Tuesday, February 5, 2019

And there they go...makes me sad

I've seen for months that Google+ was going away. This makes me very sad, because I've found and follow nearly 500 photographers through Google+. I enjoy scrolling through my feed, admiring the hundreds of amazing photos they share. (In case you don't know, photography is one of my passions! <grin>) Now I don't know where or how to find all those photographers, so I can continue gaining inspiration from their photography.
This morning when I logged on to my blog account, I saw this message posted at the top of my page. And I've lost 470 followers on my blogs. I hope you'll come follow along on Bloglovin' or Feedburner, or some other method.


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Thursday, January 3, 2019

Sad News

I don't know if this would really qualify as a health tip, but I am discussing health, mental health to be exact, in this post.

Yesterday I received a message from my 19 year old son, the one who lives with my brother and his family, off in another state. He told me that a friend of his had committed suicide. I've met this family, once.

Immediately my mama heart ached for this mother. The excruciating pain she is going through must be unbearable. The young man's sister must also be numb with pain.

My heart also immediately ached for my son, and I longed to be there to hold him in my arms. In addition, I am concerned, because his mental health is already fragile.

When I told someone about this young man's suicide, her response was: Why? Why would someone end their life like that? Why would someone give up on life?

Maybe someone is suffering such deep depression. Or perhaps that person feels totally betrayed by everyone in his/her life. Maybe he or she feels like a total failure, and thinks she or he cannot go on any longer. And maybe there is no way to actually know the answer. Then again, perhaps it is a physical health condition that triggers it.

This morning, the mother of the young man posted this on Facebook:

The following was written about my son, from one of the groups I am in for him on FB. I urge you to read it. Especially if you have questions about why he is gone.
 
Last night a Christian mom in the USA lost her son to PANS/PANDAS. She had just put him
on an SSRI a few weeks ago. He was 17. He lost his life at his own hands. His symptoms were the same that I see regularly. OCD, tics, autism. These are an illness of epic proportions and nothing to joke about. Infections trigger the immune system to attack the brain until the person is no longer themselves but a slave to the disease. Mental clarity and the ability to make good choices are just as dependent on healthy tissue as going up stairs or folding laundry or running. When tissue is inflamed it malfunctions and when it malfunctions the things it is supposed to do don't get done or get done incorrectly. When it's the brain that is inflamed, it cannot be relied on to protect us or think about things correctly. People who commit suicide are not selfish. They are not sinners. They are not damned. They are victims of fallen flesh the same as you are with your lower back pain or your osteoarthritis in your knees. My prayers are with this family and with every single person battling mental illness. They are our children, our mothers, our brothers and sisters. They are the homeless and the famous. Pray for them. Pray for the medical community to start treating mental illness for what it is. We know that most central nervous system degenerative diseases are autoimmune in nature. Why do we keep treating mental illness like it is a choice?


If you need to learn what PANS/PANDAS is, you can read about it here (yes, I had to look it up myself):  What is PANDAS/PANS?

Today I ask you to pray for this family. While you're praying, please pray for my son as well.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Wordless Wednesday, December 26

Here are some of this month's collages from my morning walks.










I'm linking up on Wordless Wednesday, over on my new blog, Life on Chickadee Lane.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Wordless Wednesday on World Diabetes Day, November 14




Today is World Diabetes Day. This is just to show a little of what my beautiful daughter has to do every day, multiple times a day, to stay alive. Often she rations her insulin, and rarely checks her blood sugars, because of extremely tight finances, and the high cost of diabetes care. Longing for the Lord to come, no more health problems, bodies made new.

I am linking up over on Life at Rossmont in the Wordless Wednesday link up.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Another Amazing Milestone!

I took a Sabbath morning photographing stroll, and reached this milestone in the process.
This hundred miles was an extreme struggle to accomplish. I guess that makes the victory that much sweeter.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Wordless Wednesday, November 7

It's been awhile since I posted anything for Wordless Wednesday. I thought I'd share a few of my collages from my daily walks this week.





I hope to begin posting these regularly. Please follow along on my journey.

I am linking up over on Life at Rossmont in the Wordless Wednesday link up.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Managing diabetes

What does someone with diabetes need to do to manage diabetes?

Some things include:
  • Regular monitoring
  • Daily treatment
  • Healthy diet and lifestyle
  • Continuing education
Learn more at International Diabetes Federation. On Twitter.


Friday, November 2, 2018

Could you spot the warning signs?

Symptoms can include:
  • Excessive thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Lack of energy
  • Blurred vision
  • Slow healing wounds
  • Numbness in feet and hands 
Test your diabetes knowledge at http://discoverdiabetes.idf.org/
Follow World Diabetes Day on Twitter.