Saturday, August 16, 2014

Learning New Things and Keeping My House Clean Too

Do you ever wonder when you will be cured of Not Being the Perfect Housekeeper, Homemaker, House cleaner, Person who cleans your own house?  I do.  I bet you did not know that.

You may be thinking, "Oh, she is sitting behind her little computer with everything in place.  The house looks perfect, because she has more energy, and she has got it all together now."

My answer to the above is "Nope!", which for my readers needing translation is American slang for no.

I think I had visions of everything being perfect:  I always fall into that trap it seems;  but, the truth is I am struggling in my own ways just like everyone else.  Now, I have two jobs  ( my unpaid decluttering ministry and my Plexus Slim).  That is why I dropped the Decluttering Blog, but I am still getting rid of the clutter.  I just do not have time to take pictures of everything I declutter.  However, sometimes I will bore you with a few of the getting rid of clutter details:  for instance...

  • An old teflon frying pan with the teflon peeling off (not good to eat that stuff) was sitting on the kitchen counter and now it is in the trash.
  • The protective covering that was on the new frying pan, which lay on the counter two days because I wanted someone else to read the instructions, which may never happen, is now in the trash.  But, the directions are still there.  Oops!  Maybe, I should just trash them too.
See, I am still a mess;  and, my house needs to be dusted.  My laundry needs to be put away.  My towels need to be folded.  I need to clean the hot spots too.

What happened?  Life.  Life happened:  I have more energy, but I still have to give my body and brain a break.  Guess what?    It's all Okay.  Sometimes, I am going to spend more time on one thing than the other.  It's a choice I have to make.   You and I will be alright.  I still understand.  Remember, I have been ill for over 20 years.  

I am here.  I am still doing this blog;  although, there are times the things I am learning to balance may be a little different.  I would not stop doing this, when I know there are people like me that would like a chance to be better in health, in doing their work, in being with their family, in getting out of the house and in finding time and energy to play.   Right now, my house is a mess and I am having a bit of a schedule struggle.  I have even found myself skipping vitamins this week, because I got too busy with other things.  I repeat.  I am not perfect.  God is not finished with me yet.  Thank goodness!

 If I tell you about my pink drink sometimes, it is because I want to help you.  I know I need to do more testimonies and more about the products for you that have perked your ears up at the hope something might help.  If you are not interested in reading about a product that might help you;  then, skip over it.  Okay, that is all I have to say about that for now.

Now I just want to anticipate the rest of the weekend, do something with my husband, and forget about work.  In fact, I need to--we all need to take breaks from wear and tear and work-- and  pace ourselves.  

Have a happy Saturday and Sunday!  Put the things of the world out of your mind for a while and rest.  Rest your bodies, do something relaxing, and spend time with God and fellow believers.  

Friday, July 11, 2014

Balancing Health, Balancing Income

Since 2010, I have been sharing my experiences and posting articles about balancing life changes when faced with chronic illness.  My journey actually started as a teenager, even though I did not realize I was ill.  I know that sounds kind of strange, but having lived with a mother that had Diabetes, Nerve Pain, and probably Fibromyalgia, I began to think of pain as a normal kind of thing.  Besides, my doctor said I was as healthy as a horse.  This was in a different era, the 1960's, and I think saying you had pain and looking normal was many doctors' medical opinion for labeling you a hypochondriac;  therefore, I dosed myself with over the counter pain medications, sinus medications, and kept telling myself I was healthy.  I did not want my friends and family thinking I was a hyponchondriac, and I believed in thinking positively.

The problem with pretending to be well is I kept having more and more things go wrong with my body.  Now, I keep reading articles that show me how interconnected our bodies actually are;  and, I wonder if I had started taking care of the root causes earlier in my life, could I have escaped the magnified effect of being in pain for most of my lifetime, as well as the depression and fatigue that became routine for me?  Of course, if I had never experienced Fibromyalgia, Depression, Liver Disease, Spondylitis, Arthritis, Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Hypothyroidism, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME, I would not be writing this blog or talking to many other people who suffer.  Therefore, I have learned to have an attitude of gratitude despite my situation;  however, that does not mean I do not want to feel better or to be able to enjoy some of my old activities, that I have had to give up over the years.

About twenty years ago, my doctor said I should not work.  In fact, I have had three doctors and one therapist tell me I should not work in the last twenty years.  Why?  Work was too stressful, and it was making me sicker.  However, I still worked at home and in my church and community activities.  I did not want to slow down, although more and more often I was unable to go to church or do something I had planned to do.  Then, one day, I collapsed.  I felt like I was dying from fatigue and pain.  I did not know what to do.  Nothing had worked.  Not long after that, I found out I had Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, which was actually a good thing in my life.  I had an answer:  I had supplements and hormone medications that were helping me, yet I just could not escape the fatigue anymore.  I was stuck in a cycle of pain, fatigue, rest, meds, feeling better, doing more;  then, the cycle would start again after the post-exertional malaise hit.  The crux of the matter was that not working did not make me feel any better, and I was too sick to work.

In the comments I have read from so many readers of this blog and on Facebook, as well as reading  blogs by other people who live with Chronic Illness, I see that not being able to work is a huge problem.  Many of us live with loss of income and illness, a horrible combination.  Moreover, some of us are labeled as being lazy, which is not true for the majority.  We have pushed, pushed, pushed until we could no longer push through and act like we were healthy.  We want to work, we want to clean house, we want to participate in our family and community activities;  however, we are faced with what seems like a brick wall.  Guess what!  In many lives, that brick wall can be knocked down or breached.  Maybe, not all the bricks will go, but doors and windows can be opened.

Image Courtesy of  [Sura Nualpadid] /
A long time ago, a friend of mine gave me a plaque that said, "When God closes a door, he opens a window  (author unknown)."  I have been hanging that on my wall in every house we have lived in.  I have seen Him open windows and new doors.  Now, I truly believe He has shown me another window and another door, which I have walked through.

Recently, I started a new journey in my life;  and, I would like to invite you to join my Facebook Group to follow my journey.  Also, if you like what you see, I would like you to contact me to learn more.  Please feel free to ask questions.  My friend Cindy shared with me how using a few products are making a difference in her life.  I even blocked her group, because I am quite skeptical when I hear about wellness products, because I have been down that road and not felt much better.  Cindy's life has changed.  She is healthier;  and, on the way to getting healthier, she has lost weight.  She knew we shared some illnesses in common.  We had even tried to lose weight together.  She is a good enough friend, that she gently shared with me again and the timing was right.  I was ready to listen.  I also asked her for the URL to her Facebook group
and asked to join it.

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Since June 16, 2014, I have been using Plexus Slim.  I have added a few more products over several weeks time, and I can feel the results.  The very first week, I started doing things I had not done for months, like going to the large Superstore to shop for groceries and other household necessities.  I cannot claim Plexus wellness products will cure your ills, but I am finding that my life is improving.  I have more energy, my blood sugar is already balanced with the help of Plexus Slim and my diet.  I have lost nine pounds, and I am able to cook more often.  I have been out of the house more, gone to more church activities, and I have even started taking walks.  I am seeing my gait change from a slow, careful walk to a brisker, more lively walk. I can see the light shining through the window.

I have also walked through the door, and I have become an independent ambassador for Plexus Worldwide, so I can buy the products wholesale.  I did not have to do this.  I could have ordered from Cindy on her website and been either a one time customer or a preferred customer (someone who orders every month).  However, I knew I wanted to share this if it helped me.  Also, I have read testimonials from so many people with autoimmune diseases and other problems that are enjoying their lives again and feeling much healthier, that I felt confident enough to try Plexus products.

I always knew that I could share something that is working for me, something I believed in.  And even though I was not looking for a job or a new health product, this just landed in my lap.  I had to make a decision to try it, and I said, "Yes!"  That is why I am sharing about Plexus wellness products on my blog.  I cannot keep this to myself.

Check it out.  My new Facebook group is  Debby's Plexus Page.  I am so excited about the possibilities and of my new reality.  You  can also go to my Plexus website to Place an Order or to Join as an Ambassador.

*This product testimonial is an individuals’ experiences, reflecting the real life experiences of the individual who used Plexus products. However individual results may vary. We do not claim, nor should the reader assume, that any individual experiences recounted are typical or representative of what any other consumer might experience.