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Kongaika Tonga Reunion Trip August 2019

‘Isileli Tupou Kongaika served as the Mission President in the Tonga Nuku’alofa Mission from 1989-1992. His family including wife, Ruth and children, Liana, Robert, Joel, and Jacob lived in the Sopu Mission Home those three years.

Since then, he has lived in Hawaii and then retired to the Salt Lake City area in Utah. In August, 2019, he met with Joel, his son, and three grandchildren, Anna, Eryn, and Joseph in Tonga and they stayed for two weeks traveling around Tongatapu, to the island of Pangai, Ha’apai, and Vava’u.  Grandma Kongaika stayed home as well as Joel’s wife Meilani and daughter, Lily.

On the way to Tonga, ‘Isi stopped over in Auckland, New Zealand, where he met with many of his former missionaries and families. They shared memories of their missions and treated their old president with much love and respect. They fed him and encouraged him to speak, but alas, he had lost his voice due to a bad cold. 

The three grandchildren had not been in Tonga before and enjoyed learning more about their grandfather and father’s culture. They endured culture shock, Tongan feasting, mosquitos, cockroaches, high humidity, grandpas long stories, and sea sickness. 

As their grandmother, I was acutely aware of the hazards that the grandchildren might experience. I prayed every day for their safety and well being. Thankfully, all of them survived their trip and made new friends. Grandpa had them very involved with the Tongan missionaries and school children in Tonga. 

All of the traveling group became ill on the trip, but are now on the mend. Grandma was asked several times why she didn’t go also. My excuse is that I had a pretty bad year health wise and didn’t want to get sick again. 

Joel was too excited to return to Tonga and relive his childhood. To be continued…

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A new day, and a new blog!

This is the place we can share our positive experiences with our grandchildren.

12 grandchildren

Recently, I realized that I have twelve beautiful grandchildren to dote on! It is quite the blessing as well as a responsibility. These precious souls range in age from 10 to 21 years. Of course, I have a birthday board with their months listed on it and a block that represents each grandchild (placed carefully according to the day). It helps remind me of whose birthday is coming up.

With so many birthdays to remember, I also keep a list with my calendar reminding me what year they were born. I don’t want to miss any milestones in their lives, and pray the good Lord will allow me sufficient health and memory to celebrate those special days with them.

I would love to hear how you remember your grandchildren’s birthdays and tell us about any of those special days you have spent with them.

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Birthday Board – gifted to me by Meilani Kongaika Christmas 2018
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How to Make Your Flu Shot Last Longer

How to Make Your Flu Shot Last Longer.

According to realage.com, the flu shot does not last as long in elderly people. In fact, they claim that 25 percent of elderly that receive a flu shot still do not have adequate protection. This may be because of underlying illness, an aging immune system, dietary factors, prior vaccinations, and exposure to other flu viruses.

Beauty, health

Healthy Workouts

You usually think about stretching before you workout. But, what you eat before you workout is just as important. The same goes for what you put in your body after you are finished.

If you do not eat the right kind of food, exercising vigorously can actually compromise your immune system. Then you will end up sick instead of getting stronger.

Not eating the right amount and kind of food before and after working out can break down your muscles, and cause a depletion of your body’s essential nutrients.

What you should eat

Have your last full meal three to four hours before you exercise. This will avoid nausea or stomach cramps. About an hour before you workout, eat a snack that is mostly carbohydrates.

Carbs are key since they go into the bloodstream faster than protein or fat.

Good choices include a banana, handful of grapes, or a piece of toast with some jam.

What you should drink

You should keep your body hydrated. Drink eight to 16 ounces of water within an hour before starting your workout.

During your workout

If you plan to workout for less than an hour, you will not need to eat during your workout. You should have enough glucose in your blood as well as glycogen stored within your muscle. If you feel you need a boost, you can eat a high-carb snack such as half of an energy bar which has about 100 calories.

For every fifteen minutes that you exercise, you should drink six to eight ounces of water. If you workout longer than an hour, a sports drink is recommended to replenish your body.

After your workout

Protein is important after you workout for muscle recovery and repair. You could eat a snack like yogurt with fresh fruit, apple slices with peanut butter or half of a turkey sandwich on wheat bread.

You should be totally rehydrated within an hour after finishing your workout. Drink 16 to 24 ounces of water.

Fueling your workouts before, during and after, with the right foods will help to build stamina and boost your immune system.
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Health Aids for Weak Hands

You may suffer from weak hands due to age, disease or an injury. Every day tasks can be very difficult, especially cooking, cleaning, and dressing.

You can live a fairly normal life despite the lack of strength in your hands with the help of a few home health aids.

Dressing Aids

Buttons, zippers and other fasteners can pose a threat to you if you have weak hands. Fortunately, you can find many aids to help you dress and undress yourself. There are zipper pulls and rings, button hooks, leg lifts, long shoe horns, and stocking aids that can make getting dressed less of a nightmare for you.

Grippers

Medication bottles and jars may also be a challenge to you. Many variations of gripping aids have been invented to help you along. Some are very simple and others can be quite sophisticated. There are grips for helping you to pick up your utensils, hold your mug or cup, hold a razor or toothbrush as well as opening that difficult jar lid.

Kitchen Aids

If making food for yourself seems impossible with your condition, you will find that there are several specially made tools for the kitchen. Spring-loaded scissors can assist you in opening packages. They decrease the pressure on your hands when closing them. There are also peelers that have large grips as well as ladles and knives. You can find cutting boards with suction cups which keep them from slipping or moving.

You might have heard about titanium jewelry and the health benefits you can derive from wearing it.

Titanium is a beautiful, strong, and light-weight metal which has become popular in recent years.

It is well known for the magnetic therapy qualities as a part of a alternative medical care program.

Because titanium will not rust or cause allergic reactions, it is very compatible with the human skin.

You can wear titanium jewelry in the shower, bath, during sports and while swimming.

Magnets have been used for centuries to relieve pain from arthritis and other causes. Your pain results from an accumulation of toxins. Testimonials and clinical studies regarding titanium has contributed to the popularity of titanium jewelry.

The inherent magnetic energy can stimulate your body to increase the flow of oxygen and blood. This action relieves your pain and also reduces inflammation. Energy created from the magnets helps to flush away the lactic acid which causes the pain.

Many who suffer from arthritis of injuries find titanium jewelry to be very effective.

If you suffer from a carpal tunnel malady, titanium can stimulate the nerves in the affected area and help to promote healing. It attracts the iron in your red blood cells toward the pain and can increase your blood flow up to 300 percent so you can heal faster.

Athletes who use titanium jewelry constantly attest to increased energy and stamina. Studies have shown that wearing titanium helps the body achieve balance which helps the nervous system to function better.

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Cancer Markers

You may have been curious how doctors can tell what stage of cancer a person has.

Alpha-fetoprotein or AFP is a type of tumor marker which is used to diagnose cancer. These markers are used to determine which stage of cancer a patient has. Tumor markers are substances (mostly proteins) that are produced by the body or by the tumor itself in response to cancer.

A high reading of certain proteins in a urine or blood sample may indicate a more aggressive cancer. Usually, the higher the resulting number of the marker, the higher the stage of cancer.

Where symptoms suggest cancer in a patient, urine and blood samples are taken and submitted to a laboratory to be tested for cancer tumor marker levels.

The results assist the physician in determining if a patient has cancer. They can also help diagnose the type of cancer the patient has.

Cancer markers also are useful in determining the prognosis for the patient. They are also used to check to see if cancer has returned after remission.

A biopsy is taken once a diagnosis of cancer has been made, and again tumor markers can help to determine the amount of cancer that is present in the patient’s body.

Advanced cancer is indicated by higher tumor marker levels and the prognosis is less positive.

With the help of cancer markers, a doctor can then determine the best treatment for the patient.

Types of Tumor Markers

Some of the most common tumor markers (AFP) are used for diagnosing the following cancers:

Liver
Ovarian
Breast
Gastrointestinal
Pancreatic
Lung
Colon
Prostate
Cancer research is ongoing in hopes to discover tumor markers for other types of cancers.

Not just one tumor marker is used for all cancers, and not all cancers have tumor markers that work specifically for their diagnosis and treatment.

Once cancer treatment has been started by a patient, they will need to have further testing with tumor markers to see if their particular treatment is working.

If the tumor marker level declines, it usually is an indication that the current treatment is working.

If the level increases or stays the same, the physician may try a different form of treatment.

It is important that a certain amount of time has passed between cancer marker testing to give the treatment a chance to work on the tumor.

Drawbacks of Tumor Markers

There are only a few cancer tumor markers that are able to find cancer in the early stages. In fact, there are certain noncancerous diseases which may contribute to a high tumor marker level.

On occasion, cancer tumor marker levels may not be elevated in a person who really has cancer. It is important that all tests are taken into consideration, including a complete physical examination, history of the patient, other laboratory tests and scans.

Another drawback of testing with tumor markers is that sometimes you get a false positive. There are a few factors that might contribute to an inaccurate lab test. Certain medications can alter the results of blood and urine tests, including Vitamin C, Naproxen Sodium or Tylenol. Some antibiotics can also affect the tests.

False positives rates for tumor marker tests are usually 5 per cent. For other false positives or false negatives and their causes go to this link.

Personally, I have lost a boss to cancer from smoking. It was not lung, but nose cancer. He was way too young to die, and was a very kind man. He was a chain smoker.

I am glad that research continues on cancer markers to help in detecting cancer cells early on so a person has a better chance of surviving.

If you have peculiar symptoms, breast changes, weight loss, unusual bleeding, unexplained fatigue, gnawing pain, indigestion, changes in lymph nodes, depression, or persistent cough or sore that will not heal, go to see your doctor. It is better to be tested early rather than wait until it is too late to treat it.

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