Patients, know your choices.

When you’re finding yourself in need of serious hospitalization for a major health condition, you place your trust, faith and well-being in the caregivers’ hands.  Those caregivers are surgeons, doctors, pharmacists, nurses, therapists and aids.  They are all required to know your case, discover your needs during recovery and follow up with the best course of action after the surgery is done.  All of this is taken down in your chart and the instructions are laid out in a manner that best fits your circumstances.  But what if you did everything right – you followed their orders to the letter and yet your health was compromised in a serious way?  A way that set you back further than you were before you went into the hospital initially?  And it was all due to a medication?pexels-photo-356054.jpegSuch was the situation we’ve had and it all came down to one medication that caused a serious life-threatening situation for my husband.  It was not through any fault of ours or any of the staff providing his care during the first hospitalization. Rather it lies fully at the medication’s doorstep.

Everyone has a list of meds they know they cannot take without serious side effects.  We keep those names burned in our minds and on our medical charts to safeguard ourselves when it comes time to approach a health issue that might require that med again.  When it’s listed, we all then know not to use that particular one but try something new, or in my husband’s case, something old.  The doctor or nurse asks why you don’t take med X and what was your reaction to it to have it black-listed.  Based on that they choose if the risks outweigh the benefits.  Ultimately the choice is yours to make.  You have the right to refuse a medication if you have any doubts or concerns about it based on the pros and cons you experienced.

While I will not tell you to not take life-saving medications, I do want others to know of our experience and our choice to make the decision we made based on his response to that medication.  The benefits were far outweighed by its negative impact.  It set him further back than where he’d started so we will proceed with caution with a simpler, older, well-documented med that we know will not compromise his health or cause serious side effects.

Know your rights as as a patient, make wise decisions based on prior knowledge and experience.  If in doubt anywhere along the way, research the meds and their side effects, know your body’s response habits, research your doctors and surgeons.  There are sites just for that very thing.  I’ll list some below to get you started.

Choose your state, then narrow the search by doctor’s name

https://www.ratemds.com

https://www.healthgrades.com

Medications – side effects, benefits, contraindications, used for….

Medications Side Effects

 

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I’ve been away a while now.  It’s not been easy to simply stop making soaps, lotions, scrubs, and all the other things that comprise my inventory but it has been necessary.

My husband’s health took priority over all else and when it faltered, there was no question but that I had to be there for him while he struggled to recover, slowly, one step at a time.

He’s well on down that road now and I’m relieved to see him doing so well and hopeful his life ahead will be as grace-filled and wondrous as it has always been.

Many of members of my family have stepped up to help us out when other things fell through and that has filled me with a deep gratitude for my family that reaches far beyond words.  Those who’ve been unable to be there physically for us have been there spiritually, lifting our spirits with little shimmers of sunshine that lit up our hearts, faces and our world.  Our latest grandchild was born during this time and that did so much for our spirits.  Our smiles have not stopped since welcoming little Cashwell into our hearts! Thank you to my daughter for allowing us to share in his birth at a distance.

My sons have offered a great deal of help in so many ways and for that I cannot every adequately thank them or repay them though they know we’ll certainly do our level best to try. When things are at their darkest, my children have always brought the light back into my world in a lasting and very personal way.  Thank you all for the gifts you’ve given me by being in my life and being supportive of both of us when we’ve needed you. It’s means so very much.

I will be able to get back to work very soon on what I love to do best and that is making all those wonderful things that help create a mood, an atmosphere of serenity, botanical bliss beyond compare and hope you’ll join me when I do.  In the meantime, we are loading up on new ideas, dreaming up wondrous things and looking forward to creative days to ahead.  We’ve got YouTube channel videos to film, too!

‘Shine On!

Moonshine with label & moon

Moonshine is here and I’m ready to try it out in a batch but want all those ducks in a row first, though, being a bit tipsy, they may wander off, stagger around, get lost or fall asleep somewhere before I can knock this one out.  I need just the right fragrance, just the right colours for this one.  I’ve waited about a year to get a moonshine soap made but if just the right fragrance and colours aren’t there, it isn’t good enough.  I already know the colours for it, though in what predominance is yet to be determined.  That may have to wait until the fragrance is chosen.  If it discolours, that will factor heavily into the colour choices and design.  I’d love to hear from you on this one.  What fragrance would be the perfect one for this potent brew in a bar soap?  Visit me at Neecy’s Facebook page to post your suggestion, in Twitter here or in Instagram here.

Stripe vs Square

Last summer I had to change out my online payment gateway from Stripe after they deemed it unacceptable to sell products made with what they felt were controversial ingredients such as Hyaluronic Acid which is in many of those high-priced face creams found in Nordtroms and others of their ilk. Why Stripe felt they knew more than we do about ingredients we use or don’t use in our products is something I’ll never quite grasp fully yet there it was as a new reality for online sales and card reader purchases at face-to-face events.

As a bath & body products crafter, I’ve done my homework, determined the truths from the myths, weighed the benefits of use against the negatives and always err on the side of caution, yet that final decision was taken from me as the business owner by a financial gateway provider?  I. Don’t. Think. So.

I checked out others, tried one and it didn’t work well for me so I tested out Square, a very popular option for other crafters in our industry.  They did not try to tell me what I may or may not sell.  They simply do their job and allow me to do mine.  I respect that.  Immensely!

With Square I’ve gotten so much more than just a payment gateway.  I’ve gotten a financial advisor and informative guide to what’s working as opposed to what isn’t.  As of this morning’s report I now know so much more about my business since sales going through Square than I ever did in years prior to the switch.

The Year-End report for 2017 includes all of the following

  • Sales by month
  • Best day for sales in the week
  • Total net sales for the year
  • Total transactions for the year
  • Sales by the month
  • Best month, their average, the improvement on the average based on the best sales month
  • Average daily sales
  • Average transactions per day & time of day
  • Record sales with date and amount
  • Best selling Items
  • My top customer in visits & sales

That last one give you a clear reason to offer loyalty points or bonuses of some sort when they return often buying certain items repeatedly.  There’s always a good reason to apply those patterns to your business to make that customer come back and tell their friends about you, too.  Word of mouth is a powerful advertising tool that’s completely in the hands of the customer so make that customer happy and keep them there!

If you’re not already there, here’s the link to Square so you can get the informed payment gateway choice.

Keeping it going

After the busy-ness of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday with the expiration of the sale coupon deadline looming as a Facebook notification reminded me, it hit me that many shoppers are still struggling to finish off their shopping lists, still searching high and low for bargains since the Black Friday weekend was over and stocks were. depleted completely in many places.  Where would these good people go for savings on quality hand crafted bath & body goods and find a great bargain as well?

I’ve often stated in my hashtags “I ❤ My Customers” or in the text lines of a post, tweet or Instagram message and it’s true.  My customers satisfaction means the world to me.  I love to make people smile, to make them happy, give them their money’s worth.  They know it through customer service how much I truly care regardless of the issue they’re having, good or bad.  I try to make a positive difference in their day because they deserve it when things are throwing challenges their way.  They know I care and with that sentiment, I decided to extend the sale coupon to December 20th.

Through December 20th at 11:59 pm the coupon code SHOPSMALL2017 will continue to give you 25% off your entire order throughout our online store.  This is the ONLY location for our products at this time so you won’t find us in your nearby favorite brick & mortar haunts.  We’re only to be found at https://www.neecysnecessities.com though we can be seen in Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google+ & YouTube.  Click our links below to follow us or subscribe to the channel and Facebook Group.

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Neecy’s Facebook Group. (My Group Page)

Neecy’s Instagram. (business Instagram page)

Neecy’s Twitter

YouTube channel under our business name

Our newest channel in YouTube

YouTube channel 3

Neecy’s web site

 

Crazy Sales Days (Daze?)

Others in our industry are also having banner sales receipts and they are to be congratulated for their successes.  In my own small way I’m having a good year as well.  Sales so far have cleared the shelves of 4 fragrances, two of which are best sellers, the other two are special limited edition items that are still debatable as repeaters.  They’re nice, yes, but are they outstanding?  Jury’s still out on that one.

I’m happy with the sales so far so I’m not going to look any gift horses in their mouths.  It could be far slower than it is and for the business I’ve gotten so far, I’m eternally grateful.  I just hope that I can say the same thing next year.  We all think this way during this time of year when we’re rushed off our feet.  I find myself wishing I was busier than I currently am, but then I stop and remember that it could be as silent as a tomb so I back it up and send a moment of gratitude to all who’ve made my business their destination for their bath & body supplies.

So with much gratitude and many wishes for a safe, healthy & prosperous holiday for all who shop with my online store, Neecy’s Necessities, I thank you with all my heart.  You’ve made my life meaningful, productive, creative and beautiful.  Happy holidays from my family to yours!

(PSSST – our sale ends Monday night at 11:59 pm, so stock up while there’s still time!) 

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Shopping Small keeps you home from the Mall

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After all of the visuals I’ve seen this morning from stores opening LAST NIGHT for Black Friday one-upmanship, I’m more than happy to stay home, curl up on the sofa and shop from home online.  It’s a zoo out there, folks!  No doubt about it.  Shootings, fights, thrown shoes.  Really?  Is any sale that important?

In a blatant and unapologetic self promotional post, I offer a safer option from the madding crowds.  Polish off your shopping list with us and we even offer to wrap it all up for you, too, complete with personalized tags and ship it to them if you choose to do that instead of having it shipped to you. Here’s our link  to keep it easy for you-

Neecy’s Necessities