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CoVid-19 TOTD #9: Staying Healthy

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HEALTH & WELLNESS

Editor’s Note:

At Bold Blind Beauty, our goal is for you to enjoy life, but be well while doing it. During #CoVid-19 we want to assist you with that, so here is our COVID-19 #TOTD (TipOf The Day).

Staying Healthy is a Priority!

By Cheryl Minnette

The #1 way not to become infected with the coronavirus is to stay away from everyone completely. Yes, that’s right, everyone! Now, unless you are the only person living on an uncharted island,  it is nearly impossible to not have any human contact at all. Since the reality for most people is that they are not on that island and will (most likely) come into contact with someone, at some time, on some level. When you do, will you know if they are contagious or not?

If they are not sick, what difference does it make?

Just like with many illnesses, someone having the coronavirus may appear to be perfectly healthy while living with this illness. The alarming point of this is they can potentially spread COVID-19 to others, which is known in some cases to lead to death. This is why the more someone interacts with others, they can increase their risk of becoming infected. With so many people moving about this earth being asymptomatic, it is critical that the guidelines that are  put in place for safety are adhered to.

Social distancing and no-contact are for protection not hindrance. Anyone could potentially be a carrier of the coronavirus and by not following proper protocols for safety, they could be spreading and infecting others without their knowledge or yours.

A person who is asymptomatic is someone who has an illness, but is not showing any symptoms of that illness,

A person who is asymptomatic is able to infect others because coronavirus is a contagion. This one reason alone is what makes it so difficult to find out who someone contracted the virus from. Knowing that the coronavirus is continually mutating and adapting to its human environment, following safety protocols is the best way to stay healthy in combat COVID-19.

Your thoughts are welcome, so comment below as to whether this TOTD was helpful, what you would like to know as it relates to safety tips, and what you were able to relate to. Your insights and expressions are appreciated. 

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Tell Them So They’ll Know

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BLOG BIZ | AWARENESS & SENSITIVITY

Editor’s Note:

In an ongoing effort to increase awareness on sight loss/blindness, Bold Blind Beauty contributor Cheryl Minnette will be inviting readers into the world of what it’s like to live with severe sight loss. These articles are created with the intention of continuing meaningful conversation while further connecting blind and sighted people. We hope you will enjoy these quarterly pieces that will be published under Beauty Buzz & Blog Biz and tagged “Awareness & Sensitivity.”

Tell Them So They’ll Know

Sunday was a beautiful, but definitely hot, sunny afternoon as the women were taking an afternoon stroll to enjoy the weather and each others company. Although one was sighted and the other has severe low vision, when the two of them got together it was always a guaranteed good time.

It had been awhile since these close friends had some leisure time to spend together just talking, laughing, and enjoying the sights and sounds around them. They were both looking forward to this day to reconnect.

As they ventured along the streets of their quaint little town, they caught up with each other about family and what was occurring with them personally. Turning onto a winding street that was lined with huge shade trees, they discussed how much cooler it felt and chuckled. Having the branches act like a natural umbrella, protecting them from the sun, was amazing. The only thing that could’ve made this any better would have been a chaise lounge and a tall glass of iced tea with a long straw and a sprig of mint.

Moving deeper into the neighborhood they could hear voices of adults and children both near and far. Midway down the block there was an area that opened up into a wonderfully designed park. Upon approach they decided to venture inside, following along the red brick inlaid path that was shaped like a cul-de-sac. There were benches (each a different color), a round fountain with cherubs, and an elevated seasonal garden Which woun in sections throughout the park. While continuing their chattering and laughing along the path, they had lots of company. There were people sitting on various benches; some were chatting, eating, and even meditating. They passed dogs that were being walked, ranging in size from miniature to large. Moms were pushing strollers as their little ones were enjoying the ride. Other children were running, skipping, jumping, and playing, just as you would expect them to be doing.

In the midst of all that was happening around them, there was one little girl that was simply super adorable. She had on a short sleeved royal blue dress with matching laced ankle socks and black patent leather shoes. The dress head three Flower shaped buttons down the front with yellow cuffs on the sleeves. As she skipped around in the grass singing and enjoying herself, her curl filled pigtails and yellow hair ribbons were bouncing with the motion.

The sighted woman said to her friend with severe low vision, ‘Do you see that little girl over there?’ Her friend responded, ’Yes, I see her skipping around over there by the yellow bench.’  The sighted woman said, ‘Yes! She is a real cutie pie.’ The women smiled at each other and continued on their afternoon adventure, completing a lap around the cul-de-sac path, then exited the park and headed back home.

Something To Ponder

In the above scenario, there’s something very important that you need to understand. When the woman with low vision responds to her sighted friend, stating that she can see the little girl, her friend may not be aware that they are not seeing this child in the same manner. The sighted woman sees the child as described in the description above. The woman with low vision sees the child with much less clarity and distinction, but sees her nonetheless. She sees the little girl moving about and notices that she has on a short, dark outfit, with her hair pulled up and away from her face. Knowing the description that her friend has given her, she is able to determine that this is the child she is speaking of. With that being said, she does see the child, but differently. This is why descriptions are so very important to share with someone who has severe low vision. 

Sometimes people are around you so much that they forget the severity of your sight loss. They want to understand what it is that you are able to see, but their mind is unable to fully process it. Certain scenarios allow the opportunity for teachable moments, so take full advantage of these.

As a person with severe low vision, it is your responsibility to bring awareness to the sighted community. Only you know what you can or cannot see. This needs to be expressed to those around you. Whether it’s a friend, loved one, caregiver or someone else in your circle of support, it is up to you to share descriptive insights in order to allow for better interaction. 

When you open your door and allow others to step into your world, it gives them a sense of belonging and comfort. Everyone wants to feel A sense of inclusion and you are the one who can gift them that.

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CoVid-19 TOTD #8: Risk Factors

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HEALTH & WELLNESS

Editor’s Note:

At Bold Blind Beauty, our goal is for you to enjoy life, but be well while doing it. During #CoVid-19 we want to assist you with that, so here is our  COVID-19 #TOTD (TipOf The Day).

CoVid-19 TOTD #8: Risk Factors

By Cheryl Minnette

Who is really at risk for COVID-19? 

This is a question that is being asked over and over again. As this pandemic continues, people want to be able to make informed decisions when it comes to the health and safety of themselves and their loved ones. As information is learned, the public wants to have that information shared with them, which is quite understandable. Being able to know the Center for Disease Control (CDC‘s) findings as to who is among those considered to be in the severe risk category would be helpful. It would afford us the opportunity to put the necessary precautions needed in place.

We have been told that if you have an underlying medical condition or if you are 65 or older you are in the severe risk category for COVID-19. Simply Being 65 or older is not what puts someone at risk. The reason this age category exists is because most people at that age and above have some type of underlying medical condition. Knowing this, what are some other areas we should be aware of? After the CDC reviewed data from multiple studies, these are the medical conditions that consistently showed up:

  • Chronic kidney disease
  • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
  • Obesity (BMI of 30 or higher)
  • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant
  • Serious heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Asthma
  • High blood pressure
  • Neurological conditions (dementia and cerebrovascular disease (stroke)

The CDC has been a great resource during this time of uncertainty. Did you know that over 40% of American adults are living with obesity? When you think of the number of people who have a combination of underlying illnesses which puts them at an even higher risk, that risk increases upwards towards 60%. The more informed you are, the more able you are to make decisions regarding your risk and the levels of risk that you choose to take. 

Businesses and communities have slowly been opening back up and with that comes more interaction and gathering of people. Knowing and understanding our role at this time can be crucial to us, our loved ones, and the community that surrounds us. Realize that every interaction we make, comes with some level of risk. 

Do not forget the safety measures that you already have in place. You should continue the handwashing, surface sanitizing, mask wearing, 6 feet or more of social distancing, and any other processes that will maintain your safety. Even if you’re not in one of the high risk categories as mentioned above, everyone is at risk because at any time you can come in contact with the coronavirus. Continue safety measures in order to protect yourself and those around you. As you are going out and engaging, be mindful to focus on activities that allow for social distancing of 6 feet or more. 

Your thoughts are welcome, so comment below as to whether this TOTD was helpful, what you would like to know as it relates to safety tips, and what you were able to relate to. Your insights and expressions are appreciated.

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CoVid-19 TOTD #7: pH levels

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HEALTH & WELLNESS

Editor’s Note:

At Bold Blind Beauty, our goal is for you to enjoy life, but be well while doing it. During #CoVid-19 we want to assist you with that, so here is our  COVID-19 #TOTD (Tip Of The Day).

CoVid-19 TOTD #6: Being Conscious

By Cheryl Minnette

We, humans, are a smart species. As we try to figure things out in order to help ourselves, sometimes we aren’t seeing the whole picture. Since COVID-19 is so new, spreading like wildfire, and we are still learning about it, it makes sense that the fear of possible death has caused many to try all sorts of things. Some have even gone as far as drinking chemically manufactured cleaners. Others are attempting to go the PH route.

The pH value of COVID-19 is between 5.5 and 8.5 

With the ph level of COVID-19 being between 5.5 and 8.5, many think changing their diet is a cure. They think that eating an alkaline diet of food with a pH higher than 8.5 will automatically produce an environment that will eradicate the virus. What many don’t realize is that our bodies are engineered very intricately. When it comes to the pH levels, the human body is designed to regulate pH levels within a very narrow range. As humans, we cannot simply flip the alkaline switch to high to change our normal pH levels. 

Your thoughts are welcome, so comment below as to whether this TOTD was helpful, what you would like to know as it relates to safety tips, and what you were able to relate to. Your insights and expressions are appreciated. 

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