Mahjongg for stress relief
For more than five years, one of my best friends has been battling ovarian cancer. A fierce fighter (and fabulous friend), she has endured surgeries and several rounds of chemotherapy to keep this grim disease at bay. Her oncologist monitors her condition with the blood test CA-125.
Early last summer, her CA-125 began creeping up into the “let’s watch it but not get too excited—yet” territory. …
read on All deep breathing isn’t the same
Finding ways to relax and reduce stress is one of my tenets of good health, along with eating well, exercising and spending quality time with friends and family.
Bottom line on top: Deep breathing is recognized as an effective way to calm down when you’re feeling anxious or angry.
Did you know there is a wrong way and a right way to breathe …
read on May is Melanoma and Skin Cancer Awareness Month
We’re on the cusp of summer, which is a great time to think about protecting your skin from the sun.
More than 4 million people are diagnosed with some form of skin cancer every year in the US. Damage from ultraviolet (UV) radiation is responsible for the majority of cases.
The best skin cancer prevention tip? Limit your exposure to UV light, …
read on Raccoons are super cute, but don’t feed them
My house is on the edge of a green belt, and one summer we had a family of raccoons living in a dead tree very close to my kitchen window. I loved being able to watch the mom and her babies as I prepared a meal or washed dishes.
Several of our neighbors actually put cat food out to entice more raccoons …
read on “Life After the Diagnosis”
Last week one of my family members was diagnosed with a serious illness.
My niece, a physician in San Francisco, recommended a book written by one of her colleagues:
Life After the Diagnosis: Expert Advice on Living Well with Serious Illness for Patients and Caregivers.
I immediately bought myself a copy, too. (If you’ve followed my blog, you know I’m an advocate of hospice, palliative care …
read on What’s in your medicine cabinet?
I admit it.
I have a small box in my kitchen cupboard filled with leftover bits from several years’ worth of prescriptions.
I think most nurses hold on to leftover drugs thinking that some day they might come in handy. Or maybe I’m just a hoarder. 🤔
Regardless, last weekend I decided to go through the box and see what was in there.
2010 must …
read on We all need a better night’s sleep
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), most
. American adults aren’t getting enough sleep
Are you part of the epidemic of sleeplessness?
, so I want to offer these 5 tips for a better night’s sleep, based on some of my previous posts. (I know National Sleep Awareness Week I don’t get enough sleep, so it’s a topic close … read on Are you sleep deprived?
Next week, March 11-17, is National Sleep Awareness Week.
National Sleep Foundation (NSF) sponsors the week to raise awareness of the health benefits of a good night’s sleep. (#7Days4BetterSleep)
As if we didn’t know!
But if you need a reminder, here’s
about the effects of sleep deprivation: a TED-Ed video Good sleep habits start in childhood
Good sleep habits are …
read on And save money on healthcare!
I’m writing this post on New Year’s Day. Typical of the day, I’m also pondering a few questions.
What did I learn last year about staying healthy? What have I done well in my quest to be healthier and save money? What can I do better this year?
As so many of us know, healthcare is unreasonably expensive. My goal the last few years has …
read on Target BPs are much lower
Last week the
American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiologists (ACC) published new guidelines in the diagnosis and treatment of high blood pressure.
What are the new numbers and what do they mean?
Many people will be surprised to find out they now have “elevated” high blood pressure, which could be a reading as low as 120/70, or Stage 1 hypertension at …