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I Laughed So Hard…

Women’s Health Week was May 14th to May 20th and it got me thinking about this time last year. I always schedule my annual physical with my primary physician during May. I had a list of symptoms I was definitely uncomfortable discussing with him but I knew it had to be done.

 

More than 65 million people have incontinence and it is three times more prevalent in women. If it’s so common why do we not talk about it with each other or more importantly why are we uncomfortable talking about it with our doctors?

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Why Are Wigs So Popular…

 

 

Wigs are so popular and it’s because the quality these days is amazing! Who knew you could sleep, swim and even style human hair wigs? It has never been easier to reinvent your look over and over and to accentuate your natural beauty affordably.

Divatress has a huge selection of sassy and chic wigs, weaves and braids in all price points, many are on sale!

For a natural and seamless look you can’t go wrong with a lace front human hair wig. The company offers many styles, sexy, curly, straight, natural, tousled and shiny.

How cute is this?

 

 And it comes in all these colors and more!

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Kindness is Sending a Bowl of Berries…

Kindness

 

Those that know me best know that I’ve been preaching kindness pretty much since I started talking. It is a new year and a good time for all of us to do a little soul searching and a lot of kindness generating. The ugliness I have seen over the past six-months has been overwhelming. We all need to take a good long look in the mirror and decide if we like who we see looking back at us. Are we telling little girls who to be or are we showing them by example?

Some psychologists believe that ‘being nice’ isn’t really so nice after all. They believe being nice actually comes from a fear.

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Share A Story and a Cup…

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of The Folger Coffee Company. The opinions and text are all mine. folgers-share-a-cup

With Veterans Day approaching I am reminded of how appreciative I am to the veterans in my own life and to all of our nation’s veterans.

When I think about them and what they have sacrificed for all of us I want to do so much more than say thank you.

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Making Memories Doesn’t Have To Be Expensive…

They say God’s compensation to us for getting older is grandchildren and I have to agree. I am blessed to have 13 ranging in age from 22-6. For my husband and me life has become about making meaningful memories with them and all of our loved ones.

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Coming up with ideas is a lot of fun for us but making those memories can be expensive. We’ve had to get creative. One of my favorite sources for coming up with fun family activity ideas is GROUPON. Not only is there always an extensive list of things to do locally there are also travel ideas, restaurant suggestions and they offer some of the best, real savings I’ve seen.

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Fun with FotoJet…

I have been looking for a photo editing app for awhile so I was excited when I was approached by FotoJet to do a review of their new site.

The site offers access to these services for free and also offers full access for more detailed and professional editing for a fee.

Photo Editor

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Trying to get the lyrics right…

Trying to Figure Out The Words to a Song?

Don’t you hate it when you listen to a song for a number of times,  but still having a hard time figuring out the lyrics, and asking yourself if it’s an alien language that you need to decipher? Or, you know what is even worse? When someone is getting the lyrics wrong and they don’t believe you when you try to correct them. Maybe there could be an app for that?

That would be great. But I have bad news. There was a study comparing how well two professional transcriptionists would compete against, the top of the line in voice transcription computer, the IBM Watson. Also known as “the smartest machine on Earth.” Their mission; accurately record four songs that were from country Taylor Swift singing “I Knew You Were Trouble,” Rock with Van Halen jamming “Runnin With the Devil,” a classic Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer,” and back to country with Brad Paisley’s “Ticks.”

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How Healthy Is The Financial Path You Are On…

More than anything I wanted to leave my safe and steady full time job for the glamour of owning, my own business and writing full time. When I did just that last April I quickly realized it would be awhile before I would once again have a safe and secure feeling regarding my finances and the glamour moments are few and far between.

Writing is hard

I thought it would be a good idea to make an appointment with a financial planner. Being a midlife woman I knew I needed to up my retirement savings and at the same time I needed to know what debt I needed to pay down.

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Scary Medication Side Effects…

A few months ago I came home from work to find my husband acting strangely. He had been having trouble sleeping and now he was full of anxiety and speaking loudly and fast but making no sense.

The scariest part was he had no idea anything was wrong.

I knew right away to check his medication. Just a month before he had the same reaction to a generic version of a medication he takes to help him sleep. At that time we thought his doctor had solved the problem by calling the pharmacy and instructing them not to substitute this medication with another.

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As I spilled the pills into my hand that night and saw they were the wrong ones I was furious.

We spent hours in the ER that night.

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His doctor now calls the prescription refills in personally and for now that is working.

If we had not read the information that came with the medication we never would have known the symptoms my husband was experiencing were actually side affects to the medication.

It is so important to ask your doctor about possible side effects at the time he prescribes a medication and also a good idea to ask your pharmacist as well.

The slightest change from one manufacturer to another, such as a dye or a time release ingredient can trigger a reaction. If your pills look different don’t hesitate to ask your pharmacist.

 

*This post is a joint effort with the American Recall Center for World Health Month and to spread awareness about medication safety. For more information visit:

The American Recall Center:  http://www.recallcenter.com

Have you ever had a reaction to a medication?

Thank you for reading,

Doreen

 

FYI:

Zofran and Zuplenz Side Effects

Patients who are hypersensitive to selective 5-HT3 receptor antagonists have experienced hypersensitivity reactions to Zofran and Zuplenz, including anaphylaxis.

Other reported adverse effects of these drugs have manifested in the form of electrocardiographic (ECG) changes (including QT interval prolongation) and cases of Torsade de Pointes. The Zofran and Zuplenz labels also carry warnings regarding serotonin syndrome, a potential side effect of having an excess of serotonin in the body.

Scientific studies indicate there is also a risk that Zofran may cause congenital birth defects.

In one study, researchers noted there had been reports of transplacental transfer of Zofran during the first trimester of human pregnancies.

A 2012 study that examined data from the National Birth Defects Prevention Study found more than a doubling of risk of cleft palate among babies whose mothers took ondansetron during the first trimester of pregnancy.

A 2014 study by Danielsson et al. determined that the risks of certain heart defects in newborns whose mothers took Zofran during early pregnancy were “increased and statistically significant.” Some of the most frequently encountered of these congenital malformations due to Zofran exposure were ventricular and atrial septal defects.

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For more information on Zofran:

http://www.recallcenter.com/zofran-zuplenz

 

Caregiving and Stress

Caregiving and Stress 

Nearly ten-million adult children over the age of fifty are caring for their aging parents. With ten-thousand people turning 65 every day and with the trend expected to continue through the year 2020 the numbers are expected to skyrocket and so will the stress.

More and more women are willing to take a financial hit to care for their aging parents. I left my job for eighteen-months to care for my mother-in- law and most recently have been caring for my father long distance. Leaving my job and family in Philadelphia and traveling to Florida to help my mother care for my father is stressful, it takes a lot of planning and I couldn’t do it without a lot of help and good information.

“I’m pleased to partner with Midlife Boulevard to bring you this important public service information about National Family Caregivers Month.”

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My friends at Midlife Boulevard have been an online lifeline, full of inspiration as well as valuable information throughout my father’s illness.

It is important to build a network when you are caring for a family member, especially long distance. Enlist neighbors, church members and friends. They may be willing to pick up groceries, do home repairs or provide meals. Ask friends and family members that are not in the area to make scheduled calls, send cards and handwritten notes and care packages. Many people want to help and if you are like me, when someone offers it is so hard to say yes and then tell them what you need. You need to accept whatever help, is offered.

If you are considering hiring outside help, ask everyone in your network online and in real life for recommendations. Even if you can only hire someone for a few hours a week, those few hours will give you peace of mind.

 

Another way to alleviate stress before it happens is to create a list of where things are in the house in case of an emergency. You want to list the location of the electric panel, the water shut- off valve, have an emergency contact list that includes family to be called (in order) doctors, plumber, electrician, preferred hospital,  medications, location of extra keys, pets names and schedules etc… It is a lot of work but in an emergency this information will be priceless.

The most important thing you can do for your loved one as their caregiver is to take care of yourself. Accept or ask for help so you can rest, get out for a walk or just to get out and have lunch with a friend.

My Parents in Florida

While caregiving it is easy to get lost in the business. Remember to sit with your loved one and just be. Watch an old movie, listen to their favorite music with them and reminisce.  These are the memories that will matter most to you.

Another valuable resource for me has been the community of caregivers and experts put together by AARP aarp.org/caregiving.

 

http://youtu.be/Ggjc8u_1ccc     Spoon feeding caregiving video

 

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