Baskin House Tornado Damage Update

by Wade Baskin on May 3, 2015

Louisville MS Tornado Damage Update 1 year later

Thank you for all of your well wishes!

It has been a year of rebuilding, reflection and gratitude. We have seen the best of our friends, family and those unknown.

We’re not not done, but we’re almost to the finish line. I do want to take this time to personally recognize some very special people who helped us. Please forgive me if I leave someone out, but we’re not done.

Once we get back into our house, we will be formally recognizing and thanking all – we simply feel we have to.

Thank you,

Karen Allen
Jackson Forster
David & Lisa Forster
Karen Baskin VanDyke
Granddaddy Baskin
Ryan Maynard & OPFN
Mark Clark & Met Life Insurance
Mike Childs & FUMC Family (for a place to stay)
Shannon Baskin
Lisa & Johnny Luke
Darby Nowell
Robin Chastain
Lainey Smith
Ricky & Lynn Smither
Susanne Blalock
Glynda, Kelly, Robbie, Grant, and Glyn
Delbert Hoseman & Staff (yes, our Secretary of State personally helped us during salvage)
Katherine Darnell
Ashley Cochran
Greg Tacker, my KA Brothers, & our DSU Family
Kristie Perrett Sbravati
Missy Hannah Kistemaker
The Bullocks & Bullock Toyota Staff
Flint Minshew
Curtis, Cory, and Mary Nell Richardson
Walley Bennett
Jennifer Bennett
Timmy Cole
Will Hill
Tommy Edwards
Terry Woods
Jimmy McPherson

Like I said, there are others, and I will formally recognize all once we are back in our home. It looks like we’re about 1 month out now. Hard to believe it has been a full year!

Although we’ve had tremendous weather delays and several other hoops and barriers to overcome, we’ve made it through.

Stay tuned for updates, and I welcome your questions and comments!

Wade Baskin



Baskin Family Tornado Damage

by Wade Baskin on May 3, 2014

20140428_172613Dahouse damage tornado ms baskintornado damage to left side of baskin houseHello All…Thank you for all your well wishes, prayers, and thoughts. We are gradually getting on our feet and digging out all of our remaining belongings. Our community is strong and we’ll pull out. So many of you want to help, and it’s just been so overwhelming to try and think about what to ask for…and just accepting help in general.

So Many of you have asked how to donate and contribute, so I finally got internet access at a friends house to where I could set this up. Again thank you for wanting to help – means more than you know. This is our emergency funds account.

Once we get back to normal operations, we’ll donate any extra to our charity, St. Jude.

We have limited access to internet right now, so I’m putting this post up at a friends house. Again, just know that we are so grateful to all our friends and family.

UPDATE 11/15/2014: We are still in temporary housing and all is moving along well. We have what we need and are moving forward. We’ve had to secure additional finances to fully rebuild our house, and we aren’t the only ones who’ve had difficulty with insurance. Our insurance is Metlife, and they are doing the best they can it appears. The adjuster, Mark Clark, is sparse in terms of having access to him when we find new issues. But when he does return our calls or answer emails, he tends to come through. We are 20% complete on the rebuild.

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Great Tips And Tricks For Living With Arthritis

by Wade Baskin on January 12, 2014


You can do a lot to manage your pain, and handle the condition in a way that promotes better health and less degeneration of your joints. Using the tips and advice here will better equip you to deal with the pain and limitations of arthritis. You can start helping yourself.

Consumption of alcohol is often considered dangerous for a variety of medical conditions. In fact, some research shows that alcohol can actually alleviate mild arthritis-related pain.

Consider starting a program of aquatic activity if you experience arthritis. Individuals with arthritis can find aquatic activities soothing and relaxing. Many find it easier to stretch their muscles and joints in this type of environment. Most gyms offer swimming classes for those who wish to learn.

It is in your best interest to take control of arthritis as soon as you can. Learning good typing techniques and using good posture while typing can be helpful. Your hands should be level with the keyboard and you should use a raised pad for your mouse. This practice reduces the strain in the hands and helps ward off difficulties with your hands.

If you feel yourself becoming depressed as a result of your limited activity, consult a therapist. Therapy can show a person with arthritis that they are not helpless and can get by on their own still. Attending therapy in an individual or group session can help to stave off conditions such as depression or anxiety.

Start stretching every day. The loss of flexibility that comes with arthritis can be one of the worst side-effects it has. When you routinely stretch you make your muscles flexible it is great for your body. Start with your feet, and move upwards across your body all the way to your head.

Maintain enough protein in your diet. When you have arthritis, your body needs extra protein, so be sure to get plenty. Even if you don’t eat meat, you can locate other protein sources. It is very important to keep your protein levels consistent to prevent inflammation and pain.

Ask your physician about some options when it comes to lessening your pain. Finding a recommended and safe way to treat your pain is the best gift that you can give to your arthritis, and your body. This can be best achieved by talking to your doctor concerning FDA-approved treatments and additional ways that could potentially work for your type of condition.

Drinking plenty of water is important. When you are thirsty, drink water rather than other drinks. Don’t drink beverages that can dehydrate, such as coffee and tea.

When suffering with arthritis exercise is essential. A yoga class is ideal. Yoga incorporates stretching exercises and mind-calming techniques, both of which provide benefits to arthritis sufferers. If you are uncomfortable going to a yoga class, start your own routine at home with the help of a yoga DVD. A yoga DVD can help you to stay motivated, and allow you the comfort of working out on your own time, in your own home.

It is important to learn all you can about arthritis so you will be able to care for your condition properly, but it is equally important to use the advice that you receive to understand what you are facing and how to deal with it. These tips will help you learn more about your arthritis, and take steps to reduce or even eliminate your arthritis pain.



There has been a significant increase in the number of people with arthritis over the last few years. Arthritis is a painful condition that affects and inflames the joints, resulting in acute pain and difficulty in getting around. The following tips can help anyone who suffers from arthritis learn how to manage and treat this oftentimes debilitating condition.

You should definitely avoid smoke from cigarettes, and if you are someone who smokes, quit. Initially, your inflammation may subside as the nicotine from cigarettes reduces blood flow, yielding a calming sensation. It also causes joint damage and will result in your arthritis progressing more rapidly than in a non-smoker.

Anytime you change your medication schedule first consult with your doctor. There are pills that you need to take for a certain period of time before they kick in, and there are others that may cause ill effects should you stop too soon.

Bring a little yoga into your life. Studies show that yoga is great for relaxing because of the easy-going pace, and a bonus of getting some exercise which helps to soothe joint pain caused by arthritis.

Despite some of adverse health consequence of alcohol, drinking doesn’t seem to make the effects of arthritis worse. It might help alleviate the pain and relax your muscles if you consume on a moderate level.

Lay down the clipper on your thigh, then press down using the heal on your hand. This helps you avoid using sensitive fingers to grip the clippers, and makes the fingernail-clipping task much easier.

Treating arthritis early on can be helpful. Good typing posture and technique can go a long way to help. Your hands need to be level with the keyboard at all times, and there should be an elevated pad underneath your mouse. By doing this, your hands won’t be strained, and you won’t run the risk of developing problems later on in life.

Consider joining a therapy group. Independence may be difficult for people who suffer from arthritis, so therapy can help sufferers realize that they are not helpless. People with arthritis are also at risk for developing depression and anxiety, and individual or group therapy can help you to deal with any concerns you may have.

Maintain your weight at a proper level to alleviate joint stress. Your joints can become strained, making your arthritis symptoms worsen by being overweight. Instead of depriving yourself of food by skipping meals, opt for a healthy, nutritious diet.

Have the right equipment on hand at all times. If they have access to the proper tools, arthritis sufferers can do almost any task. Products that enable sufferers of arthritis to accomplish regular activities with little help include specialized pens, knives, can openers, shoe horns and even zipper pulls. You can invest into living an easier life with these tools.

In conclusion, there has been a large increase in the amount of arthritis patients in recent times. This may be because of an aged population who eats a poor diet and does not exercise enough. Using this article can help you treat your arthritis so that you can live a better life.


Expert Advice When It Comes To Arthritis

by Wade Baskin on January 12, 2014


Have you been searching for answers to your questions on coping with arthritis? There are so many different tools and resources available to help you live comfortably with arthritis. Read on to find some tips you can use in you life.

High heels are not a good option for women who are suffering with arthritis. While high heels may be stylish, they are bad for your feet and joints. They tend to cause a twisting pressure on your knees, which can only aggravate the arthritis in these crucial, complicated joints. Choose more supportive shoes and you can expect your arthritis pain to lessen. Your body will certainly notice the difference.

Try doing exercises that are low impact, such as biking, swimming, or walking, they can help you ease pain in joints. Ask your doctor if you question your ability to exercise.

Non-weight bearing activities like water aerobics are best for arthritis sufferers. Aquatic therapy carefully practiced in warm water is gentle on the joints and muscles which can be a soothing way to exercise while lessoning the pain of arthritis flare-ups. Ask your doctor if there a warm water therapy program could be helpful for you.

Can’t sleep due to pain caused by arthritis? Take a warm bath every night, and use bath salts. This can relax your muscles and alleviate the arthritis pain. This, in turn, allows you to fall asleep and remain asleep for a longer time.

Dealing with arthritis as soon as possible will keep it at bay. A good tip to prevent arthritis is to use good typing habits. Ideally, you should keep the hands level with the keyboard, and use a mouse pad beneath your mouse. These techniques are helpful for reducing the stress on your hands, which prevents further damage later in life.

Don’t abuse your joints. Simple tasks can cause you to have great pain if you have arthritis. Avoid lifting things when you can by sliding them instead, or ask for assistance from someone. If you will protect yourself from irritation and inflammation, it can keep your joints flexible and keep your pain level down.

Cold and hot treatments work better when alternated. Alternate heat and cold treatments for the greatest benefit. Be careful not to use ice or heat excessively, because either one can cause damage when overused. Do these treatments no more than twice a day.

See to it that you pay close attention to the food you eat. Some who have arthritis might have food allergies that they are unaware of. Record the foods you’re consuming, and when your symptoms flare up, take note. Doing that could be what helps you find the cause.

Make sure you are consuming your protein. Eating protein is very important to arthritis suffers because when you have this condition, your body will tend to use more protein than the normal person. It is very important for anyone who is a vegetarian to include protein in their diet. You need the protein to prevent inflammation and pain.

There are many things that can be done that could decrease the challenges associated with arthritis. Many of these tips will provide you with some relief, and hopefully, some of them will give you a great amount of relief.


The Healthy Way To Treat Your Arthritis

by Wade Baskin on January 12, 2014


Arthritis is not to be scoffed at. Symptoms can begin showing suddenly at all ages and in various parts of the body. It effects the bones and can cause severe pain in the joints that inhibits normal, daily routines.

You want to practice yoga or meditation if you suffer from chronic arthritis. These relaxation techniques will calm your body and mind, reducing the severity of arthritis symptoms. To get the best results out of these techniques you should set aside time to do these things about three of four times every week.

It can be very beneficial to stop arthritis. Make sure you use good typing habits to prevent arthritis. Gel pads can keep your wrist raised and supported and helps to keep your hands on a level plane with your keyboard. This technique will help prevent straining, and prevent the development of more severe arthritic pain later in life.

Always ensure that you get adequate exercise, and be sure that you are getting the most beneficial kind of activity. Exercise will increase the flexibility of your joints in addition to keeping you healthy and fit. Low impact exercises can prevent your joints from becoming inflamed, but you have to take care not to overexert yourself. Stop exercising when you feel any pain or discomfort.

An often overlooked, but possibly very helpful, measure to take against the nagging pain of arthritis is aromatherapy. Aromatherapy is found to be useful for some people. Things that are relaxing tends to reduce many painful symptoms.

Start stretching every day. A decrease in flexibility is a common complaint with arthritis. When you have a stretching regimen that targets all your muscles, you can help prevent any flexibility loss. Start off with stretching your feet, and then move in an upwards direction across you entire body until you reach your head.

You might not have thought of this, but you can help out with arthritis pains simply through calming music. As your entire body relaxes, pressure will be taken off your joints and you will be able to focus on something else. It can also help you to fall asleep if you are kept awake by pain at night.

Try to stay in a space that keeps you from feeling stressed out and overwhelmed. In some instances, stress will trigger swelling and painful inflammation. Learn some stress-reduction techniques and apply them as needed, to keep your body and mind thriving.

Don’t keep your arthritis pain a secret from friends and loved ones. If they know what you are facing in your everyday life, they will understand you better and may be able to offer valuable insight and assistance. If they understand what you are going through, they are better prepared to deal with it.

If you remember to follow these guidelines, you can continue to develop yourself as an athlete without giving in to arthritis. Don’t let arthritis destroy your emotional outlook. Stay positive. Certain things are made to help you manage the pain you suffer or fight it. Stay positive and you can overcome anything.



There are many treatments, techniques and medications available to help you manage your condition and reduce the effects of its painful symptoms, oftentimes in a manner that promotes your overall health and slows or prevents further joint degeneration. With the tips from this article, you can start trying new techniques to treat your arthritis and finally begin to have successful arthritis pain management.

Arthritis sufferers have had some successes in easing pain by participating in low-impact exercises, like swimming and walking. Talk to a doctor if you have doubts about exercising.

If you’re dealing with arthritis, you should never skip quality sleep. If you are sleep deprived, your body will not be able to battle against arthritic pain. The optimum amount of sleep is eight hours per night, and up to ten hours if your stress level is high. Your body will benefit greatly from sleep.

It is a good idea to maintain a journal if you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis. A diary is good for identifying what triggers arthritis flare-ups. It can also help you to understand what helps. Let your doctor see the information in your diary so that she or he can give you the best possible treatment options. It is an important item to have.

Taking a long warm bath before bed is a great way to help you to sleep easier, and can also alleviate some of the pain. The bath and the warmth of the water will help relax you and provide some relief from your arthritis pain. Bedtime will come much easier once your body is relaxed.

You should switch back and forth between hot and cold when treating your arthritis. Joints can be easily overworked, and using hot packs, followed by cold ones, can reduce any inflammation and swelling that may crop up. Make sure that you do not treat your joints too often, as this can have a negative effect on your condition. Keep it to a maximum of two times a day.

Seek therapy if you are having a hard time coping with your condition. Arthritis sufferers need social support to remind them that there are others who suffer from the same condition, and therapy can help provide some of that support. People with arthritis are also at risk for developing depression and anxiety, and individual or group therapy can help you to deal with any concerns you may have.

Listening to classical music can relax your muscles and decrease joint inflammation. Calming music helps to appease your body so that you do not put excess strain on your muscles and worsen your symptoms. If you are having a hard time going to sleep, listen to quiet music.

Always closely monitor your diet and food intake. It’s possible for people who have arthritis to have food allergies that they are unaware of. Record what you eat each day, as well as the degree of pain you feel. By doing this, you could potentially determine the root cause of these flare ups.

You cannot treat arthritis without understanding more about this condition. The more you know, the more chances you will have to find something that works. These arthritis tips are a great start to understanding your condition or the symptoms that you are experiencing so you can begin treatment and pain management.


Get Relief From Your Painful Arthritis Symptoms

by Wade Baskin on January 12, 2014


Arthritis only seems like a minor ailment to those it hasn’t touched, and it can touch any person at any age. Ordinary activities and effortless routines are suddenly complicated by severe joint pain and serious skeletal effects.

Maintaining proper posture will help your joints to stay strong. You can minimize your pain by doing this. Sit up straight and stand erectly. Keep both leg’s weight evenly distributed. You will strengthen your joints and spine, which can minimize your arthritis symptoms.

Do not make alterations to your medication schedules without consulting your doctor first. Some medications work more slowly than others, and other medications could have side effects if they are discontinued quickly.

Simple exercises, for example, walking and swimming, have been proven to assist in reducing some of the inconvenience and discomfort associated with arthritic pain. Consider consulting with your doctor before starting any exercise routine.

Acupuncture can be a good treatment option for those with chronic arthritis. For thousands of years, acupuncture has been an alternative treatment for pain, and it might just help you with arthritis-related pain. Just be aware that acupuncture is not an instant fix. To get effective and ongoing pain relief, you’ll need to commit yourself to regular treatments.

Try to manage your arthritis pain without resorting to pain killers, if at all possible. Some pain killers can have side effects that may not be worth the temporary improvement. If you do have a prescription for painkillers, and you are planning on taking them, make sure that you only take them exactly as your doctor has directed.

Eat plenty of vegetables, and reduce meat consumption. Following a strict vegetarian diet with tons of vital nutrients will lessen your arthritis symptoms, and may prevent further damage. If your carnivorous side is too strong to ignore, try to eat only a small portion of meat while filling at least half of your plate with vegetables, and you can still garner the majority of these benefits.

Try to stay slim to reduce the amount of stress on your joints. When you are overweight, you put too much pressure on your joints, which can make arthritis symptoms worse. If you follow a diet that’s good for you instead of just skipping meals, you can get the proper nutrients your body needs.

Regular visits to a sauna can be an effective means of reducing pain from chronic arthritis. Heat and humidity, like that found in a sauna, is effective at reducing pain and inflammation caused by your condition. Visit regularly, though. The benefits come from regular visits.

You should never feel guilty or allow anyone else to make you feel guilty for having arthritis. You might not feel comfortable doing some tasks with arthritis. When you let yourself or others deter you from succeeding it will only let your arthritis control your life more, be sure to always keep in mind your arthritis condition isn’t your fault. Focus on all that you can still accomplish, rather then those things you may not be able to do right now.

By putting this information into action, one can continue to live a normal, active life with arthritis. Your focus should be on maintaining dominance over your emotional and physical states. You have many different resources available as you battle your condition and its effects. Maintain a positive attitude and you will see improvement in your condition.



Arthritis is a disorder that can make the most simple of tasks the most difficult. Arthritis is manageable. You can control the impact arthritis has on your life. You can find treatments that are effective in decreasing your arthritis symptoms. Below, you will learn various steps you can take to help with your arthritis pain.

Treating arthritis early on can be helpful. One way to help prevent it is to use good typing habits. Always make sure you type with your hands level to the keyboard, and use a mousepad that has a raised wrist support. This will take some strain away from your hands and you will be able to use a computer keyboard comfortably.

Never neglect the joints. Even small tasks can be hard if you have arthritis. Take the time to slide heavy objects across the floor as opposed to lifting. Even better, ask for help. The best way to protect yourself from the unpleasant symptoms of arthritis such as pain and inflammation, is to reduce the amount of stress on your joints.

Aromatherapy is a great way to relieve some pain caused by arthritis. The relaxation brought by aromatherapy has been scientifically proven to be beneficial to any chronic condition. When you use aromatherapy to relax, the whole body relaxes – including arthritic joints.

A damp heating pad can provide you with some relief from your joint pain. Think about buying a moist heating pad if you experience pain regularly, since the soothing warmth will make you feel better. Even though these pads provide relief from pain, you still need to speak with your physician.

If you are suffering arthritis in the knees, consider buying a knee brace. Surgery needs to be the last option after you have tried everything else. The knee brace might be able to reduce your swelling and pain which is usually associated with arthritis. It can even be worn while your sleeping.

Familiarize yourself with the early signs of arthritis. As with many other illnesses, an early diagnosis is the key to treating arthritis. You will suffer less and get the medication you need. If you think you are having arthritis symptoms, first consult with a physician for the proper diagnosis. He will tell you which type you have and help you to create a treatment plan and give you tips to use at home.

Joint pain and stiffness can be challenging, so rub some castor oil onto them. The oil is helpful to your joints, but massaging it into the joints can provide extra relief. Massaging the affected area works with the castor oil to increase the blood flow which will reduce pain, swelling and stiffness.

Do not carry as much around as you currently do. Arthritis in a person’s shoulders is actually quite common, especially in women. Neck and shoulders can become inflamed and swollen when messenger bags or heavy shoulder bags are toted. For times when you need to carry a large number of items, consider using a backpack that will distribute the weight over a larger area.

As you know, if you’re a chronic arthritis sufferer and from reading the beginning of this article, arthritis can make it difficult to go about daily tasks. If you are an arthritis sufferer, hopefully this article has shown you something you can try to manage your condition and start living better.



Arthritis can be hard to deal with because it makes every day things more troublesome to deal with. If arthritis pain is harming your quality of life, put a stop to it now! This article is here to help you. Continue to read and learn how to treat your arthritis.

High heels might not be worth it for women who have arthritis issues. Attractive, high heels seriously damage your feet. This will damage your knee and make arthritis even worse. Stick to comfortable shoes and your arthritis pain will likely diminish. There are many designer shoes available that will make you look good while being comfortable and protecting your body.

Try and reduce the stress in your life as a means of reducing your arthritis. Chemicals are released when your body is stressed. These chemicals can trigger inflammation, which can increase the pain associated with arthritis. You may want to consider brushing up on your time management skills or adding light exercise to help you cope with stress.

If all the arthritis treatments that you’ve tried have failed, you should talk to your doctor about joint surgery. This surgery can help reverse the arthritic effects on the flexibility and mobility of your joints. It has proved effective for many patients.

One supplement that many arthritis suffers recommend is fish oil. Omega-3 fatty acids, which come from fish oil, are effective in treating joint pain and inflammation. Fish or cod liver oil is sold in many supermarkets and health food stores.

You should never feel bad about your physical limitations and never allow others to make you feel bad either. Arthritis may keep you from performing specific types of tasks. Guilt and pressure from others will make you feel even worse, so don’t let others get you down. Sometimes you may not be able to succeed, however, this is a reason to work harder not to get upset.

Treat fatigue-causing pain with heat. Cold is the most popular treatment for pain relief, but in the case of arthritis, warmth is usually a much better choice. Pain that results in fatigue is best treated with heat, as it can supply you with energy as well.

Talk to your friends and family about your arthritis. They will be able to understand what you are going through and support you if they have more details on your condition. If they know that you are suffering, they will have more compassion for you.

Be sure to go for a relaxing and beneficial after-dinner walk. A regular post-dinner stroll will leave you feeling relaxed but energetic. Even a quick walk with a pal will offer numerous health benefits and opportunities to spend quality time together.

As you know, if you’re a chronic arthritis sufferer and from reading the beginning of this article, arthritis can make it difficult to go about daily tasks. If you are an arthritis sufferer, hopefully this article has shown you something you can try to manage your condition and start living better.