Menopause Update

It has been almost 30 days since I started my journey to lessen the ravages of menopause. It has been harrowing at times, at times I just wanted to throw in the towel and find a cave. A very cold, dark cave, not because my soul is dark, but because of the hot flashes.

Instead I stayed the course, I rattle when I walk from all of the supplements I am taking, but it’s working.

I have to tell you that I did some research into menopause and the awfulness of it all. There are so many things that happen to women! Did you know joint pain is common during menopause? I did not, and I have been having massive pain in my thumb joint on my left hand. So random and it has been hurting since January. I know, your next question is well why didn’t you go to the doctor.

I was busy, is one answer, and I was, January was a busy month, then it was my birthday month, then it was vacation time. Who has time for a doctors visit when your getting ready to for alien hunting in New Mexico? Or visiting family in Arizona? Hiking with a husky? Who has the time???

Just when I think ok, now I have time, the world imploded.  Doctors were not taking appointments if you didn’t have Covid. I don’t have Covid, so there you have it, I am happy to report I do have good news on the pain front.

First off I take so many supplements it literally takes me three hours every morning to get them down. I am not exaggerating, as most of you know, I have esophagus issues, taking pills is not an easy task.

So I have to take a couple wait, take a couple more, wait and so on and so on.

Here are my results so far:

My joint pain in my thumb is almost all gone, I am down to one hot flash a night, none during the day. I have way more energy and my memory is coming back.

Did you know memory loss is a symptom of menopause? So much fun!

Some women experience hair loss, mine is so thick it isn’t even funny. I do use collagen in my coffee every morning, I also use Doterra shampoo and conditioner and Fitish hair serum. I have so much new growth my hair line looks like a toddlers.

The weight, that is the biggest joke menopause plays on the majority of us. With all of the supplements and getting my body back internally, the weight is coming off. My cloths are fitting differently and I can see it in the mirror.

I am on the right track and it feels good, I also am sleeping 7 to 8 hours a night. Except for last night, but I think that was more thinking about my mom and not being able to sleep due to missing her so much.

So it was a one off, we need the sleep, our bodies use that time to heal and rejuvenate.

I will post pictures of all of the supplements I am taking on this post. I am not a doctor, I am not telling you to do this regimen, I am just giving you information on what is working for me.

Thank God I had no bone issues, because you lose bone density during menopause. I had a test, I’m good in that area, no brittle bones here.

I have said it before, I’ll say it again, it is not fair that we, women, have to go through this nonsense.

Throughout the beginning of time I do believe we have paid the price for Eve’s perfidy. it’s time to let up some now, maybe just get rid of this one thing. Or give men something, something equally as horrible, that would be awesome! If you could arrange that God I’d be really grateful.

ok, that is all I have for now, I hope you all have a great weekend and oh yes, it’s Dean Cain’s birthday today. And yes, he liked my tweet on Twitter. So yay me!

Have a great day and stay safe!

 

Happy Birthday Odela Mae

Today is a great day in my family, it is my mom’s birthday, July 30, 1913, what a great day. She would live through so many things, she would go through hard times, good times and amazing times.

She would grow up and marry a boy she had been in love with since she was five years old. She would be parted from said boy for 10 years while he was in heaven waiting for her.

She didn’t have to be my mom she chose to, on this day I would like to share with you one of the important lessons she taught me.

When the love of her life left this earthy plane for heaven she grieved horribly. She missed him, she missed his laughter, she missed his very presence.

I lived here in Texas, while she lived in Owasso, I would call her once a week and we wrote letters. When I would call her our conversations would naturally turn to dad. We would share remembrances, funny stories and yes some when he was stubborn. Those made us laugh the most, at the end of one of our phone calls she told me something that made me incredibly sad.

She very quietly said “you’re the only one that talks about him with me”. I said what do you mean, she went on to say everyone thought it would make her sad to talk about him, the love of her life.

But she wanted to talk about him, she wanted to laugh at stories, she wanted to tell people about him, the incredible man God gave her to be her very own. He was her prince, her knight, her movie star crush all rolled into one. And he chose her to marry, she never quite got over that fact, she never saw herself as the actual catch. My dad got to spend his life with a woman that was beautiful inside and out, God gave him a woman that would work beside him building a life.

What we can take from this, during this time when people are losing loved ones, is to allow them the freedom to talk about the people that are no longer here. Listen to their stories, laugh at the funny ones with them, that is what they need, they want, they crave. They want to know that the people that mattered the most to them are remembered.

She also told me a few weeks after my dad passed she dreamed about him. She was convinced it was more than a dream, you see the last months of my dads life wasn’t pleasant, he wasn’t really there. It was hard, it was brutal and she didn’t feel like she got to say goodbye in a meaningful way.

That night, my dad came to her, he held her and they laughed together, then he said he had to leave. She told him she didn’t want him to go, he told her he would be waiting when it was her turn.

Then the one thing happened that told her this was her gift from God, dad hugged her, and gave her the extra squeeze at the end.

She told me she had never told anyone about that extra squeeze, no one knew but her, dad and God.

She believed to the end of her days that God allowed him to come and say goodbye to her and tell her he would be waiting for her to join him in heaven.

So as a birthday present to my mom, I pass these things on to you.

Happy Birthday Mom, I love you so much, thank you for the life that you

allowed me to have.

 

Eye Doctor and Ego Stroking

Today I got to do another favorite thing, going to the ophthalmologist, I love having my eyes checked! I know, weird, but I enjoy the whole process, except for the puff of air, 42 years of that and I still dislike it.

The past few years I have opted to not be dilated and had something else done instead. Where they map the eye, I don’t remember what it is called. Insurance doesn’t cover it, but well worth the cost, only $39 to not have your eyes dilated. Plus they can see a lot more with this, the dr put it on the screen where I could see my eye up close!

When she began the exam she starred at me and said, you’re 56? Me: yes. Her: you don’t look 56 (she seemed a little miffed at this). I said is that good or bad. She said oh it’s good, what is your secret?

I said good genetics and a good skin care routine, something I have been taking care of since I was 13.

So then she does my exam and says “I don’t understand, since I have been doing your exams your eyes have improved by half a click every year.” She went on to tell me even my astigmatism was getting smaller.

I am telling you, it is the alien blood! O negative is where it is at apparently, alien blood.

So my eyes are getting better as I age and I am apparently aging slowly.

I’ll take it, I don’t have much, but I have that!

I didn’t tell her the real reason I look good and don’t look 56, God and I have an agreement. I don’t kill people and He allows me to look young and pretty for as long as possible. At least until after my wedding, to Dean, we all know.

On the work front they polled us and asked who wants a second monitor. Now to some this might not seem like a big deal, but it is. it has been challenging working with one monitor, we have to bring up so many tools and systems to work on each customers issue. I immediately said I do!

So on Friday I went to get one, I am very happy I did, not only do I have a second monitor, I got to see a few friends. And yes, I did get a couple of hugs. Don’t hate, appreciate. We have all been in solitude for so long and I know they don’t have Covid-19 and we were all masked.

So I don’t want to hear anything about anything, thanks in advance.

I did order a desk as well, it is supposed to be here tomorrow. I should be able to put it together myself, without help, if you hear wailing coming from this part of Texas just move along. Nothing to see, nothing to hear, just a non-coordinated woman putting together furniture.

I put my office chair together, this should be, I don’t want to say easy but I should be able to figure it out.

I do have a mini rant to get to, see I like to bury the lead, hoping people will become exhausted from my nonsensical talk.

I am a grown woman, I know when someone is trying to scam me on social media. I don’t need to check with anyone else, thank you very much. If you had bothered to read what I posted you would know that. Reading is fundamental, there is that, can we go back to that? And when did pandering become the norm? Does everyone pander to celebrities? Do they just spout stuff to stroke their egos and try and get attention from them? I refuse to participate, it is beyond ridiculous.

ok, I feel better, thanks for listening, ok, my weekend is wrapping up and I need to get things ready for tomorrow.

I hope you all have a great day and make good choices, stay safe, don’t do anything I would, or wouldn’t. That doesn’t leave you a lot of options, just so you know.

As usual any comments, questions or criticisms can be left here or sent to me at angie@angieworld.com

Prayer

Today I spoke to a customer that almost had me in tears, in a good way. When I was done helping her, and it took a while, it was a challenging one. It took roughly an hour to get everything set up in order to get her services back up.

At the end of it all she said “I love you Miss Angie, I pray that whatever you have been asking God for comes to fulfillment, I pray blessing and protection over you and your family.”

It’s not often that we talk to customers who say I love you, well I get it a lot, it’s the Owasso accent. But to have one sincerely say they are praying for you, it melted my cold, dead heart.

I told her I loved her as well and we said a prayer together, those are the calls that makes me love my job.

In this stressed out world kindness and love has more power than hate and ugliness.

So, now that she has prayed that for me, will it be Dean or Luke! Or maybe Aidan! Who knows! We shall see once all of this pandemic mess is over.

Don’t roll your eyes at me, it’s going to happen and I do believe we all know who it will be in the end.

I hope it rains soon, it is supposed to, I can feel it, literally, I have woken the past two days with a massive headache. The kind that only comes right before rain, I know it sounds crazy but it’s true.

When I had Elizabeth Anne, they punctured my spinal column and since then when right before a massive storm I get a massive headache. It is something with the atmospheric pressure, normally when I get up and start moving it goes away.

A small price to pay for a good storm, I hope everyone enjoys it as much as I will.

So I found a new show in Netflix, it is called Doctor Foster, I need all of my friends to watch it and then tell me if she reminds you of anyone.

It is a crazy ride! I was completely hooked, it was uncomfortable to watch at times, it was cringeworthy at times, but all the same a fun, thrilling ride.

I am also on the hunt for the Poldark novels, there are a few, I will be searching Half-Price Books and Amazon and everywhere in-between.

I don’t have much more to tell, things are slower in the summer, probably because I am.

The supplements are working, I didn’t have one hot flash last night, nor today. The past 4 nights I have slept between 7 and 8 hours, which is awesome!

You can find a list of what I am taking in the promised update blog.

I hope you all have a great day and remember the power of prayer is a real thing. We should all avail ourselves of it, it costs nothing but humbling ourselves before God.

As usual any comments, questions or criticisms can be sent to me at angie@angieworld, or left here.

Just Smile

Yesterday morning I went to one of my favorite places, the dentist, I love going to the dentist. First it is the first time I have been to the dentist since this whole Covid-19 mess started. They called me, I was thrilled to hear from them, they told me the requirements to avail myself to their services. I told them I was happy to comply, so I went, sat in my car, called them to tell them I was there, they came out and walked me, with my mask on. From there they took my vitals and then took me back to the dentistry room.

It was a pleasure to be there, my dentist is funny and upbeat and scolded me for eating popcorn. She has an uncanny way of knowing, then we talked about what was troubling me and what I need her to fix.

First I would like to digress and tell you where I believe my deep love of the dentist comes from. My parents, my mom and dad were unusual for people who grew up during the depression. They both had all of their own teeth until they day they died, with the exception of a partial, for both of them. On opposite sides of their mouths, how funny is that.

My mom had been a dental assistant in the 1950’s, have I ever told you about that? No? Maybe? If yes, I am about to repeat myself. 

These were the days when dental assistants didn’t go to school for that job, they were trained by the dentist. My sister (who was a teenager, still in high school) had applied for the job and had an interview, well she had something to do at school and asked my mom to go in her stead.

My mother had no issue with that and went to the job interview to talk my sister up. At the end of the interview he told my mom that her daughter sounded wonderful but he really wanted someone more mature in the position. Then he asked her if she wanted the job, my mom said she would have to talk it over with my dad and would call him the next day.

She went home and told my dad and my sister about the job and my sister and dad both told her to go for it. Nell said she really didn’t have time for the job anyway.

So my mom went to work for the dentist and had a wonderful time, she learned a lot about the health of the mouth and how to take good care of ones teeth.

So she and my dad had really good oral hygiene as a result, which she then passed down to all of us.

In doing so instilled a lifelong love of going to the dentist and having our teeth cleaned.

ok, back to my problem, when I was 13 I had a lot of dental work done, a lot of the fillings have lasted until just the past few years. Remarkable work to have lasted that long, anyway, I have a filling in my front tooth, it keeps coming out.

I was supposed to go and have it fixed right before all of this mess started. Now it is time to address it, I feel incredibly self-conscious smiling, which is sad, because I have a great smile.

It really is my best feature, next to my hair, it is not vain to say that, I’ve been told countless times I have a great smile. Saying I have great hair, vanity, great smile, truth, well both are true, but back to my teeth.

I am going back in august to have it fixed once and for all so I can smile without a thought. Not that anyone will see it, alone at home, masked in stores. Oh well, I still want it fixed, whether that is vanity or just because. Someday we shall be able to go out without covering our mouths and I will want to smile at people.

Especially at my wedding, to Dean, or Luke or may Aidan (Poldark) oh the choices. It’s a great time to be alive, may you all have a great weekend and go to the dentist!

Fire Alert

There are two rules of thumb that get me through the day:

Poor planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part. Then there is the one I adopted from a co-worker, I’m glad I’m not you and I’m glad I don’t live with you.

The first one was said more than a few times to my children when they were growing up. The 9pm I have a project due tomorrow and I need supplies. I was the mom that did not rush out and get them. They had weeks to do those projects. It was a hard lesson, but they learned it.

Yesterday I received a call from a customer that neither of those applied to, well I didn’t want to be her or live with her but I do believe you get my gist.

The story I am going to relate to you does not give her personal information or anything else that could indicate who she is.

She called in very upset, and began to tell me a tale that was incredible.

She said that there had been a fire at her home, several homes in the neighborhood. She said that she was working when she heard a knock on the door, it was her mail carrier. Her mail carrier told her your house is on fire. She said what, no, it’s not, I think I’d know that. She said come outside and sure enough the back of the house was on fire. She rushed back in to grab her sleeping child and rushed outside.

She called 911, she was the first one to call, they showed up within minutes. They discovered the source of the fire, the neighbor had an illegal fire pit and was burning wood illegally in her backyard. The fire got away from her and went up the utility pole, then spread out to several neighbors to the side of her and the back. My customer lives behind her, she then went into her home and watched Rome burn from her window.

My customer said the fire marshal determined where the fire had begun and literally cussed the neighbor out. I’m sure there will be charges, to make matters worse said neighbor told other neighbors MY customer had started the fire.

She was very emotional, understandably so, she said it was only God that had saved her and her child. Her mail carrier normally comes between 4 and 8 pm, that day she came around 11am.

How crazy is that!! Who does that! This could have totally turned into a Paradise situation. I cannot even begin to imagine setting fire to everything and then going into my house and watching the chaos ensue.

When my customer told me her story I literally got goosebumps. I could see the hand of God in this story, sending the mail carrier earlier, alerting the occupant of the home. The neighbor didn’t even bother to call 911, seriously crazy.

Anyway, I was able to help her, with a lot of help from other departments and a coworker that is as tenacious as I when it comes to getting things done.

I am confounded by people, to endanger the lives of others around you is insanity.

I hope you have a good day, I hope you all make good choices and don’t burn your neighborhoods down.

Promised Update

I have good news on the menopause front, it seems that what I am doing is making a dent in the horrendousness of it all.

First, let’s take a moment to glorify in the joke that is womanhood. First off, we get our periods, and it is awful, no amount of glorifying this horrendous event is going to make it better. It’s awful, some have great pain every month, get migraines, severe pain, and the never ending cost of it all. In emotions and money.

Next we have childbirth, well, that’s not fun, we gain a ton of weight, a baby sits on our bladder, our ankles swell, we retain water. Once again migraines, pain, but this one is worth it, I will tell you I’d do it all over again. But still, it is not pretty or for the faint of heart.

Then we have a point where society sees our usefulness at an end, we are no longer fertile goddesses. We are crones, ugly, useless crones, that have to go through a completely different horribleness.

Night sweats, day sweats, hot flashes, headaches, weight gain, bloating and moodiness.

Men do not have to go through any of that, they just simply said through life. Never having a thought of what women go through. Before you think I am man bashing, I am not, I think very highly of men. A lot of them, some of them, ok a few of them.

But let’s face it, they do not have to go through anything like we do, it is our curse for Eve. After all of these years don’t you think we have paid the price for her perfidy?

Someone needs to take this up with God, not me, that is for someone way braver than I. If I did it I may end up with something even more horrendous for us. So I shall not take up that mantle with our Heavenly Father.

ok, so the concoction I have put together does seem to be working. I take so many pills that I should rattle when I walk, I may, I listen to a lot of podcasts when I go for walks. So who knows.

I’ll tell you what I take and then I will link where you can buy them at the end. I take the LLV from Doterra, that is three different products: Micro Plex VMz, Alpha CRS+, xEOMega, I have been taking these for a week. I will tell you after day two my energy levels went up by 75%. It has been a great week so far. 

I am also taking the EstroPause and Proestro also with Progesta care-plus cream, that you do not ingest. I shouldn’t have to say that, but you never know who is reading this.

At bedtime I take Gaia Nighttime Comfort, all of these things together seem to be working.

Today is the first day in a long time I have had no hot flashes all day long. Now last night I woke up several times having a hot flash. So tonight will be the big test, if I sleep all night without any hot flashes, or at least fewer of them. I’ll keep you updated on that.

I have a new show I am watching, Poldark, on Amazon Prime, thanks to Gin. She suggested it a few weeks back, I started it yesterday. 

It is greatness, it is set after the Revolutionary War, in England, it is a former British soldier that comes home. Following his journey is fascinating, it doesn’t hurt that he is ridiculously good looking. He is not pretty, he is handsome, very rugged, very manly. There is a scene where he is shirtless, working in a field, I literally felt my heart stop.

I highly recommend the show, not just for the eye candy, the language is delicious sounding. The costuming is spot on for the time period as are the abodes. 

I hope you all have a great day and have stay cool, literally, it is unbearably hot here in North Texas.

Links:

Doterra:

https://www.doterra.com/US/en/p/doterra-lifelong-vitality-pack

Progesta-Care Plus+

Proestro:

EstroPause:

irwinnaturals.com/product/estropause-menopause-support/

Gaia Nighttime Comfort:

None of these things are super expensive, well worth it all so far. Let me know if you decide to try any of them!

Thomas Alexander Graham Bell

Today, 29 years ago, our family was completed, we welcomed you into our lives. You were welcomed with open arms, an amazing miracle we didn’t know we needed in our lives.

I’ve said it before, you were a huge surprise, we weren’t expecting you and yet there you were. My doctor said that you were meant to be as you had to go through a lot just to exist.

You were our gift from God, I stand by that statement, the doctor was right, you were meant to be from the start.

I love you so much son, I know this year is not what any of us expected. I am proud of the way you have handled it all, I love how your year started.

Being able to see you married to Elicia was a great day, I am so happy to have been able to be there. 

Always persevere, always look challenges in the eye and tackle them. That is the way you have always been and I know you will continue to be that way.

I look forward to seeing what you use your continuing education to do in the future. I am sure it will be something amazing as you are amazing.

You are such a great combination of both my side and your dad’s side of the family. 

I love seeing how you choose to use all of the abilities and gifts you have been given in life. 

I always say it, but it is true, you never cease to amaze me. I love you beyond the moon and back. Happy Birthday Thomas Alexander Graham Bell!

Tessa

Dear Tessa,

Today you turn 13 years old, it’s hard to believe. It seems like yesterday I was at the hospital hearing the words she’s here and she’s healthy.

I am constantly amazed by you, your humor, your thoughtfulness, your intelligence and your capacity for love.

I love that we share a deep love of superheroes, Star Wars, America and Jesus.

I never take it for granted that you want to spend time with me. I feel blessed, I know there will come a day when hanging out with Gigi will not be cool. You’ll want to be with your friends, I accept that and will soak this in as much as possible now.

I pray your 13th year will be filled with adventure, laughter, love and a few obstacles you can learn from.

I love you so much Tess, always know I’ll be here when you need me.

Love,

Gigi

Happy Birthday America

As I sit here on the 4th of July, an important date in the history of the country I love so much. The United States of America, I am so proud that my ancestors had so much to do with the freedoms we now enjoy.

The very first one of us that came to this country in 1774 ended up with the Continental Army. His son, Peter, married into the Livesay family, who were wagon makers. Those wagons carried American’s westward in the 1800’s.

I often wonder if my own great grandparents came to Oklahoma in one of those wagons.

Here in our country, we are not perfect, we do not have a perfect history. But is is ours and we own it, every day, Americans everywhere strive to do better than the ones that came before them.

In this time, more than ever, we all need to work together for a better future for our progeny.

We have come so far, even from my childhood, we have come so far.

I pray for every service person today, for every man and woman in blue, for every one out there who believes there are still injustices. I pray for peaceful resolutions to the issues that we have here in our country. I pray everyone remembers it is OUR country, all of ours. We are a huge melting pot of so many ethnicities, one race, human, we should all remember that.

We are all one race, one people, humanity, we are on a precipice, I believe, we have the opportunity to build on the work the ones that came before us started.

Love is the answer, it is the key, for everyone, not just a few, do not preach love and then throw a fireball in a building. Do not preach love and deface private property. Do not preach love and lob a brick at someones head.

None of those actions are the American Way, on this day, the day we celebrate our independence from England, let’s remember the sacrifices that have been made so we can say what we want, we can be whatever we want. We can raise our children to remember those sacrifices.

We have the right to pursue happiness, not the right to have happiness, we have the right to pursue it.

Let’s all remember that it isn’t about the color of our skin, we all bleed red, we all have the same amount of bones in our body, we all have the same organs in our bodies. This is bigger than us, it is about leaving our country in a state of something we can be proud that our children inherit.

I still believe all men (and women) are created equally, that we should all have the same opportunities in life, not that the we should be handed said opportunities. We should all work toward goals, not be handed them, we should all be judged by the content of our characters.

I pray for our children, for all of them, that they all grow into productive members of society. That they all know peace and know that peace comes at a price. That freedoms come at a price and men and women step up to the task of ensuring our freedoms.

God Bless America and God Bless ALL Americans.