HEALTH

ANATOMY ALPHABET–Just for fun

A    abdomen, aorta,, adnoise, artery, arm, appendix, adipose

Adipose:  fat connective tissue in body

B     Brain, bowel, blood, bones bladder

Bladder:  hollow vessel that stores filtered urine from kidneys

C     cells, clavicle,chest, capillaries, coccyx

Coccyx:  know as the tail bone at end of spine

D     deltoid muscle, digestive tract, diaphragm

Diaphragm:  flat muscle separating thoracic cavity containing heart

and lungs from abdominal cavity.  Important in respirations.

E        ears, eyes, esophagus

Esophagus:  muscular tube connecting throat to stomach

F        femur, feet, fingers, fallopian tubes

Fallopian tubes:  in females where fertilization occurs.

G        Gallbladder:  it’s function is to store and concentrate bile. a digestion enzyme,

produced by the liver

H       head, heels, heart

Heart:   four chambers, two atria and two ventricle working together to

pump oxygenated blood to all parts of your body.

I         Instep, intestines, ileum, ilium

Ileum:  the last and usually the longest division of the small intestine’

Ilium:  the upper and widest of the three bones that make up each side

of hipbone and pelvis.

J        Two parts, upper jaw ( maxilla} which is fisxed and lower jaw (mandible}

which is moveable.  They work in opposition to bite and chew food.

K       knees, kidney

Kidney:  two in body work to filtrate waste products, regulate electrolytes and

stimulation of red blood cell production.

L        legs, liver, lymph nodes, larnyx, ligament

Ligament:  tough fibrous connective tissue which holds bone to bone.

M       Muscles:  Responsible for movement in human body.  There are 700 named

muscles which make up about half of body weight.

N        neck, nose, navel

navel:  known as the belly button, the link to your birth mother.

O       occiput:  the back of the skull

P     pancreas, pelvis, pituitary

Pituitary:  A small pea sized gland at the base of the brain.  This is the master gland

controlling the endocrine system of the body.

Q     Quadriceps:  A group of four muscles called quads in the front thigh essential for                walking and running.

R  respiratory system, ribs

Ribs:  Curved bones protecting the thoracic cavity (heart and lungs).  Twelve pair in           humans with the 11th and 12th pair half the size of the others and do not reach the            front of the body, these are called floating ribs.

S     stomach, scapula, skeleton, shoulder, spleen, sternum and skin

Skin:  Three layers, epidermis top outer layer, the dermis middle layer contains tough      connective tissue, hair follicles and sweat glands,  the deepest layer is the hypodermis      made of fat and connective tissue.  Skin keeps our body together and is a barrier                against microorganisms.

T     Thorax, tonsils, thyroid, tongue

Tongue:  Not the strongest muscle in the body as once been told, but probably the                most tireless.  Used for tasting, licking, swallowing and speech.

U     uterus, ulna, uvea

Uvea:  An inner layer of the eye which includes the iris, (colored part of the eye), the          blood vessels (choroid), and the ciliary body (the ring of muscle tissue that changes            the size of the pupil.

V     vertebra, vein

vein:  blood vessels with tiny valves to help return blood to heart for oxygenation.             When the valves get sloppy or sluggish, blood pools and causes vericose veins.

W     wrist, white blood cells

White blood cells:  Also called leukocytes are important part of immune system.                   They increase in number to attack bacteria and viruses that invade the body.

X     xiphoid:  small bone at end of sternum.

Y     Yellow marrow:  The marrow at ends of long bones in adults that is yellow with fatty          connective tissue.

Z     zygomatic bone:  The bone on each side of the face known as the cheekbone.

 

 

 

FIFTY LIFE QUESTIONS

WHAT KIND OF HOUSE DID I LIVE IN AS A CHILD?

I was born in and grew up in a two bedroom white bungalow house.  There was a full attic and basement, both unfinished.

I was the fourth child born, we were all two to two and a half years apart.   The bedroom my sisters and  I shared was the larger of the two and was furnished with two iron frame double beds,a chest of drawers, a dresser and two night stands.   We each had our name on the side of which drawers were ours.  It was six and a half years after I was born that my youngest sister came into our lives.

The bedrooms with a bathroom between them and a small linen closet was on one side of the house.  The other side was kitchen and breakfast nook with a swinging door to formal dining room and  an archway connecting the living room.

There was a one car garage behind our house but we didn’t have a car.  That came many years later.  My sister and I used to play house in  the garage.  We marked rooms with chalk and even pretended it was a two story flat with her upstairs and myself down.  We even drew in stairs along one side. Curtains were hung in the window and door window and we used wagons, boxes and anything we could find to use as furniture.

Our basement had a large coal burning furnace with took up most of the floor space.  In each corner opposite the furnace were two rooms, one the coal bin and the other a fruit cellar.  On the other side of the furnace was my dad’s workshop outfitted with all hand tools.  The stairs were in the middle and my mother’s washing machine was on  the other side.  During the winter months a clothes line was stretched from the wall by her washer to the wall between the coal bin and pantry.  I always thought the basement to  be a scarier place and would run up the stairs as if someone was chasing me.

The attic with windows on every side was my favorite place to be.  Everything was stored there, such as my mother’s wedding gown, other old clothing in a cedar chest and the big black trunk from my father’s homeland.  It was a place to escape to and dream.  There were old books, pictures, always something to find and nooks to explore.

Many years later the basement was made into a rec room after the furnace was replaced with gas heat.   Of course there was no need for the coal bin and that gave more space.  Mom had an automatic washer and dryer and in place of old furnace area there was a ping pong table.

But the attic stayed the same.  When it was time to move my mother out I revisited the attic  and found myself back in time exploring nooks and crannies, rediscovering the past.  My favorite place.

 

 

THEN AND NOW

REMEMBERING CHARLOTTE

Just yesterday my son lost his 12 year old Puggle  dog, named Charlotte.   Charlotte was not only a major part of his life but of our whole family.  He got Charlotte as an eight week old puppy and she bonded with him and he with her.

Charlotte loved to eat and could put away her food in record time.  If you left your food too close to edge of table she could put that away too.  She always knew when it was time to eat and let you know by pawing her food bowl making a lot of noise.

Charlotte loved to fetch tennis balls and could sniff out a tennis ball even when it was not clearly in sight.  She never missed retrieving the ball whether on land or tossed in the lake.

Charlotte even starred in a movie produced by her people-cousins.  This brought much laughter and joy to us all.

As Charlotte got older she would happily spend most of her day sleeping on the sofa, but always became alert before my son would get home.

To my son and his family I know how very heartbroken you are.  We  all feel the loss of Charlotte but can always remember the joy she brought into our lives.

May all the angels in heaven enjoy and love her as much as we all did.

 

 

HEALTH

BLOOD PRESSURE

I am frequently confronted by friends and relatives telling me their blood pressure reading was high after doctor visit.  They often say,  “I never had high blood pressure!”

To me that’s like saying “I never was overweight”,  or “I never had wrinkles”.  The difference is age happens.

First of all blood pressure is not a constant.  It can change daily or hourly.  That is why if it is somewhat elevated when visiting the doctor they will retake the reading again at end of visit.  Blood Pressure reading is a tool used to know how hard your heart is working.  The top number, systolic, is your heart at work or pumping blood and the bottom number, diastolic, is your heat at rest or between beats.  Each number gives important information.  It is not uncommon for systolic readings to be affected by factors such as anxiety, coffee or exercise.

Picture a water hose.  A new hose will pump water freely and can withstand crimping it off in the middle and then letting go to resume free flow of water.  When the hose ages, it becomes more brittle and stiff.    A water hose that is stiff is not as pliable with a sudden gush of water rushing through, therefore, putting more pressure on the hose.  If hard water runs through it there may be some residue on the inside of the hose making water harder to pass through, much like a plaque buildup in your arteries.

Some factors affecting blood pressure are stress, diet, smoking and genetics.  Control stress by exercise and meditation,  watch your diet avoiding  fatty foods and those with high cholesterol.  Quit smoking or never begin smoking in the first place.  If overweight, try to lose a few pounds (not an easy task).

Good Health.

 

 

FIFTY LIFE QUESTIONS

WHAT IS MY BEST ADVICE

As I have aged I have gone through many challenges and decisions.  I have made my mistakes but have always tried to learn from them, what would be called a “teachable moment”.

Be true to yourself.  Stand up for what you believe in, while respecting others.  Believe in yourself that you are worthy and love yourself for who you are, recognize your faults as well as your assets, own who you are.  Know that others may not always agree with you or like you, learn to be comfortable with that.

Be honest and trustworthy.  If you are not you are only cheating yourself.  This does not mean insulting others, always try to be diplomatic and respectful.  Do not have others lose their trust in you, it can be difficult to regain.

Be fair and consistent.  Treat others fairly,  this does not mean equally as each decision may require different outcomes.  Say what you mean and mean what you say.

 

 

 

COOKING

MY FAVORITE RECIPES

Over the years I find I come back to favorites when meal planning.  Some of these are favorites of my family also.

Chicken is my second most favorite meat and it is the most versatile and healthy choice.  I will share my Cracker-Coated Chicken recipe which is easy and can be prepared ahead of time.

Ingredients:  4 to 6 pieces of boneless, skinless chicken breasts.  (You can also use cut chicken parts with bone and skin. About 2 cups of finely crushed saltine crackers.  3/4 to 1 cup of grated parmesan cheese.  About 1/2 cup of dried parsley.   1 to 2 sticks of melted butter.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Rinse and pat dry chicken pieces.  Mix together crackers, cheese and parsley in shallow pan. Melted butter in another  pan.  Dip chicken pieces in butter and then into cracker mixture to coat evenly.  Place on lightly sprayed cookie sheet.  Pour any remaining butter over chicken pieces.   (You do not need to salt chicken as salt is already in crackers and cheese).

Bake 45 min. until golden brown.  May be prepared ahead of time, cover and refrigerate, leave at room temperature 15 min. before baking.

Healthier version:  substitute extra virgin olive oil for butter.

Enjoy!

FIFTY LIFE QUESTIONS

WHAT INVENTION IMPACTS MY LIFE THE MOST

There were different things at different times of my life.  When I was young television would be my answer.  Before TV we had favorite programs on the radio.  Us children would sit around our  large cabinet radio on Friday nights and listen to programs such as Inner Sanctum; The Whistler; and The Shadow.  Much like the TV series today we were left with cliff hanger endings till the next episode.

In the fifties when we got a ten inch TV screen within a large cabinet that took up the corner of our living room we gathered around this and watched our programs.  There were three channels, none came in clearly unless someone stood near the TV and had their hand on top.  My brilliant father solved this my making a long wire rod from floor to a right angle of rod touching the corner of the TV.  We enjoyed programs such as wrestling (every Friday night), Milton Berle, and I remember Mama.  My father made a bookcase out of our radio cabinet.

As I got older my Kenmore sewing machine, with embroidery stitch options, and versatile zigzag stitch would be my answer.  I sewed my clothes, my children’s clothes, my husband sport coats and even got into drafting my own patterns and some designing.  I had such a passion and excitement to create.  I still have this sewing machine today though it is retired,  a great reminder of my creativity.

Today I would answer my robots.  My robots make my life easier.  You would recognize them under different names.  Automatic washing machine and dryer, dishwasher, self defrost freezer and ice maker, my oven that can delay start and shut off by setting a button.  I don’t own a Roomba as I have all hardwood floors, but I am sure if my home were carpeted that would be another robot I would have.

Tomorrows inventions will be built upon today’s inventions as today’s were built on  yesterdays inventions.  They all probably go back to the invention of the wheel.