Covid Can Kick Rocks!

We can all agree that 2020 was a trying year for all, without rehashing the year, let’s all release a collective sigh of relief that’s it over! 2021 can only up from here!

I was a rule follower when it came to safety in 2020, I wore my masks, washed my hands, used plenty of hand sanitizer, and made sure to social distance….but on December 16, 2020 all of my hard work went out of the window. I had started experiencing a temperature of 102 degrees; the previous week I had accomplished my 2020 goal of riding 600 miles on my bike, plus t was a busy work week, I thought it was a slight case of the flu. Long story short, I tested positive for #COVID19.

By nature, I’m a pretty laid back personality, the diagnosis itself didn’t worry me. I have no past medicali history (other than slight obesity) and I’m fairly active, so when I was told to quarantine for 10 days, no problem, I got this! Let me back up by saying I’m a newlywed, so my husband and I had to quarantine away from each other, but again, no problem. The 1st few days at home were spent fighting a fever and chills, nothing worked to break the fever, then came the cough and shortness of breath! I had already had a talk with myself that if I felt the symptoms were too bad to manage at home, it would time to go to ER! That time finally came on Christmas Eve.

I woke up Christmas Eve coughing so hard I couldn’t catch my breath no matter how hard I tried; again, I’m a laid back personality, but I had to admit I was getting worried. Even though I was having a crisis, I wanted to make sure my husband and daughter were ok and didn’t panic, so I reassured them that I was ok just wanted to go to ER to be safe. I even called the 911 myself (taking control of the situation as always). Once I was rushed away by the ambulance, I could allow myself to take in the potential gravity of the situation.

I was admitted to Hurley Medical Center in Flint, MI (http://www.hurleymedicalcenter.com) Hurley is the local premier Trauma Center and also has a unit dedicated to COVID patients like myself. I felt more than comfortable doing to Hurley for my care. Once in ER, I was assessed and the plan was to immediately start me on the COVID medication #Remdesivir, I was hopeful that this medication was going to treat whatever this virus is in my system. Over the course of my 6 day hospital stay, I was given 5 treatments of #Remdesivir and was also give #COVIDantibodies from another COVID survivor to help boost my system. I was also given a steroid to help with my breathing along with oxygen. I started off on 6 liters of oxygen, I am currently on 2 liters….progress!

A few pics from my hospital experience, clearly I didn’t get the brows done before my admission….priorities!

When they say COVID-19 attacks your respiratory system, it is not an exaggeration! Now that I am home, I still get winded with everyday tasks like walking the 10 feet from my bedroom to the bathroom; I carry my new BFF, my oxygen tank throughout the house. Hopefully I will won’t have my BFF too much longer.

I really want to emphasize the importance of knowing “when to say when”. When to leave the comforts of your home after your COVID diagnosis, yes recovering at home under quarantine for a few days is a common practice, but there are those times when you have to let ER and trained medical staff take over. In my experience, have the COVID medications immediately started upon my admission was a matter of life and death. I know there are many fears when it comes to being in the hospital, especially no visitors. I was ok not having visitors when it came down to saving my life vs seeing my family in person. Thank God I was able to communicate with them via phone daily. I know they were praying for me, that’s all that matter.

I had a few conversations with some of the Physicians and Nurses, those suffering from COVID waiting too long to come into the hospital is the number one issue they see, by the time a lot are admitted, it’s often too late. So if the person reading this is home fighting COVID or has a loved one that’s currently fighting, please know “when to say when”.

Peace and Love,

Kim

New Year, New Outlook!

Ringing in the New Year!

So here we are again, thanking the good Lord for letting me see not only another day and year, but decade! I’ve tried to think back on the last 10 years of my life, there’s been so many events, good and bad.

After experiencing negative life events, it’s so easy to only focus on the negative things and not appreciate the positive things in our lives. I will admit that I have been guilty of this. I’ve always been the one to “see the brighter side” in negative situations, but after the deaths of several family members within a 4 year period, I’ve noticed the  cheerleader in me hasn’t been so cheerful!

Recently, while out shopping with my daughter, I noticed this cute little planner at Five Below (how can you not love this store?!) for $5.

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The title alone is what made me curious as to how can this book help someone be positive? Then I saw the 3rd page of the planner, and there it is, the master plan….Start each day with a positive thought. Doing something so simple can have a huge impact on our lives.

I truly believe what you put out in the atmosphere will come back to you; if you’re always negative, negative things will continue happen to you and vice versa.

I think at times we all need a little “push” in helping us remain positive, so I purchased the planner. Having a guide that will, on a weekly basis, encourage me to write down goals and think about what I’m grateful for. More importantly, it will help me be the positive person I strive to be.

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So as the 1st day of the new year and decade comes to an end, I plan to write in my Positivity Planner and remember to be thankful for the little things.

Peace

 

March “Fatness”!!

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Yes you read that right!!

March is that time of year where sport fans around the world celebrate and bet on their favorite basketball teams, this month I vow to celebrate and bet on myself….health wise! March will be the kickoff for what’s to come for the rest of the year!

We are 3 months into this new year, and the one resolution I set for myself every year, losing weight, had started to once again become a distant memory. It’s so easy to set weight loss/health eating resolutions, but it’s very hard sticking to them!

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Working out isn’t my problem, I work out weekly with a great group of people, lead by a great instructor, shout out to Marquita at Harambee Wellness,  https://harambeewellness.com! Even when we want to cry and quit…oh wait, maybe that’s just me, we still encourage each other to complete the workout!

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The gang after our Valentine’s Day workout-2019

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Where all the magic happens, I Am My Billboard Fitness Studio in Burton, MI. 

I owe it to myself and my daughters to be the best me I can be (I know, so cliché), but as I get closer to the BIG 5-0,I’m starting to realize it even more important to put myself first.

So once again, I jump back on the workout/healthy eating wagon, this time making a conscious effort to stick to my plan so next year I can brag and post about the March “Flatness” in all my trouble areas!  Won’t you join me on this adventure?

What are some personal health goals you want to work on this year? Let’s discuss in the comments!

What’s Your Vision?

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I’ve been thinking on what things to add to my vision board this year: weight loss? improve finances? travel more? All the things I vow to change every year!

I’ve made vision boards in the past, but I’ve never really paid attention to them after creating them and hanging them in my room, nor have I acknowledged when a “vision” on my board turned into a reality. This year will be different…..

Not sure what a Vision Board is? Check the link below….

https://chopra.com/articles/vision-board-101-how-to-use-this-manifestation-tool

This year I will be very specific with my “visions”, I’m a big believer in getting back what you put out in the universe, I wonder if that includes my dream Range Rover?!

Have you ever created a vision board? If so, what things on your board became a reality?

If you have never created a vision board, I challenge you create one, what can it hurt? Grab your friends and turn it into a vision board party! Another excuse to drink wine!

What is something you really want to see happen in your life? New job? new car? new love? Visualize it on your board and watch what happens!

Need ideas? Head over to the mecca of creative ideas:
https://www.pinterest.com

I would love to hear your vision board ideas! Tell us about the things on your vision boards have become a reality! Comment below and share your story!

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