Having survived a second Pulmonary Embolism in as many years I wanted to share some information.
- Deaths from Pulmonary Embolism are the leading form of accidental death for hospitalized patients, and the second most common cause of unexpected death in the general population.
- Over 200,000 deaths will occur in the U.S. this year as a result of Pulmonary Embolisms.
- The most common cause of Pulmonary Embolisms are Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).
- Approximately one in twenty people develop DVT during their lifetime.
- Approximately 60,000 hospitalizations for DVT will occur in the U.S. this year.
Embolisms are treated with Warfarin. It is commonly called a blood thinner but really is an anti-coagulant. Treatment is for 6-12 months. A second embolism will put you on Warfarin for life.
Long flights and long drives can cause clots (DVT) although they aren’t the only cause. Pulmonary embolism can be caused by air bubbles, fat droplets, or even clumps of parasites or tumor cells that obstruct the pulmonary vessels.
The next time you are heading out for a trip in the RV don’t drive for 5 hours straight. Stop every couple of hours and walk around for 10 minutes. Take the dog out and around. Park at the far end of the rest area so you have a longer walk. Stop and smell the roses.
I hate this time of year. Hate – I know. A strong word for just a season. Yeah. The season of darkness! And all that fancy, smancy talk about tilt and axis and orbit.
The axial tilt of Earth and gyroscopic effects of the planet’s daily rotation keep the axis of rotation pointed at the same point in the sky. As the Earth follows its orbit around the Sun, the same hemisphere that faced away from the Sun, experiencing winter, will, in half a year, face towards the Sun and experience summer.
Blah-blah-blah. Its still dark. I want the sun “up there” not “over there.” Makes it appear to be cocktail time around 3:30 and I know its 5:00 somewhere but that’s a little early even for me. “Hey! Where’s the sun? Well golly, it’s over there.” Gets me upset and nervous and anxious. Makes me hungry too.
136 days until Spring. I can’t wait!
Fancy, smancy illustration.
Since this is Halloween I was thinking while sampling the candy meant for all the kids. Almost everybody is scared of something. Ghosts, devils, zombies, the monthly cell phone bill. Some fears are pretty strange. Here’s my countdown of the strange.
- Cibophobia. This is one I wish I could get for a month or so. Cibophobia – fear of food. Maybe that commercial where the food slaps someone around is the reason someone would have this but it sure would help my waistline.
- Samhainophobia is the name of the phobia relating to the fear of Halloween. Is there an age limit on this one?
- Ablutophobia, or fear of bathing. I think I know some folks with this fear.
- Phobophobia is the name for the fear of fear itself. That is weird. Its like a circle or that infinity thing. Fear of fear – do you just stay under the covers?
- Now this one I also know people who have. I might even have it a little. Cenosillicaphobia is the fear of an empty beer glass.
- This one started in the 1950′s and it was those evil Ruskies fault. Keraunothnetophobia is the fear of falling satellites.
- Tacofobia – the fear of women with long blond hair. Not too much of a problem around here but in SoCal -whoa!
- The fear of Rock and Roll. Tell me no! NO! Thank goodness there is no name for the fear of Rock and Roll. The fear of music though, is called Melophobia.
- And of course there are the old stand-by, Coulrophobia, the fear of clowns. Maybe Stephen King caused this with “IT.”
- Last but not least especially at pronunciation or spelling and #1 in my book. Arachibutyrophobia. This is the fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth. No! I did not make this up.