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Saturday, September 20, 2014

serious brain fog

After going to the new doctor on Monday and having at least fifty gallons of blood taken out of my body, the verdict was that all the tests were normal. That is a good thing except still no answer for why I have Peripheral Neuropathy and why it suddenly flared up again. 

So they upped my medication last night. For me that means major brain fog for awhile. I feel like I have a hangover and that I am completely befuddled. I also feel like I just want to sleep. YAWN!!

There is a reason I am telling you this. It's because if I post something that makes absolutely no sense you will know why. (Okay, I know that I often make no sense even when they haven't upped my med.) 

On the up side, it is a wonderful day here. Warm temps and the sun has been making a valiant effort to peak out from behind the clouds. The leaves are starting to change and I am looking forward to getting out and getting some fall photos when the trees really get their colors going. 

My mom just called to say she is on her way over to play cards with me because she knows she can beat me in my diminished capacity. There is just something so wrong with that. 

I better go stick my head under some cold water. 

Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

roll out those lazy hazy crazy days..........

of summer.... Yes, I know that summer is over in a couple of days, but you know what they say about "it ain't over til the fat lady sings". Maybe not the best of sayings, but it was the only one I could come up with on short notice. The short notice being that I put off writing my post until the last minute. 

Today I am reminiscing about summer. Summer seemed to fly by, but I still have some great memories.

Baskets of fresh fruit. YUM!!!

Beautiful flowers

and fields of more beautiful flowers

Exploring my state

Revisiting my past

and planning my future. A future where I hope to spend a whole lot more time with this crazy threesome.

What was your favorite memory from this summer?

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

do what you love


How often do you do the things you love? Do you give yourself the time to do the things that make you happy?

I don't know about you, but I get very wrapped up in day to day living. Doing my daily tasks. Working. Taking care of other people. I often feel tired and irritable at the end of the day because I haven't taken the time to do the things I love. So I have to remind myself...

I think I will get off of this computer for awhile, get a book to read, and head outside for awhile to enjoy this lovely weather. It is definitely something I love to do. 

How about you? What is something you love to do that you need to do more often?

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

soft light

There is just something about light that slips through window panes casting its soft shadows on an unsuspecting wall.

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 Light that sifts through the fog, revealing the bare branches of a stark winter day.

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Light that captures a dancing feather, surrounding it with the orbs of angels.

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Light that reflects serenely off the water, beckoning to us to dip our toes and linger.

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Light that blows in with a soft breeze, whispering its name.

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Light that paints a new season, continuing the cycle of life.

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The soft light is seeping back in, speaking to my soul, easing my tensions. It is calling my name.

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P.S. I've just added a new board to my Pinterest account called Soft Light. If you love soft light, I would love to have you visit and follow along.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

where did that darn thing go?

I meant to have Women Speak today.

I planned to have Women Speak today.

I even wrote Women Speak last night. 

Tessa seems to think the whole thing is a little boring
It was good. I was excited about our conversation. I hit publish. I hit view blog. My post wasn't there. I looked in my saved posts. My post wasn't there. 

I felt a little panicky. I mean what will people think?

So I started to search and I called its name. Please come out from wherever you are.

Tessa is even out knocking on doors for me
Behind the chair? Nope. In the closet? Ummm, I don't think I could find anything in that mess. In the refrigerator? No, but those leftovers sure look good. Under the bed? Nooooo, but major head rush from leaning over. Maybe I should just sit down and eat those leftovers while I recover. 

In the meantime Tessa is still out looking. That girl doesn't give up.
While eating the leftovers I realized that I had to come clean. I mean you all know me pretty well and you know that I would make a terrible criminal. If I stole a piece of gum I would be confessing before the flavor was gone. 

So here's the truth. I didn't write Women Speak last night. I went to a new doctor and they took 50 gallons (okay, just a slight exaggeration) of blood out of me, trying to figure out what is causing my peripheral neuropathy, and I was feeling too tired. I got in my jammies, read a book, and was asleep at nine o'clock. 

Women Speak will be back next week. In the meantime, if you have any topics you would like to talk about please email me and let me know. And of course, as always, have a wonderful good day.

Now where did I put my keys.................

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P.S. I'm beginning to think this whole thing was just an excuse to throw in some cute Tessa photos :)
Monday, September 15, 2014

never apologize for who you are

A Snippet of Inspiration

Each Monday is devoted to a snippet of inspiration because a little rain falls in everyone's life.

For many years I found myself apologizing when someone told me I was too sensitive, too emotional. Then I stopped.

I knew that those parts of my personality were what helped me to be a better counselor. I knew that it would be easier to not show those feelings, but it would also be insincere. 

We are each one unique and we should never have to apologize for who we are. So let those feelings out. Show that you care. You may not only change your life, but quite possibly the life of someone else.
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Saturday, September 13, 2014

uh oh

Back in July, I had a bit of an uh oh. I had a small place on my leg that had begun to change. It had started to itch, had grown a little, and had become irregular in shape. Time to take action.

So I called a dermatologist and was able to get in quickly. Hmmm, may be something, may be nothing, but we better take it off. Taking it off involved making a hole in my leg. Hmmmm!!! 

A few days later I got the call. It was a squamous cell carcinoma, but they got it all. Whew!!! Now that I have had skin cancer, I will have to have a full body check every six months and watch for any signs in between checkups.

According to WHO, The World Health Organization, the incidence of both non-melanoma and melanoma skin cancers has been increasing. Current statistics say that 1 in 5 people will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. 

Although anyone can get skin cancer, it is more prevalent in Caucasians, due to a lack of skin pigmentation. 

Some individual risk factors for skin cancer

  • fair skin
  • blue, green or hazel eyes
  • light-coloured hair
  • tendency to burn rather than suntan
  • history of severe sunburns
  • many moles
  • freckles
  • a family history of skin cancer
I have all of these risk factors except the many moles. I have only a few of those. 

It is important to note, that excessive sun exposure can damage all skin types, and although we look at a tan as being cosmetically pleasing, there is nothing healthy about a tan. 

Some of the things you can do are: 

  • stay out of the sun during the hottest part of the day. This even applies during winter, when the sun can reflect off of the snow. 
  • watch for the UV index
  • use shade wisely
  • wear protective clothing
  • use sunscreen (I know there is controversy now over sunscreen so if you feel that this not something you want to do, you can follow the other guidelines)
  • avoid sunlamps and tanning parlors
As we head out of summer and into fall, we are leaving the most dangerous time of year for sun exposure. So, this is a good time to check yourself for any skin irregularities and to make an appointment with a dermatologist for a full body check.

I am grateful that I found mine early and that it was not a melanoma, and even though I have pretty much stayed out of the sun for quite awhile, I know that I had some pretty bad exposure growing up. So I will definitely stay on top of it.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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