Siri: Make a U-Turn.
This is me, on the road, lost, and British Siri telling me make a U-Turn. I’m on the highway. No legal turn around spots anywhere. British Siri keeps telling me make a U-Turn at the next blah, blah, blah. NO! Siri, there is no place to turn around. It is all illegal! See the signs?! Siri, in his curt and no reasoning voice continues to tell me to make a U-Turn. And this may have been when I lost it.
How often do you wish you had a Siri to tell you what to do with your life? When to turn, stop, make the right choices? Then when Siri keeps telling you over and over that you are wrong, turn around, how often do you keep going in defiance because Siri can’t be right. It is your life?
Siri reminded me of my Uncle Ted despite the fact that Siri was the opposite of Uncle Ted. Siri wanted me to do what it said, when it said, and take the U-Turn. My Uncle Ted taught me how to play chess but each time he set up pieces he would ask me what do I want to do? Time over and over, Uncle Ted would stomp me at chess. I complained I never won. He once replied to my complaint, you don’t really win at life. I would still be upset over the game but he would coax me back into another game and another, and the ever present question of what are you going to do with your life?
Time went on and I never really figured it out the answer until I was at his funeral and my Aunt asked me. “Lisa, what are you doing with your life?” I had done the school, the degrees, the family, the jobs, and then out of nowhere I had the right words. "Whatever I want to do." Well, Uncle Ted, that is what I am doing today. What I want to do. Checkmate.
British Siri, was right too. I was going in the wrong direction. Not just down the road and lost but not where I needed to be in my life. Uncle Ted had been right too. But right now I was the wrong one and this happens in life. Sometimes despite everything you know and everything you have been taught you still go down the wrong road. Siri had a solution. Make a U-Turn at blah, blah, blah.
One legal U-Turn later, I was going back the right direction, and off on I-75 to Cincinnati. Heart skipping a beat at hearing Siri say Cincinnati fairly good English and knowing I was doing what I wanted to do.
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Health people may experience palpitations. Palpitations can be caused by many different things. The first possible problems for ruling out what is causing the palpitations is what is the person drinking and eating?
Caffeine is a stimulant. Found in coffee, teas, and energy drinks. Caffeine can cause stimulation that often causes the heart to move quicker.
Water hydrates the body. If the person is drinking too little water the body becomes dehydrated and the heart can quicken.
Vitamins and minerals. If the body is not getting proper nutrition, the body will begin having problems. Many minerals are important to the heart and the main ones are calcium, potassium, magnesium, and sodium. An imbalance of these four will cause the heart to function poorly.
Many other things can cause palpitations besides this list and if you are experiencing palpitations consult your provider for care.
Error in label?
A client once told me they were taking 250%. The medication did not come in that dose. I asked to see the bottle to clarify. The client brought in the bottle and then showed me where it said the dose. The client pointed out on the label where it said what the % of the daily allowance was, not the dose of the medication.
After a short education on label reading, the correct dose was pointed out. After a bit of math, it was discovered that the patient thought the % was a partial dose. They had been taking what they thought was the correct dose by adding up the % to get the total of the medication. They had been taking FOUR times the amount they thought was the correct dose.
Are you taking the correct dose of medication?
FDA warnings to essential oil companies!
The products in question have been found to be prescription medications, toxic, not digestible, and even erroneously claimed to cure Ebola.
The companies named in the FDA warnings are dōTERRA International, LLC 9/22/14 and Young Living 9/22/14. Both companies were sent warning notices by the FDA. The FDA stated the companies listed “…promoted for conditions that cause them to be drugs under section 201(g)(1)(B) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the Act) [21 U.S.C. § 321(g)(1)(B)], because they are intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease. The intended use of a product may be determined by, among other things, its labeling, advertising, and the circumstances surrounding its distribution, 21 C.F.R. § 201.128. As described below, the marketing and distribution…by company’s named…without FDA-approved applications is in violation of the Act.” The FDA also stated the claims for toxicity. “Your products are prescription drugs as defined in section 503(b)(1)(A) of the Act [21 U.S.C. § 353(b)(1)(A)]) for some of the claims made for them because, in light of their toxicity or other potentiality for harmful effect, the method of their use, or the collateral measures necessary to their use, they are not safe for use except under the supervision of a practitioner licensed by law to administer them.” The FDA stated the oils were not dietary supplements. “We note that some of your products are marketed as dietary supplements, but are marketed for topical use. Under section 201(ff)(2)(A)(i) of the Act [21 U.S.C. § 321(ff)](2)(A)(i)], a dietary supplement is defined, among other things, as a product intended for ingestion. Topical products are not dietary supplements. In any case, the claims referenced above in this letter are drug claims, which are not suitable claims for dietary supplements. As such, whether or not they are intended for ingestion… drugs under section 201(g)(1)(B) of the Act and not dietary supplements under section 201(ff) of the Act.” http://www.fda.gov/ICECI/EnforcementActions/WarningLetters/2014/ucm415809.
Somewhere in the future.
“Ma’am, can you step to the curve. We need to check your pedometer licenses.” What if one day in the future you need a licenses for your pedometer so you can legally exercise? What if there was threating teenagers saying “I am so going to walk this weekend!” “Oh, man, me too! My parents will be gone this weekend, so I can walk and hang out. They will never know.” Maybe there will be folks standing around in groups saying “Are you ready to walk?” Police will have to watch for these walkers as they will be known. Ready to arrest them at any moment for walking.
Then there will be the office workers who will have to hide their body shapes. Bosses will have to watch for signs of walkers. Pedometers hidden on shoes and waistlines, water bottles in drawers or exposed in work lockers, or thrown away in bathroom trash cans. Other things like sweatbands, walking sticks, and sunscreen will be view suspiciously.
This will all be followed by the addict groups where folks will have to be talked down from walking in parks, tracks, and on treadmills. Sponsoring groups will arise in national awareness that walking is a problem on the rise, how to watch for symptoms and signs, and how to talk with your love one on getting help.
Meanwhile in 2014, walking is still free. Get out and walk before you need a licenses.
Business of Baby Aspirin.
Reconciliation of medication forms are very important to making sure that correct medications are ordered if need or to prevent a medication error. I will ask patients what medications they are taking and they will get out their list or bottles. I will ask if they are taking any supplements or vitamins and they may or not consider those medication. Then I ask about eye drops, patches, insulin, and inhalers. But the number one and daily medication that everyone will not tell me unless I ask is the 81 mg of aspirin. Adults just do not consider this medication.
Baby aspirin was the go to for giving to children with fevers. Then in 1986, Reye’s syndrome was a result of giving baby aspirin with harmful results. This lead to a decline in the purchase of baby aspirin. The advertisers went back to work.
Just what is baby aspirin?
Baby aspirin is acetylsalicylic acid and is an antipyretic to reduce fevers and analgesic for minor pains. It works as an antiplatelet. It is this action that makes it excellent for keeping pesky gathering of cells that make clots and clog up the plumbing in the blood vessels. These clots lead to heart attacks and strokes. So baby aspirin is cool!
Not so much. Many adults get hung up on the “baby” part of the terminology. Many do not realize that “baby” is low dose and more than enough to thin out the blood and keep those visits to the ER from happening. The interesting thing I have discovered is if I just say aspirin. Patients will say, oh, no I do not take a big aspirin. Meaning the 325 mg tablet.
However, all will agree that if having chest pain, and the ride to the ER is going to be a long one or the squad is on the way, go ahead and take your aspirin tablet so it can begin working on thinning the blood. Baby or not, aspirin is an effect blood thinner and effective in preventing cardiac events.
Just do not forget to tell your providers or healthcare workers you are taking it. It is a medication.
Wasting money on cataracts.
During your visit today with the eye provider, you were told you had cataracts starting.
The eye provider explains that when they are “ripe” they will be removed. But the time frame is not the same for everyone. It might be some time before this surgery happens and sometime might mean years.
During this time your vision will get blurry and colors will not be as bright. You may notice everything seems darker. Be sure to use more lighting at night to see.
The other consideration is your glasses. Often, after surgery for cataracts, there may be a change in your vision. Vision may be 20/20 to a slight change in your prescription for your glasses. Post cataract surgery most notice colors are more vibrant again regardless of vision change.
Therefore, wait to get a new set of glasses until after cataract surgery. There may not be a need for your glasses or the prescription will change after surgery.
Vitamin D3 causes insomnia.
Vitamin D3 1,000 IU can last 15 hours in the body system. It is similar to going out in the sun and getting sunshine. The body can synthesis Vitamin D3. Vitamin D3 helps the body with bone density, depression, cognitive abilities, and research is showing benefits to children with asthma.
But taking it at the right time of day is important. Key word is day time. Taking it in the morning with food helps the rest of the day. Taking it too late in the night and you will stay up. It is the sunshine pill. Unless you work nights, then taking it during your sleep during the day will not benefit a night shift worker.
Social media and networking the Gen 65 and older.
Social media is here to stay and many will use it to network. However, if you do not have a computer, or access to the internet, what should one do?
Many younger generations have no problem with social media. Many of the 65 and older generation did not need computers for their work and did not see a need in learning how to use it. It can be frustrating for them when told to check out a company’s website.
Options for the 65 and older crowd include learning to use computers or having an assistant to aide them with computer needs. Many webservers offer free emails to be used. With assistance an older person can have an email set up and then periodically checked by another person. This will help adult children when information needs to be sent to their parents.
Best option. Call on the telephone or go visit.
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