Category: HEALTH & BEAUTY

Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital – UCLH

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Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital – UCLH

I finally had my eardrum repair operation yesterday at University College London Hospital and I have to say the service and care were first class.  Excellent in fact!

Because I am growing older by the day, I am more susceptible to illnesses and diseases, which are rather unheard of when younger.  I find that I have a few more medical problems that require me to visit various hospital specialising with ailments of the human body 🙂

My experience with UCLH was the best.  The building itself is very old, inside is quite old as well but very clean and somewhat comforting.

The hospital is also a teaching hospital like the Royal Free Hospital.  The nurses, doctors, consultants and anesthetists were all professionally able. Their bedside manners were friendly, heartening and inspiring.

Additionally, I had a room all to myself.  It was like a private hospital, I was given a welcoming pack consisting of the blurb of what the hospital does, a pair of totes-like socks to use to walk on the very shiny, very clean tiled flooring to prevent you from falling. There were also eye mask, earplugs, dental kit, pen and paper all sealed in a lovely zipped plastic envelop.  The pen was so useful, I used it to answer all the quick crossword puzzle of the Metro newspaper, available at the reception of UCLH.

The food was  good, there were selections for everyone; those with allergies, vegetarian, who are kosher, also who wants halal food and for me, who eats everything. 🙂  I had the Chicken with creamy sauce, and it was delicious completed with jam pudding & custard.

Bimala was my personal nurse.   She was so kind and so cheerful but I also saw other nurses as well, who were equally kind, in the intervals of 15 – 30 minutes taking my heartbeat, temperature, blood pressure, etc.  Apparently to increase the level of oxygen to your body, you have to take a deep breath with your mouth wide open, that will also open your lungs.

Prior to the operation I was visited by the various doctors and the anesthetist, telling me what will happen and the likely side effect of my operation.  Apparently the ears control the facial muscles, the right side of my face can drop, I could have tinnitus, permanent hearing loss, etc.  All wanted to know if I might die during the operation.  Reassuringly, they laughed it off and said they don’t do death!

My surgeon was Dr Quinney, who I consulted at the Edgware Hospital.  He was very serious but you know you will be safe at his hand.

After my operation under general anaesthesia, I was gently woken by reassuring nurses about 4-5, two were Filipinas telling me Gising na Jean (wake up Jean).

I am so happy that we have the NHS.  We should all make sure that it is not privatised for all our sake!

Sober October

Sober October

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Autumn is October and to mark the start of this season, a worthy UK charity  Macmillan (cancer relief) has suggested that we make this month ‘Sober October.’

Instead of buying and imbibing alcoholic drinks, we should take up the challenge of being teetotal and donate the money we would otherwise spend on booze to charity instead.

A worthy cause we hope many will try.

A good friend who likes his lager will give it a go ;).

Drinking Alcoholic beverages  in large amounts can be a cause of cancer.

Alcoholism is a problem

These recent sobering statistics from Alcohol Concern highlight the problem.

Statistics on Alcohol

  • More than 9 million people in England drink more than the recommended daily limits
  • In the UK, in 2014 there were 8,697 alcohol-related deaths
  • Alcohol is 10% of the UK burden of disease and death, making alcohol one of the three biggest lifestyle risk factors for disease and death in the UK, after smoking and obesit
  • An estimated 7.5 million people are unaware of the damage their drinking could be causing
  • Alcohol related harm costs England around £21bn per year, with £3.5bn to the NHS, £11bn tackling alcohol-related crime and £7.3bn from lost work days and productivity costs
  • A minimum unit price is one of the most effective strategies of reducing alcohol-related harm. Selling alcohol for no less than 50p a unit would tackle health inequalities, reduce alcohol related crime, hospital admissions, lost productivity days and save lives.
  • Alcohol was 61% more affordable in 2013 than it was in 1980

Alcohol and Health

  • Alcohol is a causal factor in more than 60 medical conditions, including: mouth, throat, stomach, liver and breast cancers; high blood pressure, cirrhosis of the liver; and depression
  • In the UK in 2012-13, there were 1,008,850 hospital admissions related to alcohol consumption where an alcohol-related disease, injury or condition was the primary reason for hospital admission or a secondary diagnosis
  • However, if you include deaths where alcohol was a contributing factor (such as various cancers, falls and hypertensive diseases), the figure increases to 21,512: 13,971 for males and 7,541 for females
  • Males accounted for approximately 65% of all alcohol-related deaths in the UK in 2014
  • Alcohol now costs the NHS £3.5bn per year; equal to £120 for every tax payer
  • The alcohol-related mortality rate of men in the most disadvantaged socio-economic class is 3.5 times higher than for men in the least disadvantaged class, while for women the figure is 5.7 times higher
  • In England and Wales, 63% of all alcohol-related deaths in 2012 were caused by alcoholic liver disease
  • Liver disease is one of the few major causes of premature mortality that is increasing
  • Deaths from liver disease have reached record levels, rising by 20% in a decade
  • The number of older people between the ages of 60 and 74 admitted to hospitals in England with mental and behavioural disorders associated with alcohol use has risen by over 150% in the past ten years, while the figure for 15-59 years old has increased by 94%

We hope as many will take the time to digest the above and reduce digestion of alcohol this month and beyond.

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Hair Care

Hair Care

Hair Care

Hair Care

Woke up and having a bad hair day?

Try adding a teaspoon of baking soda to your shampoo.

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When to stop colouring grey hair?

When and why is totally up to you but as a guideline, when your hair is 80 percent grey then it might be better to surrender to the greys! 🙂

1001 Ways of living healthily

Old Friends

Old Friends

The life span of our generation is getting longer; we are living to a good ripe old age. Unfortunately, there are some of us who are living longer but do not get to enjoy this longevity.  We might be physically healthy but incapable mentally.

Living longer should mean enjoying its blessings. We should feel ‘young’ and look ‘young’ as well.

Fortunately, there are some ways how we can to do just that.

1001 Ways of living healthily

Diet.  Eat a balance diet.

Exercise.

Hobby.

Friends.

Sex.

Holiday.

Club.

Sleep. A study found that people who do not get enough sleep, tend to eat more food and more often.

R&R (Rest & Relaxation)

 

 

Healthy Exercise

Jean on a portable elliptical machine in the garden with Diesel looking on

Jean on a portable elliptical machine in the garden with Diesel looking on

Healthy Exercise

After my hospital appointment today, I thought it was that final push for me to start exercising and hopefully lose weight in the bargain.

It is not easy to lose weight and yet it is so easy to gain weight.  In a heartbeat I can weight.  I had only to look at a chocolate and I can find myself inflating.  There is no justice in the world sometimes. 🙂

Anyways, I will try my very best to persevere with my new regime of keeping fit afterall there are so many benefits than can be gained from it.

These are just a few:

Regular exercise has an immune boosting effect.  It helps in fighting cough, colds and flu.

It also improves brain activity like the memory, alertness, attention span and concentration.


 

 

Heart Attacks

Did you know?

download (8)A study done by the Manchester Royal Infirmary with  600 patients who were heart attack victims, showed that a sufferer halved his/her chance to a repeat attack if he/she has a partner or close friends.

Enjoying a close relationship with a lover, a partner, friend or a relative can lower the stress-inducing hormone called cortisol, which is linked to high blood pressure.

Those without  partners were likely more to drink and take illegal drugs.

A study also examined what victims of heart attack were doing prior to the event.  It was found that more than half of the victims reported of being very upset and under a lot of stress within the 24 hours period.

Spring Clean For Health

One day there will be a telephone in every major city in the USA.
– Alexander Graham Bell

How partly prophetic! There is telephone everywhere now. Many have.

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Spring Clean For Health

It is spring and what better time to examine health hazard objects in our everyday life.

Did you know?

17 per cent of all mobile phones in the UK are contaminated with nasties from the toilet.  And what’s more, office telephones are so full of germs.  Apparently we do not clean our hands well enough after going to the loo.  yuck.

Toothbrushes.  Dentists recommend that toothbrushes are regularly changed every three months.

81 per cent of contact lens cases contain harmful bacterias.  The cases should be washed regularly and changed every month.  It is safer to just use disposable lenses.

This is scary but did you know?  The handbag can be dirtier than the loo.  Whether the bag is designer or from a second-hand shop, it can get dirty.  Be careful where you park the back, in the toilet floor, toilet basin, etc.  Disinfect it inside and out regularly.

Your favourite mascara can contain harmful bacteria after three months.  So take note of the time you had used it, toss in the garbage bin when three months is up.

Pillows, wash the cases every two to three weeks and the pillow itself every three months.  Otherwise you will be sleeping on your own dead skin and the mites who feeds on them and notwithstanding the poo they make.

Man’s Best Friend

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Man’s Best Friend

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Did you know?

According to findings, dog owners are fitter and less prone to depression compared to those who do not have a canine pet.

This is rather bizarre but studies also show that just by looking at photos of cute puppies can increase your productivity at work.

Not only that owning a puppy/dog can enhance your social life too.  I remember a friend who used to ‘borrow’ our cute yorkshire terrier so he can walk her in the park.  Apparently our little yokie was a babe magnet. 🙂

 

Soft, Beautiful Hands

4323565-dwie-ręce-kobietThere are many movie stars who are so unbelievably gorgeous but only to be let down by their hands.  The hands can tell on you.

Soft, Beautiful Hands

Angelina Jolie, Madonna and Sarah Jessica Parker have bony and veiny hands.  These probably have to do with their fluctuating weight and in Madonna’s case, her over-exercising.

At a certain age, the  hands become naturally drier and liver spots also known as age spots start to appear at the back of the hands.

Look after your hands and it will look after you.  We owe it to our hands that they are properly cared for.  Often we take them for granted; forgetting how versatile they are, that they complete us as human beings. No other species have”hands’ that are wonderfully made and perfectly formed.  😉

There are many secrets to beautiful hands.  Some of these secrets were regimen practised by many previous generations.  Some are old wives tales and yet some are so obvious, it is overlooked.

Hands that Warm the Heart

Here are my favourites:

1. Wearing of rubber gloves to do the housework, especially washing up, scrubbing surfaces, polishing using the hand, etc.

2. Have some oatmeals at the ready.  Once or twice a day, your hands should be rubbed with oatmeals.  It will whiten the hands as well as make them soft and flexible.

3. Roughened hands can be made softer by rubbing then with almond oil or olive oil before going to bed.

4. To moisturise the hands, generously apply a good moisturising cream in bed, wear glove overnight.  The next morning, the hands will be soft, smooth and moisturised.

5. The length and shape of the nails  should exactly correspond with the tips of the fingers.

6. Biting the nails should be avoided as a dirty and disagreeable habit, and one utterly destructive to their beauty, strength, and usefulness.

7. To remove stains and discolorations of the nails, a little lemon juice or vinegar and water is the best application.

8. The skin, as a rule, should never be cut, pared, picked or torn off, as is commonly done, and the less it is meddled with, otherwise than in the way just mentioned, the better.