Saturday, September 3, 2016

#StackingtheShelves #49 - Blog Updates and week's end for 9-3-16

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Hello everyone! It's that time of week again, that time to do an awesome "SHOW AND TELL" of the books I have been given, from authors, from publishers, I bought, borrowed, or received somehow, the library, a yard sale, or some way this past week! I LOVE showing books off like this! This is one of MY favorite posts to write!!
I also use THIS POST EACH WEEK to do somewhat of a wrap-up AND to post my NEW REVIEWS, NEW GIVEAWAYS, and whatever else I should bring to your attention!
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I will also be linking this post AND my reviews to Saturday Situation as well from now on, too! That is a place to link ALL THINGS BOOKISH! I'm anxious to start posting there!! Check it out, too!

Last week and early this week I was unable to do anything here on the blog because I got hit with a series of muscle spasms. I got hit with them last Friday, August 26th and they lasted until Tuesday, August 30th. The next few days, Thursday and Friday, August 31 and September 1st I was recovering from being riddled with the spasms. My muscles were very, very sore. Needless to say, I was unable to write ANY book reviews or do much of anything. This past week was one I would like to NEVER have happen again, but unfortunately, with Stiff Person Syndrome, it IS likely to happen again, but HOPEFULLY, not soon! I don't think I could get through that again so soon after! If it did happen, I would have no choice, but as for my psyche, I don't think I would be as happy and smiling as I am, generally. Just because I have this does NOT mean I allow it to rule my life! I live with it daily, sure, but I choose not to focus on it, not to allow it to get me down, and to be as happy as happy is!! I LOVE being happy and smiling! It BEATS being sad and depressed about this! It is hard, though, when you are hit with them for so LONG! Sure, I've been hit with them for a FEW days before, but not like this last week. I think to myself and wonder, WHAT DID I DO to cause my muscles to go crazy? Nothing, just the disease being itself. Let's HOPE that MORE RESEARCH WILL BE DONE, AND SOON!!! They are supposedly researching this extremely rare, orphan disease, and that makes me pretty happy! 
Researchers have learned there are two additional diseases that are part of SPS (the initials of the disease), and that is a Vitamin B-12 deficiency (which my doctor cannot seem to understand I am NOT absorbing B-12 from foods or supplements yet my Neurologist understands this!! I need the shots of B-12, but for some reason my Primary Care doctor doesn't think I need it??? Go figure!) Another is . . . remember Michael Jackson's skin? WHAT? YES!! Everyone accused Michael Jackson of bleaching his skin! Yes! He NEVER did. He had Vitiligo as well! So that is what is happening to MY skin! Vitiligo. I am Caucasian, yes! WE ALSO suffer from that SAME disease, REGARDLESS OF SKIN COLOR, just when it occurs on white skin, it is a series of (in my case) circular, oblong, or no patterned patches of skin turning whiter than white, that's IT! Imagine THAT on top of already white skin!! The following is NOW hilarious as I look back at it, and I WISH I would have threatened the guy that I would touch him without his gloves on! LOLOL!!! It was a Dentist I had to see for weekly visits at the time for some dental work, and he got the creeps from my skin! He made me feel AWFUL! (Jerk! Especially if he's reading this!!! LOL!) I HAVE to laugh at him now about it, but at that time, yes! He DID give me a complex about it! That's why he's a jerk! If you want to know who he is, it was Shane Langolf? Something like that. Just something I went through, and yes, I'm naming him! Too bad if he finds out I wrote about him because that is what I went through when he was supposed to be a professional health care provider and instead he was a huge bully about my skin! Idiot! So look now at what the researchers have learned! At least two more symptoms that do tie directly into this disease. That is a HUGE accomplishment, especially given this disease does not get much funding at all due to the rarity of it. Only 1 in 1 million people worldwide are lucky enough (lol!) to get this, so we had better feel pretty darned special to be chosen! (The Chosen, isn't that a book?! LOL!) HE did give ME a complex about the issue because HE complained and CONSTANTLY! EACH WEEK! Of WHAT CONCERN WAS IT HIS? NONE!! I guess it DID bother me, or else now, several years later, it DOES STILL bother me that it creeped him out! Geeze, you know! Did my answer change WEEK AFTER WEEK? NO!!!!! So WHY did he continuously ask me about it??? UGH!! 
My skin has very light patches of white on it, and the medical term is called Vitiligo. Here is the definition: Vitiligo: A condition in which the pigment is lost from areas of the skin, causing whitish patches, often with no clear cause. In simple terms: your skin stops producing Melatonin. SIMPLE!!                            
This is very common in people with arthritis and musculoskeletal diseases! Probably lack of blood to the area! LOL! Just because you have a higher degree in something does NOT give ANYONE the right to bully other people, especially when there IS an answer! 
Anyway, I do not want to see ANYONE like him again, and if I do, I move along - NEXT!!! Don't you be afraid to move along like I am doing now! It's important not to allow those types of people to think they have the right to badger/bully you about things just because they have a higher degree from schooling. It's YOUR body, you have to live with it, so find other people who are more caring and understanding!
This disease IS earmarked for more research! YEAH!!! I await the day I can say goodbye forever to muscle spasms, I just HOPE it's during my lifetime!! I NEVER talk about this, and I apologize, just trying to fill you in on what my last week was like, and some issues that have arisen in the past where I wish I would have handled things differently. I'm hoping you will NEVER go through some of these things I have gone through, and if I can help you in ANY way, please feel free to message me!! My email is laurieisreading at gmail dot com!! I will ALWAYS answer you and try to help out!
By the way, even MY Neurologist believes that Stiff Person Syndrome is UNDERDIAGNOSED!! He just agreed this last June when I saw him! Look this up if you suffer from severe muscle spasms and they don't seem to fit into the disease you have been labeled with. I was labeled with several different diseases, and one of them did not have a good outcome. Don't let that happen to YOU!! Stand UP for yourself! YOU DESERVE THE BEST!! Good luck!
Real quick!!! Now I have been feeling as stable as I can (the spasms never go completely away which is why I say 'stable'!) for the last 4 days now, which includes today!
Thanks for reading this!

Look in the LEFT side column!! There are "2" - $250 CASH GIVEAWAYS GOING ON NOW!!! One is ENDING ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7th, 2016! Make SURE to get your entries in, including myself!! Yes! "I" forget!! The 2nd $250 CASH GIVEAWAY IS ON NOW UNTIL SEPTEMBER 22nd!! Enter that NOW as well! That way you won't forget like I do sometimes!

Who Do You Love by Jennifer Weiner
Sewn With Love by Tricia Goyer

Letters from Paris by Juliet Blackwell 
At the Water's Edge by Sara Gruen (I loved this book!)


A Most Extraordinary Pursuit by Juliana Gray

Love, Alice by Barbara Davis

The Forgotten Girls by Owen Laukkanen (Isn't this a GORGEOUS COVER!)

The Only Daughter by Anna Snoekstra - This came in PRINT yesterday! I'm SO excited!!! This looks like such a GREAT book, too!

See you back next week! I HOPE you have a WONDERFUL week of reading FUN!


  1. This last week was interesting for me as well. I hope you love all of your new books.

    Grace @ Books of Love

    1. Hi Grace!!
      Yes! Life can be CRAZY!!!! Speaking of that, if you come by THIS CURRENT WEEK'S post, 9-10-16, you'll find out why I couldn't answer you until NOW! Literally! I have a LOT of information there that is critical for your computer. I HOPE I can help out with it - just in case!! Thanks for coming by again! I LOVE to see you stopping by! I'll be over to your blog later today, too! See you there!

  2. Sorry to read you had such a hard time Laurie. I hope they find out more about it. There are people all over who don't think about what they say and the effect it has. Obviously your dentist needed training in social skills ...

    Hope you get a good week reading.

    1. Hi Shaz! I KNOW!!! Isn't it something! People do not realize the things they say at times and it can REALLY HURT!!! Sometimes some people need to say things out loud in PRACTICE before they actually voice them to the person they want to point out whatever it is they are going to say. Like this dentist, couldn't he remember what he had said from week to week? That is what blew my mind! "I" CAN remember what I say to people! Why can't others? I don't understand at times. I am thankful for the people who DO think before they speak!! Thanks for sharing your thoughts! You are always so wonderful!! Can't wait to come by your blog later today! I ended up with the flu this week, and nope! I could not write any book reviews this week. I was just SO out of it. You know how it is! Anyway, from today on I feel GREAT! I DO have some important information about Malware and our computers! If you want to learn a little more, please stop by today's post!! I'll have it up probably by 7:00pm at the latest. I am LATE posting it because I got hit again today - I didn't get hit a 3rd time, they just missed a few straggler files, that's all. Now this computer is LIGHTNING FAST!! I LOVE IT!!!
      See you soon!

  3. I read your post before I read your comment Laurie.

    Fab that you are feeling great :D


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