Detox Bath – Cold, Allergy & Sinus

North Carolina is known for experiencing all four seasons to the extreme all within just a week. One day it’ll be sunny and 70, another day it’ll be rainy and 50, then you’ll have your windy and 40 degree days, not leaving out the 28 snow, sleet, and ice days. It’s no wonder so many of us stay sick with colds, allergies, sinusitis, for what seems like forever.

For the past two days I’ve been battling a headache, drainage, sore throat, and coughing. Just not feeling so great. During my lunch break, I gave a detox bath a try and so glad I did!

Ingredients:

  • Epsom salt (2 cups)
  • Baking soda (1 cup)
  • Essential Oils (I prefer Young Living because of the seed to seal process)
    • Thieves (4 drops)
    • Peppermint (3 drops)
    • Frankincense (3 drops)
    • Lavender (2 drops)
    • Lemon (2 drops)

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients under the faucet in your tub starting with the epsom salt, baking soda, and then the essential oils. I have read that some detox baths also use a carrier oil but for mine, I did not.
  2. Fill the tub with water as hot as your body can stand it.
  3. Soak for 20-40 minutes completely immersing yourself under the water. For those with a standard sized tub, you might have to “flip over” to allow your entire body to be immersed during the detox bath. I spent 15 minutes on both sides. You WILL sweat, that’s a good thing!
  4. Drain the tub and rinse off in cold water. This step is very important because once you’ve finished your detox bath, your pores are open. Rinsing off in cold water helps to not only close your pours but it rinses off the salt so that it doesn’t remain on your skin and potentially dry it out.
  5. Drink a full glass of water. After your detox bath, you might feel light headed, dizzy, and can be dehydrated. Refueling yourself with a glass of water will help.

My experience was wonderful. Literally, immediately after I rinsed off I felt a lot better. Granted, not entirely or completed over the crud but I can definitely tell a big difference than before I gave the detox bath a try. I sweated, a lot (hence the red faced sweaty picture below). There are many different detox bath recipes depending on what you’re wanting to benefit from it. If you’ve given detox baths a try, I’d love for you to share your experience in the comments below.

Happy detoxing!
Hollie

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Last Breath

The last few months Kasey’s sister has been spending almost everyday over at their grandmother’s house. They have slowly noticed signs of dementia and some days are good days, some days are not so good days. His sister was such an amazing caregiver. I cannot praise her enough for the amount of attention and care that she provided Ms. Juanita and I believe in my heart she did everything she physically could do for one of the most funniest and loving women I had come to know and love. We didn’t spend as much time with her as we should have but I will forever cherish the time that we did spend with her. I will never forget the day we took my grandmother with us to visit and they sat there for hours just chatting away as if they had known each other since birth. Each visit after that, she was always ask about my grandma and my grandma sure did think highly of Ms. Juanita as well. She’s been my prayer partner during the hours of what I’m about to share with you. 

I will go ahead an warn you, this will be long and might very well be full of typos and grammar issues but please forgive me for that now. I am going to do the best I can to remember all of the details and the reasoning for sharing this information is as a simple reminder to not take a day for granted. Something I have done way too many times. Life is precious and each day truly is a gift. 

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Matthew 5:4

Yesterday morning we received the call that Kasey’s grandmother had called 911 thinking someone was breaking into her house, in all reality there wasn’t anyone there. When they arrived, her room was ransacked from herself trying to move furniture trying to barricade herself in there truly believing that someone was attempting to get in. She was speaking but her words were very mumbled. They asked if they could take her to the hospital to be evaluated to which she agreed. This was something huge for her because she hadn’t been to a doctor in over 40 years, simply because she didn’t trust them. Living through the Great Depression she was very stubborn and felt like she could do everything on her own with no one’s assistance. So doctor visits were nothing she was a part of.
She was in the ER yesterday for around 10-11 hours before getting placed into her own room. Kasey’s sister and dad spent the entire day with her and then Kasey went up there after work. While in the ER we were being told that she had pneumonia, fluid around her heart, a slight amount of dementia, and possible congestive heart failure. When Kasey was with her last night, she was alert and herself but still hard to understand speech wise. His sister said today that she got spunk when she saw Kasey, he sure does love his grandma and she him. Once she got placed into her room, she was able to get some sleep (something of which she rarely got at home because of the dementia that began taking over and her being paranoid). Last night before Kasey left the hospital they had told him they were going to give her a high dose of thyroid medication and an antibiotic and believed that her thyroid could possibly be the cause of the dementia and fluid around her heart. However, with how things were, it was a risk to try because if it wasn’t that, it could send her into cardiac arrest. That was a risk worth taking for a possible reward of answers and move in a positive direction.

This morning, the doctor’s report given to his sister was a good one. She had slept through the night and had made positive improvements. A couple hours after that initial ray of hope, we got devastating news. His sister arrived at the hospital and the doctors were now saying that there had been an abrupt change and she wasn’t going to make it much longer. Her thyroid had basically completely shut down and although surgery was an option, there had already been too much damage to her heart. She was considered as living in a coma state and they were going to bring in Hospice. We knew right away, that wasn’t looking good.

Kasey and I headed to the hospital as so did his other family members. When everyone who was coming had arrived, the PA came in letting us know that there wasn’t anything else that they could do. The surgery wouldn’t enhance or prolong her life and even then, she would have to be on the life support that she specially had requested to not be on. She was unable to breathe on her own and her body temperature wasn’t regulating on its own. From all of the trauma from the thyroid issues that went unchecked, her body had been under so much stress that she suffered a mild heart attack. The PA explained it as if our hearts were rubber bands and they can stretch out and then back in, her heart was so stiff, it wasn’t able to stretch out the way it’s meant to. It was time for the family, specifically Ms. Juanita’s children, to make one of the hardest decisions ever.

The family respected her wishes knowing that although it’s easy for us to want and be selfish by keeping her here longer with help from life support, that would’ve been no way for her to live. About 30-40 minutes after the doctors removed the ventilator and after one of her sons told her thank you for being the best mom and that if she’s ready then we all are ready and we love her so much, she took her last breath and peacefully passed in her sleep while we all surrounded her. That was the first time I had ever witnessed someone leaving their earthly body and I cannot begin to explain the emotions that you experience. The hardest part for me was to see how quickly she became pale, it was almost instant. I am so thankful that she will no longer fear the thoughts dementia placed in her mind and I will forever cherish the time that she welcomed Laekyn and myself as one of her own for the last 4 years. She was a wonderful woman and I just appreciate your prayers for his family in the upcoming days and weeks. Again, I cannot brag on how strong Nickie (Kasey’s sister) has been throughout this process. I will forever remember her putting Chapstick on Ms. Juanita’s lips while she took her final breaths so that her lips wouldn’t be so chapped from the ventilator. Talk about a strong woman, his sister has really been his grandmother’s caregiver in such a selfless way, I am so amazed by her throughout this whole process and I know she probably feels a heavy heart as if she didn’t do enough but boy could that not be more wrong. She did way beyond and everything in her physical power, I am praying extra prayers for her comfort. The days she has made ritual for months are completely turned upside down and there is no way that will be a smooth and easy transistion. If you’re reading this – we love you, Nickie!

On a side note of everything that took place within the last 36 hours, this gave me chills. Kasey’s dad told him yesterday that months ago Ms. Juanita had asked them to handle her funeral arrangements. She already had the expenses saved and she just wanted them to go ahead and have everything taken care of. Chilling enough, the appointment that was made months ago was this morning, hours before she would take her last breath. It’s almost as if she already knew, gives me chills.

I know that this was a lot of information but I wanted to share it with each of you as a reminder of how quickly something can change and how quickly someone can be taken away from us. One minute everything seems positive and the next minute, it takes a negative turn. Just hug those you love extra tight and if you haven’t spoken to or seen your loved ones in awhile, make that phone call or go visit. You never know when the good Lord will call them home.

Ms. Juanita, we love you and pray you’re up there talking with grandpa and Jenny with Sparky back on your lap. In the words of Laekyn tonight during prayer: “I pray that Ms. Juanita is having a fun time in Heaven, please Lord let her visit Kasey in his mind and let him know she is okay.” I’m a puddle!! 😭 We miss you and look forward to the day we see you again. Rest in peace beautiful angel. 

Quick Update

Maddie has done a good job of taking her medicine the last couple of day’s although she puts up a fight and isn’t a fan. She isn’t eating very much which saddens me. She has still been drinking water. I’m going to give her another day or so to try and get food in her system and if I can’t then we’ll be making a trip back to the vet. Prayers are still appreciated for my little fur baby. 

The photo below is from yesterday when she was relaxing on the heating pad. In the photo you can see how her right nostril is still very full of cold and mucus mess. Breaks my heart. 



Poof, be gone!

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Sure would be nice if it were that easy. My daughter and I are battling some sort of cold/allergy/sinus mess this week. We have a competition coming up this weekend and a couple of the cheerleaders are also sick. One has the flu, the other has a stomach bug. If you’re the praying kind, please keep us all in your prayers for health and safety this weekend. Hope you’re staying well, so much going around!

The verdict is…

…Bronchitis.

So you know I’ve mentioned the fact my daughter has been sick since the later part of last week and how proud I was of her for being there for her team and still competing despite how horrible she felt. Let me just tell you, she is my motivation more so now than ever. I have felt horrible the past couple of days and have barely felt like I could keep going. I just reminded myself that if she can do what she did this past weekend, then I can keep pushing forward.

Today, after mini missing another day of school we made our way to the doctor. You read it right, it’s bronchitis. We’ve got our meds covered, cool mist humidifier, TONS and I mean tons of Lysol, hot apple cider, Christmas movies, you know.. all the essentials. I’m so ready for the both of us to be over this mess but again, I continue to look at all that she did and it makes me push through when I feel like I can’t. Funny how that happens, huh?

If you’re the praying kind, say an extra little prayer that both of us feel better soon and won’t continue to pass it back and forth. I appreciate it! Here’s to a good medicated nights rest. Goodnight all.