Crushed

I lost my brother last night. He was only 62 and died from a rare form of cancer.  Sadly, I was unable to say goodbye to him in person because he didn’t want any visitors. It’s hard for me to comprehend losing someone I have known my whole life. We lived in different states but talked regularly.

His wife was killed by a drunk driver 18 years ago, leaving him with a 6 and 10-year-old.  He never remarried. He had a long time girlfriend who helped him tremendously during his illness. He was diagnosed in November of 2018. He was told at that time that he might have five years. Five years turned into 18 months. We were told five weeks ago that he had 3 months left. Life is extraordinarily cruel.

I have many happy memories of my brother growing up. We had drifted apart for a few years but became close again after his wife died.  I’m devastated that I was unable to see him in person before he died.  Near the end, he couldn’t even talk on the phone.

I’m now a part of a club I never wanted to be in, losing a sibling before their time.  I have several close friends in this club.

The last time I saw my sister in law alive was in July of 2002. She and my brother and kids came to visit us. We went to a vacation destination for the weekend and had a wonderful time. We made plans to take a vacation together the following year.  Sadly, my sister in law was killed after Christmas in 2002.  We still went on the trip, it just wasn’t the same without Joanne.

I just wanted to see my brother and hold his hand and kiss his cheek. I was able to get him a message telling him how much I loved him. I was told he didn’t want anyone to see how terrible he looked, which was one of the reasons he didn’t want any visitors.  He had lost a lot of weight. He had many friends who couldn’t say goodbye to him.

My brother was a jokester like me. He was quick-witted and could easily make people laugh. I think that’s what he’ll be remembered for.

Goodbye big brother, see you on the other side. RIP.

Allure Beauty Box April 2020

Hello and happy Thursday!  I’ve been getting Allure Beauty boxes for well over a year. The cost is $15USD. The value is much higher due to getting at least two full size products per month.

First up is a full-size Thrive Lip Liner in Kackie valued at $20USD. It’s a great neutral color which would look good on any skin color.  Here’s the description from their website.

  • Revitalizing Lip Quench Technology™ acts as a built-in lip primer to treat, smooth + plump.
  • Semi-Permanent Micropigment Technology™ delivers bold, full coverage, no-bleed color that lasts all day.
  • The easy glide formula is encapsulated in a retractable mechanical pencil – twist to reveal product.
  • Includes a built-in sharpener so you can create a precision tip for more detailed application.

I love lip pencils and have way too many, but who cares?? Here’s what it looks like on me, I used it as both liner and lip color, with a touch of lip balm.  This will go into heavy rotation amongst my lip liners.

Allure Beauty Box April 20 lip pencil

I got all kinds of goodies this month. The sizes are more generous than a deluxe sample. I got .24 oz of Flowerbomb L’Eau De Parfum. It retails at $115 for 1.7 ounces. It’s a lovely floral fragrance that smells wonderful. Cicapair Derma Green Solution SPF 30 came in a  .16 oz jar.  I’ll be anxious to try this as I have redness around my nose.  It retails for $18USD for .5 ounces.

Purlisse Match Green Tea Sheet Mask valued at $8USD. With all the craziness going on in the world right now, putting on a sheet mask is right up there at the top of my to-do list.

Lue by Jean Seo Balance Serum who doesn’t love a good serum? This is full size at 1 oz for $15USD. I think this will be a gentle serum to use daily.  I just started using Tretinoin, so this will be a great add on.

I always love trying new hair products. I color my hair myself, and it tends to get very dry. I have naturally curly, fine hair that has a mind of its own. Mane Magic Multibenefit 10-in-1 Primer

This is 1 ounce for $6USD. This will be a great product to use when we go to Costa Rica in the Fall.

Akar Skin Balance Toner 2.5 ounces cost $55USD. The size I received is 1 oz. This toner smells wonderful. Check out the description from their website:

For all skin types

Spray your way to glowing, healthy skin. This non-sticky Rose and Neroli scented mist sets gently into the skin, providing deep hydration, improving overall elasticity, while simultaneously keeping the pH value of the skin’s acid mantle layer at the optimum level. Salicylic acid from White Willow Bark is both anti-microbial and exfoliating, helping prevent build-up in pores as well as acne-related issues. Stem cell extracts from the rare Saffron flower contain antioxidants and carotenoids which aids the epidermis in repair and regeneration. Last but not least, Balance enables greater absorption of nutrients by lowering the skin’s surface tension, which means that all the good stuff – in this toner, and everything you apply next – will be fully absorbed, right into your skin.

Our toning mist does not contain irritants like alcohol, nor is it diluted with water fillers, ensuring noticeably softer and luminous skin with use.

Swipe through to learn more about Balance’s 4 Select Ingredients.

✓ Vegan
✓ Cruelty-free
✓ Gluten-free

2.4oz / 70ml

*84% saw an increase in skin hydration
*Product is independently certified by the Environmental Working Group

The value of the full size products for April is $49USD.  This month’s total value was $128USD. The Allure Beauty box also includes a mini magazine that includes promo codes for most items. Sign up today Allure Beauty Box

I know times are tough right now, but this is only $15 a month.  I don’t smoke, barely drink, buy my clothes second hand, color my own hair, etc.  I hope to be retiring within the next few years, so my beauty boxes may have to go away. I’ll just have to enjoy them while I can.

 

Allure Beauty Box April 20

Thanks for stopping by.

 

Pandemic Predictions: Changing the Face of Travel — GALLIVANCE

It started with a touch, and in the blink of an eye the coronavirus went global. Medical scientists will be sorting out exactly what happened for years to come, but we know for sure that travelers contracted a new, local virus and spread it around the world. We’re now paying the high price for our […]

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U.S. sent 17.8 tons of masks, respirators, other PPE to China in February — Scotties Toy Box

This is beyond messed up. Stay safe everyone.

 

I want to know what tRump got for this shipment? Really, tRump is making US state Governors kiss his ass and say nice things about him to get supplies the government has, what did he get from China? Hotel deals? Deals for Ivanka? Hugs U.S. sent 17.8 tons of masks, respirators, other PPE to China […]

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Advice about Covid-19 from a pulmonary critical-care doctor — Why Evolution Is True

Reader Rick sent me this video, which I’ve listened to in its entirety (57 minutes). It’s made by Dr. David Price, a critical pulmonary-care specialist at Weill Cornell Hospital in New York City. Usually he deals with all kinds of respiratory ailments, but, as he says, now he’s dealing only with COVID-19 patients. Here Price […]

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Great source for supplies!

Happy Sunday! I found a website that lets you find supplies in your area. I do believe it’s only in the United States.

I’ve been having issues finding toilet paper.  I actually went to a store during senior citizens’ hours to buy 2 packages of TP. Prior to that, I had gone to 7 stores in the past two weeks looking for TP.  Lucky for me, I had a decent supply at home but wanted the comfort of knowing we wouldn’t run out. Scary times for everyone.

Instok.Org

Type in what you’re looking for and it tells you availability and pricing. It’s updated twice a day. Just found tp close by.

Thanks for stopping by, and be safe.instok-landing 3-29-20

 

Imgn Dermatology-review

Hello!  Happy Thursday!  I hope everyone is doing well.  We are living in scary times.  Our state is currently in a shelter at home status. I’m trying to have a positive attitude, but it’s difficult at times. I actually went to the store today at 7 am to buy toilet paper. It’s seniors day on Tuesday and Thursday from 7 am to 8 am.  This was my 7th attempt in the last two weeks to get toilet paper. I already had enough for three weeks, but with people hoarding supplies, I just needed the comfort of knowing we had enough.

On to lighter things.  I read about Imgn Dermatology in a Woman’s World magazine last month.  Woman’s World is a weekly magazine that I buy at the grocery store.  It mostly contains the latest diet and many recipes.  I’ve been reading it for years, and have gotten some great beauty tips.

I’ve been using Imgn Instant Lifting Wrinkle Fighter for 30 days.  Here’s the description from the website:

INSTANT LIFTING
WRINKLE FIGHTER
Helps immediately diminish the appearance of wrinkles, using a propritary blend of Moisturizers, Botanicals, and Nutrients.
FEATURE INGREDIENTS
Acmella oleracea extract – Ancient Medicinal Plant from South America helps reduce appearance of wrinkles using a myorelaxing mechanism similar to Botox®
Hyaluronic Acid – is a potent moisturizer that helps hydrate
and retain moisture in the skin
Vitamin B3 – moisturizes skin and protects against barrier damage, helps stimulate collagen
Vitamin B5 – is a moisturizer, an anti inflammatory, and promotes epithelisation
Vitamin B6 – helps normal skin metabolism, helps refine skin
Vitamin C and E – work together syngeristically to protect against lipid peroxidation and is a free radical scavenger and helps stimulate collagen production 
I’ve been using Imagine Dermatology Smoother Skin Anti Aging Renewal Complex for the past 30 days.
SMOOTHER SKIN
ANTI AGING RENEWAL COMPLEX
A Powerful Blend of Extracts, Vitamins, and Moisturizers
FEATURE INGREDIENTS
​​Algae and Yeast Extract Complex – is a bioengineered mixture of Glucosamine HCI, Algae Extract, Yeast Extract and Urea, has been shown to help diminish wrinkles, improve smoothness, and increase integral firmness
Hyaluronic Acid – is a potent moisturizer that helps hydrate and retain moisture in the skin
Vitamin B3 – moisturizes skin and protects against barrier damage, helps stimulate collagen
Vitamin B5 – is a moisturizer, an anti inflammatory, and promotes epithelisation
Vitamin B6 – helps normal skin metabolism, helps refine skin
Vitamin C and E work together syngeristically to protect against lipid peroxidation and is a free radical scavenger and helps stimulate collagen production
It sells for $17.97 USD for 2.3 ounces.  It’s a lightly scented soothing cream. I’ve used about 1/3 of the jar over 30 days. I’ve used 1/2 of the 1 ounce bottle of the Instant Lifting Wrinkle Fighter that sells for $17.97 USD.
I’ve tried so many anti-aging products over the years. I can’t even fathom how much money I’ve spent.  These products actually work.  I was out in my yard with my dogs yesterday and took a selfie in full on sun. I’ve always taken good care of my skin, but I was really pleased with the results I’ve gotten.  I’m 61 and just wear concealer on my nose, no foundation, etc. My skin tone is more even and I have very few wrinkles.
I used each product twice a day. In the morning it goes under my sunscreen. Both products are light and quickly absorbed.
Check me out:
Imgn 3-25-20

 

Thanks for stopping by. Be well and safe!

Musings of a Physician

This was written by a friend in my book club who is a pediatrician.  She makes many valid points.  Definitely something to think about. Vote in November 2020!

Doctor 1-27-20

I often get asked about novel illness and diseases that make a huge splash in the news. Fear surges and our world begins to feel a bit smaller. And we should be worried about it. Novel viruses such as Spanish Influenza infected as many as 500 million people worldwide and killed between 20-50 million people! Viruses like these can be very deadly! As the world’s population continues to rise and people live closer to animals we will continue to see these deadly viruses. And yes we are seeing them more often! We are destroying habitat that these animals live in and forcing them closer to us and these animals become our food sources as traditional American food sources are very energy and labor intense.
What can you do?
1. Support the CDC. President Trump’s budget for 2019 cut the CDCs budget by 20%. This is causing the CDC to cut 39 out of 49 programs in other countries that support epidemic prevention. Remember Ebola virus? This was effectively fought in Africa by these funds! We don’t want to wait until a virus shows up at our children’s school to try and stop it! We need to limit its spread as quickly as possible.
2. Support science. Trump once again is trying to cut NIH funding by 13%. This is where medical technology and medications are developed and tested. I know you think it’s capitalism that develops these but it’s not. Many medical advancements are funded by taxpayers before being bought or given to large companies for large scale development. It means we pay for many of these developments twice! But I digress as this is a different topic you should educate yourself on! But that new vaccine you want for Ebola, Coronavirus, or new antibiotic for the superbug we can’t kill will start out in the NIH if it has the needed funding!
3. Climate plays a big role in this! As our planet gets warmer new viruses are hitting our continent. Think of Zika virus. Its movement to the US via mosquitoes has to do with animal and pest migration that need to head towards areas with less heat and better food resources. We have other emerging viruses as well. Consider dengue, chikungunya, Nile virus, and extensively resistant TB that have begun to emerge in the US. Many physicians, including myself, have never seen these and will be woefully unprepared to diagnose or treat these. As the planet warms and animals migrate, these new and old diseases will reach our shores regardless of immigration policies. We need to actively work on limiting carbon emissions and limiting waste on a bigger scale than just in our houses. This is a world problem that the US needs to lead or at least participate in!
4. Finally destruction. We need to carefully consider what type of community, country and planet destruction we take a part in and make changes! A year or more ago I posted information about how these essential oils companies are harvesting limited precious resources in other countries causing deforestation and significant environmental changes for their magical beliefs. This is not much different than searching for the elusive rhino horn. I posted an article in November about limiting the junk we put in stockings which I did this year. I carefully thought about presents and whether they would be used long enough to make their waste in landfills worthwhile. And boy did it limit gifts! Though I was mad when phone companies stopped giving away free cellphones, I realized that this means we are holding on to those phones longer and decreasing both resource use and child labor in other countries instead of just getting the newest model!
We need to make changes as humans or the planet will do it for us! Our voting shows us where we want to devote resources. Our purchasing shows us how we will be trashing our planet over time.
Things you can do?
1. Buy local. Hoping to buy into a farm share this spring and eat local! Less food transit.

2. Think twice before buying. My husband says measure twice, cut once. Apply this to purchases.
3. Push your neighbors, friends and businesses to turn down the heat, use products multiple times before throwing out, and consider how their profit model effects more than just them.
4. Look into how your elected leaders’ actions affect not only our country but also the world. Diseases make us a small world and if we aren’t actively working with our fellow humans, we won’t get very far at protecting our children. Isolationism has never been very effective.
5. Finally, learn about science and epidemiology. You will be surprised about how scary these diseases can become. There are really smart scientists out there working on and fixing these problems but we have to help by becoming educated. This is not a Goggle search or Facebook read but ask a scientist. Subscribe to Nature or Science magazine. Read a science journal. Go to the university and ask to sit in on a lecture or join a class. Perseverating on fear won’t get you anywhere! There is a reason we didn’t shut down travel to Africa during the Ebola virus like Trump yelled for. Find out why!

STATE OF MY NATION – Marilyn Armstrong — Serendipity Seeking Intelligent Life on Earth

Great

Great read.  Hopefully we can get our country back from the thugs who are in charge.  Vote blue in November!

 

STATE OF MY NATION – RDP SATURDAY I have forbidden television viewing today. It’s the Republican opportunity to deny everything and I don’t think I can handle it. Worse, this might be the broadcast that finally makes Garry kick the TV until it shatters. Since we need to fix a broken toilet and the floor […]

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