Tuesday, December 30, 2008

'I have overcome the world' - for you

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.

These are Jesus' words to his disciples about events that were about to unfold, events that will lead to the cross, and, thankfully, beyond.

And what comforting words for those needing comfort, those who have seen trouble in this world because people of faith aren't fashionable these days: "But take heart! I have overcome the world."

So keep the faith, in the struggles of stroke recovery, in the tribulations of this world. He's done the hard work - to your benefit.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Rehab unit for stroke patients

In Columbia, Mo., good news for stroke patients and caregivers, from the Columbia Missourian:

Boone Hospital opens rehabilitation unit for stroke patients.

Rehabilitation - physical, speech and other manifestations - is a must for those recovering. Should be a valuable resource for mid-Missouri.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas to all, and to all, the Word

Words of comfort in a world we only visit - strangers in a strange land.

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in
cloths and lying in a manger. "

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In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. ...The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

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Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

Words to consider on this, the day we recognize and celebrate the great gift open to all. Have a glorious Christmas season.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Spot A Stroke campaign

A Web site devoted to a stroke awareness campaign in the United Kingdom designed to "spread the word" about stroke symptoms and what to do. From the Spot A Stroke Web site:

But while most people could recognise the onset of a heart attack, we know that many people are not aware of the symptoms of a stroke and are risking their long term health by not seeking medical help quickly.

You can even go to this page and with a single click prepare an e-mail you can send to anyone, anywhere, with valuable information on how to spot a stroke. The site also links to a video, shown below.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Be joyful always

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.

Be joyful always - a good sentiment for the Advent season that is upon us.

But how can this be? Nonbelievers scoff at the idea of being "joyful always." It's not easy, as we all know. But a worthy goal nonetheless.

So remember that phrase - "be joyful always" - as a reminder that in this season, the gift that allows us to conquer all gives us, at the end of it all, joy for the taking.

Monday, December 08, 2008

Cautionary note about mixing drugs, supplements

An article from MayoClinic.com recently gives a needed warning, starting with a question: Is it safe to take ginkgo with ibuprofen? Answer: Probably not.

The reason, wrote Mayo Clinic hypertension specialist Sheldon Sheps, M.D.:

Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others) is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). NSAIDs can impair blood clotting, typically by blocking the ability of platelets to form clots. Ginkgo — a dietary supplement used to treat memory problems, dementia and various other conditions — may also affect the clotting process. Bleeding may be a particular concern when ginkgo is taken with other medications that can affect bleeding, such as ibuprofen. In fact, at least one fatality has been linked to the use of ginkgo and ibuprofen.

Gingko, of course, is appealing to many stroke survivors at first blush because of it's supposed powers of helping with concentration. But many are on blood thinners far more aggressive than ibuprofen. In fact, we've got a link to a study reported not long ago. But please, talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any supplement. This kind of mistake can kill.