Happy 2013!

Happy New Year to all my readers!

Pink Swirl Heart necklace

I just posted a new board on my Pinterest site.  It is for Valentine gift ideas.  Lots of pink and red jewelry of all types.  I don’t charge for shipping in the US and only $5 for International shipping and handling.  I hope you will find something for your sweetheart.

 

Do You Dream?

I accidentally found a very informative and interesting site a few days ago.  It is called Lifelong Health and the url is http://www.lifelonghealth.com/

Once you get onto the site you will be hooked.  You won’t want to leave.  There is so much to see there, articles on every aspect of life.  I am copying one here because it is the one that drew me to the site.  It is about dreams.  I dream every night, every time I am asleep and some are disturbing.  They remain in my thoughts long after I waken.  I found the article informative and interesting.   The following is from the owner of the site.

Hi, I’m Lois  Trader

I am a two-time survivor of a life-threatening disease and a woman who has lived through bankruptcy, not only financially but physically, psychologically and spiritually. Now I’m a successful, positive, driven woman.

Being a physically fit woman at 47 years of age, my life was changed in a heart beat. My personal journey of being diagnosed with heart disease and learning to live with it has inspired me to help others who are also concerned about their health. No matter where you are in your journey, let’s work together to live the best life possible.

I’m excited to get to know you here on Lifelong Health. I look forward to getting to know you and learning together.

http://www.lifelonghealth.com/

 Do you remember your dreams? Do you understand their meaning? Do you wish your dream could last longer. Are you the only one who is having long vivid dreams? Below are four interesting facts about dreams.

Crazy dream equals emotion: While it can be hard to believe that an oddball dream about your mother, a circus and a snowstorm can have any bearing on real life, there may be symbolism and potential meaning to be mined in every dream—you just have to look for it, says Harvard-trained psychotherapist Jeffrey Sumber. “The meaning of our dreams oftentimes relates to things we need to understand about ourselves and the world around us,” he says. Instead of shrugging off strange dreams, think about how they make you feel. “We tend to dismiss these dreams due to the strange components, yet it is the feeling we have in these dreams that matters most,” he explains. “Sometimes the circus and the snowstorm are just fillers that allow us to process the range of emotions we feel about our mother and give us the necessary distraction so we can actually experience that spectrum of emotion.”

Tons of Dreams: It’s not just one dream per night, but rather dozens of them, say experts—you just may not remember them all. “We dream every 90 minutes throughout the night, with each cycle of dreaming being longer than the previous,” explains Lauri Quinn Loewenberg, a dream expert. “

The first dream of the night is about 5 minutes long and the last dream you have before awakening can be 45 minutes to an hour long.” It is estimated that most people have more than 100,000 dreams in a lifetime.

Dream after you are awake? After a vivid dream it can be hard to fully wake up. It can be hard to concentrate until you get that dream replaced with reality. Or have you ever woken up from such a beautiful, perfect dream that you wished you could go back to sleep to soak it all up? This is how you can. Just lie still—don’t move a muscle—and you can remain in a semi-dreamlike state for a few minutes. “The best way to remember your dreams is to simply stay put when you wake up,” says Loewenberg. “Remain in the position you woke up in, because that is the position you were dreaming in. When you move your body, you disconnect yourself from the dream you were just in seconds ago.”

Same dream over and over again. Loewenberg suggests looking for underlying messages in recurring dreams so that you can rid yourself of them.
For example, a common recurring nightmare people have involves losing or cracking their teeth. For this dream, she recommends that people think about what your teeth and your mouth represent. “To the dreaming mind, your teeth, as well as any part of your mouth, are symbolic of your words,” she says. “Paying attention to your teeth dreams helps you to monitor and improve the way you communicate.”

 

My heart

On my last Doctor’s regular visit he detected a ”change” in my heart rhythm and recommended I see a Cardiologist.   I made the appointment and went as advised.  On that visit he did an examination and noted that there seemed to be a blockage in my left ventricle and scheduled a stress test for me.

 

Heart Health Made Easy - Click on QR Pic

I had that done earlier this week.  I cannot do a stress test on a treadmill because with all the wires hooked up it is difficult for me to get from the treadmill to the examining table fast enough to get a proper reading, so I had a chemical stress.  This requires an injection that increases the heart beat and causes stress.  It only lasted about 5 minutes but was very strange to say the least.  My heart beat very fast, my breath was rapid and my head became rather warm and felt as if it was full of air.  I thought I was going to get a headache, but didn’t.  During the visit there were 5 examinations of my heart, 3 by machine and 2 with a stethoscope.

 

I saw the Doctor 2 days later and he told me that considering my age, 84, I passed with flying colors.  There was no significant blockage, my heart murmur, which I have had all my life, did not show up, and everything was fine.  I feel relieved that I am OK, but I have to start exercising which I hate.