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~

Our Personal Health


It’s early Sunday morning and I am awake per my usual time. I am always amazed at myself how bright eyed I can feel in the early morning hours. The best time of the day if you ask me my opinion. There will be no solid food for me today, only clear liquids, coffee, tea, and perhaps some broth as I get ready to prepare myself for a scheduled colonoscopy exam early Monday morning.

No, I am not excited. I guess I have reached the age where these types of exams will be necessary to check for cancers. Yearly breast exams have been part of the routine for years now. The only thing good about this upcoming exam that I can see for now is the fact that I will be traveling back to my former town and staying with my children. So a nice visit will be a plus.

The whole point of this blog is this, our personal health needs not to be neglected. Whether we realize it or not, our health, is really all we have. No fame, nor fortune, can ever replace it. I was once told, that if money can fix all your problems then you really have no problems. That statement, is very true.

Our personal health, is our own responsibility. Now this statement by myself of course, is what I believe. Their are so many obstacles, distractions, unfit advisors, telling us otherwise, that we need to pay attention, and make our own wise decisions. We know our own bodies better than any doctors out there, and from my own personal experience, it seems doctors just want to fix us with some type of magic pill.

I am not suggesting that all medication is bad. I am just suggesting that we need to know what works for us. I personally, prefer mother nature over any pharmaceutical company because for one, for every man made pill out there, there is some type of side effect as well. I have seen so many people take a pill for one thing, and then have to take anther pill to relieve the side effects of the original pill. 😦 By the time its all said and done, you are left taking a hand full or more of pills throughout the day.

Do your own research. Get to know your body and find out what works and doesn’t. If you think the government and big corporations want you to be healthy, take a good look around. Go to Wal Mart and tell me what you see first! As I mentioned in my previous blog, A Battle For Our Health, see link, https://hardtobemeinoklahoma.com/2021/08/27/a-battle-for-our-health/ it shouldn’t cost us more to eat healthy, but it does. Healthier choices in food, shouldn’t be hard to find. It’s like you have to wade through all the crappy unhealthy choices and pay a higher price for the healthy ones. Why is this?

Here’s a thought!

Because no one is making any money if we are healthy!

So get out there, and take care of yourself. Get to know what works best for you. Make sure you get those necessary health screens even when you don’t want to. It is a lot easier to get a handle on a small problem before it turns into a bigger one.

I am by no means a Doctor, so everything here, is just for your awareness and based on my own personal experience. We only have one life, so please take care of yourself!

Personal Health

Bridgette~

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What Lies Beneath


One of the most difficult parts of my life tends to lie underneath the surface. It wasn’t until my later years when a psychiatrist explained to me that all the emotional pain in my life has a tendency to cause actual physical symptoms of being unwell. I have been told that your body remembers. Your body remembers trauma, certain times of the year when you experienced the trauma, even certain times of the day. Both emotional and physical symptoms are intertwined.

I am in no way a professional on this subject matter, I am not a medical doctor nor a psychiatrist. I can only tell you from my own personal experiences what all this means to me. I absolutely believe it. It is not something I wish on anyone. For me personally, being sick to my stomach, feeling terrible on the inside with no means of explaining why, has literally been a challenging part of my life.

For example, I did not write anything yesterday, because after a brief visit with my mother and grandmother, I began to feel physically ill. I became so ill in fact that I had to lay down for most of the afternoon. The day went by and my face became flush and my husband could literally see that I was not well. I am still feeling the physical pains in my stomach this morning and I am hoping this will all go away soon.

What does a visit from my mother have to do with anything you might be asking. Well, in my younger years my mother was a practicing alcoholic. She would come at me with hateful remarks about how I reminded her of my dad who use to beat her when they were together. I remember specifically one day when she came home from the bar and tackled me down to the ground because I was washing dishes and she accused me of taking over her house. Now this might have happened over 30 years ago, but trust me, my body still remembers. My mind still remembers.

My mother and I’s relationship has been on and off over the years, and is now mending, so I found it astonishing to realize yesterday and today, what all is going on with me physically even now after the immediate trauma has past. I find it personally saddening to forgive someone and to try to move forward only to have the physical symptoms raise their ugly heads and want to hold me back. Now mind you, my mother was not the worst case I had to deal with growing up, my father on the other hand, was by far the worst of them all. So, to sit here and realize at this very moment, that if I were to ever physically see my father, I might need to mentally prepare myself for what might happen to my overall well being.

Perhaps all this is just a fluke. Perhaps all this is a coincidence you might be thinking. Well perhaps, maybe. But this is not the first time this has happened. This has happened to me so much in my life, that my heart is weakened, and my immune system is low. I have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I suffer with severe headaches. I have weakened bones. The list goes on.

I am fortunate to have good days. These are the days that when I feel okay, I literally look like a mad woman attempting to complete anything and everything and can practically overwork anyone because I utilize those days to my advantage. I self consciously know that time is of the utmost importance because eventually I will be overwhelmed with some sort of sickness, or pain, or depression and I will become no longer functional. Some days the sickness will last just a day, other times it may last a week or more.

I am curious to know if there are others out their like me. Do you suffer from physical unexplained illnesses and pain? Does it tend to happen during certain times of the days, months, years, when childhood trauma occurred?

Our minds and emotions are powerful things for this I know for certain. I am like an onion with so many unpeeled layers that even my own mind doesn’t recognize these certain events until the physical symptoms appear. What I wouldn’t give to know these timelines for I could better prepare myself. It is a mystery to me to what lies beneath..

Just thoughts

Bridgette~

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Difficult Lessons


First of all, I would like to applaud all of you bettering your lives with education. I personally feel like you can never learn enough, their is always more to learn. I too, ventured on this journey. I was young, and quite honestly, I didn’t attend college the traditional way. I already had children, so I was an adult in school.

College life was fun! College was so much better than high school. You got to pick your classes, and you also got to choose your major. For me, once more, I couldn’t settle for one major, I chose three. I was on a mission back then. I was trying to prove to my parents that I could go to college despite having children. It was one of those things that I was always blamed for between my parents, for them not furthering their own education. Some things haunt you from childhood, hurtful words that you never forget. Sad to say, however, neither of my parents were there when I graduated with three college degrees. 😦

Now, my point of this blog is this: just because you have a college degree, or three of them perhaps, doesn’t mean that some where down the line, you could lose the ability or means to use them. I feel strongly that each and everyone of us, should require some type of skills, other than what we learn at schools. You need to think about this, the old saying, never put all your eggs in one basket, is so very true, and very wise especially in relations to supporting ourselves.

Their are powers out their greater than you, and you can lose your career. I know this personally because it happened to me. It also happened to several people I know. Their are teachers, lawyers, doctors, nurses, policemen, just to name a few who have lost it all. So if your going to educate yourself, be sure to keep this in mind. Expand your horizons, think about attending a vocational school, acquire a paying hobby something that could support you in the long run.

Lucky for me, I found other means to support myself. What’s funny about it is that it didn’t require an education. Just a hint but you can make a lot of money with a bucket, a trashcan, a garden hoe, rake, and a shovel. People here in Oklahoma will pay you decently for pulling their weeds out of their gardens, planting their flowers, and doing maintenance. They are more interested in seeing its beauty! It’s definitely a lot of work, but seeing the people smile is the best thing out there!

I hope this helps someone in their future. Never give up when life kicks you down. Bad things happen to good people and some things are out of your control. If you fall, brush yourself off, cry a little, and get back up. And remember, never put all your eggs in one basket!

Self Improvement

Bridgette~

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My Mind My Jungle


My mind is not setting easy today. I feel lost, without direction. What is it, that provokes our thoughts to sway towards confusion so early? I do not know. Weekends should be filled with joy and relaxation, but not us, for we have projects that have projects. It gets so confusing as to which one to choose, which one to do, and which ones to put off. The end results of having too much, nothing gets done. So very sad, but true.

When you work so hard during the week for everyone else, and then the weekend hits, and you begin to feel the excitement of accomplishing some of your own doings, it feels like a torrential rain. Fit to be tide, I want to move, but my mind starts in again, lost without direction. A jungle perhaps, a mountain to climb, a waterfall to dodge through.

But on the more positive note, the morning air is cool, the view outside the window is nice, the dog is calm and napping. It is so easy to get sucked into the tornado of negativity, but once you force your mind to look at the bright side, it manages to calm the storm, and to allow a peak of light amongst the trees. Did I mention the coffee is good today as well? 🙂

Breakfast will be made soon, and the smell of crisp bacon will fill the air. The neighbors chickens are croaking, and perhaps my mind will settle. I wish you all the best this fine Sunday morning, as for mine, it is beginning to find some calmness. I feel better, sharing some of my craziness, my world, my thoughts, my over reactive thinking, as I type away, and feel your warmth of friendship.

Take care world, friends and neighbors. I hope you all can get a break as well from all the madness that dwells on the inside of us. Hold close the finer things in life, and when your mind leans towards the jungle, take a moment and just stop. Give your thoughts a positive direction by looking towards the little things that make life good. Enjoy your coffee, enjoy the sweet smells, and enjoy the light.

Just thoughts,

Bridgette~

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