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Halfway To 90 and Still Going Strong

My next birthday will fall upon Wednesday of next week. I will be halfway to the age of 90.

Let me take a breath to take this all in, insert heavy pregnant pause here. This drove my mind today. Try as I might, the numbers weren’t posting because my brain was sitting in Las Vegas. At a very posh hotel, baking in the sun, drinking a pina colada. This was how I celebrated 40.

What could I say at 40? I pontificated while sunbathing by the pool. Trying to feel adult and put together a respectful lesson to deliver on the return  to KY. Have I found the key to success? Did I have it all? Was I ever going to go back to college? Chase my career of working in law? Too heavy a subject for that day. I did keep asking myself: what is 40? Until I came home. And for the next 60 days, it was the same question. My much anticipated aha moment came in August.

Literally, overnight, a rash erupted on my lower arm. The biopsy returned with sjogren’s syndrome and Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. I sat in shocked silence. This was the answer to my fatigue, to the butterfly rash on my face, the reason why my eyes are dry. Yes! I have the reason. Great! Flip that onto the not so great. I have two autoimmune disorders that are incurable. Chronic for the rest of my days.

This was the awakening that I was having for 40. It was time to chuck the small mindedness of everyday life. It was the kick in the backside to learn to enjoy my time on Mother Earth. It was time to live my life out loud and to do as I please. It was time to step forward and “do me”.

Five years later, I still wake up with the same credo. It hasn’t failed me yet. Don’t wait for the diagnosis to get your attention. Step up everyday and “do you”. It’s the best feeling in the world!

Striving for exceptional-Tristen Ahlsey

Influenza Or Something Else….

There has been A LOT of discussion, warnings, and talks about this winter’s spout with Influenza. Unfortunately, I have seen many deaths on the news, attributed to the influenza and that scares the BEEJEZUZ! outta me, I cannot even imagine.

I was sick last week and ended up having sinus infection and started a round of antibiotics, something which I don’t really like to do until absolutely necessary, it was necessary. Sunday-Tuesday morning we brought in a blizzard, and I was down again with a fever, chills, headache, etc on Monday night. I was fairly paranoid most of Monday night and through the night and then remembered an article I had shared on Facebook to help distinguish the difference between the Flu or the common cold. We don’t like to bum rush the Dr.’s for every little sniffle, ache, pain….but that flu is SERIOUS. My children go to public school and many of the public schools around us have been shut down for a few days, cancelled sporting events, and so on.

I am going to post the article, I found it a great personal help as to what was going on with me. My son is home sick today and I will watch over him the next few hours to see if he becomes worse in a fast way. My brother tested positive for Influenza yesterday, he said it came on so fast he couldn’t believe it, within an hour he went from running errands to needing to go lay down NOW!

Use the article as a reference, look for the red flags but don’t question your gut feeling!

How many days till Spring?!?

Love to All-Kim