Pick Me Up Thursday!

images (2)We made it through to another Friday Eve! I hope your week has treated you well and you are feeling the best you possibly can! It is amazing how slow the weeks go by and then how fast the weekend flies by. I guess all we can do is appreciate each and every minute of the weekend and not take it for granted. We have no control over life events and the fact tomorrow is not a guarantee should make us thankful when it comes!

The quote I decided to share with y’all as a Pick Me Up is very positive and reminded me of the strength that I do have within. Y’all have that same strength within each of you because we all experience so many challenges each day, but somehow we survive them. c0f8aeefd371b7eb452c8afaaeab0facUnfortunately, it is easy to forget how much determination and strength it takes to get through days that are full of difficult times and possible hardships because it comes to us like second nature. The other day I was talking to a nurse about the pain I deal with each day and how when people that do not know me or what I deal with judge me when they see my handicap parking tag. In the past this would upset me greatly,  but now I just feel bad for those that decide to judge without knowing the full situation because they are really creating a negative environment and missing out on building their knowledge. For my sanity and not allowing people like that to destroy myself-esteem I choose to ignore them and their nasty looks. images (2)

I hope you enjoyed the quote I shared with y’all and I do hope it means as much to you as it does to me! Thank you for taking the time to read my post today and I look forward to reading your amazing comments. I believe your comments add so much to my posts and I value your thoughts and opinions!

Even though Australia has gotten rain to help with the nasty fires, they are still struggling and need our kind thoughts and loving ❤ prayers one hurtsfor their safety. Even though there may not be a lot we can do for those struggling, we can still send them love , prayers for better days, and our well wishes❤.

Here’s to the fact the weekend is almost here! I look forward to days the rude alarm clock doesn’t wake me up and forces me out into the very cold weather we are dealing with! Last week we had days when the temperatures were high for winter, like close to 70 degrees and now we are lucky if it gets above 50. I wish for y’all to have an enjoyable weekend doing the things that bring you the most joy because that is what y’all deserve. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

 

Let It Go Friday!

let go 19Happy Friday y’all! I hope you had a great week and you are looking forward to the weekend! We finally made it to the end of the week and we can now enjoy two days of freedom from the workplace. There will be no alarms waking us up and disturbing our dream land. There are so many times the alarm goes off at the wrong time we are awaken to reality, which isn’t always the greatest. The two days we have for a weekend go by so fast, so I hope you are able to enjoy them! 

While Friday is the end of the week, it can also be used to let go of anything that happened during the week that may have left us disappointed and upset. If you are anything like me, which for own benefit I 123e0bc7a8bb6a397c58502fd8f92fb6hope you aren’t because I tend to worry about everything and anything. The bad thing is I am logical enough to know that there is no amount of stress or worry that will charge the outcome of any situation, but yet I still can’t seem to stop the vicious cycle of worry and stress. Even though the quote I am sharing today does not have anything to do with letting go, it is a nice remind that worrying only prevents our own peace! I know it is easier said than done, but it is worth trying to not allow our worries to destroy our happiness and peace of mind! We only live once and should do all we can to enjoy the life we were given.

One way I have found helps me take a step back, breath, and move forward is music. I believe music can have a powerful impact on our lives if we try to listen not only to the musicwords, but the musical instruments as well. You might enjoy the sound of the beating drums or the strum of a guitar or the beauty of a piano, or just turning up the radio might help relieve the stress you are feeling. I know when I get home from work, I listen to random songs that ease my mind from the stresses  the day brought on me. I will listen to the music I treasure while writing a blog post or to completely zoning out not having to listen to any other difficulties.  The magical combination of music and writing serve as the best form of therapy, or at least it does for me. At the end of the day, what do you do to unwind from a long day? There is no right or wrong answer, what works for one person might not help another in the same way. I am planning to get caught up on posts from my blogger friends this week and I will definitely have the music playing in my ear to do this!hqdefault (1)

I am looking forward to reading your comments on the quote I shared and your answers to the question I asked, no pressure though! Thank you so much for visiting my site today. I hope you have a wonderful Friday and it is followed by a joyful weekend doing what brings you the most happiness! Please never forget images (1)that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes! I do want to ask one more thing from y’all, please keep those in Australia in your thoughts and prayers and send them as many positive vibes and love ❤ as you possibly can, they can definitely use your kind thoughts! It breaks my heart to know what they are going through and seeing the innocent animals on the news is crushing.

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

What you need to know about dizziness!

Dizziness medical concept. Vector illustration.How many of you have experienced dizziness before? I have honestly been dealing with this for many years and know just how difficult it can be. It used to be difficult to explain to others because I didn’t completely understand why it was happening, so I didn’t feel I had a right to try explaining it. When I experience dizziness today, the best and most effective way to help someone understand is, to say it feels like I am trying to walk a straight line intoxicated and it isn’t working.

Over the past few days, I to have had these dizziness times more frequently. I am not sure if stop-dizziness-conceptual-illustration-open-hand-text-163893555it is stress, over-tired, the weather changing or all three of them combined. What I can say is it has been extremely frustrating and I just want it to STOP!

I think many people confuse dizziness and vertigo, whereas they are similar they are different at the same time. Dizziness is not simply a disease on its own, but a symptom of a disease. Dizziness is a feeling of being lightheaded, woozy and or unbalanced. These issues affect sensory organs, such as ears and eyes and can cause fainting. There are many causes for dizziness, which include dehydration, migraines, medications, alcohol or problem in the inner ear where balance is regulated.

download (5)Vertigo and disequilibrium both cause dizziness, but they have their differences. Vertigo is known as a spinning sensation and disequilibrium is the loss of balance. Beign Paroxymsmal Postional Vertigo (BPPV) is the most common cause of vertigo. BPPV occurs when changing positions too fast and is short-term dizziness.

Meniere’s Disease is a disease that affects the inner ear. This can cause fluid to build up in the inner ear with associated ear fullness, hearing loss, and tinnitus. This disease can trigger dizziness and vertigo.

POSSIBLE CAUSES OF DIZZINESS ARE:

  • A sudden drop in blood pressure
  • Heart muscle disease
  • The decrease in blood volume
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Anemia ( low iron)dizziness-about.jpg
  • Hypoglycemia ( low blood sugar)
  • Ear infection
  • Dehydration
  • Heatstroke
  • Excessive exercising
  • Motion Sickness
  • Dizziness can also be caused by Multiple Sclerosis, stroke, malignant tumor or another brain disorder.

types-of-dizziness-hh19DIZZINESS CAN BE FELT IN A VARIETY OF DIFFERENT SENSATIONS INCLUDING:

  • A false sense of spinning
  • Lightheartedness or feeling faint
  • Unsteadiness
  • Loss of balance
  • Feeling like you are floating or swimming

If sudden dizziness occurs alongside any of the following, it becomes a lot more URGENT to notify your doctor IMMEDIATELY:dizziness looks like

  • Head injury
  • Headache
  • Neck ache
  • High fever
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Hearing loss
  • Blurred vision
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Droopiness of the eye or mouth
  • Chest Pain
  • Ongoing vomiting

feat-how-to-get-rid-of-dizziness12 STEPS TO HELP PREVENT DIZZINESS

  1. IMMEDIATELY sit or lie down when feeling dizzy and do not get up until the dizziness has stopped. This is easy and could save you from falling because of losing balance.
  2. Utilize a cane or walker to help you with stability.
  3. When walking up or down theavoid-vertical-trip-fall-sign-s-4394 stairs, ALWAYS use the HANDRAILS! Personally, this has helped me many times when I felt a little dizzy halfway down the stairs and knew I would not make it without falling if I wasn’t holding onto something. So handrails can be your best friend that will never let you fall!
  4. Try doing activities to help improve balance.
  5. Do your best to AVOID moving or changing positions suddenly.
  6. If you experience frequent dizziness without any warnings, it might be best to AVOID driving a car.
  7. Caffeine, alcohol, and tobacco can trigger dizziness and possibly even make things worse, so try AVOIDING these substances!
  8. At a minimum try drinking 8 cups of water daily, get 7 or more hours of sleep a night and AVOID stressful situations the best you can.
  9. Eat a HEALTHY diet consisting of fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins to help prevent emergencycaredizziness.
  10. If you feel a certain medication is contributing to your dizziness, talk to your doctor about changing the dosage or the medication altogether. REMEMBER, you know your body better than anyone else and should be heard by your doctor.
  11. Over the counter medications, such as Meclizine (Antivert) or an antihistamine as they both help with nausea and dizziness. These medications can cause additional drowsiness, so be sure you will not have to be active or productive after consuming these medications.
  12. Ensure to rest in a cool place and drink plenty of water if your dizziness is caused by being overheated and or dehydrated.

6 REMEDIES THAT MAY HELP WITH DIZZINESS

  1. Dehydration: Of course various things that can cause dizziness, but we need to 82a2e997ed79b4c2f819093416cbb364understand that dehydration is the most common contributor. If you are feeling tired, thirsty and urinate less while you are dizzy, you should try to drink more water and stay hydrated because it should help you!
  2. Ginger: It has been said that ginger helps relieve symptoms of motion sickness, nausea, and dizziness. There are numerous ways to consume ginger including adding to your diet, Ginger Tea or you can take ginger supplements.
  3. Vitamin C: The Meniere’s Society has suggested the consumption of Vitamin C can a1fe476a2524caab5984b0763be3bd66reduce vertigo. Just a few ideas for you regarding foods that are rich in Vitamin C: oranges, grapefruit, strawberries and bell peppers.
  4. Vitamin E: The supplements for Vitamin E may prevent coronary heart disease, support immune function, prevent inflammation, promote eye health and lower risks of cancer. Another important thing about Vitamin E is, by maintaining the elasticity in the blood vessels, it helps prevent circulation problems. A few foods that contain Vitamin D are wheat germ, seeds, nuts, kiwis and spinach.
  5. Vitamin D: I think it is pretty amazing how much Vitamin D helps us. It promotes healthy bones and teeth, supports immune, brain and nervous system health, regulates insulin levels, and supports lung function and cardiovascular health. Some foods that contain Vitamin D are fatty fish, beef liver, orange juice, cheese, and egg yolk.
  6. Iron: People that have anemia are encouraged to get more iron because their levels change. A few foods that contain iron are red meat, beans, poultry, and dark leafy greens.

I know this post is slightly longer than I normally do, especially now that I am back vertigoworking full-time, but this was important to me because of the insane dizzy spells I have been dealing with for the past few days. I would be lying to you if I said they didn’t scare the hell out of me because they do! On a plus side though, at least I haven’t fallen because my last fall was disastrous.

I hope you had a wonderful weekend and you are feeling well. I also really want to thank you for taking time to not only read this long post, but to also leave great comments. The weekend definitely flew by fast, but I guess that is just how life goes! No pressures to answer this question, but do any of you deal with dizzy spells and if so how to you manage them? Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

Forgiveness, is not always easy

Inspirational Quotes SJ image 1We have all heard so many times how important forgiveness is, but no one has ever said it was easy. It actually gets painfully hard to hear those same old meaningless words, “I’m sorry” or even worst, “It will never happen again” because they lost their significance years ago. These words had meaning before they were over used, but unfortunately now they are just empty words put together to form a sentence.

It often seems like the same people apologize for the same things time and time again,It’s-one-of-the-greatest-gifts-you-can-give-yourself-to-forgive.”-e1505928600412 almost like a revolving door. Nothing changed after the first, second, third or I lost count of how many times I have heard those words. I guess it is possible these people had temporary amnesia and did not remember what they were doing was causing irreplaceable pain and distress to those they love. There must be some kind of reasonable explanation, like major miscommunication or confusion because why would anyone cause the same heartache, to the same people, over and over again without making any changes in their behaviors?

arch_forgivenessWhen there have been too many years of tears falling for the same reasons, it is no longer only one person’s fault. Of course the person causing those tears is responsible and should have know, better, but the one with a tear stained face is responsible as well for allowing things to continue on the same dark path. No matter what the situation may be, we all have choices to make that can  alter what the end results will be.

I do understand there are times when someone wants help to correct their negative ways and in that situation at least they have already acknowledged the problem. At the same time, there are those that do not see anything wrong their behaviors and do nothing at all to make things better. In my personal 07-11-17-all-about-love-five-things-forgiveness-is-not-2opinion acceptance is a huge step for anyone to take, but implementing the much needed changes is another colossal step that takes time and patience. 

I will say that being able to forgive and forget isn’t easy, but will actually benefit the one that is forgiving. Letting go of anger and resentment will only create peace of mind. Having the knowledge that you are not able to help someone that doesn’t want help is vital! Also accepting the fact that you are not able to fix another’s troubles and problems is necessary because we unfortunately do not have magical powers. In all honesty, there is only one person that can correct their own lives and if they do not ask for help, there is nothing Awareness-and-Gratitudethat can be done. 

I wrote this not because of anything I was currently feeling, but what I have felt many times in the past. Life is difficult and when you are holding onto any negative feelings because of something you went through, it will only hold you back from living your own life. I have always been one that wants to fix everything for everyone else and accomplished nothing in the process. I often think that caring too much and investing too much into things with no end, only creates way too much stress.84dcc668249d70a1bb91eba8d2f544a8

Thank you so much for visiting my site today. This post may have been a little dark, but I did try adding light to it. Y’all know by now that everything I write comes from the heart with nothing but honesty. I do look forward to reading your thoughts on this and I will respond as quickly as I can. I hope you had a good day and you have a peaceful evening. Please always remember that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

Crazy day with falls!

images (1)Last Wednesday was a pretty crazy day for me. First, I left work early so I could be with my husband at our older cat Chloe’s doctor’s appointment.  Chloe is 14 years old and always been very healthy, but she has been losing a lot of weight lately and we knew it wasn’t normal. My poor baby was so scared in the short car ride and even more so waiting in the exam room.  Even though Chloe was getting her blood drawn and the doctor got a urine sample from her, she was surprisingly very well behaved. Chloe has a very unique little personality and does not put up with anything she doesn’t like, but she is also incredibly sweet and lovable.

The results from all of Chloe’s tests were not horrible, but they were not great either. My husband and I did some research prior to the appointment, so we would be prepared for the results. However, there is NO amount of 293research that could have prepared us for the results. Our 14 year old sweet baby girl has early stage kidney failure. We are trying to start the new food that will help her, but so far she doesn’t like it. This is just going to take a lot of patience and persistence to get her to eat the new food!

The evening part of Wednesday was not all that great either. Well it was more the late night download (5)part of Wednesday. For the first time in my life, I had two falls. The first fall happened around one in the morning and wasn’t that bad because I landed on my knees. The second fall happened shortly after the first around 1:30 am and it was horrible. I still do not know 100% what I hit my head on, the only thing I can think of is the window panel.

I immediately had a huge lump right above my left eye. My husband was so worried he took me to the emergency room. I was still pretty out of it when we were talking to the nurses and stayed that way when the doctor finally came in. The ER doctor had me wipe the sore that was showing, I guess so he could see if I needed stitches. Thankfully, I did not need stitches. After that, the doctor said we needed to do a CT to makeER sure there wasn’t a brain bleed. I am relieved the CT did not indicate a brain bleed or anything else that could be dangerous. I was released from the hospital with the directions to rest. It seems that the only thing that helps a concussion is rest!

I was having a lot dizzy spells before the fall, but now it is every time I stand up from the couch. I am not sure if the increased dizziness is from hitting my head or from the MS. I am also having some memory issues and tend to get confused easily.

In my 37 years, I have never had a black eye or a concussion. I hate how awful the nasty 17143.jpgblack eye looks and have not been able to cover it with make-up. I am going back to work on Monday, but will be sure to take it easy. Hopefully, the nasty eye will be better by then. Everyone knows my favorite color is purple, but I do not want my eye to be all dark purple! I am trying to listen to what the doctor said about reducing screen time, but I am still trying to do some in the blogging community. I of course will love reading your comments, but it may take me a little longer to respond.

I hope you are enjoying your weekend and of course feeling the best you can. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

Coping with Chronic Pain

Sunday-QuoteCoping with chronic pain while still trying to maintain a normal life seems almost impossible at times and even a little frustrating! The beginning of this week was hard for me because I was on my feet way more than I could tolerate. I was truly thankful for the two days off I had, but work on Saturday was absolutely insane!

Currently I work at an apartment community in what should be a low stress position because I am just a leasing consultant. I arrived to work at 10:00 am and at 10:02 I had my first people arrive saying they were supposed to be moving in that day. There was no information anywhere on the other Restartleasing consultant’s desk and the manager keeps his office locked, which makes absolutely NO sense!!I ended up calling my co-worker on his day off, after all this was his lease and should have been handled on Friday. I was not at all surprised that he did not know which apartment the couple was moving into or what they owed. We tried contacting the property manager, who of course did not answer his phone or return the phone call. I ended up having to explain to the couple we would have to postpone their move in date until Monday because I was not able to get any of the information we needed. Thankfully, they did still have their other apartment, so they chaouswould not be forced to get a hotel room for the weekend.

The second person arrived at about 10:30 and this was my lease, so I knew what needed to be done. The gentleman just needed to view the three apartments I had available for his move in date. Consider his move in date was not right away, I was not allowed to hold a normal apartment for him. The three I was able to hold were slightly modified to accommodate a handicap individual, which he is not. Even though I disagreed with this situation, I did this at the direction of my manager! Thankfully he was satisfied with the first one because he wanted to be closer to the front of the community. This was the easiest situation I had to deal with all day!download (4)

Once I got back to the office, after showing the three apartments, there was another person waiting because she was also supposed to be moving in. With no surprise at all there was very limited information on my co-workers desk regarding the move-in, but at least I was able to find what the apartment number was and what the new resident owed. Unfortunately, the important things that were missing were the lease to be signed and keys to the apartment. My guess is the lease was in my manager’s LOCKED office and no one informed maintenance of the correct move-in day. I was able to work around the issues by giving the young lady the ONLY key we had and asking her to come into the office on Monday to sign her lease and get the real keys.

I do not handle things well when simple things do not go well. I remember asking my co-8767492ff9e8b5334f5408fde751e388-thankful-for-grateful-for-300x237worker early in the week to make sure ALL his move-ins were completed, which would have meant walking through the apartment to ensure there were NO issues, the lease was signed and apartment keys were waiting in the file. I gave him several days’ notice to handle things properly and in my opinion how he handled them were unacceptable. I blame him and the manager for how terrible things went yesterday, but I do plan to make some suggestions on Monday morning so this kind of thing NEVER happens again! I do not think this sets a horrible feel for someone moving in to a new apartment when nothing was handled in an appropriate manner!

The entire day was a total disaster and most of the issues could have and should have been images (1)avoided. Another HUGE issue I was dealing with was, phone call after phone call with residents complaining their air conditioner was not working. The maintenance person informed me that the new management company was not allowing them to buy Freon from the vendor they had been using for years, but did not have another vendor lined up. The residents are paying to live these apartment and therefore important things like a working air conditioner when the temperatures are in the high 90’s is a priority and should Work-Quotes-Jim-Collins-in-his-book-Good-To-Great-shares-that-we-need-to-get-the-right-peoplalso be a requirement!

By the end of my day on Saturday, I was not only over-heated, fatigued and in an insane amount of pain, but I was also extremely irritated. It is not fair to force someone to pay for an apartment and then not fix things that break! If I am not mistaken, it is in the lease agreement what each party is responsible for.

It is now Sunday and my last day of the my short weekend before going back to work five days in a row. Unfortunately, even though I am trying to rest, my pain is still rather high. It seems like things have just continued to add up for me and I almost feel like I am trying to walk uphill in quicksand! At this point all I can do is hope this upcoming week will go much better and things will start to ease up.download (4)

Thank you for stopping by my site today! I am sorry this was a bit of rant, but my goodness if only people could act right, I would not have to go on rants! I always appreciate you and your amazing comments! I hope you have had a lovely weekend and you are able to enjoy the last day of it. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

Our Choices…..

download (6)The choices we make today, may impact us tomorrow, next week or even next year. We will never really know when or how the impact will occur, but it will. All of the choices we make will have either negative consequences or provide us with a reward of some kind.

 Maybe I am wrong, but I do believe when we face various situations there are two roads we can choose to travel down. I am not saying the two roads are crystal clear nor do they2 roads have sign indicating which road is the correct way to go. However, I think we all know the difference between right and wrong, but we are all human-beings that make mistakes and may not choose the wrong road the first time around.

After taking the wrong road numerous times throughout our life, this teaches us many valuable lessons we will cherish. If you are anything like me, you beat yourself up for days because you made an incorrect decision. It takes me much longer to forgive myself than it does for me to forgive someone else. Sometimes we might make the wrong choice images (2)several times, but the lessons learned from this will stick with us.

Have you ever tensed up and or panicked when asked a question about something you may have done wrong? This can pretty much be considered a “fight or flight” reaction and the end results more often than not, are not a good one. I do not believe anyone reacts well when they are badgered with the same damn thing for days or even weeks! I don’t know about you, but this type of situation makes me shut down completely. This often brings up SO many negative emotions and memories for me which I have tried so hard to forget themimages (5).

Life works in mysterious ways and there are so many struggles that come along during our lifetime and normally without any warning. No matter what trials and tribulations I may face, I still believe that everything happens for a reason. I know I will never understand why I am forced to deal with certain things, like living with MS, but what I can say is, as long as I am breathing I will never surrender or give up. I have always believed firmly that the only way we can fail is to give up and this is something I will always refuse to do!

ff309e10cdfddaaae004ed16f196e947.jpgI remember, when I was first diagnosed with MS at the young age of 19, I wondered what I did so wrong to deserve this as my punishment. Although as I have gotten older, I do not view living with MS as a punishment, but I see it as a way to prove my strength and determination to survive! I also view living with MS as a way to help others realize that life does go on, but some adjustments may need to be made. I strive to show others living with a chronic illness and even those not battling an illness, that there is still hope and how remaining positive will be a benefit!images (3)

Thank y’all so much for visiting my site today! I hope your weekend has been lovely and you were able to do things that made you happy. After the crazy week I had, I treated myself to a manicure and pedicure. I can say without a doubt that the pedicure helped the pain I was feeling in my feet and lower part of my legs. I think a pedicure a month should be required and even prescribed from my doctor! Even if it is short lived, it is amazing how much the foot massage helps my pain. I hope you are enjoying the final days of the weekend and you are prepared for the week ahead. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤