Limit the caffeine

It’s Saturday morning and that cup of coffee without the rush of having to go to work results in the inherent desire to have a second cup; if one is good, two is better, right? After watering the flowers, which are just as thirsty as you (caffeine in coffee is a mild diuretic), you brew a larger pot. Wow, mmm, mmm good and then your husband emerges from the sack, scratching his scalp. “I’ll only have a cup if you’ll join me,” says he so you oblige, quite cognizant that this is # 3 and then the jitters begin. But you’re … Continue reading Limit the caffeine

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

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…”

Be still, my Heart!

On an average, our heart beats @ 80 times/minute. Assuming an 80-year lifespan, your heart could beat 3,363,840,000 times (TRILLION) in 80 years! When you think about it, the average exercise work-out might be 30 minutes; imagine the 80-year heart workout! I tire just thinking of it. We ask a lot of our hearts, and faithfully they give back; hour after hour, year after year, decade after decade: the heart pumps away and we’re rarely aware of it. The heart is a muscle with the principal function of maintaining a pulse. It maintains the pulse by way of a very tiny … Continue reading Be still, my Heart!