Posts in category "Health and Wellness"

Gaining weight never felt so good

Before you blow up at my statement, I’ve lost a substantial amount of weight in such a short time due to my recent lupus flare. I’ve always wanted to lose weight but not like this. I’ve lost over 40 pounds since my 3 hospitalizations from January to March this year. I suffered from severe anemia... Read more »

Mental Health Awareness 2015: Learning Fact from Fiction

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Mental health has been a touchy subject for ages. It can be a shameful thing, especially if you are “found out” by someone who thought you had it all together. Playing cover-up lasts for so long and eventually you will experience a mental disorder. There are so many stigmas... Read more »

Insomnia: What to do about it

Insomnia is that annoying disorder of not being able to sleep. Insomnia makes it hard to fall asleep or once you fall asleep, it’s tough to stay asleep. To this date, I have never slept the proverbial eight hours suggested by many over the years. In fact, if I lie down too long, my body... Read more »

My life has become a bucket of pills

I remember watching Dr. Byron T. Brazier from the Apostolic Church of God on television one Sunday morning when he said “You know your life has changed when you go to the drug store and the pharmacist knows you by name!” That rings so true because it seems as though my life has become a... Read more »

Saying no without explanation or guilt

I don’t consider myself a people pleaser but I am known to go out of my way for people I care about. I have been this way for as long as I can remember and it has taken a toll on my health. With lupus, I have to watch my stress level to avoid a... Read more »

My profuse sweating is back

Just when I thought I conquered my profuse sweating, it returns. I’m currently recovering from a lupus flare which resulted in severe anemia and pain. During my hospital stay, I developed a fever in which Tylenol was given. I mentioned that when I use Tylenol at home, it caused me to sweat at night due... Read more »

The month of March brings appointments and hope

The months of January and February 2015 were very trying months for me. I was taken to the ER three times and hospitalized twice. During each of these hospitalizations, I endured blood transfusions and numerous lab tests, x-rays, CT scans, EKGs, and other diagnostic procedures all in the name of a serious lupus flare I... Read more »

Benzo dependence

If you were prescribed a medication with the suffix -pam, run for the hills. Medications with this suffix are a part of a class of drugs called benzodiazepines, or benzos for short. Benzos are usually prescribed for anxiety but have other uses as well such as insomnia and other disorders. Because of its sedating effect,... Read more »

How to lose weight without trying

We all would love to lose weight without trying, especially those of us with a slow metabolism. Other medical problems get in the way such as thyroid issues and other causes such as genetics. My weight has fluctuated over the years as I am so-called big boned. Controlling my weight has definitely been a challenge... Read more »

The show must go on

It’s been extremely cold for the past few days and the children have been out of school. The show must go on. I’m having terrible arthritis in my hands and it’s a challenge to use my hands freely. The show must go on. My appetite has been wishy-washy due to a terrible cold I have... Read more »