I felt an almost obligation to post something about my vaccine experience. Many people, especially if they have certain health issues, are worried about getting the vaccine. I was. The community in particular has lost a lot of trust in the CDC, IDSA, and the medical establishment in general. I have been fairly lucky. I have had some caring doctors/ARNPs/PAs that really did listen but once my heart and my thyroid tested normal, there was nothing else they could do. After I was treated by a LLMD/PA, most of the doctors I have seen seem to accept a general chronic fatigue type status and move on to the other normal blood work monitoring, testing, and advice. The only time a doctor was dismissive of Lyme Disease, in front of me, was when I was at a marketing lunch with a pain management doctor and asked if he ever treated patients with Lyme Disease. Of course, no one in Florida has Lyme.
This post is not to talk you into anything. It is to provide a little information and a viewpoint. Some of the Lyme community posts about the flu vaccine make people think suffering and death is the most likely outcome. I still have internal debates about the flu vaccine for multiple reasons, most are not Lyme Disease related. I don’t have the loudest voice. I am not trying to sell you anything. I am just trying to balance a little of what is on social media. Not everyone with a Lyme struggle thinks the same way.
I decided to get the vaccine for several reasons
- I am not in any acute stage of illness
- I work with COVID-19 positive patients
- I do NOT want any of the possible long term consequences of having COVID
- I do not want to get sick or carry the virus to give to others (still mask after, research is ongoing about being a carrier)
- I have had 2 flu shots (last 2 years), since being treated 7 years ago for Lyme, with no side effects
- To get things back to relative normal and to decrease the number of mutations, the more people that can be and are vaccinated, the better
- I do not have any known medication or vaccine allergies.
- The vaccine’s efficacy rate is phenomenal
How it went:
The location I was able to get an appointment at was set up for healthcare workers that do not work in hospitals. I selected an appointment time and showed up. They had a massive amount of volunteers and paid staff there to help move people through the process. The only waiting I did was the 15 minute recommended observation time to make sure you do not have an allergic reaction. This was not a drive through site so I had to park and get out. They did have wheelchairs and people on stand by to help anyone who might need assistance.
The day after both the first and the second vaccine, my arm was sore. I did some gentle ROM of my arm to loosen things up and get the juices flowing and that helped a great deal. I did not have any of the other listed side effects. The young nursing student that gave me one of the shots said that she had every side effect on the list. She said that with a smile and was happy to have gotten it. I was a little tired for a couple days after the second vaccine. I had a busy week and the received the vaccine on a Friday. I was not able to distinguish between my normal run out of spoons fatigue and any sort of vaccine reaction. I rested over the weekend and was back to baseline.
Please be careful of what sources you use to make your decisions. Please do not share posts that may have disinformation.
If you have any thoughts or questions please leave a comment!!!
Jo Dee Messina and Tim McGraw
Another day has almost come and gone,
Can’t imagine what else could go wrong.
Sometimes I’d like to hide away somewhere and lock the door.
A single battle lost but not the war.
I have mixed feeling about dietary supplements. Most vitamins and minerals that we need can be taken in natural food form. That seems so much better than popping pills to make up for holes in our diet. Pills do not always absorb into the body and without the enzymes and other nutrients that accompany the target vitamin in whole foods, they may not be as effective. There are a few areas that I just seem unable to ingest the desired amount no matter how many juices and smoothies I mix up.
I thought I would share my list and my justification for needing each. Today is D3 day. Everyone should thoughtfully consider and research any supplement that is added to their regimen.
Do you take supplements?
I take this supplement because I have tested low. Sunshine without sunblock is not a good option for me because I have a skin condition (vitiligo) that takes pigment out of my skin and may increase my risk for sun damage. Another reason is that I have eliminated most fortified foods in my quest to eat more whole foods and avoid dairy.
I have had two tests with results of 15 and 23 ng/mL. The table below is from the National Institutes of Health.
Table 1: Serum 25-Hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] Concentrations and Health* 
||Associated with vitamin D deficiency, leading to rickets in infants and children and osteomalacia in adults
||Generally considered inadequate for bone and overall health in healthy individuals
||Generally considered adequate for bone and overall health in healthy individuals
||Emerging evidence links potential adverse effects to such high levels, particularly >150 nmol/L (>60 ng/mL)
* Serum concentrations of 25(OH)D are reported in both nanomoles per liter (nmol/L) and nanograms per milliliter (ng/mL).
** 1 nmol/L = 0.4 ng/mL
I was driving to a conference this weekend and listening to Growing Bolder on the radio.
The guest being interviewed was Sophia Dembling. She has written a new book entitled, The Introvert’s Way: Living a Quiet Life in a Noisy World. It was a very interesting interview and there was one particular topic that really stood out for me.
She stated that extroverts not only crave social interaction but are also energized by it. Introverts may like social interaction but are drained by it. Introverts will need some alone time to recharge.
Maybe this solves the mystery of why I am usually tired. My job, a job I love, involves at least 40 hours a week of social interaction. I fake being an extrovert pretty well, but it is exhausting. So maybe I do not need blood work, a special diet, or more supplements. I just need to figure out how to fake being energized while pretending to be an extrovert.
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This is a principle that I learned in school.
It means that when the body is placed under some form of stress, it starts to make adaptations that will allow the body to get better at withstanding that specific form of stress in the future.
The SAID principle is generally applied to athletes that need to train for a specific sport. Do they need to focus on speed, on power, on endurance? Athletes train on the field and in the weight room for not only their sport, but their specific position.
I have begun to consider how many other areas of life that the SAID principle can be applied.
- If I sit on the couch and eat junk all day, my body adapts and becomes really good at coping with that specific habit.
- As I meditate more often, my body is becoming more adept at relaxing quickly. I am not carrying stress in my shoulders nearly as much.
- Though paddleboarding involves a great core workout, my abs were really sore after returning to the gym’s sit-up chair.
- I have heard that many writers write something everyday. Even if it is not directly related to a current project, it can improve writing.
- If faking a smile can make you happy, can whining make you more miserable?
What are you adapting to?
A while back the universe had to yell at me to pay attention. Since that time I had been playing with the idea of visiting a place in Florida that is home to many mediums and spiritual healers. The boat tour I took in the morning was close to the camp, so I thought that I should take advantage of the geography, and stop by.
I stopped at the bookstore first. That is where you can find books on a wide range of topics, oils, stones, and some hand crafted goods. I did get a Selenite wand. It is purported to have healing qualities and it is the perfect shape to roll out sore muscles or press into a trigger point.
They have a board up in to corner of the store that has a list of mediums and healers that are available that day. You are also encourage to take a card and call anyone that is not on the board to set an appointment. I was hesitant to call anyone because I did not have any questions or issues that I wanted to ask about. I did end up calling someone because I wanted to see what it was all about. The medium lived about 500 feet from the store, so I walked down and he was waiting for me on his porch.
He lead me into a quiet room in the house and we sat across from each other. He explained what he did and a little bit about how he came to be there and do what he does. After introductions, he opened the session with a prayer. No messages or anything came across. We talked for about an hour about various things and healing methods. He did a spiritual healing for me after we were done.
I am glad I went. No great answers to the universe or anything. I do plan on restarting meditation.
Hands down, my favorite use for dryer sheets is cleaning bugs off the car. Normal soap and sponge scrubbing does not begin to eliminate the layers of dried bug juice that accumulate during certain times of the year. A little water and a dryer sheet acts like a magic eraser. It usually takes several sheets to clean the bumper and you should wash the area after to get rid of any residue.
Other uses include: Continue reading
Recently, one of my friends started to feel really nauseous in the middle of the night. She was unable to sleep and contacted another friend who suggested and took her to the hospital. Turns out the nausea was not from an over sized meal earlier in the day. It was a mild heart attack!
Would I have suspected that? Would you?
Heart Attack Signs in Women
- Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest. It lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back.
- Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
- Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
- Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
- As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.
If you have any of these signs, don’t wait more than five minutes before calling for help. Call 9-1-1 and get to a hospital right away.
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One of the most common questions I hear is, “should I put ice or heat on it?”
When to ice:
Any new injury is a good candidate for ice. If there is swelling or warmth over the area, ice is a good idea. The cold will help to constrict the blood vessels in the area. This will limit the amount of swelling by decreasing the blood and fluid released into the damaged tissue. The ice will also help to slow nerve impulses. The numbing effect will decrease pain.
Whenever there is a new injury, the body releases chemicals in the area to limit the area of damage and to clean up the injured cells. Some of these chemicals trigger pain signals to be sent to the brain. By applying ice to the area, you limit the amount of these chemicals and the pain signals.
Because blood vessels can also be injured and because an injured area is used and moved less, the swelling that is allowed to accumulate may take awhile to dissipate. The extra fluid volume creates pressure and decreases mobility. That is why it is so important to ice right after something is injured.
Ice for prevention:
- After a car accident, the victims may not feel pain initially due to the adrenaline released and other factors. Even if you feel fine, it is not a bad idea to put some frozen peas on your neck for 15 minutes when you get home.
- After a hard workout. Many athletes will ice a joint they know gets a lot of work to prevent inflammation and injury. Example: baseball pitcher icing his shoulder and elbow when he leaves the game.
When not to ice: it hurts more than the expected uncomfortable nature of ice, Raynaud’s Syndrome, neuropathy or numbness. Do not apply chemical ice packs directly to skin.
When to heat: