Water and the Fluids We Drink


As we get older the importance of drinking water and other healthier fluids becomes more apparent to us. For some of us, perhaps as we age we notice our bodies becoming more sluggish, and tiresome. Also as we age, we tend to get more dehydrated, our skin starts to sag, and our organs’ functionality begins to slow down.

If you are like me, the first thing I tend to grab for in the morning, is a cup of coffee. Their is nothing like that first cup, right? Wrong! We should be drinking a glass of water to start our day, this is so we can flush our kidneys and other organs so they can function properly. Here is a lists of the benefits of drinking water:

  • keeping your body temperature within normal range
  • lubricating and cushioning your joints
  • protecting your spine and other tissues
  • helping you eliminate waste through urine, sweat, and bowel movements
  • keeps your skin healthy and hydrated

*Please keep in mind that water consumption and the benefits and risks do vary per individual. We all are unique and therefore, please ask your doctor how much water you should be consuming daily. Their is such a thing as fluid overload. But for most of us, we tend to not drink enough. Medication, activity level, and environment play an important role in determining what we as individuals need to keep us healthy.

Pay attention as to what fluids you consume. Start reading labels. The ingredients are always listed in the order from most to least and this applies to food as well. If sugar is listed first, then that is what the product has most of. I have discovered with juices that just because something says grape juice, cranberry juice, etc., the first ingredient can be apples. 😦 I personally, found this surprising. I feel for all those people with allergies to apples, my son being one of them, you have to pick your drinks wisely.

I also had an experience during my nursing career, where a patient became diabetic and almost went into a coma for consuming too much pop, soda, whatever you personally call it. He was so use to consuming pop on a daily basis that we had to literally taper him off of it, and this process took a couple of months. Afterwards, when he was no longer consuming pop, he became non-diabetic and his health returned.

So in conclusion, now that you know some benefits of drinking water and other healthier fluids, my hopes is that you take care of yourself and drink wisely. Remember to flush your system every morning before you drink that first cup of coffee so that it can function properly. You only have one body, so take care of it, and keep it healthy! 🙂

Personal Health

Bridgette~

Anything Is Possible


As I reflect back to just a year ago in my own life today on where I was, what I was doing, and just who I was, the difference is like night and day. My thinking is different, my personal goals are different, my relationships with myself and people are different.

Some of the changes that have taken place have taken a more gradual slow approach, while others were like a leap. I have lost some things and yet I have gained so much. The point is, I didn’t stay stuck or stagnant.

So many times in my life, I found myself being sucked up into a state of depression, that I was blinded by what could be possible. I even went so far in 2013 that I attempted to take my own life. My own reasoning was that I thought nothing was going to get better and my children were all going to grow up and move away and I was going to be left alone.

I honestly could not see the other side of the coin! That is the way depression hinders your thoughts and any type of vision of the future. You are literally blinded. It is the saddest state of being.

My hopes today is that no matter who you are, where you are, and what you are doing, your able to take some kind of hold to these words-never give up! Never give up on the fact that anything is possible!

Words cannot describe just how grateful I am for that day that I was saved! I had no blood pressure, honestly, it was a miracle, I am here today! I have a new outlook on life, I am a stronger person than I was back then, and though I still get depressed, I hang on until my thoughts change for the better.

If I can do it, so can you! I was one of the lucky ones, and you can be one too!

Thank you for reading,

Glad to be here!

Just thoughts

Bridgette~

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If Whiskey Was A Woman



If whiskey was a woman

I’d knock her out today

Nothing like watching you drink

As I lay in bed and pray.

I think about who you use to be

and where you are now

the painful moments of sobriety

gave way to death somehow.

I thought it was a choice

and how I hated that to be

but now the years have passed

and I see now what I couldn’t see.

Whiskey was the darkness

the chains that bound your soul

I thought you loved her more

until your story was wrote and sold.


Just thoughts in poetry form.

Bridgette~

In memory of a husband who passed away years ago from alcoholism. I use to hate him for it. I also have a mother who is an alcoholic as well as a brother who is an addict. Their are so many addictions out there. There are so many people we all know who are addicts. It took me a long time to realize it is not their choice.

Thank you for reading.

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Throwing the Stones


I don’t know about you personally, but as for me, the ridiculousness in this world is at its massive heights. Seems like every time I turn on the tv or social media someone somewhere is getting canceled out. Getting canceled out for saying the wrong thing, getting fired for what they said in the past, choosing to agree with someone, choosing not to agree with someone, the list goes on and on.

All I can think of at this moment, is who are we, to cancel those people out? Ruin their lives, end their careers, shut them out of everything imaginable and unimaginable just because we find it offensive, really? Whatever happened to freedom of speech here in America?

How can we throw the stones at someone for such? Are we guilt and sin free ourselves? I will be the first to tell you, that I am most definitely not. This is not about canceling at all, it is about power and control at its finest.

Lets show you who we cancelled out today! Lets show you what’s not acceptable and tag your it!

It’s sad but true, this is no new thing. This power war has been going on for years. The media is just simply highlighting it to show you who ultimately has control! Its another form of bullying, don’t you think? Call it what you want, social exclusion, cancelling out, etc.

Who are they or we, to even throw the stones?

It’s despicable if you ask me.

Just thoughts!

Bridgette~

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Gracie’s Troubles


My dog Gracie has been forever changed since she swallowed a pair of my socks a few months ago. Her stomach is weak and despite her eating her regular dog food, she has a tendency to get sickly often. For me personally this is not a good thing because I tend to get ill feeling as well at the sound of anything vomiting.

So here I sit with my stomach rolling because Gracie woke me up getting sick. 😦

All these troubles make me think about our own mistakes that we make in our lives and how they can affect us throughout our lives. Sometimes we do something to ourselves without realizing the life long consequences it has on us and others.

Their is nothing I can do at this point to change what happened to Gracie. Now days I just have to adjust how I take care of her, and try to manage her weak stomach as well as mine. I never imagined just how high maintenance this all would be however, as I have to constantly monitor what she puts in her mouth.

I have also never had to deal with a dog trying to eat paper as well. I’m not sure if it is something she is craving or if it is just her being mischievous as I discover a half chewed up folder in the office that was holding some paperwork.

Whatever the case may be, her loving, out going full of energy personality has not changed. Gracie will be a year old next month and weighs about 65 pounds now. However, her stomach area where she had to have surgery back when this all happened has changed in appearance. She looks like a mixed racing dog instead of a full filled out lab. But that is okay with me, I love her anyway.

I hope Gracie gets to live a full happy life despite the consequences of her actions that have forever changed her. I hope that we as people get to live our lives happy as well, even though we have made some life changing bad choices. It’s all in the perspective of how we learn to adapt and overcome.

This is my blog for today, and I hope you all have a wonderful week.

My dog, Gracie

Bridgette~