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Saturday, May 30, 2020

SPEAK OUT AND END RACISM

If you are not furious about what happened to George Floyd at the hands of merciless police officers, then you might as well just keep on scrolling and go read something else because there is nothing here for you. Everyone else who believes this was an absolute atrocity, it is good to know you have a soul. 

As a Latin woman, I guess I am in the category of being a minority, but it still doesn't change the fact that I am a white woman, who recognizes I have a certain level of privilege.  And no, I am not referring to economic privilege.  I am referring to the fact for example, that I don't have to have "the talk" with my son, like my black mom friends do, about what happens if he gets stopped by a police officer.  Granted, while everyone must be respectful and cautious with the law, it is a FACT that a black man in America is not afforded that same privilege of talking back or asking questions in such a situation.  Immediately, the hostility and suspicions begin.  Not in all cases, but lately (thanks to cell phone videos) we see what has really been happening for so long. 

Below is a very poignant write up being circulated on social media:  ( I Can)

I’m broken. I have privilege as a white person because I can do all of these things without thinking about my safety:

I can go birding (#ChristianCooper)
I can go jogging (#AmaudArbery)
I can relax in the comfort of my own home (#BothemSean and #AtatianaJefferson)
I can ask for help after being in a car crash (#JonathanFerrell and #RenishaMcBride)
I can have a cellphone (#StephonClark)
I can leave a party to get to safety (#JordanEdwards)
I can play loud music (#JordanDavis)
I can sell CDs (#AltonSterling)
I can sleep (#AiyanaJones)
I can walk from the corner store (#MikeBrown)
I can play cops and robbers (#TamirRice)
I can go to church (#Charleston9)
I can walk home with Skittles (#TrayvonMartin)
I can hold a hair brush while leaving my own bachelor party (#SeanBell)
I can party on New Years (#OscarGrant)
I can get a normal traffic ticket (#SandraBland)
I can lawfully carry a weapon (#PhilandoCastile)
I can break down on a public road with car problems (#CoreyJones)
I can shop at Walmart (#JohnCrawford)
I can have a disabled vehicle (#TerrenceCrutcher)
I can read a book in my own car (#KeithScott)
I can be a 10yr old walking with our grandfather (#CliffordGlover)
I can decorate for a party (#ClaudeReese)
I can ask a cop a question (#RandyEvans)
I can cash a check in peace (#YvonneSmallwood)
I can take out my wallet (#AmadouDiallo)
I can run (#WalterScott)
I can breathe (#EricGarner)
I can live (#FreddieGray)
I CAN BE ARRESTED WITHOUT THE FEAR OF BEING MURDERED (#GeorgeFloyd)


And no, it doesn't matter if I am Hispanic, if I am Jewish, Catholic, Grey, Gay, Straight, whatever, the fact is, if you are white in America, you have a certain level of privilege that is not always afforded to the black community. That is reality...still...in 2020.


So, who was George Floyd and how has his death taken the black community to the tipping point and wreaked havoc in so many communities around the Country? And why does it matter? There is so much to discuss here.  Well, let me start by saying that George Floyd was a 46-year old man, who was arrested on May 25, 2020 in Minneapolis, for allegedly trying to pass a counterfeit $20 bill at a store (either knowingly or not) during a time where he lost his job due to Covid-19. Floyd was brutally murdered by the Minneapolis police officer, who had him pinned down with his knee on Floyd's neck, while other officers looked on doing nothing. The officer callously kept the pressure on Floyd's neck, while he casually kept his hand in his pocket, as he stared into the camera of numerous cell phones. A crowd gathered as they recorded on their mobile devices what was happening and were yelling to please let Floyd stand up. The cries of "I can't breathe" were heard once again, reminiscent of Eric Garner, another incident where we watched an unarmed black person die at the hands of relentless police officers, like countless others.

This article is not being written to bash police officers in anyway. There are many good cops, who put their lives on the line every single day to keep our communities safe. However, there are a few who use their badge as a weapon to unleash their racist mentality on a community they resent.  It is this anger and resentment that I will try to breakdown.

Who was George Floyd? He was a black man, known to his friends and family by the nickname of  "gentle giant."  He was 6 feet, 6 inches, and in high school he was a star tight end for Jack Yates High School and played in the 1992 state championship game in the Houston Astrodome. He may or may not have been guilty of the crime he was accused of (forgery/passing a fraudulent bill.) He was also in trouble with the law years ago, not that it matters in this case. Floyd was working for the last five years as security for a local restaurant (which coincidentally, or not,) is where the officer who killed him worked as well, moonlighting as a security officer at the outside of the club, while Floyd worked inside.  It is yet unknown if the two knew each other personally.  Regardless of his past, or whether he was guilty or not. There is NO justification for the slow and brutal murder of Floyd on the streets of his own neighborhood.  That police officer kept his knee on Floyd's neck even after he was told that there was no longer a pulse on Floyd.  There are also videos surfacing showing how no EMT actually arrived on the scene.  They were cops with bullet proof vest on, who placed Floyd directly into an ambulance without attempting any resuscitation on the spot.  When George Floyd was taken away, his body was already limp and had no pulse.

Inexcusable.

Later, the authorities declared that Floyd had died at the hospital like almost half an hour after the knee incident and the autopsy (days later) claimed that he had previous medical conditions, which could have contributed to his death.  Absolutely absurd!

And now, we are being distracted by the rioting and looting going on in Minneapolis and other pockets of our Country right now. What started out as protest for George Floyd's death, quickly evolved into rioting. Rioting is obviously not the answer and there are many innocent people getting caught in the crossfire. There are always people who just loot and instigate problems and not focusing on what the real protest should be about...CHANGE.  However, with that said, we have to acknowledge that there is an anger that has been bubbling for way too long and it has just literally exploded. 


When they tried to protest quietly and kneel at NFL games, they were criticized. When they wore t-shirts, that said "I can't breathe," they were ignored; when they gave speeches at award ceremonies talking about the inequalities they face, it once again, fell upon deaf ears. And now here we are!  The black community's cry for help and empathy are not being heard. In fact, it feels as if they are completely being ignored...intentionally. The truth is the black community has had enough and rightly so. 


In my opinion, this Country has never truly been and example of “shining.” We are a hypocritical nation living under the pretense of “greatness” and equality. While, granted, this is the land of the "free" and the land of opportunity, it is also a country that was founded on pillaging native American Indians and later enslaving African-Americans, as if they were property. And years and years of unwarranted wars, where we went in under the pretense as being the “saviors” of the world.  There is no getting back to "normal" or great" because it never was.  It is way passed time to reflect if we want to maintain a free and peaceful nation.  



The fact remains that GEORGE FLOYD was brutally murdered at the hands of angry, racist police officers, who chose to stand by and watch, while their fellow officer slowly pressed the life out of Floyd. Pure evil. The police officer who literally killed Floyd with his knee had been written up more than a dozen times before during his career and there were never any consequences for him.  He was recently arrested as a result of public outcry and relentless protesting. The other officers have yet to be charged, as of the time this article was written.


We must stand up for what is right.  We have to speak up for those who can longer speak and fight for justice! George Floyd should be alive today! His death has sparked something in this Country that has not been seen in many, many years.  Floyd's untimely death was a catalyst for change.

I often wonder though, how in the world we can we stop racism when there is such division in our own Country at every level.  Recently, the President of the United States, Donald Trump, promoted a video on Twitter that opens with "Cowboys for Trump" founder, Couy Griffin, declaring that “the only good Democrat is a dead Democrat.” Griffin made these comments at a New Mexico church while rallying a crowd to protest stay at home guidelines and amid the Corona virus and the POTUS promoted it via his Twitter. Then days later, as a result of the rioting, President Trump, once again, took to Twitter to condemn Minneapolis demonstrators as “THUGS,” threaten military intervention and predict local looting could lead to “shooting,” prompting the social-media company to take the unprecedented step of limiting the public’s ability to view and share his tweet. He stated, "Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts

Imagine that, the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES promoting this kind of rhetoric.  How in the world are we suppose to find any real guidance, when the "leader" of this Country is constantly bashing, ridiculing or firing anyone who disagrees with him or who is different than him. His language is conducive to instigating more violence!  

There are also videos surfacing of white agitators at riot locations, police officers shooting rubber bullets at journalists and peaceful protestors and an NYPD officer pushing a woman with full force onto the ground, when she was simply standing and verbally protesting (not armed.) {Note: she ended up in the hospital} and also a CNN reporter, who happens to be black, was arrested (detained) on live TV.  It is all too surreal and seems very Orwellian at the same time.

What I do know is that Peace and Chaos cannot co-exist.
Honestly, I think it is going to fall on us - We the People!  We have to become social justice warriors and speak up and take action when we are witness to such hatred and racism. I also believe it is very important that the local leaders of this Nation have to step up and stop the craziness going on within their own cities.  If things continue on this course, where looting and vandalism, prevail, the mission of protesting and fighting for justice and equality will be lost.


We also have to take our power and teach our children and grandchildren that racism is wrong at every and any level!  We must empower the youth of today to stand up and speak out peacefully and productively for change, as they will be the leaders of tomorrow.

This is our time to make things right...to teach our children to be kind, loving, empathetic, compassionate and tolerant of all human beings. 


"We have to be held accountable for what is happening in this country. What happened to George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery - and countless others - can not go without justice. Please talk to your children about racism, privilege, bigotry and hate. If you aren’t talking to them, someone else is." 
- Reese Witherspoon



There will always be differences, that is what makes us each special, but not to the point where it should cost someone their life.
Silence is complicity and education is key! We MUST speak out and end racism!

If you want to make a difference and don't know what to do or say, you can always use your economic resources to help by taking action here!

https://www.naacp.org/campaigns/we-are-done-dying/
 





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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

5 TIPS ON HOW TO TAKE AMAZING PHOTOS WITH YOUR SMARTPHONE


TIP 1: Hold your phone properly to avoid movement

The way you hold your phone plays an important role in how sharp your
photos turn out. In order to get in-focus photos, you need to ensure you're holding your phone as steady as possible. If you move or shake while taking a photo you're likely going to end up with blurry photos.  The image below shows you my recommended ways of holding your phone in your hands for the most stable results.

TIP 2: Keep things simple
Whether you're taking a photo of a person or product, you want to keep your background as simple as possible to focus on the subject.  Remove any clutter or distractions from your background as well as pay attention to what your subjects are wearing. Simple, neutral clothes looks great and doesn't distract from your subjects.

TIP 3: Lock your focus and exposure to get sharp photos
The AE/AF Lock feature is so important for achieving amazing photos with the correct focus and exposure (lighting). Simply tap the screen to choose the part of the image you want to focus on and expose. Then tap and hold on your focal point until you see an AE/AF Lock banner appear at the top of the screen. Your focus and exposure is now locked and your ready to take photos in that setting without your iPhone reverting back to auto.

TIP 4: Take photos from your subject's level

Most people take photos from chest height. This is usually the most convenient way of taking a picture because it’s the most convenient for us. But there are usually more creative options for taking great photos including getting down to your subject's level.  This simple tip will instantly improve the photos of your children.  This may mean bending down, or even laying on the floor.





TIP 5: Editing with Apps
Editing a photo gives it that extra wow factor. The challenge of course, is that unless you’re a photographer, then you’re unlikely to know your way around Photoshop or Lightroom. But there are lots of apps out there that are pretty easy to get used to. My favorite two are Snapseed and VSCO - with simple techniques, you can go from the before and after.

For more tips tailored towards child and family portraits click here
https://anchorstudio.ca/2020/04/16/10-iphone-photography-tips-to-take-amazing-photoss/



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Photography located in Toronto specializing in family portraits.
She is a wife and mother to three little munchkins, who are the
passion behind her photography. When she is not capturing unforgettable moments of kids and families you can find her on a beach or traveling and exploring new places. She also runs online
photography courses to teach moms how to use their iPhone to take
amazing photos of their families.




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Monday, May 4, 2020

HOW TO GET STARTED AS A SOCIAL MEDIA COPYWRITER


GUEST BLOG POST


by: Mike Christie



Do you love posting on Facebook?


After you put the kids to bed, and you have a quiet moment to yourself…do you hop on your laptop and start writing?


Maybe it’s a funny story about something that happened during the day or a rant about some article you read…or your best chocolate chip cookie recipe. 


It’s what you love to do.


You just start writing and get totally lost in the moment because it’s stimulating and fun...and time passes without you even being aware. 


If this has ever happened to you…then you might be a very successful social media copywriter. 


I’m being totally serious here.


There are over 32.5 million businesses in the United States.


And regardless of what they do, they have one thing in common… 


The need for social media content… and lots of it. That’s because every business in America uses social media to promote their brand, engage their audience, and sell lots of stuff. 


The internet needs you.


There’s far more demand for social media content than there are good copywriters for social media. And that’s where the opportunities exist for anyone who wants to get involved… 


Here are some of the benefits of being a social media copywriter…


  • You can make good money… the average hourly wage for a social media copywriter is about $30


  • You can work from anywhere there’s an internet connection… home, coffee shop, soccer field (with your hotspot), airport, etc.


  • You can work when you want… work while the kids are napping or in school. Make the job fit your schedule, not the other way around.


  • You can work as much or as little as you want… if you have some big expenses coming up, then crank up the work. If you want some time to chill, then cut back. It’s all up to you.


What makes writing for social media unique is the lack of copy writing standards that must be adhered to. The very nature of a social media posts is that they’re informal, casual, and free flowing.


You already know how to do this.


If you’re already posting on your social media accounts… then you know how to do it. Just check your spelling and grammar and you can start writing posts for money.


All you need now is to get hired to do it for other people. 


…and it’s not as hard as you think.


Your future clients are all around you. 


They’re the businesses you frequent every day. The businesses you’ve spent thousands of dollars with over the years…


And they’ll be happy to help you get started.


All it takes now is a little strategy and desire to succeed.


To help you get started, I created a free guide that will walk you through how to get started step-by-step. I’ve even included templates you can use to send emails, write letters, and make calls… along with 65 social media post ideas.


Click here to download it. 


I’ve been a freelancer copywriter for 8 years… and what I Iove most about it is the freedom it gives me to work when I want for as long as I want.


I am my own boss… and that’s a pretty cool feeling.


As a mom… being a freelance social media copywriter will allow you to do what you love, while making a good living. 


I know many social media copywriters who make over 6 figures a year working less than 20 hours a week. How many jobs do that… and let you decide when and where you work?


Not many…


That’s what makes it may be perfect for you.




About Mike Christie (guest blogger)


Mike has been a successful freelance copywriter specializing in email marketing for the past 8 years. He’s a top-rated talent on the freelancer platform Upwork.

His passion for freelancing comes from the freedom provides him… to live and work as he chooses… and provide for his family in Bozeman Montana.

You can find him at mikechristiemarketing.com.





Monday, April 27, 2020

HOW TO STAY PROTECTED WITH YOUR SMART CAR

Security Risks of Your Smart Car and How to Stay Protected

Think about a car that is constantly thinking – collecting data to better its operations and cater to your specific needs like it was built for you. A car that you can control from your smartphone and access anywhere in the world. A car that can send alerts to your next of kin in the case of any emergency.

 

While we are considering those, though, we tend to leave out the fact that this new wave of cars also threatens our security and privacy in new ways.

Where Smart Cars Falter
For all the good that they bring to the table, these cars have to be connected to the internet to work right. If there is anything you have known about the internet, it is how largely unencrypted and unsafe it can be. That is not lost on the smart car systems too.

Hacking of the infotainment system
One of the most common hacks that have been performed on smart car systems comes in the way of their infotainment system. Who would have thought something as unassuming as that – supposed to provide you a good time – might be the one to come back to bite you in the back?
To make the infotainment system work, most smart car manufactures have a protocol in place that connects the system to the smartphone of choice in the car. This is usually the same kind of protocol used to share desktops remotely – and a host of vulnerabilities in that system has been proven to be deadly.
For one, the hacker could take complete control of the car’s infotainment system to broadcast any kind of message they want. They could even leverage this system to harass the car owner by intermittently jacking their car’s players to blast full music, changing the music, and more. 
Trust us when we say you don’t want to be in a situation where a seemingly unseen hand is messing with your controls.
When talking about hacks of this nature, the simplest thing that could happen is losing access to your infotainment system. The consequences could be as grave as losing access to the car itself.
It is said that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. The same is true here, so the hacker can get into other parts of the system by just gaining access to the weakest part of the system. 
A Blackhat conference in Las Vegas showed how the heater of a Cherokee Jeep was turned on full blast by a hacker, all done remotely. The worst part about this hack was that they were even able to gain access to the transmission to cut it off.
If that can be done, best believe you are at risk of losing any part of your car within the smart ecosystem to a hacker. Yes, that includes your braking and acceleration, sensors and more.
The infotainment system is not the only entry point, though.

Third-party apps
Third-party apps that are bundled with the car might not be as safe and secure as they should be. This will leave room for exploitation and hacks by those who know what to look out for.
A more common hack is that of the smart alarm systems. These can be manipulated to not only disable the alarm system of the car but also unlock the vehicle without hassles too. In this case, the battle is not against losing control of the vehicle’s systems but the entire unit.
That said, threats do not even have to be external.

Car companies obtaining your data 
Companies these days are highly data-hungry, and they will do anything to lay hands on the huge amount of data that your smart ride is giving off. Rated at about 25GB of data every hour or more, that is surely a sweet spot to let anyone in on at all. 
What you might not know is that you have directly or indirectly signed over your data to these car companies when they were completing the sale of your car. Some others would not even need your express permission to collect certain data.
The issue here is not only that the data is being collected, but what kind of data is being collected? By extension, what is the data used for? Who gets to see it, and how is it stored? Most importantly, what happens to your data in the case of a breach?

Staying Protected
Like we said in the opening part of this piece, smart cars are here to stay now. While you should enjoy what they have to offer you, you should also put in measures to ensure your safety and privacy.
Some of the recommended tips here are:
  • Choosing strong passwords – when creating accounts on your car’s interfaces, use a strong password. Online password generating tools will help you get something that’s near impossible to crack
  • Update your firmware – smart car manufacturers will send out firmware updates to the software running the car. Make sure you update the software regularly to get rid of security issues
  • Update your apps – the apps on the smart car’s interface are also potential entry points. Keep them updated regularly
  • Encrypt your connection – an unencrypted connection makes it easy for hackers to gain access and even install the malware in your car. You can simply use a secure VPN, layer your internet connection over it and be sure of an encrypted network.
  • Turn off Bluetooth – especially when not in use. You will be surprised to know that Bluetooth functionality has been used to hack many cars too. 
  • Secure your devices – sometimes, the fault is not with your sweet, smart ride. If your devices are infected with a piece of malware and you connect them to the car, you run the risk of transmission. Secure your devices and be sure they are safe for connection.
Or, you could just go the old-fashioned way and pick traditional cars without all the new fancy additions. That works too.

Friday, April 17, 2020

MICKEY'S MAGICAL CALL FOR YOUR KIDS

If You are Human, you know what it's like to be living in quarantine. Just about every human being in the whole world is in quarantine right now, or should be.   It is surreal to even write that out - the thought that globally, we are ALL living very similar situations, no matter where you live and it is not an easy one, especially if you have young children.

Thankfully, if you are resourceful, you have found ways that are fun and creative to keep yourselves busy and entertained, as well as your children. 

I came across this information, which I thought was an adorable way to bring a little joy to young kids, even if it's only for a few minutes. Having grown up in Florida, Walt Disney World (Disney) was and is a big part of Florida living.  

Although it is not a new idea for Disney, they are bringing back the Disney Bedtime Hotline for the 3rd year in a row.

From now until April 30, 2020, Disney is offering a special goodnight message from five Disney characters: Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck or Goofy.

You can call:  1-877-7-MICKEY and have your kids listen to a special message from one of these traditional Disney characters.  It is sure to be a special treat for them and bring about much needed joy!




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Sunday, April 12, 2020

DID I ACTUALLY HAVE THE CORONAVIRUS?

After looking back and hearing all about the symptoms, it makes me wonder if I had Covid-19 or some mild version of it? I guess I will never really know, but what I do know, is that I felt the worst I have ever felt in my entire life.  Not even after brain surgery or kidney surgery did I feel this bad. 

Ever since I had my surgeries, I developed auto-immune disease and seem to be more susceptible to getting a cold, which I have had almost every year. However, this was different! It happened to me before there was any public conversation of Corona virus, tests or talk of quarantine.

It was in January 2020 and I had recently been visiting my Abuela (grandmother,) who was in the hospital. I was visiting her every day, until on the 4th day of her stay, I could not show up to visit her anymore, as I suddenly began to feel terrible.

I remember that I started to feel symptoms rather suddenly. I felt achy and felt weird, like I was definitely coming down with something. I had to call my Abuela and let her know I could not make it and I felt so bad because she was alone.  I tried to downplay what I was feeling, as to not worry her too much but she had her own issues to deal with at the time. 
I was home alone for the long weekend, (well, except for my teenage daughter, but if you have a teenager, you know they are barely ever around.) I was actually kinda psyched because I was going to have quiet/alone time for five days, but boy, did I get more than I bargained for! Sometimes, you really have to be careful what you wish for!
I do remember it started on a Thursday because my son and husband had gone out of town for a hockey tournament, as it was MLK weekend.

I recall having a headache, which I thought was odd since I hadn't had one in a long time, since I was taking CBD almost daily. By Friday, I already felt like I needed to be in bed.  I had a weak stomach too. I wondered what I had eaten that gave me the "runs." I thought maybe it could have been the cafeteria food I ate all week at the hospital, visiting my grandmother. Then all of sudden I felt like I had a full blown cold, my nose was stuffy and I couldn't breathe right.  I am usually very prepared with all my homeopathic tools when I get a cold, so immediately I grabbed by Vick's Vapor Rub to rub it on my chest and inhale it, but I could not smell a thing, even when I literally had it up my nose. Nothing.

I was not hungry at all but I knew better and forced myself to have some saltine crackers, which of course did not sit well because of my weak stomach.  I also knew I had to take care of myself because I certainly couldn't ask anyone to come over to help me, nor was I about to call my husband and have him cut my son's hockey tournament trip short. It was the end of the season and they were working towards the State Championship, but I digress. 
Anyway, I also made myself drink plenty of water and intermittently sipped on Gatorade. I have to say I felt persistent pain and aches all over my body, which made me want to just be in bed.

My daughter, who had been in and out of the house Thursday and Friday, stopping in to check on me, realized, I wasn't just resting.  I could tell she was concerned.  So much so, she actually called her father, and reported to him that I did not feel well and I didn't look well either. I remember telling her to stay away from me, so she would not get my germs.  However, as the weekend went on and I felt worse, her dad gave her instructions to come in sporadically and check on me and feel my head for temperature. (Note: I never, ever get a fever.)
However, by that Saturday, that statement was no longer true. I had been sleeping with a hoodie on and the covers up to my neck bathed in Vick's.  I was cold, very cold but then I started to feel flushed and really, really hot.  I managed to get up and make it to the bathroom closet to look for a thermometer but unfortunately, it was broken. (It just goes to show how often we must have used it!) But I just knew I had a fever. I could feel it. I will never be able to say exactly how high it went, but based on experience of many years passed, I would venture to say it was probably like 101 or 102, not exactly very high, but for me it was a very BIG deal because I hadn't had a fever in many years. I just figured my throat would start hurting soon or maybe my ear but those pains never happened. It was just a fever. As I looked at myself in the mirror, I could see my cheeks were flushed. I felt a weakness that I had no explanation for.  

What I recall is sleeping a lot and feeling sheer and utter exhaustion, like I could not get up. There were moments though, where I forced myself to and dragged myself out to actually walk our golden doodle (dog.) Actually, I kind of didn't have a choice because there were times when my daughter was not home. I dressed like an Eskimo when I went outside, as it was a little chilly outside (chilly by South Florida standards) but I had developed such a horrible cough, that I zipped up my hoodie like I was going out in the snow. I was so afraid of getting bronchitis or something because I sounded so bad when I coughed.

By Saturday late afternoon, my headache was gone but my cough was worse. I was also taking cough medicines and Mucinex, thinking it was a severe cold or maybe even the flu, and needed an expectorant, but nothing was helping.  Thankfully, I never took Advil (even before I heard the rumors that it is no good for Covd-19.)  I didn't take it because I only have one kidney and I am not really suppose to take any NSAIDS (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) for pain. 
What really made me nervous was when I felt something weird in my breathing, like my chest was tightening. I didn't hesitate and went to get my son's nebulizer from the bathroom closet. (I visited that closet often that weekend!) Thankfully, there was a full un-opened package of Albuterol vials.  I don't know if it was the right thing to do or not but it helped me breathe! The most annoying symptom was that - the constant coughing without it being a productive cough. 

I would say that my worst days were Friday night through Sunday late afternoon. I felt like I could barely move and I was in a constant state of sleepiness. When I was awake, it was incessant coughing and choking feeling. Also, during the moments I was awake, I texted my aunt and my dad to let them know what I was going through (just in case!) 
I remember by Sunday afternoon, my daughter coming into my room again and telling me that I should go see a doctor.  I agreed and told her as soon as I could get the energy to get up and dressed I would.  I thought to myself that I would try to drive to the local urgent care by the next day.  
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

As Monday rolled around, I felt like I had "turned the corner" somewhat. I still had a bad cough but I didn't really have that feeling where I couldn't breathe. I was also feeling up to taking selfies with Snapchat filters and sending them to my family! LOL!

My cough lasted for weeks and I guess I will never really know if I had the flu or a mild case of Coronavirus.  What I do know, is that as I stated at the beginning of this article, I have never felt that bad over a cold or flu!  

I am well aware that Covid-19 is a serious virus and people are dying from this. My story is in no way diminishing the real and serious symptoms that people are going through and sadly, dying of. It is simply my experience of what I felt before the quarantine craziness started.

Now that we know more and unfortunately have seen on the news how this virus is spreading, it would be wise to heed the warnings and just stay home!!
If you or someone you know suspects they have Covid-19, go on this website to check for symptoms and/or contact your healthcare practitioner.

Remember that you can protect yourself and help prevent spreading the virus to others if you:

  • Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a disposable tissue or flexed elbow when you cough or sneeze
  • Avoid close contact (1 meter or 3 feet) with people who are unwell
  • Stay home and self-isolate from others in the household if you feel unwell

And remember: Do NOT touch your eyes, nose, or mouth if your hands are not clean.



(UPDATE:  I just want to re-iterate that I cannot confirm if I actually had Covid-19.  This is only an account of my experience and what I went through early in the year with similar symptoms to the Corona virus.  This article in no way is meant to lessen the seriousness of this deadly virus.  My heart goes out to all the families who have lost loved ones to this.  PLEASE, PLEASE listen to the scientists and doctors and do your best to boost your own immune system to make yourself strong enough to withstand it, should you be plagued by the virus.  Be well!  Lissette





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