Let’s talk about vaccines!

I am an advocate for vaccines! Why? According to research, vaccines work with our immune system to help protect us from diseases. Our immune system makes antibodies that find germs and fight them off. After the attack, the antibodies stay in our blood to protect us in case that germ comes back. Vaccination gives a dead form of the germs and then make antibodies to fight it. The antibodies fight off a real infection if ever exposed to one.

Why Vaccines Matter: 1) Vaccine-preventable diseases can affect everyone! Each year, thousands of people suffer from serious health conditions that could have been prevented. 2) Vaccines protect against serious diseases! Certain diseases can cause serious complications, and death. 3) Vaccines are safe! The FDA tests vaccines before they are released, and the CDC monitors them once they are in use.

Get the Facts: Learn the facts behind some common vaccine myths. 1) Vaccines are just for kids. 2) My doctor didn’t mention it, so I don’t need it! 3) The vaccine will make me sick. 4) I’m healthy so I don’t need them. 5) I can’t afford vaccines. Do your research – the above are myths, not facts!

The Flu Statistics: Last flu season, the virus cause 959,000 hospitalizations and 79,400 deaths. During the 2016-17 flu season, the flu vaccine prevented an estimated 5.3 million cases of the flu. As we get older, the flu can cause other serious health conditions, such as pneumonia. It can also be dangerous if you have heart failure, asthma or diabetes.

The Shingles Statistics: About 1 in 3 people in the U.S. will get shingles. As of 2016, only 33% of adults 60 years and older had been vaccinated. Just 2 weeks ago I was diagnosed with shingles. Shingles are a rash that turns into painful blisters. They can be severe even after the blisters have healed. The shingles broke out on my face and went into my mouth, ear and hairline. They only break out in one spot on your body usually in a “U” shape. I felt as if my ear was exploding. The pain has subsided and I’m in the “crusting over” stage and will soon be fully recovered. I wish that I would have heard abut the shingles vaccine and gotten it when I was 50. I don’t wish this disease on anyone! It’s painful!!

Recommended Vaccines: For a list of up-to-date recommended vaccines, visit the CDC website at cdc.gov/vaccines.

Trusted resources:

cdc.gov

vaccines.gov

http://www.adultvaccination.org

source: April 2019 Patient Point

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Funny Friday!

A police officer stops a minivan full of elderly ladies being driven by an old gentleman because they’re only going 25 mph, stopping the mid-day traffic.

The policeman asks the driver why is he going so slow.

“Well that’s the speed limit, isn’t it! There was a sign saying 25 and everything!” the driver defends himself.

The policeman sighs, “No, sir, that’s the number of the highway you’re on. It has nothing to do with the speed limit.”

“Oh, so that’s what it means…” says the driver, looking shocked.

The officer looks at the rest of the van and notices the grannies are looking somewhat frozen and stiff.

“What’s up with the ladies?” he asks the driver.

“Um…” the driver scratches his head, “you see, we just got off highway 150…”

(https://short-funny.com/hilarious-jokes.php)

D-Day

Today is known as D-Day, the day in 1944 when Allied troops invaded France by landing on the beaches of Normandy. This was the invasion that allowed the Allies to take over Germany during WWII.

“The Allied assault included 6,000 ships and landing craft, 50,000 vehicles and 11,000 planes. Code names for the beaches along the Normandy coast were Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword. British forces largely took Sword and Gold, Canadians led Juno and American forces took charge of Utah and Omaha” (https://www.newsweek.com/d-day-remembrance-facts-casualties-why-invasion-called-d-day-1438759).

“The Normandy Invasion consisted of 5,333 Allied ships and landing craft embarking nearly 175,000 men. The British and Canadians put 75,215 troops ashore, and the Americans 57,500, for a total of 132,715, of whom about 3,400 were killed or missing, in contrast to some estimates of ten thousand.(https://www.historyonthenet.com/d-day-statistics).

You might ask “Who won this invasion?” The Allies attacked and gained this victory which allowed this to be a turning point in WWII against Germany.

Please pause and take a moment to remember this day known as D-Day! Remember, also those that gave their lives in the invasion as well as our veterans who survived!

Thank you to those who served on this ill fated day! Thank you for fighting for our freedom!!

Clear the clutter!

Clear the clutter to be healthier and happier! Clutter in our life tends to make us unhappy and, in some cases, unhealthy.

What is clutter? How do I clear the clutter?

Clutter can be things lying around the house, things in our mind, or just our life in general.

Clutter in our home can make us unhealthy. Too many things lying around the home can attract bugs or rodents, can become moldy, or become a safety hazard while we are simply walking around the house.

Clear the clutter in your home by donating things you are not using to a charity or homeless shelter. Every few months I go through my closet and donate items that I have outgrown, may have a slight tear, may need a button, or that I haven’t worn in a while. Recently, I cleaned out my closet, china cabinet, kitchen cabinets and donated items that I don’t need.

Clear the clutter in your mind by getting rid of the negativity, the thoughts of worthlessness, and stop worrying about things you can’t control. Start thinking positive, remain positive through the good and bad, read healthy materials, watch movies that make you feel good. Most of all don’t listen to people that criticize you and make you feel worthless.

If you can’t find the time to clear the clutter around the house yourself, don’t be ashamed to ask for help. Ask a friend, a family member or hire an outside source to help you clear the clutter!

If you can’t find the time to clear the clutter in your mind… PLEASE MAKE TIME! It’s worth it!!

Mindfulness Monday

Mindfulness is “a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique” (google dictionary).

I recently attended a ribbon cutting ceremony at our local park here in Ohio and was reminded that we need to be mindful every day. I admit, sometimes I need to be mindful every minute of the day. Especially on a stressful day. How does stress affect my life? Am I too busy to catch a breath and live in the moment? What’s my body telling me?

You might ask, “How can I be mindful?” I asked myself this at the park while taking the “mindfulness” walk. The best things that help me be mindful are as follows:

I sit quietly and watch things…. Birds, flowers, bugs, or even leaves. The tiniest things in life make me happy!

I try to remain calm in rough situations. I usually walk away. I hate confrontation! However, once things calm down I look at the situation and realize it wasn’t that bad after all.

Sometimes, crying works too! I’m not afraid to cry. You shouldn’t either! No matter how tough we think we are, it’s still ok to cry!

Last but not least, I have been known to scream in a pillow when things get rough for me. Yep, it works!

Do what works best for you to be mindful! As long as you are not hurting yourself nor anyone else.

BE MINDFUL!!!!!! BE HAPPY!!!