Archive for March 10th, 2008

Another health post . . .

Monday, March 10th, 2008

“What’s with the recent interest in health posts?” you may ask. My answer, “I don’t know! This just really caught my interest!” Maybe it could be because BPA is especially bad for pregnant ladies, and I currently know several expectant mommies. Please view this video to learn about BPA.

I saw this on the blog Funny Things are Everywhere.

More Than Rubies Monday

Monday, March 10th, 2008


This will be my first “real” More Than Rubies Mondays post. Last Monday I typed up Proverbs 31:10-31, which you will find as one of my blog pages. You can reread that, if you so desire, to get the whole description of the virtuous wife and mother, whose “price is far above rubies.” (Proverbs 31:10b).

I don’t plan to go through these verses systematically, as a pastor would. I’ll just chat with you about whatever comes to mind each week.

So – here you go!

I don’t know about you, but one of my character flaws is that I tend to compare myself unfavorably with others. This is a form of PRIDE that says, “If I’m not the the best at (fill in the blank), I’m going to be depressed about it.”

Look at that Proverbs 31 lady. It IS true that her husband says of her (verse 29), “Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.” The message I get is that it IS hard work to be an excellent wife and mother, NOT that this lady is comparing herself with others. She is simply striving to do a competent job, as she does the work of a wife and mom. According to her husband, she surely does succeed!

I have also caught myself comparing my older self unfavorably with my younger self. “I remember when I used to work hard baking or cleaning until midnight. I just don’t have that kind of energy anymore,” I’ll say regretfully. The truth of the matter is:

  • I DON’T have that kind of energy anymore. What kind of superhuman do I pretend to think that I am, that I would not age and decrease somewhat in vigor as the years march on?
  • I don’t NEED to have that kind of energy anymore. I no longer have a houseful of little ones who need lots of attention during the day. Some of the children are grown and gone from the family home. Those left at home are competent and willing to share in the work of the home.

Yes. I want to be competent. I want to do well, and even very well, all that is mine to do in my marriage and family. What I am NOT going to do, is compare myself unfavorably with every woman, past or present, who is better than me at something or another.

I will focus on my work. You focus on yours. Hope you do a great job in your home. That’s what I’m aiming for here, too.

Symptoms You Should Never Ignore

Monday, March 10th, 2008

I know that posting an excerpt from an article is not what I typically do, but I read this this morning and was struck with its importance. Early in the article the shocking statistic was presented that heart disease is the leading cause of death in women, more than all cancers combined. Even many doctors are not aware of this fact, and will often dismiss a woman’s heart attack symptoms. Here, then, is the excerpt for your consideration:

A so-called “silent killer,” coronary artery disease
can strike when a woman least expects. According to the American Heart Association, you should always be alert to these “classic” or most common warning signs of heart attack:

• Uncomfortable pressure, fullness, squeezing or pain in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back

• Pain that spreads to the shoulders, neck, or arms

• Chest discomfort with lightheadedness, fainting, sweating, nausea or shortness of breath

As a woman, you may have other, LESS COMMON warning signs of heart attack:

• Stomach pain

• Nausea or dizziness

• Unexplained anxiety, weakness or fatigue

• Palpitations, cold sweat or paleness. Common warning signs of stroke (brain attack):

• Sudden weakness or numbness of the face, arm or leg on one side of the body.

• Sudden dimness or loss of vision, particularly in one eye

• Loss of speech, or trouble talking and understanding speech

• Sudden, severe headaches with no known or apparent cause

• Unexplained dizziness, unsteadiness or sudden falls, particularly in conjunction with any of the other listed stroke symptoms

Especially if any of the above warning signs are severe or exacerbated by physical exertion, make a beeline for the nearest emergency room. New treatments can reduce or prevent damage from the attack, but only if you get prompt help.

Further Resources

The American Heart Association offers age-appropriate information about heart disease in women. Call their toll-free number 888-MY-HEART.

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute offers a free brochure for women with high blood pressure, a common risk factor for heart disease. To get a copy, call toll-free 800-575-WELL.

National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease

This non-profit promotes education and awareness about women with heart disease. Its site offers bulletin boards, journal entries, caregiver support sections, and articles on managing heart disease.

Reviewed by Matthew Sorrentino, MD, FACC, a cardiologist and associate professor of clinical medicine at the University of Chicago. Dr. Sorrentino also reviews consumer-oriented publications on heart disease for the American Medical Association.

First published May 15, 2001

Last updated November 7, 2007

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