Category Archive : Navigating Healthcare

Covid 19 Vaccine

Hear me out….

Honestly I didn’t want the Covid Vaccine. So I get it. But everybody in my house, got covid but me. My kids did well, other than my daughter can’t taste or smell some things. But my husband scared me.

At one point it seemed like we were just wearing mask for fashion because nobody consistently had on a mask around me and I still didn’t get sick.

We loss a few older family and family friends. But what hurts most is we just loss a 16 year old family member that was scheduled for the vaccine the day COVID took her from us. There is NOTHING available at the hospital or anywhere to treat covid, only the symptoms. So they can treat a fever, give you pain meds, oxygen etc. but the virus itself isn’t treated.

The virus is living and just like all living things , the virus evolves to stay alive. People that are unvaccinated are helping this virus evolve . Especially since you can have the virus and be asymptotic. Each time it enters a host it learns something new.

Please go get vaccinated!

DO NOT call 911

In the case of a Mental Health Crisis, DO NOT call 911.

Mental Health Mindset

Unfortunately, we can’t depend on 911 for a mental health crisis. I’m exhausted with seeing hashtags requesting justice or RIP of unarmed individuals experiencing mental health crisis. A 12 year old child with Autism spectrum disorder experiencing a crisis was shot by the police. By God’s grace he survived.

As a mother of a black son, on the Autism spectrum and with loc’s in his hair this breaks my heart. My son has locs because he becomes over stimulated when trying to brush or comb his hair. He can not tolerate the sensation. My baby didn’t choose his beautiful caramel skin. And Austim spectrum disorder was God’s plan.

My son is so sweet, loving and he just wants hugs. He sometimes hugs and loves on strangers. But I can’t help but wonder if he makes any kind of mistake, error, or accident; will he be viewed as having DIFFICULTIES or being DIFFICULT. This is something I carry daily. But there is hope.

HOPE

Hope comes in the form of knowledge and education. We must make a conscious effort to learn. We must seek out information on things we don’t understand. But most of all, we must change the way we view mental health. We have to see mental health illness like we do all other illnesses! Because mental health is HEALTH!

If you can’t breathe or having a heart attack, you want an AMBULANCE and PHYSICIAN not the police. Do NOT call 911, Call the primary care physician or Go to the HOSPITAL!!!

Changes in mental status may be caused by a medical condition. Such as a stroke! So the hospital is always a better option than 911. Or if you call 911 request an ambulance and state that it’s a MEDICAL Emergency. Please see mental health resources below. Please educate yourself. Remember mental health is HEALTH!

Mental Health America
Call 1-800-273-TALK or text MHA to 741741 if you or someone else are in crisis.

SAMHSA’s National Helpline – 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or Live Online Chat(link is external)

****Please be mindful if a weapon is involved, and/or the person is an immediate danger to self or others this would be indications for 911. However; I personally would first attempt for someone the person in crisis trust to try to deescalate the situation. #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #national #help #health #crisis #RIP #patrickwarrensr

Get Up and Get Dressed

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Heyyyyy y’all!

I know it’s been awhile! But child, I’ve been DRAINED, OVERWHELMED, DEEEPP Down in the Dumps, and to be frank Mentally and Emotionally Exhausted. I’m sure you all can relate to this, 2020 has been filled with a lot of challenges.

So many ups and downs. We’ve had to shut down our barbershop 3 different times. We have a new addition to the family. Details will come soon. And although we may have been exposed to Covid; another story to come, we’re safe and well.

The most challenging part of 2020 is losing my Grandmother, “Alice the Great”. My oldest and I flew across the country to spend some time with my family and attend the funeral.

On the bright side we figured out the safest way to fly. Please take note of these steps. 1. DON’T FLY. During the flight drinks and snacks were passed. And I guess “Don’t talk with your mouth full”, is no longer a thing. People were sitting with strangers talking without mask during and even after the snack. It was frightening!

In 2020 not only am I a wife, mom, work full time, now I’m a homeschool teachers, tutors, tech support, head of the cafeteria, the list goes on. With everything going on and always caring for my families needs; I decided to make myself a priority.

As women we LOVE to look good. When going through my battle with breast cancer there was a program called “Look Good, Feel Better”. It’s so true that feeling confident in your appearance, helps you feel confident in other parts of life. I purchased a book titled, “Get up and Get dressed”. And one day I’ve decided, I’m going to do just that. Check out link above to see my outfit.

I’m deciding daily to dress with intention of having a great day. And so far so good. Don’t get me wrong some days are still rough, but it’s the different mindset that get me through.

-BusyBri


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