Play More

Everyone knows playing is important for children, but it is also important for adults.  There are a lot of benefits to playing.

Here are a few examples:

It’s fun.
It’s a great way to reduce stress.
It exercises the brain, improves creativity, and problem solving skills.
It strengthens relationships.

There are a variety of ways adults can participate in playing:  video games, board games, puzzles, sport teams, and host of other activities that could be listed.

Remember to spend time playing today.  It’s good for you.


Migraine Update

Over the past few months, I have suffered from additional migraines.  However, none of them were severe enough to send me back to the hospital.  For that, I am extremely grateful.

I started studying about migraines, so I can hopefully prevent future attacks.  I learned migraines can be triggered by: stress, alcohol, weather changes, artificial sweeteners, salty foods, lack of sleep, dehydration, and food additives.

I also learned a healthy diet, exercise, and maintaining a healthy weight can help reduce migraine attacks.

I plan to make some serious life changes this year, because living with migraines is pure hell.



Adorable Fat Girl by Bernice Bloom


Bernice Bloom discusses her weight loss journey, both the success and the failures, in her book Adorable Fat Girl.  The book contains five important tips for successful weight loss.

  • Understand what your body wants
    • Eat when you are hungry, not just because you are bored, lonely, or emotional
    • Eat the foods your body needs to stay healthy
  • Psych yourself in, instead of psyching yourself out
  • Be nice to yourself, treat yourself with respect
    • Consuming large quantities of junk food is hazardous to your health
    • Eating healthy foods is a sign of respect for yourself and your body
  • WAW!  Water and Walking
    • Consuming water is great for your health and can decrease hunger pains
    • Walking is an easy exercise to incorporate into your life
  • Make it a habit

The one thing I really appreciated about this book was the honesty.  The writer admitted how difficult her weight loss journey.  She also explained how to overcome the common stumbling blocks to weight loss, using her own personal experience.

This is a very interesting book and worth reading.


First Migraine Episode

Last week, I had a migraine for the first time.

It felt like a vice grip was squeezing the back of my head.  The pain was intense.  I actually screamed and tears were flowing down my face.  I could barley walk, because the slightest movement intensified the pain.  Also, lights and sounds made the pain worse.

As a side note:  I don’t tend to react to pain by screaming.  Last year, I fell and fractured two ribs.  I grumbled a bit when it happened, but there were no tears or screams.  The  migraine pain was exponentially worse than fracturing ribs.

I went to the ER twice that day.  During the first visit, the nurse checked my blood pressure and it was normal.  The doctor prescribed muscle relaxers and pain medication.  I was also given three injections, an anti-inflammatory, Benadryl, and a muscle relaxer.

Twelve hours later, I had another migraine.  The second one was even more painful than the first one.

Mom and Gwen took me to the hospital.  When they checked my blood pressure it was 178/81.  Mom asked the nurse about it, because I don’t have a history of high blood pressure.  The nurse explained that extreme pain can result in elevated blood pressure.

I was given intravenous medications to knock out the migraine and sent home with strict instructions to rest.

I never truly understood the devastation caused by migraines.

To migraine suffers, you have my empathy and respect.  You have to be a strong person to live with migraines.

I also want to say thanks to my family.  They have been a great help.  Mom and Gwen made sure I was able to rest by taking over my household chores.  They also spent hours with me at the ER.  Without them, I am sure my recovery would have taken a lot longer.



Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit


I borrowed the book Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit from a friend, because I wanted to learn more about the topic.  This is an excellent book and I found it to be enjoyable.

The book starts out with a little history and discusses how certain oils and herbs were used in ancient Oriental, Greek, and Roman civilizations.

There is also a basic explanation of Yin and Yang, as well as the five elements (Earth, Fire, Water, Wood, and Metal).  The book explains how those concepts are used in preparing and prescribing essential oils.

The book gives an overview of various types of plants, how they were used in the past, and how they can be beneficial to individuals today.

For Example:

  • Eucalyptus can be used to treat infections, enhances breathing, and increases oxygen in the red blood cells.
  • Frankincense promotes relaxation.
  • Ginger oil is a decongestant that improves confidence and morale.
  • Hyssop can boost the immune system and enhances courage.