Pilates

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I saw my acupuncturist today and after talking to him about my aches and pains it was decided I have to get back to doing Pilates or Yoga. The pain in my ankles is intermittent now, but the fact that I still have problems is due to muscles needing stretched.

When I was doing Pilates my whole body felt so good. I did it four days a week. I don’t have that kind of time now, so wish I did. The Pilates tape I have is a 45 minute workout and after exercising my pups for two hours I don’t have the time to do any more exercising.

So, I am going to do Pilates on Mondays and I have to stretch my whole body every day for at least ten minutes. Hopefully, this will resolve the pain I feel in my ankles, feet and legs.

Acupuncture

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Another alternative medicine treatment I feel should be part of primary care with health insurance. Acupuncture is wonderful and makes me feel like I’m 20. It fixes the pain I have in my legs from injuries and it’s like I never injured myself.

The needles don’t hurt most of the time. It depends where they are put on your body. I will say that there are some areas on the bottom of the foot that it hurts like Hell when the needle is put in. But the benefits that come from acupuncture are worth the second of pain when the needle is put in.

I hope I get in to see an acupuncturist tomorrow, because my foot and legs have been screaming pain.

Chiropractic Care

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Chiropractic care should be included as a primary care coverage on health insurance along with acupuncture. It makes me feel so wonderful and I really think it aids in overall better health.

I fell on my booty on Friday night. A loose dog came running up to my dogs and mine went nuts. Next thing, I knew I was landing tush first on blacktop.

Yeah, I knew I was going to be in some pain and my chiropractor is not open on the weekends, however, I found out today he does do emergency adjustments after hours.

Anyway, Saturday, I was in pain. Alcohol helped numb it..lol. I went to a paint and sip so alcohol was a must and I’d already paid for the class, plus it was a tribute to Prince so I wasn’t missing the class.

Today, I saw my chiropractor and I feel like 20 again instead of like 90…lol.

Girl Power: Use Your Brain not Your Body

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After seeing the HIV post about Atlanta, Georgia, 1 and 51 are infected with HIV just in Atlanta. I did some HIV research to see what was going on in America. And I have to say, I’m worried about the future of young girls.

From working with people living with HIV, I know it’s easier for a woman than a man to contract the HIV virus. I knew that HIV infections was growing within the African American and Hispanic population.

I’m going to start writing blogs that focus on Empowering Women. These HIV statistics that I included in this blog that I obtained from the Colorado AIDS Project website tells me that women are not educating themselves about HIV. They are not taking control of their lives and not taking care of themselves.

Knowledge is power. The more informed we are about HIV the more we know the importance of protecting ourselves.

Ladies, Get Tested. Talk to your partner about sex. And make the guy wear a condom. If the guy doesn’t want to wear a condom, then dump him, because he, clearly, does not care about your health and does not care about YOU.

Statistics:

United States Estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that there are over 56,300 new infections of HIV each year in the United States and about 1.1 million people living with HIV /AIDS. Every 9.5 seconds someone in the United States is infected with HIV and 1 out of 5 people living with HIV are not aware that they have HIV.

Demographics Based on Kaiser Family Foundation:

Racial and Ethnic Minorities: Racial and ethnic minorities have been disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS since the beginning of the epidemic, and represent the majority of new AIDS diagnoses, new HIV infections, people living with HIV/AIDS, and AIDS deaths.

Black Population:

Based on the CDC’s estimate of HIV/AIDS prevalence, there are more than 500,000 Blacks living with HIV and AIDS in the U.S. Analysis of national household survey data found that 2% of Blacks in the U.S. were HIV positive, higher than any other group. Blacks also have the highest rate of new HIV infections and new AIDS diagnoses of any racial/ethnic group. HIV is a leading cause of dealth for this population.

MSM Population:

Despite declines in HIV infection rates among gay and bisexual men since the early years of the epidemic, they continue to be at high risk for HIV. Gay and bisexual men account for an estimated 53% of new HIV infections, and are the only group for which new infections are on the rise. Hispanics/Latinos: Hispanics/Latinos account for about 17% of all new HIV infections occurring in the United States. HIV/AIDS is also a leading cause of death for Hispanic/Latino men.

Female Population:

Today, women represent a larger share of new HIV infections compared to earlier in the epidemic. Based on the CDC’s most recent estimates, close to 280,000 women are living with HIV and AIDS in the U.S. Women of color are particularly affected. Black women accounted for two thirds (64%) of new AIDS diagnoses among women in 2009; Latinas represented 18% and white women, 15%.

Youth:

Young adults and teens, under the age of 30, continue to be at risk, with those between the ages of 13 and 29 accounting for about 34% of new HIV infections; the largest share of any age group. Most young people are infected sexually. Among young people, minorities have been particularly affected. Black teens represented 68% of AIDS diagnoses among 13–19 year-olds; Latino teens represented 21%. Perinatal HIV transmission, from an HIV infected mother to her baby, has declined significantly in the U.S., largely due to ARVs which can prevent mother-to-child transmission.

Links:

Kaiser Family Foundatoin’s

US Fact Sheet HIV/AIDS in the U.S. Fact Sheets

HIV: Atlanta, Georgia

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If you are a minority, you need to read this.

I saw this post on Facebook and, honestly, it disturbed me. Why? Because this statistic makes me sad, it shouldn’t exist, because of the HIV Awareness and Education that exists. And what the HELL is going on in Atlanta that allowed this to happen?

The latest news, medical research and statistics about HIV I’m not up-to-date on and, well, the information is out there. When I worked with people living with HIV I was informed with the latest news about this disease. Since I haven’t been working in this area, I like many Americans just don’t seek out the information.

But I should, because I’m a minority woman, single and like being healthy.

Working with people living with HIV, I became interested in this population after my father got cancer. I couldn’t work with people with cancer, because it was too close to what I was dealing with. But for some reason I could separate myself from those suffering from HIV, despite that the diseases are very similar.

HIV mutates rapidly, there’s no cure and inevitably people infected will die from complications caused by having HIV, which is just like cancer. Those uneducated about HIV and the drugs that help control HIV from taking over the white cells don’t understand that the HIV medication is not the cure all be all. The side effects from the medications are horrible and reality is despite the meds a person is still infected with the disease.

I use to conduct training classes for volunteers and educated them about the latest HIV statistics and medications. I’m sure the statistics haven’t changed on who was the leading population infected with HIV, African-American Women with Hispanic women following close behind.

Why?

The articles claimed it was due to culture and beliefs about sex within these racial populations. What I didn’t get information about was within these communities how much education about HIV was being taught. I’m curious with Atlanta having a high African-American population, what and how much HIV education is being taught in the African-American communities.

HIV wasn’t a concern in American when it was considered a Gay disease. Is it going to take 1 of 51 white Americans to be infected with HIV for it to not be put on the back burner, funding to not be cut on education and awareness and for statistics like in Atlanta to not exist?

Look at your children, HIV doesn’t discriminate. It’s not a racial or sexual orientation disease. ANYONE can get it.

Waiting – Life Lesson: Number Eighteen

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Yesterday, I went to see my gynecologist, again. I had to have an ultrasound done to see why I was spotting between periods. Female stuff, I know guys don’t like to hear about this stuff…lol.

I’ve never had an ultrasound done and didn’t know that this wand thing was going to put inside me. It didn’t hurt until the doctor started moving it around trying to get different views of my uterus.

Well, I have fibroids. What are they? I have no idea. I still need to do research to find out what they are, how I got them and what I should do about them.

You’re thinking didn’t the doctor go over this with you. Exactly! I could have sworn the ultrasound person told me that my gynecologist would see me after my ultrasound procedure was done.

So, I went back to the waiting room and waited. And waited. And waited. An hour passed and I was the only one in the waiting room. I asked the receptionist if I was going to see my gynecologist today. No! I had no appointment to see my doctor.

Now, I know to ask right after any procedures if I can leave or do I have to wait for my doctor…lol.

Sex: Being Single

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Yes, I’m going to talk about S.E.X. and the dirty side of sex. It’s not what you’re thinking. I’m going to talk about what everyone wants to ignore, STDs. If you’re single and dating, STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) are a reality.

And because of STDs, this is why I didn’t have sex for three years after my divorce and why I choose celibacy over getting my freak on with every guy that is interested in me on Tinder.

I’m not going to lie three years without sex was not great. I was super busy so sex wasn’t on my mind much. And I’m not shy about touching myself so it wasn’t completely horrible. But what I miss more than sex is just being close to someone, touching, kissing, sharing my life with the guy I love and having that special person love me.

BUT being single, a girl has to be careful and take care of herself (guys need to take care of themselves, too). The fact is condoms protect guys way more than they protect girls so, ladies, we have to be even extra, extra cautious when it comes to sex.

Let’s face it the STDs we are scared of are HIV and Hepatitis C, because there’s no cure for these diseases. Sure, there’s medicine that can control the viruses, but I use to be a social worker and I worked with people living with HIV and Hep C and the meds are not miracle drugs. When a pill is created that gets rid of HIV and Hep C that will be a miracle drug.

So, I met a guy after my three years of no sex. We clicked, there was crazy chemistry and yes sex between us. I wasn’t, too, worried that I had caught anything from him. BUT, there was still that 1% of me that wondered.

I saw my gynecologist on Monday of this week and told her, I had sex with a guy so test me for everything. Sure, it’s scary to have the tests done, because the dreaded call that something came back positive could happen. I felt like Samantha, from Sex and the City, did when she went to get tested for STDs. However, I’d rather know if something is wrong than not know. Two days later, I got a call from my gynecologist that all tests came back negative. Wooohoooo!

It’s hard being single. Like any human, I love sex, but I like being healthy more than sex so I’m back to being celibate.


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Concussion

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I’m a fan of football. I enjoy watching it and cheer on the Hawkeye Football Team and the Broncos.

And the fact that the NFL kept quiet about the damage the players were enduring to their brain, it disappoints me and pisses me off.

I dated a Hawkeye football player in college and he would say all the time how the players were just there to use and the coaches didn’t care about them. He was right.

It makes me sad that Money, Entertainment and Status over rules human life. This is the message that I got from watching Concussion.

I applaud Dr. Bennet Amulu for his bravery to take on the BIG NFL organization. Dr. Amulu didn’t take on the NFL for fame and money, he was a doctor and about saving lives. Despite that Dr. Amulu is a coroner, he kept trying to figure out why Mike Webster died. After he discovered the cause, the doctor’s focus was on saving other football players, who could be suffering from Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). Dr. Amulu continues today to find a way to prevent CTE from producing tau protein, which kills cells in the brain that are responsible for emotions, mood and cognitive control.

Some NFL players and sports lovers may feel that the fame and money are worth the risk of getting CTE, so Dr. Amulu’s discovery of CTE and the controversy it caused was insignificant.

Because Football is Number One in America.

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff: Every Thing is Small

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Really, everything is small.

I’m not saying I don’t get my panties in a wad over things. I’m human. I do. I sweat bills, money, people who upset me, and I have bad days.

But, the memory of my mother and father struggling with cancer, Always, creeps into my head when I’m sweatin and brings me back to zen.

I’m not saying be irresponsible and say fuck everything.

I’m saying process then let that shit go. Enjoy. Live. Laugh. And be okay with being human.

Life: We Take it for Granted

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I’m at work surrounded by children, who are terminally ill. And, some of them didn’t get to run and play and grow up like a non-sick child. Any day, it could be their last one.

This makes me think how we take life for granted. We live like there will be a tomorrow. We don’t think about our behavior towards others. We are concerned about things that don’t really matter. We’re vain, selfish,  inconsiderate,  unforgiving,  rude, spiteful, and the list goes on.

If we were made to experience what life was like for these terminally ill kids, the world would be very different.