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Happy New Year
Blog Post #1 Awesome Days!
First up, I need to have some awesome days. Covid-19 is very tiring. Two years later, and we still struggle. Pray for the front line workers that show up day after day to help eradicate this virus. Either you have suffered or know someone who has contracted the virus. We have all been affected. BUT GOD! Get back up! Set an intention to feel awesome!
We want to go back to the way things were. BUT was the way things were great? Perhaps God wants us to change. Perhaps this is a time for cleansing and purging the ugly truths that lives inside us. We are at the beginning of a new year. We have a new President, we are tackling new things such as, climate change.
But the old problems are still around. Social challenges such as poverty, unemployment, hunger, starvation and hatred are things that we cannot control.
It is time to cleanse the ego of self-pride. We need to take a look at self. Take Actions Today. This is a call to action public announcement. Start having Well- Live Days. Start managing your days better. Start have awesome days!
Start your day with Love in Your Heart!
Things to rid:
1. Negative Folks
2. Things I can’t Do
3. Back off so many Carbs
4. Some much stress and anxiety
Start setting an intentions every day to have an awesome day!
Coming Out of the Cocoon.
Memoirs of a Survivor Covid Long Hauler.
Monday morning, it’s time to rise and shine. It’s a workday.
I have a full calendar of events. I’m a little tired because of the annoying pain in my left leg that
kept me from resting last night. I’ll make a mental note to add to the personal notes of changes
since I recovered from COVID in January of 2021. I call this list my resilience list. I am resilient!
I swung my leg to hop out of bed and the pain radiates up to my hip. Covid-19 triggered
something in my body. Agonizing pain cripples me now. I massage
my leg and stumble out of bed. I must take in a deep breath from the nose. Next up, go straight
to the tub. My healing short-term solution is to hop in my bathtub and let the warm water soothe
My go-to remedies: Epsom salt, a lemon essential oil, and some happy music. I sink into this
blissful water and work my legs. Moving and pumping them as fast as I can. I breathe from my
nose, holding and then releasing. Here comes the smile, it is Wednesday and it is “Dance Day.
Coming Out of the Cocoon.
Grief and a Tribute to Mr. Tom
My good friend just died a few days ago. I am sad and mad at myself for waiting a week to visit. Many are suffering from hopelessness and grief during this period of living during a Pandemic. My lesson learned, stay in the moment, stop what you are doing and make the visit. I said” I will go next week.” Next week was too late!
We are living through a public health crisis. Nevertheless, how do we deal with grief and loss. Many of us have lost family, friends, children and so much more.
Today, as I create this blog my heart is sad, I spoke to Tom just 2 weeks ago. I told him, I will see you next week. I had several balls juggling in the air. This news was a sucker punch! You see, I needed his nutritional advice. Now, I must lean into the decades of knowledge that he shared with me. My health coach is gone in the flesh, but his spirit is strong in my frontal lobe. I will pick up the baton and run on.
Mr. Tom was a Nutritional Consultant, specializing in providing a holistic approach to managing your health. I called the store today, as a reminder, I will be in today. The voice on the other end was quiet, then the words slowly came out, Tom is no longer with us.
My phone dropped, No! No! “I said with tears forming from my eyes.” He died last week. Pain and sorrow fills my heart. I am angry with myself- I waited too long! But my faith tells me that Tom’s time on earth was up. You don’t know the time of season. One thing for sure, Mr. Tom made a difference to mankind.
Well Done Mr. Tom. You led so many people to wellness with your valuable knowledge. I send “white light to you and ask our Heavenly Father to Guide you home.”
There are tons of people that need to talk to someone. You must talk to someone and get it out! The hurt! The unresolved thoughts in your head.
I just found out, there is a grief communication initiative program in the city of Indy. The small community church is assisting with healing our city. The initiative is called:
“Ask Me Your Name His Name was Mr. Tom. Rest in Peace!
Toes Out of the Cocoon Help is on the Way!
Covid-19 has been rough on us. We are coming out slowly. However, we have another concern, Delta Variant, a mutated strain. Below is important information: Take your time and read slowly. In the wake of a spike in COVID-19 cases a more contagious variant, Indiana health officials recommend even vaccinated Hoosiers get tested if exposed to the virus.
Toes out, honestly, we’re back to testing, upwards of thousands daily. Bottom line, we are back to wearing our masks and social distancing are tools against COVID.
People whose long COVID qualifies as a disability are entitled to the same protections from discrimination as any other person with a disability under the ADA, Section 504, and Section 1557. Put simply, they are entitled to full and equal opportunities to participate in and enjoy all aspects of civic and commercial life.
For example, this may mean that businesses or state or local governments will sometimes need to make changes to the way that they operate to accommodate a person’s long COVID-related limitations. For people whose long COVID qualifies as a disability, these changes, or “reasonable modifications,” may include:
• Providing additional time on a test for a student who has difficulty concentrating
• Modifying procedures so a customer who finds it too tiring to stand in line can announce their presence and sit down without losing their place in line
• Providing refueling assistance at a gas station for a customer whose joint or muscle pain prevents them from pumping their own gas
• Modifying a policy to allow a person who experience dizziness when standing to be accompanied by their service animal that is trained to stabilize them
5. What federal resources are there for people with symptoms of long COVID?
• The Office for Civil Rights of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has the following page on civil rights and COVID-19: https://www.hhs.gov/civil-rights/for-providers/civil-rights-covid19/index.html.
• If you believe that an entity covered by HHS civil rights laws has violated your rights protected under these authorities, you may file a complaint at https://www.hhs.gov/ocr/complaints/index.html.
Four Toes Out of the Cocoon
I’m going head first back into the cocoon! I like my mask! It is a shield from greeting morning breath from folks that are not aware that their breath is a little tart! I like the way my mask makes my neck look long and defined.
My masks are fashion statements. I have head wraps that act as hair protectors. It has been fun playing with different fabrics and embellishments.
With Four toes out, I decided to take a risk and live my best life! I am amazed at this summer, this conflagration of silly stuff displayed behind bad attitudes. I decided to tap into the gift of choosing to be grateful. So, I am making a listing of feel goods.
• Heathy eating. No animal meat on Monday and Tuesday
• Yoga and meditation a must!
• Prayer, bible study at mid-day.
• Play in the water. Wash the car and play in the water.
• Write a love letter and send to yourself.
• Drink green tea, add a dash of turmeric and garlic.
• Drink a swig of apple cider vinegar.
Stick your Baby Toe Out of the Cocoon. Post Pandemic.
I am getting curious about the world outside my safe walls at home. I went to the mall last week, my
favorite stores did not make it. I wonder what happened to the staff? I wonder what happened to my
favorite clerk? Who will assist me with matching my favorite colors and fabrics? I can’t drink too much
water, I don’t feel safe going to public restrooms. Next, my favorite fast food restaurant on the food
court is gone. Now, I must shorten my trip or bring a snack. I look forward to having a snack at my
favorite fast food shop on the food court. Two toes out of the house and I think I will stay home.
Two toes come out. I'm getting curious! Post Pandemic.
As we slowly emerge from being locked down for 14 months in a public health crisis some of us have forgotten social conduct. Lets’ discuss 10 ways to ease back into a harmonious community.
1. Continue to wear a mask if you feel that your space is not safe.
2. Continue to keep your distance.
3. Remember there are other variants of COVID-19 and you could still be at risk, remember to wash your hands.
4. Force yourself to stand 6 feet away. Distance yourself from the crowd.
5. Remember your social graces. Merchants are short staffed. Don’t pop off at the clerk. Practice patience.
6. It you find yourself in a stressful situation, breathe and remove yourself.
7. If you find yourself in the grocery store and you are in someone’s space back off. Take the high roads. Excuse yourself. Not worth the stress.
8. If you are fearful of venturing out, try taking short trips. Some folks have not been out of their safe space for the entire duration of the pandemic. Be gentle with yourself.
9. Plan to take a 20 minute drive every day. Now that the weather is nice, find a place to smell your roses. Remember, millions died and you made it. Gratitude is very helpful.
10. Practice mindfulness, and focus on living in the moment. Seek professional help if you can’t pivot to a new norm.
Remember that our landscape has changed. Be a change agent.
Remember that the world is still very vulnerable. Be gentle with yourself. Live a life to crave simplicity.
Three toes have come out. Post Pandemic.
As we approach this Memorial Day Holiday, we have 4 invitations for events. Our dance card is full, and I
am getting cold feet. I am antsy because we have a community of individuals that have decided not to
get vaccinated. So, it has me putting on the brakes on social events. Some folks have received half a
dose and some are fully vaccinated. In Indiana 40% of the state has received at least one dose. My
question, Can I still get Covid after the vaccine? I am a “long hauler” I am a survivor, Covid-19 is nothing
to play with. Because of that, I have read that people who have been fully vaccinated are still testing
positive for COVID. So what does that mean? It means that I can catch Covid again. It means that I have
some immunity, and so the severity of the illness is reduced. Now, my head is spinning and I am getting
frustrated. I am going to stop and do some breathing. I am fully vaccinated, and it may be too soon for
me to go to all the social events. What I am going to do is slow down and do the things that really
matter. I am going to enjoy the day with my spouse. I am going to spend the day in solitude and do
nothing. I may wonder over to the new Cultural Campus at Fort Ben Harrison. I have some packing to get
ready for my new hobby/office work space. I am hanging some brand new yellow curtains in my new
It is too early to jump into the constant grind of pressures that comes with putting all ten toes back into
the everyday life. I am taking my three toes back to my cocoon and letting them bake a little while
longer. I have been counting the days that I can have a hot- dog, baked beans, and mustard potato
salad. After that, I will take a long nap and movie binge. I would like to take a moment to give honor to
all the friends, families, and others who have joined the ancestral angels. We recognize and give homage
to you on Memorial Day. Stay Safe.