Monday, February 24, 2014
The last couple of weeks have been just a little trying. I have been to the several different doctor appointments as well as ER visits. I have been having increased pain episodes as well as problems keeping my pressure under control... At my most recent ER visit, they gave me a new high blood pressure medication to help with managing the elevations in my pressure. I was also referred to one of the local heart doctors for additional testing to rule out any medical conditions with my heart.
I am reassured in my faith in God and realize that no matter what is going on that I have to trust God and know that he is in charge. I have been through so many things and he as not left me without a witness of his power and might. With each passing day, I am able to see him working on my behalf. Just in the simple things of getting up in the morning to having the ability to go and come without incident. By his grace, I am still here and for that I am most grateful!
On last week, I started a new process of drinking more water along with detoxing...The purpose of this is to clean out the impurities in my system and I would like to share.
Acording to the word, it is God's desire for us to be in good health.. 2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth (3 John 1:2)
In order to be in health, we we must take control of what we put in our bodies....
I found this recipe (and take not credit,but am willing to share)
-2 liters of water
-1 medium cucumber
-10-12 mint leaves
(I added strawberries for additional flavor)
Steep overnight and drink everyday....
-1.5 liters of water
-1 tsp cranberry juice
-2 tsp lemon juice
-1skinnyMe Acai tea bag
Mix all together and sip through out the day..
....give these recipes a try and let me know what if any changes you experience and always remember to pray and ask God for guidance in your situation and most of all don't lose your faith!
*Disclaimer: always consult your medical care provider as these are my thoughts and views on how to cope with chronic pain.Fibromyalgia (FM or FMS) is characterised by chronic widespread pain and allodynia (a heightened and painful response to pressure). Its exact cause is unknown but is believed to involve psychological, genetic, neurobiological and environmental factors.[
Thursday, January 16, 2014
How often do you laugh in a day?.....or do you laugh? Or do you just let the pressures of life and your day to day situations get you down.... Did you know that it takes more muscles and energy to frown than it does to smile?
All writers look for inspiration when they write. So on tonight, I have to give cordite for my subject due to two totally different situations. One was my lesson tonight in bible study lead by my Pastor that always gives us a word for our souls on on mid-week service. He is totally led by the spirit of God and knows just what to say ... For that I am so greatful..
My other inspiration comes from a dear friend that I had a phone conversation with last night ....it was very uplifting and she also helped me with her positive attitude and wonderful spirit and she to listens to God and always know just what to say at the appropriate time. It is good to surround yourself around spirit-filled people.
Everyone of us should just take a few minutes and just laugh....take a few minutes now to just think about the funniest think that has happened to you or a loved one..... (Now laugh out loud .....it okay(lol)
Life is too short to not to enjoy it....Focus on the positives in your life and look for the beauty in everything....
"There is a growing body of research indicating that a good guffaw may improve immune function, help lower blood pressure, boost mood and reduce stress and depression. And despite a dearth of more rigorous, long-term studies, the sum of these findings is compelling, says cardiologist Michael Miller, a professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine who has researched the topic."( feel free to review the full study)
"A new study from Oxford University supports a long-held theory that laughter triggers an increase in endorphins, the brain chemicals that can help you feel good, distract you from pain and maybe deliver other health benefits.
The word says: Genesis 1( feel free to read the entire chapter) " in the beginning God created Heaven....and good said let there be light and there was light. And God saw light, that it was good and God divided the light from darkness....
As the word says...God saw that the light was Good...in the beginning he set the stage for us to know to look towards the light and he separated the two...and still today we have have the ability to see the difference in light and darkness in our lives....We can choose to go towards the light or to stay or to focus on the dark and sad places in our lives.... God created a design in the beginning and if we follow his design and plan we will be victorious in our lives and when you are victorious you do not have a problem laughing and being happy...
So my challenge to you is to laugh and be happy....Look for the beauty and the positives in your life. Look toward the light and not the darkness in your life...we all reasons or situation to frown but you look better when you smile!!! And it will help you to feel better
" LAUGHTER doeth good like a Medicine"
Disclaimer: Fibromyalgia is chronic wide spread pain....please check with your doctor for pain management and a formal diagnosis to receive additional information on how to cope. These are my thoughts and views.
Thursday, January 9, 2014
2013 has come and gone...our family as been through many changes/challenges during this year but we never lost our "Hope" We kept the faith and God kept us....although everything may not be in place as we desire or just how we want them to be: we must remember that God has the final say....Everyday I am gaining new strength through him to take the next step in living a victorious life....I am more than a conquer through him that gives a peace that surpasses all understanding...
A few months ago, I had a major surgery and continue to struggle in my physical body, but with God all things are possible. On a day to day basis, I am able to get things done that I need to because of the strength that I get from him above...I appreciate God for always taking care of our family and giving us what we need.....
In the next few months, I am looking forward to better things to happen and will share the blessings of God with you to try to keep you encouraged as well as myself....
Many people suffer with chronic illness such as myself and sometime just a positive word helps you to know that brighter days are ahead....so keep your head up high...keep the faith and continue to look to God....Stay positive about your situation...surround yourself around postive people....the best is yet to come...declare and decree that this is your best year.....most of all get closer to God as he is the author and finisher of or Faith!
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Often times we may find it difficult to see pass the pain....You and I may not have the same pain...I mostly deal with physical pain due to health issues but on today I refuse to focus on even though it is so real and present. You may deal with the same type of pain or you may have emotional pain due to heart break....but today as this is the Season of Thanks....let us just take a few minutes to reflect on the good in our lives and all the many blessing that have been bestowed on us and our families. Now just take a few minutes to just Breathe.....GOD IS GOOD ALL BY HIMSELF....He gives us life....He supplies all our needs...
When you go about your day today...Do not forget to take a moment to just look around and observe how the season is changing...The trees colors are so beautiful and a sign that the seasons are changing. Just as the trees are a sign of the changes, reflect over your life and your situation look for the signs and signals in your life that a change is coming to your situation. Make sure you are in tune with God and what he is doing right now in your life and prepare for the change...Do not let your season pass you by for it had been set for an appointed time.
So just be thankful today as it is Thankful Thursday....Oh give thanks unto The Lord for he is good: for His mercy endureth for ever! Psalms 136:1
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
So it's been a little when since my last post.....I am trying to get back in to doing my regular activities...most days it's not easy, but I try my best to maintain a positive attitude. Most of all I trust God and know where my help comes from... I heard something today put the facts where your faith are....I am always looking for a word into my situation and also and avenue to share because I know that is someone that is worse off then me....
Today, I also want to share a article that I found to help increase your personal happiness..
I did not write this article. I am only sharing as I thought these were some good tips for people like yes show deal either physical pain and discomfort where the simple things in life become a chore and one feels they can no longer find pleasure!
Happy reading retrieved from the HuffPost. Hope these tools and research will help you on your journey to feeling better and as always before any new routines or changes, address your concerns with your MD for appropriate feedback..
10 Simple Things You Can Do Today That Will Make You Happier, Backed By Science
The groups were then tested six months later to assess their relapse rate. Of those who had taken the medication alone, 38 percent had slipped back into depression. Those in the combination group were doing only slightly better, with a 31 percent relapse rate. The biggest shock, though, came from the exercise group: Their relapse rate was only 9 percent!You don't have to be depressed to gain benefit from exercise, though. It can help you to relax, increase your brain power and even improve your body image, even if you don't lose any weight.
Body weight, shape and body image were assessed in 16 males and 18 females before and after both 6 × 40 mins exercise and 6 × 40 mins reading. Over both conditions, body weight and shape did not change. Various aspects of body image, however, improved after exercise compared to before.
Negative stimuli get processed by the amygdala; positive or neutral memories gets processed by the hippocampus. Sleep deprivation hits the hippocampus harder than the amygdala. The result is that sleep-deprived people fail to recall pleasant memories, yet recall gloomy memories just fine.
Using a face recognition task, here we demonstrate an amplified reactivity to anger and fear emotions across the day, without sleep. However, an intervening nap blocked and even reversed this negative emotional reactivity to anger and fear while conversely enhancing ratings of positive (happy) expressions.
Researchers found that employees' moods when they clocked in tended to affect how they felt the rest of the day. Early mood was linked to their perceptions of customers and to how they reacted to customers' moods.
... while many voluntary conditions don't affect our happiness in the long term because we acclimate to them, people never get accustomed to their daily slog to work because sometimes the traffic is awful and sometimes it's not. Or as Harvard psychologist Daniel Gilbert put it, "Driving in traffic is a different kind of hell every day."
Two Swiss economists who studied the effect of commuting on happiness found that such factors could not make up for the misery created by a long commute.
We are happy when we have family, we are happy when we have friends and almostall the other things we think make us happy are actually just ways of getting more family and friends.
In an interview in the March 2008 newsletter to the Grant Study subjects, Vaillant was asked, "What have you learned from the Grant Study men?" Vaillant's response: "That the only thing that really matters in life are your relationships to other people."
The men's relationships at age 47, he found, predicted late-life adjustment better than any other variable, except defenses. Good sibling relationships seem especially powerful: 93 percent of the men who were thriving at age 65 had been close to a brother or sister when younger.
Using the British Household Panel Survey, I find that an increase in the level of social involvements is worth up to an extra £85,000 a year in terms of life satisfaction. Actual changes in income, on the other hand, buy very little happiness.
We figured that if a Terman participant sincerely felt that he or she had friends and relatives to count on when having a hard time then that person would be healthier. Those who felt very loved and cared for, we predicted, would live the longest.
Making time to go outside on a nice day also delivers a huge advantage; one study found that spending 20 minutes outside in good weather not only boosted positive mood, but broadened thinking and improved working memory...
Being outdoors, near the sea, on a warm, sunny weekend afternoon is the perfect spot for most. In fact, participants were found to be substantially happier outdoors in all natural environments than they were in urban environments.
...when researchers interviewed more than 150 people about their recent purchases, they found that money spent on activities--such as concerts and group dinners out--brought far more pleasure than material purchases like shoes, televisions, or expensive watches. Spending money on other people, called "prosocial spending," also boosts happiness.
Participants recalled a previous purchase made for either themselves or someone else and then reported their happiness. Afterward, participants chose whether to spend a monetary windfall on themselves or someone else. Participants assigned to recall a purchase made for someone else reported feeling significantly happier immediately after this recollection; most importantly, the happier participants felt, the more likely they were to choose to spend a windfall on someone else in the near future.
Shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall but before the German reunion, the first wave of data of the GSOEP was collected in East Germany. Volunteering was still widespread. Due to the shock of the reunion, a large portion of the infrastructure of volunteering (e.g. sports clubs associated with firms) collapsed and people randomly lost their opportunities for volunteering. Based on a comparison of the change in subjective well-being of these people and of people from the control group who had no change in their volunteer status, the hypothesis is supported that volunteering is rewarding in terms of higher life satisfaction.
...we scientists have found that doing a kindness produces the single most reliable momentary increase in well-being of any exercise we have tested.
A new study led by a Michigan State University business scholar suggests customer-service workers who fake smile throughout the day worsen their mood and withdraw from work, affecting productivity. But workers who smile as a result of cultivating positive thoughts - such as a tropical vacation or a child's recital - improve their mood and withdraw less.
Smiling makes us feel good which also increases our attentional flexibility and our ability to think holistically. When this idea was tested by Johnson et al. (2010), the results showed that participants who smiled performed better on attentional tasks which required seeing the whole forest rather than just the trees.
Smiling is one way to reduce the distress caused by an upsetting situation. Psychologists call this the facial feedback hypothesis. Even forcing a smile when we don't feel like it is enough to lift our mood slightly (this is one example of embodied cognition).
In the study, the effect of vacation anticipation boosted happiness for eight weeks.
One study found that people who just thought about watching their favorite movie actually raised their endorphin levels by 27 percent.
In one study, a research team from Massachusetts General Hospital looked at the brain scans of 16 people before and after they participated in an eight-week course in mindfulness meditation. The study, published in the January issue of Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, concluded that after completing the course, parts of the participants' brains associated with compassion and self-awareness grew, and parts associated with stress shrank.
Studies show that in the minutes right after meditating, we experience feelings of calm and contentment, as well as heightened awareness and empathy. And, research even shows that regular meditation can permanently rewire the brain to raise levels of happiness.
The gratitude-outlook groups exhibited heightened well-being across several, though not all, of the outcome measures across the 3 studies, relative to the comparison groups. The effect on positive affect appeared to be the most robust finding. Results suggest that a conscious focus on blessings may have emotional and interpersonal benefits.
Participants included 219 men and women who wrote three letters of gratitude over a 3 week period.
Researchers, including the authors, have found that older people shown pictures of faces or situations tend to focus on and remember the happier ones more and the negative ones less.
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Though the days have not always been easy....It is very important to keep up with the things that matter the most...I have been trying to get back to the normal hussel of life, but it has been a chore...With each day there are new challenges that I must over come but I am very thankful for each new day....I tell myself that even with the pain, I am still here to see my family and my children and that is a blessing in it's self....It could be worse....so still I smile....on thus past Sunday we out as a family after service and took a few pictures as Saturday was our Anniversary. Each day I activate my faith and trust God to get me through the tough times and trust him to get me to the Brighter Days as I know that Brighter Days are ahead !
My daughters' had to assist in getting the shots that I am about to share...Special Shout out girls!
Monday, October 7, 2013
It has been five weeks since my surgery and the recovery is sure but slow coming....I had my appointment on Thursday and my doctor stated that I was progressing as scheduled. I asked him several questions to get a better understanding on the changes that my body may be going through as the result of the I cave procedure that I had (Full Abdominal Hysterectomy). I was advised to go ahead and give the Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). I was kinda hesitant, but agreed to go ahead for a month to see how it works out for me. So before leaving the doctor's office I was given some samples of the medication ( Minivelle) that am now to add to my daily regimen that is supposed to do what my body is no longer able to do on it own, which is hard for me to know as in the past everything was working in my words as "normal" so know I have to wait and see what changes I will be going through or not going through.
MINIVELLE® (estradiol transdermal system) is a prescription medicine patch that contains estradiol (an estrogen hormone). MINIVELLE is used to treat moderate to severe hot flashes due to menopause.
The questions that I know get from family and friends is , how do you feel? Can you tell a difference in your pain? They are referring to surgery pain and fibromyalgia pain? I find myself lost for words and not knowing how to respond to the question as I continue to struggle with controlling the pain from my recent surgery and spend most my time lying in bed to help me to feel better an not focus on what all my body is dealing with...
I am trying to wean myself off the pain medication as I do not want to have to need them to be able to get around on a day to day basis. I already take enough stuff in my opinion to deal with the fibromyalgia.