“Partially Broken Never Destroyed” by Nataisha T Hill

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Partially Broken Never Destroyed

by Nataisha T Hill

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, & Suspense/African-American

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A Good Man is Hard to Find and Even Romeo Himself Isn’t Easy to Keep

 

Prepare Yourself…It Just Got Real…

A twisted night leads Kayla into a hot and steamy love affair with the man of her dreams. Her intuition tells her something is wrong about this romantic encounter, but she is captivated by lust.

Suddenly, his antics become questionable and her minor concerns turn into an obsession of searching for truths. The lies and deceit plague not only her life, but her friends and family as well.

Based on some true events.

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Fibromyalgia and Epstein-Barr Virus

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It’s estimated that 9 in 10 adults have been infected with Epstein-Barr virus at some point in their lives. For most people, the virus doesn’t cause any serious symptoms. Odds are good that if you were infected with it at some point, you actually had no idea at the time.

But for some, the virus can be much more serious and lead to recurrent symptoms for years. People with fibromyalgia seem to be especially vulnerable to the virus, and it may actually explain some of those strange symptoms that people with the condition often report.

So, just what is Epstein-Barr Virus? What is the connection to fibromyalgia? And what can you do to treat it?

Epstein-Barr Virus

Epstein-Barr virus is part of the family of herpes viruses, which includes other infections like chickenpox and cold sores. Like many of these viruses, Epstein-Barr is very infectious and can spread easily through saliva or other bodily fluids.

The most common symptoms of Epstein-Barr include:

  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Rashes

The most widely-known complication of Epstein-Barr virus is probably mononucleosis, or mono, as it’s better known. The virus is the most common cause of mono, an infection that leaves you suffering from extreme fatigue and flu-like symptoms for weeks.

But most Epstein-Barr infections don’t lead to mono. In fact, it’s often difficult to tell if you’ve been infected, as the symptoms are usually very mild. This is especially true in childhood, the time when most people are first infected with Epstein-Barr. In children, the symptoms are often so mild that they’re mistaken for colds or other minor illnesses.

Like chickenpox, Epstein-Barr is usually more serious when you’re exposed to it as an adult. But in most cases, infected people recover completely within a few weeks.

Once the virus infects someone, it remains in the body for years. And sometimes, the virus is reactivated, causing another bout of symptoms. This is called chronic Epstein-Barr virus infection.

Most infected people never experience this, because they develop immunity to the virus. But if you have a weakened immune system, you’re more likely to develop chronic infection. And that fact might explain a lot when it comes to fibromyalgia.

Epstein-Barr Virus And Fibromyalgia

Most adults have inactive Epstein-Barr infections. But people with fibromyalgia often have weaker immune systems, which means that they’re more likely to suffer symptoms.

This could explain why many people with fibromyalgia report symptoms that are similar to those of Epstein-Barr virus, but not really associated with fibromyalgia. In one study looking at a group of patients with fibro, 54% reported frequent sore throats, 47% reported rashes, 40% reported frequent coughs, and 28% reported low-grade fevers.

It’s possible that these people are suffering from chronic Epstein-Barr virus infection, and that’s the root of these symptoms.

If you’re worried that you might be infected, it’s possible to get a test to confirm it. Talk to you doctor about getting a test done.

Obviously, no one wants to suffer these symptoms on top of the symptoms of fibromyalgia. Luckily, there are things you can do manage them.

How Is Epstein-Barr Virus Treated?

There’s no vaccine to prevent infection. And because the virus is so common, there’s little you can do to actually prevent yourself from getting infected. Avoiding contact with people who are currently infected can help, but since it’s hard to know who has the virus, that can prove difficult.

There’s also no way to prevent an infection from becoming a chronic infection. Unfortunately, there’s also no way to cure an infection. So if you’re already suffering from a chronic infection, all you can really do is try to manage the symptoms as they appear.

The best way to manage Epstein-Barr virus symptoms is to treat it as you would a common cold. Make sure to get plenty of rest so that your body has a chance to recover. Pushing yourself too hard can not only make your symptoms worse, it can trigger flare-ups of your fibromyalgia symptoms.

You can manage fevers and sore throats by taking basic medications like aspirin or ibuprofen. These will help reduce the pain and bring your fever down. You should also try to manage your internal body temperature by taking cool baths or placing cold compresses on your neck.

Be sure to stay hydrated and eat a healthy diet as well. When you’re suffering from both fibro symptoms and Epstein-Barr symptoms, it’s tempting to stop taking the effort to take proper care of yourself. But making sure that you do can help you get over the symptoms faster.

 

 

The preceding article is from FibromyalgiaTreating.com and posted here for sharing purposes only. No copyright infringement is intended.

Song Lyric Sunday | “I Love Your Smile” – Shanice

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is “smile.”

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Baby Boomers may recall the early 80s KFC commercial featuring the legendary Ella Fitzgerald and an adorable nine-year-old girl. We didn’t know her name then but nine years later Shanice Loraine Wilson would simply be known as Shanice.  The light, fun I Love Your Smile is the lead single from Shanice’s sophomore album Inner Child, released in October of 1991. This song is special to me because my daughter, Lindsey, was born in December of 1991 and this was one of “our songs” from her birth until, well…today, and she’s almost 27! 😀

The song became a hit, topping Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart for 4 weeks and also became a pop hit, peaking at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. It also was a top ten hit in dozens of countries around the world in 1992.

I Love Your Smile was nominated for a Grammy for “Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.”

Janet Jackson and her then-husband Rene Elizondo Jr. provided background vocals and can also be heard laughing at the end of the song.

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I Love Your Smile

by Shanice

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Sitting in my class, just drifting away
Staring into the windows of the world
I can’t hear the teacher, his books don’t call me at all
I don’t see the bad boys tryin’ to catch some play…
’cause I love your smile
I love your smile
The clock at work says three
And I wanna be free
Free to scream, free to bathe, free to paint
My toes all day
My boss is lame you know, and so is the pay
I’m gonna put that new black mini on my charge anyway
’cause I love your smile
I love your smile
Time came and showed me your direction
Now I know I’ll never ever go back
Taught me that
I can be a better girl with love you give
You rock my world
You dig
I’m showin’
The life that I’m livin’
This is the life that I have
And it’s given to you
Yeh’and it’s true
La-d-da
Twinkley d
do you
Believe in a girl
like me
Shanice is the one
For you to be with
But when I’m caught
All alone
I start fessin’
It’s from a state of depression
And the thunder clouds of doubt move in
I begin to wonder “Do you still love me?”
But after that
My whole world is beautiful
Blow Branford
Blow
Time came and showed me your direction
Now I know I’ll never ever go back
Taught me that
I can be a better girl with love you give
You rock my world
You dig
Smile…Pstch
’cause I love your smile
I love your smile
Compiled from Google, Genius Lyrics, and YouTube.

“Five (Count to Ten Book 5)” by Jane Blythe

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Five (Count to Ten Book 5)

by Jane Blythe

Genre: Mystery & Thriller/Romantic Suspense/Kidnapping/Crime

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Innocent victim or crazy liar?

At the hospital Laura Xander bumps into a teenager who claims that she and three other girls were kidnapped five years ago. The man whom she alleges abducted her maintains that he is her father and that his daughter is mentally unbalanced. A race against time ensues to prove the girls are kidnap victims before the man who says he’s their father takes them home never to be seen again.

Detective Paige Hood was nearly killed by her stalker four years ago, he stole something from her she can never get back and she’s still trying to come to terms with the ramifications. Now the stalker is back and determined that she will not live to see the morning.

** Warning: Graphic violence and themes of sexual assault/abuse **

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“Wulf the K9 P.I: The Case of the Haunted House” by The Bivens Brothers

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Wulf the K9 P.I: The Case of the Haunted House

by The Bivens Brothers

Genre: Children’s/Fantasy/Scary Stories/Dogs

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After hearing a campfire story about a haunted house from his partner Chewy, Wulf the K9 P.I decides to check out the haunted house. Not believing in ghosts or monsters, both enter only to come out screaming after hearing ominous voices and seeing shadows dancing along the walls.

Join Wulf the K9 P.I and his Partner Chewy as they uncover the mystery of the haunted house. Is it truly haunted or is something else living in the house on East Apple Street?

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“Dear Amy: A Novel” by Helen Callaghan

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Dear Amy: A Novel

by Helen Callaghan

Genre: Women’s Fiction/Psychological Thriller

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Margot Lewis is a teacher at an exclusive high school in the English university town of Cambridge. In her spare time, she writes an advice column, “Dear Amy”, for the local newspaper.

When one of Margot’s students, fifteen-year-old Katie, disappears, the school and the town fear the worst. And then Margot gets a “Dear Amy” letter unlike any of the ones she’s received before. It’s a desperate plea for rescue from a girl who says she is being held captive and in terrible danger—a girl called Bethan Avery, who was abducted from the local area twenty years ago…and never found.

The letter matches a sample of Bethan’s handwriting that the police have kept on file since she vanished, and this shocking development in an infamous cold case catches the attention of criminologist Martin Forrester, who has been trying to find out what happened to her all those years ago. Spurred on by her concern for both Katie and the mysterious Bethan, Margot sets out—with Martin’s help—to discover if the two cases are connected.

But then Margot herself becomes a target…

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“Wild Angel (The O’Byrne Brides Series Book 1)” by Miriam Minger

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Wild Angel (The O’Byrne Brides Series Book 1)

by Miriam Minger

Genre: Historical Romance/Ancient World/Medieval

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Ronan was a legend among men…and the last thing he needed was a troublesome woman. Yet this fierce Irish warrior took a deathbed oath to protect a chieftain’s rebellious daughter.

Triona was a hellion of a woman…who would let no man rule her. Raised in the ways of a warrior, she defied Ronan’s every command. So he planned to marry her off, to be rid of the wild lass forever. But in the heat of battle–enflamed by her passionate spirit–Ronan decided he wanted this beautiful, impossible woman for himself!

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