Most of this will be a little rant you might say. I hope not to
offend anybody; it's just stuff I'm passionate about, and want others to realize the impact they can have on their own health and on other's health.
My Grama Rose spent a lot of money to die. I think about what if she had spent a little money to LIVE. She paid $4000 a month for a room, to have someone make her yucky food, and bring her MANY meds that were paid for by her insuranc,e which was paid for by the UMWA. She had 4 different pain killers, 1 muscle relaxer, 2 for constipation, 2 antibiotics, 2 nausea, one for depression, a diuretic, something for an A-Fib, one for high blood pressure, and who knows what else, and she had 1 little measely generic vitamin. I wanted her to spend $75 at the most a month on actual things for her health, but between my mom and grama, they were afraid, afraid of spending the money, and what if it didn't work.
Prior to the nursing home stint, Grama did not take that many meds.
Part of Grama's demise (and people's failures in general), are from being afraid. Fear = Failure/Death (depeding on the circumstances). Grama had a fear of falling. This caused her muscles to get weak; therefore, she couldn't walk and get the blood flowing. This left her body unable to process all of the meds she was taking. It gave her bed sores. She deteriorated a little bit everyday. She complained of something new everyday. They would give her more meds to cover up whatever it was she complained about. "They just wanted her to "be comfortable." I felt like they just didn't want to deal with her. Grama gave up.
People give up all the time on business adventures, cooking, solving family problems, and so on because of fear. Many people say "Oh she lived a good long life," "she's ready to see her hubby," "She's just old" Grama didn't feel this way until she was incapable of taking care of herself. What if she had done things differently? I don't want to wait to see what'll happen if I should have done things differently.
So my new year is about sharing more about natural health care, more healthy food recipes, and including exercise, and working on financial freedom and encouragement to others. Grama was far from a raw foodist, and she ate meat, dairy and sugar - she also struggled with few health things. Grama had money, and had to spend it ALL on a nursing home. I think she would have rather gambled it all away in Wendover!
I do not want to be a health nazi, I just want to make better choices so that when I am 96, I am still ready to live! I love life, and I hope you do too! I am ready and willing to help everyone do things different!
= ) With Love, Joelle