‘”Howdy all”,

I hope that you are travelling through this year without to many bumps in your path.  Are you still chasing your dreams?  I really hope so.

For me I`ve had a moment of pause and reflection, which I must add was totally force upon me, not me finding my spiritual self or anything as wonderful.

So, I had been feeling a little under the weather for a while.  I was kind of waiting for a cold or something to develop.  Nothing to serious, or so I thought…..and then this happened.

After my family found me passed out in the bathroom, upon hearing a very loud bang.  I know what you are thinking and yes! do I need to say more?  After lots of screaming and crying from my poor shocked family, the ambulance arrived and took me to hospital.  I must admit I was in total shock, it felt like I was looking in on this scene, it was one of the strangest experiences that I have ever had, now that's saying something.

A few hours later in Maidstone Hospital, who I must say were totally amazing, they informed me that I have an irregular heartbeat. Didn't see that one coming, did I!  I was given medication to take and told to await an appointment with a cardiologist.  Where I will hopefully find out why, how, what and answers to all of the  millions of questions running through my head.  Like, I`m only 47 years old, I exercise, eat fairly healthy, I`m not over weight and there was no warning signs.

Ok, so I didn`t have a heart attack, I didn't die but I certainly did spend a few days in shock as well as in pain.  I also spent a week worrying about dying and leaving my children, after a doctor explained  blood clots by saying if one travels to my brain I would have a stroke and if it travels to my lungs, I could die.  To which I said Merry f@#!@#! Christmas……whoops!!

After just over a week of recouping and getting used to the medication, I started to feel a little bit like me again and with that my mood improved.  So in true, ‘Sophia style' I decided that it was time to take control of the situation and do all that I can to improve my health while waiting to see the specialist.

So I`m in the middle of reseaching Atrial Fibrillation and what I can do to help myself.  I have health books, cook books and shake books.  Boy……is it better than searching A-fib on the internet and scaring myself sh@#!less and everyone around me.

I thought I was quite calm, I meditate, I do yoga, I walk alot.  However this little blip really made me stop and smell the roses.  The human body is an amazing creation. I am an amazing creation and I am blessed to have this body. However it needs looking after, I need looking after, I need loving, I need fuel, kindness, rest.  I`m entitled to care for myself, I must care for myself and this can`t be the last thing on my ‘to do list'.  This is now my priority to get myself fit and healthy.  I will do all that I can to make sure I won`t suffer these episodes often or something even worst. 

I would love to hear of your health stories, especially anyone who is suffering from the same thing.  I`m all ears to any advice.

So take note all, don`t ignore any little health niggles.  Listen to your body, its an amazing machine and it needs looking after, just like you would your car.

Cherish your moments with your love ones, every pure, simple moment.  Do not yearn for something bigger or better.  Every mad, crazy moment is wonderful and a blessing.

So have a great month full of joy and laughter, you fabulous bunch.

All my wonderful love,  Sophia

Remember…..”If it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you”

Some interesting reading, if your interested. 

Beat A-fib, A natural approach to Atrial Fibrillation by Lisa M White 

Healthy Heart Smart Recipes by Heart-Care Series

The Green Smoothie Recipe Book-Mendocino Press

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