January is National Blood Donor Month.

January is “National Blood Donor Month”, since in the winter months, it is more difficult to get blood donations.

This is near to my heart because my father had “I.T.P.”, which is a autoimmune disease where your immune system attacks your platelets. So, since my Dad was lacking platelets, he was having a bloody nose, gums, and at risk for bleeding to death. He was very sick, in the hospital, for one month. I was stuck with sadness, but he got better, and his I.T.P. comes and goes, and he has not been this sick since, in 12 years! So this is one motive for me to donate!

Blood donations are needed. Facts about blood donation.

  • One donation can save 3 lives!
  • Every 2 seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood
  • More than 38,000 blood donations are needed everyday
  • 1 Million people every year are diagnosed with cancer.

There are also benefits for the donor as well:

  • You get a free blood tests! They check your Iron, and they check to see if you have HIV.
  • Donating blood decreases your risk for heart disease and cancer
  • It burns calories
  • You are making a difference, and saving lives!

Donating blood only takes 10-15 minutes. I recommend eating a well balanced meal before donating, and make sure you eat enough. Also drink plenty of water and make sure you feel rested.

Mine and my Dad’s blood type is O-. We both can donate to anyone but if we are to have a blood transfusion we can only receive O-. So we are universal donors. My Dad obviously cannot donate.

I have donated since I was about 18. I still do but not as much as I used to. In my 20’s donating blood didn’t effect me, but not sometimes I feel tired, and lightheaded afterwards, as I got older. I am not sure why? I am perfectly healthy,  I eat well, and drink water, and feel well rested.

I encourage blood donation if you are well and able. It is greatly needed for the ill, and the families of the ill sure appreciate it!

 
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What to do if you have periodontal disease, and how to maintain dental health.

Since I had my daughter I developed periodontal disease, which is where your gums receded. I was just so sick when I was pregnant with her. You can read that story here.

My dentist told me I had periodontal disease. Your gums receded at different levels.

  • Stage 1: is 1-2 millimeters of gum recession is gingivitis.
  • Stage 2: 4-5 millimeters of recession is early periodontal disease.
  • Stage 3 is your gums recede 6-7 millimeters. Which is moderate periodontist.
  • Stage 4 where your gums recede deeper than 7 millimeters is advance periodontal, where your gums infected, and you can have severe tooth pain.  You are also at risk for cancer, heart disease, and diabetes when you reach this stage.

I do not ever want to get to stage 4 or my gum recession to advance at all, so I really take care of my dental health. My gums are receded 2-4 millimeters, and I intend to hopefully keep it that way. You gums never grow back. Gum recession is irreversible. I need to maintain what gums I have.

How do I do this?

First I brush twice a day with, for at least two minutes, with Toothpaste for Enamel Strengthening in the morning and at night I use Gum Detoxify Deep Clean. I make sure I brush gently in circles so that I do not cause more recession.

Then I use mouth wash. I use one fluoride mouth wash, and I use one antiseptic mouth wash to kill the germs.

Then I use a water flosser which reaches more surfaces where dental floss cannot reach and kills bacteria.

Then I floss with regular floss. Flossing is good for your health and can prevent heart disease. I try to floss twice a day, but let’s be honest, we’re all busy, I don’t always have the time.

I use: GCA MI Paste , which has floride. Floride helps your enamel stay strong and prevents cavities.

I hate tooth pain, and I want to have good dental health. So this is my routine.

 

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10 Ways to stay healthy this flu season…

~ Get your flu shot- The flu shot is a dead virus. You cannot get sick from it. It prevents flu, and reduces hospitalization, especially for people with lung issues, and diabetes. If you happen to get the flu, the severity of it is less. It also protects those around you, like elderly and small children.

~ Wash your hands- Really wash your hands. With soap and warm water. Scrub your hands front, back, in between fingers, and also your nails, for at least 20 seconds. Make sure to dry your hands, because germs like wetness. I know this sounds silly but I have worked in healthcare for 12 years, and have been really sick, and noticed that washing your hands makes a huge difference. If you have kids, think of a fun song you can sing. The “Happy Birthday” song is 20 seconds.

~ Exercise- Exercise get’s the blood flowing and the t-cells, and white blood cells circulating, so they can be there to fight of sickness and infection.
~ Eat Healthy- Proper nourishment helps promote cellular functions of the immune system. Eat at least 5 fruits and vegetables a day.

~ Take Vitamin C and D3. There are studies that show that D3 prevents flu, helps the immune system, and it always helps with depression. Also get outside to get vitamin D absorption through the sun.
Vitamin C supports a healthy immune system. It helps the cells that fight off disease work better. It is also an antioxidant.

~ Get enough sleep- Your body repairs itself when you sleep. Including blood vessels and your heart. Hence you circulation so that you can fight off sickness. If you sleep as much as your body needs, you will not be as stressed out. Sleep keeps your immune system working properly.

~ Take a cold shower- Yes! Alternating between hot and cold water in the shower
improves circulation. Do this when you are healthy. Cold water makes your blood move to the organs to make your body warm, water causes the opposite effect and causes the blood to move to the skin. This improves circulation. Cold water makes your body produce more white blood cells and makes your immune system stronger.

~ Manage Stress- Enjoy a hobby and life in general. Talk to positive people. Do not take little things in life to serious, and find ways to cope and solutions to what is bothering you.
The stress hormone, cortisol suppresses your immune system.

~ Avoid Sick People- So that you don’t catch there germs in case you body might not be able to fight it off. Wear a mask at the doctors office or in the E.R. The hospital is a great place to catch sickness.

~Drink plenty of water- Water gives your cells a better change at circulating around your blood stream to fight off infection, and sickness. Water clears toxins and keeps all your systems working efficiently.

Disclosure: These are just tips I used for myself as merely a caregiver in the health care field. In no way can any of my advice replace a medical doctors advice.

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What I do for my daughters eczema…

Eczema is a condition where the skin, and patches of the skin are dry, red, inflamed, and itchy.

My poor daughter has eczema. She is very itchy and has dry skin.

This is how I treat it:

All these tips really help her skin, and she is itching a lot less.

Hope this helps. 🙂

 

Oh my aching back!

How to help your back pain…

 

I work as an caregiver in assisted living. It provides “enhanced care”, for the elderly. What I mean by this is, roughly a third of our 70 residents are either totally dependent on us, or need a lot of help to stand or be transferred. We use hoyer lifts and sit to stands. We take care of residents that have had strokes that paralyze on side of their body, Multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, or they are elderly and frail. We assist or completely transfer them to bed, bathroom, and shower. Change them in bed.

 

Don’t get me wrong. I love my job. I am just trying to explain what I do for a living. I’m not complaining or anything. I have been a caregiver for a decade. It is my calling. Caring for those who cannot care for themselves, brightening up someone’s day, being there for someone during their darkest time, holding someone’s hand while they take their last breath, because their family isn’t present. Keeping them nourished, preventing falls. Making their last days count, and improving their lives. I used to be an activity director. The bond I make with them, I feel like they are my second family. I will never quit, regardless of back pain.

 

Improper body mechanics. This is one reason why my back hurts. That and you are lifting a human being and they move when you’re doing a transfer. Seriously though, when lifting anything, save your back! Lift like you are doing a squat in the gym. Make sure you keep your back straight. Keep your legs shoulder width apart or whatever you feel is best. Use proper body mechanics, especially if you have a physically demanding job! Or just in general, because you only have one back. I also buss the dining room, as in lift heavy trays. My back is killing me today. I go home with back pain, soreness and fatigued. I get burning sensations in my arms and so on.

 

So, what do I do to keep going? For example, my back hurt so bad today, I had to lay in massage chair today before work. My caregiver friends come over and use my massage chair. I’m happy to help. Stretching, yoga and Pilates!

 

Do stretches such as, laying on the floor on your back and stretch out your arms and legs. Put your foot on your knee, take your knee to the floor, and your opposite hand, and upper body to the opposite side. Stand up and reach above your head. Put your hands on your hips and stretch your back backwards, and to the side. Also, go to the gym and use weight machines to get your back stronger. If you have heart problems or in general consult your doctor about exercises and so on. I rarely have time for the gym. I’m a working Mom. I feel like I have no time. Exercising and eating healthy helps, but I don’t want to sound hypocritical because working five days a week, and being blessed with two daughters, I just can’t find time.

 

I get massages every chance I get. Deep tissue massage. It helps so much. It’s such a stress and anxiety reliever. I feel human again, after getting a massage. I invested in a massage chair. Best investment I’ve made. I didn’t care how much or if I had the money or not. I also use tiger balm. I also have a massage chair. It’s a life saver for when I do not have the money for a massage. It relieves pain, and helps me keep going. 

 

I am worried about how much pain I will have when I am older. I see first hand how much pain the older population is in pain. Hopefully, I can stay in shape as I age, but easier said than done. My parents tell me that it is heart healthy to have a physically demanding job vs sitting all day. My Mom read an article about how having a sit down job is as bad as smoking. I wonder how true that is. We all gotta do what we gotta do to make money. My job is wearing me out. Maybe I can find a sit down job, and work on day a week as a caregiver.

 

Thanks for reading. If you have back pain or any type of pain, I sympathize. I feel what you are going through.

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Rest and relaxation.

When you have time off from this hectic, fast paced world, make sure you take time to give your body soul and mind rest. Take on day of the week to just relax. This way you can be ready to take on whatever comes next. You will be more productive, and balanced if you rest. Make sure you listen to your body. Do not feel like you are being lazy or ashamed of taking a rest day. Clear your mind and rest your body.

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Health Benefits of A Massage.

Health Benefits Of

Massages promote deep relaxation, and recovery. It is a great stress reliever.

I started getting massages after working as a caregiver. Care-giving hurts my body, especially my back and hips with all that lifting, bending, on my feet all day, and walking. We had a gentleman who gave massages to residents and co-workers at work so I got one. I felt so much better after having a massage, it relieved my pain, I was so relaxed and I felt decades younger. Now I do to get a Chinese deep tissue massage at least once a week.

It is so worth it. I feel like a weight is lifted off of me when I have a massage. It relieves my stress, helps my pain, and I feel like I’m so much younger.

Getting a massage has many benefits that include. Reducing soreness, and muscle pain, after a work out or just being sore from life in general. It can help with sports injuries. If I feel like I hurt myself at work I go and get a massage!

It can boost your immune system, and help ward off sickness. Massage increases circulation, which increases the circulation of white blood cells, which fight off infection and sickness.

Getting a massage relieves anxiety and stress, and is one good way to manage your stress. It decreases your cortisol (stress hormone) and increases your serotonin (your feel good hormone).

Research says that it increases your alertness in your brain as well.

You will sleep very well at night after a massage because you will be very relaxed.

It can improve your balance, and your posture, especially if you sit all day, because it helps put your back into alignment.

It lowers blood pressure due to the increased blood flow, and can help blood flow to damaged areas of your body.

So take a load off, relax, and get a massage. Your body and mind will thank you. There are many many health benefits to massage.

Disclaimer: If your are worried about getting a massage due to health as your doctor. You shouldn’t’ have a massage if you have a bleeding disorder or fractures. Always consult your doctor. Anything I post does not take place of a medical professionals advice.
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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!

Thankful Thursday

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#ThankfulThursday
I’m thankful for my health. I am thankful for the advances of science, and medicine.
I remember when I had influenza A, which turned into bronchitis, which turned into pneumonia. I was sick for the month of March, April, and May. I took steroids, and antibiotics, for a month. Not to mention, I have asthma.
I had to work with pneumonia. It was horrific. I would cough, and cough. I couldn’t breathe, but I took my breathing treatment, and inhalers.
My pneumonia finally cleared up with the antibiotic, levaquin.
I could breathe again, and live life normally.
I remember when I was on ancestry.com, a lot of my ancestors died of pneumonia, around 100 years ago, before antibiotics.
I haven’t been sick since then. I am enjoy life, swimming, working out, spending time with my kids, hitting the gym, jogging. Nothing is getting in the way.
I-can-breathe-again!
My doctor also gave me a pneumonia vaccine. It protects against 30 strains of pneumonia, or if I get pneumonia, maybe I won’t have it as bad.
Cheers to being healthy, and enjoying life! <3
If you think you have pneumonia, get to the doctor and ask for a chest x-ray, and get those antibiotics. Sleep it off. Do deep breathing exercises. Breathe in steam.