Sunday, August 23, 2020
Tuesday, August 18, 2020
As many of us know FLU season is almost upon us. Now we face a possible "new strain", PLUS as no other Flu season in History we are fighting the fight of our lives against (COVID-19) and the West Nil Virus has popped up also in some places as of the past 6 weeks or so. FLU??? GET VACCINATED!!! AS SOON AS YOU SEE THE SIGNS UP at your Pharmacies, Doctors offices, in the paper, and everywhere head over to get your vaccine! Of course with this being a "new "abnormal" for the flu make sure you ASK your doctor's office if you are okay to get the vaccine. Some like myself, get the "shot" that is NOT the "live" virus due to other chronic Illnesses. But, there are also those who can take the live vaccine, even though a nasal spray etc. Many of the "symptoms" of Flu and COVID-19 happen to be much the same. WE HAVE a medication to help lessen the flu symptoms, and get you protected from a much worse base, but you must start it quickly after being diagnosed with the flu. It will be one for the records when combing "several" illnesses at the same time. Also, those of you who are over 60 to 65 many can get a shingles vaccination, a pneumonia vaccination which protects against MANY different types of pneumonia, so be sure t ask your doctors and pharmacists about those. There are Hepatitis vaccines out also, and even especially for college kids that stay in Dorms, a Meningitis vaccine, since it can be extremely contagious especially in closed quarters like dorms. Here is a list of "recommended" vaccines by the CDC, showing who needs to get which ones and when, why etc. https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/adults/vpd.html Some may be surprised at the types of vaccines available now for adults to STOP and prevent many what used to be very contagious illnesses.
With the upcoming Flu Season upon us and having heard we may have a new strain(s); plus this is an all time difference with COVID-19 still very much active, and finding West Nile Virus in some places, I felt it was a great time to REMIND everyone the Vaccines available, who may need them & to see if you should speak to your doctors, pharmacists etc. about whether you should receive some of these vaccines...
Sunday, August 9, 2020
Phi Theta Kappa Life in the past from 1978 to 2020, Chronic Illness, Family, & How we tend to shape" our lives even after all these years.
Even though my life did not go the way I had planned after high school, I did get a 2 tear degree and made Phi Theta Kappa with a 4.0 GPA, passed the Nursing Exam about 1994, & had a full scholarship for it. Alas, with 2 kids in school for several more years, & having at that time to work full time. I made the VERY difficult decision to pass it up. I was the main source of income at the time & couldn't quit my job for 2 years for nursing school. But later in life, I began to understand "why" my life took a different route. Yet, I was & still am very proud of my grown kids. They stayed out of trouble & went onto to their own great roles in life. As my own life progressed & I also then molded myself into a writer & published author; I gained much knowledge from living in 2 different states for good while till moving back "home".
It was now time for me to have a "role" as almost a "parent" to my Mom. After Dad passed away she needed me much more than she would admit. I still am in that "learning" phase of my life, which has helped me cope with some serious chronic illnesses, & onto become a "voice", advocate, and "Patient Leader for several large non-profits & living out both of my "dreams". To have 2 of now 4 books published. Seems the list of "writing them" grows more quickly every moment in life.
Plus I got the opportunity to stand on the steps of Capitol Hill in Washington D C to tell my story in order for my voice to become the voice for many! Certainly two proud moments in my life, along with the others before the before them. I remember walking across the stage at the college to accept the honor of being accepted into the Phi Theta Kappa. So, although my dreams of becoming a nurse, or a doctor, never panned out, they made me continue to "study" in these fields.
With my own chronic illness issues, and being able to help others life me. I also continue to write on the 2 or 3 more books to be published & gain more knowledge every day of just how much & how quickly our world & medical World changes. I found at this year milestone of 60 like many of my graduating class, we can look back & see why or not life took us down the paths it did, And to continue to looking into future & hope to gain more insight into out quickly changing places to behold.
Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Sunday, August 2, 2020
Life Chronic Pain & Autoimmune Systemic Diseases & Dementia®
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After "many" strange" symptoms, DO I ADD yet "another diagnosis" to me endless list of crap wrong with me??? "CPRS"????I finally made a trip to Urgent Care with what I feel is a very bad Lupus and RA flare, but there are several "symptoms" strange t...
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