Monthly Archives: October 2011

Count Your Blessings Name Them One By One

Have you noticed that often your day isn’t any different than the day before but the difference can be made with an attitude adjustment? Oh boy. I sure have!

Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God hath done!
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

Since tomorrow starts the month of Thanksgiving AND because my past year has been full of many challenges, I’m going to spend the next month, using each of my daily posts as gratitude markers.

I know that for me, when I take the time to be thankful, even in the midst of hard, challenging struggles, I am often fortified to manage to stay upright, on my feet.

Therefore, I’m using this next month to mark the days with thankfulness.

Perhaps you can come along with me and make your own list?




Basic Weight Loss Plan

Don’t wait until January with a new year’s resolution. Plan now to understand the basics of eating right and controlling your diet before the holiday season.

It’s no mystery:

Burn more calories than you eat and you will lose weight. And, although it sounds simple, we all know that if this is a struggle for you, the discipline of eating less and exercising more can produce disappointment and frustration.

Make small changes to your day and you will lose those extra pounds. Consider it a life-style change to eat healthier, less caloric foods and increase your activity. You will find success in the long run!

The basics:

To lose one pound of fat, you must burn approximately 3500 calories over and above what you already consume during your daily activities. 3500 calories is a lot! However with a combination of increased exercise and a reduction in calories, you can lose that one pound of fat over the course of a week – which translates into 4 pounds in a month, 8 pounds in two months, 12 pounds in three months.

That can be a significant weight loss plan. Get to it. Today!



Why Isn’t Estrogen Chocolate Flavored?

If you are struggling with menopause symptoms of hot flashes and night sweats, memory lapses or dry skin, you may be needing a visit with your doctor to discuss your hormone replacement options. Before your appointment, plan to make your visit worthwhile. Take along your daily journal which you have documented your hot flash episodes, your night sweats events and perhaps an intensity rating for each day.

Being well prepared for your doctor visit will make sure you make the most of each minute you have to talk with the doctor about your hormone options.

If your doctor prescribes HRT (hormone replacement therapy) for you, take it as prescribed. Do not skip your dosages or alter your dosages. Again, keep a journal to mark down hot flashes and intensity levels. Often it takes a few weeks for your body to adjust to the new hormones . Don’t give up and tweak things without allowing your body to adjust.

Return to your doctor with your updated journal to discuss any changes needed in your prescription. Many women find the most convenient way to take their prescribed HRT is the hormone patch. Others find a daily pill easier to remember. Find out what works for you and stick with it. Ask your doctor about any changes in dosages you would like to adjust.

And then ponder the deep notion of the HysterSisters: Why doesn’t estrogen come flavored like chocolate? Read more about Menopause from the HysterSisters.



Treats? Pamper Yourself

Every once in a while I think its a good thing to pamper yourself. You know. A pedicure. A manicure. An ice cream cone. A new bra. A pretty scarf.

When I think of each of these things, I realize that they are things I rarely get for myself. Money tends to go for bread instead of ice cream. Gas instead of a new bra. The electric bill instead of a pretty scarf.

Have you wondered what it would be like to enjoy a pedicure everyday? An ice cream sundae for lunch? A new outfit for each day of the week?

Although it sounds wonderful, having something all the time takes away from the notion that it is a treat. So instead of being frustrated that you can’t have a daily dose of pampering, enjoy the specialness of it.

Every. So. Often.

Besides, think of the daily ice cream calories! Who needs that?

Today, do something to pamper yourself.

Hormone therapy in younger women may curb heart disease risk – Los Angeles Times

The “hormone therapy replacement” question is complicated. Back and forth, in and out, we are given news reports from studies that prove HRT is good for us. Or bad for us. Or good under some circumstances. Or bad under those circumstances.

Here is another new study. Healthy women who go through menopause naturally may lower their risk of heart disease if they take hormone therapy in the early years of menopause, according to a new study.

Read more about this study here:

Hormone therapy in younger women may curb heart disease risk – Los Angeles Times.

Trick or Treat

If you have worried about making the right decisions for your health, the best way for you to avoid being tricked – is to make sure you have gotten a second or third opinion. Recently I had a friend approach me about her own medical decisions, unrelated to a hysterectomy.

“How do I know I’m making the right decision?” she asked me.

She filled me in on her choices and her decision making. I then asked her a few questions.

Have you talked to more than one doctor? Have you researched the procedure and understand the alternative treatments? Have you called the doctor’s office to ask how many procedures this year the doctor has done of the same procedure? Have you talked to a doctor who specializes ONLY in this procedure?

Unless you have talked to a specialist and understand the procedure and explored all alternatives, will you know if you are making a good decision for yourself.

Trick or Treat. The choice is yours!

Visit to learn more about second opinions!

Using Vinegar To Detect Cervical Cancer

A week or so ago, I saw a video by Laura Bush about women and vinegar and how it can be used to detect cervical cancer in poor countries that do not have labs and the equipment to process pap smears. In fact, did you know that annually 250,000 women die of cervical cancer?

Read more about  vinegar and cervical cancer here: Using Vinegar To Detect Cervical Cancer | Fox News.

Sandman Sleep Worries?

There are many things about surgery that we fret about. Some women worry about taking care of their family and getting meals on the table and laundry folded during recovery. Some women worry about their jobs and if their boss will be understanding while they take time off. Other women have concerns about the surgery process and specifically: anesthesia.

It is very normal to be worried about being put to sleep during surgery. There are many options available to you based on your personal wants and needs.

Be sure and talk to your surgeon AND your anesthesiologist if it is a big concern for you.

Here is one thread in our forums that is about anesthesia. Take a peek!

Hysterectomies Not Well Understood by U.S. Women –Doctors Lounge

I found this article very interesting. Did you know that more than one in 10 women mistakenly thought that the uterus, which is removed during a hysterectomy, is not necessary to pregnancy. This suggests that some women may think they can have biological children after a hysterectomy, which is not possible.

This particular study, presented Wednesday at the AUG’s 32nd Annual Scientific Meeting, found that 22 percent of the women did not know the exact meaning of hysterectomy. Although it is defined as the removal of the uterus, many women mistakenly thought the ovaries and fallopian tubes were also routinely taken out during this procedure.

Read more about the study in this article:

Hysterectomies Not Well Understood by U.S. Women –Doctors Lounge.

Meet the Staff: Crossfire

Crossfire is another sweet, helpful hostess on our team! She is probably the “moving-est” hostess we know – with her husband serving our nation in the military. (Thank you, Mr. Crossfire, for your service to our country!) She has lived all over the world and in many states.

You can find Crossfire helping out in the Pre-op Forum where she helps our members learn about their coming surgeries and how they can best prepare for the days ahead of them.

You can, also, find her in the Friends Without Faces forum which is a forum for our members to chat about off-topic discussions. And to top that off, she can also be found helping in our Prayer forum.

We appreciate Crossfire sooooo much! If you see her on the forums, please send her a wave and a “thank you”!