Thursday, 27 June 2013

The Top Five Regrets of the Dying

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I'm feeling a little bit sorry for myself today.  The weather is gloomy; I didn't sleep very well and yesterday was my annual MS Clinic check-up.  Nothing has changed there, and there is nothing to worry about, which is good news.  However, it's always a reminder that the MS is part of my journey, even if most days I can forget that.

All of which leads me, semi-sideways, into what I wanted to post about today.  Last week, on Facebook, someone shared an article from called Top Five Regrets of the Dying.  This article is about eighteen months old now, but I hadn't ever encountered it before.  It is based on a blog post by a palliative care nurse named Bronnie Ware.  After working, caring for people in their last weeks of life, she started to notice some common themes, which prompted the blog and even a subsequent book.

Saturday, 22 June 2013

Men to Blame for Menopause!

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Yes ladies, you read that right.  No, don't go poke the nearest and dearest man in your life in the ribs!  It's not one specific guy to blame, but apparently almost all men, in general, back through the millennia.  At least according to a theory put forward by researchers from McMaster University, here in Canada.

In a nutshell, the study (link here - good luck!) claims that men's preference for younger mates meant that older women were not reproducing.  Over time, this led to genetic mutations that were passed down through the generations, eventually becoming a permanent change in the human female genome, which is now menopause as we experience it.

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Don't Bounce Back The Way I Used To!

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I think today's post will be a bit shorter than normal (yeah! I hear you cry!).  I'm only just back on my feet after a nasty little tummy bug.  I am grateful for Wendy's post, for many reasons.  Not least of which, in relation to today's topic, was for the fact that I had already scheduled hers in and  didn't have to write one myself!!  Lucky timing indeed for me!

I don't often fall prey to this type of illness.  I can't even remember when the last time was.  I had to research on the Internet for how best to treat it and help myself recover.  All good advice, which is why I am now up and about again.

While I was feeling crappy and had nothing else to do, I did get to thinking.  That is, in between begging for relief and feeling like I was never going to be able to eat again (a fate worse than death in my world!).  Around Day Four it struck me - I don't bounce back the way I used to!  I'm sure that when I was younger I would've been up and raring to go after four days.  This time around I was still not able to eat and spent half the day in bed!

I should caveat some of this by saying that we had just come back from a trip.  It was only five days away, but eating and sleeping schedules still get jumbled.  Add to that Happy Hour in the hotel lobby every evening and the fact that Iceland's most popular restaurant is a hot-dog stand (!) and I think it's safe to say that my immune system was shot!  And, I'm learning, jet-lag is another one of those things - I just don't bounce back the way I used to!

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Age and Clothes

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This is a guest post by Wendy, a menopausemoi supporter and subscriber, in response to my post Style (fashion?) at a Certain Age.  It is somewhat longer than my usual posts, but I have left it intact, as I think she makes some very good points, as well as highlight how attitudes towards clothes, fashion and how we dress have changed over the last couple of generations.  Also, in the interests of full disclosure, I should mention that she is my Mum!  Here's Wendy:

I have always believed that, what to wear (i.e. dress sense) in any situation, was a matter of an innate sense of what feels and looks right - maybe nurtured by one’s family.  But of course, not everyone has it – then the question is, if a person doesn’t have any idea how to dress appropriately, is it because they don’t have an innate feeling or because no one nurtured what they were born with?  I think the latter applies. 

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Style (fashion?) at a Certain Age

I have always loved clothes and fashion.  At one time I seriously wanted to become a fashion designer.  However I have never been a 'clothes horse' because a) I am too short and b) I've always been on the chubby side - a negative double-whammy when it comes to fashion clothes for sure!

Since taking up running I have lost some weight and, I have to admit, this has made it easier to try on a greater variety of styles.  However, I now find myself asking a different question - 'is it appropriate for my age?'  I'm not talking about suitability, whether something is too short or shows too much cleavage, etc.  That is always more about individual bodies and comfort levels.  'Appropriate' seems to be more about whether I should choose something.