Self-Reflection

Never criticize yourself you have your friends and family for that. When was the last time you did a personal self-assessment and reflected on your positive traits. In others words, what are your strong points? We all have friends and family that can point out our negative traits and make you feel sad and nonproductive. During these times of isolation and polarization, so many people are negative and nasty to others.

I recently asked my friends and family for a self assessment and was pleasantly surprised by some of the responses. There were a few people who did not answer my request and I was perplexed. Once again it is human nature to dwell on the negative. The individuals that had not answered my request was seen by me as hurtful, especially when its a relative or close friend but overall the input from my other friends was positive.

Remember to stay positive and be kind, words are hurtful. This world needs more kindness and reverence for others.

EDIBLES

It appears edibles are the latest crave. Edibles are food products that contain cannabis in baked good, candies, and beverages (Leonard, 2020). So many people want instant results and edibles can assist with a mild medical issue, like stress, or anxiety, but they are not for everyone. It is best practice to seek medical advice instead of self medicating.

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It appears that people feel better about ingesting an edible instead of smoking cannabis or taking a pill. Keep in mind the packaging may not list all the ingredients in the product, except the amount of THC, which may or may not be accurate. Edibles do not affect everyone in the same way.

Edibles have not been evaluated for efficacy by the Food and Drug Administration, or been confirmed by research. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, but to make you feel better.

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Shops may have sprung up all over your town, but remember to do your research before you indulge. Edibles are not for everyone, and a simple life style change maybe all you need to get lasting health benefits.

Just keeping you informed.

Reference

Leonard, J. (2020). What are the effects of cannabis effects? https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/effects-of-edibles#health-benefits

Happy New Year!

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As we move into another year, most of us revisit our goals and make new resolutions for the new year. The previous year, 2021 has been an eventful year for many including the country. Hopefully you have made it through this year and are looking forward to 2022 with positive expectations.

I create goals and resolutions every year and use this time to reflect on my achievements and make change for the next year. Last year, was the first year I did not make any resolutions or goals. I made short term goals and did not write them down, and was not very deliberate about completing them even though I had an intention.

Goals should be documented and have an end date and worded in a positive manner to reflect your intention. These are some of the phrases I use when I write my goals, I will, I am so happy and grateful that.. and I have.

You can also create a vision board. The mind loves pictures and it sparks energy to create action. Vision boards are simple to create. Cut out pictures and words that generate a positive mood and reflect what you would like to accomplish for the following year. It is a great way to encourage children and others to create goals.

Happy New Year and be intentional, it is your year!

Here We Go Again…

The Omicron variant is spreading quickly and it does not appear to be slowing down. Symptoms are not as deadly for those who have been vaccinated. Getting vaccinated may keep you out of the hospital and prevent death from the virus. Symptoms for Omicron variant may range from fatigue, chills, fever, headache, cough, and or a sore throat to nothing at all.

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The point of this story is to let you know that it is your responsibility to keep yourself healthy and well. This can be achieved by getting vaccinated, and wearing a mask. Nothing is 100% but it may decrease your odds of catching the Omicron variant.

For those who are worried about what is in the vaccine, think about all the things you consume that have unknown ingredients. The goal of this announcement is to keep you out of the hospital and from dying, but it is your choice.

Check out the CDC website for more information.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/variants/about-variants.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fvariants%2Fvariant.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-risk-assesment-hcp.html  (updated 12 /23/2021)

Times sure have changed!

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I have learned several new things this week about childbirth. It has been many decades since I have had a baby. Things have changed, but somethings remain the same. These last few years, the pandemic has given rise to in home births, and the use of midwives at a birth center. This was a common practice in the early 1900’s, but by the 1950’s hospital births were the norm.

Women are keeping the placenta (the after birth) once the the delivery is completed. I thought what could they be doing with a placenta at home? Apparently this is not a uncommon practice. Some of my friends were aware of this practice and others were just as surprised as I. I have recently obtained a list of what to do with a placenta.

  • Plant it under a tree, watch it grow with your newborn.
  • Keep it attached to your newborn, this is called Lotus birth. It naturally dries and falls away within 3-5 days.
  • Pamper your skin with it. Hire someone to turn it into a salve to massage into c-section scar/or stretch mark.
  • Turn it into artwork. Stamp it onto paper to make a natural blood print or paint it and stamp it into paper for a beautiful piece of art/statement piece.
  • Wear it. Hire someone to dehydrate and make it into jewelry.
  • Encapsulate it. Hire someone to dehydrate and place into capsule to ingest to help with post birth hormone imbalances, milk production, and energy.
  • Donate it. Ask your doctor or midwife if they would like to keep it.
  • Throw it away. Do nothing and throw it out in the trash, preferable double wrap in a Ziploc bag and put it out on trash day. I have recently found out that kitty litter should be placed in the bag to reduce the smell and leakage.

I showed the list to a friend. She was also amazed and baffled, but we both learned something new. I would love to hear your comments.

Staying Healthy During the Holidays

Celebrating the holiday can bring extra pounds, as a result of constant eating during this season. The cold weather increases the need for indoor activities and creates the perfect conditions to catch colds, flu and now the spread of COVID-19 and the variants. Here are a few health tips to help you through the holidays and stay well.

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  • Get plenty of rest. Try to keep your bedtime schedule the same.
  • Consume a healthy diet, but it is the holiday season. So I am going to suggest you eat your favorite deserts in moderation.
  • Wash your hands prior to consuming any type of food or snack. It sounds elementary but so many people still do not wash their hands prior to eating or drinking.
  • Limit your alcohol intake, and drink more water.
  • Exercise, and pick an activity that you enjoy. This will enhance your pleasure and commitment.
  • Enjoy your family, we are social beings and not meant to be alone. However, if you have elderly family members as part of the celebration, I hope all your family and friends are vaccinated . Remember vaccines are not 100% so social distancing and or wearing a mask maybe appropriate. Happy holidays and stay well!!!!
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Holiday Blues…

It is early December, and I do not feel like I am in the mood for Christmas. Every year I say I am not buying any Christmas gifts and I end up shopping at the last minute.  Is it out of guilt or the spirit of the holiday that finally gets me in the mood?  Something happens, and off I go, decorating and shopping.  I am amazed that I get everything completed. 

Many people experience sadness during this time of year and it may have to do with the absence of family and all the dynamics that occur.   I suggest you volunteer to assist others during this time.  I have found it is a great way to apprecitate your own circumstances.   There are plenty of volunteer opportunities available through your church, clubs and city venues. 

It appears this holiday season will be better than last year.  We all remember  how we sheltered in place in 2020 to reduce the spread of the virus.   This year people seem to be taking the virus with a grain of salt and have returned to interacting with friends and family without hesitation.  Graduations seem to be back in style and the airlines are just as busy as they were pre pandemic.  It would be in your best interest to be cautious and wear a mask during these encounters.

It is odd, that the good will that goes on during the holiday season is not duplicated during the year.  I have always been baffled by the willingness of others to be so giving during the holiday season.  Hopefully we can start caring for each other once again regardless of race, creed and/or sexual orientation.  That is the only way the human race will survive.

Remember the reason for the season, and see if you can do your part to extend the goodwill for the next few months, after the holiday has passed.  It may catch on!

Enjoy your holiday, and Merry Christmas

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Mask Up ……

Mask UP!
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I traveled to the west coast during the Thanksgiving holiday. My travels took me to Las Vegas, Los Angles (LA) and Seattle, to care for sick relatives and friends. I have been back home in Texas for a week, and noticed that Texan’s act like the pandemic is over. The majority are not wearing a mask.

I went to an event today and it was outside, and I could count the individuals that were wearing a mask. Every city I visited, the majority of the population wore mask, even in Las Vegas. In LA you were asked to produce your vaccination card if you were dining inside a restaurant. I had no problem with the process and I complied.

I can think of plenty of reasons why you should continue to wear your mask. A. The pandemic is not over.

B. There is a new variant.

C. Although you may be vaccinated it is a possibility that you still may be exposed to COVID-19, or a variant, and become ill. Nothing is 100%.

D. You do not know who is vaccinated and who is not.

E. Wearing a mask will be a great deterrent from the flu and or a cold that typically occurs during the winter months.

So do yourself a favor, mask up to stay well and be a part of the solution, and not the problem.

Toast to the Holiday Season!

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I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and friends. It has been a challenging year for all. The pandemic has caused all of us to re-evaluate our relationships. If you are like me, you have determined what relationships are important to you.

Get vacinated, to ensure you do not pass the virus to your love ones during this holiday season. It is true that some individuals who have been vacinated have caught COVID. I have several friends that were vacinated and got sick, but they did not experience the severe symptoms associated with the COVID virus, and were not hospitalized. Keep this in mind and make good choices for you and your family.

Happy holidays and stay well!

Tai Chi

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I took a tai chi class this week and it was interesting. It is 108 slow continuous rhythmic movements. It is moving meditation for the body. I am committed to learning the discipline and plan to add it to my exercise routine for additional strength and mental wellness.

According to Huston & McFarlane (2016) there is evidence that tai chi is good for a variety of illnesses including hypertension, heart failure, stress, arthritis, improves balance and sleep.

Find an exercise discipline to assist you to become your best self. We have to stay active and move as we age, or you become like a stiff rubber band.

Stay well and remember exercise maybe the key you are missing to increase your health and wellness.

Reference

Huston, P., & McFarland, B. (2016). Health benefits of tai chi: What is the evidence?. Canadian Family Physician, 62 (11), 881-890.

Veteran’s Day!

Thursday, November 11, 2021 was Veteran’s Day.

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Some people did not know it was Veteran’s Day. So many stopped and asked what was the occasion. The group turn out was low for the Houston Veteran’s Day Parade, excluding a few high school bands and other groups. The country has been so divided these days. It was nice to see positive camaraderie and common purpose for at least one day.

I hope you enjoyed the day off and thanked a Veteran for their service to the country.

Moderna Booster

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I got the Moderna Booster last week, and was feeling fine, except my injection site was extremely sore.  I could not touch my arm.  I did a few push ups daily after receiving the vaccine.   This action proved to be very effective in reducing the soreness.  

The same day, I talked to a young women in an establishment I frequent who told me she had been hospitalized and intubated (on a breathing machine) in early 2020 due to COVID.  She went on to say that she still did not have enough information, and did not know if she was going to get vaccinated because it was so new.  I thought about that. I said can you imagine how new the smallpox and the polio vaccines were when the they were administered? The technology is so much more advanced now, then it was years ago.

She wasn’t convinced, but you would think the being intubated would change your mind.  I guess she thought it wasn’t that bad? I digress!

Day two, my arm was not as sore but I was still very tired and experienced extreme fatigue.  I had never experienced that level of fatigue in my life.  I was cleaning and moving furniture and could not continue.  In fact every few minutes I had to stop and rest.  I gave up and went to bed.  During this time, I also experienced fever and muscle pain.

By day three, general soreness and weakness had subsided.  My energy had increased and I started  feeling better.  In the grant scheme of things, the previous 48 hours of discomfort was tolerable, considering the alternative of experiencing COVID and its residual effects on the body.

Please continue to wash your hands, wear a mask and get vaccinated. Winter is coming, and the virus COVID is not over. Stay well!

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