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March 14, 2016



So . . . this blog isn't going to be about ten tips about losing weight, eating healthy, small portions or any trendy gut-busting foods. I'm going to talk about my family and even myself. First, my Uncle whose been a chain smoker since his preteen age recently caught pneumonia. Before you send your worries and well wishes, I have to say it's because he smokes those tar, tobacco, cancer sticks. Yes, CANCER there's a reason why they call them cancer sticks. Now, he doesn't have cancer BUT he does have pneumonia and needs a respiratory machine to clean his lungs out. The kicker is, he STILL has a pack of Marlboro Reds on him at all times.


My cousin today is sitting in Brigham and Women's hospital in Boston due to some brain and stomach issue. I don't know if it's a brain aneurism or stomach bug but he's diabetic and overweight, not obese but he has a solid beer gut. I visited him at the hospital and he's doing well but he's physically feeble. His wife was by his side and taking care of him, something I hardly see her do. But I believe after the hospital stay, his dietary routine will be the same ole' same ole'. 


Yesterday morning I woke up with hives on my body. These hives aren't new nor painless. The first account of this was on my birthday week. I literally felt like death. My body movements hurt, I had a horrible sneeze cough thing mixed with a congested yet snotty nose. My skin looked bloated and hot like a bad tattoo infection. I pushed through like I always do, I don't know if was me being me or if I was participating in the Black stereotype of rejecting doctor visits. I felt like crap and opted to stay in bed for my birthday and in about a week I recovered. It's not the first time I ignored what was going on with my body for convenience or pure laziness. Back in 2010 or 2011, I went deaf. No exaggeration, I literally couldn't hear in my left ear and my mother was like go to the hospital and I was like eh, nah I'm good. I acted as if being deaf in one ear out of the blue was the equivalent to a paper cut and it would eventually go away. Luckily for me it did but I could have ended up with a bad infection and lost my hearing permanently.


Fast forward to now, the overnight hive thing has returned and it's been going on for about a month. I don't know what it is and like most people I deiced google could tell me. Google told me I basically had all types of diseases and I was surely going to die. So on Monday (you're reading this on Monday I type my blogs a day ahead) I'll be calling the doctor to make an emergency check up because usually I would be ignoring this but whatever this overnight hives thing has taken over my hand and arms with big red hot lumps and now it moved on to my chest and neck with smaller red hot lumps. I won't wait until (GOD forbids knock on wood) I get the Black plague or something and die because of stubbornness and negligence. I know I'm not the only one who ignores their body but don't! You're not a cat, you don't have nine lives, once you mess up the body you're currently occupying in this time and space you won't get a new one. Think about it the next time you say it's just a cough when it's actually early pneumonia or it's just a lump and it's actually signs of a tumor. What's the point of running like the Energizer Bunny if your body deteriorates because of your lack of care? Nothing is more important than your body, mind, or soul.

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