Learning from My Mistakes!

I’ve been a PATHETIC excuse for a business owner since losing Emerald Coach status in August, but that’s about to change. I’m going to COMPLETELY dive in and treat this as a real, true-blue business. Reading Mindy Wender’s story makes me even more inspired that I can do Beachbody FULL TIME from home, get out of debt. and help others, most importantly. 

I finally found that opportunity last June. No scam, no gimmicks, and honestly, if you roll up those sleeves and burn some elbow grease, you CAN earn a full time income. That’s my goal since I need a job that allows me the flexibility to be the best mom I can be. I LOVE teaching and writing, but doing it full time is very stressful. If you’re interested, I’d love to work with you, too, and we can make this dream a reality. We can do this together, but I need you to dive in with me

live fearlessly

get healthy

help others

and don’t hold back! 

We got this, and we’re going to rock ’14!

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He Makes Beautiful Things…And, Yes, There’s No Such Thing as “Supermom!”

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I know that this blog post isn’t health related, but I knew God was speaking to me to write something personal, something some of you might need to hear right now. To all of you moms out there, I’m going to briefly, succinctly, proclaim something that you may or may not know already:

There’s no such thing as “SuperMom.”

Try as we might, there are going to be days where things simply aren’t working as we planned. As a very new mom back in the summer, I WORKED feverishly and cried and prayed…so scared of losing control of that feeble, tiny life lying in that snowy white crib. I was petrified of life itself. With every breath of my baby, I feared SIDS–with every tear, cough, or shallow breath, I prepared for the worst.

I forced myself to go back to work, to resume my job as a writer, teacher, and health blogger/coach, within weeks after the birth, and it was all too much. I was falling apart, and for that, I’ve paid a serious price. Now, I’m being treated for severe hormonal issues that I truly think derived from pushing myself too much, too hard–not allowing my body to heal completely and fully while embracing my life as a new mom.

It was a world completely devoid of any peace whatsoever. Every day, I must work to let go, to let go, to let go…This has been the most exhausting, but fulfilling, six months of my life, and let me tell you that I had my shattering WAKE UP CALL. I realized that every step of motherhood is a gift from God even when the tears simply wouldn’t stop flowing. I wanted so many things to go differently. I wanted to breastfeed. I wanted to cook. I wanted to have a natural birth.

And guess what? None of that worked out. NONE of it. I even went so far as to attempt re-lactating but to no avail. So I had to “get real” and stop the madness. I had to listen. I’m having to teach myself now, and it’s hard–so hard.

I had/have to realize that I AM everything to that little baby, but that doesn’t mean that I have to DO everything.

God has placed this precious child in my care, and if that means that I must scale down my commitments, then that’s exactly what I must do. If that means that the floor doesn’t get mopped, then so be it. This process of letting go is hard, especially since I like to be on top of everything, but it’s necessary. Your body, your temple, must be nourished and rested. Your baby must be looked after with all of the love that comes from a mommy who is fresh (or, as fresh as possible considering the circumstances!) and vibrant.

I’m sure this kind of blog has been written, many times, but I can’t tell you enough how relieving it is to share these challenges with you and to urge you to come to me for any kind of prayer and encouragement. God doesn’t place His children in a bad place just to let them have the “experience.” He wants us to grow, to be nurtured, and to teach others through those dark times.

So, in closing, I pray for all of you moms, new or otherwise, to have peace this holiday season. It is essential. We have to have it for survival. And then there’s these beautiful affirmations from our Savior’s holy Word:

 

“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives, do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful. John 14:27

And finally:

 

“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

Hallelujah! We have a Savior, and He’s rooting for us each and every day. He’s been there. He knows what we’re going through, no matter how challenging those circumstances might be. And I leave with a wish for you, dear readers, to have a blessed and peaceful Christmas!

~K.

 

 

New Post at Pure Health Finds! Please Welcome Our New Guest Blogger, Lila Monroe!

Omigoodness. Sometimes when you ask for help, you get more support than you’d ever dream possible. Lila Monroe, my good friend, volunteered her amazing writing abilities here at Pure Health Finds, and her first post discusses an extremely practical method for approaching an emergency situation (in her case, it was a brown recluse bite). I proudly bring you her first post and ask for your support for this incredible writer and business woman. She has placed her information at the bottom of the post, so please check out her page at Sahana Wellness. I wish blessings to all of you this holiday season, and stay safe!

~Katie Mayo

Crime Scene by Lila Monroe

 

Time – 3 a.m., in the wee hours a cool, December morning

Setting – Sleepy little subdivision in Ouachita Parish, Louisiana

Victim – Middle-aged male – Sharp laceration to the nape of the neck while sleeping

Perpetrator – Arachnid, the BROWN RECLUSE aka the FIDDLEBACK Spider

 

It was already a fitful sleep, then…whoosh, and an “Aagh!!!”

“What, baby?” I mumble trying to comprehend why my husband sat straight up like a B-movie zombie then proceeded to let out a bellowing wail while thrashing his pillow around.

‘I just got bit!” he stammered, then ripped the sheets off in a flurry.  Sure enough, I shined the bright light from my cell phone on the back of his neck which revealed the tell-tale mark of a spider bite.  After searching for several minutes we could not find the culprit, or the Calamine lotion.

Despite my plea to get it checked out, he decides it just itches and therefore isn’t serious, so he went back to bed.

Sound funny, even a bit familiar?

This could actually have been a disaster, a potentially lethal disaster.  But before I share what happens next, let me tell you about the brown recluse.

This critter is 15 times more poisonous than the black widow and is recognized for its marking just below his head, which resembles a violin.

It is nocturnal, seeks out warmer abodes in winter, and while generally not aggressive unless provoked, this predator is nevertheless responsible for several attacks on humans while they are sleeping.  More than likely, he does not like to share pillow space!

The brown recluse is found all over the Southeast and in some areas along the Southwest U.S.  If you live in or visit this part of the country, it is very important to learn how to treat a brown recluse bite, and even more important on preventing one in the first place.  Here are steps to protect yourself and your family:

Protect Your Home

  1. Inspect your property for holes or cracks along your foundation, walls, windows and floorboards.  Repair brick, cement or caulk where needed.
  2. Do not spray insecticides.  The brown recluse is resistant to insecticides and exposure to those toxins may cause aggressive behavior.  Simple spider traps are inexpensive and effective.
  3. Clean out under cabinets and along corners of window sills frequently.  Spiders love to hang out along the inside overhang of kitchen and bathroom cabinets.  Wear protective gloves and run along the underside of the cabinet to collect webbing, live spiders, and eggs.  Squish them and flush them down the drain immediately.

Protect Your Family

  1. Spiders love to hide—do not leave clothing on floor.  Shake out all garments and shoes before dressing, especially in the cooler months.
  2. Never reach into a dark, seldom used space without gloves, and ensure bed-sheets do not touch the floor.
  3. Keep an insect bite first aid kit on hand (see below for recommended contents).

Treatment

  1. Try to locate and trap the spider.
  2. Take one Benadryl according to directions on container/box.
  3. Help strengthen the immune system with 1000 mg Vitamin C, along with a generous portion of aloe vera filet from the leaf or in drinkable form from the pharmacy.  Consuming aloe vera orally provides a number of health benefits and is also helpful in fighting the bacteria, as it is a natural bactericide.
  4. Clean the bite area with soap and water.  I use Dawn dish soap or a non-toxic deep-cleaning insecticide spray like Mitactin.
  5. Generously apply powdered, activated carbon (pure charcoal with no additives) to the entire site.  Place in ziplock bag and roll with rolling pin to achieve consistency of powder.  We used a magic bullet which is fast, but a bit messier.
  6. Cover with wet paper towel and dress with terry towel or torn t-shirt.
  7. Keep this dressing on for one hour, then refresh, being careful not to be too abrasive in removing the old charcoal.
  8. When finished with charcoal treatment, wash the area gently again, then pat dry and apply an antibiotic topical pain reliever like Benadryl anti-itch gel for kids.  DO NOT APPLY HYDROCORTISONE.  You may also prefer to put fresh aloe vera gel from the plant on the wound and take an oral pain reliever such as Aleve gel caps.

Finally, as soon as possible, go to your nearest 24 hour medical clinic for a tetanus shot and doctor review.  The tetanus shot is important because the brown recluse carries the tetanus bacteria making its victims susceptible to tetanus disease which includes painful lockjaw and other calamities.  You may be given an antibiotic shot to fight infection, or steroid shot if swelling does not subside.  However, there is no anti-venom for the brown recluse in the US or Canada.

Therefore, drawing out the venom naturally with the charcoal, helping strengthen the immune system naturally to fight off the venom and bacteria carried by the spider, and treating the skin to mitigate as much damage to the tissue as possible, are the best practices in treating this type of wound.

Spider Bite First Aid Kit

I have seen kits sold complete for $29.99 and up, however, all the materials needed to treat a brown recluse bite are readily available at Walmart or can be purchased individually online.  You may find other uses for these supplies, or that you have some of these materials at home already.  A little research can save a chunk of change!

  1. Gentle Skin Cleanser
  2. Activated Carbon
  3. Topical Pain Reliever
  4. Oral Pain Reliever
  5. Antihistamine
  6. Aloe Vera Gel – Taken topically and orally
  7. Dressing/Bandages

Remember, do NOT apply hydrocortisone or attempt to draw out venom in any other fashion; doing so may result in permanent damage to skin.   Skin graft, hospitalization and even death may occur from advanced stage bites that were not treated immediately and properly.

So, how did our story end?  Well, since we didn’t have anything on hand, the area did swell up something terrible.  Later in the evening he felt a tingling sensation in his hand.  That was it – I put my foot down and called the pharmacist!  After a conversation with Walgreens, the tech referred us to the 24-hour clinic.  With a still adamant husband, we did a late night Walmart run and performed the above treatment twice, leaving the last one on overnight.  We applied the Benadryl gel after the morning shower and covered the area with a bandage.  The venom is drawn out, swelling is reduced, there appears to be no infection, but we are keeping an eye on it!

Take a bite out of crime, naturally – follow me on Facebook at Sahana Wellness to learn how be prepared for spider bites and other timely health topics!

Guest Blogger Profile

Lila Monroe is an entrepreneur and runs a strategic investment and management consulting practice.  She credits her vitality, strength and stamina to healthy living and excellent nutrition.  An avid wellness advocate in her blog, Sahana Wellness, Lila reviews natural remedies, world class spa & wellness products, and provides tips & inspiration for healthy living.

Disclaimer:  This article is not considered medical advice, is solely for entertainment and educational purposes only, and does not replace the advice of a qualified, licensed, medical practitioner.  Nor is the author or blog owner responsible for any damages resulting from actions you may or may not take concerning your body or health before, during, or after reading this material.  That being said, I hope the information you read here will be of help to you and you and your family will benefit from our kitchen counter wisdom.

WE HAVE A GUEST BLOGGER! Lila Monroe, Welcome to Pure Health Finds!

Omigoodness. Sometimes, when you ask for help, you get more support than you’d ever dream possible. Lila Monroe, my good friend, volunteered her amazing writing abilities here at Pure Health Finds, and her first post discusses an extremely practical method for approaching an emergency situation (in her case, it was a brown recluse bite). I proudly bring you her first post and ask for your support for this incredible writer and business woman. She has placed her information at the bottom of the post, so please check out her incredible page at Sahana Wellness. I’m very grateful to have such professional help to get this blog going again. Blessings to all of you this holiday season, and stay safe!

~Katie Mayo

Crime Scene by Lila Monroe

 

Time – 3 a.m., in the wee hours a cool, December morning

Setting – Sleepy little subdivision in Ouachita Parish, Louisiana

Victim – Middle-aged male – Sharp laceration to the nape of the neck while sleeping

Perpetrator – Arachnid, the BROWN RECLUSE aka the FIDDLEBACK Spider

 

It was already a fitful sleep, then…whoosh, and an “Aagh!!!”

“What, baby?” I mumble trying to comprehend why my husband sat straight up like a B-movie zombie then proceeded to let out a bellowing wail while thrashing his pillow around.

‘I just got bit!” he stammered, then ripped the sheets off in a flurry.  Sure enough, I shined the bright light from my cell phone on the back of his neck which revealed the tell-tale mark of a spider bite.  After searching for several minutes we could not find the culprit, or the Calamine lotion.

Despite my plea to get it checked out, he decides it just itches and therefore isn’t serious, so he went back to bed.

Sound funny, even a bit familiar?

This could actually have been a disaster, a potentially lethal disaster.  But before I share what happens next, let me tell you about the brown recluse.

This critter is 15 times more poisonous than the black widow and is recognized for its marking just below his head, which resembles a violin.

It is nocturnal, seeks out warmer abodes in winter, and while generally not aggressive unless provoked, this predator is nevertheless responsible for several attacks on humans while they are sleeping.  More than likely, he does not like to share pillow space!

The brown recluse is found all over the Southeast and in some areas along the Southwest U.S.  If you live in or visit this part of the country, it is very important to learn how to treat a brown recluse bite, and even more important on preventing one in the first place.  Here are steps to protect yourself and your family:

Protect Your Home

  1. Inspect your property for holes or cracks along your foundation, walls, windows and floorboards.  Repair brick, cement or caulk where needed.
  2. Do not spray insecticides.  The brown recluse is resistant to insecticides and exposure to those toxins may cause aggressive behavior.  Simple spider traps are inexpensive and effective.
  3. Clean out under cabinets and along corners of window sills frequently.  Spiders love to hang out along the inside overhang of kitchen and bathroom cabinets.  Wear protective gloves and run along the underside of the cabinet to collect webbing, live spiders, and eggs.  Squish them and flush them down the drain immediately.

Protect Your Family

  1. Spiders love to hide—do not leave clothing on floor.  Shake out all garments and shoes before dressing, especially in the cooler months.
  2. Never reach into a dark, seldom used space without gloves, and ensure bed-sheets do not touch the floor.
  3. Keep an insect bite first aid kit on hand (see below for recommended contents).

Treatment

  1. Try to locate and trap the spider.
  2. Take one Benadryl according to directions on container/box.
  3. Help strengthen the immune system with 1000 mg Vitamin C, along with a generous portion of aloe vera filet from the leaf or in drinkable form from the pharmacy.  Consuming aloe vera orally provides a number of health benefits and is also helpful in fighting the bacteria, as it is a natural bactericide.
  4. Clean the bite area with soap and water.  I use Dawn dish soap or a non-toxic deep-cleaning insecticide spray like Mitactin.
  5. Generously apply powdered, activated carbon (pure charcoal with no additives) to the entire site.  Place in ziplock bag and roll with rolling pin to achieve consistency of powder.  We used a magic bullet which is fast, but a bit messier.
  6. Cover with wet paper towel and dress with terry towel or torn t-shirt.
  7. Keep this dressing on for one hour, then refresh, being careful not to be too abrasive in removing the old charcoal.
  8. When finished with charcoal treatment, wash the area gently again, then pat dry and apply an antibiotic topical pain reliever like Benadryl anti-itch gel for kids.  DO NOT APPLY HYDROCORTISONE.  You may also prefer to put fresh aloe vera gel from the plant on the wound and take an oral pain reliever such as Aleve gel caps.

Finally, as soon as possible, go to your nearest 24 hour medical clinic for a tetanus shot and doctor review.  The tetanus shot is important because the brown recluse carries the tetanus bacteria making its victims susceptible to tetanus disease which includes painful lockjaw and other calamities.  You may be given an antibiotic shot to fight infection, or steroid shot if swelling does not subside.  However, there is no anti-venom for the brown recluse in the US or Canada.

Therefore, drawing out the venom naturally with the charcoal, helping strengthen the immune system naturally to fight off the venom and bacteria carried by the spider, and treating the skin to mitigate as much damage to the tissue as possible, are the best practices in treating this type of wound.

Spider Bite First Aid Kit

I have seen kits sold complete for $29.99 and up, however, all the materials needed to treat a brown recluse bite are readily available at Walmart or can be purchased individually online.  You may find other uses for these supplies, or that you have some of these materials at home already.  A little research can save a chunk of change!

  1. Gentle Skin Cleanser
  2. Activated Carbon
  3. Topical Pain Reliever
  4. Oral Pain Reliever
  5. Antihistamine
  6. Aloe Vera Gel – Taken topically and orally
  7. Dressing/Bandages

Remember, do NOT apply hydrocortisone or attempt to draw out venom in any other fashion; doing so may result in permanent damage to skin.   Skin graft, hospitalization and even death may occur from advanced stage bites that were not treated immediately and properly.

So, how did our story end?  Well, since we didn’t have anything on hand, the area did swell up something terrible.  Later in the evening he felt a tingling sensation in his hand.  That was it – I put my foot down and called the pharmacist!  After a conversation with Walgreens, the tech referred us to the 24-hour clinic.  With a still adamant husband, we did a late night Walmart run and performed the above treatment twice, leaving the last one on overnight.  We applied the Benadryl gel after the morning shower and covered the area with a bandage.  The venom is drawn out, swelling is reduced, there appears to be no infection, but we are keeping an eye on it!

Take a bite out of crime, naturally – follow me on Facebook at Sahana Wellness to learn how be prepared for spider bites and other timely health topics!

Guest Blogger Profile

Lila Monroe is an entrepreneur and runs a strategic investment and management consulting practice.  She credits her vitality, strength and stamina to healthy living and excellent nutrition.  An avid wellness advocate in her blog, Sahana Wellness, Lila reviews natural remedies, world class spa & wellness products, and provides tips & inspiration for healthy living.

Disclaimer:  This article is not considered medical advice, is solely for entertainment and educational purposes only, and does not replace the advice of a qualified, licensed, medical practitioner.  Nor is the author or blog owner responsible for any damages resulting from actions you may or may not take concerning your body or health before, during, or after reading this material.  That being said, I hope the information you read here will be of help to you and you and your family will benefit from our kitchen counter wisdom.