I saw the first plump, fuzzy bumblebee of the season the other day. I’m not one to be scared of bees; in fact, being a gardener, I appreciate and respect them very much. But I do manage to upset a few every year, who let me know by stinging me. Actually, it’s usually the wasps that get me. The bees seem to be a little more forgiving.
The Rev. Whit Stodghill, M.Div., BCC
Norton Hospital Chaplain
When we were kids, my brothers and I had pet hamsters. There was one named Boog, after the famous player for the Baltimore Orioles, another named Johnnie, after the great Baltimore quarterback Unitas. I named mine Billy Jean King, after the tennis champion.
Steering clear of hospital re-admission
No one wants to spend time in a hospital. Unfortunately, for seniors the risk of re-admission after a hospital stay is greater than other age groups.
According to the federal government, between 12 and 20 percent of seniors with Medicare are re-admitted to the hospital within 30 days after an illness. Within 90 days, upwards of one-third of those patients are re-admitted.
Kicking cancer to the curb
It had been in high school, over 10 years ago, when I had last seen Angela Roberts. It wasn’t under the greatest circumstances that we reconnected, but she was still the same as I had remembered — a smile from ear to ear and the most positive and friendly person you could imagine.
Participate in National Walk Day
All in favor of kicking old man winter outta here, stand up! National Walking Day is April 1 — just in time to jumpstart our launch into spring. National Walking Day is recognized by the American Heart Association as a time to encourage walking as a way to get moving.
Recent news about Angelina Jolie has me thinking of my mother. At first glance, a rich and famous celebrity and a working-class waitress from rural Kentucky would seem to have little in common. However, both have much to teach us about being informed and taking control when challenging health decisions need to be made.
My mother, Fern Dreffs, used to tell my three sisters and me, “You can’t control a lot of what happens, but you can control how you choose to react to what happens.”
As adults, we sleep about one-third of our lives, and the times we are not awake are of no less value than our waking hours. In fact, studies show adequate sleep time — not too much or too little — is essential to health and may help to reduce the risk of chronic diseases and conditions, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity and depression.
If we don’t get enough sleep, we may feel as if we haven’t slept at all. According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults need seven to nine hours of sleep each day; children and teens need more than this.
There’s nothing like springtime in Kentucky. Maybe it’s the beautiful bluegrass, the Kentucky Derby festivities … or the fact that our area has been named “the most challenging place to live with allergies” by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.
If you suffer from seasonal allergies, there are ways to survive them and enjoy all the good things spring has to offer. Here are some tips from Brian A. DePrest, M.D., family physician:
Many of us who are lucky enough to share our lives with little ones — our own or those of family and friends — may be familiar with the children’s book, “Everyone Poops.” This popular little tome reminds those of all ages that there is no reason to be embarrassed to talk about such a vital function, especially when it could save your life.
More than 7 million people in the United States have undergone total joint replacements to get back mobility and full function of joints like the hips and knees. Most people who undergo joint replacement surgery are able to return to an active lifestyle pain-free with proper rehabilitation and conditioning, including participating in races like the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon and miniMarathon.