December is read a new book month.

Yay for literacy. I am going to read:

 

One of my residents that I take care of at work said this is “the best book she has ever read in her whole life”, and she is in her 90’s, so that is saying something!

Happy Birthday Frank Sinatra!

Working in assisted living, I’ve heard a lot of Frank Sinatra.

This Jazz Swing music, came from a simpler time, that’s for sure. Also, his music is more romantic. He was very popular in the 40’s and 50’s and the elderly that I take care of love him! All I have to do is play Sinatra to make their day!

My Grandpa has been to a Frank Sinatra concert.

How to stay healthy this winter.

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I work in assisted living with a lot of people and a lot of germs. I do care, I assist them with basically everything. Sometimes, I am not allowed to call in sick because the residents are dependent on me and I hate working sick and we are short staffed all the time. I also have an elementary age and middle school aged children that bring home sickness. Since the elderly population immune system is weaker, they are more at risk for sickness and disease.

There is a lot of viruses, influenza, and pneumonia going around every year. So how do I stay healthy? I don’t always stay healthy but I do most of the time. I’ve read up online on how to stay healthy so I have done my research. You can use these tips for the whole family.

Flu season is approaching us. Trust me you don’t want influenza. Influenza is more in the lungs and body aches more so than it is having a stomach bug. Stomach flu is gastroenteritis. Influenza is awful. First of all you all know this. Wash your hands. Really wash your hands for at least 20 seconds or as long as the happy birthday song. In health care, and in meetings they are always telling us to wash your hands. The first thing you learn in nurses aide training, wash your hands. It is the first skill I preformed for the state board test for CNA. I also carry hand sanitizer for my kids for when they come home from school. They say in microbiology that kills the good bacteria but I’m to OCD and germaphobe.

Next vitamins. I had a doctor tell me that you just flush out the vitamin’s and that vitamins are just a marketing scheme. I don’t believe here’s why. One day I wasn’t feeling good. I had a nasty virus. My manager told me that I had to come in. I didn’t get any sleep because I was sick and upset. I had to come in at 6 in the morning. I worked but it was miserable. I could barely do my job. I went home and took 3 tabs of airborne and felt better. I took one airborne everyday and stayed healthy for almost a year. Which was shocking because I got sick a lot beforehand, since I work in healthcare. Airborne has 1,000 mgs of vitamin c. Vitamin c helps the cells that regulate the immune system and it also has e which helps the immune system as well. I also take herbs like garlic, Andrographis and elderberry. If you have influenza, take elderberry syrup and oscillococcinum together. Also, oregano oil. Oregano oil can kill strep bacteria. Also, the same doctor that told me not to take vitamins, told me to take vitamin D3. You can also get out in the sun for some D. Fresh herbs with cooking also helps. Probiotics and prebiotics. Most of our immune system lives inside of our gut.

Green tea is full of antioxidants and flushes toxins. Also, drink plenty of water. Also fish oil is awesome for brain health. You can also use a netti pot, because you inhale germs and you can flush these germs out to prevent illness. If you run out of the solution that goes with it you can use salt. Also gargle with salt water. Kills bacteria in the throat.

OK, we all know this healthy diet and exercise. When I was sick in bed researching, I kept coming across this. Try to eat at least 5-10 fruits and veggies a day. Try to cut down on sugar because it represses the immune system. Aim for a goal of exercise 3-5 days a week for 30 minutes. You can walk, swim, run, whatever you like. I like one day of strength training, one cardio day, and one stretching yoga day.

Stress. Manage your stress. Stress wreaks havock on our bodies, and makes our immune system weaker. Don’t take life too serious. Have some “me” time, and do what makes you happy! Enjoy your hobbies, and spend time with people that build you up!

So there you have it. This is what I have found from my research and have tried. It’s worked for me. Germs are everywhere, especially for me because if I’m not around the elderly, I’m around little kids. I have asthma so I gotta stay healthy. You can use these tips for your children as well. I try to get my kids out in the fresh air for exercise and vitamin D at least 5 times a week. Being outside, and being exposed to some germs and bacteria is good. There is good in bad bacteria all around us, and even in our bodies. Being exposed to germs early on helps us build our immune systems.

Stay healthy this flu season!

To my Uncle on the other side.

When I heard you were slipping away from consciousness. 

When I realized that you were no longer with me on this earth. 

When the reality of you not being here sunk in. 

My heart sunk. It was piercing like a knife.

I never experienced such pain and emotion. 

Everything was going in slow motion. 

You were bright, intelligent, and charismatic. 

I couldn’t believe this was happening. 

Oh your presence was just like magic.

You were full of life, everything was an adventure for you. 

I could not believe that it was true. 

That you slipped away into a different land. 

In a land where you will hold my hand again one day.

You are in a better place. 

But oh how I wish I could see your face!

I didn’t expect you to go so soon.

I still thought you had a little time left on this earth with me. 

But when I want to think of my regrets, I think of how you face must be filled with glee. 

In the presence of Jesus. 

He is the one who truly sets us free.

That day was filled with such sorrow. 

But I know there will always be tomorrow. 

You are not gone.

You are always with me. 

I know you are there.

The spirit life is mysterious. 

You appear to me in so many ways, and I can feel your presence. 

We have never parted in this life, and we will be together in the next life. 

Glad that there is always tomorrow. 

No more pain and sorrow. 

Thank you God for tomorrow. 

Rest in peace Uncle Eddie Spaghetti! <3 How you could never be forgotten. With such character, your legacy will be passed on for generations to come. 

You were always there since day one.

I wouldn’t be able to recall when I first met you because you first saw me when I was born.

You wanted to sing the song “Michelle, my Belle”, by The Beatles to me when I was a wee one.

My first memory of you was your enthusiastic reading of Sesame Street to me when I was only four years old. You have such a charismatic personality and you were so descriptive, as you read that preschool story to me, that it was so interesting.

We went out to eat at a a restaurant called Trail Dust. It had a big huge slide, which is so fun for a young child. I have many memories of my Grandpa there. We danced to country music together at only the four. I absolutely had a blast! You had a fun loving and free spirit, which made you a blast to be with.

Then you moved to another country. I really missed you.

I remember talking to you on the phone and what a deep conversation we had about music at the age of 11. You turned me into Jimi Hendrix, so I listened to him, and I was amazed at his music and the way he played guitar. I still listen to him to this day and I will the rest of my life.

I didn’t see your spirited personality again until I was 17, oh how I missed you!

We caught up on each other’s lives and went shopping in New Mexico. You were such an interesting Uncle with your unique personally, so interesting to talk to, and a social person.

Your Dad, my Grandpa passed away and you were there for me at the funeral. We read Psalm 23 together at Grandpa’s funeral as we said goodbye. At night we went to Grandpa’s plot to have a Manhattan with Grandpa and the police came and kicked us out. It was a small town. I was stressed out and you gave me a cigarette.

You were there when I had my first born daughter. I remember how happy you were and how beautiful you thought she was. When she was 3 years old she called you Uncle head instead of Uncle Ed. We both thought it was hilarious. Then you read a book to her. 💓 History repeats itself. I’m sure she realized how awesome you were.

I was a stay at home Mom and I always had someone to talk to! Which was you. I could always talk to you through Myspace and email.

Time went on and we started working on our family tree together on Ancestry.com. We both were interested in where we came from. We both took a DNA test through 23 & me and found out that we had a close relative your nephew my cousin, that we didn’t know about our whole lives. We both were ecstatic!

I got a phone call from my Mom while they were out of town that you were in the hospital. You had a major heart attack at only the age of 63. I was crushed. I called my Dad and he said things were looking up, so I prayed for you with such hope and faith that God would heal you and give you a second chance at life. Turns out my Dad was just in denial. You didn’t have much brain activity and you had 100% blockage in your heart. My Dad was your twin after all. You two were only a year apart and you shared a room growing up. You were taken off life support and your journey on this earth was over as a human and your spirit and legacy lives on.

I was crushed. I was overcome with sadness, loss and depression.

I took my daughter to the pool. All I could do was sit there, and stare into space, I was so hurt. But you were there with me and I knew it. Someone was playing John Lennon and The Beatles. You listened to their music. The odds of that because usually people play Hip Hop all the time. Then when they played the song yesterday by the Beatles, you presence was so strong I knew exactly where you were at. This is the lyrics to this song:

[Verse 1: Paul McCartney]
Yesterday
All my troubles seemed so far away
Now it looks as though they’re here to stay
Oh, I believe in yesterday
Suddenly
I’m not half the man I used to be
There’s a shadow hanging over me
Oh, yesterday came suddenly

[Chorus: Paul McCartney]
Why she had to go
I don’t know, she wouldn’t say
I said something wrong
Now I long for yesterday


[Verse 2: Paul McCartney]
Yesterday
Love was such an easy game to play
Now I need a place to hide away
Oh, I believe in yesterday


[Chorus: Paul McCartney]
Why she had to go
I don’t know, she wouldn’t say
I said something wrong
Now I long for yesterday


[Outro: Paul McCartney]
Yesterday
Love was such an easy game to play
Now I need a place to hide away
Oh, I believe in yesterday

What were you trying to tell me? I definitely felt like hiding away, and was in such shock that I did not believe in yesterday, because you journeyed to another plane of existence the day beforehand. 

So there I was in my sadness. I was having a major depressive episode. But I was soon lifted out of this when, we had an awesome family reunion, and meet my adopted cousin for the first time. That really lifted my spirits. He was a God send. So we had a memorial and family reunion where a lot of healing took place. 

God works in mysterious ways. I choose to read scripture at your memorial. Your brother picked Psalms 23 for me to read. The same scripture that we read word for word, when your Dad departed from this earth. 

I found your Bible that you gave me next to an Eagle print that your Mom gave me. Someone you and God told me that you were in a good place. eg

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When you were getting ready to depart in your journey from this life, my Dad saw Eagles soaring above him. Eagles symbolize communicators  to the spirit world, since they sore the highest. 

I know that my Uncle wants me to move on in my grief, and cheer up. To focus on raising my children and doing my best. I’ve gotta be strong. 

Tomorrow is not guaranteed. 

This experience has taught me that there is an afterlife, and a spirit life. 

It has brought me closer to God. 

Rest in peace Uncle Eddie Spaghetti. 

I love you so, and could never ever forget you. 

Love never ends, life never ends. 

Cheers to you in the afterlife 

 

 I wish you were here, but we all have to leave one day. Until we meet again. 

Edward Alan Miller Sunrise February 20th, 1956 Sunset: July 17, 2019 

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Never give up on your dreams!

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Whatever fills your heart with joy,

Whatever speaks to soul,

Whatever motivates you,

Whatever makes you happy,

do that!

Don’t expect to be perfect and there will always be bumps in the road, but you will never know what you can achieve unless you try. Don’t let little obstacles make you quite. Have faith and confidence in yourself and shine!

You only live once. You never know what is on the other side of the rainbow. 

Never give up on your dreams! You are worth it! 

You never know what you can achieve unless you try! 

Keep pushing forward. 

A little momentum is better than no momentum. 

It may be hard, but do not give up on yourself, and your dreams. 

 “Oh, the Places Youll Go!” ~ Dr Seuss