Covid-19 and Aunt Jeanetta

My Tribute to my Aunt Jeanetta

Who Died from the Coronavirus

 

“I’m sorry to tell you, but your Aunt Jeanetta died yesterday from COVID-19.”  A man, I knew of but didn’t know - gave me this news.  My aunt, my father’s brother’s wife - was there in my life as I was growing up.  She and my Uncle never had children, nor was she very comfortable around children.  She was a career woman.  My uncle loved us dearly, but Aunt Jeanetta made sure you knew that she wasn't comfortable around children.  As a young child, I do not remember visiting them in their home- they always came to ours.  We were probably too messy.  I remember years later when we would visit her with our children, they were never invited inside – she kept our wild crew corralled in her back yard. 

As I became a young adult, and had already become an RN, I was permitted to come inside her house.  I remember this because ...

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It's None of Your Business What Others Think of You!!

There's a saying that goes “It's none of your business what other people think of you.” I wish I was that smart to make this saying up, but I didn't. I do not know who did…… We're so focused on what other people might think of us - we lose focus on what is important. What truly is important is what does God think of us and what do we think of ourselves?

In February, I was touring a plantation in middle Tennessee with my sister. I have POH (Postural orthostatic hypo-tension)  where my blood pressure drops if I stand still for any length of time.  We were in a group of about 15 people. When the guide offered a chair, I was the first and only one to take her up on her offer of a folding chair. It is hard being the only one sitting, but I knew I would have to leave the tour early if I did not sit down. If I stand too long, I get nauseous and if I continue to stand, I will black out. So I swallow my pride and I ask for a chair and I sit while everyone...

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Our World, Our God

Our World

  Our God

Our world as we knew it is changing everyday.  How?  None of us know what the world will look like post Covid-19.  We have no idea what our future will look like, but as a Christian, I know Who holds my future.  In that I can take rest and have peace. 

One of the many things that I am thankful for, as this is where I feel my focus needs to be…..  Is how I am NOT in control.  I have enough food and toilet paper as of now, but those that hoarded these things….Are they now more secure because they have a garage or a camper full of these things?  Do they feel in control of the situation?  I am always for planning, just not into panicking.  As I write today 4/6/2020 we can’t find wheat flour.  My husband wants to make bread, and as I am Gluten Free, I only have about 3 lbs of wheat flour on hand.  We can’t find any in the stores and can’t even order it from the big...

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How to Survive Christmas With Chronic Illness

How to Survive Christmas

With Chronic Illness

If you have a chronic illness, chances are you have gone through one or many Christmases with your chronic illness and/or pain.  I love getting together with friends and family, but it is exhausting.  I fear this will trigger a flair-up or I won’t have the endurance to get through the event.  So, I am going to give you some things that I have learned over the years. 

I realize that if I Plan, Plan and then Plan again – I get a lot of traction.  I know I must start this early.  I love my freezer because it can put a lot of food on “hold”.  If I want to have an assortment of homemade cookies for Christmas, if I wait until Christmas Eve – I am defeated before I even start.  I know that I can’t stand on my feet in one place for more than 10 minutes before my blood pressure will start to drop and I will have other symptoms.  But I can make one batch and sit while...

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The Spoon Theory

My best friend and I were in the diner, talking. As usual, it was very late and we were eating French fries with gravy. Like normal girls our age, we spent a lot of time in the diner while in college, and most of the time we spent talking about boys, music or trivial things, that seemed very important at the time. We never got serious about anything in particular and spent most of our time laughing.

As I went to take some of my medicine with a snack as I usually did, she watched me with an awkward kind of stare, instead of continuing the conversation. She then asked me out of the blue what it felt like to have Lupus and be sick. I was shocked not only because she asked the random question, but also because I assumed she knew all there was to know about Lupus. She came to doctors with me, she saw me walk with a cane, and throw up in the bathroom. She had seen me cry in pain, what else was there to know?

I started to ramble on about pills, and aches and pains, but she kept pursuing,...

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What are Trauma Triggers?

Trauma Triggers can appear in two different forms.  One kind is the trigger you have and you are brought back to your trauma instantly.  A certain scent, a certain sound or sight. 

The other trigger you can experience is an emotional reaction to a circumstance you find yourself in.  For example, if your trauma happened when you were a child, you reacted in a certain way to protect yourself.  Let’s say you did not live in a safe environment.  You are now an adult, and you hear a noise outside.  You may immediately jump to the conclusion that you are not safe – someone is out to get you.  You immediately put yourself into the fight, flight or freeze mode (sympathetic nervous system).  You figure out that it was your cat outside.  You are emotionally exhausted due to putting yourself in the sympathetic mode and now have all these hormones floating around in your body and it will take several hours before these hormones will...

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