ElderCare

Your grandparents just made a major change in their lives; they moved into an assisted living facility. The coordinator at assisted living encouraged that as new residents, they ought to get physicals to assure that their health, though always monitored, was on target. They’re all set and they don’t need any more monitoring, right? Wrong. What guidance ought you give? Because they are elderly their blood sugar, cholesterol, blood pressure, diet must be monitored more closely.  Blood sugar? The elderly have a higher chance of developing type II diabetes-indicators of which can be found on routine blood tests. Cholesterol and … Continue reading ElderCare

What your ankles say about Your Heart

No, they don’t shout from the rooftop or send messages, but these little old skinny things can speak volumes.  If you’ll look at them you may notice a thing or two. They may be swollen. Or, your feet, ankles, and calves may be swollen and your feet may be a bit sore. Remember when we spoke of congestive heart failure (CHF)? Well, in CHF, for several reasons, the heart loses its ability to be an effective pump, a pump that needs to be strong enough to send blood from the arms and legs back to the heart. There are a … Continue reading What your ankles say about Your Heart

Congestive heart failure-in a dog?

I’ve been gone a while, so I’ll be brief. I had a post all ready to go when: BAM! I went to the ER for stomach pain. “No worries, I’ll be here a few hours and they’ll say: ‘go home and take some tums.’” Mega tests, 6 days and a medical nightmare later, I came home this past Friday,  looking forward (?) to finishing that article. Curses, foiled again! The very next morning our dog, who jumped in the air on Friday night when I came home, was barely able to stand and by nightfall, she was falling if she … Continue reading Congestive heart failure-in a dog?

“And the beat goes on…”

We rarely think about our hearts, but minute after minute, day after day, year after year… you get the picture: our hearts rarely miss a beat. Unless we are athletes who monitor our heart rate or our heart is ‘broken’ in romance, we usually don’t give it a second thought. That we aren’t aware of our heart isn’t because we don’t appreciate it; it’s because we don’t feel it work so we rarely think about it. But we become much more focused on our heart when it doesn’t work right. When it works right, the heart is the hub of … Continue reading “And the beat goes on…”

Related to healthcare? Merry Christmas!

Not at all related to healthcare or health, this is completely related to Christmas; a Christmas funny which did my heart good. Quite frankly, after a year of dealing with a more serious side of life, I want a break and I figure, If I want that break, you might be needing or wanting one, too. Feel free to leave a comment and let me know how you feel about my placing fun stuff here, every now and then. Or every week….stretching it?    MERRY CHRISTMAS! Continue reading Related to healthcare? Merry Christmas!