29 February 2016

An Old Irish Blessing

“May you never steal, lie, or cheat, but if you must steal, then steal away my sorrows, and if you must lie, lie with me all the nights of my life, and if you must cheat, then please cheat death because I couldn't live a day without you.” –Old Irish Blessing

24 February 2016

A Time for Everything

To everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.
A time to give birth
And a time to die;
A time to plant
And a time to pluck what is planted.
A time to kill
And a time to heal;
A time to pull down
And a time to build up
A time to weep
And a time to laugh;
A time to mourn
And a time to dance.
A time to throw stones
And a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace
And a time to refrain from embracing.
A time to seek
And a time to lose;
A time to keep
And a time to throw away.
A time to tear
And a time to sew;
A time to keep silent
And a time to speak.
A time to love
And a time to hate;
A time of war
And a time of peace.

~ Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

22 February 2016

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”
― Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

21 February 2016

“I think the devil doesn't exist, but man has created him, he has created him in his own image and likeness.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

19 February 2016

18 February 2016

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...”
― Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You'll Go!

17 February 2016

“The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

16 February 2016

“My wish for you... is that your skeptic-eclectic brain be flooded with the light of truth.”
― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The First Circle

15 February 2016

“In all the universe nothing remains permanent and unchanged but the spirit.”
― Anton Chekhov, The Seagull

14 February 2016

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”
― Oscar Wilde

13 February 2016

“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
― Maya Angelou

12 February 2016

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
― Eleanor Roosevelt, This is My Story

11 February 2016

“In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.”
― Robert Frost

10 February 2016

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
― Oscar Wilde

09 February 2016

Today's doctor visit

Last Thursday I went to my chiropractor and he asked how I was feeling. My back felt better. I was walking without much pain and I had not had to take an Aleve that day. However, I told him, my chest hurt the day before. It was just a heaviness. So he took my blood pressure. It was 143/118. Then he strongly suggested I schedule a visit with my family doctor.

On the way home, I literally had to pass the doctor so I just stopped in. The nurse took it again and now it was 130/90. Better but my doctor wanted to see me today.

Today, I went to the doctor again. My blood pressure this morning was 110/80. Much better but since I am T2 diabetic, he wants to play it safe and schedule me a stress test. Just the name of it is stressing!

The "normal" figures for blood pressure - I should note - is 120/80. High blood pressure is a major global health risk. In 2005, according to precisionnutrition.com, 395,000 Americans died due to high blood pressure. Only smoking causes more deaths.

There are a lot of risk factors as well as life choices that contribute to your risk of high blood pressure, which in turn leads to an elevated risk of heart disease.

© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2016