A Divine Appointment

Terror gripped my body as the female, elderly, psychiatric patient stepped around the linen cart and grabbed both of my wrists in her hands. She pulled me close and peered deep into my eyes. She was nonverbal because her swollen tongue protruded out of mouth and rolled around much like a cow’s tongue. I tugged to free my arms but she only gripped tighter and my hands grew numb.

The 14 years of experience as an RN and the intense orientation for Unit Director on a long term psychiatric unit still had not prepared me for such a situation. This was my first day orientation on the unit where I would be working. I was making my first rounds to put faces with the 38 patients that I had learned about by reading archived medical files for days.

As, I stood there starring into the face of the worst manic episode a patient can have, I wondered what have I done, taking such a job!! I did not know but she was my divine appointment and the reason I was there!!!

It seemed like I would never free myself from her grip, but a kind, black orderly stepped to my side. I will call him Cory.  Cory began to pry the lady’s fingers from my wrist.  He gently said to me, “You will learn to love Lola, I love her!”  I kind of miffed at him, as I walked to the Nurse’s station and closed the gate beyond where no patient was allowed. I thought to myself, I seriously doubt, I will love Lola!!! She scared me half to death!!!

My wrists still had red finger marks as I followed the LPN around listening to our duties. I don’t think I heard much because my mind kept wondering how I got here!!

Many times we think we are totally in control or our lives!! Well, I am here to assure you I learned differently. Yes, I know our thoughts directly relate to what we create!! Yes, I believe we create our own lives. But, there are really no coincidences in where we go and who we meet.

Let’s start back a bit in my life!! I guess my life has always been a roller coaster with blocks, twists and turns. We will only venture back 32 years!!

I had this friend who never went out to a bar!  She called to ask if I would accompany her to see her nephew play in a band. It turned out it was in a dive bar, that I would never enter at night, but we went anyway.  We kept our gaze on the stage because we stuck out in the crowd. This young gentlemen approached our table and began to talk.

I can’t explain exactly how. but he pursued me heavily after that and I guess we fell in Love. I tell you this because he became a key player in getting me to meet Lola.

I was dealing with dysplasia at the time and needed treatment but I lived alone, worked two jobs. How could I afford to be off work and take care of myself. My daughter had moved to my Mom’s after my Father died. Our life had been one of turmoil after his death.

At any rate, I ended up marrying that guy under the pressure that he would take care of me through treatments for my illness. Whew, what a ride that turned out to be!!!

I worked at a clinic and a kind elderly doctor filled in for our full time docs when they vacationed. Dr. A became a close friend and I learned so much from him. He was 50 years my senior and taught me all the old ways to examine patient’s. It was a spiritual connection between us. In fact, we kept in touch, until his passing when he was around 85. He too, became an instrument in my meeting with Lola.

Dr. A, made a recommendation to an adminstrator 4 hours from where I lived, that I would I be great for his new Director of Nursing for a huge multispeciality clinic being built. In July, that year, I received a lovely letter from Mr. P inviting me to take the job. Now, why would I take a job 4 ours away? I filed it away and forgot about it.

But, out of the blue, my new husband said one day, I want to go back to my home. It was not real far from where I had been offered that job. He was pretty determined to go with or without me!

So, yes, I took the job, helped build a multispecialty clinic, learned Occupational Health and recruited many doctors to that clinic. My career took off there!!! I met many great people and experienced some amazing things while there.

As good as that was, there was trouble brewing in my home. My husband began to exhibit episodes that turned into abuse!! I took on more jobs to make ends meet. Even one with a children’s psychiatric hospital.

Then, Mr. P, retired, not good for me. The new administrator and old medical director changed my job and I not longer was happy. I had two part time jobs but talked my office manager into driving me over to the Psychiatric Hospital to pick up and application.

Now, I had not done well in Psychiatric training as a student. I trained in that same facility and my instuctor always made fun that I turned as white as my uniform everytime I was in group with the male patients. But, I thought I was mature enough with my 14 years experience. After all they were offering more pay and less hours.

My husband had begun to complain that my clinic job did not pay well and kept me away from home too much.

Our first attempt in getting an application, was hilarious. I got out of the car, but on the way to the front door of the Psychiatric hospital and patient was walking on the lawn. He started to follow me, scared out of my wits, I ran got back the car and we raced away.

Weeks later, my irritating boss pushed me a bit too far. Again my office manager, drove me to get an application at the Psychiatric Hospital. I was hired around 3 weeks later.

These are only a few of the twists that made me end up on a unit of a long term psychiatric facility with Lola.  Over the next 4 months, I saw Lola go through many cycles of manic-depressive disorder or some call it Bi-polar Disease. Yes, I learned to love her!!  Her Manic phases were severe, with the swollen rolling tougue and prolapsed rectum. But, she learned to come to me when they started so I could give her an injection the doctor had granted for me to calm her down. 

The depressed states were severe too!!! One day, I came in to a totally catatonic Lola. I had never seen it. She sat perfectly still and you could move her arm up, it would just stay there. Much like a doll when you move her arms. She didn’t walk, eat, make sounds or move. She just starred into space!! The position you put her in, that is where she stayed.

Her general personality, was she didn’t want to be touched, hugged or any kind of affection. She could talk but nothing coherent except when she ask for coffee. She would follow commands but all around just not super interactive.

Well, on catatonic day, I decided, I would teach Lola about hugging. She couldn’t push me away so I hugged her everytime I went by her. Usually, she would growl and shove me but that day, I hugged her all I wanted. Magically, after the catatonic phase passed. She would allow me to hug her.

The doctors liked my inquisitive mind, they allowed me to test supplements and alternative ways on Lola to see if we could help her to be better. I don’t know if you ever saw the movie “Awakenings” with Robin Williams, but the results were the same.  After,3 weeks she would go right back to cycling through her Manic/Depressive states.

Things were rough at home, individual counseling, marriage counseling and for a bit some better.  I became anorexic trying to deal with this home situation. Then, the diagnosis for my husband, Borderline Personality Disorder. Counselor said, “There is not treatment and the best advice for me was to get away from him.”  Well, with the counseling there were some good months, then late November. He had an episode. I ran that night but 25 minutes into my drive, said, “This is it!  Went back calmly, we made the decision we would divorce. In early Dec. he left. I didn’t tell anyone, just rested, prayed and worked.  That player’s part in this scenario was over!! In his defense, he was adopted and didn’t know he had a mental illness. I just think he was the guide to get me to Lola. 

One Sunday, just before Christmas, I was the only nurse on the Unit. I was in the charting room back of the Nurse’s station. Lola came to the gate and asked, “Can I come in and have a cup of coffee with you? Against the rules, but I loved her and let her in to sit with me in the back room. From here, you will need to read the next segment. All About Lola, My Divine Appointment!!!!



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What If Selenium Does Prevent Cancer?

Research Has Been Done!!

Why Isn’t Anyone Screaming This?


Now, I don’t expect you to believe a word I say, I can only tell you the information based on what I have heard and read.

Let me just say, that it seemed to me all these pieces of a puzzle came together in my head all at once.  I kept hearing “Breast Cancer Awareness” Let’s fight Cancer etc.

Then, all these sad posts of people we all loved that had passed from cancer. For some reason, my mind begin to sift through information that I had put in there for over 30 years.

First piece, when I was in my 30s, I studied extensely the work of Edgar Cayce. In one of his readings for a client, He said, “Take 6 almonds per day to prevent cancer.”  Now, the premise of this is that almonds contain selenium which raises glutothione in the body.

Then, the video popped up on facebook of a doctor who was raging that Chemotherapy only works 3 % of the time. But, at the end of that video, the doctor says if women/girls would take just 200 mcg of Selenium per day we could reduce breast cancer 98%. I replayed that video over and over, to be sure I heard him right. On that day, I went to my cabinet dug out a bottle of selenium and started taking it. You see, my sister is a breast cancer survivor. So, that family history thing slapped me right in the face.

That video was done by Dr. Peter Glidden here is the link:Selenium Prevents Cancer?

I posted this video on Facebook twice!! I was an Oncology Nurse, I had to leave that position because of my ethical beliefs!! Pouring poison into people was not my cup of tea.

Okay, on to what happened next. All this information stirred what I had read over the years. I started pulling out books that I had referenced over the years. My Chiropractor L. E. Westall told me that using Selenium with Vitamin E would increase blood oxygen to the brain by 50 %. So, have been using that with my Aunt for her memory but not taking it myself.

In the book, “Prescription for Nutritional Healing” by Phylis and James Balch it clearly outlines research on Selenium. Stating that in one 10 year research on men, 200 mcgs of Selenium reduced the risk of cancer 50% for lung, prostrate and colorectal cancer. Right before that it has been found to function as a prevention for certain types of tumors.

In the book, “The Natural Pharmacy” Yet again there are research statements about Selenium preventing cancer. Now, Brazil nuts have selenium. So, if that is what you want to supplement with go for it.

I highly recommend you do not go crazy here. 200 mcg of Selenium is sufficient to supplement with. I don’t sell this product so don’t think I am sharing this for Monetary reasons. I will tell you where I get mine so if you choose to get high quality and less expensive you may purchase there.

I just know if you let the cows get out and then you shut the door of the barn, well that doesn’t help much. Let’s do some Cancer Prevention here, instead of watching this disease take over our lives!!

When I started as an RN 40 years ago, we saw 1 or 2 cases a year of cancer. I have been told 3 times in my life I have cancer. Of course, I pushed the doctors and found out the diagnosis was wrong. But, still the emotional trauma of hearing you have the Big C is devastating. Also, I lost 6 weeks of my life in 1994, mourning over the fact that I had breast cancer. After, visiting James Brown Cancer Center and finding out I had fluid filled cysts instead of cancer, I was a bit worn out with the diagnostics used. Oh well, that is another story!!

Just use this information if you want too!! I can’t make guarantees, but research goes back to the 1960s and yet no one is screaming this from the rooftops. Wonder Why?


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Let’s Talk About Sex Baby!!!

Parents!!!! Sex is not a Secret!!! This book has been written by Teena Drake as a handbook for anyone dealing with children!!! This is the launch!!! It is a must read!!! You won’t believe how much students do not know!!!

I have an old saying,”When hormones kick in, the brain kicks out!!!

Mrs. Drake in her first year as 8th grade Science teacher,  learned that her students were terribly misinformed. In fact, several 8th grade girls became pregnant. No, they were not dating!!! The students were sharing information with each other, “Like if you jump up and down after sex you will not get pregnant!!” Well, that didn’t prove to be scientific!!

In the school system where Mrs. Drake was teaching “Sex Education” had been removed. Not that I think that it was totally adequate to teach children, it was better than what the students knew. The proper healthy emotional development starts at home. I know some parents are not prepared to be parents!! This book is for the responsible parent who wants their child to develop a healthy sense of themself!!! May I ask do not wait until they are grown and say, “I don’t know what I did wrong” It is the parent that needs to take responsibility if they are going to have kids. My daughter was 11 before I took parenting classes. She was out maturing me!!! Parenting is a roller coaster ride anyway, but I was an emotionally immature parent. How about you?

I went on to become a Registered Nurse. I have heard stories that would curl your hair!! LOL!!! Even with my education, I had many times that I found out my daughter did not have the correct information about her body and sex. However, she was not talking to me after puberty. I directed her to my friends that were health care professionals. Thank goodness she heard that part!!!

Parenting is the most important job any person will ever have!!! Sex education is part of that job!!!

It does not matter how innocent your child is, they are exposed to other people out there!! It is better for the parent/grandparent/caregiver of the child to start age appropriate discussions in a safe, loving environment. Please understand, do not wait until the hormones kick in around Puberty!! If you wait that long, the child feels embarressed and will not share what they already know or do not know!!! Start early, the child will get bored if you get too deep past their interest!!! Use this handbook to realize that kids are curious whether you tell them or not. You are not protecting them by bringing your own hangups into parenthood!!

Because of lack of the right information, we have children raising children!!! It’s hard enough to be a parent when you are mature. Then, I think the parent needs to be taking some parenting classes along the way. We bring our own issues into our family!!! If you have kids well, you probably had sex!!!

One thing I must add here, if you are not communicating with your young children, you are allowing them to be open to molestation!!! If they can’t tell you, will they tell if someone is inappropriate with them.

This is the first step, read the book. Mrs. Drake is willing to speak to groups about all she has learned at school and raising 4 children.

This book is only $10. It is already ready on Amazon. Soon, Kindle will have it.

Anyone, local can order directly from the Author and get a signed copy!!.If we ship, we will charge approriate shipping charge.  Mrs. Drake is on facebook and her email is teena.drake@gmail.com. Please put request for book in subject line!!! Books are in stock right now!!! So, get yours now!!!


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What is Integrity?

Last week, I was taking a class and learned something so important. I would have told you that I lived with Integrity. But, I learned that maybe I was not totally correct. Here is what I mean!

I have been doing this 90 Days to Freedom with my team!!! We are to work on 5 areas of our life: Spiritual, Physical, Mental, Emotional, and Financial!! That is all good, set my plan and went to work improving myself. I had some work to do!!!

Then, last week I took a class under T. Harv Eker. He defined Integrity as whole and complete!! That didn’t seem to bother me cause, I was working on the areas of my life.

I do what I say I am going to do!!! Right? Yes, I am always doing for other people!!

Part of Integrity is to Keep Your Word!!! I do that!!! Then, he said, but people whine about the “Law of Attraction” not working for them. I had thought that myself!!

Then, he explained why, Keeping  Your Word, means keeping your word to yourself too!!!

How many times, do we complete everything else for everyone else in our lives, then when it comes time to do for ourselves we stop. I am too tired!!! That is one of my greatest excuses. T. Harv Eker explained, if you say to the universe I am going to do this for myself, then don’t do it, the universe is not going to get behind you. Because, you didn’t keep your word to yourself!!! That slapped me right up side of the head.

So, acting in integrity is keeping your word to others and yourself!!! So, I have to improve keeping my word to myself!!! Then, as I take action the universe will see I mean what I say, get behind me and set the momentum!!!

One last point, if you are not going to do it, don’t say that you are!!!

Eight Ways to Make a Miracle!!!

Advice to Live By!!!

After losing my Mother in June 2015, I was forced to dig through many memories. Things she had saved and 200 years of what my family had saved!!! It has been a reflective time with both sadness and joy!!! Today, I am sharing something I had saved!!! I think it is some of the best advice anyone could give!!!

  1. Don’t die with your music still inside you. Listen to your intuitive inner voice, find the passion that stirs your soul and then follow it.
  2. Keep this in mind: You can’t give away what you don’t have. You can’t give happiness if you’re unhappy. Nor can you receive it. So create an inventory of love and joy.  The universe responds with the same energy that you send out.
  3. Embrace Silence.  Scientist and religious philosopher Pascal observed that all man’s unhappiness comes from his being unable to sit quietly in a room. So make time to be silent.
  4. Give up your personal history. Stop using past abuses and shortcomings to justify self-defeating behaviors. your past is over!  Focus on the Now!!!
  5. Don’t become mired in Resentment. When you resent people, you turn the controls of your emotional life over to them.
  6. Treat yourself as if you already are what you’d like to be.  Acting “as if” sets in motion the forces that make dreams come true. What you think about expands!!!
  7. Treasure your Divinity. Don’t forget that you are a part of God. The ever-present power of love that never abandons you and never runs dry!!!
  8. Avoid the weakening thoughts of shame, guilt, apathy, fear and anger.  Thoughts that empower you are peace, joy,love, and acceptance. Make a conscious decision to take charge of your thinking, Be an optimist!!!!

I found this published in “Family Circle” magazine January, 14, 2003. It is now yellow and had been hanging on my refrigerator for years. For some reason, this morning I got the message to look for this. You can call that angel intervention or whatever you choose!!! Now, I am sharing it with you!!!







Vitamin D-What It Can Mean To Your Health!!!

Can Vitamin D Help The Wintertime Blues and More?


  1. I got interested in Vitamin D when we discovered that my brother was deficient in this vitamin. A man that worked outside cutting wood was not producing any Vitamin D!!! So, I began to research on the subject!! I even went to training by Dr. Norm Shealy. He pounded the use of Vitamin D with heart patients. That may be when we began to question my brother’s deficiency, I do not recall!!

    I don’t expect you to believe me about Vitamin D!!   I do recommend you do some research if you have any of the symptoms or family history for what I discuss!!!

    Let’s start by discussing the Wintertime Blues!!

    In general, it takes 20 minutes of direct sunlight that produces UVB rays to produce enough Vitamin D in the body. (This means outside not through a glass!!!) However, during the winter months for the population above Atlanta, GA, there is not enough sun to absorb. Endorphin levels decrease, and people report the “Wintertime Blues.”

    This can be remedied by adding 2000 IUs of Vitamin D3 to your vitamin regimen. We used this regimen with my elderly Mother because she got no sun exposure. We were able to see a marked difference in her happiness level.

    Researching Vitamin D became more interesting when I discovered that persons with heart problems were low in Vitamin D. Guess what, they also, have more depression!!!

    Dr. Norm Shealy recommended 50,000 IUs of Vitamin D per week for heart patients. Oddly enough, my brother’s doctor, upon discovering his deficiency  ordered 50,000 IUs once per week for him.

    I knew that we used Vitamin D to enhance the absorption of calcium. Especially, for the prevention of osteoporosis for the over 50 age group. In fact, that was the use of Vitamin D for years. But, there is so much more that can be helped.

    I went to work researching more information. Dr. Mercola and Dr. Holick have become the leading authorities of Vitamin D. supplementation. “The Vitamin D Solution” by Dr. Holick is a great resource if you want to delve into this subject.


    • Vegans
    • Persons with Milk allergies
    • Those that get no sunlight or dark skinned people that might not absorb Vitamin D from the exposure from sunlight.
    • A lot of my work has included working with cancer patients as you know by reading this site. I have learned that 30-60% of cancers can be prevented just by taking Vitamin D.So, both leading killers, cardiovascular disease and cancer risks can be reduced 50%!!! Vitamin D helps reduce heart attacks but also, if you have a good level in your body, you will not die if you have a heart attack. 


      Hypertension (High Blood Pressure) usually caused by the lack of elasticity in the blood vessels can improve by supplementing with Vitamin D.

      Let’s just do a list of what low Vitamin D levels can relate to in the human body:

      • Cardiovascular Disease
      • Cancer
      • Cognitive Impairment in the older adult
      • Severe Asthma in children
      • Diabetes
      • Hypertension
      • Multiple Sclerosis
      • Depression
      • Bones Aching
      • Crohns Disease
      • Celiac
      • Gluten allergies
      • Muscle Function and Weakness
      • Rheumatoid Arthritis
      • Psoriasis
      • Tiredness
      • Colds, infections and Flu
      • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
      • Weakness

      Overweight folks need more Vitamin D than those of normal body weight!!!

      Let me give you just one example of this is in the elderly!! Have you ever noticed an elderly person trying to get out of a chair?  They seem so weak they cannot lift themselves up. This is a prime of example of Vitamin D deficiency!!

      Please take this seriously!!! Reducing cancer by 50%, come on now, that is worth taking a supplement.  The doctors are supplementing 2000 IUs-4000 IUs per day. If you fall in the higher risk areas or already have some of the problems listed above supplementation needs to go higher like 7000 IUs per day. 50,000 IUs seems to be the max per week that would be needed. If you want to have your blood checked, go to your doctor and ask for a blood test. However, the researchers indicate that some people need a little higher level for prevention of disease.


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