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The Man I Married


My man; Robert A Challis, is a man of honor. If he gives you his word that he will do something; pay a debt to you, give you something in barter, or just generosity, you can take it to the bank. He will go without if necessary to fulfill his promise to you. He has sacrificed our income through social security to see that he honors his commitment to the contractors again as his honor dictates; even though most contractors do not honor their word to him. He is a man of courage and valor. He realizes that life can be tricky but rises to the challenges thrown his way.

He puts his family first but only in God’s presence as he is a man of faith. He recognizes that we are finite in our time of living and tries to leave his contribution to his family one of morals, decency, and kindness. He loves his family– from his brothers, and sister, to his wife, children, and grandchildren- they are all of importance to him.

He is a man of principle. He will not lie to you, nor does he accept a liar’s presence in his home. He does not fight unless his home or family are threatened; then he uses the justice system and/or other means necessary. He believes in and supports our USA Constitution and the Bill of Rights. He respects our First Responders including police, military, and fire officers.

I am proud of my man, Robert A Challis, and the legacy that he will leave behind, instilled in our children and grandchildren, the goodness of living, the joy of serving our Lord, and the love of having worthy people in his life. I cherish the man I married, going on 45 years on August 19th, 2022.

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1000 Strong and Growing


On July 31st, 2017 developed my blog, https://katchallis.com

In October 2018, I had made it to my first goal- 100 people made visits to my blog site. Now, April 10th, 2020, A 1000+ haved viewed my blog site and some kindly left messages; thank you.

I write to inform, I write to Inspire, and I write to belong to something better than myself. I hope you enjoy what I have to say and then share me with your friends.

Kat

A few thoughts about Christmas


The holidays are again among us. Every month from September to January there are events to celebrate or bring revelry to us. December was quick on the heels of Thanksgiving, an American holiday to give thanks to our brave forefathers and foremothers. Now, we thank God for the Messiah being born in the city of Bethlehem at approximately 2,022 A.D. years according to our current calendar.

It must have been difficult knowing that the Messiah was wrapped up in such a small bundle of joy. Imagine now, we parents often wonder what our child will grow up to be someday. Will they have our image, or Aunt Mary’s big nose or grandma’s big belly, or be as thin as a rail like Uncle Charles, who can eat anything he wants and not gain a significant amount of extra fat? We wonder if they will be Christians, or on a road to Hell despite the godly upbringing they had? We wonder if they will believe in God at all. We wonder about their personality. Will they be strong-willed, and forthright in their speech or weak-willed and easily manipulated unto others will? Are they shy, outgoing, or somewhere in between? We wonder if they are book-smart, street-smart, or both. We wonder about so many things, how our influence has contributed to the success or failures of our child, and does it really matter in the long end of life?

Somehow, knowing that your child is of God himself in flesh and bone, containing the heart; mind, spirit, and soul of God can be hard to fathom unless you have been touched by God. Your heart is prepared to be a parent, to embrace all the responsibilities of teaching your child the morals, values, and way they should go in life, yet let them teach you these things because they are directly from God himself.

Isn’t it interesting that Jesus was 30 years old before he took to the path of gathering people to him, teaching the masses the way of God in himself? I have read that psychologists, and physicians of today state that we are not fully grown until we are around our early 30s. Children have a great jump of awaking when they are in their just teens around 12-19 years when they gather there are responsibilities and expectations upon themselves, they have a new knowledge that is no longer child-like thinking. Children have passed the time of being “grown-up” foolishness that teenagers possess or being swayed by someone else opinion that the 20s bring about. Indeed a person who is in their early 30 years is more settled in their mind, and belief system, figuring out for themselves what are the truths, and what are fictions for their own self-identity? Other decades bring about more maturity, and stages of development.

As we go into this acknowledged celebration where people take a day off to recognize a small baby of special significance has entered our world that will conquer the sting of death through all sin that we possess. Jesus prepared the way for us through the truth that God gave to him and through his own death on the cross at a hill name Calvary. A death though complete in itself could not keep him in a grave. In his resurrection from the grave and ascension into heaven, the proof was given that is of God. In, that we celebrate God with trees to represent the cross, lights to represent the star leading the shepherds and wise kings to Jesus, and gifts to each other to represent those of the king’s gifts to King Jesus. Jesus left his testimonies in the bible so that all humankind could know about his walk on earth and how to join him after their appointed time alive is over, for he will be back to gather all of us together unto himself forever. Surely, he will come soon. 

Merry Christmas!

What is self identity?


A friend reminded me last night that everyone has issues. It got me thinking “yes some issues are hidden in one’s heart and others are viable to the world.” We often think about the ones people can not see that come out with anxiety, depression, or some other emotional response for no apparent reason. Prayers always help us overcome our basic instincts as it derails the stinking thinking process.

Some people say we are toxic to our own selves. Perhaps or perhaps not it depends if we have an addiction to low self-esteem, chemical dependency, or some other destructive force that keeps us from thinking that our value to ourselves and society is diminished especially when compared to others. I recommend that we do not compare ourselves to someone else because the other person has not experienced and processed the same things we have; they can be similar events but not how we process them.

Thanksgiving 2022


I have a lot to be thankful for this year.

Our collective health issues have remained the same in some of us and improved in others of my family members. That is good. We have met financial challenges head-on and have conquered them fearlessly. We remain steadfast in our faith and love of God and his son and their holy spirit. We plan events that we want to accomplish for the tomorrow and relish the present that the love of our children and grandchildren bring to mind and heart. Other family and friends we hold with love and great affection as they too help complete us as social human beings.

We are lucky, some people do not have many to love or even like and some do not experience the opportunity that risking ones heart to be torn asunder in their great love of others presents. But as the poet says, “I would rather lived and loss rather than lived with out love.” (paraphrased).

As you look back over your year since the last Thanksgiving. Ask yourself what is it that you can really appreciate about your life? What is the definition of self-worth to you? Who is it that you love and know they love you back? In the bottom line what really matters to you foremost than any other person or thing? What would you say is your self- identity if someone were to ask you? I know mine would be that I love God and my family and care about others. That being of good character is essentially important to me.

In the end,  I wish  you a wonderful Thanksgiving while surrounded  by  happy family and  friends. May your  Thanksgiving  2022 make loving memories  for you.

Kat

A Milestone- A New Ending In Love


It’s been four years and four months since I founded Loving Embrace Ministeries and served through Eagles View Church in North, Forth Worth Texas. It was a prayerful decision on my part. The Pastor’s mother has agreed to take over the responsibilities of the ministry, although the name will travel with me. I think my going away letter explains it all.

To Pam the new CEO:

I  am pleased that you have agreed to be the CEO (Christ’s Eternal Operator) of this beneficial card ministry.  I have compiled an assortment of prayers and information sheets to help you and Betty with the card-making and oversight of the management tasks.  You have a jewel with  Betty. She has the right heart and a talent for hand-crafted cards. The bottom line of the ministry is God, and wholesome prayers (prayer warriors), that renews the mind, and heart. You are reaching out to people who are most likely at a  low of all lows in their life, or as Pastor Bart & Pastor Randy would say “they are in a “Valley of life””. Our cards let people know that someone else; a stranger perhaps, is reaching out to them with kindness through God’s love.

  • we are telling them that there is hope for them and the world through encouragement;  offering them peace of mind (God’s word).
  • We are telling the lonely that someone is thinking about them and letting them know that God has seen their loneliness and offering them a  place (church) to go to assuage their feelings.
  •  We are telling the people who are grieving deeply that we understand the broken heartiness of a loved one and we have people (Hope Ministry)  who will listen to them and help them through their great loss.  
  •  We are offering encouragement and understanding of how rough life can be when their finances are low, perhaps food shortages, employment concerns, or just these events when any of these have caused their spirit to become so low that they are to a point of giving up on life. (counseling services).

God placed this card ministry on my heart on July 28, 2018, it has evolved as services were added or became available through community outreach programs. People need people who are nonjudgmental because we may be the only ones who will listen and believe their version of their truth in a  simple little note inside a card reaching out to them in love. With all my heart, I wish you well, and that this ministry will continue to be a vibrant part of Eaglesview Church and perchance those of the planted churches.  Love through Christ, Formerly, Loving  Embrace Ministry. Kat  Challis, 11/11/2022

The bounty of God’s love on Thanksgiving


The bounty of God’s love on Thanksgiving.

As I write, I am reminded of God’s love. The people who we now remember as Pilgrims were desperate and called upon God’s grace for the long voyage to a new land. They had sold all that they could and chose to take passage on a ship with very little with them, some I am sure with just luggage of clothing and perhaps a sentiment or two; a picture or jewelry.

We Americans give thanks to those brave and hearty enough to withstand the changes of our great nation known as Thanksgiving, whereas; the pilgrims and Indians together as a feast of prayerful recognition to our God and their great Spirit, the same God; for all that they had endured and a future to come.

Crossroads with God


Have you ever been so uncertain in your spiritual life that you just say to yourself “I don’t know who I am or what I am supposed to do with my life?” Are you at a crossroads?

I grew up in a Baptist church home life. We lived by rules meant to shape us and scare us into heaven. We were all baptized by the time we were twelve; the time of accountability for our sins. As a child of 15 years and a child of 17 years, my soulmate and I stood before God in a desert and proclaimed our love before God and promised to love and cherish each other all the days of our lives. My husband, whom I knew for less than a year in reality and in chronological time one year married before God on August 19, 1977, then legally with our parents as witnesses on Feb. 28, 1978.

Much later, as an adult of 26 years, I enrolled at Bethany Nazarene College bought out by SNU. I wanted to be a preacher, but there was so much animosity with my family about me being a woman preacher. My father thought it was awful to even consider that a woman could preach or hold any leadership roles outside of the nursery. At first, my mom and (step) dad believed that my entering college to get a degree was for furthering my husband’s career.

I was torn. I really thought that God was calling me into his ministry. So I bargained with God. I said, “Lord I know I can’t be a preacher, so I’ll be a teacher instead.” I aced all of the teacher preparation courses, but didn’t do well in the Science area studies I thought my teaching tract was supposed to be on. My mind was shut to religion classes since I knew they wouldn’t be useful as a school teacher. One couldn’t teach or mention God in public schools, or so I was told and believed. I went to my Assembly of God as a participant dedicated to teaching Wednesday elementary students and sporadic Sunday Morning youth services.

The university was hard on me. I thought I had underlying issues with my father. I didn’t know that I had mental illnesses until part-way through. The Telling and betrayal by a friend, that I had mental illnesses. Attending Student Teaching was a living Hell than Heaven in my experience, one of each. I had difficulty finding jobs as a teacher although my teaching classes were straight A’s, I knew my area of study. I could on get a short-term substitute teacher position for twenty-five years working one semester-long assignment until the teacher came back from their illnesses. Occasionally, I was assigned classrooms at the high school level to teach all year, but I didn’t have the credentials to teach as a regular teacher. I was horrible at interviews. I lost any confidence in my ability to even be a teacher. I finally gave up and stopped trying.

I began keeping journals in the 80s and even wrote a 500 pages biography entitled
“The Secret Keeper” (now some other author is using that title). Currently, I have an unpublished manuscript waiting to be processed by any publisher., with the working title “Two Halves of A Soul.” and another entitled “The Poisoned Mind”. Five years ago, it hit me with a ton of bricks to start writing for others in the form of a blog- this one.

2018, I am at a crossroads once again. The option of going back and trying teaching or working for the church. At the prompting of God, I went to the church and told them a little about my spiritual journey. And out of the blue so to speak I said I wanted to build a card ministry and call it, “Loving Embrace Ministry,” ‘where a Card is a Hug from my heart.’ The church agreed and LEM was born and is still active four years later with the help of volunteers.

I went to UTPB and earned my Master of Art Professional Educator (MAPE) degree. You see, my crossroads are not necessarily a bad event. Obeying God in the little things can have big results. I am in the ministry of God. Not as a preacher nor a nursery teacher, but as a founder of a ministry to offer support, compassion, and encouraging love to those in need of illness support, sympathetic loss, or at a crossroads in their life. Loving Embrace Ministry just celebrated its 4th Anniversary on July 28, 2022.

Have you ever been so uncertain in your spiritual life that you just say to yourself “I don’t know who I am or what I am supposed to do with my life?” Are you at a crossroads? My blog is a product from my crossroad and now has almost 1,950 viewers without advertising. Take action when you reach your crossroads in life. Tell someone about it, you never know what may happ

If you like my stories, join my network, or share my feed with others. Thank You! Kat

Pheriphal Neuropathy


https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/peripheral-neuropathy/symptoms-causes/syc-20352061

Overview

Peripheral neuropathy, a result of damage to the nerves located outside of the brain and spinal cord (peripheral nerves), often causes weakness, numbness, and pain, usually in the hands and feet. It can also affect other areas and body functions including digestion, urination, and circulation.

Your peripheral nervous system sends information from your brain and spinal cord (central nervous system) to the rest of your body. The peripheral nerves also send sensory information to the central nervous system.

Peripheral neuropathy can result from traumatic injuries, infections, metabolic problems, inherited causes, and exposure to toxins. One of the most common causes is diabetes.

People with peripheral neuropathy generally describe the pain as stabbing, burning or tingling. In many cases, symptoms improve, especially if caused by a treatable condition. Medications can reduce the pain of peripheral neuropathy.

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Symptoms

Every nerve in your peripheral system has a specific function, so symptoms depend on the type of nerves affected. Nerves are classified into:

  • Sensory nerves that receive sensation, such as temperature, pain, vibration or touch, from the skin
  • Motor nerves that control muscle movement
  • Autonomic nerves that control functions such as blood pressure, perspiration, heart rate, digestion, and bladder function

Signs and symptoms of peripheral neuropathy might include:

  • Gradual onset of numbness, prickling or tingling in your feet or hands, which can spread upward into your legs and arms
  • Sharp, jabbing, throbbing or burning pain
  • Extreme sensitivity to touch
  • Pain during activities that shouldn’t cause pain, such as pain in your feet when putting weight on them or when they’re under a blanket
  • Lack of coordination and falling
  • Muscle weakness
  • Feeling as if you’re wearing gloves or socks when you’re not
  • Paralysis if motor nerves are affected

If autonomic nerves are affected, signs and symptoms might include:

  • Heat intolerance
  • Excessive sweating or not being able to sweat
  • Bowel, bladder, or digestive problems
  • Drops in blood pressure, causing dizziness or lightheadedness

Peripheral neuropathy can affect one nerve (mononeuropathy), two or more nerves in different areas (multiple mononeuropathy), or many nerves (polyneuropathy). Carpal tunnel syndrome is an example of mononeuropathy. Most people with peripheral neuropathy have polyneuropathy.

When to see a doctor

Seek medical care right away if you notice unusual tingling, weakness or pain in your hands or feet. Early diagnosis and treatment offer the best chance for controlling your symptoms and preventing further damage to your peripheral nerves.

10 Signs You May Be Suffering from Nerve Pain


By Dr. Bussell – March 21, 2017

https://lluh.org/services/neuropathic-therapy-center/blog/10-signs-you-may-be-suffering-nerve-pain

Where does it hurt?

Your arms, hands, legs or feet? Is your entire body suffering from a stabbing, throbbing or numbness that even the simple act of walking becomes like an everyday chore?

If so, this pain you are feeling is known as neuropathy pain, which is nerve pain as the result of a lack of blood flow to the heart. This can cause certain parts of the body to feel discomfort and pressure making every day activities such as standing, balancing or picking up a spoon near impossible.

But don’t worry, you’re not alone.

Nerve pain is common in most diabetic and chemotherapy patients, as well as individuals suffering from a broken ankle or foot. Let’s take a moment to look at some of the more common signs to neuropathy pain.  Ask yourself do I have one or all of these pain symptoms?

  1. Numbness or tingling in feet and hands
  2. Loss of balance and falling
  3. Throbbing and sharp pain
  4. Extreme sensitivity to touch
  5. Dropping things with your hands
  6. Muscle weakness
  7. Heavy feeling in arms and legs
  8. Dramatic drop in blood pressure
  9. Difficulty digesting
  10. Excessive sweating

If you answered yes to one or all of these, you may be experiencing nerve pain. Recognizing this is the first step to getting the help you need.

So, how can you treat nerve pain?

For starters, a healthy diet and active lifestyle can contribute greatly to easing every day pain. Secondly, rest easy knowing there is a team ready and able to assist you at our new neurovascular clinic opening May 2017. It is here where our Intraneural Facilitation or INF™ treatment will be able to improve blood flow and reduce discomfort with three unique hold positions.

Trust me when I say this will be a game changer in pain relief.

Imagine getting up each morning, standing on your own and walking outside without any pain. That’s what I like to call a success.

Are you ready to experience a pain-free life?

Take the Next Step

If you’re suffering from nerve pain, our Neuropathic Therapy Center may be able to help using a breakthrough physical therapy treatment called Intraneural Facilitation or INF.™ For more information and to schedule an evaluation, call 909-558-6799 or request information online.

By Dr. Bussell – March 21, 2017

Where does it hurt?

Your arms, hands, legs or feet? Is your entire body suffering from a stabbing, throbbing or numbness that even the simple act of walking becomes like an everyday chore?

If so, this pain you are feeling is known as neuropathy pain, which is nerve pain as the result of a lack of blood flow to the heart. This can cause certain parts of the body to feel discomfort and pressure making every day activities such as standing, balancing or picking up a spoon near impossible.

But don’t worry, you’re not alone.

Nerve pain is common in most diabetic and chemotherapy patients, as well as individuals suffering from a broken ankle or foot. Let’s take a moment to look at some of the more common signs to neuropathy pain.  Ask yourself do I have one or all of these pain symptoms?

  1. Numbness or tingling in feet and hands
  2. Loss of balance and falling
  3. Throbbing and sharp pain
  4. Extreme sensitivity to touch
  5. Dropping things with your hands
  6. Muscle weakness
  7. Heavy feeling in arms and legs
  8. Dramatic drop in blood pressure
  9. Difficulty digesting
  10. Excessive sweating

If you answered yes to one or all of these, you may be experiencing nerve pain. Recognizing this is the first step to getting the help you need.

So, how can you treat nerve pain?

For starters, a healthy diet and active lifestyle can contribute greatly to easing every day pain. Secondly, rest easy knowing there is a team ready and able to assist you at our new neurovascular clinic opening May 2017. It is here where our Intraneural Facilitation or INF™ treatment will be able to improve blood flow and reduce discomfort with three unique hold positions.

Trust me when I say this will be a game changer in pain relief.

Imagine getting up each morning, standing on your own and walking outside without any pain. That’s what I like to call a success.

Are you ready to experience a pain-free life?

Take the Next Step

If you’re suffering from nerve pain, our Neuropathic Therapy Center may be able to help using a breakthrough physical therapy treatment called Intraneural Facilitation or INF.™ For more information and to schedule an evaluation, call 909-558-6799 or request information online.

By Dr. Bussell – March 21, 2017

Where does it hurt?

Your arms, hands, legs or feet? Is your entire body suffering from a stabbing, throbbing or numbness that even the simple act of walking becomes like an everyday chore?

If so, this pain you are feeling is known as neuropathy pain, which is nerve pain as the result of a lack of blood flow to the heart. This can cause certain parts of the body to feel discomfort and pressure making every day activities such as standing, balancing or picking up a spoon near impossible.

But don’t worry, you’re not alone.

Nerve pain is common in most diabetic and chemotherapy patients, as well as individuals suffering from a broken ankle or foot. Let’s take a moment to look at some of the more common signs to neuropathy pain.  Ask yourself do I have one or all of these pain symptoms?

  1. Numbness or tingling in feet and hands
  2. Loss of balance and falling
  3. Throbbing and sharp pain
  4. Extreme sensitivity to touch
  5. Dropping things with your hands
  6. Muscle weakness
  7. Heavy feeling in arms and legs
  8. Dramatic drop in blood pressure
  9. Difficulty digesting
  10. Excessive sweating

If you answered yes to one or all of these, you may be experiencing nerve pain. Recognizing this is the first step to getting the help you need.

So, how can you treat nerve pain?

For starters, a healthy diet and active lifestyle can contribute greatly to easing every day pain. Secondly, rest easy knowing there is a team ready and able to assist you at our new neurovascular clinic opening May 2017. It is here where our Intraneural Facilitation or INF™ treatment will be able to improve blood flow and reduce discomfort with three unique hold positions.

Trust me when I say this will be a game changer in pain relief.

Imagine getting up each morning, standing on your own and walking outside without any pain. That’s what I like to call a success.

Are you ready to experience a pain-free life?

Take the Next Step

If you’re suffering from nerve pain, our Neuropathic Therapy Center may be able to help using a breakthrough physical therapy treatment called Intraneural Facilitation or INF.™ For more information and to schedule an evaluation, call 909-558-6799 or request information online.

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Appitite & Anxiety Out of Control


My Psychiatrist doctor took me off all other psych medications except Abilify and Effexor XR. Soon, I was anxious and depressed or manic. I am going through drug withdrawals. My PCP increased the dosage on other medications to compensate. They make me sleepy, and if I resist, I am a hungry eating machine, like eating a whole bag of sugar-free cookies in one day. This is Not good. I feel out of control and later ashamed and guilty.

Currently, I’m still feeling out of sync with my increased eating but have switched to fruit instead of cookies; it’s still calories that I don’t need. My sweet grandson shared a dozen of his squishy steeming animals to help with my anxiety attacks. I’m going to reach out to my psychiatrist before our appointment date. I can’t continue this way and sabotage my weight loss; as it is, I’ve gained 13 pounds this month.

Anxiety attacks can be from a mild sense of feeling overwhelmed. Something like needing to get lunches made for school children and noticing that the sink is nearly full of dishes again or the floor needs to be mopped (again) can cause anxiety. (Breathe Kat). Listening to someone complain about “not being able to” find their shoes, car keys, wallet, or having their shirt on backward can send me over the edge into a full-blown panic attack. By this time the sitting and deep breathing techniques have stopped helping. but I continue it anyway

The impulse to lash out at someone is hard to squelch; it isn’t anyone’s fault that I am feeling this way. Talking to myself and getting up and working on the above tasks does help redirect my impulses, I begin to calm down and make it a while or perhaps all day without another episode. Because of the panic attacks, I am exhausted and have to rest to regain my equilibrium and attitude of happiness.

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Mayo Clinic Symptoms

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/panic-attacks/symptoms-causes/syc-20376021

Panic attacks typically begin suddenly, without warning. They can strike at any time — when you’re driving a car, at the mall, sound asleep or in the middle of a business meeting. You may have occasional panic attacks, or they may occur frequently.

Panic attacks have many variations, but symptoms usually peak within minutes. You may feel fatigued and worn out after a panic attack subsides.

Panic attacks typically include some of these signs or symptoms:

Sense of impending doom or danger
Fear of loss of control or death
Rapid, pounding heart rate
Sweating
Trembling or shaking
Shortness of breath or tightness in your throat
Chills
Hot flashes
Nausea
Abdominal cramping
Chest pain
Headache
Dizziness, lightheadedness or faintness
Numbness or tingling sensation
Feeling of unreality or detachment
One of the worst things about panic attacks is the intense fear that you’ll have another one. You may fear having panic attacks so much that you avoid certain situations where they may occur.

When to see a doctor
If you have panic attack symptoms, seek medical help as soon as possible. Panic attacks, while intensely uncomfortable, are not dangerous. But panic attacks are hard to manage on your own, and they may get worse without treatment.

Panic attack symptoms can also resemble symptoms of other serious health problems, such as a heart attack, so it’s important to get evaluated by your primary care provider if you aren’t sure what’s causing your symptoms.

Epilepsy- I’m too busy for you!


Having Epilepsy is a kick in the emotional gut. I have several types of epilepsy that are not controllable, and I have family issues. When  I spent time in the hospital July 18-21st, 2022, I went back to the ER on the 29th for cluster seizures; I had 15 between the doctor’s office and in the ER and three more at home.  Since then I have had multiple seizures that are partial, crying seizures, and eye seizures. Initially, the hospital thought I had a mild TIA Stroke that’s why all the testing. The hospital performed a Catscan, an MRI of my brain, an sonogram for Carotid Artery, Liver, Pancreas, Kidneys, and Echocardiogram of the heart. I have a tumor on the kidney and breast, no problem. And of course the lovely repeated blood test for my Diabetes with urine tests.

Now on to the emotional toll. My husband is so frustrated! He is helpless to prevent or stop my seizures, all he can do is watch me go through them. In his frustration he tells me to “snap out of it” he thinks I can stop it or control them. It hurts his male ego of being my protector and in his way of handling seizures; he gives me the silent and avoidance treatment which breaks my heart.  All I can do is try to minimize the triggers that may cause them. One support person is my younger daughter. She has researched many forms of epilepsy and understands how it affects people.

I have discovered that talking really loud in an emotional setting (yelling at me) or loud noises/sound can startle me, eye blinking or rapid strobe/flashing lights, waggling finger or stemming, and other causes of anxiety can bring on a partial seizure. Also, enjoying myself at a party or in a conversation with someone I like can bring on a “fast and furious (20 sec) seizure also.

See The Epilepsy Foundation website for more information. There are medications that work to stop them before or after they occur most of the time but no cure. Some people have said that having a seizure are selective attention-seeking moment.  As if the person having a seizure is actually doing it purposefully. There are enough hypochondriacs in life or those who seek attention from a medical crisis. However, I’m neither. I have too much living to do and it is irritating to me. Epilepsy- I’m too busy for you!

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Nerve Pain Occurrences During Intimacy & Nerve Pain & Migraine Symptoms


*Note: if you are overly sensitive to discussions on intimacy issues, STOP reading the following article. *

For decades, I have had severe pain in my feet and headaches while my husband and I are intimate. Pain is preventing an organism from occurring and we must stop the process.

I have spoken to my primary physician about this occurrence, and he had never heard of such a thing and thought I should talk to my therapist. I spoke to my psychiatrist regarding the matter, and she told me it could be a trauma reaction to my childhood; my pedophilic father’s sexual behavior toward my sister and me. So I talked about it in my trauma therapy sessions, still had the pain, and recommended that I speak to my primary care physician. (Around and around it goes).

When I went to my Neurologist for Epilepsy and nerve pain in my neck and head after having an auto-accident with a whiplash injury. We discussed my face feeling tingly and my lips going numb, and severe headaches, before and after seizures and at other times not related to the partial seizures the results after an intensive hospital stay with a battery of tests is Migraines. . We also talked about pseudo seizures’ effects on the body.

I just happened to mention to her that I was having sharp pains in my feet when my husband and I are intimate. After some tests, she diagnosed me with “a nerve pain reaction.” They are in my feet, face, neck, and head, and are all related to each other as Nerve Pain responses to stimuli “it has a scientific medical name.” It was not tension headaches or psychiatric responses to trauma, after all. She put me on medications to try out. I am lucky because a couple of them working with each other worked out for me most of the time. I still get migraine headaches.

If you find that you are having nerve pain, speak to your doctors about it. Maybe you can get relief too. Take charge of your life and be an advocate for yourself. Although we are in our early 60s, I feel we are too young to give up on intimacy because of a health issue.

Thank you for reading my blog post. Kat Challis, July 03, 2022

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Mayo Clinic on Migraine

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/migraine-headache/symptoms-causes/syc-20360201#:~:text=A%20migraine%20is%20a%20headache,sensitivity%20to%20light%20and%20sound.

A migraine is a headache that can cause severe throbbing pain or a pulsing sensation, usually on one side of the head. It’s often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. Migraine attacks can last for hours to days, and the pain can be so severe that it interferes with your daily activities. For some people, a warning symptom known as an aura occurs before or with the headache. An aura can include visual disturbances, such as flashes of light or blind spots, or other disturbances, such as tingling on one side of the face or in an arm or leg and difficulty speaking.

Migraines, which affect children and teenagers as well as adults, can progress through four stages: prodrome, aura, attack and post-drome. Not everyone who has migraines goes through all stages.

Prodrome
One or two days before a migraine, you might notice subtle changes that warn of an upcoming migraine, including:

Constipation
Mood changes, from depression to euphoria
Food cravings
Neck stiffness
Increased urination
Fluid retention
Frequent yawning

Attack
A migraine usually lasts from 4 to 72 hours if untreated. How often migraines occur varies from person to person. Migraines might occur rarely or strike several times a month.

During a migraine, you might have:

The pain is usually on one side of your head, but often on both sides
Pain that throbs or pulses
Sensitivity to light, sound, and sometimes smell and touch
Nausea and vomiting

Post-drome

After a migraine attack, you might feel drained, confused, and washed out for up to a day. Some people report feeling elated. The sudden head movement might bring on the pain again briefly.

When to see a doctor
Migraines are often undiagnosed and untreated. If you regularly have signs and symptoms of migraine, keep a record of your attacks and how you treated them. Then make an appointment with your doctor to discuss your headaches.

Even if you have a history of headaches, see your doctor if the pattern changes or your headaches suddenly feel different.

See your doctor immediately or go to the emergency room if you have any of the following signs and symptoms, which could indicate a more serious medical problem:

An abrupt, severe headache like a thunderclap
Headache with fever, stiff neck, confusion, seizures, double vision, numbness or weakness in any part of the body, which could be a sign of a stroke
Headache after a head injury
A chronic headache that is worse after coughing, exertion, straining or a sudden movement
New headache pain after age 50

The peripheral nervous system
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/peripheral-neuropathy/

The peripheral nervous system is the network of nerves that lie outside the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord).

It includes different types of nerves with their own specific functions, including:

sensory nerves – responsible for transmitting sensations, such as pain and touch
motor nerves – responsible for controlling muscles
autonomic nerves – responsible for regulating automatic functions of the body, such as blood pressure and bladder function
Symptoms of peripheral neuropathy
The main symptoms of peripheral neuropathy can include:

numbness and tingling in the feet or hands
burning, stabbing or shooting pain in affected areas
loss of balance and co-ordination
muscle weakness, especially in the feet
These symptoms are usually constant, but may come and go.

When to see a GP
It’s important to see your GP if you experience the early symptoms of peripheral neuropathy.

These include:

pain, tingling or loss of sensation in the feet
loss of balance or weakness
a cut or ulcer on your foot that’s not getting better
It’s also recommended that people at highest risk of peripheral neuropathy, such as people with diabetes, have regular check-ups.

A GP will ask about your symptoms and may arrange some tests to help identify the underlying cause.

You may be referred to hospital to see a neurologist, a specialist in health problems affecting the nervous system.

Generally, the sooner peripheral neuropathy is diagnosed, the better the chance of limiting the damage and preventing further complications.

Find out more about diagnosing peripheral neuropathy

Covid Vaccine: Not As Good As Experts Claim- A Cautionary Tale


My 11 year old grandson had the Covid-19 vaccine shot yesterday (3/28/22) at his Pulmonologist’s Covid vaccine came up. My daughter agreed to have it given to my grandson; it was touted as being safe and recommended for children.

The nurse gave my grandson the vaccine, within the 20 minute window he broke out in hives and started having increasing trouble breathing. The doctor came in listened to his lungs and treated him for the symptoms of Asthma, they monitored him for 30 minutes and sent him on his way.

Approximately 2 hours later, his breathing became really labored, and he was itching intensely and my daughter consulted the pediatrician via phone. She told my daughter to get him to Children’s Emergency now.

So she did. They took him in immediately. 4 hours later he is released to go home with instructions to take Benadryl every 6 hours for the next 48 hours. He had a serious reaction to the Covid vaccine. This morning, 10 hours later, he is breathing fine but still itching from the hives.

Unfortunately for my family—

My husband, younger daughter, and very healthy son-in-law (married to my elder daughter) each took the Covid vaccine last year. They all had various negative reactions to the vaccine. My husbands was blamed on COPD. My daughters was blamed on Asthma. My son-in-law, was healthy and developed the heart damage issues, forever now.

Now, I am not a conspiracy theorists or nay-sayer. All the adults in my family have Master’s + degree’s in my family, so were not stupid or over-reacting for the sake of attention. But, four people of different ages and nationalities; son-in-law is Chinese; grandpa, younger daughter, and her son are all Caucasian, it makes one wonder what is going on with the vaccine that is touted as safe by the scientific medical community.

We have had others in my primary family who have been vaccinated and had flu like symptoms last year for a day or two and were just fine, but have reverse “flu like” symptoms is still a negative reaction. Whether you are in favor or not in favor of the vaccine is immaterial to me. I just want to give you this information as a cautionary tale.

A view of Homeless Children


Runaways: For whatever set of reasons, some children have become homeless in America. Some are children who run away from home thinking they will be better off not living with their parents or guardians. Some children are born in hospitals only to live on the streets. They may live their entire life as a nomadic person, their parents staying one step ahead of local child protective services.

In the moment of anger, a child may say they are going to run away from home, and eventually, some do. These children grow up quickly, their childhood is stripped from them. They become prey to older children and adults. They in turn learn how to survive the brutality of living and existing on the streets. You may see people with stolen shopping carts or backpacks with their possessions – they are the “rich” ones. Mainly any possessions that runaways have are quickly taken from them by predators soon after leaving the protection of the home.

Shelter: If they are lucky, they might be able to get in line at a homeless shelter daily for the night sleeping arrangement, many do not. Pictures of people who live in state government purchased tents cities and having port-a-potties and one meal a day is a temporary condition that changes like the wind of administrations and state facilities do not guarantee safety. The remaining people like on East Lancaster a population center for the homeless sleep on the streets. They sleep with newspaper or cardboard in their clothes as most street burning bins are prohibited.

Cleanliness: Bathing opportunities are mostly non-existent as they are not welcomed into businesses to clean up themselves, and when they do get the opportunity they are putting back on their dirty, and stinking clothes. Clothing is another issue. Seasons in Texas roll into each other with hot – freezing- then warm days, rain, or wind or shine. They depend on charities to give them clothes donated by other people. A lot of the charities like goodwill charge a fee for the clothing. The truly free clothes closets limit how many changes (usually two) that a person can have per month or just a one-time annual service.

Survival: It is a fact that continual deprivation of basic privileges of food, water, shelter, and protection from the elements breaks the psychological and sociological soul of a person. Many become users of illegal drugs or illegal users of someone else’s stolen prescription drugs. Drugs are easy to come by if you are willing to break the laws of society or allow your body to be used by others. Many people have forms of mental illness like PDST as a result of being on the streets. Free counselors are few in number. Free psychiatrists and prescribed medications are almost non-existent. Medications for psychological treatments can cost thousands of dollars monthly; a cost that most people can not afford.

Medical: Free clinics are hesitant to prescribe mental health medications or any requested medication. They mainly cover colds, flues, and injuries. Lice are considered a social issue, therefore, not a disease. Most people with mental health issues do not think they have a problem or that they need a treatment plan.

Harassment: People call in complaints on the homeless for just being on their property or near them. Usually, a police officer will come out and “shakedown” the homeless person looking for illegal contraband on their body and in their backpack or shopping cart. They are just doing their job. Most officers have cards with numbers to an outreach program for the homeless where they might be able to find shelter and food-bearing in mind they can use a phone somewhere.

In memory of Jerimiah Nicholson, my nephew, in 2021, was beaten and stabbed to death on the streets. He wanted to explore America and experience life by seeing what was out there.

Article by: Kat Challis

Responsible Pet Ownership


I have had dogs since 1983 when I quit my Real Estate Management job and gave up renting and became a homeowner for the very first time. We had a wonderful cat named Boots and a beautiful Flex head Labrador Retriever dog named Angel. My two daughters would grow up with Angel and Boots to their natural deaths. Our heart was big and we would get other rescue dogs and cats to live out their appointed times by God.

Taking Care of Pets

(Dog, cat, rabbit, lizard, snake, rodent, pig, horse, llama, or any other animal pet)

It is more than feeding, watering, grooming, exercising, giving medical attention to, playing, and housing an animal. It is sharing your heart with them. When they are sick and when they are well, and when they die.

When you no longer want the pet for whatever reason. It is kind to re-home them if you can find a welcoming place. It is NOT kind or loving to drop them off in the country, lake, or urban setting. Your pet has to fend for itself to find food and water and a safe place to sleep. They feel betrayed by someone they love (humans). Often your unwanted pet will starve to death or join a pack of other animals in the same predicament. They can become vicious and attack humans and other animals.

When re-homing doesn’t happen, the humane way of getting rid of an unwanted pet is to take them to a Human Shelter with a NO Kill Policy. If that is unavailable to you then a regular shelter that kills humanly after so many days is better than abandonment. They have gone to “live on a farm” are the unofficial words of saying they have not been adopted and were killed at the shelter.

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Love your pet by being kind to them while they are under your protection and care.

Schizophrenia in Childhood


The Problems with Social Service Providers

When Jan 13th, 2022 rolls around- less than a month, my grandson runs out of mental health services at Cooks Hospital.

In the state of Texas, there are no facilities and very few if any general or family practice Psychiatry that will treat teenage children who have schizophrenia and Autism. Most doctors skip 13 to 15 years of age. We have been trying to locate a doctor in the DFW area for two months. Finding a Psychotherapist is just as difficult.

It is h heartbreaking for single parents and grandparents of such a child. It seems that any services that we utilize have more roadblocks than help. MHMR is unproductive among potential patients to be serviced. They claim they will help with resources but they do not actually find any, but they do encourage the family to do the research themselves.

Cook’s children age out at 12 years. The Psychiatrist they have to not see children outside of the hospital setting. Pecan Valley services will continue writing the prescription for three months while the social worker and parent/guardians search for another Psychiatrist.

What is it like having a child with schizophrenia?

Does a child with schizophrenia hear voices inside their head? It is not like an external conversation with dialogue with two or three people in a discussion. Imagine a hundred people talking all at once carrying on a conversation with different topics. I can reference it to a sphere where lines of voices cross each other and intersect each other like a basket weave.

As a patient during a recent hospital stay, I was taken off my psychiatric medications for thirty-eight hours. It wasn’t a good decision on the doctor’s part or on me- the patient’s behalf. Paranoid thinking came on in full force, The voices would not stop. The hallucinations were intermittent. The faulty logic or stinking thinking was rampant.

For a child not understanding what is happening to them it is very frightening. They do not know that what is going on inside their brain is a chemically based misfire of the synapse. All they want is for it to stop. Aggression or Anger usually shows its ugly head or deep depression- either way, the voices do not stop or the cacophony of sounds. People talking externally only adds to the chaos.

The schizophrenic is not faking symptoms for attention-seeking. They do not want to be different from the normal non-schizophrenic brain. They do not want the behavior repercussions. They do not like themselves.

Where do we go from here?

We have already established a need for the 13 to 16, year market. We need to get child-psychiatrist on board with a program geared towards helping these severely Autistic children with Mental Health issues. We need an in-patient facility to accommodate said, children. We need outpatient programs with individual, family, and peer counseling available. We need medication management doctors. We need advocates for these children who are lost in an overwhelming broken system of medical care.

Author, Kat Challis 12/17/2021

My cards


Jesus Promise

When we moved in to our home on July 3rd, 2018 the rose bush was twigs that were not trimmed and did not produce flowers. We trimmed it lower to the ground and fed it regularly. I need to trim it again when it stops budding.

shirt card
owlish friendly
owlish friendly inside
bright flowers inside
love birds
mother’s day
unicorn
unicorn inside

Mother’s “Worthy” Day


Our children can be worthy of earthly praise on their own merits, on this Earth. Their actions speak louder than anything they say, they can break a heart, crush a spirit, kill a dream. They can also build encouragement, bolster freedom, endure their child’s heart aches, and give them moral and spiritual tools to battle todays’ world of issues with boldness and confidence.

It is difficult to be a strong single or married mother of children add their disabilities’ to the mix and some days and its seems impossible to continue but for the children’s sake life does go on, how it is done is up to you.

Recently, an issue came up whereas the curiosity of children must be answered with honesty and diplomacy while giving enough information to satisfy the child not shock them. Parents must be prepared for their moral values and spiritual believer’s to be summed up on the spot and at an age appropriate level.

Topics range from Christmas, Easter, Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, Tooth Fairy, etc. and why did you lie to me. Then go into why do we look different from the other gender (girls vs. boys), where do babies come from to how do they get into mommy’s stomach. Then you move into sexual interest and drug interest and a host of other issues. So be prepared don’t brush your children’s concerns off.

Given the basics of life decisions that are peppered every day teaching our children to be healthy decent human being’s is worthy of praise and recognition. With Mother’s Day coming around the corner, make your mom’s feel special. Whether its drawing a picture with you and her with an I Love You, a purchased or hand-made gift, a sentimental card that comes from the heart and not necessarily based on a need.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mom’. Mommy, and Mother’s– you are worthy of your children’s recognition and praise. And your children being too young is no excuse for them to honor their mother with acknowledgment and a heart felt “Thank you”.

Musings about Life Decision’s


In the midst of uncertainty, God is always there for me.

In my Ladies Life group today the subject of Baptism came up today. In fact it was part of Gods commandment. I was baptized when I was 10-12 years old, when my whole family’s was baptized as a group. I’m not 100% certain that I knew what it meant at the time. God has given me enlightenment over the past 45 years. He has enriched my soul in truth and in love. I have not been the model Christian, I have sinned, and I have been mentality ill, but always accountable for the choices I made. Jesus has been there every step of the way.

I’m sure you have already read about my suicide decision the silence and the final choice I made. You see God has already know about my decisions in life; whether I turn right or turn left the scenario’s play out through our self will. I don’t think my life would have been a contented life if I didn’t have Jesus in it as a forefront.

You know about my biological father ‘s death. Father was a miserable man. He was Bipolar and untreated. The nursing home he was in was despicable and smelled of urine and feces when one opened the door, but he was finically indigent and it was all he could afford. He was ready to die and welcomed it. During his life he was a mean person who served himself and thought and done evil things to others most of the time, then he would flip a switch mentality and be the best, sweetest person imaginable.

He played the guitar and and sang many hymens and popular music back in the day. He even had a band. But, his wife, my step mother and siblings did not support him in his efforts. Not one person save myself turned out for the prelude music concert at the Lyons Park event. I felt compassion for all of the band members. One man in particular, who killed himself a month later.

Whether we are mean or gentle God allows us to have free will. Here lately there has been too much meanness in our lives due to racism or determent that riots are needed. Our pastor said that we are living in a Babylon time of self-destruction and self-importance. I do not think he is wrong after listening to the news. I fear for the Christians citizens in the world. There is hate towards them and sadly even some among them towards non-believers. We must pray with a favor for God to anoint us and bring those ungodly an opportunity to come to know him. The song about God leaving the 99 Christians to go after the 1 unbeliever is potent and tells us where to begin in humility and with thanksgiving in our heart.

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