Sunday Quotes – Happiness

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday Quotes – Niccolo Machiavelli

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s Another Edition of Escape the Bad News

A man writes a love letter to his wife of 61 years and has it published on their anniversary.

Dear Gail, 

I look at newspaper pictures of new brides every Sunday. I’m searching. I want to see if there is now or ever will be another bride as lovely as you. Been doing that since June 27, 1953. 

Actually, I already know the answer. There is not – and never will be to me – your equal in loveliness. On our wedding day you were the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen. The delightful truth is that you still are. 

Happy anniversary, sweetheart. You’ve made me and you keep me the happiest and most grateful husband any bride could ever know. I’d gladly welcome another 61 years of marriage with you. Beyond that I pray we will spend eternity together. 

All my love, Bob

Gemma Green-Hope wasn’t sure what to do with the various items she inherited after her grandmother died. She decided to use the items to make a short animation that is dedicated to her memory.

 

If you are a fan of the tv show Mythbusters, you know that co-host Adam Savage worked in the movie prop and special effects business. You can now take a tour of his collection from over the years on Google Street View or watch a tour with Adam.

 

There are many ways of being smart. That is the message Rachel Tomlinson, the head teacher at Barrowford Primary near Leeds in northern EnglandSchool, sent in a letter to her 11-year-old students who that accompanied the marks of their recent standardized exams.

 

 

Art comes in different forms. There is cotton candy art.

 

 

Sugar Painting.

 

 

And adventures imagined by the mom of Wengenn, a freelance artist who “… just before Wengenn’s nap, I would imagine him being the main character in one of my favorite episodes, and ‘paint’ a background setting with plain clothes, stuffed animals, and other common household materials, just like how an artist would with her paint brushes.”

Aba Atlas, on his 23rd birthday, pays off his mother’s mortgage because “I want to celebrate my life by celebrating the woman who gave me life.”

 

Sunday Quotes – Reap

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dentists, Epinephrine in Novacaine and Racing Hearts and Jitters

I had two dentist appointments this past week. It was for teeth cleaning. Because of my everyday dizziness, I kept putting it off (and off and off…).

I finally made the appointment and it was agreed that the cleaning would be split up into two appointments and that they would use freezing to make it easier on me and on them.

Sounds good so far.

I go to my first appointment and the other dentist in the practice puts the freezing in my mouth and goes away. And then, my heart started racing and I was very jittery for a few minutes afterwards. It felt a lot longer because we were waiting for the freezing to take affect. I had that happen to me once before and wondered if it might be the freezing but it was faint and lasted for only a few seconds so I thought it could easily be nerves. I also have a heart that likes to skip beats but have worn holter monitors and have been told everything is fine.

The reason for the heart racing and jitters is because of the epinephrine that is part of the freezing dentists use. Epinephrine, also known as adrenaline, is used because it constricts the blood vessels near your tooth, allowing the dentist to work longer and only allows a small amount of the local anesthetic to enter your body.

For my second appointment, we used a different freezing solution without epinephrine and not one problem. No jitters or nervousness and no racing heart which meant no anxiety. The only problem I may have had was the numbness going away sooner than normal because of using a different type of freezing solution. If that happened, my dentist would have given me more freezing to get through the rest of the appointment.

I didn’t need to have more. My appointment was delayed by about 45 minutes because the fire alarm went off when I was being given the freezing. I was just starting to feel things again but I was almost done so didn’t bother getting more.

I don’t think I’ve suddenly become allergic to it because, except for the one instance from a couple of years ago, it’s never bothered me. But, there was more freezing used because the whole top half of my mouth was frozen. My dentist said that shouldn’t be why I had the racing heart and jitters but it wasn’t him that gave me the freezing the first time, it was the other dentist at the practice so I don’t know.

When you’re having half of your mouth frozen, it’s a lot of novacaine. My dentist is also very good at using only enough freezing necessary and it’s usually gone about an hour after the appointment.  My mouth stayed numb for about 5 hours afterwards. It’s also possible that the needle entered a small blood vessel and some of the epinephrine entered the blood stream which would also produce an increased heart rate so, again, I don’t know.

If you have had this problem or have a pre-existing health problem, talk with your dentist. Here’s a link to an article called Can Dental Anesthetic Really Make Your Heart Beat Faster? that you can take with you to your next dental visit if this is something that concerns you.

 

 

Sunday Quotes – Generosity

 

 

 

It’s Heat Advisory Time Part 2: FAQ page about Extreme Heat

 

 

(Part 1 is links to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention page and hot weather tips. Part 2 is frequently asked questions about extreme heat along with the warning signs and how to help people with heat-related illnesses.)

The FAQ page about Extreme Heat has answers to commonly asked questions about extreme heat. Below are some of those questions and answers. Visit the page to learn other ways to help you deal with extreme heat.

 

What happens to the body as a result of exposure to extreme heat?

  • People suffer heat-related illness when the body’s temperature control system is overloaded.
  • The body normally cools itself by sweating. But under some conditions, sweating just isn’t enough.
  • In such cases, a person’s body temperature rises rapidly.
  • Very high body temperatures may damage the brain or other vital organs.

Who is at greatest risk for heat-related illness?

  • Infants and children up to four years of age
  • People 65 years of age and older
  • People who are overweight
  • People who are ill or on certain medications

What is heat stroke?

***Heat stroke is the most serious heat-related illness and can cause death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is not provided.***

It occurs when the body becomes unable to control its temperature: the body’s temperature rises rapidly, the sweating mechanism fails, and the body is unable to cool down. Body temperature may rise to 106°F or higher within 10 to 15 minutes.

What are the warning signs of a heat stroke?

  • An extremely high body temperature (above 103°F)
  • Red, hot, and dry skin (no sweating)
  • Rapid, strong pulse
  • Throbbing headache
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Confusion
  • Unconsciousness

What should I do if I see someone with any of the warning signs of heat stroke?

***If you see any of these signs, you may be dealing with a life-threatening emergency. Have someone call for immediate medical assistance while you begin cooling the victim.***

  • Get the victim to a shady area.
  • Cool the victim rapidly, using whatever methods you can. For example, immerse the victim in a tub of cool water; place the person in a cool shower; spray the victim with cool water from a garden hose; sponge the person with cool water; or if the humidity is low, wrap the victim in a cool, wet sheet and fan him or her vigorously.
  • Monitor body temperature and continue cooling efforts until the body temperature drops to 101-102°F.
  • If emergency medical personnel are delayed, call the hospital emergency room for further instructions.
  • Do not give the victim alcohol to drink.
  • Get medical assistance as soon as possible.

What is heat exhaustion?

Heat exhaustion is a milder form of heat-related illness that can develop after several days of exposure to high temperatures and inadequate or unbalanced replacement of fluids.

What are the warning signs of heat exhaustion?

  • Heavy sweating
  • Paleness
  • Muscle cramps
  • Tiredness
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fainting

What steps can be taken to cool the body during heat exhaustion?

  • Drink cool, nonalcoholic beverages
  • Rest
  • Take a cool shower, bath, or sponge bath
  • Seek an air-conditioned environment
  • Wear lightweight clothing

What are heat cramps and who is affected?

***If you have heart problems or are on a low-sodium diet, seek medical attention for heat cramps.***

  • Heat cramps are muscle pains or spasms – usually in the abdomen, arms, or legs – that may occur in association with strenuous activity.
  • People who sweat a lot during strenuous activity are prone to heat cramps. This sweating depletes the body’s salt and moisture. The low salt level in the muscles causes painful cramps.
  • Heat cramps may also be a symptom of heat exhaustion.

What should I do if I have heat cramps?

If medical attention is not necessary, take the following steps:

  • Stop all activity and sit quietly in a cool place.
  • Drink clear juice or a sports beverage.
  • Do not return to strenuous activity for a few hours after the cramps subside because further exertion may lead to heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
  • Seek medical attention for heat cramps if they do not subside in 1 hour.

Can medications increase the risk of heat-related illness?

The risk for heat-related illness and death may increase among people using the following drugs:

  • Psychotropics, which affect psychic function, behavior, or experience (e.g. haloperidol or chlorpromazine)
  • Medications for Parkinson’s disease, because they can inhibit perspiration
  • Tranquilizers such as phenothiazines, butyrophenones, and thiozanthenes
  • Diuretic medications or “water pills” that affect fluid balance in the body