I made my first writing video on youtube.com


I have a lot of work to do to set it up. I don’t know what I am doing and spent most of the day working on youtube and there is just so much more to learn.

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

Author of a book, a work in progress on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

Highlighted chapters are done and ready to be read.

I had a scare! Virus?


A few weeks ago I had to go to the doctor as my coughing had gotten very bad and during these spells of coughing, I had trouble breathing and was wheezing. I have asthma. I also had a slight temperature. I was terrified it was the virus. I called my doctor and it was determined that I needed to come in.

Thank God it was only another case of  Bronchitis although Bronchitis for me is never a simple thing. The last case had me hospitalized for 10 days the end of January.

Now the coughing stopped for a week or so and now I am starting to cough again. This Is not good. Is it another case of Bronchitis which is way too soon or is possibly the virus this time. My nerves are on edge and my anxiety is out of control despite the high dose of anti-anxiety medicine I take.

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

Author of a book, a work in progress on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

Highlighted chapters are done and ready to be read.

The Weekly Smile for 4/20/2020 #weeklysmile – new grandson 4 months old


The Weekly Smile for 4/20/2020 #weeklysmile – new grandson 4 months old

 

My new grandson who arrived on December 6 is now 4 months old. Due to the virus and social distancing (yes even from family), I haven’t seen him in about 2 months. So my daughter brought me dinner for Easter and she briefly let me glance at the baby from a few feet away. I was masked as I always am when I leave my apartment.

So that is my smile in a time when finding a smile is difficult.

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

Author of a book, a work in progress on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

Highlighted chapters are done and ready to be read.

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Trent’s Rules

What made you smile?

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Resurgence of Virus Cases and Some Sick For a Second Time


I just heard this on the news. What I am hearing here is that having had the virus once does not protect you from getting it again. How do you battle a threat like this? Will we ever get back to the before virus normal? I predicted when this started that it was going to be a tremendous loss of life and a serious fight to conquer it and since most people still don’t see a need to wear a mask or covering or staying home there is not much chance that we will ever stop it and if it can reinfect those that had it where does that leave us. Obviously, some people, if not all, are not building up antibodies from being sick.

People need to take this seriously and start practicing social distancing if they must go out and staying home if they don’t need to go out. If you go out where a covering of some type on your face. We are losing health care workers. Who is going to take care of the sick when they are all sick.

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

Author of a book, a work in progress on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

Highlighted chapters are done and ready to be read.

Dad’s Birthday and the Nursing Home


My dad turned 88 yesterday the 19th. He had a stroke so his mind is often not with us. Dementia has also begun. Visiting can sometimes be rough as he has moments where he doesn’t know who we are or he will mix up the family members so he is confused as to which kid belongs to my sister or me or which kids (the grandchildren) belong to our children. We try to explain the relationships to him, but sometimes it is too much for his damaged brain (due to a severe stroke) to understand.

His body is still very strong considering he doesn’t exercise and is in a wheelchair and he looks good for 88 years old. He looks better than I do most of the time.

Due to the coronavirus there has been no visitation for many months. They had just reopened to visitors after the flu was so rampant. They had one employe with the virus, but they were rapidly diagnosed and removed. Two of the residents were sick and tested, but we haven’t heard the test results. They were isolated from the rest of the residents. Compared to a lot of nursing home environments they are doing well protecting their residents and they keep us advised through text message blasts.

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

Author of a book, a work in progress on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

Highlighted chapters are done and ready to be read.

Allodynia: A Rare, Distinct Type of Pain in Fibromyalgia and ME/CFS


Allodynia: A Rare, Distinct Type of Pain in Fibromyalgia and

ME/CFS

This particular sympton of Fibromyaliga and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is really painful. Imagine pain just from a light touch, whether a finger lightly drawn across the skin to the touch of a shirt or other clothing on your body. You find you can’t tolerate hugs from people. The blankets or sheets on your bed may be too much and just a simple breeze of a fan blowing over you could bring on this pain.

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

Author of a book, a work in progress on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

Highlighted chapters are done and ready to be read.

NJ now over 81,000 cases of Covid-19 and over 4000 deaths


NJ now over 81,000 cases of Covid-19 and over 4000 deaths

I forgot to make a new post so I just overwrote my last one like an idiot.

Our numbers are still rapidly increasing. I was set to have a televisit with a doctor on Monday. It was my endocrinologist and I had to make a special trip over there so they could download my numbers on my meter and my insulin pump.

Today I get a notice telling me that I will have a regular in-face appointment and that I just have to wear a mask. I have been self-quarantining myself in my apartment and only going out if absolutely necessary.

I will be calling the doctor Monday morning and expressing my feelings that with our numbers still rapidly rising I don’t want to come out of my apartment. Why did they suddenly decide NOW that they will have in-person appointments? Now is not the time to go back to the old normal.

There are some doctors that you have to see in person and I went to my podiatrist because I can’t cut my own toenails with my back issues. I switched pharmacies to a pharmacy that is just a pharmacy and not the local grocery store that is super packed with unmasked people although they are now requiring masks and limiting the number of people at a time.

I am in the group that are at high risk. I have severe asthma and can’t breathe at times already. I am diabetic and that is another group at risk and then my age is 63. I am considered a senior citizen.

They may be wearing masks and so might I but I have to go through my apartment building where most of my neighbors don’t see any reason to wear a mask. My mask is not to protect me but to protect them and they should be wearing one to protect me.

I also think all these states that have decided to go back to the old normal right now and by the end of the month are stupid. They are going to cause a resurgence and we haven’t even hit our peak yet. We are still rapidly increasing in the number of cases and deaths. What is wrong with people?????

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

Author of a book, a work in progress on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

Highlighted chapters are done and ready to be read.