Winds of Change Part 2

Since his back injury didn’t seem to be lessening, we found an open MRI and went. I have been preaching to him about taking one day at a time. This was the biggest step we’d taken so far. He should’ve had an MRI years ago, but, due to a number of things including stubbornness, he didn’t.

The imaging center was nice and it took under 15 minutes for him to be done. I hadn’t really decided on why it was I went along. He’s a big boy and didn’t need me for anything, really. But, I went and kept him company for the 40 minute ride. While he was in the back, a harried looking mom came in with 2 small children. One of them, the son, couldn’t seem to take even a shallow breath. His coughing was deafening.

I looked up at one point from my Kindle. Now to preface, I am a total germaphobe. I don’t touch door handles or use any public bathrooms. However, when I looked up, it wasn’t in condemnation. I smiled at her. She profusely apologized and stated that she’d keep him on the other side of the room. Trying to lessen her guilt, I told her not to worry and it was okay.

She then explained that William was asthmatic and the pediatrician several floors down sent him directly to XRay after hearing the cough. Poor William couldn’t sleep for the past 4 days. It looked like Mom hadn’t either. Again, I told her it was okay. No worries. She then expressed her fear of pneumonia. I told her our oldest also had many bout of it, but it didn’t sound like pneumonia to me. She seemed to exhale at that point as if she’d held her breath until someone told her to stop.

As a mom, I wanted to calm her fears. She seemed devoted to her kids as if they were the only two people in the world. William was quickly called back. A short time later they emerged and she smiled and said ‘thank you’. I told her I’d pray for her and she looked relived. She said that was sweet and out the door they went. I’ll likely never see them again. I pray for William still.

Back to the husband, after leaving the MRI facility, we’d assumed that the results would indeed be ready in 24 hours as promised. The next day, the doctor said they hadn’t received them. The center assured us that they’d faxed them. Back and forth it went, finally, the center relented and resent them. Two days later the doctor called.

She was noticeably irritated that he’d gone to a center recommended by his insurance instead of the one she was associated with. Too bad, I thought. Regardless, we picked one he was comfortable with instead of the one she was comfortable with. She told him the news was not good.

She began hurling around ‘doctor speak’, basically scaring him. What few things we caught were: arthritis, ruptured discs, fluid build-up, and one disc disintegrated. Other than that, we got confused. I called again the next day, however; the couldn’t seem to find the results again (sigh) and she was at the hospital.

Regardless, the lady from the spine center called, having remembered that he was having his MRI that week. What a sweetheart! She offered to help point him in the right direction as all his doctor said was ‘Call a neurosurgeon.’ So, we will be listening to Natasha, from the spine place, and are ready for step 3, per se.

Currently, he is feeling a great deal better, even walking straight. God is on the Throne and we’re following His lead.

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Winds of Change

No doubt, no one’s life is without change. This month, however, we’ve been in the midst of some mind-blowing changes. My husband has always had a bad back. I’ve known about it since we met almost 20 years ago. It has ‘gone out’ in the past. Usually, he rebounds within a week. Last year, when neck pain began, we sought a doctor’s opinion.

They called it a type of degeneration of the vertebrae in the neck. He was put on a brief stint of steroids, NSAIDs, & supplements. Things have been decent for him for a while. That is until about 2 weeks ago. We’ve had brief days of snow here. One particular day, we got almost 6 inches. He went to plow & salt a parking lot, slipped, and jarred his back. Calling home soon after, he told me, his back went out & he was hunched over.
I knew he hurt. I didn’t know how badly. He started to improve within a few days. Unfortunately, it didn’t last.

One night, I fell out of bed, face first. As I tried to get back into the bed, impeded by a 60 lb dog hogging the blanket, he got out of bed and in a freak accident, fell over me. I’d been sort of kneeling so he tripped and fell right over top of me. It hurt us both. What was the worst, was that he’d tried at the last minute to prevent the fall, forcing his back & sides to tense up.

Immediately, he was in agony. Nothing worked. No pain relievers, heat, cold, nothing. Since then, he hasn’t improved. I am on disability. He has always been the strong, super hero. Rock climbing, running with the dog, former military. I never imagined he may not be able to work. He is a contractor. His back/spine controls almost every single thing he does.

Now, we have a MRI scheduled for the 15th. I spent an hour on the phone with the Laser Spine Institute. We’re considering our options. But, he’s been saying (a lot) lately, that he may not be able to continue working. Today, our son went to work with him after his school duties were finished. How much longer he’ll be able to hold out, I don’t know.

But, I have been spending a lot of time in prayer. I’m seeking God’s guidance in every move. We would certainly have to eliminate some spending. My disability checks are a joke, if we’re being honest. They’re not even a 1/4 of what I was making working. But, I know God has kept us from every losing our home, delivered healings, pulled off the unthinkable. I’ve seen today miracles and know of Biblical ones.

Some how, this is going to work out. I have a peace I cannot explain. Will he continue working? Will we both be on disability? I can’t say yet. But, I’m buckled up, holding Jesus’ hand, and waiting to find out.

A Healthier Smile For 2018

A new start to a new year is time for new toothbrushes!

Every one of us has heard about the importance of dental health. From preschool through adulthood, we’re told how to brush, floss, etc. But, do we really pay attention to the type of brush we use? Now, I don’t mean manual versus power. But, the difference in the bristles.
Before trying Dr. Plotka’s brushes, we were guilty of complacency, too. Whatever brush was fine. We barely noticed if the pack said ‘soft’ or not and when it came right down to it, any dollar store brush would do. That all changed with Mouthwatchers.

We’ve noticed a significant difference in our dental care. Our youngest son’s last check-up was cavity-free. My husband no longer has pain along the gumline and with ‘problem tooth’ areas. As for me, I wear a partial, so I noticed the gentler feel on my actual gums. Plus, I know for sure that the Mouthwatchers brushes are doing a much better job removing debris and plaque. As a family, our teeth feel and look better.

I’m certainly no dental expert. I would never give any sort of dental/medical advice. Always use your own judgment and rely on your own dental experts’ opinions. However, I know what works for my family. I’m positive that these toothbrushes made a difference to us.

I expected them to be pricey. For the benefits we’ve received, I was willing to pay a little extra. I was floored when I saw that they are pretty much the same price as the other toothbrushes being sold. More benefits without more money? There’s something we don’t see much of nowadays. But, it’s true! As a mom and the primary shopper for the household, I’m thrilled. I don’t have to allot more to the dental care budget and I can feel good about the brushes my family uses.

Here is the need-to-know product

info:

NATURALLY ANTIMICROBIAL* BRISTLES For Better Health – Infused with silver to naturally eliminate 99.9% of bacteria that grows on the bristles between uses, this innovative tool is always clean and ready for the next use! Doctor Plotka’s™ helps achieve better overall health by not reintroducing harmful bacteria into your mouth and body.

Dentist Developed – Dr. Ronald Plotka designed this innovative toothbrush as part of his thriving 40+ year Boston-based dental practice. Its technology has helped hundreds of his patients prevent cavities and achieve better oral health.

LONG LASTING POLYESTER BRISTLES – You’ll get up to one extra month worth of use thanks to the polyester bending and upgraded properties. (The ADA – American Dental Association- recommend changing your toothbrush every 3 months. The Doctor Plotka’s brush will last about 4!)

FLOSSING BRISTLES™ – Revolutionary, dual-layered bristle structure provides superior cleaning: the outer bristles, thin as a human hair, gently brush away food and plaque in places other brushes miss! Getting deep down the groves, this toothbrush cleans where 90% of cavities form! With thicker inner bristles, you’ll get a complete cleaning of the teeth and gums every time.
Toothbrushes come in Manual and Power, available in Adult, Youth and Travel sizes and range in price from $4.99 to $24.99 for the power pack.

Amazing bushes. Amazing price. Amazing company. Forgive the cliché, but that’s
something to smile about.
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DVD Spotlight: ‘Sweatin’ to the Oldies: 30th Anniversary Addition”

SYNOPSIS:FAIRFAX, VA — For thirty years, the inimitable Richard Simmons has been helping people lose weight (more than 3,000,000 pounds and counting) and get healthy with his unique enthusiasm, charm and encouragement.  Since opening his first aerobics studio in Beverly Hills in 1974, he has cemented himself in America’s pop-culture psyche with 65 fitness videos (selling over 20 million copies), dozens of infomercials, nine best-selling books, myriad parodies of his over-the-top persona, and seemingly endless TV and film appearances.  And, on October 31, Time Life celebrates the iconic weight loss guru with a landmark DVD release: RICHARD SIMMONS: SWEATIN’ TO THE OLDIES: 30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION.  The set will be available for $39.95srp, exclusively from Amazon.com.

“So many sparkly tank tops – so many memories.”
— Richard Simmons

The energetic 6-disc set includes the complete collection of Simmons’ best-selling Sweatin’ to the Oldies workout programs.  Pairing lively classics from the ’50s and ’60s with rockin’ low impact routines and Simmons’ humorous banter, encouragement and sparkly tank tops, SWEATIN’ TO THE OLDIES: 30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION offers fun for the entire family.  Across five discs, home exercisers will find forty-one exercise routines set to rock n’ roll classics such as “It’s My Party,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Gimme Some Lovin’,” “Oh, Pretty Woman,” and more.

Loaded with extras, this special anniversary set also includes 100 minutes of bonus programming featuring an exclusive interview with Richard, testimonials and success stories from Simmons’  students, a full-color 20-page album of rare personal photos and memories personally selected by Richard and a bonus disc of “Love Yourself and Win — Six Steps to Self-Esteem & Permanent Weight Loss.”

Says Simmons’ “I can’t believe it has been 30 years since the beginning! For the first time ever, I have compiled the complete “Sweatin’ to the Oldies” collection…It’s the original and still the best way to get your heart racing and your blood pumping!”

Delivering a serious message with his trademark humor, Simmons has helped millions of overweight men and women lose millions of pounds by adopting sensible balanced eating programs and exercise regimes that are energetic, fun and motivating.  And, since the early ’70s, when he established his innovative weight loss facility where the overweight of the world were welcome with open arms, Simmons has become a pop culture fixture with numerous local and national television and radio appearances including a four-year run on “General Hospital,” followed by his own nationally syndicated, Emmy Award-winning series, “The Richard Simmons Show.”

With the overstuffed holidays coming potentially adding on unwanted pounds, there’s never been a better time to become re-acquainted with one of the best-selling home entertainment fitness series in history with RICHARD SIMMONS: SWEATIN’ TO THE OLDIES: 30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION.

MY THOUGHTS: My mom & I were always big fans of Richard Simmons. From the ‘Deal-A-Meal’ Program to ‘Sweatin’ To The Oldies’, we’ve made weight loss a priority with Richard. Besides his shining smile and award-winning personality, what always stuck with me was how sincere he came across. Every guest, every participant received his 100% attention and he was never afraid to reach out to hug people. His loving guidance is what sets Richard apart from the countless fitness instructors that have come along.

He never put his name on anything that didn’t work. Committing to helping people was his goal and not just his job. He had fun, that’s for sure, but it was always with a purpose. He endured the ribbing from comedians and imitators for a greater good. I wonder how many of them are platinum-selling stars? No matter how many how-to videos you purchase, it’s impossible to have MORE fun than you do when you’re ‘Sweatin’ to the Oldies’. These DVDs are simply timeless. You will get a great workout. You will have fun and you will never forget Richard Simmons.

Thankfully, Time Life has offered all 6 DVDs in one awesome collection so that a whole new generation can experience his unique, effective workouts. Thank you, Richard Simmons, for all you’ve done for all your fans!

About Time Life
Time Life is one of the world’s pre-eminent creators and direct marketers of unique music and video/DVD products, specializing in distinctive multi-media collections that evoke memories of yesterday, capture the spirit of today, and can be enjoyed for a lifetime. TIME LIFE and the TIME LIFE logo are registered trademarks of Time Warner Inc. and affiliated companies used under license by Direct Holdings Americas Inc., which is not affiliated with Time Warner Inc. or Time Inc.
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Mouthwatchers : Simply Better Toothbrushes

Not all toothbrushes are the same. But, if you’ve ever stood in front of the rows of them in a dental care aisle, there are enough types to make your head spin! First, there are electric vs. manual. Then, there’s different bristle types. Asking your dentist doesn’t always help. SOmetimes you get differing opinions amongst the staff. Bottom line is: everyone wants a quality toothbrush that does a good job at leaving your mouth feeling clean.

Most consumers don’t want all those gimmicks and bells & whistles. Give me a straight answer on a good toothbrush. Finally, a company has done just that! Mouthwatchers delivers a simple promise- ‘A Better Toothbrush For Better Health’. They offer a full line of toothbrushes: power, manual, and a folding travel brush. Developed by Dr. Ronald Plotka, what sets these brushes a part from the rest is the ‘antimicrobial dual flossing bristles’.

That’s a mouthful to say, pun intended, but it also means a lot when it comes to dental health. Unlike their competitors, the bristles on these brushes eliminates 99% of bacteria that accumulates between brushing. Honestly, the thought of bacteria developing on your brush may not have occurred to you. But, when it comes to dental health, it’s a big deal. Using Mouthwatcher allows you the freedom of knowing your brush is clean & ready for every use.

Now, as for the bristles, everyone has a preference. Usually, consumers chose between a firm or soft brush. What you may not have considered is the size of the bristles. I certainly didn’t. But, Mouthwatchers is 1 micrometer thin at the tip of the brush. This small size lets ut go super deep into the areas around your teeth. The result? More debris is removed, less plaque accumulates, and say goodbye to gingivitis. My youngest noticed a difference in the first use. He said he felt like he really brushed his teeth. Nice and clean were the adjectives he used.

For those who prefer a power toothbrush, the antimicrobial, flossing bristles are the same as with the manual. The only difference, obviously, is that the brush oscillates. This provides an even deeper cleaning. Most of the time, when a product is this good, it’s expensive. Not so with Mouthwatchers. With their MSRP of $4.99 for manuals to $24.99 for the power packs, dental care is completely affordable. I’ve paid more than this for lesser quality brushes.

I’ll completely sold on a product if I know it’s good for my family AND they’ll use it. Being that our son enjoyed it, I know he’ll implement it into his daily, dental routine. I can also feel good about the fact that his brush is antimicrobial and cleaning his teeth better than ever before. I highly recommend that you give Mouthwatchers a try.
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When Your Diagnosis Becomes Real

Receiving a diagnosis for a disease is a whole lot different from having a doctor tell you that you have strep throat or a sinus infection. With those, an antibiotic has you feeling better within a few day. No, a diagnosis leaves you with that feeling in your stomach (like you just ate too many pancakes). Your mind whirls and you feel flushed. Then, the gears of your brain start immediately switching to combat mode. How can I get out of this? What do I do?

While every diagnosis is uncomfortable, the worst, to me, is receiving a diagnosis of a disease that A.) has no cure and B.) is progressive. For awhile now, I have lived with the knowledge, albeit in the back of my head, that I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. Because my visible tremors aren’t that bad, I often forgot I was dealing with it at all.

Most days, when pesky symptoms popped up, I blew it off as something entirely unrelated. That all ended yesterday. For the last 2 weeks, I have gotten very little sleep. On average, I’ve been getting 2 to 2-1/2 hours nightly. I sucked it up and plowed through. I pushed myself daily, refusing to nap or even sit. Instead of sleeping, I was constructive, doing things that wouldn’t wake the family or reading up to 3 books a night. The reason for my restless nights was easily explained, I thought. Each night, an hour after I fell asleep, I was awaken by full body, muscle spasms that not only constricted my body, but hurt beyond belief. One night, I even begged God to either manifest a healing in me or take me home. Home as in Heaven. I couldn’t take the pain. I’m not even embarrassed to admit it!

Buster was my rock through it all. When I broke down crying, he must have thought some ‘thing’ was hurting me. He ran literal circles around my body as I lay on the floor. Growling and barking at invisible force that was hurting his mommy, he, too, spent the last couple weeks without sleep. I so love him. But, this isn’t something Buster can chase away. No, it was time to admit that I needed serious help.

I should add that my doctor ordered a battery of tests back in January. I have found every reasonable excuse to not get the tests done. Then, I began to rationalize that some magical blood test held the cypher to my pain. Of course, they didn’t. But, on Thursday of this past week, I got the tests done. Having a lab in her office building allows my doc to get results fast- usually the same day. But, again, I procrastinated until yesterday. I called and was told that yes, she had the results and I needed to speak to her.

Initially, all was good. She called right away. My A1C has dropped to a non-diabetic level. Sweet! My cholesterol was great. Awesome! Then, she asked as she always does, how I felt. I took a deep breath and told her the whole ugly truth. Being that she has a heart of gold, she didn’t say ‘I told you so’ or ‘Duh’ or any thing even close. She simply said, ‘Are you ready for some help?’. Yes, yes I am.

She knew right away that everything I am feeling is PD-related. So, we had to take a step I hadn’t been ready for at this point. I am going to start taking meds specifically for my disease. Am I happy about it? No, no I’m not. Am I scared? Yes, yes I am. Mostly because I know that once you begin a dopamine regime, you’re stuck with it. There’s no turning back. No second thoughts. My body doesn’t do it’s job in the dopamine arena. So, now, it’s official and real to me.

I had to tell my husband, who didn’t take it well. I know he’s worried about the future. So am I. But, the sun still rose this morning. God is still on the throne. He can still manifest a miraculous healing in me. Even if I have to wait for complete healing until He calls me home, I’m holding on to that promise. I will have my weepy days and my pity parties. But, I will take one day at a time.

BeardGuys For A Perfectly Groomed Beard

All 4 of my boys have facial hair. My husband has had a beard & moustache since I met him. All three sons have followed suit. In fact, at 14, or youngest has more facial hair than any of his peers.

In all honesty, I never gave much thought to beard care. Shaving cream was about the only product that I’d really thought about. But, now they’re going to be spoiled. They’ve just discovered BeardGuyz Beard Care Products.
Being that my husband and youngest are the only two males (besides Buster) left still living at home, they got to experience all the benefits of BeardGuyz. Both tried all three products, the wash, deep conditioner, and beard scentz. Both had the same opinion- BeardGuyz Beard Care rocks!

Starting with the wash: they first thing you’ll notice is the scent. It is fabulous. If you think regular face wash or shampoo is good enough for beards, you’re sadly mistaken. This beard wash is a daily use product. Containing 35 natural and organic ingredients. That may seem like a lot, but it’s a winning number. The product description will tell you how it removes impurities and gently cleans. I can say with certainty that my husband, a contractor, ends up with sawdust, paint, and other chemicals, in his beard. After using the wash, he could see and feel a difference. I could, too. Being that he & our son have sensitive skin, they have to be careful with skin care products. Both of them were able to use it without issue.
Next up, we have the Deep Conditioner.
Each of my guys has coarse beard hair. My husband has touches of gray throughout( they drive him bananas). So we were excited to see that the conditioner is geared for both these issues. It contains 25 oils, butters, extracts, vitamins & conditioners. I most definitely noticed a difference, especially in my husband’s beard. His is much thicker than our son’s, but even the younger one’s beard looked more groomed and smooth.

My favorite of the products was the Beard Scentz. The fragrance is AMAZING! It’s perfectly sized for back-to-school, gym bags, or office drawers. It’s easy to use and convenient. Containing Tea Tree, Thyme and Manuka Oils for moisturizing, it’s an extra boost for keeping beard hair smooth. I think it’s cutting edge time-release technology is fabulous. Eliminating odors and bacteria will keep them fresh & smooth throughout their day.

If you’re creating a care package for a son who’s going to college or getting a high schooler ready for the new year, BeardGuyz has some phenomenal products. Surprise your husband or boyfriend with a complete grooming collection. Visit the BeardGuyz website for full details & product info.
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