Saturday, October 24, 2009

Home Remedies - What'sYour Poison?

  • fever
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • runny or stuffy nose
  • body aches
  • headache
  • chills
I received an email from a co-worker this week, offering me a 'home remedy' for a cough.  Now that I think about it, my coughing was probably getting on everyone's nerves.  For some reason, the annoying cough is always the one flu symptom that hangs on forever.

Supposedly, my co-worker's grandfather would slice onions in a bowl and then sprinkled them with sugar.  The 'syrup' created from the onion juice and sugar was then used to treat a pesky cough, and according to the email, it worked.  The added benefit was that it could be taken as often as needed without fear of over-dosing the patient.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

The Old Man is Snoring...

It's raining, it's pouring
The old man is snoring,
He went to bed and he bumped his head,
And couldn't get up in the morning.

The reason the old man couldn't get up in the morning wasn't because he hit his head, it was because of his snoring!

Sleep apnea is reported to effect more than 18 million American adults, and 1-10% of children.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Why Are You Feeling So Tired?

Have you been feeling sluggish lately, but you don't know why?  Is your skin dry? Are your fingernails brittle?  Are you experiencing a lack of concentration &/or feelings of depression? 
Have your eyebrows begun to thin and is your hair falling out?  Unexplained weight gain?

If you answered 'yes' to two or more of these questions, you may be experiencing low thyroid levels, or hypothyroidism.  It's estimated that over 12 million people suffer from thyroid disease, many of whom have yet to be diagnosed.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Breast Health-Just a Click Away!

Dear Sisters in Health,

Luckily, I have never had a scare after a mammogram.  I have been fortunate with my breast health.   So far, a few days after my mammogram, I receive my own hand addressed envelope from the clinic telling me that the results from my mammogram are normal.

Do You Know the Facts?

The National Breast Cancer Foundation estimates that each year, over 200,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and over 40,000 die. One woman in eight either has or will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. Approximately 1,700 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 450 will die each year.

If detected early, the five-year survival rate for breast cancer exceeds 96%. Mammograms are among the best early detection methods, yet 13 million U.S. women 40 years of age or older have never had a mammogram.

I am also fortunate to be working for a small company that provides a health insurance plan that I can participate in each month. My breast exam and annual physical is considered 'preventative care' and the expenses are covered in full by the policy. 

But what about our sisters over 40 years old that have never had a mammogram because of their financial circumstances?

How You Can Help Every Day

The Breast Cancer Site provides an excellent way for us to help our less than fortunate sisters.  All that is required from us is our time.

Click to Give a Free Mammogram

Check it out!   Be sure to sign up for your daily reminder via email.   Every day I just open the email remainder and click on the URL address provided.  How easy is that?!

Living a WOO HOO life, together!

'Til next time.    Believe.

Breast Cancer Awareness: Spot Compressions

"This message is for Sheree'.  Sheree', this is Patty calling from the Radiology Department. Would you please give us a call at 930-xxxx?"

I felt the fingers of fear begin their dance up my spine. I had to listen to the message three times before I was able to write down the full phone number.

"Hi, Patty.  This is Sheree', returning your call."

"Hi Sheree'.  Yes, the radiologist saw something on your mammogram films and would like you to come in this Friday at 10:00 for spot compressions.  Will that work for you?"