  Kind of like a how-to class on what to do every day.  Guess what?  Therapy isn’t always like that.  At then end of my sessions with the therapist, I walked away feeling ok overall, but also feeling like I had no plan for what to do.

To be honest, I think that a lot now.  It just seems like there should be a book.  A “do this, do that, then do that” guide for each day.

The closest I could come was some fairly general instructions:

  • Take your medications. . . all the time!
  • Go to therapy or a support group.
  • Keep your life structured.
  • Eat healthy.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Do not isolate yourself.
  • Do not use alcohol or drugs.
  • Set a regular sleep schedule.

These are all great pieces of advice (for a lot of things in life) but they are just so vague.  They always say that when you set goals, you need to be specific.  Eating better is too vague.  Setting a goal to eat 2 servings of veggies each day is much better.  I need a guide like that in my life . . . a very detailed guide.  A day-to-day checklist.

Who am I kidding?  I’d either lose the guide or lose interest in it almost immediately.

Peace, Love & Lost In My Thoughts

Hoosier Barn Chick