Light at the End of the Tunnel

Coping with the pandemic has been difficult, but we appear to be slowly seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. With the vaccination program progressing successfully, Americans wearing masks and keeping social distances, the risk of infection is diminishing.

Steve and I have had our second shot, with severe complications for me, but I am so grateful that I am approaching an immunity that will allow me to live a fuller and more varied life. I would do it again, despite the complications I developed. The improved quality of life the vaccine gives us makes it all worth it.

During the quiet and mostly homebound year, there was lots of time to ponder about life. Unfortunately for so many, it was an imposed staying home because of job scarcity, and I hope and wish that this will improve soon. And my heart is heavy and sad, thinking of the significant loss in human life this pandemic has caused. There are no words to describe the pain and sorrow.

Now Americans are slowly climbing out of the hole, and although it will take more effort from all of us to make it a successful endeavor, it is a turn to recover and progress. I do not mind wearing a mask and observing restrictions as they come along, as long as they benefit everyone. Maybe you can focus on the positive aspect that with a successful vaccination program, the virus hopefully will be controlled, as long as we combine it with other safety features like wearing masks and maintaining social distances. I hope this will be the case rather than plunging again into an uncontrolled growth of the pandemic. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be able to place the pandemic into our memory banks?

Yes, life has its ups and downs, but we don’t have to cling to the downs, although it might sometimes seem that there is no way out. There is always a sunrise.

I hope you are traveling through these difficult times, keeping your spirits up and knowing that a better future awaits you. And hopefully, this restrictive period in our lives has allowed you to catch up with projects you wanted to do. I call it a physical as well as a metaphorical housecleaning. I have done both, which allowed me to remain optimistic and full of hope for the future.

I wish you a happy climbing out of the pandemic. Stay happy and healtlhy and trust that all will be well again.

Silvia Coggin, CPC
Author and Founder of NotJustCooking.com

 

 

The Gift of Care Givers

After years of struggling to maintain a balance between my disease and Steve’s life, who endeavored to make my life more comfortable at a considerable sacrifice, my health finally required that I have professional home care, and the thought was intimidating to me. Was it because I had to admit that I am getting weaker, or the fear of losing my privacy and independence? With considerable trepidation, I agreed, and to my surprise, I am enjoying the care and attention.

My caregiver is a lovely young woman, a beautiful soul, and a charming companion. I feel like I have a loving daughter with me, someone who cares and likes to see me happy.

People like her seem like angels to me. They put themselves into your shoes, put your interest ahead of their own, and give without restraint or limitation. Having an angel assisting me is like a dream come true. When she arrives in the morning a few times a week, it is like the sun is shining, and her smile touches me deeply, even if it is through her face mask. I was never aware of these selfless and caring people and feel grateful for the pleasure of finishing my life with them. Please do not worry about me. I am still functioning and alert but getting weaker rapidly. I am still learning how to maximize my home care but am getting better at it. One thing is sure: I enjoy every moment of it.

There were times when I thought I would have to move to a retirement home when my need for additional care manifested itself, my husband being a willing but not professional care giver. These last few years took a toll on him, and I didn’t want to increase his burden. Now I know that I can enjoy my time at home to the fullest, and I am grateful. It is like a dream comes true being surrounded by compassion, empathy, and kindness, and no additional burden for Steve. There is no space for feeling sorry for myself, but rather a deep sense of being blessed and grateful.

I cannot express the depth of my gratitude. If you ever had a fleeting thought of “what will become of me and how will I cope?” do not worry. There are angels amongst us who will share their kindness and skills and make your life worth living right to the end. One thing is sure; with their assistance you can enjoy every segment of your life!

Silvia Coggin, CPC
Author and Founder of NotJustCooking.com

 

 

Intuition

Intuition can play an essential role in our lives, and it is worthwhile to be open and listen to it. Don’t discard thoughts and feelings without examining them and evaluating if they are related to anything happening in your life or perhaps to some dreams and aspirations you are harboring.

I have used my intuition for a very long time. My metaphysical studies encouraged me early on, and it became second nature over the years. These days I mostly use it for my health, and it can surprise me.

Recently I suffered tremendous pain due to an enlarged spleen. It was so unbearable that the doctors at the Mayo decided to hospitalize me for a few days to develop a plan to control the pain. My stay started with a blood transfusion of two units in the emergency room, followed by intensive pain management in the hospital. A few days later, I was discharged, and for about four weeks, I was pain-free. It was a real blessing, and I was delighted and deeply grateful. I had forgotten how wonderful a life without constant pain could be. But then, the pain increased progressively, and only more pain medications made me comfortable.

I also became symptomatic for severe anemia, and my CBC showed that I was urgently in need of a transfusion. I received two units of blood at the Mayo Clinic. We returned home, and the next day my spleen pain was gone, like before. I went to bed that night and asked my higher self if there was a correlation between my hemoglobin level and my spleen pain since it happened the second time. I always talk to my higher self, but you can call it anything you are comfortable with. The next morning, I woke up feeling confident that my spleen pain was related to my anemia. This sounded far-fetched, but I believe in my intuition and decided to submit that question to Mayo’s palliative care team during my Zoom meeting. My question surprised them, but after some consideration, they concluded that my intuition might be right because a higher hemoglobin level allows the spleen to work more efficiently. Conversely, a low level puts more stress on the spleen. The Mayo team concluded that it is logical and a possibility, although not clinically proven. I thanked my intuition for giving me that insight. Moreover, it might open a door for me to participate more actively in my care. How? Well, I will keep detailed notes on what medications I take. I’ll have my blood checked more often and have a blood transfusion sooner rather than waiting to become symptomatic from severe anemia. I have to see what the future brings, but not having to suffer so much pain would indeed be a miracle sprouted from my intuition. It is a thrilling thought.

How can you develop your intuition? Try making sure that the last thoughts before going to sleep are something you want your higher self to work on during your sleep to give you more clarity. Lie with your eyes closed, open your mind, and allow your intuition to communicate. I have found that it is a powerful tool.

Silvia Coggin, CPC
Author and Founder of NotJustCooking.com

 

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