Cycling Duo Cross Canada to Raise Awareness for Huntington Disease

As a nurse, I am unfortunately, very aware of the devastating effects of Huntington disease.  Early in my career I had a patient with Huntington disease and to say Huntington disease is a heartbreakingly catastrophic disease, would be a gross understatement. If you are unfamiliar with Huntington Disease, you are most likely not alone. Although, not as rare as once suspected, it is still a relatively rare disease. A little background on Huntington Disease (HD) ~  HD is a debilitating … [Read more...]

~ CLOSED ~ How to Easily Read the Nutrition Facts Table {w/$100 GC Giveaway}

We've all seen them. They're found on pre-packaged foods in the grocery store and on boxes and bags located on your pantry shelves. They are white rectangles with black edges and they full of information on the foods you have purchased or are considering purchasing. Have you guessed what I'm talking about? I bet many of you already know, I'm referring to the Nutrition Facts table (NFt). Many of us have seen the NFt on packages, but, do we all know how to properly read it? FIRST, you … [Read more...]

How to Use the Nutrition Facts Table

As a nurse, I, unfortunately, have first-hand knowledge of the variety of consequences related to a lifetime of eating the wrong types of food. Conditions like obesity, tooth decay, high cholesterol, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, type-2 diabetes and even some cancers have been traced to poor nutrition. I like to think my family and I eat a relatively healthy diet. We have fruits and vegetables daily, try to eat a high fibre diet and limit treats. Prior to purchasing a product … [Read more...]

Poise Impressa Bladder Supports, Are They Right For You?

Let's face it, bladder control is not a topic we tend to discuss much with others.  I'm a nurse and although the rational side of me knows stress incontinence happens to many women, including me, I have never really had a frank discussion about bladder control problems with anyone. I'm not sure why we don’t talk more openly about bladder control issues. We're definitely not alone. "Stress incontinence affects nearly 50 percent of women who have had children by the age of 40"* and stress … [Read more...]

7 Steps To Avoid The Zika Virus

Quaint, uncrowded seaside villages. Tranquil azure seas lapping softly on a white sand beach. Palms gently swaying in the breeze. These are the images many see when planning a mid-winter escape from the icy wrath of a northern winter. This is the life my brother leads, and has, for the past five or six years. Every Fall he packs his bags and heads for destinations “warm”. This Winter it’s Panama. Oh, he comes back every Summer, but we joke that he hasn’t seen a snowflake in so long, … [Read more...]

How to Protect Against Gastroenteritis ~ aka “Stomach Flu”

A couple of days ago, in the wee hours of the morning, my daughter called me from a friend's house. She had woken at 4:30 AM with projectile vomiting. A couple of her friends had also been ill and sure enough, she was now a victim of dreaded Gastroenteritis, aka "Stomach Flu". She is not alone in her anguish. We are in the midst of winter and it's definitely gastroenteritis season! Unfortunately, it's next to impossible to avoid this misery causing "flu bug" altogether, however, there are … [Read more...]

~ CLOSED ~ Benefits of Pure Hazelwood

If you have ever suffered with eczema, I don’t have to tell you how incredibly itchy and irritating eczema is. Until recently I had only suffered a mild form of eczema, but lately, it has progressed to a more severe form, complete with eczema blisters. I find my legs and shoulders especially itchy, to the point where I cannot help but scratch until my skin bleeds. This often makes my rash even worse, which leads to more inflammation and, even more, itching. It soon becomes a vicious, itch … [Read more...]

November is Bladder Health Awareness Month {Part 3 of 3}

November is Bladder Health Awareness Month and this is the final post in my three-part series on adult urinary incontinence. In Part One, we talked about how six in ten women who have adult incontinence (AI), feel they are living with a secret. We discussed the need to remove the stigma, perceived or otherwise, associated with AI. We learned incontinence affects many people, men and women, and should not be a taboo subject or a source of embarrassment.   In Part Two, we delved … [Read more...]

If You Have the Choice to Sit it Out or Dance, Always Dance! {Part 2 of 3}

If you were to ask my hubby or kids what my motto is, they would be able to tell you right away. It has always been mine and I hope I have instilled it in them too. If you have the choice to sit it out or dance, always dance! The older I have become, the more this has been my mantra. When I say "always dance",  I am not referring to an eighty day, round the world cruise (although that would be fun!). I am referring to common, everyday life events. Me and my sisters. A walk … [Read more...]

Urinary Incontinence is NOT a Taboo Subject {Part 1 of 3}

Urinary incontinence is not a topic we tend to discuss with others.  We may jokingly say to our girlfriends or sisters, something like, “don’t make laugh so much, I’ll pee my pants”.  But, I don’t recall ever sitting down with anyone, including my doctor, and having a serious conversation about adult incontinence (AI).  I’m a nurse, the rational side of me knows this happens to many men and women, including me, but I have never really had a frank discussion about urinary incontinence with … [Read more...]

#PURELL30 Day Challenge Reduced the Spread of Illness-Causing Germs

A little while ago, in another post, I was telling you about our family taking the #PURELL30 Day Challenge. We made a commitment to help reduce the spread of illness-causing germs by using PURELL® Advanced Hand Sanitizer at least three times a day. I just want to update you on how the #PURELL30 Day Challenge is progressing. To encourage use of hand sanitizer, when soap and water aren’t convenient or available, we have made sure it is easily accessible, by: Putting sanitizer in our … [Read more...]

Worried about Hand Cleanliness? Take the #PURELL30 Day Challenge

Germs, which is the catchall name for bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms can be found most everywhere. They are lurking in our cars, our places of work, the stores we shop, at the office, movie theatres, restaurants and even though we may not like to think about it, they are also present in our homes. I worked for many years as an Operating Room Registered Nurse and I cannot overemphasize the importance of proper hand washing and hand hygiene. It was drilled into us from day one … [Read more...]

June is Scleroderma Awareness Month ~ Do You Know What Scleroderma Is?

Unless you know someone who has this illness, or are in the healthcare profession, you may not be aware of the devastating disease, scleroderma. I personally have no family or friends with scleroderma. However, when I worked as a nurse on the hospital units, on a couple of occasions I have treated patients with this little known disease. What is Scleroderma?   Scleroderma is an autoimmune disease with no known cause and no cure. It is a rare disease that involves the hardening … [Read more...]

No Bullying Here ~ #RedDotSafeSpot

There is absolutely no excuse for bullying. This behaviour is totally unacceptable and it needs to stop and be stopped. No excuses, there should always be a zero tolerance for any bullying. It is NOT alright to punch, hit or in any other way physically hurt another person. It is NOT alright to maliciously "tease" anyone. It is NOT alright to spread bad rumours about people. It is NOT alright to intentionally exclude certain people from a group. The hard truth about … [Read more...]