Quality Healthcare Does Matter: Update on my mom

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As a former biology student with no accomplished doctoral degree, I understand I am not a doctor.  I am just a nerd whose “Miss-Know-It-All” opinions should be kept to herself; but there have been some moments, in a doctors office, when one of my unkempt bushy eyebrows slowly rise above the other, transforming my facial expression into a questioning look, thinking to myself, “I bet this person averaged a C+ in med-school.

My Expectations For Quality Healthcare 

I do trust doctors.  I, just like so many other people on this planet, have to have faith that doctors knows what they are doing.  After all, our health is totally in their hands; well, some of it at least, for that we do carry a good portion of self-responsibility when it comes to keeping our own bodies healthy.

However, when our bodies do fall ill, we have to trust that our doctor will accurately diagnose our health problem(s) by looking at an array of crazy different symptoms, which often mimic a zillion-and-one other health problems.  We have to trust that they will perform the appropriate tests to come to a single accurate diagnosis.  We also have to trust that they will provide us with an effective treatment plan.  Quality healthcare isn’t just about accuracy, but also about communication, positive attitudes, and compassion.

Although I have high-standards (I admit) for healthcare, I am not expecting perfection. Seriously, I understand the job can be extremely stressful.  I volunteered once at a hospital; a bag of pee (urine) exploded on me and I now have a whole new appreciation for those working in the medical field, especially nurses.  Healthcare providers endure long hours, in a fast-pace, better-know-your-stuff, demanding, type of work environment with angry, ill, not always the most pleasant kind of patients.  It totally makes it difficult to provide astounding quality care when you are having to work under those types of conditions.

In my opinion,  I believe it’s the dedicated healthcare providers, who aren’t just there for a paycheck, that provide the best quality of care to patients.  Even the sour apples (moody healthcare providers) who are just, understandably, burnt out, can often times still provide quality healthcare to their patients.

Unfortunately, there are some healthcare providers (hopefully not a lot them) who seem to treat patients as if they are just an inconvenient problem sliding through a ticket queue, expressing little to no compassion, with the intent to just collect a paycheck.  Have you ever encountered a healthcare provider like that?  Not quite the comforting experience you want when you feel like crap, right?  

Then again, there are healthcare providers who absolutely try to do their very best to provide quality healthcare, yet unfortunately, mistakes still do happen, because lets be honest, nobody is perfect…

Dangers of Healthcare Mistakes 

As I mentioned in a previous post, I am worried about my mom.   I am worried about her health and I am also worry that she is not receiving the best quality of healthcare.

As a short recap, my mom has been really sick.  She felt as if her health had been declining; feeling weaker and weaker everyday.  Everyone is afraid of the ugly “C” word; however, according to my mom, doctors now think it might just be her Diabetes causing all the issues.

Well, I guess after being told it might be her Diabetes on the fritz, she made an executive decision on her own (not doctor approved) to stop her insulin injections (a potentially dangerous decision that should never be made without doctor approval).  However, my mom is now telling us that she feels so much better since nixing the insulin.

Personally, I can’t help but wonder if perhaps she was experiencing an overdose of insulin; in which is also SUPER dangerous!   So, yeah, my hair is a bit frizzled in anger, because let me share with you the events that lead up to my mom’s (reckless, yet probably life-saving) decision to stop insulin injections…

Earlier this year, my mom’s doctor started her on insulin.   However, the physician assistant (P.A.) poorly demonstrated how to properly administer the injections, insisting that the protective cap, covering the needle on the injector pen, is not to be removed.  My mom says she was a bit confused, because she couldn’t understand how the injection was going to work without removing the cap from the needle; however, the physician assistant continued to insist the cap is not to be removed, otherwise she would not get the needed dose amount, because it will leak without the cap.  So, my mom did as instructed (despite the massive bruising it was causing- horrible, I saw it).  Anyway, turns out, the first 2-3 months of starting insulin injections, my mom was not getting any insulin at all!

I wonder if the physician assistant, perhaps (giving them the benefit of the doubt), thought the protective cap was more like a protective “guard” in which the injection needle protrudes through the guard once the injector is pressed into the body (some do that).  Unfortunately, the physician assistant’s mistake may have possibly done some damage, for that the doctor later increased the dosage of insulin due to the fact there was little to no change in blood sugars.  Nobody ever questioned whether or not the injections were being administered properly.

At this point, not realizing she is not getting insulin from the insulin injector, my mom decided to work harder to try to maintain her blood sugars on her own by changing up her diet.  In her mind, perhaps the insulin was actually working, but her diet was making it difficult for the insulin to do its job.  So, she gained control of her blood sugars, but she was under the impression it was the insulin injections (not her diet).

Then, one day, the local pharmacist recognized there was a problem with the way my mom was administering her insulin injections.  The pharmacist informed my mom that the brand of insulin injectors she was using does require the protective cap to be removed to properly administer insulin into the body.  My mom was shocked, embarrassed, and furious (who wouldn’t be)!

Ever since my mom started taking insulin (actually getting insulin from her injector pen), she has been getting sicker and sicker.  Instead of investigating the root problem, her doctors were only treating the symptoms.  It was only about a week ago, my mom had this realization that her health problems had started shortly after learning how to properly administer insulin with the insulin injector.  Therefore, she wondered if maybe her health problems have something to do with the insulin.  The only way to find out, she figured, is to stop the insulin injections all together and see what happens (Again, not something you should do without doctor approval-ever).

Because my mom is not a doctor, she didn’t know that injecting insulin into her body when she had her blood sugars under control could be potentially dangerous.  If the blood sugars are under control without the need for additional insulin, adding more insulin into the body could cause severe health issues.  This could be (I am not a doctor, either) the reason she has been so sick, especially, if the earlier increased insulin dose was not lowered after realizing the injector was not administering insulin at all.  Furthermore, it is also equally dangerous to stop insulin all together without the approval and oversight of a doctor; for that, insulin, at a lower dosage, may still be needed.

A Potentially Dangerous Situation That Could Have Been Avoided

Had the physician assistant properly demonstrated how to appropriately administer insulin with that specific type of insulin injector, months of feeling ill could have been prevented.  How many other patients are going without insulin due to this one tiny misinformed mistake?  Also, the fault doesn’t entirely rest on the shoulders of the PA, but also the doctor who authorized an increase in insulin without questioning whether or not the patient was properly administering their insulin in the first place.  Furthermore, in the grand scheme of all things going on with my mom’s health, I can understand why it took so long to figure this out.  Unfortunately, I still fear the extra insulin could have caused further damage to her health.

All we can do now, is to move forward.  According to my mom, her blood sugars are still a bit “wonky,” but I think that is a expected, especially, after months of chaos with different doses of insulin.  Fortunately, my mom has finally agreed to change doctors!  (YAY!!)  She has only been off insulin for a week and has an appointment soon with her new doctor, so it’s not like she is going to go months without insulin leaving her Diabetes unchecked or anything.  She just wanted to give it a try, to see if she feels better without it and fortunately for her, she does feel better!  Again, it was a reckless, yet probably life-saving decision to make without a doctor’s approval.

Not Over Yet…Waiting For Test Results

Well, that is one hurdle we barely managed to leap over; however, we are still waiting back on a lot more tests before determining my mom’s overall health status.  One day at a time, right?  But for right now, I am just so glad that my mom is feeling much better.  You can hear it in her voice again!  ❤

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Stinking Thinking With Bad News

According to my mom, the news is not good.

I took her to the ER this week.  It’s been nearly two weeks and her test results still have not come in and she feels her health is getting worse.   While waiting for the test results, the only thing she can do is go to the ER (emergency room).

Luckily, my mom had an appointment in the big city for an unrelated health concern (torn shoulder muscle) and the nearest ER in town is at a hospital that is a part of a really awesome (I did my homework, literally) healthcare system that I have been trying to convince her to go to since Day-1 of all her troubles.  So, later that day, after her appointment, my mom agreed to go into the ER.

To Blunt To Bare

The physicians at this hospital are extremely blunt and straight-forward.  They don’t sugar-coat anything (I know from personal experience during both my pregnancies), but this is why I love them.

My mom doesn’t take criticism or bad news very well (who does); however, sending her into the den of blunt wolves was probably good for her.

In short, according to my mom, the doctor was leaning towards the ugly “C” word.  There is a slight chance her troubles could just be related to Rheumatoid Arthritis (symptoms are the same), but the duration of these symptoms can also be the cause of the ugly “C” word.

According to my mom, the doctor agreed the tests she is waiting on from her doctor at home are taking too long and advised her to go elsewhere.  He also expressed his concern that her troubles might be “passed the point of no return,” in which is something nobody ever wants to hear.

Stinking Thinking: A Push Forward Or A Slump Backwards

Bluntness is either going to push her forward to the right specialists or cause her to slump backwards in fear of the unknown and waste time waiting for results from the wrong people.  Nobody can force her into the right direction, but I worry her “stinking” thinking may have already decided for her.

My mom refers to thinking errors such as “black and white” thinking and “catastrophe” thinking as “stinking” thinking.  Negative thoughts that cloud judgement.IMG_0249

I worry that if my mom truly thinks her medical troubles are to the point of no return, she might start to think, “why bother getting tested, if it might already be too late?

Personally, I am not entirely convinced that a professional doctor who couldn’t perform the necessary tests would actually conclude something is passed the point of no return.  Instead, he probably, most likely, suggested that if she waits any longer to get the necessary tests (biopsy), it could be too late.  When the ugly “C” word is involved, ears can often be deceiving, because nobody wants to hear about the possibility of the “C” word.

According to all her doctors, including the ER doctor, it “could” also just be Rheumatoid Arthritis causing mayhem, masking itself like the dreadful ugly “C” word.   Even so, it is always better to be safe than sorry and get all the necessary tests done anyway.  All we can do is pray that she gets her slow muscles in gear and move forward into the right direction.  Prayers for my mom.

Moving Forward And Enjoying Life

A wise person (my mom) once said to me, “You can’t worry about things that haven’t happened yet.”

It’s true.  Without affirmative test results of the good or the bad, we can’t worry about it right now.  As we wait, we must move forward and enjoy Life as much as we can.  I do have my worries of the future though, like how the loss of a immediate family member will impact us as a whole; but for now, I know that is energy that would be better spent on making more memories with those that I love that will last a lifetime.  ❤

Update:  Test results are in, but doctor wants to wait until Monday to “discuss” them.  Praying for the best for my mom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When Life Gives You Funky Lemons

Being a stay-at-home-mom, with no consistent Monday thru Friday work schedule, my days tend to blend together; but today, I am so HAPPY it’s Friday!  I seriously had a tough week! 

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When Life gives you lemons, make lemonade….When Life gives you funky lemons, get creative and make funky lemonade!

Life’s Funky Lemons

When weeks, days, or even hours are tough, good mental health plays a vital role in keeping a person moving forward; especially, when Life dumps a truck load of “funky” lemons in your way.

Ever heard of the expression, “When Life gives you lemons, make lemonade?”  An encouraging phrase often used to encourage others to make the best of an unfortunate or unpleasant situation.  Well, for me, I am often “gifted” with Life’s “funky” lemons; bruised, irregular, slightly discolored, even sometimes, smelly lemons.  Funky lemons are not just difficult, unpleasant situations, but more like challenging, unique, odd-ball situations that completely differ from the average normal lemon (difficult or unpleasant situation).  Simply, funky lemons require a little extra work.

It’s okay to encounter funky Life lemons, the funkier the better…  Funky Life lemons can make life interesting, entertaining, meaningful, and more often than not, teach extremely valuable lessons that usually become beneficial for later in life.  However, funky Life lemons can be frustrating and emotionally exhausting too.  You can’t exactly make sweet lemonade with funky lemons, but with a lot of hard work, you can make something out of it.  You just have to think outside the box, have an open mind, and get creative when facing a challenging odd-ball situation.  Even the funkiest of lemons can be turned around into something better.

Tossing Funky Lemons Back

The best thing about Life’s funky lemons is that you can sometimes toss them back.  For me, I have a tendency of stumbling across funky lemons (all the time); but I have eventually learned that I can’t save the world from all of Life’s funky lemons.  If Life gives you the opportunity to walk away from a difficult situation, especially, a situation that has nothing to do with you, do it!  I think a lot of us feel obligated to save the World and sometimes the World just doesn’t want to be saved (at least not yet).  Although Life does give us lemons, we sometimes have the choice to toss the funky ones back and keep the ones we know we can use to make lemonade.

Sense of Humor

Funky lemons require a good sense of humor.  I think a good sense of humor while coping with a challenging situation not only encourages us to make the best of a bad situation, but also opens the mind up to other possibilities (ideas) to overcome challenging situations.  Not all funky lemons are bad, some have purpose, and I strongly believe a negative mind keeps us focused on the bad side of a funky lemon; instead of discovering the good side (perhaps a different side) in which allows us to better overcome and understand a challenging situation.

Happy Friday!

All this talk of lemons and lemonade is making me thirsty.  If I didn’t make any sense, just know, the next time Life gives you lemons (even funky ones), remain positive and make the best darn-good lemonade ever!  Breathe, laugh, and take one funky lemon at a time.

Happy Friday and wishing everyone a great weekend!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Singing The “Obesity” Blues

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“I am gorgeous!”

Last week, I went to the doctor for a refill on my asthma inhaler and walked away, not only with a refill prescription for my inhaler but also an unexpected weight-loss treatment plan.

My doctor kindly informed me that I am “roughly” 20lbs overweight.  According to my BMI (Body Mass Index), I am one notch away from being “obese!”  My so-called “targeted” weight is 123lbs, but technically, for my height, my weight should be between 92 -110lbs!  Man, I haven’t been 110lbs since my early college days!

Well, that all sounds dandy, until you take in account of my body type: A top heavy, petite little thing who might pass as 5ft tall on a bad frizzy hair day in heels.  Basically, I am super short and all the extra pounds are stored in my chest.  It makes swim-suit shopping a nightmare!  

Anyways, its difficult to wrap my head around the word “obese” when I can still crawl through the doggie door when I am locked out of the house, wear Junior size clothing, and my 7 year old step-daughter wears the same size rings as me.  So, obese is just a tad bit extreme, but I get it!

I admit, I am a bit… “puffy.”  I wear the extra pounds well, but I am beginning to notice the weight in my face now.   After having my second kiddo, I had to move up a pant size in juniors.  Although it was just one size, it was just as emotionally devastating as the time I discovered my first couple of strains of grey hair before turning 30!  It’s just another adult milestone, I guess.

I Am Beautiful, But My Health Is Ugly

One thing that bothers me about being “overweight,” is how often I am told how beautiful I am.  I know I am beautiful!  I am gorgeous!  But, people are missing the point…I am truly doctor certified over-weight.  Doesn’t anybody care?  Or does the concern come after the weight-related health issues arrive?  A little encouraging support to nip this overweight thing before it gets out of control would be much appreciated!

At this very moment, my self-esteem is not crushed by weight-gain.  In fact, I am not really worried about being beautiful or not, I more worried about my overall-health.   My health is absolutely ugly!  My health is what needs a major make-over and an episode  of “What Not To Wear” can’t help me!

Walking 5 Miles

I am out of shape!  The most I can walk in one workout is 3.0 miles; in which, is totally not bad, but supposedly it can be better.  While walking, I realized that I begin sweating before reaching the sidewalk, everything rubs together, and forget running, because my chest is not the only thing that unpleasantly “jiggles.

My goal is not only to walk 5 miles a day, but also exceed 10,000 steps a day.  It’s a big goal for this Netflix couch potato, but I am confident, with the warmer weather coming and a new pair of walking shoes I can do it!  (Yeah, I blew out my old pair of walking shoes last week).

1300 Calories A Day, ARE YOU INSANE!

My weight-loss treatment plan has me on a low-calorie diet in which I am not to exceed 1300 calories a day.  Honestly, 1300 calories is just my morning coffee (sarcasm, but also semi-serious).

I actually maintain a pretty healthy diet for that I really enjoy the flavors of Mediterranean style dishes.  I love cooking with olive oil, rarely eat red meat, and like veggies more than fruit.  BUT, I totally know where all the extra calories are coming from….I drink lots of soda, drown my coffee in creamer, stuff all my food in delicious bread, and hide chocolate in the freezer.  Those are my kryptonite foods stretching out my waist band.

The Game Plan Is Simple

The game plan is simple:  Nix the junk food and bread, get a couple of miles in walking, do some strength training by lifting a weight or two, and keep my calorie intake under 1300 calories a day.  Easy peasy, right?

Well, not exactly.  Today, I ate 4 granola bars in one sitting (that is 400 calories) and drank who-knows how many sodas today.   Let’s not even mention the half of baguette (bread loaf), I ate yesterday.  I am so embarrassed, but I don’t regret it!  None of it!  It was delicious!

Tomorrow I will do better, I promise.  I just have to “do” it!  I can’t plan it.  I can’t pencil it in anywhere.  I just have to get off my squishy butt and do it!

What motivates you to exercise?  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Answers Under The Couch: A Book Review

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Hardly a coincidence, don’t you think?

Life is funny this way, as little things like this happen to me…a lot.  Coincidence? Perhaps not…

As you may know, I’ve been in paradise putting my minimalistic and organizational super-powers to good use, helping my mother get the ball rolling on finishing an endless list of unfinished projects around the house.  It is an overwhelming, stressful, sandal-strap breaking challenge, but I think I got her started in the right direction.  It’s all about setting goals!

Unfortunately, you can set as many goals as you like, but to achieve those goals requires motivation to accomplish them.  How does one gain motivation, especially, with so many overwhelming goals?  What needs to change?  As usual, the answer to my questions are never too far away and I am not talking about the Internet…

Is It Coincidence…Answers Under The Couch?

My mother taught me a long time ago to “listen to the Universe” or “God,” whomever you prefer, or frankly, whomever speaks the loudest.  My point is, that I strongly believe that the answers we seek can be found within reach from somewhere; you just have to be patient and open-minded, for that these answers can come from very unexpected places.

As I was cleaning, I decided I would clean underneath the couches; a place that probably hasn’t been cleaned in years….

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Surprisingly, it wasn’t that bad.  In fact, the only thing that was under the couch was a book.  A small black book, called, “This Year I Will…,” by M. J. Ryan from 2006.

I Bookdidn’t think anything of it and tossed it in the collection bin of other misplaced books I had found while cleaning the house.  But, without a cover, I was curiously drawn to it.

I like to read before bed, so that night I decided to check out the small book that I found under the couch.  It is a book about accomplishing personal goals….what a coincidence!

Insightful, Helpful, and Encouraging: A Book Review (Affiliated Links

“This Year I Will….,” by M. J. Ryan, was exactly what I needed to read!  It was perfectly relatable to my mother’s current situation.  Furthermore, it even encouraged me to work on my own personal goals (like losing weight).

I like non-fiction self-help books that are mixed with relatable personal stories, suggested techniques to try, and references by “the” experts.  This book has everything that I like!  It talks about the neuroscience behind the habits that prevent us from accomplishing our goals as well as, providing clear, simple, to-the-point changes to overcome those habits.

The Power Of A Positive Mind To Change Bad Habits

The author, M. J. Ryan, references ideas by “organizational consultant, Robert Fritz,” author of “The Path of Least Resistance.”  He strongly believes that motivation is driven by positive, passionate, thoughts and ideas.

For example, the reason I cannot stick to my goal of losing weight, is because there is no positive, passionate, motivation behind it.  I’d like to lose weight to become healthier, but like clockwork every year, I jump into a routine that fizzles out by the end of January.   This is most likely, because I am not positively, passionate about becoming healthier.  Truthfully, I am not.  Not a single cell in body is passionate about becoming healthier, especially, if it means dieting and exercise.  However, according to Fritz, I can motivate my stubborn cells (myself) to accomplish my weight loss goal by thinking of a positive, passionate, motivating end result; such as doing it for my kids.  My kids need me to be healthy and I am super passionate about doing things for my kids.

I am currently day three into an exercise program (walking), meeting my daily step goals.  I am passionate about it!   I made my routine exercise into a game; something in which Ryan talks about, stating that we tend to accomplish things that are fun rather than boring.  So, I am not focused on weight loss (although that is the preferred end-result), but rather on how many steps I am getting per day.  I try to do more steps than the day before (beating yesterday’s step goal).  It keeps me motivated and mildly entertained.   Unfortuantely, I have a long way to go, as yesterday, I blew out a shoe and my flabby fat arms rubbed raw with friction.  Wasn’t a pleasant feeling, but it is totally worth it for my kids!

A Book Worth Finishing : Don’t Think About Donuts

I was quickly motivated to start a workout program just by reading the first 39 pages of “This Year I Will….,” by M. J. Ryan,   Very few books have that effect on me; however, there is just something about this book that I love and trust.  Plus, I am never shy of trying anything new, different, or interesting.

I like this book, because the author is very thorough in backing up ideas with psychological concepts.  Having OCD, I am well aware of the psychological mind game, “Don’t Think About Pink Rabbits,” or in Ryan’s book, “Don’t Think About Donuts.”  The point of this mind game, is that no matter how much you try to not think about something, you are going to think about it anyways.  It demonstrates thinking habits and Ryan ties this in perfectly to support the ideas that habits impact motivation and goals.  No spoil alerts, you just have to read it yourself, but Ryan actually explains, neurologically, why this happens, and it’s fascinating!

I always feel the first couple chapters of a book defines the value of a good book, so far, this book has caught my attention and seems worth finishing.  I am almost finished with this book and I am not yet disappointed.  The book dives much deeper into building goals and ways to stay on track with goals.  Whether this book leads to success, I am not sure; that part is largely up to me as I begin to embark on a daily workout routine to accomplish my own personal health goal.

Finding Positive, Passionate, Motivation For My Mother

Putting new concepts and strategies into practice is always “easier said, than done.”  Interestingly, this book explains why that is, in which is another reason why I recommend reading (or even just glancing at) this book.  As for my mother, I am sure my mother has read this book and I just have to encourage her to think of something passionately positive to motivate her to finish the projects she starts.  Changing thinking habits are challenging, I know (OCD), but it is amazing what one can accomplish with a new positive mind-set!

Have you ever encountered a helpful coincidence?

 

 

 

 

Tossing Out The Overwhelming To-Do-Lists

Last week, I was invited to paradise, but when I arrived, paradise was nowhere to be found; it was buried in chaos!

My mother asked if I could come down and help her with some projects around the house.  Turns out those projects were bigger than the both of us and we ran out of motivation before we could even think where to begin; plus, the weather didn’t help.  When the weather is cold and wet, my mother moves like molasses as her poor joints lock up like a rusty old tin man.  So, instead of working on projects, my mother (being my mother) convinced me to go to her “fun” dentist for a routine check up.  Let’s just say, I came home this weekend with a broken sandal strap and 6 cavities.  It was a rough week.

All my life, I feared getting my first cavity.  So, it wasn’t fun getting the news that I have 6 cavities!  That’s a bit to take in, especially, since I have been cavity free for over 30 years!  Overall, my teeth are in good health and the cavities are “shallow.”  According to my mother’s “fun” dentist, it’s a “no-brainer” to fix.  I’m relieved, because I thought it was going to be rocket-science!  Ugh!

Too Many To-Do’s To Count

IMG-0843Cavities aside, my mother really needs my help!  She is buried in too many overwhelming projects.  My mother is notorious for starting projects and never finishing them; and she knows it.  Unfortunately, it has finally caught up with her; not only is it affecting her happiness, but also her overall health.

My mother is a natural clutter bug whereas I am more of a minimalist (with a few hidden junk drawers).  Our ideas clash sometimes, as she doesn’t understand how I can function without appliances cluttering the countertops, knick-knack “treasures” cluttering the shelves, or even a yard without on single piece of lawn decoration (like the Elvis Flamingo she gave me a few years ago) and simply, I do not understand how she can function in “chaos.”  

Tossing The To-Do List’s

Despite our different ideas, my mother has called upon my minimalistic superpowers to help her get things back in order.

Personally, I don’t like To-Do lists, but for some people, to-do lists are amazing.  I thought for my mom, a to-do list would help her organize her thoughts, but like her bathroom scale, to-do lists are also evil, wicked, mean, and nasty!  So, nix the to-do list idea!

The Light Bulb For A New Game Plan

I was so overwhelmed by my mother’s house that I felt exhausted by the time I got home to my own house.  My husband did a great job keeping up the house while I was gone  (he even made the bed) and the glistening clean countertops were a welcoming sight when I came home.  While cooking dinner that night, the fat moving hamster in my brain turned on a light bulb as bright as the sun!  I realized how I could help my mom with her overwhelming basket of to-do-lists.

Sadly, my mother’s poor health finally sunk in, making me realize she really needs my help.  Before, my mother would asked for my help just for the company.  Now, she really needs my organizational brain to kick into full gear and help prioritize chaos.

I quickly came up with a new game plan to tackle all her projects.  Instead of a basket full of overwhelming to-do lists, we start with a fresh slate and move slowly forward without my mother putting her hand in the project cookie jar.  See, my mother is also notorious for creating large new projects over night.

Her house is chaotic, because unfinished projects are EVERYWHERE, in which is causing her to feel overwhelmed; so, the first order of business is to put away all the projects creating a clean slate.  Then, deep clean her house to make it easier for her to manage on her own.  Then, finally, tackling the projects one at a time, by doing those that serve a functional purpose rather than those that serve a cosmetic purpose.  Basically, fix the leaky sink before painting it a “pretty” new color.

Accomplishing Large Goals With Smaller Goals

It is easier to accomplish a large goal by breaking it down into smaller goals.  The smaller goals encourage motivation to continue working towards the overall large goal.  But, when you have too many large goals, the best way to conquer them is to clear your plate all together and start over with one simple task at a time, focusing mainly on one goal.  It will make things go quicker and much easier.

Wish Us Luck! 

I am heading back, with a new pair of sandals in hand and the motivation to take back paradise from chaos!

How do you tackle your basket of to-do’s? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sorry, Gone Fishing, Be Back Soon

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If there is one thing I have learned in life, it is to never pass up an opportunity for a mental break!  So….this week, I will be 200 miles away from my computer with my toes in the sand, a warm sun on my face, and maybe toss a few hooks into the water!

This is an unexpected adventure and a great opportunity to relax, breathe, and reset my busy brain!  To be honest, I am not sure if I will be able to do much blogging this week.  I will certainly try, but internet in paradise doesn’t always work.  Perhaps, that is what makes it paradise, a world away from distracting devices.  Believe me, an entire week without Talking Tom notifications would be awesome!  (A kid app on my phone for my kids)

But, before I head off with sandals in hand, I just wanted to take a moment to thank all my readers! IMG-0740This blog recently received a 100 likes!  It may not seem like a big deal, but it is a big deal to me!  It greatly motivates me to continue blogging.  I greatly appreciate the likes, comments, and emails.  I do intend to blog more after my little vacation.  I enjoy connecting with everyone, sharing personal experiences, random thoughts, and interests in mental health and science.  Thank you again for reading my blog!   🙂

Stay strong, breathe, and remember to smile!  I will be back next week….I have some awesome books I am excited to share with you!

 

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