Sunday, October 19, 2014

Chikungunya and Me

The Chikungunya virus or Chik V for short is a debilitating virus. It is a viral disease transmitted by the bite of infected mosquitos and it is more dangerous to the very young, the elderly and persons with existing medical conditions. It has afflicted many Jamaicans recently, especially in Kingston. There seems to be no escape in getting it, it’s just a matter of when you will get it. I’m just recovering from it. Two weeks into the virus and I am still having swollen lymph nodes in the back of my neck and right shoulder (extremely painful) and pain in my ankles, hands and fingers.

The virus started with my index finger joint being painful and swollen, and then the onset of painful knees, ankles and feet, my wrists and elbows followed shortly thereafter and of course the fever. This lasted for three days, with the fourth day feeling much better, but, alas, day five wasn’t good with me experiencing a sub-acute attack - fever, severe nausea and a rash, with terrible itching.

I had absolutely no appetite, and as I smelled food I wanted to vomit. I sipped on turmeric tea throughout, and drank a lot of coconut water, and light broth. I also had malaria at the age of twelve. This was an awful experience as malaria leaves you weak, with severe chills, profuse sweating, vomiting and diarrhea. I was told by my doctor that I had an imported case of malaria, as this disease had been eradicated from the Caribbean region at that time. I soon regained some strength, but I certainly had lost a lot of weight and weighed a mere 72 pounds at twelve years of age. Six weeks later my hair fell out in large batches. I was terrified, but my doctor had told me that would have happened so at least I knew what to expect.

So I have had more than my fair share of mosquito borne diseases, these vectors are extremely dangerous! So it’s very important to be very informed about it. I have attached a link below on the Chikungunya virus, which I hope you will find helpful.

http://www.wikihow.com/Recover-from-Chikungunya

Peace and Love,
Natalie

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Power Thought of the Day

It is not what we do that matters, but what a sovereign God chooses to do through us. God doesn't want our success; He wants us.

~Charles Colson~

Monday, April 22, 2013

Happy Earth Day!

Love the earth and sun and the animals.

~Walt Whitman~

Peace and Love,
Natalie

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Woman Work by Maya Angelou ~ Dedicated to My Dear Mother


Mom I dedicate this beautiful poem to you today, thank you for your beautiful soul, as you stood with me and slept with me on the floor of my hospital room as I lay dying. God stood with you and laid with you. He wrapped and covered us with His Love. Thank you for being a super, fantastic mother. This poem reflects your life as you raised us; your six children, much, much love to you Mom, and I know in my heart that God has you in the palms of His very loving Hands.

 ~Jeremiah 1:5 - Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.~

Woman Work

I've got the children to tend
The clothes to mend
The floor to mop
The food to shop
Then the chicken to fry
The baby to dry
I got company to feed
The garden to weed
I've got shirts to press
The tots to dress
The can to be cut
I gotta clean up this hut
Then see about the sick
And the cotton to pick.

Shine on me, sunshine
Rain on me, rain
Fall softly, dewdrops
And cool my brow again.

Storm, blow me from here
With your fiercest wind
Let me float across the sky
'Til I can rest again.

Fall gently, snowflakes
Cover me with white
Cold icy kisses and
Let me rest tonight.

Sun, rain, curving sky
Mountain, oceans, leaf and stone
Star shine, moon glow
You're all that I can call my own.


~Maya Angelou~

Thursday, February 21, 2013

I Am There

Do you need Me?

I am there.
You cannot see Me, yet I am the light you see by.
You cannot hear Me, yet I speak through your voice.
You cannot feel Me, yet I am the power at work in your hands.
I am at work, though you do not understand My ways.
I am at work, though you do not recognize My works.
I am not strange visions. I am not mysteries.
Only in absolute stillness, beyond self, can you know Me as I am, and then but as a feeling and a faith.
Yet I am there. Yet I hear. Yet I answer.
When you need Me, I am there.
Even if you deny Me, I am there.
Even when you feel most alone, I am there.
Even in your fears, I am there.
Even in your pain, I am there.
I am there when you pray and when you do not pray.
I am in you, and you are in Me.
Only in your mind can you feel separate from Me, for only in your mind are the mists of “yours” and “mine.”
Yet only with your mind can you know Me and experience Me.
Empty your heart of empty fears.
When you get yourself out of the way, I am there.
You can of yourself do nothing, but I can do all.
And I am in all.
Though you may not see the good, good is there, for I am there.
I am there because I have to be, because I am.
Only in Me does the world have meaning; only out of Me does the world take form; only because of Me does the world go forward.
I am the law on which the movement of the stars and the growth of living cells are founded.
I am the love that is the law's fulfilling. I am assurance. I am peace. I am oneness. I am the law that you can live by. I am the love that you can cling to. I am your assurance. I am your peace. I am one with you. I am.
Though you fail to find Me, I do not fail you.
Though your faith in Me is unsure, My faith in you never wavers, because I know you, because I love you.
Beloved, I am there.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Feelings


Feelings like disappointment, embarrassment, irritation, resentment, anger, jealousy and fear, instead of being bad news, are actually very clear moments that teach us where it is that we are holding back. They teach us to perk up and lean in when we are feel we'd rather collapse and back away. They're like messengers that show us, with terrifying clarity, exactly where we're stuck. This very moment is the perfect teacher, and lucky for us, it's with us wherever we are.


~Pema Chodron~

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Power Thought of The Day

To be kind, honest and have positive thoughts; to forgive those who harm us and treat everyone as a friend; to help those who are suffering and never to consider ourselves superior to anyone else; even if this advice seems rather simplistic, make the effort of seeing whether by following it you can find greater happiness.
~Dalai Lama~