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Update on How I am Doing

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I took this picture while at work last Saturday the day I realized I had COVID – looks are deceiving. 

Thank you All for your Prayers and Well Wishes!!!

My friends, I remain in quarantine and I can say that truly God is a good God. Even though I was well aware that I could become infected with COVID, due to the nature of the path I chose,  I thought I was taking all the precautions I could.

I work with two other ladies most frequently and they are both in their sixties and both are cancer survivors. As such whenever we have had to swab and care for a patient “under interest” I have been the one more in contact with the patients as I know these women would be more at risk than myself.

I am not a hero just a human. I have grown to love these women.

Since I have been unwell I have been speaking with both these ladies as they are experiencing symptoms as well. The one lady that I worked my last two shifts with is really feeling poorly even though her COVID test came back negative. She has been having more severe symptoms than myself. She is also in quarantine.

Each day I arise and thank God for Jesus! Yes I am happy. Psalms 23 – Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil….!!!! AMEN.

God is a good God and we shall all make it to the other side, my co-workers and I. I sleep with some healing scriptures playing on my nightstand as I want the healing promises to soak into my spirit even in repose.  (I always do this when I seek God out, I let his word settle in my soul. I will make a post about it one day).

How I feel:

  • Weakness (getting better each day)
  • Shortness of breath with exertion (it is resolving)
  • Headache — my worst symptom (it just hangs around)
  • Inability to concentrate for long periods
  • A heaviness in my head (feeling it as I type this now)
  • Sleeping a lot (the body needs rest to heal)

I never recorded a fever or a cough. 

What I am using for my immune system:

  • Zinc – 15mg
  • Vitamin D -5,000 IU
  • Vitamin C – 1000mg
  • Tumeric, aloe vera, garlic, ginger and celery blended drink (I just chug it down, can’t taste anyway)
  • Rest – as the body dictates
  • Exercise – I keep it moving, even if I just walk around the backyard in the sun.

Some of what breaks my heart:

  1. My boss has the nerve to ask me, “where do you think you got COVID from?” (we have been screening patients prior to surgery, screening and seeing the general public, the doctors see pre-surgery patients as well all day, some of which have been COVID positive and we mingle and share space with those doctors all day!). Is she for real.
  2. We were never given the appropriate protective gear. We wear surgical masks, can you imagine! Surgical masks do not protect from COVID, especially not in a healthcare setting where we are likely to come into direct contact with the virus.
  3. I could have potentially infected my family and my mother is an elderly woman. But I praise and thank GOD!!!!
  4. I cannot hug and comfort my children. My little snookums who I had been sleeping with since his dad left for NY is my constant companion. I have exposed him more so than anyone else. Him being my baby, I tickle and play and kiss him up all the time, and I was already infected and shedding COVID all over my child.
  5. Being unable to be and play with him, now I have to see him in passing and go outside to talk to him for a bit. He always has new engineering wonders to show me and now I cannot interact with him.
  6. On top of me being ill his dad is still in NY, so he does not have a real parent right now. Gee wanted to come home, I said no. We had always decided only one of us would take a risk at any given time.
  7. My daughter is petrified to come down to the bottom floor where I am in my own space.
  8. I am fed by them placing my meals outside my door. That is a hoot…being fed, I find humor in it.

On the road to recovery:

My Gee is always on the phone with me and a source of support and knowledge. My mother and my children are here and my friends are all helping to keep me together. I go outdoors often to look at the plants and I have been watching NETFLIX – oftentimes I fall asleep during a show.

I do love to watch movies and shows in other languages, especially French as I think it activates new neurons to hear and follow the plot while reading subtitles and trying to stay on top of the many nuances. My future guarantee against Alzheimer’s.

So I am coping pretty well.

I trust in my God and in that knowledge, I rest knowing this too shall pass.

Stay blessed and stay well.

 

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Vitamin D & Immunity

 

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Many sources of vitamin D

Vitamin D has in recent times come under greater scrutiny for its role in immunity.    And it appears that the role has even greater connotations that previously thought. According to peer-reviewed published articles of US NAtional Library of Medicine, without vitamin D we are at an increased risk of developing a host of infections when serum levels are not at par.

All vitamins play a huge part in helping us maintain homeostasis and subsequent health. Their specific roles are in a constant state of evolution and more and more research is being done and a plethora of new information comes to light.

In the age of “the virus” and many other bugs that seeks to injure us, our immune system is called upon to soldier up and defend its home. Information is constantly being passed down through various sources referencing the use of vitamins, more recently, vitamins C, D and zinc.

We know from past teachings that these vitamins play a pivotal role in boosting our immune systems and indeed this information is more crucial in the times we currently find ourselves in.

VItamin D

Vitamin D is mainly obtained from our diet and or formed in our skin. This process is influenced by many factors, the presence or exposure to sunlight, our skin tone and the melanin contained therein.

Both the liver and the kidneys play an important and active role in converting inactive vitamin D to active vitamin D allowing it to be available for cellular uptake and use.

Per the US Library of Medicine, “There is in vitro evidence that vitamin D is involved in immune cell responses to some viral and bacterial respiratory pathogens.”

Image from https://www.cebm.net/ and shows the pathway from source to availability for use.

Bioavailability

There is evidence according to cebm, that respiratory epithelial cells can convert inactive vitamin D to its active form.   And that the metabolites created as a byproduct of its metabolism is directly involved in the immunity response to respiratory viruses.

Deficiency

  • Children younger than four years old.
  • Women, especially young, pregnant and breastfeeding.
  • Older adults greater than 65 yrs of age
  • Little exposure to sunlight
  • Darker skin tones
  • Inability to consume dairy and other vit. D fortified foods

Vitamin D rich foods

Table copied from: https://www.cebm.net/ 

For additional food sources for vitamin D click here.

Daily recommended dose

Life Stage Recommended Amount
Birth to 12 months 10 mcg (400 IU)
Children 1–13 years 15 mcg (600 IU)
Teens 14–18 years 15 mcg (600 IU)
Adults 19–70 years 15 mcg (600 IU)
Adults 71 years and older 20 mcg (800 IU)
Pregnant and breastfeeding women 15 mcg (600 IU)

Table above copied from https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminC-Consumer/#

Conclusion:

Our immune systems are tasked with a most important job of defending us from invaders both foreign and domestic. It promotes immunity and under normal circumstances it does not do harm to itself (https://www.cebm.net/).

Historically vitamin D has been renowned for its function in calcium uptake and bone health. Vitamin D does this by increasing the absorption of calcium from our diet via our small intestines. It stimulates osteoclast activity (osteoclasts are cells within the bones responsible for bone resorption).

The Centers for Evidence Based Medicine (CEBM), states that evidence of low vitamin D serum levels are with higher occurrences of acute respiratory infection rates.

Healthline states that a deficiency in vitamin D is linked to poor lung function. This would certainly play a role in your ability to be susceptible to and your recovery from opportunistic infections.

We need those lungs healthy and able to work efficiently.

There it is prudent to conscientiously take your vitamins, get enough sunlight, nutritious diet, rest and exercise and be as healthy as you can be.

Remember you may also take vitamin D as an oral supplement.

References:

God bless you, be well.

 

 

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For Every Thing … Give Thanks

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“Be grateful for what you have, then you will always have more to be grateful for!” (author unknown)

 

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“Today I choose to live with gratitude for the love that fills my heart, the peace that rests within my spirit, and the voice of hope that says all things are possible.” (author unknown)

 

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The joy of the Lord is our strength. For everything, and in every season, let us give thanks…

Have a wonderful, blessed and safe day!!

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Social Distancing – What Have We Learned?

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One of our exercise/ nature pathways

Hello my friends. I am so blessed to have you all in my life. You have no idea how my interactions with you help me in light of our present circumstances.

Being able to interact with you out here soothes and provides a haven for the soul.

For the past several days I have awakened very early in the morning with my mind filled with what-ifs and worry … I usually shake it off, but the accuser stalks us when we are often vulnerable … during sleep.

For the past several years I had been working almost ceaselessly. As I got older I realized the need to make better money choices.

Getting deeper in real estate both in the USA as well as South America required a lot of cash.

I also began investing in livestock as a means to secure my older years.

Last month I made the decision to part ways with my 2nd full-time job so COVID-19 came along just as I was pondering the decision to allow for some “down time”.

What I have gained from social distancing so far:

  • A renewed relationship with the family.
  • More “me time”
  • Time to indulge my love of reading.
  • Time for exercise.
  • Going for walks with family.
  • Time for introspection.
  • I have a lot more energy.
  • The kids say I am way more fun.

Things Money cannot buy:

  • Health
  • Peace
  • Love
  • Life
  • Morals
  • Integrity
  • Dignity
  • Respect
  • Parents
  • Kindness

What I am Thankful For:

  • Jesus
  • Family
  • Good friends
  • WordPress family
  • Health
  • My Snookums, always willing to help and walk with me

My list just keeps on growing, all the things I was unaware of a lack.

What have you learned from our recent events? What are you grateful for?

 

 

 

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Daylight Savings Time

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Startled awake by my alarm. I reluctantly attempt to disentangle myself from the murky depths far beyond wakefulness.

Through sleep-glazed eyes I hit what I hope is the snooze button on my phone, could be the home button, I do not care. Anything just makes this screeching stop!

Sigh!

I blissfully returned to the depths from which I briefly emerged.

Ah, blessed rest.

The screeching again disturbs the serenity of my resting space and again I battle the murky gloom.

Squinting attempting to see.

The time reads 05:20 AM … I groan ever so deeply in my soul, dear God why…I should be born rich … why am I not rich?

I throw the covers off and, my day begins.

Daylight Savings Time, I have never understood it’s relevance in my life. I know it’s historical significance, but does it really still apply? Still necessary?

If this is truly Daylight Saving … why have I lost my time?

Tomorrow will be better, I think. The body will soon be adjusted and the difference I will notice no longer.

But, just for today…Daylight Savings time has left me bereft!

How do you cope with the time changes?

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Season’s Change

Yesterday I was pleasantly surprised to note on my drive to work that the world had gotten lighter while I was busy.

Suddenly it’s so bright. This change where the light surreptitiously banishes the darkness and suddenly… behold the light!

Spring, a time of renewal, growth and good and pleasant changes…

Enough of this cold, I am ready for some sunshine though I will undoubtedly complain later about being too hot.

Humans, can’t please us for long.

Thank you Lord I am here in my right mind to enjoy your creations.

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The Way We Write

Somedays I get many writing ideas, other times not one!

Often in dreams and sometimes while awake. Upon awakening, if I do not write the ideas down quickly I forget.

Other days I must get up to go to work or begin my day and really have no time for the idea at all, so the thought is simply left in yesterday, forgotten.

If time and space permits, I am obedient and answer the call.

When I operate in obedience the post almost writes itself. I do it fluidly, quickly and efficiently.

Sometimes, when I do not take heed to the prompting, it will not leave me alone. It will stay and whisper in my ear until from sheer aggravation, I acquiesce.

So my friends, my question to you is…how do your ideas come?

And what steps do you take if you are not in a position to record it?

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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.

Today and everyday, my heart is filled with gratitude for our Lord Jesus Christ.

I am grateful for health, my family, my work, my friends in person and here on WordPress.

Thanks to everyone who has visited, liked, commented and decided to partner with myself and each other as we journey through this life together.

Here I have rediscovered a new kinder world as well as my love of the written word and I love love love being here with you all.

Sincerest thanks once again.

God bless you all and bon appetit!

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Thank You…

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How often do you lift up your arms to heaven just to say to God- Thank you? Not nearly as often as I should.

The 1 Grateful Person Tag is based on Luke 19 and the account of Jesus with the 1 out of ten lepers he healed who came back thank him. Let us aspire to be like the 1 who thanked Jesus and not the 9 who did not.

Here are the rules:

1– Share what you are grateful to Jesus for.

I am so grateful for God’s love for me. I am humbled that he has sought me out in various spaces, to show me how much he does.

2Share a passage from the bible about gratitude that means something to you.

Psalms 28:7 — The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.

3- Please share a link to my original post. 1 Grateful Person Thank you Matthew and DeborahMarie for tagging me. This is a wonderful concept!

4- Use any picture in your post that expresses gratitude.

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5. Share the intro

6- Tag whoever you wish to.

I am tagging:

Every one who have enjoyed, liked and commented on my written words. I am truly grateful for this community on Word Press.

God Bless you my friends.

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Sunshine Blogger Award

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I am touched beyond words for the honor of being nominated for a ‘Sunshine Blogger Award’!!!! I was nominated by; Jenny Furse of progressinbloom.com….please go and check out her blog show her lots of love. Jenny’s blog exudes love, warmth, practical living and a love of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Sunshine Blogger Award Rules:

  1. Thank the Blogger who nominated you and provide a link back to their blog so others can find them.
  2. List the rules and display an award logo on your blog post.
  3. Answer the 11 Questions the blogger asked you.
  4. Nominate up to 11 new blogs to receive the award and notify them by commenting on any of their posts.
  5. Ask the Nominees 11 new questions.

11 Questions Asked of Me:

1. How long have you been blogging for and why did you start?

I actually began blogging on September 2, 2019. I started because it was always something I wanted to do but was afraid of failing.

2. What makes a blog article worth sticking around for— one you truly enjoy reading?

An article worth staying around for is one that gives the reader the insights, answers or enjoyment that they seek.

3. What is your favorite thing about Fall?

My favorite time of fall is when the leaves are changing colors, when the earth’s temperature gets a little cooler and the days become shorter, there is a certain beauty in what I see as the earth’s renewal.

4. What is your go-to drink?

My go to drink is coffee, I love, love, love coffee, even when I was too young to drink it I just loved the smell of fresh coffee. (Can you tell I love coffee).

5. What favorite treat really hits the sweet spot for you?

I love chocolate, dark brown, light brown, white chocolate, I love it all.

6. Tell me about a favorite date or share a great date night idea.

A favorite date was earlier in my relationship even though we had known each other for over two years at that point (not dating, just friends in passing), we went on a date and spent the whole night sitting in a car and just talking and getting to know each other on a whole different level.

7. Do you have a favorite family tradition?

Being together on Christmas day as a family in our pajamas.

8. What book(s) are you reading right now?

Currently no entertainment books, educational ones on delivering better healthcare.

9. What one piece of advice would you give your younger self?

To be kinder to myself.

10. Do you have a secret or hidden talent?

I cannot think of a hidden talent. Buy I love music and dancing.

11. What is one way you served or blessed someone else recently?

Recently I had a patient who could not afford his prescribed medications, so the other nurse and I paid for and picked his medications from the pharmacy.

And The Nominees:

11 Questions for My Nominees:

  1. What time of day you consider your most creative?
  2. Who/what encouraged your love for writing?
  3. Have you ever regretted posting something on your blog, and if so why?
  4. What is the best advise you have received and from whom?
  5. Name your most defining quality.
  6. What is your favorite meal and why?
  7. What advise would you give yourself 20 years from now?
  8. Who/what is the most influential force in your life?
  9. If you could travel the universe, where would you go?
  10. What do you think of our world today?
  11. Have you ever had a divine encounter, if so tell us a little more about it.

And to all my friends out there, you are by no means less appreciated or forgotten I appreciate and enjoy your words and remain a loyal follower…