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Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Exploding Head Syndrome

I have been extremely busy lately. I am so overwhelmed at times that I have the feeling my head is going to explode. It won't of course, but it can lead to a condition called Exploding Head Syndrome.

I am not kidding; there really is such a syndrome. The people suffering from it can experience loud noises in their head which resemble the sound of a gunshot, explosion, roar, or slamming door. They can also see flashes of light, have palpitations, shortness of breath, panic attacks, insomnia, or hear buzzing sounds.

This often occurs at night when the person is either wide awake or shortly after he/she has fallen asleep. Exploding Head Syndrome often happens as a result of anxiety, stress, fatigue, damaged brain nerve cells, or damage to the temporal lobe.

The disorder is rather harmless, although it can be quite annoying and uncomfortable. The best way to prevent it is by avoiding sleep deprivation and exhaustion, incorporating a healthy diet, ensuring to get enough rest and relaxation, and controlling and reducing stress.

Mostly affected are people 50 years of age and up and children under the age of 10. In case you are already suffering from this condition you can try the above mentioned methods. Over time, the syndrome will disappear. If nothing works you ought to see your physician who may want to treat it with antidepressants.

The fear of being woken up due to those sounds will cause more stress and anxiety. Reading the Bible and/or praying have a calming and reassuring effect. I would rather experience a sound sleep then sleep wakened by a sound.

There is a great comfort in the knowledge that God hears our prayers and will not let us go without what we need!

Proverbs 3:24
When you lie down, you will not be afraid; Yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet.

Friday, February 06, 2015

Round Two

After having taken a week's worth of antibiotics, I had to go back to the doctor for a follow-up. She hoped the meds would have done the trick and although I was feeling a lot better, I was not well yet. I still had a slight cough and the tiresome feeling as if I was battling the flue.

She was not satisfied with the results and decided it was time for round two. Ding, ding, ding; in one corner the stronger shot and antibiotic medication versus a cold and tracheal bronchitis symptoms in the other. Hopefully that will do it, because I am weary of it. So, let's knock it out.

That same night I already felt better than I had in a long time and that has continued so far. After a few days of taking the stronger antibiotics, I finally start feeling human again. I can tell though that suffering from this cold for such a long period of time did a number on me. I still tire easily.

It is just a matter of building up my stamina. That will be a slow process, because I will have to take it one step at the time. That sounds familiar, doesn't it? Yup, everything has to be learned, and done for that matter, one step at the time.

I am so thankful we have the best help available to support and hold us up. God guides, leads, and watches over us with every step we take!

Psalm 37:31
The law of his God is in his heart; None of his steps shall slide.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Tracheal Bronchitis

I had been battling a cold for almost two and a half weeks when it finally seemed to be clearing up a week ago. That's good, because I was getting kind of weary of it. Well, nothing it always what it seems; the cold came back this weekend and with a vengeance.

A severe cold, lots of coughing, and a swollen, painful throat had me feeling pretty bad. Experience has taught me that when I suffer from these symptoms it usually turns into pneumonia. With my already low immune system and the medications I am taking, I didn't hesitate and made a doctor's appointment.

I am glad I did. She concluded that besides a severe cold, I also had tracheal bronchitis. I was not entirely sure what that was, but I had a hunch and I was right; it is an upper respiratory infection which usually occurs during the winter due to cold air, dust, viruses, bacteria, and allergies.

It is easily treated with antibiotics and after having received a shot of cortisone, a prescription for antibiotics and one for clearing up my cough, I was on my way back home. I am glad I took care of it, because a tracheal bronchitis is still a threat to lots of people and take a turn for the worse really quick.

Most people are not aware of that and wait too long. My advice is; don't struggle with it. Put it in the capable hands of the experts and it will all be taken care of. That is also the case with many problems and situations we encounter during our lives. Don't struggle with it.

Put it in God's capable hands and it will all work out for the best!

Isaiah 59:1
Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, That it cannot save; Nor His ear heavy, That it cannot hear.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Let Your Voice Be Heard

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I had to see my General Practitioner yesterday due to severe cold symptoms. The care that was given was excellent, but the time involved was ridiculous; from arrival to exit took over two and a half hours and the vast majority involved waiting.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Lemons And Lemonade

It has been a while since I was able to post, but you probably know how that goes; first the Holidays, then sickness, and having to deal with the lemons life gives you.

The latter was the biggest problem which sure left us with a sour taste in our mouths at first. However, that is just the first bite. After that you find ways to sweeten the pill and make tasty lemonade so to speak.

Even though we encounter many obstacles, pitfalls, and have to fend off lots of fiery darts, there is always a solution. What that is may not always be clear right of the bat, but it will reveal itself in time.

After having set out a course we expect things to go accordingly. That doesn't necessarily mean it will; God knows best and He will guide and lead.

We need to have faith and ought to be prepared to adapt and go the different way He shows us to take. It might take a little longer than the short cut we had in mind, but at least we know it will turn out for the best.

The best part of it all is that even throughout all those trials God gives blessings galore!

James 1:2-4
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Heal Mind, Body, And Soul At The Art Gallery

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Friday, November 07, 2014

First And Foremost

Time has been sliding by and I know I haven't been posting for a while. My time has been taken up by school, cub scouts, and other gazillion things to remember and do. What little time we have to ourselves is (involuntarily) being put towards trying to catch up and recuperate from all the hustle and bustle.

If all of that hasn't been enough yet, Holiday season is right around the corner. We are already trying to gather up some gifts. That way we don't have to do everything at the last minute. It would be easy letting the holidays creep up on us. We may think we have plenty of time, but time goes by way too fast.

On top of all that we are being confronted with sickness and flare-ups. Our grandson is suffering from a cold which is accompanied with fever and a nasty cough, and some of my joints and muscles are acting up. Our little man probably got his condition from his mom and little sister. Don't ask me where mine come from, because I don't know.

It wouldn't take much getting lost in all these things and occupying our minds with daily troubles and problems. However, let's first and foremost keep in mind that God is our stronghold. He provides all we need and than some to face and get through this!

Romans 8:5-6
For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

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