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Are/Were You A Sun-Worshiper???

Saturday, August 14, 2010

As a child of the 60s, I thought nothing of being in the sun for hours with no protection from the damaging rays. We swam and sailed and even laid on aluminum sheets with our bodies covered in baby oil with iodine added to it. Needless to say, my skin has suffered from this abuse. As an adult, I am still outside as much as possible. I am a gardener and think nothing of being in my gardens for hours at a time. Because I am now knowledgeable about skin cancer, I do use lotion with a SPF factor of at least 30. In 1987, I had a basal cell carcinoma removed from my just under my left eye. I have a yearly physical during which I have my primary physician check for any suspicious areas. This year, I went to a dermatologist. After looking me over and checking the areas that I was most worried about, he indicated an interest in a mole that I had hardly noticed. It isn't even raised. I have to have it removed and tested as soon as possible. While waiting in his office, I noticed a poster that showed a toddler with an adult face that was very wrinkled. The statement on the poster was that 80% of skin damage occurs before a person is 18 years of age. It is too late for me to reverse the damage I have allowed to happen, but.........it isn't too late to prevent more damage to myself, to my husband, to my kids, or to my grand-daughter. We all have to be aware and to be protected. I hope that YOU are........

  
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FLAME42 8/14/2010 10:56PM

    Yes, those were the days, no one knew back in the 50-60's how much damage the sun could do. Drove tractor in tube tops & shorts, many sunburns on my fair skin. I have had several basal & squamish cancer cells removed. Both of my daughters have used sunscreen, hats, and clothing for protecting their skin. My son has had a couple of burns but now is faithful with the sunscreen. Most of the grandchildren take care of their skin too. WEAR SUNSCREEN, HATS, and/or PROTECTIVE CLOTHING! Can't stress this enough.



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PENNYAN45 8/14/2010 8:57PM

    Yes, as a child I spent a lot of time sunbathing at the beach. As a blond, I often got burned - and would peel. At the time we thought nothing of it. We felt the tan (or the burn) enhanced our looks.

Now, I see a dermatologist semi-annually. I have already had one skin cancer removed.

I am happy to say that did not happen with my sons. They used sun screen and protected themselves from sun damage. And my son is even more protective with his son.

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PJSTIME 8/14/2010 3:31PM

    Fair skinned but do like to be outside when it isn't these roasting temps but use 30+ sunscreen. My mom always laid in the sun to get a tan and it showed the older she got. I never did like to just lay around getting a tan.

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SUNNY332 8/14/2010 2:56PM

    I am pale and proud too. I worked as a Red Cross Swim Instructor and life guard for a few years before the age of sun block so it has always been a concern for me that I have damage that I do not know about. I had a very good friend who died of Melanoma and that got to me. She loved sun bathing but it did not love her in the end. After my friend's illness and death, I have been much better about protecting my skin.

I wear a hat when I garden. All in all, I think it is best to be safe than sorry.

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MY_NEW_ATTITUDE 8/14/2010 2:50PM

    As a teenager, I would go to the beach occasionally but always used sunscreen since I'm fairly light skinned. That's not to say I didn't get the occasional sunburn but never badly. But I've never been one to just sit in the sun because the heat gets to me quickly.

I use sunscreen on my face and neck every day of the year. I figure if I can prevent some damage, why not. I just use it as my moisturizer. I think it's helped because two of my sisters spend a lot of time in the sun and their skin looks much older than they really are. And the one who is five years younger than me definitely looks older than me. People think I'm the youngest of the four girls in my family.



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GIANTMICROBE 8/14/2010 2:38PM

    I'm pale and proud. SPF 80 and I will never set foot in a tanning booth. My neighbor has been tanning for years. She is two years older than me and looks 20 years older.

If I want to look a little darker, I buy my tan in a bottle.

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PENNEYV 8/14/2010 2:34PM

    Not a sun worshipper because fair skin that just doesn't tan, it burns. That doesn't mean that I am not at risk though. emoticon
Thanks for the reminder!

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MANDACUBALOVER 8/14/2010 2:33PM

    I'm always on top of applying sunscreen to my girls. it's not worth the risk.


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Diet

Friday, August 13, 2010

While I was Sparking Wednesday morning, I was also listening to a news station. It caught my attention when the commentator said the following: The word DIET doesn't always refer to weight loss.............With more emphasis being put on a healthy lifestyle, a more accurate description of the word DIET should be..........how we eat. I think that SparkPeople is getting the word around.......

  
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SUNNY332 8/14/2010 8:53AM

    I absolutely agree with this statement.

Thanks Spark People for changing the way people think when they
hear the word "Diet".

Sunny

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BENDER7 8/14/2010 7:46AM

    That is good news!

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FLAME42 8/13/2010 10:27PM

    Maybe the word IS getting out, wonderful. Happy to see this said on the news, most of the news is so negative or scary.

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PJSTIME 8/13/2010 5:50PM

    People need to realize that it is definitely more than losing weight it IS a lifestyle change if you want to keep the weight off once you lose it. emoticon

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Don't Be Afraid To Stand Up For Your Rights!!!!!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

I have had 5 Dr. appointments this week!!!!! Therefore, I have spent my fair share of time in the waiting rooms. I just have to share with you what I witnessed this morning. I was sitting at a desk in the Registration area of the hospital when a very stressed man poked his head in the office and asked directions to find the girl who handled appointments for radiology. The girl who was helping me shook her head after he was on his way and said that he just couldn't admit that he had made a mistake re: his mother's appointment time and date. According to this girl, the appointment was tomorrow NOT today. While sitting in the waiting area, the same man came back and was pushing his Mom in a wheel chair. They sat right next to me and I noticed that he had a pager in his hand. He smiled at me and I said to him that it looked like he had worked everything out. Then the floodgates opened...........He was mentally challenged and his Mom had taken care of him all of his life. Now she is wheelchair bound and needs his help. He has always made her appointments with her help and they had written the time and date on the calendar. His Mom backed him up and said that they are especially careful because they have to hire someone with a van to pick them up and get them to where they are going and then return for them, and they don't want any mistakes as it is costly and they don't have "that kind of money". I was sympathizing with them and then the Mom told me that it is really sad how her son is treated just because he is somewhat challenged. Then she told me that when she was working, she had a position with a bank that required many skills and that she was well-respected. She went on to say that now that she is in a wheel chair, the respect she gets has changed and that between the two of them, they really have to fight to be treated with respect and dignity. She also mentioned that the older she gets the worse the treatment gets because older people are often ignored or over-looked. She said that she oftentimes feels invisible.
Have any of you had a negative experience where you knew that you were being treated in a less than positive way because of your age, your sex, your physical appearance, your abilities, etc.?
How can this be changed? When did we become so careless with each other??????

PS.............The Mom and son DID have the correct time and date. The hospital was wrong!!!!! As if they didn't have enough stress in their lives already........

  
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INFLATED 8/19/2010 2:14PM

    I went to my primary-care doctor and was told that I wasn't scheduled for an appointment. I went home and pulled the appointment card off of the calendar and went back and made them adjust their schedule to fit me in.
It is sad the situations you described, but in nursing homes, I wish there could be undercover lawyers cruising the places as visitors and then file class-action suits against the neglect they would find and distribute the money among the residents.
The Bible says in the book of Galatians 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. God doesn't forget and can't be bought off. I am glad you listened to this woman and her son. I am sure he had a lot of pent-up frustration trying to do his best for his mother and then being told he was wrong about the day.

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PENNYAN45 8/13/2010 4:10PM

    I think lots of people treat elderly folks as if they are invisible or as if they are children. I have dealt with well-meaning staff members at a nursing home where my mother-in-law was staying. The situation required that my husband and his brother had to call for regular meetings with the doctors and staff members in order for their mom to receive the kind of medical treatment she needed.

My son, who is a physician, was visiting his grandmother once, and actually arranged for her to be sent to the hospital for medical care. It seems the pain in her leg that she had been complaining about for a week was from a broken bone. Nobody on the staff had arranged for a doctor to check out her leg pain.

The situation with the elderly can be very sad.



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GRAMMIE1959 8/13/2010 12:15AM

    ya know, you're a great person!

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FLAME42 8/12/2010 10:54PM

    It is sad that so many people feel superior to others because they can stand upright, read quickly or move faster. Everyone deserves respect AND understanding.
I am sure you are "sick & tired" of sitting waiting for appointments. Hopefully you get the results you want.

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40AROUNDCORNER 8/12/2010 6:23PM

    You may not realize this, but you were probably the brightest moment in their day...aside from when they were told that they were right all along. What a kind thing for you to listen to their story. Thanks for sharing- it's a good reminder to us all to treat everyone we encounter with kindness and respect.

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PATRICIAANN46 8/12/2010 5:31PM

  I wish that I could tell you that they did, but I don't really know.

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SUNNY332 8/12/2010 5:05PM

    Well, I am telling you that if anyone at the hospital where I worked treated a patient with disrespect, it would mean a "job loss". This is terribly unfortunate and should not have happened.

I am like June - I hope they got an apology.

Sunny

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JUNE19471 8/12/2010 4:53PM

  Please let us know if they got an apology!!

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Thank You SparkPeople!!!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Thanks to the weight I have lost during my time with SparkPeople, I had a very pleasant surprise at my yearly physical on Monday. One of my medications was cut in half and one was eliminated completely. Yaaaaaaaay................
What a motivator that was!!!!!

  
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GRAMMIE1959 8/13/2010 12:16AM

    ain't it GREAT!!!!

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BENDER7 8/12/2010 7:34AM

    I'm so glad for you!!!! emoticon

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FLAME42 8/11/2010 10:12PM

    Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!!! I am so happy for you, I know how hard you have worked for this.

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SP_COACH_NANCY 8/11/2010 5:25PM

  CONGRATS! That is SparkTastic news!!!

HAPPY SPARKING!
Nancy

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SP_COACH_NANCY 8/11/2010 5:25PM

  CONGRATS! That is SparkTastic news!!!

HAPPY SPARKING!
Nancy

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SP_COACH_NANCY 8/11/2010 5:25PM

  CONGRATS! That is SparkTastic news!!!

HAPPY SPARKING!
Nancy

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40AROUNDCORNER 8/11/2010 3:44PM

    Congratulations! That is better than a number on the scale any day! That is a true sign that you are making yourself healthier, and you should be proud of yourself!

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SUNNY332 8/11/2010 1:39PM

    That is absolutely great news, Patricia. You should be so proud of that accomplishment. Way to go, my friend. Thanks for stopping by my blog and for your very kind comments.

Have a emoticon day.

Hugs, Sunny

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SHERYLDS 8/11/2010 12:44PM

    FANTASTIC. I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KARRYB1 8/11/2010 11:42AM

    emoticon emoticon
That's what I have been striving for. Hopefully at my next Drs. visit.

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THECRAZYMANGO 8/11/2010 11:41AM

    emoticon

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BAILEYS7OF9 8/11/2010 11:34AM

    that is emoticon

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PJSTIME 8/11/2010 11:32AM

    Yea that is wonderful news. emoticon

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EGO.........

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

"At the feast of ego, everyone leaves hungry."

  
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SUNNY332 8/11/2010 8:35AM

    Isn't that the truth?

Have a good day.

Sunny

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BENDER7 8/11/2010 8:27AM

    I agree.

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FLAME42 8/10/2010 10:30PM

    Very thought provoking!

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