Thursday, August 30, 2012
Heart Attack is the #1 killer of Women in the US.
Symptoms are different for women than men.
This info comes from the American Heart Association.
We’ve all seen the movie scenes where a man gasps, clutches his chest and falls to the ground. In reality, a heart attack victim could easily be a woman, and the scene may not be that dramatic.
“Although men and women can experience chest pressure that feels like an elephant sitting across the chest, women can experience a heart attack without chest pressure, ” said Nieca Goldberg, M.D., medical director for the Joan H. Tisch Center for Women's Health at NYU’s Langone Medical Center and an American Heart Association volunteer. “Instead they may experience shortness of breath, pressure or pain in the lower chest or upper abdomen, dizziness, lightheadedness or fainting, upper back pressure or extreme fatigue.”
Even when the signs are subtle, the consequences can be deadly, especially if the victim doesn’t get help right away.
‘I thought I had the flu’
Even though heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, women often chalk up the symptoms to less life-threatening conditions like acid reflux, the flu or normal aging.
“They do this because they are scared and because they put their families first,” Goldberg said. “There are still many women who are shocked that they could be having a heart attack.”
A heart attack strikes someone about every 34 seconds. It occurs when the blood flow that brings oxygen to the heart muscle is severely reduced or cut off completely. This happens because the arteries that supply the heart with blood can slowly become thicker and harder from a buildup of fat, cholesterol and other substances (plaque).
Watch an animation of a heart attack.
Many women think the signs of a heart attack are unmistakable — the image of the elephant comes to mind — but in fact they can be subtler and sometimes confusing.
You could feel so short of breath, “as though you ran a marathon, but you haven't made a move,” Goldberg said.
Some women experiencing a heart attack describe upper back pressure that feels like squeezing or a rope being tied around them, Goldberg said. Dizziness, lightheadedness or actually fainting are other symptoms to look for.
“Many women I see take an aspirin if they think they are having a heart attack and never call 9-1-1,” Goldberg said. “But if they think about taking an aspirin for their heart attack, they should also call 9-1-1.”
Take care of yourself
Heart disease is preventable. Here are Goldberg’s top tips:
•Schedule an appointment with your healthcare provider to learn your personal risk for heart disease. You can also learn your risk with our Heart Attack Risk Calculator.
•Quit smoking. Did you know that just one year after you quit, you’ll cut your risk of coronary heart disease by 50 percent?
•Start an exercise program. Just walking 30 minutes a day can lower your risk for heart attack and stroke.
•Modify your family’s diet if needed. Check out these healthy cooking tips. You’ll learn smart substitutions, healthy snacking ideas and better prep methods. For example, with poultry, use the leaner light meat (breasts) instead of the fattier dark meat (legs and thighs), and be sure to remove the skin.
Heart Attack Signs in Women
1.Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest. It lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back.
2.Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
3.Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
4.Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
5.As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.
If you have any of these signs, don’t wait more than five minutes before calling for help. Call 9-1-1 and get to a hospital right away.
To all my Spark Buds, please take good care of yourselves. You are too important to Spark and the other members to have you be gone for any length of time!! By joining Spark and making your lifestyle healthy, you have taken the first step towards a healthy heart.
At the site listed at the end, I have signed up for email info that comes about once a month or less. I also signed for the Go Red For Women program. i hope some of you do, too.
I love each and every one of you!
Peace, love, hope
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Today was the day. I had a checkup with my radiation oncologist. I'm not too happy about all he had to say. First let me say that according to the US
Department of Health and Human Services, the lowest number for being a healthy weight is 18.5 and mine is 19.5. Well the first thing Dr K told me was that I looked like someone just released from a concentration camp!!! Then he said I am malnourished and I needed to gain 20-40 pounds!! He said more protein and good fats. He also said I should be eating 7 meals a day to reach 2000 calories a day!! He suggested a personal dietician. To say the very least I am NOT going to gain weight to put myself in the overweight category!! I would then be at the first of the overweight numbers if I would lose all he wants me to. He said in Feb I was 149 lbs and today I am 117 lbs. He said that isn't a healthy loss. I told him I was feeling fine and I only have bad days once in a great while. He said he wasn't going to sit by and watch me starve myself to death!
My cancers appear to be totally gone, but I'm to get a PET scan in two weeks and if I don't have another cancer to make me lose so much weight that whatever I'm doing is wrong. I'm to also see him next month to see how I'm doing in gaining weight.
OK Buds, this is the last picture taken of me last month and I am at 120 - my goal weight. Tell me honestly, do I look malnourished? I really want to know one way or the other. if most of you think I am, along with my doctor AND Bob, I'll try really hard to gain some. But i REFUSE to gain to where I am considered overweight!! Please, please, please be honest. It is what i need. I am also going to check on the dietician for her fees as insurance nor medicare will pay for any of it. Oh, I nearly forgot he is wanting a home health worker to give me a medical examination. That I can go along with. What worries me the very most is how much he wants me to gain. He said at 150 lbs., but I really cannot do it. I'm nearly in tears from all this. I'm not sure how much more I can do today.
As positive as I try to be each and every day, this has taken the wind right out of my sails. I've been so proud of reaching goal and to be told what I was today, hurts so bad. It also makes me angry, too, because I feel that I was in the healthy range on the BMI and that was never considered at all.
I am going to try to do as much as possible because helping others cheers me and makes me happy. I'll see how that works out before I make up my mind.
Thank y'all for listening to my rant and rave. And please be sure to comment on the picture when you leave your other comments.
Peace, love, and happiness to all my Buds. I love each of you very much.
Friday, August 24, 2012
Day #13 in Self discovery Blog - Write a letter to the musician whose music has seen you through bad times and good times.
Dear Ms Dion,
My name is Evelyn and I wanted you to know what a big fan of yours I am. Your 1996 album "Falling Into You" has really helped me through some bad times and good. When i had to travel about 30 miles to get to see my mama and 30 miles back, I would play cds and I would always pick out this one. Mama was in a nursing home and had been molested by an Alzheimer's patient who had no idea what he was doing. Traveling to the nursing home after I had been told the news, I had your album in the player and just played it again. The music was upbeat and helped me to not think about what i was going to be seeing when i got there. With all my experience in law enforcement and rape crisis team, I could hardly bare to see my mama so confused. She could barely speak and her roommate couldn't at all so neither could call for help. When I left I cried. Then I got into the car and put your album in the player and began to feel much better.
My brother still had to be told. I think that was one of the most difficult calls i ever made - telling him his mother had been molested. He got really quiet. Fortunately he was coming to our home from his about 800 miles away to visit her for the weekend so he was with her the very next day. His daughter was with him and she really helped with laws, etc as she has her doctorate in sociology majoring in geriatrics. Once more your album came to my rescue. I had a very difficult time dealing with all of this. "River Deep, Mountain High" was one of my very favorites.
About a year and a half later, mama passed away. Both my brother and i gave talks of our memories of her. We had to do it twice - once at her service here and then her burial service in our hometown. I know it is a love song, but it worked perfectly for me. i read the words to "Because You Loved Me". Especially the lines - "I'm all that I can be because you loved me." "You lift me up when I was down" and "you taught me I could fly".
Thank you so much for giving all of us that song. It quickly became one of my all time favorites. My mama never let me down. Whenever I hear you singing that song, i have such beautiful memories, especially of good times with our entire family. I can't really find the proper words to tell you how much this has all been for me. I had to let you know how you touched the life of one woman.
Thus this letter.
May you be blessed, and have love and peace always.
Peace, love, and strength to all my SparkBuds. I love all of you!!!
Monday, August 20, 2012
Today's the day I promised to announce the top three winners. I had some help in deciding the winners as there were soooo many good entries!! The top prize winner will receive the prize straight from ancestry.com. Top three, please remember to send me your information that I may send to Ancestry and the 2nd and third prizes to the winners. Thank you to everyone who took part in the contest. A huge thank you to Sandy, one of the team leaders for our genealogy team, for helping with the decision. And an even bigger thank you to Ancestory.com for having their ACES hold these contests.
Without further ado, here are the winners along with their entries. I have listed them #3 to #1.
#3 SDANIEL75 :
For Q #1 -There wasn't much available for my dad's side though. His family name is Sweeney and I believe it was shortened from Mc or Mac Sweeney. I would like to know if they hailed from Ireland or Scotland and their occupation.
For Q #2 - I know my grandfather had a cart that sold fresh potato chips somewhere in the northeast but I would like to know what he did prior to or after this venture. He retired to Ozona , Florida in the late 50's or early 60's. His name is Leo E. Sweeney.
1) "What would you like to find out the most about your ancestors?"
I have been searching my history for over 30 years and have amassed quite a lot of information in that time BUT I have 2 main mysteries left to uncover. What happened to my paternal great grandfather's siblings and where did my maternal great grandmother's family come from? Having a very unusual surname for the former, I've been lucky in some regards. The latter name is such a common surname it makes it quite difficult to trace.
2) "What kinds of questions do you feel you will have answered by researching the 1940 Census records?"
As the form of transportation became easier our family moved out across the states. Is the answer to my 2 main mysteries stored in an elusive distant cousin's attic. Tracing those cousins has opened up many new windows for me to explore as well as new stories and photos to add. The 1940 census will offer the ability to easier find these distant families and I have hope that my brick wall will start having large holes in it filled with new information.
1) "What would you like to find out the most about your ancestors?"
In general, the various places they emigrated from - I know some were from Germany, some from France, some from England, and several came into the US in the early 1800s from Canada. I'd like to find out more information, tho. In particular, there's one branch of the French-Canadian connection I'd like to trace - I'm hoping to find documentation to 'prove' which ancestors are actually ours.
2) "What kinds of questions do you feel you will have answered by researching the 1940 Census records?"
Although the 1940 records are the most complete (that is, compared to previous available censuses) they are incredibly difficult to sift thru, to my mind. The country had already begun heading towards a war economy, and consequently many people were already on the move - in my family, an uncle had enlisted in the Navy and two aunts had moved to DC to work in the federal government. This might not have been a big deal if they hadn't moved far, but this involved leaving home and going 400 miles - a very long-distance move at that time. Not knowing quite where they lived (the uncle was based in northern VA, I think, while my aunts - sisters - shared an apartment somewhere around Glen Echo) means I would either have to comb relentlessly through who-knows-how-many pages... or I have to wait until the census is completely referenced and cross-indexed. In short - at this time, I don't feel as tho my questions would be answered by the 1940 census. Grandparents and great-grandparents all lived in the same houses they'd lived in as of 1930 (and in some of these cases, the same houses they'd lived in all their lives), with the exception of one set of great-grandparents who lived 'somewhere in TX.' Eventually, I hope the 1940 census will enable me to find just where the Texas branch were, but in the meantime, I fear it's of little help, as I don't even know what county they were in.
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Today(Sunday 8/19) starts Friendship week. I always enjoy these kinds of special days and weeks. So much so that I get reminders from 123 Greetings.
I have blogged about friendships and how difficult i think it is to make them and keep them at an older age. I hated leaving all my friends in Ohio. Along with my family that is what I have missed the most. Having friends that grew up with me and went through my laughter and tears with me and I didn't have to explain anything to them are the kind I'm talking about. When I first moved to FL most of my friends were my mama's friends. Then I started to make some on my own. There were three of us who got really close. We all three worked for the City, though Pam and I were on the same watch at the PD. We quit within a week of each other and went to vo tech to get the cosmetology license program. No one believed we hadn't planned it, but we didn't even tell each other because we thought the other would be angry!
My birthday is the end of October, Gerry's was the middle of January, and Pam was youngest with her birthday at the end of January. Gerry even knew my home ground territory as she grew up perhaps 30 miles from me. She knew a lot of the places around where I lived and we figured we were probably at the same places at the same time!! The evening Pam and I took our state boards,
I was exhausted. Gerry called to see how we did and my mama told her I was sleeping and she didn't want to bother me. Gerry said she'd call me the next day. I had just gotten to work when the phone rang and since I was nearest, I answered. It was the fellow I was dating. He called to tell me Gerry and her husband had been on their way to work and a guy who was DUI and running from the police plowed into their vehicle and hit right where Gerry was sitting. She was killed. She was in her 40's. This was very difficult for Pam and I to take. We kept saying the three of us would be in the nursing home at the same time to give all the nurses and docs trouble! Then in Oct 2001, Pam died from breast cancer. She fought it for nearly three years. She was an only child and her parents were gone, so she always told the hospital I was her sister so I could get into see her no matter what. Her death was almost more than I could handle. Even the neighbor I had gone job hunting with and was my mama's neighbor for about 10 years before I came here, died from breast cancer about a year after. I still had tons of on-line friends, but it is different. Not better or worse, just different.
This county is made up of a lot of state and national forest land and a lot of forests that belong to Georgia Pacific as they have a plant here and are a big employer. Even though it is large in square miles, it is low in population. There are about 250 people in the area where I am. The town closest to us is 600. Where we go to church, to our primary care doctor, the outlet store, and where we grocery shop is the next closest town and it is 1700. The county seat is 30 miles away and is 35,000 population. Needless to say, one really needs family or close friends to get support and friendship that they need.
By now I think a lot of you know how close Bob and I are, but sometimes it would just be nice to have someone to talk to, go for coffee or girls' shopping, or scrapbook or do genealogy or just sit and watch the beautiful sunsets. Since we are so close to the ocean, it would be nice to go there and take pictures, walk around town or on one of the beaches. Gerry, Pam, and I went to a lot of craft shows and sales from a lot of the area organizations. Many womens groups and churches have art shows, Christmas shows, style shows, etc. It was really nice to share. They are really good memories that I have.
Even my daily walks and exercises would be a lot more fun to have someone to share them. I had found a Spark Bud from our county seat and I was very hopeful, but she left our site before I could really get to know her. So that never went anywhere. I think with the mobility of our society today, this happens with a lot more people than I. I must say Bob has had a much easier time of it. He has all kinds of friends here. He loves to talk and as I say, he has never met a stranger! But he knows more people here than I do.
There are several books that I would like to recommend to anyone else who is in a similar situation as I or just has an interest in the subject.
1) The Friendship Crisis (Finding and making friends when you're not a kid anymore) by Marla Paul
2) MWF seeking BFF (My year long search for a new best Friend) by Rachel Bertsche
3) Natasha's Words For Friends by Natasha Josefowitz
The last one is a wonderful book of poetry for friends. Believe me, most women will understand them. A friend gave it to me when I was leaving to move here. I miss her.
So this is what has been on my mind. I truly wish some of my Spark Buds were real life buds, too, because that is how I think of them. Good friends I can share anything but time and phone calls and life experiences.
Peace, love, and hope. I love all of you my Spark friends. You mean the world to me.
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