Media Monday – Are you stressed? Try listening to some Beethoven.


Are you having a rough start to the week?  I sometimes like to listen to relaxing music to unwind and relax.  One of my favorites is today’s feature for Media Monday.  In the video below, Freddy Kempf is playing the 2nd movement of Beethoven’s Pathetique Sonata.

Disclaimer: I did not create the video.

If you have some great suggestions for relaxing music to feature on Media Monday, don’t hesitate to let me know.  You can reply to this post or use the “Contact Me” page.

Blogging U. Day 15: Create a New Posting Feature


This is my last assignment at Blogging U’s Blogging 101 course.  On day 15, my assignment is to create a new posting feature:

One of the best ways to inspire loyalty is to publish regularly. And the best ways to make sure you publish regularly is with a recurring feature — it’s like making a pact with yourself and your audience.

Today’s task: develop a regular feature for your blog.

Why do this?

  • Creating a regular feature means your readers have something specific to wait for at regular intervals — it gives your blog a hook.
  • It’s always a good idea to work on healthy blogging habits, and regular features help you stay on track.

Media Mondays

My new feature for my blog is “Media Mondays.”  On Mondays, I will feature an epilepsy related video, podcast, photo, or pinterest pin.  As I become more comfortable with cameras and photography, I may decide to post my own videos.

If you have other suggestions for regular features, do not hesitate to leave a comment below.  I love to get feedback from readers.

Looking for Modified Atkins friendly Recipes


For years, I have tried to cut the amount of carbs that I eat.  I have several reasons for wanting to do this. Today I finally took things one step further.

Why?

I have many personal reasons for wanting to lose weight.  According to most BMI calculators, I would need to lose a lot of weight before I would be considered to be at a “healthy” weight.  I believe it would be a significant boost to my self-esteem to lose some weight.  It may also help me make a good first impression when I go to interviews.  It is also infuriating to find out that most of the cute dresses/outfits that I like are not in my size.

The main reason for attempting this is better seizure control.  According to the Epilepsy Foundation, the modified atkins diet has proven to be effective in reducing seizures.  The modified atkins diet is low carbs and high fat.  Does it work?

In studies so far, yes. About half had a 50% reduction in seizures after 6 months. Many were able to reduce medications. (see epilepsy.com)

What did I do differently?

Today, I started searching for interesting recipes that were ‘Modified Atkins’ friendly.  Until now, I had concentrated on reducing the number of carbs.  Today, I took things one step further and started to actively look for recipes that would work for me.  At this blog, I found a bunch of recipes that I thought I could start using right away.  I am looking forward to trying some of the recipes.

Note:

Consult your neurologist first before attempting this.

Day 4 – Identify My Audience


The assignment for day 4 publish a post you’d like your ideal audience member to read, and include a new-to-you element in it.  So let’s get started!

My audience includes epilepsy patients, other patients who have other chronic illnesses, and anybody who wants to learn more about epilepsy.  I like to learn more about the condition through other people’s stories.  Hopefully some of the resources that I have posted will be useful to others.

Let’s say someone around you on the street or in the office is having a seizure.  How do you know if you should call an ambulance?  You want to do the right thing, but you are not sure what that is.  I found the infographic below on Pinterest.  It is an extremely helpful pin that describes when you should call an ambulance:

Day 2 – Titles and Taglines


What’s in a name?

My blog’s title is dragonandrose.  Although it is not very descriptive, it has a symbolic meaning.  The ‘Dragon’ part of the title refers to the ‘negative’ aspects of the chronic illness.  For a while in my life, I was consumed in this type of mindset.  It was difficult for me to see anything good happening in my life.  If you look carefully, there is the positive aspect. The ‘Rose’ part of the title represents this.  I also feel that dealing with various problems related to epilepsy has made me a patient person.

What is my tagline?

I have changed my tagline to:  Personal Experience Driven Guide to Epilepsy (for the misguided!)

A guide for the misguided (or uninformed)!  Are you new to epilepsy?  Maybe you were just diagnosed or you know someone who has it and want to learn more.  This blog has a collection of resources for persons with epilepsy as well as some of my personal experiences.  Some of the problems I face are typical for others with epilepsy (and chronic illnesses) such as:  finding full-time employment, getting affordable health insurance, celebrating holidays on a budget, and so on.

What do you mean by “Personal Experience”?  According to epilepsy.com:  “Epilepsy is a spectrum condition with a wide range of seizure types and control varying from person-to-person.”  I am not a doctor or social worker.  Most of what I know is based on personal experience.  Epilepsy is different depending on the person, but hopefully you find some of what I have written useful.