Infinite Joy

I have to confess I struggle with remembering to count my blessings… Especially on days like I have experienced this past week when my sons blood sugar numbers have been all over the map and well outside a ‘normal’ let alone ‘healthy’ range.   But tonight’s middle of the night check is one of those where joy overflows – the kind of joy where you wake up your spouse, you call your best friend in the middle of the night to share great news! Praise our creator!  The joy seems infinite at times like these 🙂  And it’s a joy that one has to share – I give you my joy, take all you need, and take a little extra to give someone else in need…

The Eye of My Needle — Roth Poetry

We often think “diet & exercise” are the key to health. Then we overlook one very important, perhaps even of greater importance, factor: Our attitude. How we approach life, especially during challenges play an intricate part in our state of health. Many functions are tied to ‘stress’, whether good or bad.

While we can’t, and shouldn’t, control others we can control ourselves. This poem reminded me of the importance of our responses in the journey of restoring good health.

When confronted with the caustic attitudes of the current political campaign, it is easy to get caught up in negativity. How we respond is our choice. When a friend has been injured by the words or actions of others, it is easy to jump onboard and promote the negativity. I am proposing there is an […]

via The Eye of My Needle — Roth Poetry

Some days…

There are some days more humbling than others.  Some days where blessings are more vivid than others. Some days when you just want to sit and consider those who have touched your life in meaningful ways.  Some days when you can’t fathom what brought you in contact with those extraordinary people.

Today is all of those.

Involve me and I will learn {Mirror & Soul}

I came across this on another blog but didn’t see a button to re-blog it so going to make an attempt to do so on my own 🙂  This really hits the core of my philosophy and how we “teach” others…

Anyway Loved the post from Mirror & Soul

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Tick. Tock.

I am NOT a patient person when it comes to waiting for gifts, packages and such – I was always one to open presents ahead of the “scheduled” time… And quite notorious for seeking out any surprises that may be in store… SO I haven’t a CLUE what I was thinking when I ordered the materials to start my training and I opted for the regular shipping…  when I could have paid an extra $25 for overnight… Sigh. Exhale. Rolling my eyes at myself.  Tick-tock goes the clock as I wait for the fedex man to show up after the weekend… oh it’s gonna be a loonngg time waiting… it’s only Thursday… tick.tock.

via Daily Prompt: Waiting

Daily Prompt: Waiting

Out of the box

I am in the process of setting up my site, organizing what I want to post with a gazillion things running through my head and the title of this post keeps popping in my head… There are so many things that fit this description so where to begin???  Hmmm… Begin – that’s it!  The beginning!!!

Hopefully you have read the “about” me or my first post “Well, so it begins” so you have a bit of background that we had a life changing event in our family’s journey.  Add to that the many hours waiting in the Emergency Room as it seemed forever before the plane would get here so we could get to Dallas.  Then once we were on the plane seemed like another endless hour just to get to the PICU.

Finally we get settled in, monitors hooked up, IV’s changed out, blood draws to keep a close eye on how things are functioning on the inside.  Of the entire experience THIS was the most peaceful – the staff seemed to work in harmony to regain a homeostasis in my son’s body.  Every blood test they would explain how this interacts with that and what patterns they were looking for – which patterns were signs of improvement and vice-versa. They seemed to have a desire to not just spout off data but teach me, help me to truly understand what all was happening.  Needless to say I didn’t sleep at all that night, nor much the next.  But, amidst it all there was an overwhelming sense of peace and hope.

As the physicians spoke with me, I kept pondering the bigger picture, the one of our life outside this intensive care unit.  What factors in our daily lifestyle [diet, exercise and such] are affecting our bodies homeostasis?  After being transferred to a regular inpatient room the doctors, nurses and clinicians kept speaking about “environmental factors” and how they play a role in the onset of this disease.

“Environmental Factors” ??? What are those things??? Well – if you are unsure like I was I strongly encourage you to do a little research – you may be surprised what you turn up… For instance in this article from Stanford Medicine:

…Specifically, in this study, Butte and his coworkers used the technique to identify a previously known association between people with type-2 diabetes and a class of organic compounds called polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, commonly used for many applications until the late 1970s. They also uncovered a strong, but unexpected, relationship between diabetes and high levels of a form of vitamin E called gamma-tocopherol, which is prevalent in fruits, vegetables, nuts and milk.

The scientists are careful to caution, however, that an association doesn’t necessarily mean that vitamin E or pollutants cause type-2 diabetes, and that more research is needed to fully understand these complex relationships…..

“We’ve known for decades that environmental factors play a major role in diseases like diabetes, cancer and heart disease,” said Jeremy Berg, PhD, director of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, 

(besides internet searches one of my favorite places to look for studies is PubMed)

This is just the tip of the iceberg. [Sugar gets a little deeper into my journey] And it really got me thinking out of the box.  So how do I alter my environmental experiences??? Where do I start?  Well, I went out of the box.

It wasn’t too long after getting home I opened our kitchen cabinets and each and every “box” of food was tossed in the trash.   We had an entire trashcan full of “food” that I threw away – I couldn’t bring myself to donate it since if it wasn’t going to help put my family on the right health path, then why would I give it to someone else, it just didn’t seem right.  So we started our “out of the box” journey.  From that point on my children’s bodies consumed nothing out of a box, rather foods I prepared, and for over a year the same with my own body.   It sounds so simple, but let me tell you it is anything but!!!

Doable though – ABSOLUTELY!