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Challenges of our Mind, Body and Spirit

By Fran Mysti Hafey

Sometimes we choose our challenges. Other times they come at us from lots of directions. Some are easier than others to handle while others are seemingly out of our control. We may feel we have to “play the game” to get things done even when we’re biting our tongue and our knuckles are white!

I had a major surgery in December 2015. I didn’t exactly choose it, but because of degree of physical pain I was in, I almost welcomed it, even though I knew it would be one of the hardest things I have ever done. The surgery was a Total Knee Replacement or TKR. My left knee was in bad shape and had been for a long time. I dealt with pain and I was losing the ability to walk. The surgery went well and I came home with tons of drugs to help me get through it. To those who know me, they know I don’t care for taking pills or medicine and I tend to do without as much as I can opting for “just getting through it” or with alternative natural herbs, essential oils, supplements, ointments and rest.

My life revolved around the surgery for quite a while. It has now been ten months and I am doing pretty well, even though I still limp, use a cane and take something for pain now and then. My knee is very stiff and still swollen and my other knee acts up too. I also have other health issues so the knee wasn’t a fix all, cure all. My life has completely changed! Let me tell you a bit about my life post knee surgery…

I remember going to the hospital to prepare for the surgery. As I mentioned above, I have other health issues. The other health issues are why some doctors did not want to do the surgery in the first place because blood clotting issues, blood pressure, apnea (shallow breathing when asleep) and being over- weight were a few of them. They knew what to watch for and I was grateful for the angels who took care of me and watched over me at the hospital. Not just my angels and spirit guides and helpers , but the doctors, nurses and staff. They made me feel at ease and like I was the only patient there.

I had a difficult time after surgery because my blood pressure dropped very low, so they kept me in recovery several hours longer than most patients. Because of my sensitivities, (to everything) they were unable to get the pain medicine type and dosage just right. I remember very little about being in the hospital, not even knowing when my family was there. When I got home I stopped taking one of the pain medicines that made me feel trippy and concentrated on getting in and out of bed, healing and just being able to get to the bathroom without bending my leg or falling! Physical therapy still makes me cringe! Oh, I do not want to scare anyone from any of this, but it is very hard work and it is not for the faint of heart! After showing up every time with a smile on my face I finally had to take matters into my own hands and go with what my higher self was saying and stop them from some of the “exercises” they wanted me to do!  I did what felt right for me! Everyone there at physical therapy were wonderful, helpful and did a great job pushing me to keep going to heal!

While healing, I had time to think. Being an Aquarian and the personality type that tends to think a lot anyway, I went deeper in myself, took notes and did my best to deal with the daily roller coaster. For me, it was not easy allowing someone to take care of me, cook for me, bring me food, help me to the bathroom, help me with bathing, dressing and other daily activities. I had to learn a HUGE lesson in really letting go of housework and doing normal everyday things most take for granted.  I was still on some heavy pain killers, but not as heavy as what they were giving me in the hospital. I know my thinking and sleeping patterns had changed because of the “trauma” my body had gone through and now what my body, brain and energy were dealing with. Everything is different than it was before and I wondered how life was going to be from now on.

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I am going to stop there for now because I will be writing and sharing more here soon. I have a lot to share with you about my journey, the journey of my mind, body and spirit as it changes and as I learn so many wonderful, valuable lessons about life and death.

Thank you for being here.

Blessings,

Fran~Mysti

Great quote from Martin Luther King Jr. It makes me cry and smile when I read it!!

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AutumnJasonWeddington

Oh my gosh, I can hardly believe I haven’t posted here but twice this year! Well, my dear ones, 2015 has been an interesting year and with just two and a half months to go! It’s already October!

This year has been a full year of growth, realizations, changes, health challenges, tossing out and simplifying life, and so much more in between. I’m not sure where to begin, but after the death of my Dad last year, life certainly changed for everyone in my family. I’m one of five children and our Mom needed us all more than ever at this time. She’s a strong woman, but each birthday, holiday and conversation was filled with memories and I felt life was moving so fast all around me, I needed some time to “grieve” in my own way. I use the term “grieve” carefully because while I miss my Dad, learning has been elevated to a different level since his passing, in so many ways. Life has changed, I have changed and I feel blessed.

My health has been a pain, literally, for me for a long time. The last few years I’ve slowly lost some of my mobility and gained a lot of pain all over, just about every inch of my body. Being able to get up, get dressed, possibly go to pool therapy or to spend time with family or even shop for groceries, has been a challenge and since my husband also has health issues that keep him busy, life some days can be frustrating and definitely keep me taking deep breaths and asking for help from my Higher Power. I find myself talking to my Dad and my “helpers,” which include angels, faeries, spirit guides, my dogs and more. I don’t have a lot of close friends that live close by or even those I can call when I just need to vent or share. Mostly it’s because I’m an introvert, wanting to write, do my own thing, be alone or rest and heal some days. I’m grateful I’m able to have a life and lifestyle to work from home and not have to drive to a job away from home every day. There are also times when I can stand up in a crowd, speak, teach and help others, being quite the people person. I guess that keeps things interesting, but sometimes it is a challenge to push myself! 2015 has been a year of reflection, learning to keep my cool, listening more than speaking, doing my best to be kind to myself and simplifying my life even more. With so many changes and challenges, I feel my body, mind, soul and spirit have all been unbalanced. I have been working and resting to bring them all back together. I can barely walk, but I keep on doing it through the pain. I wonder some nights, how I make it through the days, but I just do. I have so much pain I barely noticed my stomach and guts were not feeling right, but I figured it was from stress, fatigue, Tylenol or similar pain medicine or food I just couldn’t tolerate anymore. Finally I ended up at the Emergency Room and was told I had Diverticulitis. I was hospitalized, but not before I tried to deal with it at home for a few weeks or more. I couldn’t keep anything in my body, I lost twelve pounds in a few days and ended up not eating anymore. I became very dehydrated and ill. I am happy to say I’m finally feeling better. I have not gained the weight back and I do believe everything happens for a reason. My body seems to be finding more balance and “being empty” for a while has reset my system. I snicker at what I tell people, part of a joke I heard somewhere years ago, about how the brain thinks it controls the body and the heart thinks it controls the body, but in actuality, it is the digestive system or the “ass” that controls everything! LOL. Think about it, if our guts are out of whack, the rest of our body becomes sick and in the “end” (no pun intended) our butthole controls us, lol. Make sense? If things stop at that end, everything can become sick and unbalanced!

Oh yes, I did say simplify and my goodness, has that been interesting. We’ve had some great guys working on our house with what started out as tearing down and replacing our front porch/deck and windows in the front of the house which turned into making the upper deck into an enclosed screened porch, new lower deck with a ramp, new front windows and double french doors leading into the enclosed porch, a new front door, new closet, tearing down a wall and letting more light into our home! I am so happy how much better the energy is flowing! Much better Feng Shui! This started in July and it is still not finished, but with it turning into a much bigger job, we’ve been patient and we highly recommend, “Smith Construction,” for anyone in our area if they need home repairs or additions done in their home. Next, they are updating and repairing our sun room before winter and before adding an addition to our home… so they may be busy for a while, then you can have them! *Smile* We are very happy with their work and how much love they put into everything they do! It truly shows!

We also had a new heating and cooling system installed in our house! We have lived here fifteen years and only used the air conditioning, but used a wood stove to heat each winter. Finally, we have a choice! It will be nice to use central heat but also use the wood stove, which I love so much and appreciate when the electricity goes out. To me, there is nothing quite like the beauty of a fire and the warmth on a cold winters night!

With the title of this blog post being, “Change, Challenges and Simplicity,” I have told you some of the changes, the challenges and the simplicity part is the inner peace through all situations and how much I’ve grown through it all! I feel blessed and I am grateful as I look back on the lessons learned and for what’s to come. I know I can make it through anything that comes my way, because I am never alone, I trust and I draw strength from my Higher Power and the Universe!

~Happy Autumn everyone~

Love, light, peace and joy, Mysti~

*Opinions and thoughts of the Author are not necessarily the opinion and thoughts of the reader. Please read with an open mind.*

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Okay, so I know I missed posting anything for the holidays or in January, but I can remember sitting here and telling myself I just needed to do nothing or as little as possible. For me, when I say that, usually what happens is all sorts of things start popping up to be done, but this time, thank heavens, life slowed down. I really needed that, especially since the few months before, I got hit pretty hard with all sorts of things that kept me busy, and they were not of my choosing! Oh you know, like a tooth acting up, an old crown actually, that decided it was time to come off and need more work than before. Doctors appointments and unexpected things that come up we have to take care of. Once the holidays were over, I decided to take things much slower; my choice.

I feel taking a mini sabbatical has been good. I’ve been able to stay up late, sleep later, go through “stuff” at home and organize. We’ve had people come in and do some small home repairs, which always feels good, and getting rid of old mail, clutter, reviving the energy throughout our home! I still have days when I don’t do much, sitting and just resting, due to Fibromyalgia, Arthritis and other overlapping health issues. Regardless, I always try to do something, even if it’s getting dressed, washing a load of clothes and feeding the dogs! I don’t really like how everything on television and online in January is about losing weight, getting healthier, exercise equipment, blah, blah, blah, so I ignore it usually, but, it does remind me, just as I change the calendar, to make changes I may have gotten sluggish about during Fall and the Holidays. Winter is thickly upon us in Virginia in January and February which has slowed me down even more this year with my left knee, ankle, shoulder and neck giving me so much pain and stiffness. My doctors are not in agreement with what to do about my knees, so I am doing the best I can, meditating and doing what I can to heal, my own way!

Here it is February already and with snow, comes my Birthday. I had a nice Birthday weekend, because my day landed on Friday the 13th! I’m not superstitious, so it’s all good. My husband, son and a friend of his cooked for me and we enjoyed good food, good wine, good conversation and laughed a lot! It was a nice Birthday and I feel very blessed. I usually don’t even leave home anymore to celebrate due to Valentine’s day or icy, snowy weather. I was happy I ventured out on a sub-zero temperature night to be with family and friends. I noticed the stars shining so bright when we walked out to leave and saw several constellations vividly. The thought that went through my mind was, “My blessings are equal to the stars in the sky tonight!”

Thank you for being here with me. I look forward to your comments and meeting you. May this year be filled with even more positive energy, blessings, love and light.

Love, peace and joy, Mysti-Fran~

*The Story of why I sign Mysti-Fran or Fran-Mysti or sometimes Mystiblu:* I’ve been on the internet for a long time. Back then, people were urged to use an “alias” so people wouldn’t know who they were. I chose the name, “Mistyblue,” for the love of my Samoyed dog that looked like a white wolf! As I learned and found my path, I was Spiritually advised to change my name online and in my ventures to “Mystiblu,” which has even more meaning for me, my work and path.

*Opinions and thoughts of the Author are not necessarily the opinion and thoughts of the reader. Please read with an open mind.* Thank you.
If my messages are helpful or reach out to you, please feel free to reach out to me too at https://mystiblu.wordpress.com/  or http://Mystickblue.com or at Facebook or Twitter. If you share this message, please keep my copyright with it or share it exactly how you see it. Thank you.
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