Life, Sickness and C-Diff Part 3

Autumn_in_DresdenAfter a week of resting and feeling stronger I felt well enough to give my sister a break from staying at the hospital.  The afternoon I left I was feeling okay, but something didn’t seem right.  Before leaving I took my temperature, it was 98.9.  Didn’t seem out of the ordinary since I had just taken a shower.  I got my stuff together and headed out for the hour drive to the hospital to Bay Medical.  When I got there I was excited to see my Mom, even though she still wasn’t feeling up to par, I bought her a card and looked forward to spending the evening with her.  She was still on medicine for C-diff but I had gotten the okay from the PA that I could visit my Mom.  After going out to get something to eat and feeding my mom her food, she was still having diarrhea and getting treated for C-Diff.  She was finally asleep, I tried to get comfortable in the lounge chair we were using, as it was more comfortable than the one offered by the hospital.  I went to the bathroom and passed what resembled an internal organ.  After that, the diarrhea started.  Since having C-diff I have (and still do) carry a thermometer with me.  I took my temperature, it was 99.9.  I knew it was coming back and needed to get to the hospital that was back in town.  Since I knew this hospital where my mother was the reason we both contracted it, I sneaked out quietly and told one of the nurses to let my Mom know I had to leave.  She was sleeping and I didn’t want to wake her.  They agreed (didn’t do it, but they agreed) and I left as quickly as I could.  I had to take an anti-diarrhea pill since the drive was an hour, I am still not sure how I managed to get home, but at 4:30 I pulled into the driveway.  I woke up my sister and told her that my C-diff was coming back, I needed to go back to the hospital.  I wanted to take a shower and I was so exhausted, I feel asleep for about an hour, woke up and took my temperature it was 102.5.  My sister drove me out to the hospital, I told her there was no sense in her staying, since she and my Father were going to visit my Mom that morning.

They checked me in right away, my white count was 22 and they administered fluids to get my temperature down.  I drained two fluid bags that morning and the Dr. told me that my white count went up to 28 and she wanted to admit me, which I agreed.  They did a few tests to see what was going on in my colon, it was inflamed badly.  I finally had a bowl movement and I could tell, it was C-diff.  They sent it off to the lab and confirmed the next morning I was right.  That evening they got my fever to break, and my white cell count went down the next day.  The staff I had at Sacred Heart on the Gulf was wonderful to me, I wasn’t experiencing a lot of nausea, but felt unsteady on my feet to take a shower the next day, so they helped me during the process.  I spent three days in the hospital and the Dr. said that my follow-up was to be done with a Dr. and a test to see if the C-diff was really gone.  He explained that I wasn’t on the medicine long enough and I needed to stay away from my Mom until I was a few weeks clear of the C-diff to prevent it from coming back.  I would be on the medicine for another 4 weeks at home, both Vanco and Flagyl.  Luckily, since I work from home, I didn’t miss that much work.

Thanksgiving was coming up and my Mom was moved to a rehab center close to home.  She was in the hospital so long that she needed a lot of therapy to be able to return home.  I was coming off my C-diff medicine and was feeling so much better, having lost another 8 pounds this time around.

 

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Life, Sickness and C-Diff Part 2

After discovering that my mother had a C-diff infection it had spread from her colon to her intestines and stomach.  The same day she was finally diagnosed.  My symptoms hit a few days before, but a trip to the emergency room came at midnight for me.  My fever was considered low grade at 99.9 and with blood in my stool the doctor sent me home with a prescription, two shots one for nausea the other for diarrhea.  The next day I was lethargic but made it to the pharmacy to fill my prescription of Flagyl, which was for 7 days  This medicine completely kicked me in the butt.  I was in bed most of the time, no energy, no desire to eat.  A friend of mine brought over a care package for me with jello, Gatorade, apple juice and other fluids.  That was the only food i could get down.  I wasn’t getting any protein so I had to force feed myself a few profit shakes which gave me some super food nutrients.  But again, had to force it down.

After the first week I started to feel stronger, where I could stay awake during the day.  After 7 days I had a follow up appointment to see if the C-diff was gone, the PA that saw me stated that there was still some swelling in my stomach but since the diarrhea was gone and no fever, I was done with C-diff.  I lost a total of eight pounds during this round (not a good way to loose weight) and decided after a week I was strong enough to spend the night with my Mom in the hospital to give my sister a break.  I was told it was fine and to just take it easy.  Not the case at all…..

Life, Sickness and C-diff Part 1

As I am coming up on Summer I have been reflecting on this past year, so much has happened….good, bad and ugly.  Almost a year ago, my Mother was admitted to the hospital, something wasn’t right and she needed to get checked out.  Needless to say, it wasn’t good, she needed triple by-pass surgery.  Having just returned from a business trip, I wasn’t feeling so great myself.  My tooth was hurting and it turned out I needed a root canal.  My tooth was infected so the Dentist put me on Antibiotics for a week.  The days turned into weeks as I went back and forth to the Dentist and to ICU to visit my Mother.  Although she got through the surgery, she wasn’t well.  Her white count was high…ranging from the 20’s to 40’s.  She was running a fever and vomiting.  They diagnosed her with Pneumonia and tested her a few times for C-diff, but the test came back negative.  It turned out she did have it, and since I was on antibiotics I contracted it as well.  C-diff is a bacterial infection, we both had the hospital strain. If you don’t know what C-diff is and want to learn more about it, how to ensure you don’t contract it, click here.

I am going to take a few blog posts to talk about this journey, how it turned out and what I had to do to get rid of this horrible infection.

Aging gracefully – look young, act younger

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One of my modeling shots at age 19

There seems to be SO many opinions out there about women (in the media, politics and even in your home town) improving their appearances and aging gracefully in a youth obsessed culture.  My two cents?  Anyway you slice it, its a shit sandwich.  Sorry for being vulgar but it is, aging gracefully isn’t for the weak.  If you want to keep yourself looking good you are criticized for being obsessed with your looks, if you don’t keep your appearance, you are criticized for being a slob, either way we seem to loose.  I don’t worry about what others think, if they have an issue with how I handle aging….well…don’t let the door hit ya’ where the good Lord split ya!

I modeled when I was very young and I have to say its one of the best things that ever happened to me.  I was a very shy girl in high school, didn’t have many friends and it wasn’t until my first year in college that I bloomed, physically and emotionally.  Getting into the industry helped my self esteem, communication skills and so much more.  I will always be grateful for the time I spent in the industry.  As I have aged I do my best to take care of myself and yes, I keep up my looks as best I can.  I haven’t had to do any plastic surgery and don’t know if I would (never say never, right???) as I am scared of going under the knife.

Since I’ve turned 42, I am noticing some lines around my eyes and lips.  So a little bit of extra 12495119_770441449723932_8408941994903330796_nmaintenance has started up on my part.  Anti-aging crème!   A new product I’ve been using (well its new to me) is Preventage.  Its a crème that you put on your face (and its great for the neck too) twice a day.  I have to say I’m loving the results!  It runs about $25 a month as a loyal or distributor in my case and its wonderful!  If you are in your forties, I highly recommend it.  There is nothing wrong with keeping that youthful look and just to make sure it all measures out….I try not to act my age either!  LOL

If you’d like to learn more about this fabulous product or try it, click here. 

Until next time, keep smiling!

Staying focused on your weight loss Journey…

8 pounds down….17 more to go!

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Before….

I’ve been a little unfocused lately about keeping a journal of my 90-day weight loss journey.  I set a goal to loose 25 pounds in 90 days and I’ve got my gym membership, my Thermofit and greens and eating a vegan (transitioning) diet.  So far, in my first 30 days, I have lost 8 pounds, I wanted to celebrate with donuts, but resisted the urge!

 

I have been thinking a lot about my goal, and how there are probably so many people out there with a similar goal, 10, 15, 20 pounds, its not an easy task, especially if you are older.  My greens have been giving me tons of energy, I would not be able to do all that I do professionally and personally without them.  The Thermofit has definitely accelerated my weight lost and will no doubt help me exceed my goal.

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…..After

 

I have a great trainer, he put together a plan for me with cardio, weights and exercises like Zumba.  I work out everyday, with the exception of a migraine, which is happening due to the weather we have in Florida.  Other than that, I am staying focused on my goal.  I will be better at keeping everyone updated and remember, stay focused!

 

Kerry

 

…..Final after!

Are you Pre or Post Menopausal?

12573892_1668735143383178_5003112090891435563_nI am writing post about this fabulous product called EstroRhythm.  Yes, It works carries this product and I wanted to talk to you about the difference its made for me, being Pre-Menopausal.  This is just about my experience with my doctor, my symptoms and how I came to use this product.  I was in a car accident years ago, my doctor told me that due to some of the damage I would probably go into early menopause.  At the time, I laughed it off, thinking no way!  Well, fast forward 13 years later, and I’m not laughing.  About a year ago I started to get hot, my face would be flushed for no reason.  I would take my temperature, it would be normal.  I would stick my head in the freezer just to cool down.  Then, there was my attitude, I started to snap at people, fly off the handle for no reason.  I also started to get very bad cramps. I went to the Doctor and told him what was going on and he dismissed it, said I was way too young (off by 5 years to be pre-menopausal).  Feeling aggravated I decided to do some research, most sites I found talked about hormone therapy, taking hormones for this wasn’t something I wanted to do and the other options for menopause were limiting.  Around the same, time I signed up to be a distributor with It Works!  After reviewing EstroRhythm and the ingredients, I figured I would give it a shot.

When I got the order in, (pictured above) there are supplements and a crème that you put on everyday.  I decided that I would adjust my dosage with the crème, maybe use it every other day and take the supplements every other day as well.  My decision to do this was based on me being pre-menopausal, not post.  I was glad I did that, the supplements I could take when I felt a hot flash coming on and it would subside within a few minutes.  My mood improved over a few weeks and my cramps were not as bad as they were before.  The crème has a nice smell, you rub it on the inner thigh or meatier parts of the body (arm, legs, etc)  Even though its an all national option, it gets the job done.  I am sharing this story so that women who are looking for other options (hormone replacement was ranging in the $1,000’s) and the other drug options didn’t suit me, and my Doctor was insisting that I wasn’t going through this, but clearly, I was.  I used the product and did what was best for me, everyone is different.

If you’d like to learn more about EstroRythm or to try this product click here.  http://kerryheaps.myitworks.com/shop/product/450/

 

 

Are you ready to wear your Ruby slippers?

12321708_10206188219766115_970714689231604513_n Are you ready to wear your Ruby Slippers??? You’ve enrolled and you’re going to enroll three other people and one of them is going to enroll two people. And that’s it! You can expect to make around $599 in commissions, maybe more if you really get out there and sign a lot of Loyal Customers, but if you do that by April 30th, you are also going to get an additional $500 BONUS which is HUGE!!  Your monthly expense to have your business with It works will run about $120 a month with your auto-ship and your website.

 

This chart is to show you the simplicity of our recruiting process, however, there’s going to be plenty of you that that’s not going to be your chart. Your mom, your sister, your cousin, your best friend; they’re all going to think you’re crazy and not really sure why you’re doing this.  But that is okay, let them sit back and watch how you work this business, how you help others with their weight loss goals and helping others achieve a part time/full time income.  Its YOUR journey and it starts with one!  Want more details?  Contact me directly.

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