Daily Inspiration 4/26/17

angels

Today’s Daily Inspiration is a little different from most, today I wanted something to honor both of my moms in heaven which are now my guardian angels.

“Angels Among Us”

I was walking home from school, on a cold winter day

Took a shortcut through the woods, and I lost my way

It was getting late, and I was scared and alone

But then a kind old man, took my hand, and led me home

Mama couldn’t see him, oh but he was standing there

And I knew in my heart, he was the answer to my prayers

Oh I believe there are, angels among us

Sent down to us, from somewhere up above

They come to you and me, in our darkest hours

To show us how to live, to teach us how to give

To guide us with the light of love

When life held troubled times, and had me down on my knees

There’s always been someone, to come along, and comfort me

A kind word from a stranger, to lend a helping hand

A phone call from a friend, just to say, I understand

But ain’t it kind of funny, at the dark end of the road

That someone lights the way, with just a single ray of hope

Oh I believe there are, angels among us

Sent down to us, from somewhere up above

They come to you and me, in our darkest hours

To show us how to live, to teach us how to give

To guide us with the light of love

They wear so many faces, show up in the strangest places

To grace us with their mercy, in our time of need

Oh I believe there are, angels among us

Sent down to us, from somewhere up above

They come to you and me, in our darkest hours

To show us how to live, to teach us how to give

To guide us with the light of love

To guide us with a light of love

Curiosity of Alabama

One day I will give all the information on my mothers rare disease but for now I want to focus on my other mother (my mother in law) below is a few pictures and information, please find it in your heart to share, we need all the help we can get!

Xoxo,

Susan

jays memorial flyer use

Jay Hunt

(Nee Betty Lutz)

Passed away suddenly on April 11, 2017 from Hyponatremia.

Jay was a devoted wife, loving mother, amazing grandmother a wonderful sister and a daughter to be proud of! She left behind a mother, 7 siblings, a husband, 2 children and 5 grand-kids.

She is extremely missed every day but is in our hearts and thoughts!

What is Hyponatremia?

Hyponatremia is a condition that occurs when the level of sodium in your blood is abnormally low. Sodium is an electrolyte, and it helps regulate the amount of water that’s in and around your cells.

In hyponatremia, one or more factors — ranging from an underlying medical condition to drinking too much water during endurance sports — causes the sodium in your body to become diluted. When this happens, your body’s water levels rise, and your cells begin to swell. This swelling can cause many health problems, from mild to life-threatening.

Hyponatremia treatment is aimed at resolving the underlying condition. Depending on the cause of hyponatremia, you may simply need to cut back on how much you drink. In other cases of hyponatremia, you may need intravenous fluids and medications.

Symptoms:

Hyponatremia signs and symptoms may include:

Nausea and vomiting

Headache

Confusion

Loss of energy and fatigue

Restlessness and irritability

Muscle weakness, spasms or cramps

Seizures

Coma

Causes:

Sodium plays a key role in your body. It helps maintain normal blood pressure, supports the work of your nerves and muscles, and regulates your body’s fluid balance.

A normal sodium level is between 135 and 145 milliequivalents per liter (mEq/L) of sodium. Hyponatremia occurs when the sodium in your blood falls below 135 mEq/L.

Many possible conditions and lifestyle factors can lead to hyponatremia, including:

Certain medications. Some medications, such as some water pills (diuretics), antidepressants and pain medications, can cause you to urinate or perspire more than normal.

Heart, kidney and liver problems. Congestive heart failure and certain diseases affecting the kidneys or liver can cause fluids to accumulate in your body, which dilutes the sodium in your body, lowering the overall level.

Syndrome of inappropriate anti-diuretic hormone (SIADH). In this condition, high levels of the anti-diuretic hormone (ADH) are produced, causing your body to retain water instead of excreting it normally in your urine.

Chronic, severe vomiting or diarrhea. This causes your body to lose fluids and electrolytes, such as sodium.

Drinking too much water. Because you lose sodium through sweat, drinking too much water during endurance activities, such as marathons and triathlons, can dilute the sodium content of your blood. Drinking too much water at other times can also cause low sodium.

Dehydration. Taking in too little fluid can also be a problem. If you get dehydrated, your body loses fluids and electrolytes.

Hormonal changes. Adrenal gland insufficiency (Addison’s disease) affects your adrenal glands’ ability to produce hormones that help maintain your body’s balance of sodium, potassium and water. Low levels of thyroid hormone also can cause a low blood-sodium level.

The recreational drug Ecstasy. This amphetamine increases the risk of severe and even fatal cases of hyponatre.

Risk Factors:

The following factors may increase your risk of hyponatremia:

Age. Older adults may have more contributing factors for hyponatremia, including age-related changes, taking certain medications and a greater likelihood of developing a chronic disease that alters the body’s sodium balance.

Certain drugs. Medications that increase your risk of hyponatremia include thiazide diuretics as well as some antidepressants and pain medications. In addition, the recreational drug Ecstasy has been linked to fatal cases of hyponatremia.

Conditions that decrease your body’s water excretion. Medical conditions that may increase your risk of hyponatremia include kidney disease, syndrome of inappropriate anti-diuretic hormone (SIADH) and heart failure, among others.

Intensive physical activities. People who drink too much water while taking part in marathons, ultra-marathons, triathlons and other long-distance, high-intensity activities are at an increased risk of hyponatremia.

Complications:

In chronic hyponatremia, sodium levels drop gradually over 48 hours or longer — and symptoms and complications are typically more moderate.

In acute hyponatremia, sodium levels drop rapidly — resulting in potentially dangerous effects, such as rapid brain swelling, which can result in coma and death.

Premenopausal women appear to be at the greatest risk of hyponatremia-related brain damage. This may be related to the effect of women’s sex hormones on the body’s ability to balance sodium levels.

All information came from the Mayo Clinic.

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