What are the needs of a Handicapped Person? PART ONE


By definition,, A person with a condition that is markedly restricted in their ability to function either

    • Physically,
    • Mentally, or
    • Socially

is considered handicapped.  The disability or amount of ability one has determines how we treat the handicap.  But our question is “What are the needs of a handicapped person?”

In this first of THREE-part article, I will specifically address severely Physically Handicapped individuals.

Part 2 will be on Mentally Handicapped  and part 3 will be on the Socially Handicapped.

Another word for our subject is “Disabled”.

There are so many aspects to this subject that I will try to touch on only the main issues here.  Being a handicapped person myself, and having to rely solely upon a caregiver, I believe I understand this better than someone merely reading about it.

In order to meet the needs of a severely handicapped person we need to improve their surroundings to meet their needs.  This requires tailoring and changing surroundings so that the handicapped can function as much as they are capable of doing.

The Main Concerns

  1. The Caregiver
  2. Access into and within the living space
  3. Bathroom space
  4. Kitchen maneuverability
  5. Transportation

As we look at the 5 items mentioned above, I will address them individually with ideas I have found helpful, plus other suggestions as well.  Perhaps if you have a solution you would like to share please comment at the end of this article so that others may benefit from your experience.


Usually a handicapped individual needs someone to care for them.  This is called a “Caregiver.”  They have to put the handicap’s needs above their own.  People sometimes hire someone for this caregiver position, but often a family member will perform this  service.

To be clear, you must understand that just because a person uses a wheelchair in public doesn’t mean they can’t necessarily walk.

Jazzy Electric Wheelchairs

Many handicaps can stand for a few minutes.  Enough to take care of bathroom needs, transfer from chair to car and some even use a walker at home, as I do, which helps keep their physical body more active and prolongs their life.


The Second Concern Is Accessibility

How are you going to get the patient in and out of the house?

Have you ever tried or even thought about how to walk up stairs with a walker? Most steps are not deep enough on the foot step for the walker to be supported with all four legs.  Therefore, your stability is challenged severely.

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When a handicap crisis occurs, probably the first thing that happens is a ramp has to be built so the handicapped can more easily walk into the house, or to wheel the patient in and out of the house if needed.  Along with that comes a handrail on each side of the ramp.

Sometimes the patient can still walk with a walker, and the ramp is still a wonderful way to go.

Our daughter bought a portable ramp so I could get in her home.  I am wheeled in so the handrails are unnecessary.

At home. we put our ramp in the garage so it is covered and there is no need to clean ice or snow off from the walkway in the winter and it does not impact getting into the car.  I can walk with my walker to and from the car in comfort.  Of course, we gave up being able to park 2 cars in the garage.

There are certain standards that ramps need to meet.  Be sure you hire a competent person to construct the ramp for you.

The angle of the ramp should typically be 14% or less or a 13 1/2 degree incline.   This is very important so as not to make pushing a chair, or walking up it too difficult. This is called Handicapped Accessible (HA) or ADA

Of course, the size of doorways are of equal concern with ramps.  They have to be wide enough for the wheelchair to enter through, in the event that the handicapped person cannot walk with a walker.

Stair Lift

If you have a second-floor living space, getting up or down is often of prime concern.  Stair-lifts are a good thing to make accessing that second floor where otherwise, you might have to remain on the main floor.

This lift is cut to your stairs-dimensions so you won’t have the trouble we ran into when we installed a used chair lift.  Upon purchasing the lift, we failed to check the length of the stairs.  They are all the same length aren’t they?

Consequently, our lift is shy about 2 stairs of reaching the basement and I have never been able to find an extension for it to be able to use it myself.  A disadvantage of buying used!

Others have enjoyed having it for lowering or raising heavy boxes, or riding when they are tired, but it was an unusually high priced item to use for that alone.

You should be able to start sitting on the main floor and then ride all the way up or down to floor-level again.  It is also a good idea to install a Grab bar at both the top and bottom, to aid the handicapped in standing up again at both ends unassisted.

The main idea is to make living comfortable for the patient so he/she can be as independent as possible.

Today, most homes are built with 36 inch wide external doors, but the inside doors from room to room are a different story.  You may have to do some reconstruction work inside the house if your patient is wheelchair-bound.

Preparing for coming home from Rehab

As I was thinking about coming home, after 10 weeks in rehab, after breaking my ankle, (see my story HERE), I had to figure out how I was going to do each and every task before I came home.  I thought of every scenario I could think of that I would be placed in and how I would deal with the challenges.

In Rehab I had CNA’s and nurses to help me but when I got home things would be entirely up to me and my husband. 

Before attempting to go home for keeps, the nurses at rehab suggested that I do an overnight trial.  In other words, to come home for a sleepover to see what things I had not considered.  That was an excellent idea.  Some of the things I wondered about were:

    • I wasn’t sure if I could sleep in a flatbed (the hospital bed at rehab would raise my head or feet)
    • Could I get out of bed on my own?
    • How could I move around in the bed without handles on each side of the bed?
    • How could I keep from falling out of bed?
    • Would I be able to move about within the house adequately?

Once home, it didn’t take long to realize that none of those worries was a problem.  I enjoyed the flatbed and was able to stretch out and finally sleep again. 

As far as the handles on each side of the bed, I put my walker beside the bed and used it as a handle as I would get out of bed. It also acted as a reminder of the edge of the bed and kept me from falling out of bed.

The last question was solved by bringing my electric wheelchair inside and riding on it throughout the house until I could walk myself. 

Problems all solved.

Now I just wanted to stay home.  That was not going to happen however, because rehab informed me that Medicare probably wouldn’t pay if I didn’t get an official release from the doctor to come home to stay.

Bathroom Facilities


Probably the biggest concern inside the house is using the bathroom.  A handicapped patient has to have

grab bars beside the toilet and in the shower or tub.  These will help prevent falling accidents from happening.  When a patient loses balance they will grab out, and that grab bar will often be the difference between falling or not.

As to the placement of grab bars, that depends on the individual bathroom.  Personally, I prefer a horizontal bar as well as a vertical one by the toilet, and the same in the shower. NOTE:  Be sure the installer uses a stud finder so the bar is not just affixed to the wallboard.

In the shower or tub, you need at least one horizontal bar near where the shower stool sits. Another vertical bar is helpful in getting safely out of the tub or shower.  You may find other areas where you want to place grab bars in your home.

A walk in shower with shower curtain and bench.

A shower stool is ideal for sitting in the shower.  Some people try to get by with a folding chair, but they are not adjustable.  In rehab, they had a seat built into the shower.   It was up high enough, so it was not hard to get up and off of it.

If you have an occupational home physical therapist, they may have one you can buy and they may install it for you too.  When I came home, I had an occupational therapist who helped me with showering until I could manage on my own and they installed two of them for me.

Use the recommended handicap grab bar in the tub or shower.  The cost will be around $20-$30 each.

Of course, a shower wand is a necessity for showering if the patient is sitting to shower.

A walk in bathtub with closed door.

You have probably seen the advertisements for walk-in tubs.  If your patient prefers to luxuriate in a bath, then you may want to consider this for your patient.

A white toilet in a bathroom.

Most handicaps need a hi-rise toilet or toilet seat to make getting off the “throne” easier.  There is nothing harder for a disabled person than to try to get off of a short, low, squatty toilet.  Again, this is a selective thing.  If your patient has no trouble getting off the throne, then don’t worry about it.


Most physically handicapped people do not spend a lot of time on their feet.  We walk or ride where we are going and then a chair is the first thing we look for.  Personally, I have a rolling swivel chair in each room that I go to except where my recliner is.  The chair needs to be comfortable.


In the kitchen, the handicapped needs to be able to access everything from the chair level.   This sometimes demands a little creativity.  But for the most part, there are several items made available to make disabled life easier.

Some of these to consider are:

    • Upper cupboard pull-down shelves
    • Cabinet pull-out shelves6 x 23 x 30 Inch Base Cabinet Filler Pullout
    • Refrigerator pull-out shelves
    • Turntables that bring items to the front
    • Kitchen tool turntables
    • Knife block for sharp knives
    • Pull-out Breadboards create a near table-top level surface to work from in the kitchen
    • Barstools
    • Kitchen tools
      • Can openers
      • Long-handled tongs
      • Kitchen shears or scissors

Other Tools

Some handicaps have trouble reaching to pick something up off of the floor.  In that case, a 32 inch grabber tool is very helpful.  They come with 1 or 2 grabber ends.  This is the one I use and prefer it because you can pick up almost anything with it., except for teeny tiny stuff.

Some heavy people have trouble reaching around to wipe themselves after using the bathroom.

There are special long-handled tools for that too, in which you wrap toilet paper around the padded end two or three times and reach around and voila` the task is done.  Note: This can get messy in trying to get the TP off of the end, but some find it helpful.  The cost was around $10 (in 2017)

On the other hand, this Bottom Buddy costs a bit more but would do a much better job and keep the mess in the toilet. ;o)

TIP: When getting dressed, a handicapped person may not be able to reach down to the floor.  I use a long-handled  “reach tool” for that.

Actually, it is a bamboo back-scratcher with a little curve at the bottom.  That is the easiest way to reach down and pull my britches up to where I can reach them.

On the same page at Amazon, there are five back scratchers for about the same price, $1.79 ea but they look like the handle would be too thin for me to hold on to.

For putting on shoes, there are shoe horns that are long-handled.  There is a Sock Aid, which you put the sock over the end and slip your foot into the sock.  You have two ropes on either side which allows you to pull the sock-aid up until your foot is into the toe of the sock, then finish pulling until your foot slips into the sock and the sock slips off of the Sock-aid. You save  a few bucks by purchasing 6 handy tools here or you can purchase them individually.

The only thing this 6 piece set forgot was a tool to take off the socks with when it’s time to remove them.  That is a simple tool that has a rubberized covered hook that slips easily in at the top of the cuff and gently slips the sock off your foot. When I saw that I knew they had thought of everything.  However, I haven’t found a picture of one yet.



In the kitchen, I have  14” long-handled stainless steel salad tongs that I use for reaching many  things.  They are heavy-duty, so I can lift heavier things.  The handle has a comfortable hold for an adult hand.  They can be used for BBQing too and are dishwasher safe.

You or your patient will have to get creative in accomplishing some tasks.

Door handles

Door handles can be much easier for the handicapped if thy are the lever type rather than the round handle type.

I have struggled and struggled to open my front door and have wished for this type of front door handle.  Of course, this would be a much stronger and decorative handle just because it is the “front door”

In our last house, we enjoyed these handles on all our doors and I highly recommend them


A vehicle to transport a handicapped individual in has got to have several things considered.

      • Can the patient stand and transfer into the vehicle?
      • What kind of wheelchair do you have-
          1. Push-chair
          2. Electric battery-operated chair
      • How high is the vehicle
      • Is there a step up to get into the vehicle
      • Do you need a lift to lift the chair into the vehicle?

There are many vehicles that are equipped for transporting an electric wheelchair.  The reality is, people die, and their electric wheelchair is no longer needed by the survivors,  but the vehicle is still equipped with the wheelchair inside.  The family often sells the vehicle with everything inside for the price of the vehicle itself.

Consequently,  you can often pick-up a vehicle with a derrick operated crane or lift which includes the wheelchair for a much-reduced price.

We picked up a good  2001 Ford Winstar with a derrick and wheelchair for only $3,900 several years ago.  We had to go to Southern Utah and drive it home, but it was an excellent purchase and has served us well.

The original Jazzy chair that we had lost a motor to one of its wheels, so we found another used Jazzy for $150 and simply put the old chair unit (which still looked very good) over the newly purchased ones-motors and batteries and we were set to go again.

There are some new electric wheelchairs that are collapsable and lightweight (about 45 lb) which are just reaching the market. They are so lightweight that you can fold the chair up, and lift it into your car or van.  What a remarkable idea when compared to the 250 lb scooters & wheelchairs often used today.

Being physically impaired doesn’t mean you are relegated to do nothing the rest of your life.  There are many things handicaps can do such as

      • Sewing
      • Quilting
      • Writing life history
      • Build online business 
      • Blog
      • Social Media
      • Read books
      • Paint
      • Dozens of other things

Critical Review

Being dependent on others for assistance is depressing at best for a disabled person having to cope with the handicap him/herself.  If you are a caregiver, keep that in mind as you assist your patient.

Anything you can do to make the handicap’s life easier will, in turn, make the life of the caregiver easier too.  Remember, as the caregiver, you are providing a service, however toilsome it may seem, if your patient is happy, your life will seen less demanding and your life will be happier in turn.


I hope this article has been helpful for you.  Please leave your comments and like and share this article.


DISCLAIMER: I remind you that I am not a medical professional.  I am not saying that you will have the same results as I.  Nothing I have said should be misconstrued to mean I give any medical advice. Should you have unresolved pain or other problems you should always contact your doctor for professional care.






What is a Quarantine? SARS Coronavirus?


 What is SARS coronavirus?

NOTE: This article was written on  Feb 1, 2020 with updates added Mar. 1,  Mar. 9, Mar.20,  Apr. 9, and May 6, 2020.

As more and more deaths occur in China from coronavirus, more and more people are being quarantined. City streets reportedly are empty and devoid of people because people are staying home. As we hear about it in the news,  people are wondering if the truth about coronavirus is being revealed.  They want to know just What is SARS coronavirus?  

The coronavirus is a cousin to SARS virus. As of Feb 1, the official word is that 14,000 worldwide are infected.  However, Chris Enloe, a reporter for The Blaze says this number

“…is significantly too low, according to a medical research paper published Friday, Jan 31, 2020.

“The shocking results of the study, which was performed by experts at the University of Hong Kong, found that as of Jan. 25, more than 75,000 people in Wuhan had likely already contracted the disease, a number nearly 100 times greater than what the official record stated. At the time, there were just 761 reported confirmations of the disease in the Wuhan area.

“Even more alarming is the fact that the disease doubles in the number of infections every 6.4 days, the experts found.

“That means, if the scientists are correct, more than 150,000 people living in and around Wuhan are infected with the disease.

“What that means for the rest of the world is uncertain. However, given the lengthy incubation period, and the fact that the disease has already undergone genetic mutations, the official numbers likely do not reflect the actual number of people infected with the coronavirus.”

Coronavirus spreads through the air, and by touching something that has been touched by someone infected. and then touching your mouth, nose or eyes.

What is a Quarantine?

People are placed in isolation so as not to spread disease.  NOTE: We have learned through personal experience that we can Self-quarantine to keep ourselves from harms way.

Is the Coronavirus in China Going to Affect Me?

China is under quarantine status right now because of the coronavirus.  China has shut down its steel industry because of the coronavirus.  Now it is spreading all across the world in small cases, but is this a threat to the world?

Americans have been evacuated from China. The following videos show evidence. Look at the little videos under the main video here==>  See this CNN video.  

 What would a coronavirus quarantine look like for me?

China is under quarantine status.  What would a coronavirus quarantine look like for you in your country?  Inability to leave your home for weeks.  3 weeks has to be planned for, till there are no more outbreaks.  Then another 3 weeks. That is 6 weeks, but how long would it take till there are no more outbreaks?

Are you prepared to spend 6-8 weeks or longer in your home,  unable to go to the store for restocking your supplies?  Besides, how long would it take for shelves to be bare in the grocery stores?

Emergency Preparedness

Some of the items you should be concerned about stocking up with should include

  • Food,
  • Hygiene masks, coronavirus masks
  • Meds,
  • Medical supplies,
  • Paper goods,
  • Cleaning supplies,
  • Personal hygiene

It isn’t just food that you would need in the event of a lockdown or quarantine situation in your community.

Medical Needs Are Of Prime Importance

Do you have medical needs such as

You will need a minimum of a 6 week supply of the above-mentioned items.

Hygiene Masks

With the Coronavirus, hygiene masks would be a must to have in your supply.  Even before lockdown.  Whenever going out in public you would need your mask. The type of mask you need is not the typical little white dust mask, often displayed in pictures you see.  The particles would still be able to enter your lungs with those masks.

The dust mask will not protect you so you need an industrial type mask that costs around $8-$12 each and you would need one for each person in the family.

NOTE: Many people have learned to sew their own masks, so if you can’t find any in stores or online, a scarf is better than nothing.

  • Personal Hygiene

If your family had to be quarantined for two months, what personal hygiene items would you need?  Consider all items such as soaps, hair care, deodorants, baby wipes, female monthly needs, etc.

If you wait until an emergency arises, do you really believe you would be able to buy these things at the store?  Things would go flying off the shelves and within hours the shelves would be empty.

  • Paper goods
    toilet paper
  • Paper towels,
  • Paper plates,
  • Plastic Utinsels,
  • Bed pads
  • Toilet paper,

Some of these items are less important than others.  TP and bed pads might be more important than paper plates and plasticware, for example.  You can wash dishes whereas,  you can not manufacture TP & bed pads.

Each person will have to determine what is most important and make priorities as to what to purchase first and foremost.

Cleaning Supplies


Of a certainty, you are going to need to be able to wash clothing and to clean dishes and surfaces.  So cleaning supplies must not be forgotten about.  Laundry soap, toilet cleaners,  disinfectants, sink and shower cleaners.

Most of us who have sufficient for our needs definitely need to keep an eye on our current supply and make sure we replace them or buy a back/up while you are using up that final two months’ supply

Foods to Store

If you were unable to go to the store to purchase food for 2 months it’s obvious that you need some form of food, whether dehydrated, canned or fresh.  Fresh produce would be out of the question, however, there are some alternatives that can give you those nutrients you get from fresh fruits and vegetables.  I’ll address that later.

  • Bulk grains which require special treatment to preserve them from pests and weevil.
  • There are, of course, canned foods you can store and many do, but most of us don’t store enough of them to last very long.
  • Freeze-dried food and dehydrated food and meals are a typical selection by many people.

My Preference For Storing Food.


I take a little of each of the ways people store food.  It makes things more affordable and for most of us, the cost is a big concern.  Perhaps you will like some of my ideas.

I have some dehydrated food in #10 cans and Pantry sizes.  These dehydrated and freeze-dried foods also come in meals all ready to rehydrate and eat.  You would be wise to get lots of those meals for a rainy day.   

For grains, I have mostly stored them in buckets or 40-gallon cans.  I buy them in bulk so they are much more affordable.  You have to figure out the season of harvest for each grain so you can purchase them after they are harvested.  This picture may appear to be bulk to you, but I recently purchased 25 lb of Oatmeal for around $23.  Compare the price.

I buy dried beans in small 1 pound sizes because that keeps the rest of the beans in unopened packages.  When my children were at home, however, I would buy 4-6 lb bags.

I buy Powdered Milk, Oatmeal, & Rice in bulk when I can.  Then I can put it in cans myself, or in a group of likeminded persons, we rent the “Canner” from a local source and can it in #10 size cans..

If you store any grains in bags, make sure they are triple cleaned and triple bagged.  Then it is important to keep them up OFF the cement where moisture will form.

grain in fieldThe triple bagged grains usually prevent rodents from getting into them.  We have some wheat that is stored that way, but we store it on pallets off the floor!  The temperature has to be cool below 72 degrees because weevil hatches at around 72 degrees.

Here’s a horror story with regards to storing wheat and weevil.

My parents had an open  30 gallon can with wheat in it in their storage when they passed away.  It was stored in a garage that was supposed to be insulated.  When my brother put his hand into the wheat up to his elbow and then pulled it out, it was covered with hollowed-out husks of wheat.  At the bottom were the fat well-fed weevils. 

It is important to keep wheat in a climate-controlled environment.  A basement usually stays around 50 degrees unless it is heated.  in that case, you need to insulate your storage room well.

Don’t Forget Other Essentials

A diet of bread, wheat, oatmeal, powdered milk, and rice would be really tasteless, and you would tire of it very quickly without some flavorings added.  That is why I make sure I have plenty of

    • variety of spices
    • raisins,
    • pickles,
    • baking supplies such as baking powder, and soda and
    • don’t forget yeast.  If you had to make your own bread you would need yeast.
    • Salt

What is the difference between freeze-dried and dehydrated foods?

Freeze-dried food has been dried in a slow low heat environment.  The moisture has been extracted slowly so it can be quickly reconstituted.

Dehydrated food has been dried more quickly and so the rehydration takes much longer.  Dehydrated food is much cheaper than freeze-dried.

Many bikers, backpackers, and campers love freeze-dried packets of food because they are so easy to use and taste like real food.  In addition, they are lightweight and much easier to deal with.  You can even eat some of them right out of the packet.

Both freeze-dried and dehydrated food comes in cans or Mylar packages or containers.  Canned dried food will generally last for 25 to 30  years, however,  cans rust over time so you have to be concerned about that.

If the cans are kept in a humid environment, they will rust.  I found that out when my parents died leaving a bunch of “Rainy Day” foods they had stored for over 30 years and most of them were useless because of rusted through cans.

Food stored in mylar packages must be stored inside a tub or bucket to keep rodents from invading them.

The advantage of storing dehydrated food in #10 cans is that you can put them on the shelf and forget about them until that rainy day when they become needed.  You should routinely rotate your storage.  Have an emergency preparedness meal once a month or week.

WARNING:  If you store #10 cans, routinely double-check them to check for rust.

How long will dehydrated food last once it’s opened?

The shelf life is usually 6 to 12 months but it must be kept dry and oxygen-free.  Usually, the plastic lid is sufficient, and you need to keep it in a dark dry cupboard once it is opened..

How Do We Get The Nutrients We Need?

Did you know that by sprouting seeds you can get great nutritional value from those tiny seeds.  It is at the moment that seeds sprout that the seed has the most nutritional value of its whole life.  Sometimes 600% more nutrition at that very point of germination.!  This a self-watering/rinsing sprouter.  If you aren’t used to sprouting seeds,  this unit will take the guesswork out of remembering to rinse your seeds.

Seeds such as lentils, alfalfa, radish seeds, and wheat are often used in sprouting.  Mung beans are very hard to sprout into the long mung beans you buy at the store.  Lentils taste similar to fresh green peas.  When my family used to get sick, and I was sick and tired of the sickness, I would make sprouts to help them get well.  It worked every time.

Another thing you can do is to sprout your beans before making chili and bean soups.  We usually soak beans overnight, and by just rinsing them and covering them with a towel, and then rinsing every 6 to 8 hours until the sprout barely pops out, not only will you get better nutrition from these beans, but you will also take some of the flatulence out of the beans.

In Review

To be prepared for a health crisis like is happening in China, where a quarantine decree might be issued, we need adequate food, and supplies to last us for at least 8 weeks.  Even if a crisis never happens, you will be prepared for any emergency like unemployment, earthquake, tornado, snowstorm, etc.

March 1, 2020 – UPDATE

The CORONAVIRUS  is called COVID-19 now.  It is rapidly becoming a worldwide concern.  Not much is known about its beginnings and the actual numbers of deaths in China.  It is known that many people were in China and have traveled around the globe potentially exposing thousands if not millions of individuals.

China has been isolated from the rest of the world.  Nothing is being shipped in or out of China now.  Food from China lies in harbors rotting in their ships.

China’s factories and places of business are shut down.

The actual harm to the world lies more in the fact that most countries rely heavily upon products from China.  Most countries do not have a Plan B for obtaining these things in an event like this.

The US depends upon China for its medications, over the counter drugs, and literally much of our products used in our day to day living.

Without access to these products, the US economy may suffer severely far more than from COVID-19 as a disease.  If people cannot get their meds for several weeks, panic will likely be the killer, not the COVID-19.  Masks are almost non-existent on the shelves in our area of the country already. (Western USA)

President Trump has already announced the possible need to quarantine us for 2-3 weeks, possibly longer, in order to eliminate the threat to our nation.

Other nations are hit hard by a similar situation.  Italy and South Korea are specifically mentioned in the news now.

If you haven’t started preparing for a possible quarantine scenario, don’t you think it might be a good idea to consider it, before it is too late and the shelves are empty at the stores?

Read what a prepper has to say about this HERE.

It never hurts to be prepared!


March 9, 2020 UPDATE

It’s not all about them!

With the Spring Break coming it will be hard to convince our young people they don’t HAVE to go this year.  Yes, they are strong and healthy, but it’s not all about them!  It is who they may infect when they return (if they become infected) at:

    1. Spring break,
    2. Senior class week in Florida, tickets bought and already paid for long B4 Covid-19 –  ($1,300 in a case I know about)
    3. Concerts people bought tickets to months ago

COVID-19 is still an unknown.  It has already killed more than SARS did and the numbers keep rising. It is just getting its foot in the door of some countries.  It is now considered a Worldwide Pandemic.

Some preventive measures are to

      • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.  That is as long as it takes to sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice.
      • Self-quarantine if you are older and have a weakened immune system.
      • Arrange to have classes taught through the internet and stay home from school if you are feeling ill, or at risk.
      • Also, stay away from large gatherings.  You have no idea where people have been, and who those people have been around.

March 20, 2020 UPDATE

The USA is coming to a standstill due to Covid-19.  Truckers are the only thing keeping the nation alive.  But that may end soon as rest-stops across the nation are not keeping showers open to truckers due to lack of personnel to clean them.  Truckers cannot buy food or gas at truck stops in some cases.

The conditions in the US are becoming dire.  Fast food is only available at the windows in most cases.  Only 10 people can be in one restaurant at a time.  Businesses have sent employees home and many shelves are emptied in grocery stores within minutes of being restocked.

New computers are needed and most of the time schools are not supplying them for their students.

There will be few if any Senior Graduation Ceremonies held in high school auditoriums in 2020.  Students will graduate but without the usual  “cap and gown”  pomp and ceremony with the band playing the graduation song.

Instead, in true,  American spirit, sports lovers organized special “See The Light” events in my part of the nation.  The football stadiums of Eastern Idaho turned on their Stadium lights at precisely 8:45 PM  on Good Friday for about 20 minutes.  People drove past the stadiums and honked their horns, all participating in proper social distancing.  Cars were lined up clear across our city in honor of those sports lovers who are all “benched” (so to speak) who came to  “See the lights.”  Many communities in Eastern Idaho participated in this event.

Some students, I am aware of in my community, have been used to holding once a week “Night Out Together”

In keeping social distancing in mind, students have met and parked their cars to form a circle in the school parking lot. Students then  sat on their vehicles’  hood-tops and chatted with each other from a distance.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints are bringing missionaries home from many countries.  Thousands of missionaries are being transported in jets secured by the Church to only transport missionaries.  New Missionary Training Centers are not receiving new missionaries.

This year April Semi-Annual General Conference for the Church will be held using electronic broadcasting and only speakers and the First Presidency will be present for each session.  Usually,  members have to obtain tickets to each session and over 20,000 people flock to SLC, Utah to attend each session of General Conference.

All Church meetings of the worldwide Church of over 16 Million have been cancelled for over 2 weeks now, and members are encouraged to stay home.

Listen to those inner promptings you are feeling and hearing.  This is not a political issue, it is a community issue,  a worldwide issue.

April 8, 2020  UPDATE

We have been in pretty much “lockdown mode for 3 weeks now.  We can only go out for necessities and keep social distancing.  President Trump gives nightly briefings as to the progress being made with Covid-19.

Numbers of cases and deaths reported continue to climb, however yesterday, April 8, the briefing reported a slight decline for the first time in NYCity.  That is encouragement, but everything could change in a heartbeat.

People all over the world are praying for relief from COVID-19 and another fast and prayer day is coming on Good Friday.  Those of you who are faith believers please join your prayers with us on Friday Apri 10th.

The USA is suffering Economic crisis, as are many other countries.  In some places across the US, truckers find it difficult to find a place to shower or buy food for themselves to eat to sustain themselves.  If trucking stops, our economy will die.

Pres. Trump pushed a $4 Trillion Stimulus Bill through Congress which will help those with low incomes or no incomes with bills they have to pay.   Pres. Trump is pushing to get this nation’s people back to work ASAP.

Capitalism is showing what it does best.  People and companies across America are manufacturing masks, ventilators, and other necessary medical needs to keep our medical professionals supplied with necessary protective gear and equipment.

These companies were not commanded to drop other items and manufacture “masks” (or whatever the item is) but most have done this voluntarily.  This is true Capitalism at work.  When there is a need Americans don’t have to be told what to do, they just do it.

Most all school buildings have been closed until the end of the school year.  There are online classes being taught by the students’ teachers for students of all ages.

Most Elementary teachers have not done this before, so this is quite challenging for students, parents, and their teachers.  Some families have several children needing to use their home computers and oft-times, the home computer is too slow. Some families do not even have a laptop or desktop computer at home.

Many parents are working from home, and some have turned to online businesses to make money from home.  See what I recommend as the best Affiliate Marketing Training available online. 

Again I remind you to

  • Wash your hands often,
  • Be sure you are getting enough Vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin,,  if you are still sequestered inside,
  • Wear a mask and gloves if you venture out
  • Practice social distancing.
  • Drink water like a thirsty camel, especially if you get sick
  • Boost your immunity.

This Covid-19 is wicked stuff.

May 6, 2020 UPDATE

It has been a month since my last update to this Pandemic Quarantine.  For me, it has been nearly 4 months of self-imposed Quarantine.  I left the house for the first time yesterday and felt like a bear must feel,  just coming out of hibernation.

It felt somewhat strange to see the trees, shrubs, and tulips in bloom, especially when I went into lockdown everything was covered with snow.  Being handicapped myself, it didn’t affect me as it does many others because this is my life and I have had to accept it.  But a young vibrant individual would go “stir crazy” in the same situation.  I can only imagine.

The media has made it a political “error in judgment” of everything our  US President does. If something happens it’s his fault   If it doesn’t;t happen it’s his fault too. The media have stopped airing his briefings on the subject of Covid-19.  You have to search the news to find his briefings now.

It feels like this whole thing has been contrived for the benefit of the Left. Some scientists are claiming certain medicines already in existence for 50 years will wipe out Covid-19 in a few days, and some oppose it saying it hasn’t been proven and they don’t know what the side effects will be.  Is this rocket science or what?

Some scientists are saying about half of the population already has the virus antibodies in their blood, which means they have already had Covid-19 and the last thing we should be doing is staying home.  And likewise, others oppose the idea.

Some doctors of science are saying we should be using the “herd immunity” antibodies to fight this and that it is safe to go out, while others are saying it is the wrong thing to do to open up the country this soon.  Where do you draw the line?  Who do you believe?

Some scientists and doctors  say quarantining is the wrong thing to do, because it lowers our immune system, and when we go back into community we will have a bigger pandemic than the one before.  Rumors, rumors, and rumors abide all over facebook.  You have to research everything and then be careful what you believe.

President Trump has left it up to the Governors to open their own states.  For certain our economy is in trouble and needs to open back up to overcome this economic downfall.

Our Idaho  Governor has started re-opening our state in stages.  We are not able to go into most restaurants and only 10 workers are able to work at the same time.

Curbside pick-up from online orders was overwhelming one fast food place in my community last night.  In order to pick-up an order, the individuals had to get out of their cars, go into the establishment, state their name, and then wait for the crew to fill it 20 minutes later.  That was after waiting for over an hour for their online order to be delivered to their car.

It is going to be complicated to open up the economy slowly.  In addition, our food supply is being annihilated by the dumping of milk, euthanizing animals, and destroying vegetable crops by plowing them under.  Where is the sense in all this mayhem when people are starving to death on the streets and could be fed by all this wastefulness.  I was taught to eat up every bit of what I was eating and not be wasteful.  (See “Use it Up, Wear it out..” Here) 

History is going to record some of the most horrendous happenings during this tough time.  Hopefully, someone is going to make sense of it all.

In the meantime, I choose to keep working on my website and sharing what I find useful (and maybe not so useful)  You will have to do your own homework!  At least I can communicate with people all over the world through my community of likeminded individuals.  It gives me a broader picture as seen through others’ eyes worldwide.

Be Smart and Be Safe!

Blessings to Everyone





DISCLAIMER: I remind you that I am not a medical professional.  I am not saying that you will have the same results as I.  Nothing I have said should be misconstrued to mean I give any medical advice. Should you have unresolved pain or other problems you should always contact your doctor for professional care.

Regarding COVID19 – Contact the CDC and listen to Pres. Trump’s nightly briefings for regular updates.


Engage-Global Review of Products and Marketing Strategy

Better Together

This Engage-Global Review of Products and Marketing Strategy will show how you can optimize your health and wealth. I will review the history of their unique products and marketing strategy.


Over $7000 is spent to externally protect each U.S. soldier. After 911 the Department of Defense realized external body armor is not enough.

Soldiers also need protection against unseen enemies like:

  • toxins,
  • concussive blast injuries,
  • traumatic injuries,
  • ionizing radiation,
  •  oxidative stress,
  • inflammation

Dr. Kadar Prasad, the United State’s first radiation biologist and the Father of micronutrients, was asked to form a research team to develop such a product.   A cooperative Research and Development Agreement was made between the United States Department of Defense, U.S. Marine Systems Command, NASA, and a leading military contractor.

Over $24 million was spent creating and validating Dr. Prasad’s formulation of micronutrients through 14 clinical trials and human studies.  This resulted in seven patents that created the branding of the formulation for military use and was called MMF.  For Civilian use, it is called Micro Daily.

A few years later, David Namalka, a venture capitalist from Wallstreet looked into MMF.  He originally intended to invest in the MMF company.  After many people gave testimony of the benefits of taking the product, he decided to buy the rights to this formula to help people share the benefits of optimizing their health and wealth. He secured the rights to the product and began his new company known as Engage-Global. (EG)

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Micro Daily, is proven to protect the body against oxidative damage and inflammation better than any existing product.  It is a precise combination of ingredients that helps your body achieve optimal health and cellular function.

“When your body burns energy, it creates cell-damaging molecules known as “free-radicals” that cause inflammation.  Micro Daily helps you take the offensive by delivering a broad range of micronutrients and important antioxidants designed to neutralize free radicals and strengthen your ability to combat them over time.”

“ Ensuring that your nutrition is properly supplemented with the right combination of ingredients will help your body achieve optimal cellular function. This is the only way to fight the effects of aging, a less than perfect diet, and the environmental stress that you encounter every day.”

                                           -Engage Global.com


 Watch Video about EG and testimonials.:  

“When I heard Dr Prasad say that by taking Micro Daily with your breakfast, it can bond with fat and produce more energy, I was excited to try it that way.  Normally I have little to no energy, but this has given me decidedly more ENERGY for the first time since I can’t remember! Then at night, I find if I take either a Micro Daily Hydro or Micro Daily capsule around dinner time, I get much better sleep at night”  Lm


Micro Daily Plus (MD+) is Micro Daily with CBD added to it.  The two together enhance each other, so that the benefits are much greater than taken separately.  Dr. Prasad researched CBD thoroughly before adding it to his formulation.

The benefits range from PTSD to General Pain.  Dr. Kort gives a good explanation of some of the benefits in this video at 24:48 min in. Look for the bald guy.  Check it out HERE.

UPDATE Dr. Prasad just created a new Micro Daily product.


PROTEIN DAILY is a patent-supported combination of proteins, amino acids, fiber, and other important micronutrients that fill important gaps in today’s nutrition while helping boost your metabolism, satisfy your hunger and improve your digestion.

Engage-Global says that decades of research helped in developing this unique “formula that combines two forms of protein, two forms of fiber,  amino acids, and citrulline into an effective and powerful energy source that will help your body perform optimally.”


“…with nutrient-deficient diets today… supplementation has become necessary for us to achieve optimal muscle strength, replenishment, and repair to our bodies taxed by everyday activities and the environments we live in.”



“I had an open wound that wouldn’t heal.  The doctor ordered me to take 30 gr protein.  I started taking 30 grams of Protein Daily (PD) and my wound healed up in a matter of days, whereas it had taken 5 months to get to that point.  I had a hole the size of a Nickle that had not covered completely over with skin.

The Dr. frankly didn’t expect it to heal and was mentioning the “Amputation” word.  But with Protein Daily it rapidly covered and repaired from the inside out.  In addition, I lost 35 lb. during that same time. 

I took the Protein Daily in combination with the Micro Daily each day.   I still take PD every day,  2 years later.”  Lindab

See my Laughter is the best medicine HERE  It tells a little about that wound that wouldn’t heal.  Here’s another article I have published about a Wound Vac that was also used in that healing before using Protein Daily.



“Your brain is the most important organ in your body. It controls everything you do….”

“Your brain uses more oxygen than any other organ in your body to generate energy…”

“Brain Boost Daily, in combination with Micro Daily, provides your brain with the optimal protection and nourishment…”

“Brain Boost Daily feeds the body at the cellular level to fuel your brain, helping you:

  • Master mental focus and concentration
  • Improve memory function
  • Sharpen your senses
  • Increase energy efficiency
  • Fight mental fatigue and the effects of aging”

– Dr. Kedar N. Prasad Ph.D. Chief Science Officer and Product Formulator

“Brain Boost Daily, in combination with the Micro Daily, has given my body what it needs to be able to remember things and it gives me the ability to concentrate.  All I had to do was run out of Brain Boost Daily to realize if it was helping my memory or not.  I started repeating things over and over, and forgetting other important things that I should have remembered.   I quickly reordered and couldn’t get the product fast enough   Thank the Lord, it arrived quickly!  All is well now! ”  RickL

Optimize Your Wealth With Engage-Global’s Unique Marketing System

Marketing is done through direct sales, with payment on commissions earned through retail, or wholesale means.

EG is implementing several innovative ideas into their marketing structure.  Their idea is to make marketing simple and easy to understand.   Some of their incentives include:

  1. All Of It Bonus   EG puts a high emphasis on Health Advocates (Consultants) getting Clients.  To encourage this, David Namalka began the All Of It program, in which the Health Advocate (HA) receives the same amount of money as the new Client spends their first month.  The client spends $100, HA earns $100.  . EG prides itself in being the first company in the industry to pay  All Of It  for an HA’s new customer’s initial order.  It means if you want to make $500, then share the product with 5 new customers who buy $100 ea.
  2.  SAMPLES PROGRAM   A special samples box has been prepared for EG Samples to be assembled and used to ship to a potential Client.  It includes 15 Micro Daily capsules and 1 Micro Daily Hydro.  A Health Advocate (HA) can purchase the samples and distribute them themselves, or HA’s can purchase sample credits from EG.  With one credit EG will send one sample to a potential Client for them.The New Micro Daily Plus CBD samples were just introduced too.
  3. ENGAGE-GLOBAL  APP  Makes it possible for a  Health Advocate to market from their smartphone, and send videos to their client while speaking with them.  A Health Advocate can order samples sent to the Client as they speak, using the App.  EG will fulfill the order and send it to the Client.  The order is tracked by the App and the day the Client receives the sample, the HA is notified and autoresponder emails begin coming to the Client (over a period of 2 weeks) through the APP.  These are only a few of the things the EG App will do.
  4. PROFESSIONAL PROGRAM    Professionals such as Drs, Chiropractors, Naturopaths. Health Food Stores, etc.  Contact  EG Health Advocate for information about getting Engage-Global products placed in their own place of business.  A very lucrative program is in place.

In My Opinion

Engage–Global has impeccable integrity and is a company you can trust whateverEngage-Global advertises and says to be true.
I have used the product for four years now. But I have to be honest. I tried the Micronutrient Military Formula before David Nemalk bought the rights to the product 6 or 7 years ago and didn’t feel it did anything for me.  I had quite a bit purchased and just wasn’t taking it so I quit. (but then I wasn’t taking it right either).
Dr. Prasad says that we need to take Micro Daily twice daily because one dose only contains enough for 12 hours.   I was only taking it once and only half of what I was supposed to take at that.  So I was really only getting 1/4 of the recommended dosage.

So Why Did I Try Micro Daily Again?

Originally Micronutrient Military Formula had was the capsules and I can’t swallow pills, so I had to open them and they are extremely difficult to open.  I had to cut them open with a knife and that was laborious.
So when I heard they had put Micro Daily into a Powder in a little  pouch, I was convinced, to try it again. I believe the first month was only $19 instead of $49 and that swayed me too.  (That special is no longer offered, however.)
I saw almost immediate results, in that I was able to sleep better at night – getting eight hours sleep instead of only two each night was encouraging, therefore I continued taking it.
Then a year later Dr. Prasad came out with his Protein Daily and I was able to lose weight at my age (73) and I have taken it ever since .

You Need To Hear The Doctor

Once I had heard “Dr. Prasad, I understood better why I love MD so much.  He makes so much sense out of nutrition.  I believe we can trust this company as long as David Namalka is at its helm and Dr Prasad is their chief scientist. Dave is always trying to help people for the better. He is sharing the product with less fortunate people too.  His generosity knows no bounds.  He is sending the product to Third World countries to help strengthen them before surgery.
Whenever a change is made most companies will raise the price.  Several times now, I have witnessed a price reduction in products here at Engage-Global.
The latest PRICE REDUCTION   was with the Micro Daily Plus product.  The price was originally priced at $139.00 for a month’s supply.  However, David Namalka has permanently reduced the price to $99.00 for a month’s supply.
New customers also have a 60-day money-back guarantee which seldom gets used, but it is there none-the-less.
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Do you Remember When….?

Photos Preserve Memories

Alzheimers. Parkinsons Disease, and Dementia sometimes occur in old age. What is the treatment? Can anything help brain function?

It’s all about Brain Neurons

What are brain neurons? According to medicinenet.com neurons are the cells that process and transmit information in the brain.

Did you know that we lose over 50% of our brain neurons by the time we are age 60?  Fifty percent!

Scientists are predicting that by 80 years of age we will either have Parkinsons’ Disease, Alzheimer’s, or Dementia unless we supplement our bodies with neuron charging Nutritionals.       …Dr. Kadar Prasad

I remember a time when I was first married and I had learned that I had Narcolepsy caused by a brain lesion from a fall.  A “quacky” natural type doctor in Idaho treated me with some “quacky brain food.”  You’ll understand why I refer to him as quacky in a minute.

I “succumbed” to his sales pitch and bought the stuff, and then traveled back to Texas, where I lived, before opening the bottle to try it.

This stuff was liquid and had the most gosh-awful taste you can ever imagine.  Now, I can take an aspirin and chew it up and don’t mind the taste, so when I say awful, you can better imagine what it tasted like.  I immediately looked at the expiration date on the bottle.

The quacky stuff had DIED/expired and gone to H#@L several years before.  Now, this was back in the ’60s, when a Dr visit was only $8 so when I tell you he charged me $49 for the stuff you’ll understand what I mean when I say this was EXPENSIVE!!

He saw me coming all the way from Dallas to Boise..  He had some expired “Brain Food” that he could sell to an unsuspecting customer AND I LIKELY WOULDN’T BRING IT BACK FOR MY MONEY BACK because I lived so far away!.

I laugh about this now, but it was no laughing matter back then.  In fact, whenever anyone brought up the subject of “Brain Food” you can guess what I would say.  “There ain’t no such thing.”  Not for me that is.

When Dr Kadar Prasad, a world-renowned scientist and Engage-Global’s Chief Scientist, first spoke about a new formula he had developed for the brain, I was VERY skeptical.  Yet, I had seen what his other products were doing for me and so I listened.

I let my husband try Brain Boost Daily first, since unless he

Better 4U when taken together

took Selenium every day he couldn’t remember things.  We dropped the Selenium and switched over to Brain Boost Daily cold turkey.  I figured I would know immediately if Brain Boost Daily was any good or not because RL. my husband would be forgetting things immediately if the product was no good.  He has now been taking it for over 6 months now and is doing very well in the memory department of his life.

As an example, RL, age 78,  bought an “old clunker “Ford

1991 Ford Explorer

Explorer, 1991 vintage, for his second car.  He has always had a thing about repairing cars.  He has repaired engines, done brake jobs, repaired suspension systems, to name a few.

As you might guess, he is busy refurbishing his “new” old 1991 Ford Explorer he has named her Dora,  You know “Dora the explorer.”  Now, I am trying to understand what an old man needs two cars for, especially when he is the only driver.  If you have a good explanation for that one, I’d sure like to know what it is.

At least he is keeping busy and as long as he isn’t forgetting how to reassemble the project after he has it laid out all over the entire garage, then I won’t worry about his mind and memory.

I have heard that maintaining a good memory depends on you using your brain, so if that is true then activity, or using the brain is very important to maintaining a healthy brain.

Can you remember where everything goes?

The day RL can’t remember how to put the things back together will be the end of his automotive mechanic’s endeavor, however.  I pray that it never comes to that.

Is there a cure for Alzheimer’s?

RL’s father exited this life with a severe case of mental collapse that we call Alzheimer’s.

When RL started to not remember things about 10 years ago, I suggested he start taking Selenium, as I had heard that it is helpful for memory retention.  It seemed to help so much so that when I started noticing myself repeating things, or forgetting things, I too started taking it.

Then a few years ago, Engage-Global (EG) introduced Brain Boost Daily, a product that is specifically designed to boost the brain’s efficiency.  We were already taking 2 of EGs other products, and trying to keep purchases all under “one roof,” I started buying Brain Boost Daily for him too (and of course, myself).

Yes, we did drop the Selenium for him and Yes, his memory is still pretty sharp.  He is now 78 and he still can figure out how to redo the suspension in a front-wheel vehicle , and replace a door on this new vehicle.  Not only did he replace the door, but he had to take the “guts” out of the new junkyard door and then replace them with the insides of the old door.  Not an easy task at best.

If you or a loved one are having problems with memory or memory loss, maybe Brain Boost Daily is something you should consider looking into. Check it out here: 

But wait, there’s more!

Dr. Prasad, Engage-Global’sChief Scientist, had introduced Micro Daily in 2012 as his feature product, even before Brain Boost Daily.

There is quite a story behind the product development and the millions of dollars that were invested in its forth-coming.  This is a very short rendition of it, but Dr Prasad explains it very well.

Dr. Prasad is a world-renowned scientist and was recruited by the US Department of Defense to help create a product to protect our veteran soldiers from within their bodies.  kind of like body armor, only Micro Daily is internal armor. Over 24 million dollars were allocated for the project.

Our soldier men have exposure to chemicals and trauma unlike any of us can imagine.  Micro Daily is designed to support soldiers’ unique needs.

Being the world’s First Radiation Biologist Ph.D. in the USA and the world, Dr. Prasad was totally qualified for the job.  HERE, you will find reference to 25 books on micronutrients Dr. Prasad has authored, plus more than 250 peer-reviewed articles he has published.

In addition, Dr. Prasad recently created our Micro Daily Plus (CBD) formula, a combination of micronutrients and ultra-pure CBD isolate.

“With such life-changing and effective factors, we are confident that there is nothing like Micro Daily Plus (MDP) in the world! ”          ..Engage-Global

Dr. Prasad was on the Palm Springs TODAY show on NBC recently answering questions about MDP.   Watch his interview and learn about his insights regarding CBD in this  link.

“Better Together”

Dr. Prasad’s expression “Better Together” prevails in reference to all his products.  Basically it means the products act better together than when taken individually.

May you enjoy better health, renewed energy, better sleeping, and basically regeneration in your health and mind.

DISCLAIMER: I remind you that I am not a medical professional.  I am not saying that you will have the same results as I.  Nothing I have said should be misconstrued to mean I give any advice. Should you have unresolved pain or other problems you should always contact your doctor for professional care.

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See my Review of Engage-Global HERE. 

What Are Stem Cells – Are They Important?


According to Wikipedia “Stem cells are cells that can differentiate into other types of cells, and can also divide in self-renewal to produce more of the same type of stem cells.”

That is really over some people’s heads, and so I am going to focus on the “self-renewal to produce more of the same type of stem cells” through nutrition.

Nearly every ad about health that you see on TV, on your computer, or in the news, is talking about Stem Cells or Anti-Aging.

Let’s face it we all hate to see our bodies break down.  Years ago, I remember seeing an Ad for finding your Real Age.  

I was 59 at the time and watched a video of a young woman growing old.  It was not something we want to see but was very informative as to why people age and look wrinkled in old-age.

As a result, I took their test and what I found was devastating!  Imagine how I felt!  I was only 59 but my real-age was 72!!  It was due to so many health challenges, several medications, and lack of exercise that my real- age was so high.

You can understand why I began looking for products

Young man-woman
Young appearance

that would help reverse my age.    I was able to find several natural supplements through the years that have helped me live to now be 76 literal years young.  That would mean that in 27 years later I am 4 years older than I was at age 59   – in Real-Age, of course. (To find your “real age” click HERE).

Women hate to see their skin starting to sag and wrinkle. They even deny their age and say they are 20 some-odd in age for 24-100 years. if they live that long.

Break-throughs in skincare have made it possible to hide wrinkles for a number of hours.  What woman doesn’t love to put her best face forward?  Then she covers it with creams and moisturizers at night only to follow the same regimen the next day.

But is it possible to actually reverse-age so your skin is tighter and wrinkles actually disappear?

  A New Breakthrough in Anti-Aging 

Are YOU Experiencing Any Symptoms of  Aging?

  •     How Is Your Eye Sight?  Is It Getting Worse?
  •     Are You Feeling Fatigued, Tired, And Just Run Out Of Pep?
  •     Are You Lacking Energy And Stamina?
  •     Do You Have Shoulder Or Knee Pain?
  •     What About Joint Or Back Pain?
  •     Does Your Neck Ache?
  •      Is Your Skin Changing?
  •     Arms And Legs Getting Thin Skin?
  •     Do You Have Dark Circles Or Bags Under Your Eyes?
  •      Does Your Face Show Wrinkles Around Your Eyes?

These are just some of the symptoms we may experience as we age.

American Dream Nutrition’s (ADN) scientists claim they have found the answer with a new breakthrough in nutrition that has a possibility of reverse-aging.  It’s called Stem Cell Release Factor.

Many claims are being made concerning the use of Stem Cell Release Factor.  People are checking it out and now you can too HERE


A lot has been said about building up the immune system so you’ll be strong enough to make it through the COVID-19 attack.

Stem Cell Release Factor has now been coupled with 2 other ADN products to boost the immune system. Check this out HERE.

About American Dream Nutrition

ADN is a seasoned company, with over 20 years of experience developing world-class nutritional products.   American Dream Nutrition Offers the HIGHEST Payouts with the LOWEST Qualifiers in the industry.

Their marketing program provides a Done For You program with a landing page that captures the email address of the potential customer, and then continues to send emails encouraging conversion or a sale.

This program costs $49/month but with just two distributors your monthly fee is virtually paid for so you no longer have that out of pocket expense to worry about.

To get paid for sharing the ADN products with others, a distributor is not required to use the “done for you” program, however.  If you don’t use it, you just don’t have the advantage of the autoresponder messages going to your contacts.

ADN also has a Pay it Forward program in which they buy your prospect’s first bottle of product, which shows ADN’s belief in their own product.  This is only for people who are ready to start their own business and share ADN’s offer with others.

If you are a Top Earner in the industry, ADN has a Special Top Earner Program where you can make $300 per sign up.  They show how you can make that amount per day if you fall into that category of earning capability.

Top Anti-Aging Products

ADN has several products that I consider worthy of mentioning, having tried them for myself.


“Not only do my patients love PhytoZon®, but it’s also my secret weapon. I have my racehorses on PhtyoZon® and they are WINNING BIG!”  — Dr. Curtis Smith

Wild Shiaga  Super Immune Booster! Plus.  A POWERFUL Essential Oils Blend!  (My anti-flu and pneumonia nutritional)

Nu-Derma GoldTM Amazing Results – Everyone LOVES NU-DERMA GOLD for skincare.

Nitro Beet Factor is a remarkable Cardiovascular Super Food.

PureAquaMins® Purify your water, enrich your body with essential minerals. 

Stem Cell Release Factor. The stem cell research is the hottest research front in a hundred years

There are other products but the above are the ones I use so far.


ADN has Over 20 Years of Experience Developing World Class Nutritional Products and Providing Premier support.  ADN provides multiple ways to share their incredible products.

ADN is a company with products my family cannot stay healthy without.  I highly recommend ADN’s products and marketing program to others.

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DISCLAIMER: I remind you that I am not a medical professional.  I am not saying that you will have the same results as I.  Nothing I have said should be misconstrued to mean I give any advice. Should you have unresolved pain or other problems you should always contact your doctor for professional care.

What is a pacemaker?


When JR’s heart started failing him again,(JR is an assumed name) his cardiologist ordered a pacemaker to be scheduled for an implant.  So, just what is a pacemaker?

A pacemakeris a medical device that uses electrical impulses to regulate the beating of the heart.

Until more recent years, Hospice was generally called in when a person’s heart slowed to only a 20% ejection factor.  That was before the advent of the pacemaker in the mid-1980’s.

Since then, medicine has advanced by leaps and bounds.   The wars have given so much opportunity for science to  develope sophisticated appliances and medical devices due to war injuries and continual advancement in the world of computers

Great inventive break-throughs with computers and longlasting batteries have made the pacemaker a commonplace device to be used for patients with heart problems that can be helped through electrical stimulus.

Long lasting batteries make replacement of batteries only necessary every 10-12 years.

JR’s doctor visit in 2014 determined that his heart had again slowed down to 20% ejection factor.  JR’s heart had failed him eight years before and only through the Lord’s mercy and miracle heart drugs was he saved. Read his miraculous story HERE

With the low 20% ejection factor of JR’s heart, Dr “C” (C for cardiologist) elected to install a 3 wire pacemaker because JR’s heart was slowing down again.  This often happens as people age who have heart trouble.  The pacemaker would cause JR’s heart to beat if it forgot to beat, or if it stopped, the pacer would jumpstart his heart through electrical impulses to cause it to continue to beat.

Implanting the Pacemaker

Everything went well until the 3rd wire was beginning to be implanted.  The problem was, everywhere that Dr. C tried to hang that third wire, JR got the hiccups.  His heart was full of scar tissue and everywhere that Dr. C tried to attach or hang that third wire he would start hiccuping again.  The scar tissue was a result of “his heart attack.”

That simply would not do.  It seemed that the only option was to try to hang the 3rd wire on the outside of JR’s heart, hoping of course, that the scar tissue didn’t go that far. This required a surgeon.  Dr. C had to speak with  a heart surgeon to inquire if this was even possible.

The doctor had to hang the wire on the outside of JR’s heart.

JR had had a heart attack?  “Why didn’t you tell us he had a heart attack?” they asked his wife.  She replied something like this “Well You are the Dr.  Why didn’t you tell me?”

Immediately, Dr. C came to JR’s wife Mia,  (assumed name) to inform her of the problem.  He also told her that it was because of JR’s heart attack that there was scar tissue inside his heart and nowhere to hang the third wire. He asked why JR hadn’t told him JR had a heart attack? They probably wouldn’t have even attempted implanting a pacemaker had they known JR had had a heart attack.  What were the warning signs of a heart attack?

This was news to Mia.  A heart attack?  When did JR have a heart attack? Dr. C. assured Mia that JR had had one.  The scar tissue proved it.

Now we don’t often get to look at the inside of our body, so how would you really know if you had a heart attack unless you had PAIN.  Oh, the pain, when JR’s heart nearly stopped 8 years before. But that wasn’t in the heart.  Those were leg pains.  Read about JR’s leg pain HERE

Dr. C. wanted to find out who did JR’s heart bypass surgery 8 years previously.  She remembered Dr. “T” as being his surgeon.

Dr. C then contacted Dr. T to consult with him on the issue.  They determined they would have a good possibility of hanging the third wire on the outside of the heart, and so they scheduled the surgery for the following morning.

What exactly does a three-wire pacemaker do?

In layman’s terms, the pacemaker can restart the heart, if it stops, or simply cause it to beat if it fails to beat or gets out of sync.

They had to put a “garden hose” in his side for drainage as well as make another hole to manipulate the 3rd wire through.  In addition, they had to separate a couple of ribs so they could get to the heart to attach the wire(s).  However, Dr ” T” decided for good measure he would put in a fourth wire.  Just in case the third wire failed, JR would have a backup.  JR is one of the very few people with a backup wire for his 3-wire pacemaker.

The three-wire pacemaker will jolt you if your heart stops beating.  I’ve heard that sometimes people with a 3-wire pacer will often have a car accident if they are driving when they get jolted because it jerks the body so much.  I imagine it doing something like when they use the paddles on you in the hospital; it causes you to jerk.  Not having one of those type pacemakers, I can’t say for sure.

Having a 4 wire pacemaker means that there is one wire hanging loose inside JR’sbody.  The Dr informed JR that the only drawback is that he can never have an MRI with a wire hanging loose in his body.  CT scans are OK but not an MRI.

Thank you for reading my post.  Please leave your experience and/or comments below.

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DISCLAIMER: Not being a health care provider, my information is merely personal knowledge and info gained through personal family experience.  Always consult a professional healthcare provider for technical information as relating to your health.



What is Pain and Why do we have it?

Stress headacheThe Miraculous Machine – THE BODY!

What is pain and why do we have it? Our body is a miraculous machine, When it is operating correctly, everything works well and we don’t have pain.  But when something starts going wrong, we will get a warning sign in the form of pain.  Pain is a good thing.

How bad is your pain?

When we break a bone we generally have pain too.  Not everyone feels pain the same. Some people can take horrendous amounts of pain, while others can barely tolerate a tiny amount of it.   Some people have lost feeling as in my case due to diabetic neuropathy my legs and feet are numb and don’t feel pain there except rarely.

Ordinarily, my pain threshold is very low, in that, I can not take much pain, whereas my husband tolerates pain very well. On a scale of 1 to 10, his pain tolerance would be a 10 where mine would be a 1.

The doctor always asks me  “on a scale of 1-10, how bad is your pain?”  I never knew how to answer that question, after all just how bad is BAD?  Then one of them defined the pain  saying: “…on a scale of 1-10,  a 1 being no pain and a 10  being eaten by a POLAR BEAR!  Well, when you put it that way it makes it easier to say.

Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral Neuropathy is “A disease affecting peripheral nerves.  Nerve damage could be caused due to several different conditions. Diabetes is the most common cause. The commonly noted symptoms are pain and numbness, muscle problems and problems with body organs….” —  Data from Focus Medica.  — Reviewed by a panel of doctors

As a result of diabetic peripheral neuropathy, I have lost a fair amount of feeling in my lower legs and feet, and so no one really knew my ankle was broken when I body-slammed 255 lb of body weight into my ankle.  It stood to reason that my ankle was broken, but with no pain, the obvious was not apparent.

When we get pain, it alerts us to the fact that something is wrong. Let’s list a few of the things that may be wrong when we get pain

  • Sprained or strained muscles
  • Inflammation
  • Fluid around the lungs
  • Fluid in the lungs
  • Pneumonia or Covid-19
  • Ulcers
  • Cancer
  • Appendicitis
  • Gallstones
  • Malfunctioning installed medical devices (read about this further down in this article)

Lately, I have had pain in my right side in my chest and lung area. It isn’t noticeable when I’m upright- standing or sitting.  But when I am lying down, it has been very difficult to roll over in bed without pain. It has been especially painful when I try to get out of bed after sleeping for a few hours.  One night I only slept for 4  1/2 hours and once I got up to use the ladies room, I just got dressed because the thought of having to get up again, was too painful to even think about going back to bed.


Last January, our daughter ended up in the hospital with walking pneumonia that nearly cost her her life.  This was due to mis-diagnosis because the doctor could not hear anything in her lungs and refused to get an x-ray.

She had to walk out of her doctor’s office FOR THE THIRD TIME THAT WEEK and directly into the Health Clinic next door where she got an  X-ray and was sent straight to the ER and spent 5 days in the hospital .

She encouraged me to have my lungs X-rayed just to be sure I wasn’t dealing with something like she had.  I have been assured that if it were me or my husband with that case of pneumonia, we wouldn’t have lived through it,  Naturally, I got an appointment.

I went to the doctor and the doctor said it wasn’t my lungs.  They sounded clear, and he said it was probably just inflammation.  He asked if I would like to have an X-ray taken.  I asked him if he thought it was necessary.  He said “no,” so I agreed that I wouldn’t.  After all, he’s the expert, right?  He did say “if it gets worse, then come back in and see me.”

When the pain continued to escalate, I decided that maybe we DID need to have my lungs X-rayed just to rule out the possibility of walking pneumonia.

After the lungs were X-rayed,  they were pronounced “Clear with No fluid in or around them.”  So three questions still exist:

    1. Why do I still have pain?
    2. Why is it getting worse?
    3. What is causing the pain?

Asking Siri for Info

Of course the natural place to go is to Siri and I found several possibilities ranging from inflamation to pneumonia all the way to colon cancer.  I have consulted with two Dr friends and gotten different opinions and options.

Being one who “listens to my body” I am always open to alternative options so when my daughter came bearing her Red Light Therapy system, I agreed to try it.

Does Redlight Therapy work?

Her husband’s RA (rheumatoid arthritis) was put into remission using this system.  His doctor had recommended it for him.   Well, I’ll try it and see if it can help my pain.

To buy this therapy system is over $1,700 and the write-ups about it on the internet are positive.

Red-Light-Therapy-SystemThe system has 4 infrared lights about “4×2” and these lights connect to a box that controls the electrical current.  There is even a boot to hold the light on your foot.  Each light is placed on the painful areas and then secured to the boot or a belt with velcro to hold it in place. You are not supposed to use them for more than 30 minutes to prevent getting burned.

Well, I tried this once and the pain lessened, and I was able to get out of bed without tears streaming down my face.

My Methuselah like experience has taught me not to make hasty judgments about things like this, so I will end this “experiment” here like a cliff-hanger.  In a week, I will let you know if in fact, red light therapy has helped my pain.  Until then…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

I am back again with a possible solution to Why My BP and Pulse Were  So Low?”


 Why the Pain?

First of all, I said I’d report on the Red Light Therapy System.  Does it work?  Yes, it definitely chases the pain away.  I have resorted to using it several times for various pains I have had since this published in September of 2019.

It has been a week later since I said I don’t believe in making hasty decisions, and I have had a harrowing  experience I wasn’t even expecting.  This popped in, out of the blue, and possibly explains why I have had the pain I have had.  No one thought of it, not even one of the three doctors I spoke with.

I kept thinking I needed to have my Boston Science Pacemaker evaluated to check on the life of the battery again, but I was assured by my husband that last time we had it checked, (June of 2018) I still had a couple years of life left on it.  So I did nothing.

I woke up Friday, Aug 30th, after having had the pains mentioned above and I was having trouble seeing a complete image of things.  It felt like I was dragging my legs to get anywhere.

I had white splotches in all my vision.  Only seeing part of an object, not seeing a blackout, but instead, the object was “whited” out.  Really strange phenomenon.

My balance was unstable, more than usual.  I had a slight headache and was a bit shakey.  I wasn’t thinking too clearly.  I thought it was Saturday and so I got a shower for an event in a couple of hours later on Sat.. (The truth was it was Friday, so my mind was not thinking clearly either.)

After my shower, I   dressed and went into the kitchen to take my Micro Daily Nutritionals.  I was so off-kilter that I somehow knew I was going to the hospital for surgery to replace the battery in my pacemaker.

Consequently, I didn’t take my usual shake and only drank a small glass of micronutrients.  At that point, I decided to take my blood pressure.  It was 65/58 with a pulse of only 55.  No wonder I felt so terrible.

Getting an Appointment

I immediately tried to get an appointment to have my pacemaker evaluated to see if the battery had quit.  All I could get was the nurse’s answering machine saying “If this is an emergency call 911  etc…” and she was out of the office and would get back to me within 24 hours-but due to Labor Day meant 4 business days, which meant next Tuesday.  This was a 4 day weekend.

Well, I couldn’t wait that long.  I was failing fast.  We hate the long wait at the ER but headed there immediately anyway.  Then my husband suggested we go by the Idaho Heart Institute and see if someone could check my pacemaker there.

I tried calling the DR’s office one more time and this time waited for the prompts all the way to “for pacemaker technical support press 4…” and a bright cheery voice of a lively young woman answered saying “Pacemaker technical support”.  I explained my predicament and she said for us to come right over and she would see me immediately.

She checked out the pacemaker and immediately said “it’s not your battery, you still have 6 months left on that.  You’ll want to come in every two months to be checked just to be sure.”

But Why are my BP and pulse so low? 

“Wait.” I said “why is my BP and pulse so low?” and she replied “well there is something else I can check here.  Oh, .. …”  She picked up her phone and called someone telling them to look at the stats she was getting, and then she said “Yes, what you said” to the person on the line.  She obviously didn’t want us to hear what the other person said.

She went out of the room for a minute and then came back in saying the doctor who was available in the office that day was going to come see me.  Remember, I did not have an appointment.

We waited a short 10 minutes (which was far less time than we would have waited at the ER) When the doctor took one look at my stats, he quickly left the room giving orders to one person to “call for…… ” and another person to “be sure to do…..” and then he came back in the room and talked a couple seconds and was running out in the hall again.

“Did you get…  Are they ready?”  We figured he was dealing with other patients while trying to slip me in between them, since I didn’t have an actual appointment with HIM .  I had had a doctor like that once and I never really knew when my appointment was over.  I hated that kind of doctoring and told my husband so as the doctor exited the room once more.

Finally the doctor returned to the room to stay put saying,  “There’s good news and bad news here”

Your Battery Isn’t Dead YET!

“The good news is that your battery isn’t dead YET” he stated.  “The bad news is you have a faulty lead wire.  It’s either fractured or leaking. It has to be taken care of.”

He explained that since the battery was so near expiring they were going to replace it at the same time.

Whew!  I was glad about that!  I did not want to have two surgeries to pay for in 6 months.  Not to mention the trauma it puts on the body to undergo surgery.

“Unfortunately,” he said, “it’s a 4 day weekend  so we are going to repair it NOW.” Today?  I asked and he said “NOW.”  Then he instructed us to pick up a packet the girls had put together at the nurse’s desk “and take it to the hospital.  “Do not stop at the admittance desk.   Go straight up to the 4th floor and hand that packet to the nurses at the desk there. They are aware that you are coming and they will take  care of you from there.”

He reiterated the fact that we should not speak to admittance, “they will take a lot of time admitting you and we have already taken care of that for you.  No, do not go to the ER.  Go straight to the forth floor.”  He told us who my Doctor would be.  He even told me my room number.  I realized then that his popping in and out of the room was spent arranging for my admittance to the hospital and talking to the cardiac specialist and surgeon at the hospital who would take over my case.

Did they really get the message?

What a surprise for us to get to the hospital and basically be put on hold.  We went in thinking I was going right in for surgery, and the nurses there didn’t even know why I was there.  My doctor at the Heart  Institute had obviously spoken to the Cardiologist at the hospital and he hadn’t relayed the message to the nurses there.

I was gowned and labs were done, including taking my Blood Sugars, which were at a whopping low of 63.  Well of course!  I hadn’t eaten anything that morning and it was now 3 pm.  With an insulin pump, you keep getting a dose of insulin every hour to keep your sugar levels even for what you may be eating.

Well, I hadn’t eaten ANYTHING, so I was bottoming out there too.  The nurses immediately brought me a Turkey sandwich and a glass of Orange Juice and a Lorna Doone cookie.  “To heck with the diabetic diet, this girl needs food NOW.”

I asked about the surgery, but they said they didn’t know anything about it, and if I was to have surgery  it would be in the morning most likely.  They said everyone had gone home in surgery.  Besides, there were no doctor’s orders for surgery.

Talk about confusion.  I wondered why we were even there.  Then the Boston Science tech came in and tuned up my pacemaker and pronounced it working again, so I was as good as new and could probably go home that night.  Sooo what about the fractured wire? Well, he had just tuned it out, so the heart wouldn’t hear the noise it was creating. “Really?” I asked.

He left and I continued to eat my turkey sandwich and drink my OJ.  Somewhere amid all this chaos, the Cardiac Doctor came in to meet me and informed me they would be up to get me for surgery in a few minutes.  Oh wait, they haven’t done your  I-V yet?  no cath?   Well he tuned up the nurses and they quickly obeyed.

Oh Really? 

You’re trying to get blood out of a turnip?


I swear, that nurse tried to get blood out of a turnip from my arm, because my veins had collapsed due to no food or drink all day.  He was so determined to get blood out of the middle of my arm.

He kept saying “Oh, come on.  It’s right there. Four, Five, Six times he kept trying the same place.  I had always been told lab techs couldn’t try the same place more than 2 times.  Even after 3 + weeks, that spot still was bruised.  I kept saying “just try my hand. They can always get blood from it.”

I ended up raising my voice at him saying “Oh for Pete’s sake, quit being so stubborn.  Just take it from my hand like I told you you’d have to!”

That guy wasn’t about to have a patient know her own body, HE WAS THE NURSE!  Even after that, he still attempted to insert that needle into a flattened blood vessel one more time!

A female nurse came in about then and I begged her to try.  I said “Can you get blood out of difficult veins?” She said “Of course” and I cried “Oh please, YOU do it!”  She went right to my hand and slipped it in the first time.

I learned later I should have fired that male nurse.  I’m paying the bill, I can demand another nurse.  Yes, we can do that.   But when your brain is only half operating, it’s hard to remember a little thing like that.

Once those two jobs were completed, and before very long I was being wheeled down the hall to the elevator and taken to surgery.

Getting Down to Business

Now the surgeon was really feeling good about the coming weekend, Labor Day and all, and invited everyone to go to “C……’s” for dinner after this surgery was over.  They joked because he knew they were still on duty and wouldn’t be drinking so it wouldn’t cost him too much.

I was not put to sleep for this surgery, I wasn’t given any anesthetic.  Just Percocet to make me not feel anything, because they wanted me to be able to interact with them and to obey certain commands to test the new wire they were putting in.

There were half a dozen people assisting with this procedure including the Boston Science tech.  At least these assistants were not talking about their dates last night like happened with my first pacemaker experience nine years previous.

When these people got down to business it was all business. “hand me that screwdriver there.”.. .” take that around one more time.”  “dab that blood” etc.  I even knew when they were screwing the lead wire into my heart.   No, I didn’t say I felt it, I just knew they were doing it and I asked what they were doing.

The procedure was over in about an hour and I was headed back up to my room.  I had no more problems with nurses.  Lucky for me, that one objectionable nurse went off duty during my surgery.

You can sure tell the difference between a nurse who is just there for the paycheck, and a nurse that truly cares about his/her patients’ comfort and care.

Time has elapsed

It has taken me several weeks to finish this article.  I really have had a hard time bouncing back.  I have been Sooo tired.  Can’t stay awake.  Who would have guessed a malfunctioning pacemaker could affect the body so much.

My body pains I was having appear to be entirely related to the heart’s inability to interpret the signals it was being given.  Without adequate blood flow to my brain, eyes, and lungs, I was feeling pain in that one lung, not thinking clearly, and vision was affected.

A Change Of Color

My husband knew I was going to be better because he could see the difference in my color when I was wheeled back into my hospital room.  He describes it this way.  “It’s like you had a worn out Model T Ford and now you have a brand new Cadalac.”  The new tecnology gives me an additional 4 years battery life compared to the old one.  It should last me at least 11 years instead of 7.

I have given you the details that I have to help you understand the things that can happen with an old pacemaker.  Not that you would have the same symptoms as I did, just that your body will tell you threw pain and other symptoms when things are not right.

Again I remind you that pain is often there for a reason, and masking it with painkillers may not be the right solution, especially if you are”bionic” like me with medical devices assisting your body to live.

Thank you for reading this long post.

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DISCLAIMER: I remind you that I am not a medical professional.  I am not saying that you will have the same results as I.  Should you have unresolved pain or other problems you should contact your doctor for professional care.





What Is A Medical Wound Vac?


What is a medical wound vac?  When I was in rehab (see my story) I had to have a  Medical Wound Vac to help my broken ankle wound heal.  I suffered from a leg bone that poked through the skin due to a horrible accident.  In the process of surgery, the doctor was unable to grasp any skin to cover a portion of the hole that had been made due to the force of the bone popping through the skin..

Consequently, after surgery,  there was a hole about the size of a nickel that was not covered by any skin.  Until that healed over with new skin, the wound was open, with chances for infection setting in.

About 5 weeks after  my ankle  accident, the Dr finally ordered a wound vac for me. He felt it would help the healing of the skin and possibly stimulate new skin growth.

The purpose of a wound vac is to eliminate any fluid building up inside the wound and then becoming infected.

My wound vac pump was rather cumbersome in size, however today they have some that the pump is relatively small.  This picture shows the flat adhesive waterproof dressing, the cannula, and the thick silver foam dressing.

A wound vac  consists of

  • A pump AND canula,
  • Silver Foam Dressing,
  • Adhesive Border Sterile Waterproof  Dressing

The Negative wound care therapy process:

The waterproof dressing is applied around the wound, leaving only the wound exposed.  In my case, my leg and ankle were covered by the waterproof adhesive plastic-like dressing.  All but the wound is covered by the adhesive plastic.

This is the most time consuming because a hole has to be cut to expose the wound. The nurse almost has to be an artist to sculpt such a hole. The waterproofing cannot have any leaks where air can get in and achieving a vacuum is the prime target.

Then the Silver Foam Dressing is cut to cover the wound itself, and then a strip about an inch wide is cut to form a strip to wherever the vacuum will attach.  The decision as to where to attach the vacuum is made by the nurse the wound vac dressing on.

The waterproofing went clear up to my knee. I worried that the skin under that clear plastic adhesive dressing would die and there would be worse troubles.  What a relief when the nurse changed the dressing the first time and all was fine.

For a couple of weeks, the cannula went down inside my boot and attached near my ankle.  This caused some consternation for me because the cannula tube left a deep indentation in my leg where the boot was tightened over the top of it.  

Then a new nurse began applying the dressing and took the foam out above the top of my boot.  That was a much better solution.

In my case, the foam went nearly up to my knee. That caused me to not be able to bend my knee and was highly uncomfortable.  This had to be adjusted until she was satisfied as was I.

The foam was then covered with another layer of the waterproofing. An exit hole was cut where the vacuum was attached forming a tight seal so the vacuum could pull fluid from the wound through the foam dressing and out, away from the wound.  This keeps the wound free from body fluids making a better environment for healing. 

The foam is

  • Antimicrobial,
  • Non-Stick Padding,
  • Sterile,
  • Highly Absorbent &
  • Comfortable

Once the vacuum is attached, the 3/4 inch high foam is sucked down to be very flattened.  It is sort of like after you put sweaters or blankets in a plastic bag and then suck the air out of them.  They flatten right down. This foam does the same thing.

That wound vac is a marvelous creation

The war in Afganistan and Iraq caused the need for a number of modern medical inventions.  Years ago, I would have lost my leg because of infection.  As it was I nearly lost it, but for the help of the medical wound vac, I would have.  I could show you pictures of the wound and of the healing process both   before, during, and after the wound vac was used, but they are too gross.

Even with the wound vac, the healing was extremely slow.  So much so that the orthopedic doctor did not hold any hope for it healing once infection manifested itself.

He wasn’t even concerned all those 9 weeks while the wound vac was on, whether my ankle bones were healing, because IF this wound didn’t heal, I was facing amputation of my lower leg.

The doctors ordered me to take 30 grams of protein every day, sometimes even twice a day.  At first, I took Premier Protein and then I added a powdered protein called “Protein Daily” to half a bottle of Premier.   That equated to 30 grams per serving.  Once I added the Protein Daily to my regimen, the wound healed more rapidly.  In about 3 weeks we were seeing pink skin.  Dec 15-Jan 7.

My accident was in mid-July and the doctor turned me loose about the 2nd day of March.  A very long healing process that I am forever grateful for wound vacs and powerful protein drinks.

Wound Care Center

It would take a wound specialist sometimes as many as 2 hours to apply everything to achieve suction.  After I left rehab, I was sent to a wound therapist at a Wound Care Center.

Each Wound Care Center gets its supplies from different suppliers, so we had to switch vacuum pumps from our initial supplier, Norco because Mountain View Wound Care Center used a different wound vac pump.  That caused us double billing for the month, because Norco,  billed in advance..  There will always be financial tussles to have to work out.  But we find those challenges to be much less a problem than the healing of a severe wound.

Dealing with Cannulas

My wound vac had a cannula and I really had to watch that I didn’t trip over it.   Well, it wasn’t that bad, but when I had to get dressed or use the ladies’ room it was a pain in the “you know what. ”

The wound vac had to be threaded through the leg of my slacks to get dressed.  Confusion amongst the CNA’s was common. ” Do you go from the top down or from the bottom up?”  More times than not, they had to reverse my dressing process mid-stream.

Then when we took a walk or wheelchair stroll, I had to have someone bring along my pump and oxygen.  It was a real effort to try to do anything or go anywhere.

Adding my wound care cannula to my other body fixtures , my nightly oxygen, and my insulin pump meant I had three cannulas helping me with my health.

I have been on oxygen at night for nearly 10 years now. I forget to breathe at night and my oxygen level goes down to 77 or lower.  While I was in rehab, I sometimes had to use oxygen during the day.  Believe me, that was crazy trying to keep the cannulas straight.

Between all the “fixes” in my body, I stay alive. Without them, I would probably just stop breathing one night and be snuffed out or suffer a stroke and wish the t’other would have happened.

I have an insulin pump, a pacemaker and oxygen at night. I’m hooked up to cannulas going every which way it seems.  But thank the Lord for these modern miracles.  I’m still alive and kickin’.  And thank Him for wound vacs that saved my leg so I’m still walkin’.

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Are Leg Pains the Sign of a Heart Attack?

Are Leg pains the sign of a heart attack?

In August 2006 a relative of mine had severe leg cramps that kept reoccurring night after night.  He wishes to remain anonymous, so I will call him JR.  They reminded him of the growing pains he used to have as a child, but these pains were much more severe.  Their daughter suggested a heart attack.  The question is: Are leg pains the sign of a heart attack?

Why was JR having Pain? Click HERE 

JR’s son  is a general practicing physician and also wishes to be anonymous  I’ll call him “Dr. Son.”  JR’s wife asked Dr. Son what it might be and he suggested a calcium deficiency and he said to eat a big baked potato smothered in butter. sour cream and cheddar cheese.  They took his advice but the leg pains continued.

It was always at night the pain came

His foot would be so misshapen or distorted as if the foot muscles were being shrunk up into his ankle, causing the foot to turn on its side. He would get out of bed to try and walk off the leg cramp.

When they visited their general practitioner they asked him about JR’s leg pains.  Again their doctor thought it was a calcium deficiency.  What else could it be?

One day in Feb of 07 JR had a harrowing day at work and that night he got the “mother of all leg cramps”.  He got up and went into the family room to sit in his recliner.  His wife, Mia (assumed name) got up to sit with him.

As JR sat there, another cramp came and he tried to nurse it to get it to go away, but it didn’t leave,  He got up again, thinking he could “walk it out.”

This time he became paralyzed in pain.  He couldn’t move his leg but had attempted to walk, which threw him off balance and he fell head-first into his recliner.  Tears were streaming down his face unless they were “great drops of sweat.”

The episode passed and JR and his wife went back to bed.  A couple of days later, Mia was talking to their Dr. son and she mentioned the incident to him.  He said: “let me talk to him.  Put Dad on the phone right now!”  JR was still in bed and Mia called in to him to pick up the phone, but JR said he couldn’t talk.

Mia assumed JR was in the bathroom, away from the phone.  Dr. Son said, “Well if he has another attack like this, you call 911 and you get him to the ER STAT.  That’s the only way you will know what is happening or going on.”

It wasn’t until the next morning that JR  told Mia he was in the middle of another attack when Dr. Son had wanted to talk to him the night before.

Their daughter mentioned her father-in-law had had a heart attack and the pain was in his leg.  That was enough for Mia.  She decided JR needed to see the doctor.  In trying to set up an appointment, they were unable to get one for 4 more days

JR’s appointment was with their regular doctor.  They visited him that next Monday.  The doctor found nothing to be concerned about. As Mia and JR were getting ready to leave what felt like empty-handed, the doctor popped back in and said, “I think I’ll get an EKG before you leave, just to make sure it’s not your heart.”

What is a “Left Bundle Branch Block”?

Well that EKG showed JR had a “Left Bundle Branch Block”.

The doctor was concerned and said JR needed to see a specialist.  The doctor didn’t set up an appointment for them, however, and it was another month before they could get in to see the Cardiologist, I’ll call him Dr. C for Cardiologist.  Dr C wasn’t specifically concerned but set up an Angiogram to be done in a week.

A week later, JR drove the car 45 minutes to the Angiogram appointment. Then he pushed Mia (wife) in a wheelchair from the parking lot up 3 stories in the elevator, and then down a long winding hallway.  They went too far and had to turn back again.  He was huffing and puffing so much that Mia asked him if maybe he should be in the wheelchair and she should push him?  But JR, being the man that he is, said “No. I’m fine”

Before they left home for JR’s appointment, Mia had the thought that JR should take some overnight clothes, just in case he had to stay over in the hospital.  But the thought was dismissed and they left without anything for an overnight stay.

Mia waited in the waiting room while JR was having the Angiogram procedure. When the doctor came to get her, saying “come with me,” she didn’t know what to expect but went with him into the room where the procedure was performed.   Dr. C wanted her to look at JR’s heart on a leg angiogram procedure video.  She couldn’t see it, so he pointed at the screen with a pointer.  “Look – at his heart.  See how it is pumping?”  Mia still didn’t see anything and said, “where?”

7% Ejection Factor

The doctor had to point it out to her and then took his hand and opened it up with all fingers extended and then closed his hand into a fist a couple of times saying: “THIS is how the heart is supposed to be pumping.”

Then holding his hand open again and barely moving it he said: “this is how JR’s heart  IS pumping.”  The Cardiologist also pointed out a 70% occlusion at a Junction point, which made a stent impossible, and open heart surgery necessary. 

However, if they tried to do surgery now, JR would die on the operating table because his heart had nothing to give at that point.  He would have to regain some strength back to about 55%- ejection factor before surgery could be performed.

The doctor informed Mia that JR was going to have an Echocardiogram and then would go straight to ICU.  Since the Cardiology dept was on a wing of the hospital, it was a quick trip to ICU.  Mia then went downstairs to have JR admitted to the hospital.

Little did Mia know that the doctor expected that JR would take one more breath and it would be his last. No one lives, with a 7 % ejection factor, with the exception of JR it seems.

Dr. Son flew in from  the west coast and mentioned his Superior had said: “how can your dad even be alive with a  7%  ejection factor?”

All of their children came home, expecting to attend a funeral.  JR had been attempting to do the finish carpentry work on their new home with a heart that was barely functioning.  No wonder it was taking him so long to finish their house.  They couldn’t move in until it was finished and approval was given by the city, so their children all pitched in and finished their parent’s new home while their dad lay in the hospital bed  40 miles away.

“Many hands make light work”

The term “many hands make light work” was never truer. After 3 days in the hospital, JR said “ well, you probably need this bed for someone else, and I might as well go home to die.  If that’s what you  are waiting for, it ain’t happenin’.”

So home they went, and the children continued to do the finished carpentry and painting on their new home so their parents could move in.

Thankfully there was no funeral and with the modern medications of a decade ago, after a month JR’s heart had increased in strength and had a count of 30% ejection factor.  Then by August, the ejection factor had risen to 55% and open-heart surgery was finally an option.

Eight years later

Eight years later JR’s heart started to slow back down to 20% ejection factor, which is when  Hospice is usually brought in.  JR got a pacemaker at this time, at 20% and they learned that his original pain in his leg was probably HIS heart attack. (Learn more HERE)

He had had an earlier heart attack! That’s another story for another article.  I’ll put the link in when I  get it written.  Suffice it to say. JR is still living with his heart pumping at a 28% ejection factor.  He tires very easily, has lost a lot of muscle, and keeps himself busy “puttering” around the house.

Sometimes heart attacks don’t show up as textbook maladies.  You should learn what the warning signs are for heart attack or stroke if you don’t know.  Knowing them could mean the difference between life and death for you or a loved one.

Read about the warning signs of a heart attack or stroke,  HERE.

Thank you for reading this and leaving your comments.

DISCLAIMER: I remind you that I am not a medical professional.  I am not saying that you will have the same results as I write about.  Nothing I have said should be misconstrued to mean I give any advice. Should you have unresolved pain or other problems you should always contact your doctor for professional care.

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Writing a Hymn – Good for the Soul Music

Writing a Hymn Good gor the soul


Sometimes we need to step back and do something we love just for our mental or emotional health.  That’s what I did for a week in June of 2019.    I call it – “Good for the Soul Music.”

Writing My Hymn For Submission to the Hymnbook

When I was at BYU studying Music, my MusicTheory Professor told us we had a chance to submit a hymn and possibly be published in the new hymnbook that was coming out in a couple of years.  That was 1962 and I didn’t have any idea of how to write a hymn then, so I didn’t even try.  I had written a tune for our dorm to sing in a BYU competition but we didn’t win so my confidence wasn’t at it’s best.

I have learned a lot about composing music over the last 5 decades.  I have taught my piano students how to write their own music, and many of them compose music as adults today.

How to Write Music

To write music easier, some software programs like Finale/Phenole have been created that will print the music as you play it.  It is not super easy to use the program, but once you learn how, it sure takes the work out of writing all the notes and it really looks professional too.

My first music composing software was called “Finale” for my old Mac computer (1984)  I arranged a lot of music with that electronic music program. and then we bought an IBM type computer.  The Finale music program did not transfer to our new computer system.

Creating music without music composing software was never the same after that.  The windows format just isn’t an Apple computer.
I have since learned of some music composing software that is for the Windows computer, but I knew there would be a learning curve that I didn’t have time for at this moment.

I had created a MUSIC Bingo game on that old Macintosh, and I still use that MUSIC game today for my piano students..

Fast Forward To Today-2019

Nearly 60 years later, who knew that I would get a second chance at writing a hymn for another new hymnbook?  But without my   Finale music program, it would be hard!

Stepping back a bit, it had always been my intention to write a hymn for a new hymnbook, if they ever published another one in my lifetime.   So it was on my mind when the new hymnbook was announced.

Finding My Lyrics

My confidence was lacking in writing my own lyrics so I went to the scriptures looking for words I could put to music.  I had sung  “Elijah”  at BYU with the Oratorio Choir so I looked for some of those words.

The words were not all neatly typed for the composer, Mendelssohn.  He had to take a little from one verse of the Bible, and a little from another verse to ultimately write the lyrics.  They were pure inspiration.  Then he wrote the music for the words.

In the scriptures, I found a few things that I thought I might use for lyrics, but no inspiration for a tune was there.  Maybe I was putting the “cart before the horse.”


Writing the Tune

Then about a year ago in 2018, I  received a poem written by my husband’s great grandfather, Richard Godfrey, and I thought, “Oh, maybe this would make a good hymn? ”  But alas, It didn’t have words for today’s generation so I abandoned his poem, but not before I had a tune come into my mind for it.

I was in the car at the time, and I was reading Richard Godfrey’s poem when this tune came into my mind.   I only had my phone handy, so I hummed the tune in “video record mode” and got the tune preserved.

This was the start of my hymn.  I never even put it down on paper at that time.

Then one day a little later we were told that a new hymnbook would be printed later and we could submit our own hymns if we wanted to possibly have them included in the book.

For months  I had that tune running around in my head with more words matching the tune.  I would get up and put those words into a file on my phone labeled “my hymn”.  So I had 15 to 20 different phrases that matched the rhythm of the tune.

A Call to Action

It was late Sunday the 23rd of June, when my sister called telling me she had just heard that the deadline for our hymn submission was  July 1., 2019.   “You’ve got to enter your hymn.”  Oh, it’s too late I reasoned.  But she challenged me to DO It.  That meant I only had 1 week to write everything.  Could I do it?

First I had to transfer all my lyrics to my computer and then transcribe the tune onto the music staff.    And after the tune was written, then I had to make it into a chorale , or in other words in “hymn style.”  That was going to be a lot of work.

Here’s How It Happened

Elaine called June 23 and told me the submission day was July 1st  so that meant I only had one week to complete everything and submit it.  As I said, I had only the tune recorded on my phone and a number of phrases for the words.
I had two of my daughters and my sister and of course my husband review and give me comments and suggestions, but this tune is solely mine and the words came to me in the still of the night.

The tune played in my head

The tune was playing in my head almost constantly for a while this spring. In the night words would pop into my mind and I captured them on my phone-notes whenever that happened.
I then had to organize them into an order that made sense and I tried to rhyme the words. That was possibly the hardest thing to do.
I had the tune but then I had to write the chords and parts. After 3 days that came together.  I considered trying to find someone with the Phenole music writing program for windows.  But then I realized it would have a learning curve, and I didn’t have time to spend learning something new, so  I asked one of my creative  grandsons if he would come to script it for me so that it was legible.  Gratefully he did it in only 3-4 hours.

Only 3 Days Left

Then, when it came time to put on the pressure to complete this by July 1st, I had just 3 days left to complete it. Everything seemed against me. I had emailed the words to my sister, and then the words had disappeared from my notes on my phone.
I found them in the delete file, but then that very day, I never touched anything I swear, but my lyrics file was deleted right before my eyes. Gone forever. What was I to do?
Try as I might, I couldn’t remember very many phrases.  It was like Bam!  Remember this NOW! Whaat?
I could not remember.

All Was Not Lost

Then I remembered sharing them by email with my sister just the night before and I retrieved them from that sent email. Whew!

I tried to find the files I’d saved on my computer concerning this hymn.  I had a hard time keeping track of where they were on the computer. Sometimes, it was as if someone didn’t want me to find them.  It smelled of a conspiracy!  Funny how the mind can conjure up all kinds of reasons why the challenges are there.
In order to submit my hymn, I was required to create a profile page but I couldn’t find where to do my profile.  I searched and searched but could not find it.  Then, Friday, after praying desperately about it, the “create profile” page appeared on my computer screen when I entered the “submit your hymn” area almost miraculously.  That was awesome!  I was definitely guided every step of the way.
My grandson had taken pictures of my song and then stored them on my computer.  I had written the Title and Copyright info on it and saved it to a file.
1.  I had to convert everything to a PDF file,
2. Submit the hymn with my name and copyright,
3.  Submit the lyrics with my name and copyright
4.  Submit both hymn & lyrics without my name & copyright information. too 
I believe the reason the wanted a copy without the composer or author’s name on the submission form is so that when the Music Committee votes on which songs to put in the Hymnbook, they won’t be swayed by the name of the person submitting it.  Some people are famous and people might be swayed by the name alone.
When it came time to submit, I had done everything required but was unable to find the files where everything was stored anywhere.  I again prayed for help.
All I could think of was to call my grandson.   I figured he would know how to find the files.  As it turned out, he had taken a number of computer classes in high school and graduated from a college computer course in Windows Operating System (which I didn’t realize) 

There were less than 4 hours left

It was 8 pm and time was running short; I had less than 4 hours left so I called up my wonderful 17 year old teenage grandson again, and of course, he dropped what he was doing and came right over.  I kid you not.  He really did!!
To make a long story shorter, I had done a number of things that were unnecessary and he undid those and simply found my hiding files and entered them ready for submission.  I had done everything I needed to but simply couldn’t find where they were on the computer.  They were hiding right in front of me in my open files.
NOTE: If files are open, you can’t find them in your folders.  I prayed and prayed to be able to find them, but all I could think of was “call Brandon,”  and he knew exactly what to do.  In a little more than 45 minutes, he had me ready to submit.  But he made ME push the “submit” button.  After you push submit you can’t edit anymore.
After much trepidation, I pushed “submit”  but the submission form asked again “Are you sure you are ready to submit?”  Ultimately I finally pushed the button, thanking my dear grandson Brandon over and over again.   I never fail to be amazed at how it all came together.


It turned out that writing my hymn was good for my health, whether it is emotional or mental, call it what you may.  I had committed to writing a song with words to submit in less than a week’s time.  Mission accomplished – I did it!!  That was good for my psyche, for my soul.
I learned that with a lot of help from the Lord above and from some family members reviewing and commenting, I submitted it about 8:45 pm, June 30th, 2019.  It was three hours under the July 1st deadline.
We can do anything we set our minds to, we just have to ask for help.  If we don’t understand things then asking questions from Siri or Cortana, Google or our Heavenly Father usually will bring an answer.
Sometimes we get into things we don’t fully understand as I found several times.  When that happens we need to swallow our pride and admit that we need help.  I knew I needed help but thought it would miraculously appear, just like had happened before.  But It didn’t.  All that I could think of was to call Brandon. Sometimes prayers are answered through other people.
The moral of this story is, when you are in “over your head” don’t be afraid to ask for help, and when all else fails, get some help from an expert.  That expert may just be your 17-year-old grandson.
Thank you for reading about my experience.  It has been good for me to relay this unfolding saga.  Please leave your comments below.
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